The Last Man on Earth – the story of Leendert Hasenbosch

I listed previously the names of some famous marooned individuals here.

You can read more details about poor sailor Leendert in this article The Dutch state was unforgiving when it came to punishing homosexuals; and Leendert was extremely unlucky to find himself on this waterless island in the summer.

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The Wisdom of the Dakota Indians – how to Ride a Dead Horse

The Dakota Indians say that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in business, education, government, and in the home, a range of far more advanced strategies are being deployed. So, when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to:

  • Buy a stronger whip.
  • Change riders.
  • Threaten to fire the horse.
  • Harness several dead horses together to increase speed.
  • Appoint a committee to study the horse.
  • Proclaim: “This is the way we’ve always ridden this horse.”
  • Develop a training session to improve riding ability.
  • Update the manual.
  • Lower the standards of what defines a living horse, so that dead horses are included.
  • Reclassify the horse as “living-impaired.”
  • Reclassify the horse as “temporarily out of order.”
  • Get more experts to investigate the dead horse. Fire those that claim the horse is dead.
  • Proclaim that others ride exactly this type of horse successfully.
  • Proclaim that riders that refuse to ride the dead horse are lazy, have no ambition and are not “all-in” – then replace them.
  • Reminisce elaborately on all the good times you had while riding that horse.
  • Hire consultants.
  • Proclaim boldly: “This horse is not dead, but alive!”
  • Hire more consultants.
  • Increase funding and/or training to increase the dead horse’s performance.
  • Ride the dead horse “outside the box.”
  • Make the dead horse shareholder. Threaten to cur the horse’s bonus.
  • Get the horse a Web site and social media visibility.
  • Kill all the other horses so the dead one doesn’t stand out.
  • Pronounce that the dead horse doesn’t need food, water or care, carries lower overhead and is less costly, and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line than other horses.
  • Rewrite the performance requirements for all horses.
  • Promote the dead horse to a supervisory position.
  • Name the dead horse, “paradigm shift” and keep riding it.
  • Ride the dead horse “smarter, not harder.”
  • Call the dead horse “Innovate” and keep on riding it.
  • Point out that the dead horse produces less manure and thus fewer climate damaging gasses. Keep on riding it.
  • Declare “God told us to ride this horse.”
  • Hire more consultants.
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Guess which town I visited in the fall? Pölser, kjötbullar & …oumph!

A bit of rain, a small room underneath the roof in a quaint hotel in the old town – that was Stockholm! Cyclists raced through the streets, endangering tourists and themselves, an amazing sight! I had a chance to try out “oumph”, a soy-based veggie substance that tastes surprisingly good, but as far as a quick internet search revealed, it is currently only available in the Nordics :-(

All in all, of you have a chance, try to visit this amazing capital!

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Mountains (oil, sand on canvas, 30 x 30 cm)

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Fish (oil, sand on canvas, 130 x 90 cm)


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Buddy and I – a man and his dog and a dog and his man

As the British saying goes: Buddy and I are like two bum cheeks on the same arse: not a piece of bog roll between us!

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Delphin (oil, sand on canvas, 20 x 40 cm)


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