Miffy the rabbit, no new books


This video is called Miffy‘s birthday (official Miffy video).

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Miffy retired in 2011

Update: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 09:09

Dick Bruna has stopped drawing. The Miffy book he published in 2011 is the last one. The Dick Bruna House says the 86-year-old artist wants to slow down, because of his age.

The first book about Miffy was in 1955, and so the last one was in 2011. They were issued all over the world. The rights will not pass on to someone else, like happened with Spike and Suzy by Willy Vandersteen.

RTV Utrecht reported that Bruna‘s workshop will be transferred to the Dick Bruna House in Utrecht. Next year Miffy will play a prominent role at the start of the Tour de France in Utrecht.

First South African in Tour de France yellow jersey


This video is an interview with cyclist Daryl Impey from South Africa.

Daryl Impey today became the first South African cyclist ever to win the leader’s yellow jersey in the Tour de France race.

Impey finished the stage of today, to Montpellier in southern France, in 13th place; while his team-mate and former race leader Simon Gerrans from Australia was 48th. Gerrans finished five seconds behind Impey.

The new general classification is:

1. Daryl Impey

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) – at 3″

3. Simon Gerrans (Australia) – at 5″

4. Michael Albasini (Switzerland) – at 5″

5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)  – at 6″

Today, 19-year-old Dutchman Danny van Poppel, the youngest participant, finished eighth.

Women’s Tour de France again? Here.

19-year-old finishes third in first Tour de France stage


This is German video about cycling in 2012, with Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands winning a race.

Today was the first stage of the 100th Tour de France cycling race.

The winner of the bunch sprint was Marcel Kittel from Germany.

Second was Alexander Kristoff from Russia.

Third was Danny van Poppel from the Netherlands. Danny van Poppel is only 19 year old, making him the youngest ever Dutch cyclist, and the youngest post-1945 cyclist from anywhere, to ride in the Tour de France. His third place of today means that tomorrow, Danny will ride in the white jersey for the best young participant. The other young participants are in their early twenties.

More about Danny van Poppel, in this Tour de France with his big brother and his father, is here.

Another Dutch cyclist with brother and father to Tour de France


This video is called Lars Boom wins 3rd stage Tour of Britain 2011.

Earlier, this blog wrote that the brothers Boy and Danny van Poppel will go as cyclists to the Tour de France event; along with their father, their team coach.

There is another cyclist, Lars Boom. Like the Van Poppel family, from Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands. And also like the Van Poppel family, his father and his brother will join Lars to the Tour, which starts this Saturday. Like Jean Paul van Poppel, father Walter Boom will be team coach. However, Lars’ brother Jesper is not a cyclist, but a cook.

Nineteen-year-old cyclist joins brother in Tour de France


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jake Keough & Boy van Poppel bike tricks

May 3, 2011

Jake and Boy entertain the school children during a visit to Riverview Charter School in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the Team talked about exercise, healthy food and bike safety. It was a great day with the kids!

Danny van Poppel is a nineteen-year-old Dutch cyclist.

This summer, from 29 June to 21 July, if all goes well, then Danny will ride in the thousands of miles long Tour De France contest.

That will make Danny van Poppel the youngest Tour de France participant ever since World War II. And the youngest Dutch Tour de France cyclist of all time.

Danny will not be on his own in the Tour. His big twenty-five-year old brother Boy van Poppel will participate in the same team.

Boy may have more cycling experience than Danny. Not in the Tour de France however. This will also be Boy’s first Tour; and he is happy that the brothers may support each other mutually.

Someone who does have much Tour experience is Boy’s and Danny’s father, Jean Paul van Poppel. He started in this event several times; and won 9 stages overall.

Jean Paul van Poppel will be coach for his sons’ team in this year’s Tour.

His strong point was not riding up mountains; it was bunch sprint finishes. His two sons are similar to him in this. Danny is good at short time trials.

Now, for Danny and Boy, a music video of the Irish song Danny Boy.

The video shows Irish scenery.

I really hope that this year in the Tour there won’t be doping scandals, like with Lance Armstrong and others in earlier years.

This year is a special contest; it is Tour #100.

The start will be in Corsica. Some of the stages will be in England.

Saudi women can now ride bikes


This video is called Detained, Tortured and Without Trial, a Saudi Political Prisoner Returns Home.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Women allowed to ride bikes

SAUDI ARABIA: Women will now be allowed to ride motorbikes and bicycles, but only in restricted recreational areas.

The powerful religious police say that women can ride bikes in parks and recreational areas but they have to be accompanied by a male relative and dress in the full Islamic head-to-toe abaya.

The official says women may not use the bikes for transport but “only for entertainment” and that they should shun places where young men gather, “to avoid harassment.”

This is a ridiculously small concession to the Saudi women’s movemernt, which demands that women should have the right not just to ride bikes, but drive cars as well. And not just for “recreation”, but for all types of transport for which men use these as well.

However, even this ridiculously small concession is a sign that the tyrannical repression in the Saudi absolute monarchy is not really working well for the rulers any more. This should give pro-democracy movements in Saudi Arabia more confidence for mass pressure for bigger improvements.

Saudi Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan says that women should not be permitted to drive cars because driving hurts a woman’s pelvis and ovaries, thus causing children with birth defects: here.

Tour de France cycling and vultures


Today, the Tour de France cycling race is in the Pyrenees mountains.

As the cyclists went to the Aubisque mountain pass, TV cameras zoomed in on a group of vultures.

They were griffon vultures.

This is a griffon vulture video from Bulgaria; also including an Egyptian vulture and a hooded crow.

Tour de France cycling and Swiss dinosaurs


This video says about itself:

Thousands of dinosaur footprints have been discovered in the Swiss Jura region, making it one of the world’s biggest track sites. The discoveries — and the great interest in the area – have prompted the authorities to consider turning the site into a tourist and archaeological attraction.

Today, a stage of Tour de France cycling race finished in Porrentruy in the Swiss Jura mountains. The stage was won by Thibaut Pinot from France.

The cyclists, just before the finish, passed a big dinosaur statue in a roundabout. The Tour de France TV helicopter also showed a dinosaur image, carved into the earth. This is because of the dinosaur discoveries of Porrentruy town.

South African antelope hits cyclist


From Huffington Post in the USA:

Evan Van Der Spuy, South African Cyclist, Hit By Antelope While Mountain Biking (VIDEO)

Timothy Stenovec

First Posted: 10/10/11 05:53 PM ET Updated: 10/10/11 06:02 PM ET

This one will make you wince.

Evan van der Spuy, a mountain biker on team Jeep South Africa, was hit by a buck while riding in a race at Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

In the video, we hear his team mate, Travis Walker, warning van der Spuy to “watch the buck.” And while van der Spuy looks to his right, there’s nothing he can do. Moments later…well, you’ll see what happens.

According to Global Post, van der Spuy was taken out by a red hartebeest, a type of antelope that can weigh as much as 330 pounds.

Shockingly, the visibly shaken — and audibly groaning — van der Spuy didn’t suffer any serious injuries, although his helmet was shattered. He tweeted later that he’s “stable with nothing more than a very stiff neck,” thanking his team mates for their help.

See also here.