October 30, 2011


Landgoed de Haar/inside the chapel
Originally uploaded by macchi.

Last week was another weekend of perfect autumn weather. Bright blue sky & sunny - great for wandering around a bit of the Dutch countryside, where we visited Landgoed de Haar. I had been before, I realised when I got there, but it was stunning with the first trees changing colour, the bright light, and the beautiful castle.

The Netherlands really can be amazingly beautiful. A discovery made so often, but it still surprises each time.

October 27, 2011

Pete Philly

Last week a friend and I decided to go see Pete Philly play at a local club tonight. I had heard his album online and always enjoy live music, so was expecting a good night.

Wow. SO much better than expected. What a good artist, and great band. Definitely a good choice to go! I now also have a signed CD, woohoo!

The album is still available for a listen at Radio 6, an online soul/funk/jazz radiostation: One

(Oh, and seeing him live is really a lot better than just listening to these tracks online)

October 24, 2011

Identity = work?

Over the last few months I've been struck by how automatically your personal identity translates into "What do you do for a job?".

I know that I am partly guilty of this as well and that I often run the risk of finding my work more important than a lot of other things. But it's clearly not just me.

Why is the first thing people ask "What do you do?". In my drama class, people would introduce themselves by talking in lots of detail about their job.

Is this just something that certain groups of people do? That this starts once you start earning a certain amount of money?

I surely hope that the toilet lady at McDonald's doesn't feel the same way. She takes pride in her work - that was clear to see AND good to see. But that is something completely different than personal identification.

Well, food for amateur (or pro?) pshychologists I guess.