Time flies when you are having fun right. Happy new year.
Since the last time we had Sinterklaas, Christmas, New Year and the confession from Lance Armstrong. That is a lot and I only mentioned some of all what happened.
Last weekend I saw both interviews from Oprah with Lance and I was disappointed. The questions weren’t that good and the answers were, as far as I can tell, still not all according to the truth. That he used dope was almost inevitable since everybody used or is still using but the way he behaved himself over the years I think is really revolting. Everybody who was saying, under oath , that he was using doping he was bringing them to court. Breaking peoples good name and careers like Frank Andreu with his wife Betsy or Emma O’Reilly or the journalist David Walsh.
I also remember the tour of 2009 where his teammate at that time, Alberto Contador, was better than him but he couldn’t stand it therefore he behaved like a child. All team members had to be on his side and in the end Contador won the Tour de France almost on his own.
Another topic which makes you wonder is the military action in Mali. Is France doing this because they care about the country and its people or is it because of the raw material like uranium that they care about? No one is taking any action to help Syria and I am sure that is not just because China and Russia don’t want to because they are afraid that their business in the weapon-industry will go down but also because there are apparently no valuables in Syria except a little bit of oil and also some gas but not enough to attack (under the UN flag) and help the innocent people.
Anyway to come back to the trivial things in life, the “Elfstedentocht” (11 City Tour, a traditional speed-skating race of almost 200 kilometers in Friesland, in the north of the Netherlands) won’t come any time soon. The ice layer is not big enough and there is too much snow on it. Everybody in the Netherlands can calm down again. Every time when the temperature goes down big part of the Netherlands gets nervous, will the Elfstedentocht come or not, the last Tour was in 1997.
Another topic you hear a lot about lately is the Fyra Highspeed Train between Amsterdam and Brussels. There are a lot of problems with this train. The latest is that the train is broke because ice that fell of the trains on the tracks damaged the bottom of the trains. The rail service is being maintained by the Belgian NMBS- and the Dutch NS Railroad companies, the trains were made in Italy by an Italian company. Question now is who to blame the failure and what can be done about it. Let us just wait and see how this Saga ends.
Personally I had a very Sinterklaas, Christmas and New Year. Nothing exciting because I had to work in between the Holidays but it’s always a special time at the end of the year. At work the Year End finished pretty well. Main part of the issue we had were for Italy again but at least we survived and a new year with good business can start again.
A bit late maybe but wishing you a happy and healthy year 2013.