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Mr. Zwart

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I got married a few weeks ago and am about to move house to live together with my new ‘spouse’ Merel 🙂 That entails a lot of administrative paperwork regarding insurance, change of address and all that stuff. The fact that I married a woman while I am one myself never really struck me as odd until this afternoon. Well, not so much odd as “oh, our computer can’t input that”.

This afternoon I spoke to at least three companies and some of them had already been tipped that I was now married through the GBA computer (Gemeentelijke Basis Adminstratie a.k.a. BigBrother Inc.). But Merel had been invariably registered as Mr. Zwart. I guess Big Brother don’t know that much after all 😉 Some forms are not yet equipped to deal with Mrs and Mrs it seems.

However, the day care centres here are much more progressive than the insurance companies because when I recently signed up with one of them, in anticipation of our baby arriving in December, the form didn’t read Mother / Father but Parent 1 / Parent 2. That makes things much simpler 🙂

Before and After the Orthodontist

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YouTube Cats

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I have some relatively cute videos of my cats on You Tube, but recently came across videos bij NoaAsh and I love the way they’ve been filmed and edited with cool music. This one is Noa and Ash in the dollhouse. Brilliant.

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Fartkamera

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fartkamera2Yes, the Swedes have fartcameras! I came across this word when browsing my TomTom home download options. It seems that in Sweden they photograph your speed and your smells. And then of course you also have anti fartkamera scanners too.

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Bizarre Laws

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I found this list on the BBC website. I adore silly laws like this. So here’s the top ten for both UK and international ludicrous laws:

The UK’s top 10 most ridiculous British laws were listed as:

# 1. It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament (27%)

# 2. It is an act of treason to place a postage stamp bearing the British king or queen’s image upside-down (7%)

# 3. It is illegal for a woman to be topless in Liverpool except as a clerk in a tropical fish store (6%)

# 4. Eating mince pies on Christmas Day is banned (5%)
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Twinkie Chic

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I am starting to spot a trend… and I think I like it 😉 First there’s the rotund Beth Ditto of the Gossip via whom I discovered (rather late) through Mika’s single Big Girl (You Are Beautiful). This morning via BoreMe.com I found Joy Nash doing a fat rant and just now via Madonna’s own personal blog (ahem) I find the YouTube video below starring the round Romanian singer, Miss Platnum.

What’s happening? Is fat the new thin? Has heroin chic finally gone Twinkie chic?

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I've Been Skimmed

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bankDuring the last few weeks I’ve been reading a lot in the Dutch newspapers about how PIN machines in shops are being tampered with by criminals to enable them to collect card and PIN information. It’s the latest version of PIN fraud which started with cash machines being fitted with fake card slots and hidden cameras that registered the PIN code you tapped in. Reading about it in the paper is one thing. Discovering that someone in London (I was in Amsterdam) has withdrawn over €1600 out of your account this weekend is another.
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Cute Little Hummer

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H3 Campaign
Kids under 12 are the only people allowed to express their love for Hummers without getting an earful about the environment and male insecurities. Hummers have a bad reputation, even in America, as gas-guzzling, pedestrian-crushing tanks. But their new ad-campaign for the H3 is pretty damn smart.

They have made the huge, environmentally unfriendly car into a loveable little baby, named Trevor. Trevor is born to a Godzilla-like mum (Jennifer) and a robot dad. Jennifer even has her own putrid pink website with lots of animated gifs and baby photos of Trevor (in diapers!). Clever advertisers!

There’s even an ultrasound picture of Trevor in the womb.
Trevor ultrasound

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Mijn vriendin heeft vier Poten en kost €109

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TerrasstoelEn ze heeft zwart vlechtwerk en bestaat verder uit stevig, licht aluminium. Ja, mijn vriendin is een terrasstoel!

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Customized to Ugliness

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This has to be the ugliest car I have seen for years. Would you dare drive around town in it?

Ruitjes Auto

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