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.... We live not only in a mad, mad, mad world, but unfortunately in a sad, sad, sad world too. My motto is: Make love, not war! (It's a pity the Russian government does not agree with me....)
My favourite things? Walking (no long distances anymore), reading and listening to music (Mozart, Arvo Pärt as well as Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Loreena McKennitt... Or Jimmy Smith...). !
I am a retired teacher/headmaster of a primary school. Officially my pension started in october 2006. I saved the good moments and memories....
I am married (december 1969), we have two grown-up sons. The older one is a teacher and tutor (College of Higher Education in Leeuwarden), the younger one lives in Louisiana, USA. Married with Brittaney, dad of Elliot, our grandson.
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, Magritte, Hopper, Miro, Vermeer, Ruysdael, Sluyters.... And the COBRA painters after World War II.
I like several sports, so as athletics. Not a fanatic topsportlover anymore, money spoiled a lot of favourites, soccer f.e.
What I still like? Movies, especially psychological ones, 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 watch Mankell, Marklund, Läckberg, Nesser,Arne Dahl, Jo Nesbö... And the books by Deon Meyer, a South-African author!! Literature stays an all-time-favourite, especially authors as Gogol, Tsjechov, Dostojevski, Poesjkin, Tolstoi, but also Pasternak, Paustovsky, Bulgakov, 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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