Doughnut, anyone?

A full moon ris­es over a snowy Aberdeen. The mer­ci­ful, white blan­ket cov­ers not only streets and gar­dens, but also the lit­ter at the side of the road. Last week I found a lot of plas­tic while run­ning (it turns out this new sport is called plog­ging), but I can’t moti­vate myself to go out …

Ever closer union?

For me, the Euro­pean Union has always been a fact of life. At pri­ma­ry school in The Nether­lands we got a Euro-pass­­port to pre­pare us for the intro­duc­tion of the euro. It con­tained a quiz to find out if you were Dutch, Euro­pean or a world cit­i­zen. I can not remem­ber exact­ly what my out­come …

New energy in Paris

The pro­tag­o­nist of the book Flight Behav­iour by Bar­bara King­solver is look­ing for change. Since she became preg­nant at sev­en­teen years old, the course of her life has been deter­mined by oth­er peo­ple. The arrival of thou­sands of Monarch but­ter­flies in the moun­tains around the lit­tle vil­lage turns her life upside down. She becomes involved …

Corbyn and the bicycle

Last week Jere­my Cor­byn was elect­ed the new leader of the British Labour Par­ty. This elec­tion has occu­pied the nation for months. It is of course an inter­nal mat­ter, but Labour is the largest oppo­si­tion par­ty, so the out­come deter­mines who will be the leader of the oppo­si­tion. It turned out to be Cor­byn, a …

Sentenced to action

I would like to take a moment to cheer for big news from our small coun­try, The Nether­lands. A court ruled today that the gov­ern­ment should do more to reduce green­house gas emis­sions. Of course it is actu­al­ly very sad and frus­trat­ing that this was nec­es­sary. It is 2015, all over the world ecosys­tems are …