Sunday, October 18, 2020


John Atkinson Grimshaw (6 September 1836 – 13 October 1893) was an English Victorian-era romanticist indebted to some extent to the Pre-Rafaelits. The 'Painter of Moonlight' is best known for his nocturnal scenes of urban landscapes.

The Chill of Autumn (1881).

Scarborough Lights (1877).

Good night, have a good start of the week tomorrow.


Saturday, October 17, 2020


Kate Bush with Cloudbusting. Album Hounds of Love (1985).

The video, by Terry Gilliam no less and featuring Donald Sutherland, was shot on Dragon Hill, a hillock in the Vale of the White Horse, Oxfordshire. Actually the Uffington White Horse, which my wife and I visited during our honeymoon in 1999, is only a little bit further up.

Lenny Kravitz with I'll be waiting. From the 2008 album It is Time for a Love Revolution.

I suppose I'm not alone when I say that Kravitz first caught my attention on MTV with Let Love Rule. In 1989 that was. Jesus how time flies.

Slaap wel.


Friday, October 16, 2020


Via Euronews:

"A teacher was beheaded on a street near Paris on Friday afternoon after hosting a class discussion with secondary school students about cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The suspected killer, who was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers in a nearby town, police said. French authorities have launched an anti-terror investigation. President Emmanuel Macron called it an "assassination" and an "Islamist terrorist attack". The victim, a history and geography teacher, was decapitated near a school in the commune of Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, at around 5pm local time. Police told the AFP agency that the teacher had shown cartoons depicting the prophet to his class. His alleged attacker was reported to be 18 years old, of Chechen origin and born in Moscow. Officials said he was shot dead in the neighbouring town of Éragny after he acted in a threatening manner and failed to respond to an order to put down his weapons. President Macron visited the Bois d'Aulne school and met the history teacher's colleagues on Friday evening. He said afterwards: "One of our citizens was assassinated tonight because he was a teacher, because he taught students about the liberty of expression, the liberty to believe or not to believe. "Our countryman was the victim of a cowardly attack. The victim of an Islamist terrorist attack." He added the attack should not divide France because, he said, that is what the extremists want. The incident came as the French government works on a bill to address Islamist radicals who authorities claim are creating a "parallel society outside the values of the French Republic"..."

The teacher, Samuel P. was by all accounts a decent and well liked citizen, who taught history and geography in a high school in Bois d'Aulne. The perpetrator is one Aboulakh A., 18 years old, of Chechen origin, born in Moscow, and residing in Yvelines.

Count on the scoundrels in politics and media to downplay the islamic angle and find arguments to rationalize this umpteenth horrific islamic murderfest. It wouldn't surprise me if the initial 'shocked' reactions give way, two days hence, to 'he shouldn't have provoked it'.

Meanwhile, all of the ummah is rejoicing, and muslims, in particular in the West, are doubtlessly feting Aboulakh's defense of Ole Mo's 'dignity'. But perhaps worst of all is that the murder is also a dire warning to anyone who still toys with the idea of showing motoons. Anyone contemplating it will think twice again. And so, the dark curtain of islamization is slowly but irressistibly lowered over the West.


Sunday, October 11, 2020


Champigny-sur-Marne, a southern suburb of Paris, witnessed an attack by 40 "individuals" on its police precinct last night.

Via François Desouche:
"Vers 23h55, alors que deux policiers fument à l’extérieur, une quarantaine d’individus ont voulu pénétrer dans la commissariat, en tapant à coups de barres de fers dans la vitre de la porte d’entrée, qui s’est brisée. Les policiers ont tout juste eu le temps de s’enfermer dans le sas, à l’entrée du bâtiment.
Les assaillants ont également effectué plusieurs tirs de mortier. Huit ont été retrouvés sur place. Deux feux de poubelles ont été repérés à proximité du commissariat et plusieurs véhicules de police ont été dégradés. Aucun policier n’a été blessé mais les deux fonctionnaires sont “choqués”."

Two police officers could barricade themselves inside the foyer in the nick of time.

Import the Third World, become the Third World.


Saturday, October 03, 2020


Queen with Radio Ga Ga. Album The Works (1984).

Like it or not, it's an iconic song and an iconic video. And one day I really have to see Fritz Lang's Metroplis.

Peter Gabriel with I go swimming. Album Peter Gabriel Plays Live (1983).

Actually compiled from four different concerts in the US's Midwest. Plus some additional recording elsewhere it seems, but have no info on that.



Sunday, September 27, 2020


A statement by the unelected EU "President" Ursula von der Leyen, a couple of days ago:

Read and shiver:

"Migration has always been a fact for Europe – and it will always be. Throughout centuries, it has defined our societies, enriched our cultures and shaped many of our lives. And this will always be the case. Migration is complex. The old system no longer works. The Commission's Package on Migration and Asylum, which we present today, offers a fresh start. Many legitimate interests have to be brought into balance. We want to live up to our values and at the same time face the challenges of a globalised world. Europe has to move away from ad hoc solutions and put in place a predictable and reliable migration management system. I am convinced that the Commission's proposal is a good foundation for that. This Package reflects a fair and reasonable balance between responsibility and solidarity among Member States. We all share the benefits, we all share the burden. This Package also reflects a pragmatic and realistic approach. We know that we have to build trust between the Member States and citizens' confidence that we can manage this as a Union. The Package reflects the complexity of the issue as it brings together all aspects of migration: border management and screening, asylum and integration, return and relations with external partners..."

For about 1,500 years, migration in Europe was confined within its borders, and encompassed comparatively small numbers: Viking tribes settling in the north of the British Isles, William the Conqueror crossing the Channel, Huguenots fleeing France to neighboring countries, Flemings to The Netherlands etc. In many cases, these movements constituted a boon for the receiving country, as the people fleeing their native lands did so not because they had made a mess of them but because religious intolerance forced them out.

This is not what we are witnessing today. We see migrations on a hitherto unrivaled scale of peoples whose very culture, lifestyle and religious convictions practically ensured that their homelands went bust... yet, with them, apparently clueless about their own responsibility for their mayhem, they bring the exact same mechanisms that led to the conditions they are now fleeing. The hundreds of thousands of subsaharan Africans crossing the Med en route for Europe are not Huguenots, who in the 16th and 17th Century crossed the Channel to England bringing with them their considerable skills such as papermaking, woodcarving, clockmaking, clothing design and cutlery manufacture.

Yet, apparently, Ursula von der Leyen and the cohorts of our Moral Betters want us to believe that these arrivals will bring with them the modern equivalent of David Compigné crafting Guildhall Clock in Winchester, or Flemings fleeing Spanish Rule to Holland and fueling in no small part the Dutch 'Golden Age'.

BEFORE Europe's internal migrations, there were indeed other massive migrations on the continent. We are talking Visigoths, Huns, Ostrogoths, Vandals...

Their invasions destroyed what was arguably the world's most advanced civilization at the time.

It takes no sharp mind to make a distinction between those two types of migrations. Between what the Vandals did to the Roman Empire - destroying it - and what William The Conqueror did to England - transforming it into a 'model' (for the time) Kingdom.

Ursula von der Leyen does not make that distinction. Either she does not have a sharp mind - wholly possible, given her disastrous tenure of the German MoD during seven years - or she has darker motives.

In any case, here we are. In early 2019, the UN Migration Pact aka Marrakesh Pact, was forced down the throats of Europeans. Almost two years down the road, it is clear that the "Pact" (Diktat, rather) made good on its promises a.o. "regulation" of what is now effectively an organised influx of welfare seekers. Taking The Netherlands as an example, these are some stats re the weekly arrival of culture enrichers - numbers coming straight from a Dutch government website, no less:

Week 35, about 400. Week 36, 500. Week 37, 500. Week 38, 400 again. For a country of 17.5 million, these are considerable numbers. To put things in perspective, it would mean that weekly, the US would receive, wholly unchecked, some 10,000 immigrants.

It's not 1,000 one week and 50 the week thereafter. Then 230, then the week after that zilch, and/or the following week 750. No, it's always 400 - 500 - 500 - 600 - 400 - 500. These are no random figures. There is an organization behind the influx. There are powers at work fully intending to flood the old continent with peoples and cultures which are so alien to the continent that they only thing they can do is destroy what is good, decent, functioning and organized. We are witnessing the Marrakesh Pact unfold.

Now, as if the ramifications of this witches brew of a pact aren't bad enough, the EU has decided to up the ante and INTRODUCE WHAT IS EFFECTIVELY MARRAKESH 2.0!!! This is nothing short of insane.

I regret that I cannot offer a translation of the following video, wherein Thierry Baudet, leader of the Dutch rightwing FvD party (Forum voor Democratie) trashes Marrakesh 2:

These are terrifying times.


Saturday, September 05, 2020


Via HLN, today:

"Omstreeks 21.20 uur zaterdagavond kreeg de Brusselse politie oproepen dat jongeren de ruiten van een kinderkribbe aan het inslaan waren aan Nieuwland in de Marollen. Wat later staken ze in diezelfde buurt meerdere vuilnisbakken en voertuigen in brand. “Wanneer de brandweer toekwam rond 21.35 uur werden ze bekogeld met zeker één molotovcocktail. Gelukkig waren er geen gewonden”, zegt de woordvoerder van de politie Olivier Slosse."

Translation: "Around 9.20pm Saturday evening Brussels Police got warned that youths were busting in the windows of a kindergarten at Nieuwland in the Marollen neighborhood. A bit later they set fire to several dumpsters and vehicles in the same area. "When firefighers arrive at about 9.35 pm they were pelted with at least one molotov cocktail. Luckily there were no wounded", says police spokesman Olivier Slosse"

Meant is of course MOROCCAN, MUSLIM youths.

And in Antwerp the drug wars, which also involve mainly muslims, are escalating to such an extent, with daily grenade attacks and shootings which so far have luckily only claimed victims among the gangs themselves, that the Antwerp PD has launced 'Operation Night Watch' to quell the turmoil. This marks the first operational deployment of their Bearcats:

Multiculturalims is destroying our countries and the evidence is there for all to see. Yet the lunatics in the traditional parties are still fine with welcoming tens of thousands Third Worlders every year.


Sunday, August 30, 2020


Sir Alfred James Munnings, KCVO PRA RI (8 October 1878 – 17 July 1959) was one of England's finest painters of horses. A member of the Newlyn School, he was an outspoken critic of Modernism. Although he had no formal training as such, he also established himself as a sculptor.

Tagg's Island

The Clark Sisters

Good night.


Saturday, August 22, 2020


A tweet by Frank Verstraete, Physics Professor at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and specializing in the application of quantum entanglement which may one day lead to quantum computers, caught my eye:

And indeed:

The BEC will be realized under the auspices of Dr Karel Van Acolyen, of the UGhent's Physics and Astronomy Department.

Matter can exist in a number of states, of which solid, gas, and liquid are the most common and the only stable ones are. There's plasma, observable in everyday life when we see for example a welding arc, and there are very exotic states of matter such as neutron-degenerate matter (which occurs in a situation of extreme density), and quark–gluon plasma (extremely high energy).

And then there is a seventh state of matter, a Bose-Einstein condensate.

The lowest possible temperature is minus 273.15 degrees Centigrade. Zero Kelvin. When atoms are cooled to within a whiff of that, they clump together and can hardly move relative to each other. They enter the same energy state and, from a physical POV, the bunch of atoms starts behaving as if it were a single atom. A Bose-Einstein condensate has been created.

Some background here:

"On 14 July 1995 a paper in Science reported the first observation of the exotic state of matter predicted in the 1920s by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein in an ultracold gas of rubidium atoms. It was the culmination of over a decade of refinement of atom cooling and trapping technologies. It was also one of the occasions when news pieces could be titled ‘Einstein was right’. In fact, Einstein was wrong. In a 1925 paper, building on Bose’s ideas, Einstein developed a quantum theory to describe a monoatomic ideal gas, but concluded that the theory provided a paradox because it predicted a state with indistinguishable particles occupying the same volume. “But, this appears to be as good as impossible,” Einstein wrote on the last line of his paper. A Bose–Einstein condensate (BEC), as the collective low-energy state of bosons has come to be known, is very much possible and has been found to exist not only in ultracold atomic gases, but also at higher temperatures in materials hosting bosonic quasiparticles such as magnons, excitons and polaritons. The first BEC, made of 87Rb atoms, was reported by Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman’s team at JILA. A few months earlier they had broken the temperature record in atom cooling, reaching 200 nK. The feat was possible thanks to a so-called time-orbiting potential trap providing a deep enough confinement to allow evaporative cooling (the process of letting hot atoms leave the trap) without losing too many atoms. The JILA team cooled the atoms further down to 20 nK, but already at 170 nK they started to see the first unmistakable signatures of the Bose–Einstein condensation among which is the narrow peak in the velocity distribution of the atoms (pictured). A few months later Wolfgang Ketterle and colleagues made the first sodium BEC. In 2001, Cornell, Wieman and Ketterle shared the Nobel Prize in Physics. Despite the recognition of the discovery it was unclear what BECs were good for. In the early 2000s on an educational website called ‘Physics 2000’ created and originally hosted by the University of Colorado, the question was answered in a digestible way. Imagine you are someone who has never seen ice before, it would take a while before you would realize that it can be used to make ice cream. BEC ice cream comes in many surprising flavours. “Quantum mechanics rules over the physics in two regimes: the very cold, and the very small. Insights derived from one regime can apply in the other,” notes Cornell. Over the past 25 years BECs have been the workhorse of ultracold atomic gas experiments, advancing our understanding of quantum many-body phenomena through quantum simulation (see also the Technical Review in this issue). They enabled the study of exotic systems such as the emission of Hawking radiation from an analogue event horizon and fundamental tests of quantum mechanics with macroscopic superposition states. BECs have also been used to create atom lasers, atomic clocks and gravitational, rotational or magnetic sensors with excellent sensitivity. In terms of the experimental techniques, making atomic BECs in the lab has become routine. Today there are commercial table-top BEC systems available and there are compact systems that can be used for portable sensors or free-fall experiments. The next stage of such experiments was reported in a paper published last month: the first BEC made in space in the Cold Atom Laboratory on board the International Space Station. “it predicted a state with indistinguishable particles occupying the same volume. “But, this appears to be as good as impossible”” The first BEC experiments 25 years ago led to many unexpected directions in terms of both the science and applications. The field of ultracold atomic gases has been expanding ever since with no sign of slowing down. As Ketterle put it “maybe the best is yet to come”."



Saturday, August 15, 2020


I won't even elaborate on the situation in my own country, but here's a small sample of the evil fruits of multiculturalism in The Netherlands: riots in Utrecht and The Hague, a 55-year old cream white Dutchman from Nijmegen beaten unconscious by "youths", a younger man from Assen who got a skull fracture from a "lichtgetintiër" (euphemism for a lightly brown colored i.e. Middle Eastern man).
Yet another Bio Dutchman, Bas Van Wijk, tried to foil the theft of a watch by a group of 5 "lichtgetintiërs" and was killed for his trouble with 5 gunshots in broad daylight. White Lives Don't Matter At All.

To top it all off there have been riots for four consecutive nights in Schilderswijk, a heavily islamicized and multiculti enclave in The Hague. Already in 2008 a staggering 90 per cent of (registered) inhabitants were foreigners, mostly Turks, Moroccans and Surinamese. The overwhelming majority (>70 per cent) live off welfare. The excuse for the riots seems to be the death of a man in police custody - I'm sure he was an outstanding, law-abiding and hardworking citizen - but if it wasn't his death while under arrest they'd have found something else.
Anyway, it's complete and utter chaos. Police has litterally FLED for throngs of hundreds of "youths", so many fire hydrants were opened that water pressure fell away and drinking water fouled, and for a while there wasn't water for the fire services, which could have had catastrophic consequences in case of a fire breaking out.
Look for yourself:

If you import the Third World, you become the Third World.

Rope. Tree. Politicians.



Robert Plant with Big Log. From the album The Principle of Moments (1983).

After the disbandment of Led Zeppelin in 1980 Plant briefly considered becoming a teacher, but luckily he changed his mind and embarked on a solo career, releasing his first album, Pictures at Eleven, in 1982.

Visage with Fade to Grey. Album Visage (1980).

British synthpop band, early eighties, new wave. Formed in London in 1978. Founding members were Midge Ure (later Ultravox), Rusty Egan and Steve Strange, a.o.

Slaap wel.


Saturday, August 08, 2020


George Whittaker with I don't believe in "If" anymore. Released as a single in 1970.

I wonder if this is perhaps a jab at Kiplings "If"?

Grand Funk Railroad with Some Kind of Wonderful. From the 1974 album All the Girls in the World Beware!!!

Crucial seventies hardrock band from Flint, Michigan which formed in 1969. Original members were Mark Farner (guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Don Brewer (drums, vocals), and Mel Schacher (bass).

Sorry for the light blogging. Several factors. No need to explain, it's not important.



Friday, July 10, 2020


July 10, 1940, marks the start of the Battle of Britain.

After having swept before them the combined armies of Britain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands, and either chased them across the Channel or else forced their surrender, the Nazis ruled firmly over Western Europe. Only Britain remained defiant. To be sure, they had the advantage of the most impressive anti-tank ditch in the world. But with the BEF having lost all its matériel in the previous months, and the land forces in the UK either in hopeless disarray or else woefully unprepared to face Hitlers panzers, it was absolutely imperative that this barrier not be crossed.

Hitler counted on the Luftwaffe to neutralize the RAF. Once this task accomplished, his victorious armies would be able to cross the Channel at will, and when on the other side, the British Army and Home Guard would be no match for them.

It was therefore imperative that the RAF retained the upper hand. For two months, a fierce air battle raged, a battle of which the outcome would determine whether Nazi rule would stretch over all of Western Europe and plunge the continent in another dark era.

In the end, the RAF won, a feat which gave birth to perhaps Winston Churchill's most famous quote:

'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.'

In 1970 the movie The Battle of Britain was released. When it was made, the real Battle only lay three decades in the past. A further half-century separates us from Michael Caine and fellow actors re-enacting the glorious deeds of the 'Few' in that long, hot summer of 1940 so fraught with danger and angst. But to this day, no better picture has been made honoring the young RAF pilots:

Essential info here.