endless happiness if you win the rat race

Illustrator Steve Cutts sets his animation, “Happiness,” in a teeming urban environment, with hundreds of near identical cartoon rats standing in for human drudges in an unfulfilling, and not unfamiliar race.

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meeting some incredible sea creatures

Last week I had the incredible pleasure to play with stingrays. Yep, stingrays. Well, to be correct they are actually called cownose rays because of their unusual bi-lobed head, with two large fleshy lobes under the snout. Still, they are part of the stingray family.

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sv rainbow chaser

As you know we are currently searching for the right boat for us. Our favourite is a Beneteau 57. As with all bigger purchases in life this is about compromising and considering all sorts of options such as affordability, space, seaworthiness and so on.

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coconut bikini – the book

About 9 months ago I decided to write a book. Given that I will soon turn 50 that might very well be a “midlife crisis idea” except,  I actually started writing many many years ago. Some of the stuff I have written will make its way into the book.

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feel the breeze – the “young baby” cruising family

Rianne, Gerben and Jr. Captain Benjamin set sail to explore the world and feel the breeze on their Beneteau 57 “Perfect Sense”

The "Feel the Breeze" crew has been cruising since

Over the next few weeks I will be posting a series of short profiles about some of the most interesting and inspiring cruising families. You can find the full list of families here and if you feel I missed someone, please shout. 

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families sailing around the world

Sailing around the world as a family might sound crazy but I am glad to let you know there are plenty of families doing exactly this. We have been following these families on social media and are in contact with some of them.

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i want, so i will. part 3

It is about time I got back to completing this short blog series about the “6 rules for happiness”. I know “rules” sounds a bit weird. Don’t care. What I do care about is the fact that this actually works and I wish I had the balls to actually do something about this many many years ago.

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i want, so i will. part 2

Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

If you are reading this you most likely read part one of this blog post series. If not it makes sense to have a quick read before you continue with this update.

The next 6 updates will provide some clarity on the 6 rules that Labkovsky came up with to help to defeat neurosis and become a positive person. The happy bunny type person 👍

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not one drop

Today I am extremely proud that I haven’t had any alcohol for exactly 365 days and I am not planning to ever have alcohol again.

I am writing this here because I know a lot of people who are in the same situation. Last year I realised more and more that every week I was working towards Friday evenings to have a glass of juicy red wine first and then focus on family or other things. After that first glass, I would calm down and be ready for the weekend.

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brainblurb – the education revolution

“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning can be taught.” (Oscar Wilde).

This is the core of Greek learning or paideia. The goal of education is not mastery of subject matter, but of one’s person. Continue reading “brainblurb – the education revolution”

and the oscars go to…

Wow, 2018 was a tough year, really tough. I can’t say 2019 started much better and just the simple fact that I am writing this list near end of March shows how much time has already passed.

Such list is usually best written at the beginning of the new year because it covers the previous year but I simply didn’t have enough time.

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brainblurb – the fools of alexander

The fools of Alexander is the derogatory name used by scholars to describe anyone who has wasted time searching for buried treasure in Alexandria, Egypt.

It is said that in Alexandria everybody has a theory about Alexander the Great and the location of his coffin of “hammered gold”. In most parts of the world, people buy lottery tickets. In Alexandria, they buy shovels.*


not enough boxes

Over the last 6 weeks, I have unsubscribed from 169 newsletters and other online subscriptions. These didn’t even include spam emails. Just simple email communications that I accumulated over the years and never got around dealing with. Instead, I would waste time every day skimming the headlines, read one or two and mostly deleting these messages. Continue reading “not enough boxes”