30 May 2006


I am writing for a Dutch national newspaper about life in England during the World Cup. Feels kind of cool to be able to put on my CV that I write a twice-weekly column for a national newspaper. You can find the columns on the internet if you look hard enough:)

In the mean time, the people I had an interview with back inFebruary have come back to me and have asked me to apply for the same job again as they have decided they need 2 instead of 1. They rang to say: We have a similar job available and we thought you might want to know so that you can apply for it. That is a good sign. I really want the job. But how enthusiastic should I get about this? I still have to send in the application form, hope to get an interview and then hope to be the best of the bunch that applies this time. I really want the job but I don't want to get my hopes up to high.

How hopeful should I be?

22 May 2006


Oh my God. Less than 2 weeks before I am getting married.


This week is the National Hypnotherapy Awareness Week.

Now why does that strike me as a slight contradiction?

12 May 2006

I think she loves me...

There you are
Your beauty consoles me
I've gone far
And I almost didn't find you
And I almost lived without you
There is nothing in this world
I'd rather do
Than live in you
Here we go,
Our favourite adventure
You should know
I was never more complete
And I never thought I'd see
The meaning of my life
Wrapped in you
Next to me
If you ever fear
Someday we might lose this
Come back here
To this moment that will last
And time can go so fast
When everything's exactly
Where it's at
Its very best

Favorite Adventure - K's Choice

09 May 2006

Janis Ian

Brilliant songstress Janis Ian has released a new album, called "Folk is the new Black". JD and I went to a concert last week and it was marvelous. Janis introduced a new song. It is about how she and her partner got married in Canada but once back in America, their marriage does not count and how the whole thing is just stupid. JD and I (and the rest of the audience) thought the song was totally fantastic and we were thinking of putting it on our wedding invitations.


Unfortunately I had to remove the lyrics as Janis was not happy about a song being published when she considers it to be unfinished. Fair enough I say. Is a painting considered 'exhibited' just because the painter may have shown the work in progress to a few people? Nope. So let's hope Janis releases the song soon so that I can point you all to the record shop where you can listen to it and buy it.

So, Janis, I apologise for jumping the gun and infringing anyone's rights.


You could do a lot worse than to go to Janis Ian's website and buy yourself some of her albums.

05 May 2006


My impending marriage does not exclude me from casting an appreciative eye at the TV whenever Doctor Tanya Byron appears.

Thankfully JD agrees with me on this one. And so it is that we find ourselves watching an hour of reality TV about how to solve behavioural problems in children. Every day at 8pm, on BBC3: The House of Tiny Tearaways. 3 families with badly behaved kids move in to the house with Dr. Tanya for a week (HELLOOOOOO) and she helps them sort out the problems. Like Big Brother, there are cameras everywhere. (But not in Dr. Tanya's room…. :( And at first I thought I was imagining it (no pun intended) but after a few shots, JD and I are convinced that the camera regularly makes shots of Tanya that show her...erhm...assets in a very favourable light. SHots that really have no place in a show about child pshychology (but shots without which JD and I, and half the lesbian world) would not even bother to watch the show. I mean, who cares about kid anyway?)

Unfortunately she is married (Oh well, can’t have it all). JD and I watch almost every day, commenting on her outfit ("oooh...BAD, BAD skirt..." "NICE jeans Dr. Tanya!!").

Oh, and in the process, we have also learned how to raise children: Treat them like dogs. It really works: Give them freedom and they will be unhappy. Give them clear rules, expectations and boundaries and they will be happy.

Every day I am amazed at parents who swear and scream at their kids and then despair at their bad behaviour. Or parents who give in to the kids all the time and then complain about their demanding attitude. Example: Last month, a 5 year old boy who did not eat anything but yoghurt. His folks gave him 40 (yes, FOURTY) pots of fruit yoghurt per day. It was all he would eat. And so Dr. Tanya set to work and made progress. For every time he would eat a new kind of food, he would be rewarded with a yoghurt. And what do the parents do? They reward him by giving him 4 pots of yoghurt at the same time!! Instead of just the one. Are these people thick? And the number of people who are quietly sabotaging our lovely Doctor by not sticking to the rules because they feel the rules are too strict and their poor baby can not cope with being ignored during a tantrum...


But thankfully Dr. Tanya will solve all your problems and she will save the world one day. JD and I are thinking about having a child and spoiling it so that we can go to the House of Tiny Tearaways as well and tell Dr. Tanya of our problems.