Tree peed over

From the newspages of AT5 (the local tv-channel in Amsterdam): (translation below)

Storm: wildplasser plast boom omver

Woensdagmorgen is een man te water geraakt nadat hij in het stormachtige weer zijn blaas wilde legen tegen een boom op het Singel.
Door het harde herfstweer viel de boom omver. Daarbij kwam de boom met de kruin in het water. De bestrating werd door de wortels losgetrokken. Twee auto’s liepen hierdoor schade op.
De wildplasser kwam ten val en belandde in de gracht. Het slachtoffer kon op eigen kracht uit het water klimmen. De man is voor onderzoek meegenomen naar het ziekenhuis, maar kon na behandeling weer naar huis.

Storm: man pees tree down

Wednesdaymorning a man landed in the canal after he relieved himself against a tree on the Singel. Because of the tempestuous weather, the tree was blown down and landed with its branches in the canal. The road was upturned by the roots. Two cars were damaged. The man fell over and landed in the canal. The victim managed to climb out. He was taken to the hospital, but was allowed to return home after treatment.

Flying to Texel

For my birthday, Jan got me a trip on the original Fokker F27 (Friendship). We finally went on the trip today (instead of last week, when it was cancelled due to bad weather). The first production Fokker F27 (also known as Fokker Friendship) flew in November 1955, 50 years ago last year. The Fokker Heritage Foundation has acquired the second aircraft sold commercially. It was originally sold to Air Lingus, after that it was in service in Australia and New Zealand. It returned to the Netherlands to become a museum exhibit, but a working exhibit.

Fokker F27 Friendship

The Fokker Heritage Trust keeps this aircraft in a airworthy state, and organises regular outings with it. We went on a daytrip to the island of Texel, one of the dutch islands on the Northsea. The Fokker Friendship (named “Anthony H.G. Fokker” by the way: the name of the founder of the Fokker Aircraft factory and also my fathers name) has its base on the air museum ‘Aviodrome’, which shares its airstrip with the airport of Lelystad. The flight from Lelystad to Texel takes only 20 minutes, but it is more about the whole axperience. As an added bonus, the airstrip on Texel is one of only a very few that has a grass-only runway.

The whole experience was wonderful: the aircraft is almost completely as it was originally. Apart from the required safety-updates. The crew, which are all volunteers, were dressed in period costumes, and the airplane itself is painted in the old NLM (Nederlandse Luchtvaart Maatschappij) colours.

See more pictures here.

You can see the plane landing and taking off on the website of TexelAirport (date 2006-8-19) – that was quick!

CSD Cologne 2006

CSD 2006 23Last weekend was Gay Pride (CSD, Christopher Street Day) in Cologne. Usually it’s the first weekend in July, this year – because of the Soccer World Championships taking place in Germany – it was moved to 14/15/16 July. The weather was excellent: sun, clear skies and high temperatures. A good time was had by all. You can see some pictures here.

No peace for the wicked…

We’ve just come back from a week in Portugal, and now we’re off again to CSD in Cologne. Never a dull moment. Unfortunately, Jan and I have to cut the weekend short and come back on Sunday, because my houseboat (for the Friendship BnB) has to go to the wharf for its three-yearly check-up and maintenance. So monday will be a busy day. But first some fun in Cologne. Film at eleven, or whenever I get around to it…

Gay Pride is on

Earlier this year the GBA (Gay Business Amsterdam) pulled the plug from their organising the Amsterdam Pride. After much discussion (and mudthrowing), another group stepped into the void: Pro Gay.

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2006So after a long time of uncertainty, it now seems that Amsterdam Gay Pride (and the Canal Parade) are now definitely going to happen this year. Originally we had planned to skip this year’s parade, but we decided to take part after all. So you can see the AYOR again this year, as it wends its way down he Prinsengracht and the Amstel. The theme for the parade is ‘Rembrandt’; whether we will stick to that theme exactly will be a surprise.
See you there!

all about Timon

I didn’t know I had it in me… (found on the net)

…Timon can give you that special feeling that you are the only one for him in the world…
…If he thinks it’s necessary he puts on his ‘beaten dog’ face and ‘asks’ to be set at ease and to be hugged. And of course we can’t resist that…

Timon (english)
Timon (dutch)

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