Yearly Archives: 2014

Happy Christmas

It’s true what they say: you can’t choose your family. If I could have, however, I would have chosen mine anyway. We had a lovely Christmas time and I have a lot to be happy about. On the 24th I still had a lot of reports to write (and I still do, but I made […]

“Secret of BoRhap revealed, by science!”

Picture: Radio 2 Top 2000  “Confirmation of the iconic status of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ came on October 18, 1977 when the British Phonographic Industry gave it the Britannia Award as the best British pop single of the previous 25 years. But Queen knew that already!” The BoRhap has its own chapter in the ‘40 Years of […]

Citizen Science in Brussels

Thanks to the world wide web (again), I learned about this conference in Brussels about citizen science (especially in Belgium and the Netherlands). The ‘young academy’ organising this already had a lot interesting speakers and they also planned to have a landscape, or market, where scientists and ambassadors could show their projects. This is where […]


Picture: Hanny van Arkel  It was a success; Heel Nederland Kijkt Sterren (the Dutch equivalent of Stargazing Live)! Since I was present at the live location Sterrenwacht Tivoli in Oudenbosch, I had only seen bits of the show last Wednesday on the little monitor in the field. Until yesterday, when I watched the whole thing […]

Dank U Sinterklaasje!

Dutch people and English readers who have been following me for a while, know it was that time of year again: the Saint Nicholas celebrations! There have been some discussions lately (again) about this tradition, and Zwarte Pieten in particular, but I’m not going to address this anymore. I’ve just been enjoying the festivities with […]