Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Podcasts are brilliant!

I have a new addiction.

Podcasts. In particular True Crime Podcasts! I think I have just about heard every single detail about every single unsolved murder case in Atlanta, Georgia. Why Atlanta, Georgia by the way? What's so special with Atlanta, Georgia? It seems that if you live in Atlanta, Georgia, you are either somehow involved in an active, unsolved crime or you are making a podcast about one. Either that or the GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) are really shit at their jobs.

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In the last month and a half or so I've just about listened to every true crime podcast out there.

Starting with Serial I worked my way through all 5 series of Someone Knows Something, The excellent Up and Vanished as well as single series podcasts such as Teachers Pet and Murderville.

Then I moved onto Missing and Murdered, Broken Hearts, Atlanta Monster and Monster: The Zodiac. After devouring those I skipped through Hell and Gone, Cold, The Dropout (not so much True Crime), Unravel, A Murder On Orchard Street, A Killing On The Cape, To Live and Die in LA, Over My Dead Body, The Wonderland Murders, The Hurricane Tapes, Case Closed, Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder, Phoebe's Fall and finally The Lady Vanishes.

What's wrong with me?! Should I be worried that podcasts are quickly becoming my best friends? Should I see someone about this or go to some sort of podcast rehabilitation centre?

In all seriousness however, podcasts are brilliant though aren't they? Perfect for commuting purposes. They are like little audio gems that allow you to deep dive into a topic and really immerse yourself, in my case in old, cold, crime cases.

In many of the above crime cases the podcasts actually re-engages the general public with the case and often causes new insight or uncovers new details about the case. To be fair this rarely leads to any actual breakthroughs or convictions but it definitely keeps the interest up in the cases.

I am currently listening to Maddie, a podcast about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 12 years ago. In my opinion a very good podcast. It looks at all aspects of the decade old mystery. Since the start of the podcast we have heard about a new prime suspect that Operation Grange has uncovered. A suspect that the Portuguese PJ Chief Inspector Gonçalo Amaral had predicted would be made the scapegoat for the 20 million pound UK inquiry that has uncovered nothing of significance. Anyway, all very juicy as you can imagine! Get listening I say.

I have also been listening to a podcast called Coffee Break French. A podcast helping you improve your French although it's making me a little annoying, not want to speak English and hunkering to smoke so enough about that!

What all this podcasting has made me realise however, is that maybe I should start my own podcast...

How about "Adventures of a Dutch Nomad"?!!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Frans Lanting - a Dutch Diamond

Frans Lanting is a national gem. A wildlife photographer respected all around the world he has produced some of the most astounding visual imagery ever seen. From the wildlife of Africa to the impenetrable jungles of South America he's seen it all and photographed more.

Thomas Kennedy, former Director of Photography at National Geographic sums up Frans eloquently, “He has the mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet.”

A National Geographic stalwart, Frans has travelled the world documenting the natural world in action. His renowned LIFE: A Journey Through Time stands the test of time and brought him numerous accolades.

What really resonates with me is his ability to use his photography to draw in support and attention for conservation projects not just on a local but also on a global scale.

Frans Lanting's adventures and carreer mission is very close to what I as a young adult envisioned my dream job to be. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it happen but I guess you never know. Never stop dreaming!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Countryfile: 7. Golf

 "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. 
You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots 
- but you have to play the ball where it lies."
                                                                        - Bobby Jones 

 Ever since my hockey career started coming to an injury plagued end I have been more and more intrigued about the game of golf. A mental and more personal sporting challenge. I will never tire of team sports, it's where my heart lies, yet the older I get the body takes a step back and the mind steps to the fore!

Having joined the local golf club and taken some lessons with the resident professional I am slowly making progress up the handicap ladder. There are so many aspects of the game that intrigue me. The only thing I need to be wary of is that I don't end up turning into one of those golf wankers. As far as cliche midlife crises go, becoming a golf twat has got to be right up there. 

Golf is a bit like a good woman. It entices you with its splendour and lures you in with fresh excitement, only to take hold of your emotions and ensnare you with it's power. You spend way too much money on it and just when you start getting excited about your progress, it slaps you in the face and says, no Marnix, not today. 

Nonetheless, my early mornings spent on the beautiful Frilford Heath Golf Course(s) will keep me coming back for more. My romance has only just begun...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Countryfile: 5. Vegetable Garden

I ate a salad grown in my own garden today. I'm living off the land. Self sustainable.
I'm not going to lie, the real reason is my FOMO when Brexit kicks in.

Once we leave the EU who knows when we will see fresh Brussels sprouts again. The Frogs will undoubtedly stop sending us Artichokes and we can wave ciao ciao to the Broccoli!

So I took advantage of that first week in May which was the entirety of the British summer and got a right good haul out of it. I'm proud as peanuts to be honest.

Bring on Brexit!

 If we stick to one Salad leaf per meal we should easily make it to the end of June. So screw you Jean-Claude Juncker!

I might start growing an Orange tree next...