Archive for May, 2014

May 16, 2014

Consulate General of the United States Amsterdam, Netherlands not so gay

I just spotted a very unusal event;

the Consulate General of the United States Amsterdam, Netherlands sent some (as many as possible it seemed!)  employees to remove Pride flags attached to the Consulate’s fences (as quickly as possible!).

They didn’t seem to be so gay with the GAY flags.

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

 

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

 

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

 

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

Consulate General United States Amsterdam GAY by DLCS

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May 16, 2014

Home; Beautiful city of Amsterdam.

My home.

Beautiful city of Amsterdam.

During a cycle ride yesterday I made the shots below . I keep on writing about other places I love; Croatia, Slovenia, London, Barcelona and I don’t want you to think I don’t love my city.

 

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

Beautiful Amsterdam by DLCS

 

 

Don’t you think Amsterdam is beautiful too?

May 14, 2014

1000 followers & Ball de bastons

I had never expected people to be interested in what I write here. I’m grateful to have so many readers (50.136 so far!) and followers (1003 by now!)!

THANKS DEAR ALL FOR YOUR INTEREST & SUPPORT!   

To celebrate, here’s a short clip I made during one of the festivities in Badalona, Catalunya I attended last week. What you see is the traditional Catalonian Ball de bastons (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈbaʎ də βəsˈtons]stick dance) is the name of a ritual weapon dance spread throughout Europe and the rest of the Iberian area (cossiers in Majorca, Portuguese pauliteiros, Aragonese palotiau, Basque ezpatadantza and Spanish paloteo or troqueado) but mostly in Catalonia. English and Welsh Morris dances are well-known relatives to these traditions. The origins of dance are difficult to reference; first recorded mention dates to 1150, in a banquet of Count Berenguer IV) (with thanks to Wikipedia)

 

As promised a few posts ago HERE , I announced I would thank # 1000 with a personal gift.

Thank you Nikki Lehnert  (http://nikkilehnert.wordpress.comfor being my 1000th follower!!
I think you might be in the crazy city of Amsterdam now, could you let me know how long you are staying?
Perhaps I could meet you and give you my gift personally. Or show you one/some of my favorite hotspots and buy you a drink.

 

May 8, 2014

Mumbai Smiles – Hope

Ankita and Vandana; our Champions

Affordability, accessibility and utilization of the health facilities are directly proportional to the socio-economic status of the family. In India, there is a need to help and psycho-socially support the children suffering from Cancer so that their lives can be saved. It is essential to help them maintain a balance in life and manage the disease condition in holistic manner. Most of the cancers in children are curable. However, many children die due to lack of comprehensive medical care. The social and economic realities prevent a sizeable population from seeking timely treatment and following up on the treatment.

In Mumbai Smiles, the HOPE project and its interventions are designed to address the financial, psycho-social, emotional and diagnostic need of 25 underprivileged children suffering from Cancer, aged 0 to 18 years coming from all over India, admitted at Holy Spirit Hospital, Andheri (East), Mumbai.

This project envisages giving importance to comprehensive and holistic care. It emphasizes on the aspect that is excluded from the medical care in the typical Indian hospital setting.

Among the various activities under this Project, ‘Champion of the month’ is one such activity that recognizes and honours these children who have successfully undergone a surgery or completed the chemotherapy cycle.

This month marked the celebration of consistent fortitude of our beneficiaries, Ankita and Vandana who completed their course of therapy and are determined to stand strong against the adversities of the disease. Ankita, 18 years old, finished her surgery for Brain Tumor and Vandana, 15 years old suffering from Retinoblastoma completed her 8 Chemotherapy cycles and 40 Radiations. Both the champions were given gifts to motivate them to continue their therapy. The hospital staff, nurses, Mumbai Smiles volunteers and other beneficiaries extended their support to both of them. Ankita’s words while she was leaving “I could have never been able to do this without all of you” were filled with immense gratitude and affection towards everybody present there. Vandana was touched by the involvement shown by the other beneficiaries into her treatment and this brought a bright smile on her face.
This effort ensures that the beneficiaries don’t fight the disease alone. A society that supports can make a huge difference just by being there for them. The event was concluded by distributing medical kits to all the beneficiaries.

 Written by Mumbai Smiles volunteer Chiranshu Kumar. Thank you!

 

Mumbai Smiles - Hope

Mumbai Smiles – Hope

Mumbai Smiles - Hope

Mumbai Smiles – Hope

Mumbai Smiles - Hope

Mumbai Smiles – Hope

 

For more info:

www.mumbaismiles.org
mumbai@mumbaismiles.org
www.mumbaiaction.org

May 5, 2014

5 May in The Netherlands

Happy Liberation Day to my fellow Dutchies!

 

Bevrijdingsdag DLCS

Bevrijdingsdag DLCS

 

Today we celebrate we are FREE. Yesterday, 4 May, we thought of those that are not.

 

For this cause there are lots of festivals and parties today, while the country has only just recovered from its first Kingsday.

 

Kingsday 2014 DLCS

Kingsday 2014 DLCS

 

For more information in English about 4 & 5 May in The Netherlands, click HERE

 

For the complete program for all the festivals and parties today (Dutch) CLICK HERE   

 

My tips: Remember the Amsterdam Klezmer Band?  Check: https://dlcsmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/my-footage-in-amsterdam-klezmer-bands-new-clip-op-een-goppe/ Today @19.00 they play in the Westerpark in Amsterdam and you can listen to them for FREE.

 

Het Vrije Westen

Het Vrije Westen

 

Plus not to forget; for a classic (and one of the best!) FREEDOM party: visit the Homo Monument.

 

Homomo:Bevrijdingsdag DLCS -photo taken from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/211275962413127/

Homomo:Bevrijdingsdag DLCS -photo taken from Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/211275962413127/