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Discovery tours

'Nothing new under the sun', was what I thought in June, at the start of my summer vacation. The corona crisis quietly muddled on. No big trip to unknown places. No unexpected encounters or new mountain hiking routes, no..

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Proteins can change the world

14 September 2020

To keep our bodies going we need nutrients: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Two of these macro nutrients: the (satured) fats and carbohydrates (starch and sugars), have been under attack for decades, because they are a...

Corona - learn to play outside again

14 September 2020

Due to the lack of physical communication, we are now using Teams, Skype etcetera on a large scale. It works. Although... how do you explain the smell of delicious fresh bread? The smoothness of leather? The tenderness o...

Picture book

14 September 2020

Yeah, we're still there. No room for events. At the time I'm writing this, the Empack has also been cancelled. I didn't expect otherwise, but still. This autumn we will carefully resume our activities with an OSV golf...

Glass sphere

15 June 2020

The corona-lockdowns are slowly being lifted. Carefully we step back into the big wide world. A world marked by new boundaries. How do they progress? We don't know. To me the spring with the world locked up was silent...

Rebuilding society

15 June 2020

Corona is rebuilding society more radically in 12 weeks than the regular economy in the previous 12 years. The expectation is that in a large number of shopping cities the square metres of retail space will be reduced to...

Autonomy

15 June 2020

The coronacrisis - and the related measures to contain the spread of the disease - is more than ever an attack on our autonomy. We, the Dutch, find this difficult. In his speech on TV, Rutte praised the Dutch people. Oka...

Summer holidays

15 June 2020

It's almost holiday time. What are you gonna do? Are you going to stay in Holland, cross the border? What is it abroad that you don't have here? We always went abroad because it rained too often in the Netherlands in the...

OSV Zomerbarbecue 2020

03 June 2020

De OSV Zomerbarbecue... eigenlijk hadden we nu (3 juni 2020) bij Buitenzorg in Ede moeten genieten van het netwerkevent van het jaar. Genieten van een stoere barbecue en bijpraten met al je relaties, met vanavond een hee...

Hand in hand

15 May 2020

King's Day 2020. No strange junk on markets and no ridiculous sales pitch about how functional those broken things are. No live music. No overcrowded terraces. No bratwurst or hamburgers from a shady stand on the square....

From the outside and from the inside

15 May 2020

External food safety During this corona crisis, it becomes crystal clear that we are running considerable risks, also with regard to food safety. It is known that direct contact with insects and (infected) animals thr...

What 1.5 meters?

15 May 2020

The simplest measure to protect you against the COVID 19 virus appears to be the most effective. The evidence that hand-washing prevents disease transmission is overwhelming and the costs are low. My mother, 83 years old...

We miss you guys

15 May 2020

It's been two months already since the start of the lockdown. Two months in which personal contact is minimal. If you read my columns regularly, you know that personal contact is my number one priority. I am always looki...

For each other

06 April 2020

"So, what do you guys think of this cruesli?" I ask the kids. Now that (certain) shelves in the supermarket are empty, we move on to other brands than the ones we prefer. Flexible as we are, we are constantly looking for...

The foundation of things

06 April 2020

I just got out of an audit. Seen by many as a time-consuming obligation; a 'necessary evil', necessary to obtain and/or maintain your certifications. I prefer to see it as a useful instrument: a test that gives you insig...

Corona - the new reality

06 April 2020

Recently, around the year 1500, Columbus brought the flu and measles to America. Result: the Indian population halved. The first pandemic. I said 'recent', because 400 years (30 - 40 generations) is a very short period o...