Svalbard Arctic tern, making of a woodcut

This October 2018 video is about the making of a woodcut depicting an Arctic tern in the Svalbard archipelago, by Dutch visual artist Erik van Ommen.

Real Neat Blog award, congratulations, seventeen nominees!

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2018?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Perception

2. Dumi Wear

3. John Nash

4. The Authors Hand


6. Humans of Film Amsterdam

7. History of Ornithology

8. City Girl Vibe

9. Roxy Travels

10. Adolfo’s Blog

11. Monkeying Around

12. merrypose

13. Just Fire Fits

14. Wonder Yonder

15. ashby_i’s blog

16. Pointless Overthinking


Bitterns in South East England

This video from England says about itself:

Louise Kelly talks about South East Bittern conservation, and how we’ve successfully bought bitterns back to RSPB Dungeness, Kent, and encouraged them to breed at RSPB Brading Marshes, Isle of Wight for the first time in history! Find out how you can come and hear bitterns boom in springtime for yourself!

Franco dictatorship in Spain, new film

This 6 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

“The Silence of Others”: New Film Warns Against Spain’s Fascist History Repeating Itself

A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets.

Members of Spain’s younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled “The Silence of Others”, or “El Silencio de Otros”, hopes to remind Spaniards of the country’s fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar, wrote, produced and directed “The Silence of Others.”