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2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 71 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 176 posts. There were 326 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 64mb. That’s about 6 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 5th with 117 views. The most popular post that day was In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for piercings, baskery, punk girls, dora dolz, and edward hopper.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes December 2009


Photos Westerpop Aug 30, 2009 September 2009
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Modern Life – Edward Hopper and His Time November 2009


Space Invaders in Rotterdam May 2009


Metro @ Rotterdam Centraal Station (MCS) October 2009

Some of your most popular posts were written before 2010. Your writing has staying power!

Bevrijdingsfestival Rotterdam, May 5, 2010

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Although it is only February and Winter is still among us, Spring glimmers again. When I think of Spring, I think amongst others of May 5 and the Bevrijdingsfestivals (Liberation Festivals). Although there are thirteen official festivals, (in all twelve provinces, plus one in Amsterdam) but to The Hotstepper there is of course only one that in particular matters: the Bevrijdingsfestival in Rotterdam.

The celebration on the Day of Freedom is not complete without music. Freedom is something, as is music, that we create and enjoy together. Music fraternizes people. On May 5 at 13:00, the Freedom Fire is lit. On the thirteen festivals the fire burns in specially designed torches.

Especially for the Bevrijdingsfestivals Boris and The Wicked Jazz Sounds Band will collaborate. The two bands play together as Boris & The Wicked Jazz Experience on the Bevrijdingsfestival of Rotterdam. On what time however is not yet clear. As soon as the program for 2010 is official, The Hotstepper will let you know more. Or you can check for yourself at

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February 25, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Boobies Magazine

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Thursday February 18 2010 Today The Hotstepper went to work, just like any other day. He nearly missed his connecting train and could just see the red tail lights get smaller in the morning mist when he made a discovery in one of the newspaper containers on the platform. A pile of white tabloids lay on top of a pile of Metro newspapers. Later that day he discovered he was not the only one to make this discovery and Rotterdam wasn’t the only city where these mysterious papers were dropped. On the websites of national newspapers as AD, Trouw and Volkskrant a text similar to the one below was published:

This morning at several railway stations a newspaper with pictures of topless women was distributed. The so-called Tietenblaadje (Boobs Magazine) was waiting for commuters in newspaper bins of Pers and Metro at the stations of Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Haarlem. It is unknown who has made the magazine and with what reason.
The free magazine in tabloid format, shows large pictures of women who pull up their T-shirt in front of the camera without showing their faces. On the cover of the blank magazine is only the text “The newspaper that nobody dared to ask for has actually arrived. We took the first step. Who is number 2? “

On their website the authors call the public – in English – to create other versions of the magazine and distribute it in their own city or country.

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February 19, 2010 at 6:54 am

Isle of Brienenoord – a green oasis in the heart of Rotterdam

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Brienenoord Island is a green oasis in the heart of Rotterdam. One can in an area of 21 ha enjoy a surprising number of plant and animal species. The tidal force of the Nieuwe Maas plays an important role. Large grazers (the famous Scottish Highlander) prevent massive afforestation and keep the island shaggy.
Thus it is said on the welcome sign at the entrance of the park. After one and a half hours walking, I unfortunately have not seen a Higlander. Yet I am enthusiastic about this area! So here’s some extra info.

In the nineteenth century some sand banks came to be at the place where now the Isle of Brienenoord is. They grew together and became overgrown with reeds, rush and willow. Early twentieth century the island that thus was created reduced the flow, so part of the sand bank was excavated. The sand from the excavation was used to increment the remaining part and the island of Brienenoord in its current form was born.

The island is over the time used for allotments, as a location for Youth Home and as an oil transshipment point of the NAM. The Island also did service as a dock to build parts for the subway tunnel, on behalf of the North-South metro connection. Early sixties, on the east side of the island, the Brienenoordbrug was built to establish another North-South connection.

Over time, the island is largely covered with forest. Some trees are so old that they fall over. The South Holland Landscape Foundation (Stichting Het Zuid-Hollands Landschap) , which is responsible for maintenance, let these trees to birds as the green woodpecker, wren and jay and many insect species. Although the island has been used for cultural and industrial purposes and (part of) the island is still used by people for recreational purposes, it’s fair to say that the Brienenoord Island is of ecological value.

In 2003 a trench system was dug in the eastern part of the island that strengthened the tidal force in the region. Freshwater tidal nature is among the rarest types of nature in the Netherlands.

The Nieuwe Maas is a tidal river. Twice a day the water rises and falls up to 175 cm. Not all plants enjoy it to take a ducking with the regularity of the clock. Therefor specific plant species are to be found along the shore edges. One such rarity is the Spin Palustris. The spring flowering plant with yellow flowers is of international importance. At the interface of land and water grows Bulrush, also a typical tidal species.

Many freshwater fish prefer to mate in the shallow water in the gullies. The young fish have to share their ‘kingdom’ with different types of freshwater mussels. For them, the tidal area is perfect too.
The flow can be so strong that edges crumble and steep banks arise. These provide breeding grounds for the Sand Martin and the Kingfisher.

So much for the official text. What I like about the island is diversity. The abandoned docks where the machines were left to become rusty scrap fill me with a sense of melodrama. And the view at the city from this point is fantastic. I continued my walk east along the banks of the Nieuwe Maas, where one can hear the distant hum of the diesels of the barges. Here you can get a good sense of the shaginess of the landscape.

On the far end of the island, beyond the tidal gullies  it is obvious that the park is not only a place for nature lovers. The pillars on which the Brienenoordbrug rests are a colourful display of various forms of graffiti. It’s either because of the drawings and tags, or because of the continuous murmur of cars passing  us over our heads, that this part of the island is rather more urban than natural.

The difference is fascinating! Because I’m used to sound everywhere all the time, I kind of need the distant buzzing of the cars on the bridge to enjoy the silence even more.

Erasmus Bridge: Largest popsicle in the Netherlands

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What do you get when you put ice on a stick? A popsicle! Yesterday, Rotterdam was briefly the home of the largest popsicle in the Netherlands. Location: the Erasmus Bridge.

The Swan‘, as the bridge is also called, was closed since Tuesday afternoon due to icy conditions in the top of the 139 meter high pylon. The municipality did not run the risk that the ice would fall from that height on someone or something.
Gemeentewerken Rotterdam (Public Works) used heat guns to slowly but successfully melt the icing in the top of the Erasmus Bridge. The bridge was reopened to traffic this morning.

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January 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

Teaser adds

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On one of my walks I came across these posters. I like teaser adds, I wonder what these are for?

The first is translated as I think counterbalance the second: I think direction

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January 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm