The Dark Half

The Dark Half

Samhain. The night when the veil between the worlds is thinnest. The night on which we set an extra plate on the table for those who are no longer with us, and the sons of Oberon walk the streets. For the Celts it was also the beginning of the dark half of the year,...
Carn the mighty Hawkes!

Carn the mighty Hawkes!

Outside it was cold and it rained. Of course it rained. A miserable November day. I was 21 in 2004 and had never been away from home for longer than three weeks. When I got on the plane, my heart felt heavy as a brick. Even though summer waited on the other side. I...
Vive le vélo

Vive le vélo

We zijn nu al dertien jaar samen. Ik zal niet liegen; ze heeft me af en toe pijn gedaan, dat klopt. Maar vooral veel geluk gebracht. Ze was de eerste die het langer dan een jaar met me uithield. De anderen lieten me veel sneller alleen. En toch kan ik de langzame...
Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud

Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud

Sophocles wrote that. About 2.500 years ago. In his play ‘Philoctetes’, young Neoptolemos, son of brave Achilles, utters it when faced with a moral dilemma by cunning Odysseus. What follows is a tale of doing what is right versus that which gets a result. It seems...