read my stories

This my blog page where you will find the latest post on top, and years and years of older posts below.
For a more focused way of reading, you can select the Categories underneath My Articles tab at the top !
Enjoy your stay here and check back once in a while!

Running for air !

One of my friends suggested that I’d actually ‘blog’ about my new Activity; running! That’s Activity with a Capital A, because it really IS physical, (e)motional activity, unlike the rest of my life spent mostly in front of a bunch

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Life is good in Italy

And that, my friends may sound strange from an embattled Europe where one COUNTRY after another shows similar deficits as the US and threatens to collapse altogether. Italy is in fact one of the main ‘problems’ in the world today.

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Addicted to Internet…..

… or rather, to my sales website and the sales there. Or the lack of them, at times. I just noticed last week that for the past 6 years I’ve become really addicted. I NEED to make some money, and

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Steve Lacey deserves this place on my blog

This morning I turned on my PC here in our mountain retreat, only to find some mind shattering news posted on one of the social media sites I follow. It reported the killing of Steve Lacey. I couldn’t believe it.

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Just for a grin……

  Finding myself in deep trouble (once again) with my PC’s, I stumbled upon this little bit of Youtube fun and thought I’d share it. More serious posts later 😉  

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Attention FSAddon Customers…….

Especially for our US customers who may not be aware…. European Summer Vacation Season encompasses some three months from June till September!! ‘We’ still think having 3 to 5 weeks off is a great way to enjoy some of your

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Last Shuttle Flight

Yes, this is a bit of a melancholic moment. I witnessed the very first space flight EVER, and just now witnessed the very LAST Space Shuttle take-off. Sniff. I picked up two nice videos for ya….. the first is part

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Familiar sounds

  Just sitting here, trying not to sweat too much in this horrible heat, and thinking that it is funny how some sounds remain with you all your life and provide immediate association to places and/or events. The sound of

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Migraine Fighters – New Facebook page

After getting more than a few reactions to my ‘migraine story’ I decided it was time to give it a separate place on ‘my Internet’. So I opened a new Facebook page called Migraine Fighters. Nothing serious, no aspirations to

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Changing My Life

Often when I am down and out with severe headaches I cannot stop thinking. Until I finally fall asleep that is. After this last bout with migraines I did some soul searching. Things aren’t going the way they should, really.

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Doc’s Stories from Africa

I met ‘Doc’ in the flesh in Benicia, CA, near San Francisco, last year on the ‘BMW Party’ that Jacqueline and Richard threw for ‘us’ BMW Sports Tourer riders and forum members. David Levine, Doc, is living in various parts

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How time flies

Lots of things happened since my last post. Nina left for Aruba, stayed there with our daughter and son-in-law for three whole weeks, contracted the feared and dangerous Dengue Fever, (Vivian too) and came back again already. They are much

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Experimenting new layout

  So, please bear with me. This is going to take awhile. Fact is, the previous layout (theme) was in fact a temporary one. Holding out for two years or so is not bad at all, now is it ?

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Blogs Go Multi-lingual!

This is one of the things I have wished for since ever! Being a polyglot myself it always annoyed me that I could only write in English….. OR in Dutch… OR in German… OR in whatever to reach just a

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World on Fire…

Whoa, busy times and SD times for many around the globe. In the Arab world everybody is currently shooting at everybody else and hopefully a stray bullet of all the ‘celebrating’ Kalashnikovs will catch Bin-Laden in the eye…. But as

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Scams Galore

A while ago I ‘discovered’ Flippa.com. It is an auction site for websites and their domain names. Flippa probably is legit, but the sites offered for purchase must be scams 9 out of 10. Why else would people offer 900/month

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A Testosterone Revolution?

That’s what I would describe the happenings in the Middle East and Northern Africa, starting in Tunesia and sparking a region-wide problem for the current dictatorial rulers all around the Mediterranean. Where do I get that nomenclature from? Well, quite

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A Message From Africa

What, you will ask, does François have to do with Africa !!?? Not very much, I must agree. Yes, one of my star developers lives in South-Africa. But that’s about all. But no, wait! I happen to know another fellow

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Running and Shooting is NOT Simming

Alright, maybe I should rename my blog’s title, since I talk about more than just flying and riding these days. THIS post today is triggered by the new announcement of Call of Duty, Black Ops’s coming ‘add-on’ (First Strike). It

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The Francois Daily

Trained as a typographer and having worked at Holland’s largest newspaper in my very first job, writing, news and newspapers still hold my interest. So then OF COURSE the Paper.li initiative from Switzerland caught my eye. What with the onslaught

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Dumas Residence: Updates

  Yup, there’s some news here to share with you faithful blog readers 😉 First of all: we have an ‘intern’. Or guest. Or new daughter. Basically, all of the above. Camy, the youngest daughter of Nina’s brother in Romania,

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