Conserving Dutch-Indian shared heritage

March 14, 2015

Yesterday afternoon I had a nice session with Erik Roskam about maintenance of the Dutch-Indian shared heritage (DISH) website. Erik gave the push for the start of the DISH platform in the Netherlands in 2014. He had approached me through my VOC in India web page that I have since 1997 asking help to find archive material on one of his ancestors who was buried in Chinsurah. I could only help him by linking him with the India Netherlands Friendship Society there. Since then Erik took his family twice to Chinsurah and did more research.

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Highlights from my Manikganj trip early 2013

October 7, 2013

Here is a Trip Wow series of pictures from my trip to Manikganj in January 2013 with my good friend Najma Haque.

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Great film on cyclone victims Bangladesh

November 18, 2012

From the 300 films in the 25th International Documentary Film festival i Amsterdam I have selected to watch six films in the first days of the festival.  For the first tim since retiring I could select films during daytime, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. It was also nice that for most of them I saw the premiere that came with a Question and Answer session with directors and sometimes lead actors. Most impressive for me? Are you listening, a film on a family struggling to survive after their village was washed away by a cyclone in coast Bangladesh.

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Innovative software helps sustaining infrastructure

November 16, 2012

I am very grateful to my good friend and colleague Sahana Singh, Editor of  Asian Water for pointing me though Facebook to the Be Inspired Innovations in Infrastructure conference in Amsterdam. Bentley System, world leader in engineering software for information modelling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure organised it. I joined the Media day on 12 November and listened to four finalists presenting their projects and innovations in Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants on 13 November 2012.

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Working with old friends in Ghana

November 13, 2012

Seeing old friends is always nice. Combining that with some interesting voluntary work is even nicer in the first year of my retirement. This is what I did in Ghana a few weeks ago.  I went on holiday for two weeks visiting friends and I offered my expertise free of charge to our partner there: the WASH Resource Centre Network Ghana, I asked them how they could use me.  In the end it turned out that an interactiv workshop sharing my 40 – year experience in journalism and WASH communication with the Ghana WASH Journalists Network was very welcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Great concert and must-have CD from Boi Akih

May 17, 2012

I had a fabulous evening in the Amsterdam jazz and improvisation temple the Bimhuis with my favourite Boi Akih group. They launched their new CD: Circles in a square society, and it is a must-have one.

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My garden is flowering

May 11, 2012


I em enjoying my garden at the back of my Amsterdam home tremendously. With 15 degrees and a little sun I can already have breakfast with my morning newspaper in it at 09:30 very morning. If it gets 2o degrees I need my parasol.









This garden was designed and implemented by my good friend Ton Hozemans who is a great gardener in Delft.

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RTreporter maps issues on social media

May 11, 2012

Do you want want to monitor what are hot issues on social media? RTreporter is a handy data tool doing that. It was developed by a Dutch fund for promoting journalism in The Netherlands. The Dutch site already makes use of this tool.

The tool signals trends on Twitter. Different packages can be ordered that send notifications on high volume use of one ore more keywords.

My new website

May 11, 2012
I retired from IRC in early 2012 at 65, after 40 years of working in journalism, advocacy and communication. In the next few years I want to share my experience in the WASH sector from the last 30 years with the younger generation.
IRC has contracted me to still do 25 days work per year for them. In all I want to do work 50 days per year for which I have created H2O Communications and a website for it.
I hope I can do also some practical work for partners in the developing world. Skill training on storytelling in all formats with a purpose that can be linked with distant mentoring from my home.

Doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll

April 20, 2012

Now I am retired it is about time that I start writing new posts.

Today WaterAid is releasing to media a high resolution doctored image of the Statue of Liberty holding a glass of water and a toilet roll entitled “In Water and Sanitation We Trust” designed to show the importance of these essential services. The occasion is the 100 finance and water ministers who are discussing next steps in the Sanitation and Water for All initiative this afternoon in the USA.

It is time to free millions trapped in water and sanitation poverty – Governments convene in the USA today to collaborate on investment in water and sanitation. The charity WaterAid calls for concrete actions to free the hundreds of millions from the devastating impact of dirty water and unsafe sanitation. Universal access to these basic services would save 2.5 million lives every year.

I am curious to see in which media he image will appear.

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