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Peter

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2010-08-16

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Peter is a British expat writer and performer who lives in the watery city of Amsterdam. He blogs.. about The Netherlands, travelling, improvised comedy and life in general.

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  • Filming in the Round
    on May 2, 2016 in Acting Me Movies Technology
    Very recently I had the chance to help make a short film with one of the new generation of virtual reality cameras. This allows you to make a movie where the viewer can look all around them in 360 degrees (as well as up and down, so I guess that’s...
  • In the future we are all going to be Miss Universe for 15 seconds.
    on Dec 23, 2015 in Anthropology Fun Inspiration Religion Sex
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  • Travel: Finny Dipping (Tampere, Finland, Summer 2013, part 2)[The write-up for the first part of this trip is here.] Warning: This story contains full frontal nudity. The thing I really had difficulty adjusting to in Finland was the length of the days. Finland is north. Quite far north. In the summer, when I...
  • Train of Thrones
    on Jun 20, 2015 in Europe Transport Travel TV
    Brussels isn’t really that far from Amsterdam. It’s an hour and a half on the fast train, and 3 hours on the cheap one which seems to stop at every farm on the way. In fact if a cow stands still near to the track, the train slows down in case it...
  • Great British Game Shows
    on Jun 9, 2015 in TV UK
    The person who finds the next big game show format will be rewarded with great wealth and much public derision. Accepting that there will be derision allows you to dispense with shame and allow yourself to be inspired wherever you are. At some time,...
  • Career Plan 9 From Outer Space
    on Mar 24, 2015 in Inspiration Movies
    You have to feel a bit sorry for this guy. Gregory Walcott, who died recently at 87, was an actor who is pretty much only known for his role in the so-called worst movie of all time. Walcott was in a few other movies, some of which you’ll (also) h...
  • Travel Sweden Feb 2015 part 2: More on Uppsala and TelevisionIt used to be, in the old days, you wouldn't leave the hotel for fear of hostile natives. Now you don't leave the hotel because you don't want to lose wifi. It's called progress.  - Uppsala is a small town dominated by a university and a cathedral...
  • Travel: Sweden Feb 2015 part 1: Where did you land? Arlanda in Sweden (and other Marx Brothers routines)
    on Mar 1, 2015 in Europe Transport Travel
    Stockholm's Arlanda airport is located amidst what appears to be a wasteland. Or perhaps any part of the airport land not directly used for airport business is basically neglected or worse still, dumped upon. The airport is very biased towards people...
  • Less of a Bite
    on Feb 12, 2015 in Drugs Health Me Movies
    Two days ago, a very polite older gentleman and his lovely assistant performed a conjuring trick in my mouth. They made 2 of my teeth disappear. By the power of magic. Well perhaps not magic. More by the power of pulling, sawing, cracking, pulling, s...
  • Happy New Year (contents may be different to those advertised)
    on Jan 1, 2015 in Christmas Music New Year UK
    Many of you might have read my diatribe against the Christmas song. I spent Christmas in the United Kingdom (which is barely united these days and actually a queendom, but whatever). I was confronted by plenty of Christmas songs during this trip. The...
  • We Want Information (Christmas Travel and Technology 2014)In this modern era, technology gets information to us at a phenomenal rate. The main problem is that it gets correct information to us at exactly the same rate and in the same manner as incorrect information. In fact, nowadays, incorrect information...
  • Ding Dong - The Horror of Christmas MusicChristmas has descended upon us like a plague of tinselly locusts. At the airport, 3 young ladies in narrow, red dresses were harmonising closely the song Silent Night. (Or "Spent Might" as my phone suggested the song be spelled.) They we...
  • Keep On Moving
    on Nov 24, 2014 in Cats Computers Me Netherlands
    So, I’ve bought a house. 19-year-old me once swore to never be married, never have a mortgage and never eat muesli. 19-year-old me is now a ghost. He is as pale and deathly as he looked and was ribbed for all those years ago. As the new place is s...
  • L'aéroport et la haine
    on Nov 6, 2014 in Europe Transport Travel
    I always used to love hanging round airports. I would always leave plenty of time to have a stress-free journey in and time to watch the world of airport life. Everything you have in the real world is in airports, just on a smaller scale and more exp...
  • It’s A Man’s Wind
    on Aug 16, 2014 in Anthropology Language Movies Science US
    A little while back, I saw this article in the Washington Post about how people don’t take as much precautions when a hurricane is named after a woman as when it’s name after a man. It seems because people don’t feel threatened by a woman. My f...
  • Hup Hamsters Hup!Albert Heijn is the biggest supermarket chain here in the Netherlands [1]. They're shops are everywhere and their numbers are increasing. It used to be that every time a building was left abandoned here, after a few months it would be a squat. Well,...
  • Operating Conditions
    on Jul 3, 2014 in Computers
    I've just installed an old computer from scratch. It's not difficult these days. I remember when it was, but nowadays, you throw in a DVD or what-have-you, leave it for a surprising amount of time and then fill in the time, place and inside leg measu...
  • on Mar 24, 2014 in Computers Shopping
    Boots self-service checkout: "Please place scanned item in the bags provided."*Us struggling to open cheap plastic bag*Boots self-service checkout: "Please place scanned item in the bags provided."*Us struggling to open cheap plas...
  • Battle with a Boots self-service checkout.
    on Mar 24, 2014 in Computers Shopping
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 21 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]--> Picture via the awesome http://www.visitbridgend.org.uk <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![end...
  • Your Attention Please
    on Feb 18, 2014 in Me Music
    About fifteen years ago, the greatest band that ever existed split up. My childhood was over. Not that I was even remotely a child then, and not that that’s been a part of my childhood. They’d just been the greatest band that ever existed and the...
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