Contributing to a special project in The Hague I have sketched a portrait of our Dutch king. The portrait is composed of 40 iPad. drawings. This fragment of his eye is one of the drawings. Next week the entire drawing will be exhibited. Look at ‘the making of the eye‘
Current position: 93,000 dead, 1.5 million refugees. Therefore it would like to get more weapons.
Syria last week – As seen on TV.
During the Second World War, when he was an adolescent, the former Dutch Christian Democrat politician Wim Aantjes joined the Germaanse SS and refused to work for the Waffen SS later on. After more than thirty years an authoritative professor misjudged his case and Mr. Aantjes stepped down as party leader in Parliament. Recently during an interview on television he said he believes that he must take responsibility of his deeds after his death in front of the divine authority, His behavior will be judged. He was apparently afraid for this defining moment.
Late 18th century, he was the first European to discover the Niger river. The Scottish physician was also the first European who arrived close to Timbuktu and returned alive. Saharans kidnapped him on his first trip. He wrote the highly readable Travels into the Interior of Africa. He did not survive his second trip.
As one of the last tourists I visited Timbuktu in 2009. It might have been freed from Islamic extremists this week. Hopefully they didn’t destroy this old mud and stick building.
Today The Dutch queen announces that she will abdicate in favor of her son. She and her hurricane proof hairdo celebrate their 75th birthday this Thursday.