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Crossing Borders

The Netherlands, Amsterdam Schiphol – April 2022

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When the final curtain falls

Some left overs from Tuesday 22nd of March. If Genesis would not have three postponed gigs in the O2 in London, this would probably have been their last concert. Again, thanks for the memories!

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The Last (?) Domino – Genesis

The Netherlands, Amsterdam – March 2022

After fifty years Genesis is touring the world for what seems a final time in The last (?) Domino Tour. I admit I was a bit skeptic, having heard the you-tube video’s of the shows in 2021, given Phil Collins’ health issues. Seeing him enter the stage slowly, sitting down was emotional, and a bit scary. But when he sat he was there, eyes firing, witty (‘now we only have old songs’ (referring to his anger at a Dutch audience in 1981 in Leiden), playing the audience as he used to do. And singing his heart out. No longer able to play the drums. He is fragile, but what a persona on stage, his voice beautifully supported by two backing singers, and his son Nic Collins on drums. What a talent. The other oldies Mike Rutherford (hopping around as always) and Tony Banks (stoic and focused), with Daryl Stuermer blowing the roof of the Ziggo Dome. At times it was emotional, the music was a bright mix of their prog and pop period, with standards (I know what I like) and classics (Cinema Show, In that Quiet Earth/Afterglow, Firth of Fifth). Standing the age of time, showing an impressive body of work over the years. It was a beautiful and moving farewell, that ended with The Carpet Crawlers: you got to get in to get out. Chills and goose bombs, perfect sound and a band at work smoothly, after a break of 15 years. Thanks for the memories guys.

And it was a nice time to use my iPhone 13 Pro Max.

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How Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was created

The Netherlands, Oegstgeest – December 2021

The theme for this week’s Lens-artists Photo Challenge #178 is You Choose. The only thing I chose for this blog was the subject and the photo. The choice to build this canal was made long ago, and one of the spin offs is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Before the pandemic I used to cross this canal twice a day, and I took loads of photos of it, but just recently I found out about its history and historical purpose.

As most of you probably know the Dutch have a long relationship with water, and learned how water could be managed over the ages. About half of The Netherlands is below sea level; the question was and is how to keep it dry? Some say that God created the world but the Dutch created The Netherlands. In reality we manage water. In days of climate change that gets more complex. Not only the amount of water coming in by rivers and rain is growing, the soil of The Netherlands sinks as well.

In 1840 this canal was build. From 1848 the former lake the Haarlemmermeer was turned into the Haarlemmermeerpolder and this canal was used to dump the water of that lake into the North Sea. Schiphol (ship hell) was a spot in that former lake notorious for ship wrecks as the story goes.

Nowadays the canal takes out the water from the West of The Netherlands to the sea at Katwijk.

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