Some people on Twitter just cannot contain themselves to 140 characters. Here's a selection of some of their writings from their own blogs. Like Twitter, it's a mash up of the deeply personal to highly whimsical, with some great creative & visual art thrown in as well. Hope you enjoy it.

How to be a Good Editor on Carol Hedges


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Storing bij Ziggo on My Opinion About Things

Het vervelende van een totaalpakket (internet, radio, tv, telefoon) hebben bij een van de providers (want er zijn er meer dan alleen Ziggo, die dit aanbieden) is dat je dus ook meteen helemaal niks meer kan. Je kunt ook niet Ziggo even opbellen. Tenzij je ook een mobiele telefoon hebt, wat zelfs bij ouderen tegenwoordig […]

Recall on knowingkimberly

This isn’t so much a blog post as a public service announcement.

John Lewis sent me an email explaining that KitchenAid were recalling some kettles due to a problem some people had experienced with THE HANDLE COMING AWAY.

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Snow on knowingkimberly

We are just recovering from “The Beast From The East” here in Britain. In my neck of the woods we were weren’t that badly affected.

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Comedians and comedians. on My Opinion About Things

Years ago a -then- friend told me he didn’t like Dawn French, and I went like ‘what?!’ in astonishment. My parents made me and my siblings grow up with this fab lady and her circle of friends, thanks very much. I grew up to adore the British sense of humour that is French & Saunders, […]

Chocoa, het chocolade festival on My Opinion About Things

Dit festival, gehouden in het prachtige gebouw Beurs van Berlage, is zeker het bezoeken waard als je van een werelds tintje houdt. Het gaat geenszins om de chocola die in Europa gewoonlijk in de winkel ligt, eerder om de beleving van het bruine goedje. Die ze met vrijwel elke smaak in contact laten komen. Kaneel, […]

Clash of Cultures on My Opinion About Things

If you read about the many actresses and actors who have a story about who did them wrong in a sexual harassment kind of way in the waves of the #meToo and TimesUp movement, you will notice there’s a huge clash of cultures: Hollywood vs Rest of the world, it seems. Young women confessing how […]

Snow and ice on My Opinion About Things

I’m a big fan, if I’m honest. True, it’s not the biggest joy to need transportation when it comes to snow, but the joy I feel when I look at it! A couple of weeks, if not months, back, we had such a pack of snow here, it was possible to build several snowmen. Huge […]

Weduwe voor een jaar/ A Widow for One year on My Opinion About Things

Deze meer dan vuistdikke roman van John Irving las ik jaren geleden, toen al bekend met zijn werk. Het was geen De Wereld Volgens Garp, of Hotel New Hampshire die ik daarvoor had gelezen. Eerlijk gezegd was ik van dit werk niet erg onder de indruk. Misschien omdat de affaire tussen de moeder en de jonge jongen zo uitgebreid […]

Eat on knowingkimberly

Last week my daughter had some appointments that didn’t go so well and her Dietitian has put her on a high fat, high protein, high calorie diet (again). I don’t really know why they bother saying she needs to eat more of this or more of that as generally it appears she just needs to eat more of everything. Except lettuce.

They want her to eat three meals, three snacks and two puddings a day. On top of this she must also...

Hoverboard + additional features on My Opinion About Things

I have to admit that I was disappointed that current hoverboards look nothing like the type that Michael J. Fox once floated on in Back to the Future II, but after seeing a neighbour’s kid play with it, I was a bit intrigued. You see, for hers wasn’t just wheels with a small platform in […]

Kruistocht in spijkerbroek. Thea Beckman. on My Opinion About Things

Feitelijk science fiction, dit boek van Thea Beckman. Over de jongen, Dolf, wiens vader een tijdmachine heeft gebouwd. Uiteraard komt Dolf daar per ongeluk in terecht in actie, en wordt zodoende terug in de tijd gezet. Om precies te zijn temidden van een kruistocht in 1212. Met Dolf’s moderne kennis omtrent gezonde leefgewoonten en geneeskundige […]

Gonnie reeks. Olivier Dunrea on My Opinion About Things

Ik heb eigenlijk niet speciaal iets met die kartonnen boekjes, qua voorlezen. En toch vormt deze reeks een uitzondering. Er zit zoveel humor achter! Het is heel simpel, ontzettend makkelijk te volgen voor baby’s, peuters en kleuters en als voorlezer schiet je zelf ook geregeld in de lach. Een feest van herkenning en gewoon grappig. […]

Prins Assepoets/ Prince Cinders on My Opinion About Things

Dit zalig lollige boek is van wijlen Babette Cole en neemt de oude klassieker heerlijk op de hak. Ik hou best van de ouderwetse sprookjes, maar gezien het feit dat het altijd prinsesjes zijn die zich uitsloven voor een prins, is het ook weleens leuk om het thema omgekeerd te zien. Vrijwel alles gaat min […]

Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee. Niccolò Ammaniti on My Opinion About Things

De bestseller van Niccolò Ammaniti. Zoals in een eerder blog van me te lezen valt, had ik eerst ‘Jij en ik’ van dezelfde schrijver gelezen. Die beviel me ook beter. Bij ‘Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee’ is de vertelstijl weliswaar op zichzelf net zo beeldend en prachtig omschreven, maar Ammaniti slaagt er […]

Jij en ik, Niccolò Ammaniti on My Opinion About Things

Hoewel op de kaft van het boek vooral wordt gerept over ‘Ik haal je op, ik neem je mee’ (Ti prendo e ti porto) moet ik zeggen dat ik beide boeken heb gelezen en hier meer van genoten heb. Lorenzo wordt op een ochtend wakker in zijn prettige leven, maar het gaat hem allemaal niet […]

#Repealthe8th on My Opinion About Things

Yesterday I got caught up in another twitter discussion. I usually stay far away from it. Discussions on twitter -especially with strangers- are doomed to fail as it either ends up in namecalling or being blocked in one way or another. I wasn’t gonna, either, yesterday. But the #repealthe8th hashtag and the stories attached to […]

Bad Moms on My Opinion About Things

This film is really not that funny as it wants to be. A small group of absolutely over-the-top-perfect mothers, namely Gwendolyn (perfectly bitchy played by Christina Applegate), Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo) are basically screwing every inch of proper selfesteem that any mother who is really trying, could have. So step aside […]

little morning birds. on Basement of my Brain

 

they sing of joy, of hope;

exultant in the darkness,

made brave by a blind certainty

that the sun will rise again.


tiny hearts’ rapture bubbles up

to greet each new dawn;

unsurprised, delighted.


these little morning birds

are an echo of the flicker, the pulse

from your brittle twig chests

that sang from the machine

in dark hospital rooms

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Stomach flu on My Opinion About Things

I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you really fancy feeling like you’re dying. It’s ‘funny’ how it usually starts at night by throwing everything out you’ve eaten. For the past week or month. Neh, just skip it and go for a regular flu. That’s still shit, but it feels less like being an alive corpse (also […]

The Cloverfield Paradox on My Opinion About Things

After having seen other Cloverfield-titled films, I was a bit sceptic about this one. None of them have been particularly pleasing to me. I’ve understood it’s a bit like Star Wars: they all tie together. It’s just that the Cloverfieldlane one was actually the best so far. And that one was weird already. Anyway. This […]

Red Dragon on My Opinion About Things

Edward Norton against Anthony Hopkins and Ralph Fiennes, along with Harvey Keitel, Emily Watson and Mary-Louise Parker. This prequel of The Silence of the Lambs shows how Hannibal Lecter got busted himself. Well, that’s how the film starts. He actually helps, like he did in Silence of the Lambs. And in a far less pestering […]

Cloverfield on My Opinion About Things

I was barely able to watch this film, to be fair. It’s Jurassic Parc crossed with The Blair Witch Project, but worse. Given that it is filmed with homevideo techniques, I became seasick in the first quarter and it kept that way. Not once is the camera calmly aimed at one thing at the time. […]

Tips on Talks on Carol Hedges


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Shaun of the Dead on My Opinion About Things

With Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton and so on. If you’ve seen the film ‘Paul’ then you know you have to watch this one aswell. The same power duo (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) in an idiot film. They are basically Shaun the Loser, who doesn’t dare to […]

The Holiday on My Opinion About Things

Aside the fact that this is a total chickflick, it is quite amusing and at least one that gives you a good feeling. Story: Amanda (played by Cameron Diaz) and Iris (Kate Winslet) swop houses for the December holidays, given the fact that both have trouble in their lovelive. Amanda just broke up, Iris has […]

The Louvre, Paris, France on My Opinion About Things

For our honeymoon, my husband and me ended up in Paris. With about 50 books for proper touring (I never read any of them, hubby read nearly all) I just started walking from our hotel to the Louvre. With success, I might add. My knees were heavily protesting, but woohoo: I’d found the Louvre! My […]

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