19 Apr 2008


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The Belgians have a new princess. Crown Prince Philip and his wife Mathilde had a little daughter called Eleonor on Wednesday April 16. They now have four children and the population suggested to stop the royal production now.

The King is blessed with 12 grandchildren. Daughter Astrid has 5 children, and the second son Prince Laurent has 3. They all need money and it is getting a little too much for such a small country with 10.000 million inhabitants. This new birth raised a question now in the government should ALL royal family members still be payed by the State ? or only the crown prince's family ?

18 Apr 2008


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Name a color you find soothing.
I find no color soothing ! If I am furious even light blue or green doesn't calm me down !


Using 20 or less words, describe your first driving experience.
That's 45 years ago ! No idea ! But I think I didn't kill my teacher


What material is your favorite item of clothing made out of?
I don't know have to look on the label

Main Course

Who is a great singer or musician who, if they were to come to your town for a concert, you would spend the night outside waiting for tickets to see?
Not even Elvis if he would come out of his grave !


What is the most frequent letter of the alphabet in your whole name (first, middle, maiden, last, etc.)?
I choose T and now please check if I said the truth !


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These beautiful tulips I got from our son and his girlfriend when they came from Amsterdam to visit us. As you may know Holland is the country of tulips !

My cleaning lady had been in Poland in her family during Easter holidays and when she came back she brought me these cute little cat group !

Mr. Gattino had his birthday and got a real special gift :

a piece of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari he had used during the Formula 1 in 2000 with a certificate of origin. I didn't even know that Ferrari is selling souvenirs !

17 Apr 2008


13 projects I have until December

1. Planning my holidays this year

2. Going to Amsterdam to visit my son in the next weeks

3. Getting ready for my 8 day roundtrip through Greece on May 9

4. Write about it on my Countries & Cities Blog

5. Visiting our family and friends in Italy and staying at the Lake of Garda for 10 days end June

6. Write about it (see n°4)

7. Preparing the stay for a one week photo workshop in the Ardennes end July

8. before preparing an album with my best photos

9. Going to England at the South East coast for a week to stay with my friends at this lovely coast in August

10. Going on Holidays for two weeks to Egypt at the Red sea for 2 weeks in November

11. Fill myself up with sunshine there to go over the winter

12. Practisizing Photoshop which I should have learned during my workshop !

13. Think about what I should do next year !

15 Apr 2008



Man leaves £180k violin on train

The violin was made by Matteo Goffriller in Venice in 1698
A £10,000 reward is being offered for the return of a valuable 17th Century violin which was left on a train. This guy is worse than me ! I only leave my ombrellas in the train

Sergent Peeper
A PERVERT sergeant major was jailed for a year yesterday for secretly filming girls undressing at an Army training camp.
Peeping tom Richard Brown, 42, videoed teenagers through gaps in dormitory curtains then watched the recordings at home. I always thought that life in the army is dangerous !

Wife's 6000 € loan for hubby "hit"
A WIFE was facing jail last night after she took out a loan for home improvements – and tried to use it to get her husband BUMPED OFF.
Callous Zoe Kenealy, 44, borrowed € 6000 hoping to hire a hitman. Only 6000 ? I thought I had to spend more !

Man ate ballot paper
Disgusted by the instability of the Italian politics a man in Sorrento has eaten his ballot paper. Before he swallowed it he declared all Italian politicians as "shit". He is accused now of distruction of election material. I only hope he didn't have an indigestion

Russian officers too fat for new uniforms
New uniforms created by a stylist from Moscow doesn't fit on 30 % of the officers because they are too big. They also were not fit enough to do a physical exercise including 100 m swimming and running 1km in 4 min. That means they are not a danger anymore ! Good to know !


The Nekked Lizard wants us to show FIVE PICTURES - FIVE WORDS PER PICTURE.
Any pictures, any subject, and any 5 words to describe and/or explain each picture.

When you have to much choice you don't know what to choose exactly. So I took a little of different subjects.

Does Rosie can get down ?

A very special turkish nun !

A traffic jam in Amsterdam

More bikes than cars in Amsterdam

Romantic sunset at the Nile

14 Apr 2008



I find the Manic Monday word "bud" quite difficult ! For me a bud is a flower to be, but my botanical knowledge stops here. As I am not a man I don't have any buds or buddies. The only Bud I know is Bud Spencer, an Italian actor who played in a lot of "Spaghetti Western".

Before he started his career as an actor, he was a successful swimmer in his youth. Bud Spencer was the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute. He participated in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, reaching the semi-finals in the 100 m freestyle. Four years later, in Melbourne, he also entered the semi-finals in the same category.

He then met Terence Hill, with whom he made a large number of Italian Westerns and other films together from 1968 until 1994.
Bud Spencer's film career slowed down after 1983, shifting more toward television. In the 1990s he acted in the TV action-drama "Extralarge". The only thing I really remember was that he always used his flat hand to hit his ennemies in the face and they all immediately fell down unconscious. It was never only one aggressor but at least 5 or 6 at once and he just "wiped" them out.

13 Apr 2008


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More participants are here at Weekly Winners, hosted by a Sarcastic Mom !

Yesterday was Mr. Gattino's birthday and I had invited some friends for a Cocktail party.

Besides his cats and his wife the only other love in his life is "FERRARI" no football (soccer), no tennis, no other sport on TV but the FORMULA 1.

So it was normal that for his birthday friends and family offered .... Ferrari things.

A bathrobe, a mousepad, a mug, little cars and something very special a piece of Michael Schumacher's Ferrari motor with a certificate of origin !

Eating drinking and laughing Mr. Gattino is happy in his new Ferrari sweater !

The summit of the day was when his friend came with his Ferrari to pick him up for a little tour.

admiring the beast which runs at 360 km/h (224 miles) and costs the price of a nice house !

Here we tried to look "Posh" !