Our Hero, Zwarte Piet (“Black Pete”)

At December 5th, Siji Jabbar published an article in the online Guardian on the Dutch (and Belgian) phenomenon of Zwarte Piet, which literally translates to “Black Pete”. Zwarte Piet is an important, indispensable part of the feast of Sinterklaas, which is celebrated in the Netherlands every year around 5 December, and from which many Christmas traditions, most notably Santa Claus (observe the etymology), have evolved. Mr Jabbar’s article is despicable, generalising, offending, uninformed – utterly ridiculous. Continue reading

A Disadvantage of Flex-Working

A relatively new phenomenon, I think, on working floors is the concept of flex-working. This means that you don’t have a fixed workplace, you just take a spot that happens to be free. This way, when a share of the workforce works part-time, less workplaces are needed. Continue reading

The “True” Bourne Identity (1988)

Richard Chamberlain as the “true” Jason Bourne

In the past decade, Universal Pictures distributed three movies that are (loosely) based on the three novels Robert Ludlum wrote and that bear the same names. In 2002, The Bourne Identity was produced, in 2004 followed by The Bourne Supremacy, and in 2007 by The Bourne Ultimatum. The movie trilogy was very successful and profitable, and rightfully received positive critiques. Matt Damon stars in all three movies, playing the role of Jason Bourne / David Webb. Matt Damon is one of a very few who is able to convincingly play extremely different roles and characters – whether it be an alleged assassin, a young genius, or a puppet. Continue reading