JanBee, Netherlands
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  • Member since Joined 18th Oct., 2011
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About Jan...

Sometimes it's good to change something in your profile, or to renew... Life goes on and on and on, untill.... (But that's far away, I hope).
My favourite things? Walking (no long distances anymore), reading, writing... (About local history f.e.) And listening to music (Mozart as well as Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman,Loreena McKennitt... Or Jimmy Smith...). And I love to make photographs, here in our own village or when I walk in the neighbourhood!
I am a retired teacher/headmaster of a primary school. Officially my pension started in october 2006. That's 10 years ago, became history too, but I saved the good moments and memories....
I am married (december 1969), we have two grown-up sons. The older one is a researcher in Groningen (University), the younger one lives in Louisiana, USA.
I like postcards that tell me a little bit more about the history, the architecture, the way of living etc. Artcards are my favourits too! Modern art, but art from the 17th, 18th and 19th ceintury also (paintings, sculptures, architecture). Favourite painters? Especially Chagall, Kandinsky, Braque, Miro, M.C.Esscher, Vermeer, Ruysdael.... And the COBRA painters after World War II.
I'm still a soccer-fan (CF Barcelona, Manchester United, Ajax, Dynamo Kiev f.e.), but not so fanatic anymore. MONEY ("the root of much evil...") has too much influence, it presses the sports to the background.
What I still like? Movies, especially psychological ones, French movies are my favourites. O, I won't forget the thrillers (no horror!) and other crime-stories. I was always a Maigret-fan and nowadays I like to read or see Mankell, Marklund, Läckberg, Nesser,Arne Dahl... And the books by Deon Meyer, a South-African author!! But Literature stays an all-time-favourite, especially the famous Russian authors as Tsjechow, Dostojevski, Poesjkin, Tolstoi, but also Pasternak, Paustovsky, Babel, Achmatova..... Other favourites: Böll, Joseph Roth, Zafon, Marquez, Kafka, Kawabata, Murakami, Potok.... And I'm a Dickens-lover, his stories are unequalled!

Since 2011 POSTCROSSING is a favourite thing too! (The most important unimportant thing...A joy to repeat!)

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