I listed previously the names of some famous marooned individuals here.
You can read more details about poor sailor Leendert in this article http://m.himalmag.com/hell-ascension/. 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.
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.
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!
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!