And now for some patriotic news….

…. which is really exceptional for me, because I don’t think any ‘country’ deserves any special feeling…… but I think Sven Kramer has remained ‘normal’ in spite of all of his successes…. and he’s a great sportsman with a true focus on what he wants to achieve. He reached what…

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Book Review of Waffen SS Colours

Just found this BOOK REVIEW of Waffen SS Colours (by Mig Jimenez) on the inScale website. I have been studying various tutorials on scale model painting recently to see how it is done and to use it in my DIGITAL painting…… there is so much more ,material these days than…

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New FS Top 100 website

Garry J. Smith has set up a NEW FS Top 100 website, with the aim of providing a list of REPUTABLE flight simulator add-on companies and associated sites (like forums, VA’s and what not). The idea (as with his old one) is to have USERS VOTE  on a curated list…

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New tables and content

I am hard at work to re-do the ‘blog’ as you can see. Part of the work includes finding/adding featured images to all the posts (that’s almost 900 to go… yuck!), re-arranging pages and menus, and also to update the content. One important bit of work is to install a…

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How to make model water

I have been admiring many dioramas lately featuring this new (to me) water modeling, giving so much more realism to ship models and other dioramas. There are many ways to make the water and make it look real. Some use the special Water Effects manufactured by various scale model add-on…

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Italian home !

A tutti i nostri (Facebook) amici italiani: siamo lieti di annunciare che siamo in procinto di acquistare una bella casa in Umbria, in un piccolo villaggio chiamato Pomonte. Siamo estremamente felici che possiamo fare e che saremo orgogliosi di essere parte della comunità amichevole di questa splendida regione! Or, in…

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Starting to come together

With the new blog theme my ‘blog’ is now slowly changing into a news and archive site. Here’s the plan: instead of having all of my interests scattered over a wide variety of separate blogs (websites) and Facebook/Twitter links, I am now trying to collect them in my main blog…

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Don’t laugh, please…….

I am working in getting new life (and a new theme) into my blog. While I was working setting up a number of new websites I thought why not use the current blog, change its direction somewhat, and continue from here. Everything neatly positioned in one place: my design activities,…

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Goodbye Dick

Dick has been gone for well over a month now. In the meantime life for everybody else has continued. Nina and I went back to France, did our trip to Romania and returned to France for some motor rides once more. And now we’re back home…… and there is no…

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Tomorrow is the funeral

I know, not the sort of news you want to read when happily browsing blogs. And yes, I have more uplifting news too. But it doesn’t seem appropriate to tell you about that now. So bear with me and join me in wishing Dick’s dear wife, his mother, his daughters,…

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RIP my dearest friend

I don’t know what to do……. What DO you do when you get a call and hear that one of your best all-time friends deceased while on vacation !? What can you do but weep for his daughters and dear wife….. and remember the things you did together. And all…

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Folks keep peeping…..

…. peeping into my blog, that is. Although I haven’t written on it in ages ! Blame Facebook! Blame a chronic lack of time! Blame having to paint the house! Blame ME! So alright, I’ll try and pick things up again, if only to satisfy those curious about this blog.…

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Running = Fun ?

Let me ask you: How much fun is it to be passed by a fellow runner who doesn’t only go much faster, but is ALSO pushing a pram with his child along…… How much fun is it to be running with a dry mouth and out of breath in a…

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I really thought Iwas dying

Not a very positive title is it? Thing is, it’s true. Yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30 and started getting a headache fast. By 7 am I couldn’t get out of bed anymore and was just clinching my head. Took some paracetamol, even had a coffee later on and…

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Skiing at Méribel

  Today was anoter brilliant day and we stayed in bed late……..*grin*. Hey! This IS our vacation, remember? And I actually find skiing a major uncomfortable happening these days.On the other hand, since we’re still able, we HAVE to go skiing. So we did. Modestly. Below is (part of) our…

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Running and Skiing

Yes, I know this is boring, but I want to put it somewhere. So why not on my blog. To make it more interesting, maybe the added info that I now use a heartbeat sensor (thanks to daughter Vivian) and it showed that I had an average today of 124………

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Working less

…… don’t worry, only ever so slightly less. But still enough to do some OTHER things too, like walking along the North Sea shores at Den Helder, Holland’s naval base and ‘top of the province’. It was nice weather, cold, not too windy and mostly sunny. ‘Breughel Weather’. Will post…

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