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Rudy de Groot
Verhaalverteller / Fotografie / Drenthe
Verhaalverteller / Fotografie / Drenthe
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I found a recent video about the brother of my father..

I've seen him maybe seven times in my entire life. He acts and talks like my grandmother and I remember she was creative as well. But in creativity, Hinderik tops it all.. Maybe I should visit him sometime soon to ask him why he is the way he is. Maybe I learn something about my father then, too. But then again, maybe I will learn something about myself as well which I might not want to know..

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Happy third day of spring..!

Over where I live and especially around the mansion Havezate Mensinge, the krokus (Crocus) is really a symbol of spring. Even thought the flower is not even native to the Netherlands but has its roots along the Mediterranean Sea.. The plant was imported in medieval times by rich Dutch families who (already) lived in stone houses. Hence, the plant including other species that were imported, were called stinsenplanten. So named after the Frisian name for a stone ('fortified') house, a stins.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stins
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinsenplant
https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krokus
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New article (in Drents) on LinkedIn..!

The article is written in my own language (Noord Drents) and is about a distinctive local that everyone knew but unfortunately died. The photo (mine) was where he lived. Fortunately for the English speakers, I have also written an article about the meaning of those 'hourglass shutters' once in my blog. You can find the link at the end of the article.

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Bertje Moes is héngaon..

I noticed this very tiny young one with a body that's the size of an index finger and I could tell it was still alive because its eyes were sometimes a bit more open to allow sunlight to shine in. As the final photo did not show the reflection of the sun in its eyes, I decided to recreate the look by using the GIMP. I added a sparkle in the eye and created a touch of vignette by using the Blend Tool. May you rest in peace, you little mouse.. 😪

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosmuis
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Why the Dutch democratic system (somehow) works

In our democratic system it has never happened that one party gets more than halve of the total number of seats (plus one) in the Tweede Kamer and thus, in fact could reign sovereignly. The reason is that there's a system behind it that prevents it to happen:

Today, every person in the Netherlands will chose one candidate we favour. Then, at 21.00 after the voting is done, the total number of (valid) votes is counted. This total number is then divided by 150 which are the total number of seats (zetels) in de Tweede Kamer. This number is known as the kiesdeler.

(As an example, in 2012 there was a kiesdeler of 62.828. Calculated from the total number of votes 9.424.235 divided by 150 seats. In other words..: 62.828 votes were needed for one party to get one seat..)

It is then calculated how much kiesdelers a party can make and a calculation is done on the 'rest seats' as well which results in the number of seats a fractie (the voted party members) gets.

Even if this system ever fails, you should know that every 'bill' in the Netherlands is first voted for and then checked in the Eerste Kamer before it becomes a law. In addition, every individual Dutchman can create their own party (provided they can get the amount of votes needed for one seat). So situations as Trump signing an OK for an oil pipe through Indian territory can never happen in the Netherlands..

Photo below is the candidate list for the Tweede Kamer 2017. It's 69 cm wide and on the back the columns reached a total of 24.
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Yeah, right....

Edited using the GIMP, © 2017, RdG. Screencap courteously from the NOS.
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Ik heb Asperger..! (Nederlands LinkedIn artikel)

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Volgens mij kek e teveul naor de antwoorden.. De vraog had moeten wezen: "Wat is een 'merel' in 't Dreins?" - "een (zwarte) liester." (5:29)

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Tichelaar, a man of integrity sadly resigns..
(Dutch title: Een goede Drent stapt op..)

Commissioner of the King in Drenthe, Jacques Tichelaar has resigned. A noble man full of integrity literally fought for the people in Drenthe (as can be read in the article below). He resigned because (just a few) others found him to be lacking the 'integrity code' that comes with the job because of a minor issue. (He opted / favoured two contractors including his sister in law as re-designers for a house in Assen.)

Just because of what he said in the (2015) article below made him part of my number one list of most fav'd people. Even more, especially in the case of the article below he stood for the majority of the people in Drenthe and he took a stand against the random decisions from The Hague who never asked him (read: Drenthe) any kind of permission.

Today, +RTV Drenthe (regional broadcast) posted a poll: "I think it's important that the new Commissioner of the King is Drents." Now, what is very fishy about this, is that RTV Drenthe suggests that Tichelaar is not Drents. Well.. I got news for them: He WAS. In the very heart of his soul..

He was much more Drents than for example Kjeld Nuis (the ice skater), whom RTV Drenthe promoted as 'Drents' just because he lives in Emmen, Drenthe. However.. Kjeld Nuis IS not Drents at all.. as his heart and his crib is from Leiden.. His girlfriend is from Emmen though.. But I guess not even the former Miss Nederland ever felt more Drents than Tichelaar was..

All praise to the Fries / Frisian who fought for the cause of Drenthe..

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OML, WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE...!!!
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