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Month: February 2006

Valentine’s Day

My mum always had little stickers on the tiles in the toilet. Every sticker represented a month of the year and every month had a little rhyme. The month of february said: “Start de dag met een glimlach, want the 14e is het Valentijnsdag (start the day with a smile, because it’s Valentine’s day on the 14th). Coming from a background in which valentine is not celebrate very elaborately, I had to ask my mum what valentine was all about. I guess from that time the sense and nonsense of valentine has been imprinted in my memory as something silly…

Oh my dearest Haseenah!!

My dear wife has been reading my blogs everyday and everytime after she read a story, she always asks me why she is never mentioned in the story. Of course that’s not true, because you can even see her picture popping up on my blog. It’s just that she wanted to have a full story dedicated to her. Well, here you go my dear, a full blog-line dedicated to you. And yes yes, of course I love you my darling Haseenah! Hasssseeeeeeeeenaaaahhhhh!! (I’m sure this will keep her happy for a while) By the way, she’s pregnant again! It’s 2…

Muhammad cartoon vs freedom of speech

I wanted to write a story about the uproar that was caused by a cartoon in the newspapers in Europe. I had a story in mind about freedom of speech, but I’m not going to do that. Why? Simple, I don’t want to die yet: I’m too young and I have a family to take care of. Especially lines like “an Islamic group called for the artists to be put to death for blasphemy“ on the ChannelNewsAsia website are scary. I think I would just like to ask people to be a bit open-minded when it comes so satire. The…