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2010 in review

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

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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 facebook.com, geenstijl.nl, en.wordpress.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and mail.live.com.

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.

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

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

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Space Invaders in Rotterdam May 2009

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Metro @ Rotterdam Centraal Station (MCS) October 2009

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

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Michael de Jong and El Pino rocked the boat on SS Rotterdam

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In the last few weeks there have been special concerts in the theater of the SS Rotterdam. Last week I was at two concerts that were organized by the well-known columnist Carrie. She found two great acts willing to perform for us:  Michael de Jong and El Pino and The Volunteers. Although you really just ought to have been there, you might also enjoy the photos I took. Check the website of the Rotterdam regularly for more such initiatives. It is a very pleasant way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

http://www.opderotterdam.nl

 

Is there a drummer in the house?

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On Nov. 14, I announced the new edition of tinyMusic, which took place yesterday in a home in Rotterdam. To get there I had to walk through masses of snow, but it was worth it. Inside  the stove was gently simmering and  together with thirty music lovers, Grizzly Adams and Dyzack it is not difficult to get pleasantly warm. Host Jan Willem and hostess Floor had filled every shelf of the refrigerator with Olm beer and there were various tasty snacks.

Grizzly Adams had a small logistical problem. Half the band had arrived by car and had installed the instruments and amplifiers in the living room. The other half of the band was already waiting for two hours at Utrecht Central Station in the hope that a train was coming to transport them to Rotterdam. Fortunately there was a ‘yes’ to the question “Is there a drummer in the house?” Grizzly therefore could, albeit with a modified repertory, begin their set. It goes without saying that it was  a special concert…

After a short break it was Dyzacks turn. The sympathetic musician from The Hague had in no time the full attention of his listeners. During the songs he performed you could only hear his high voice and magical guitar playing. Then came a deafening applause time after time, after which it was dead silent in anticipation of a new song. Dyzack is back! That he has gained experience in the theater is clearly evident in his modest way of playing that ables him to  command more attention from his audience with less volume.

After the concerts, according to good use, we drank some more Olm and talked amongst each other and of course with the artists themselves about music. tinyMusic can look back on a successful ninth edition.

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December 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Snowmen on the doorstep

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It has been snowing all day in Rotterdam. The streets are covered with at least 3 inches of snow. It stopped me from leaving my home, but in the end, I had to go to the supermarket. It was either that our eat out. In either case I would have to go outside. I decided to bring my camera with me and to my surprise, not everyone had staid inside. Just a few doors away some children made these beautiful snowmen.

Three  snowmen on a winter’s day
The first one said, “Wake up, so we can play”
The second one said, “Let’s stomp on the ground.”
The third one said, “Let’s roll around.”

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December 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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Holland cries out for culture

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Last Saturday there was a demonstration in Roterdam against the VAT increase on Art and Culture in combination with cuts in grants to cultural institutions.  The call for culture and against aridity was finally literally to be heard loud and clear. For me it was a great opportunity to photograph people in a crowd.

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November 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

The husband of the doll

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On the Coolsingel, the artery of the shopping district of Rotterdam, is a statue that always makes me smile. It is  not easy to fathom though. Nimble is the man on his pedestal. Is he dancing? Has he taken a running start and is he ready to fly? For a statue there is much movement.

Although the body is quite lifelike, the head looks clownish. Yet I do not think it was the intention of the artist to depict a clown image. The caricaturistic face radiates with satisfaction, but in a crazy manner. It reminds me of the shoppers who rush from shop to shop to buy clothes and stuff that they do not need.

Anyhow, I think Thomas Puckey, a Brit who works in the Netherlands since 1978 as a sculptor and teacher, did a great job. He made a piece of art, that I not only love, but I also like about the meaning. Not every artist succeeds in this…

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November 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

tinyMusic@home

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On Saturday December 4 tinyMusic returns to the familiar environment of a living room. Host  Jan Willem and Hostess Floor make their home at Graaf  Florisstraat 44 available as a special stage for two Dutch acts, Dyzack and Grizzly Adams.

Since the 90s, the Hague musician Dyzack is well known as a guitar wizard and idiosyncratic singer-songwriter. A new album titled Una Sun? will see the light on December 10. It means: “What is this?” in Inuit , which is exactly what the composer thought after 3 months recording when he listened to the final result. The music is made for the show “Greenland” by Vis à Vis theater. You could see this album as a soundtrack, a trip across Greenland or an opportunity to listen to while reading a good book by the fireplace.

Grizzly Adams from Utrecht makes music that is good to listen to in the cosiness of a living room. The music on the album that was released earlier this year, Hombre Grande, fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the dark days before Christmas. It reminds me of a bit of Nick Cave and contains warm melancholy of the gloomy men of Tindersticks.

Check www.tinymusic.nl for more information and for ticket reservation. It’s best to make early reservations, not only will it save you 2 € per ticket,  the number of seats to this event is very limited.

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previous blog about tinyMusic: http://wp.me/punIp-wJ