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Here is a video of Geike Arnaert singing a song called Zoutelade with Dutch group BLØF. In her solo career since leaving Hooverphonic she’s been floating between collaborations with various artists and her own work. One song from her latest album called Blinded is impeccable, and probably the only one that would feel at home on a Hooverphonic album. Find out more about Geike and Hooverphonic from the ‘Music’ section on this site.

where I Live – Archway

category: about me

Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.

What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.

where I Live – Archway

category: about me

Despite Archway being a shithole I’ve been here for most of my life. Lately it has finally been recognised as a significant place worthy of investment by the uncaring Council but not down to its unappreciated history but due to the commercial value and real estate revenue for property developers.

What was once, and still is a major London gateway to the North, was unforgivably turned into a carbuncle gyratory by the 1960s head-in-a-cloud-cookoo-land town planners – history has simply repeated itself. The landscape pirates that created the roundabout and the tower are back having removed the roundabout and narrowed the through traffic to one lane. But the folk of our past left their mark and their story is all that remains for posterity, as surely even St Joseph’s will become luxury flats in due course.

Feature 1 – Pakistan in 29 Days

Feature 1
Pakistan in 29 Days

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the cradle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

category: humour

The Guru Aziz seeking spiritual enlightenment, sets out on an epic journey of discovery to Pakistan, which he believes to be the craddle of wisdom that once emerged from ancient civilisations along the Indus Valley. The story is told in over 600 scenes and by the end of it, you will truly have a flavour of Pakistan and an insight into one of the most dangerous places on earth to be at.

The Guru lands in Karachi, the southern tip of Pakistan, and travels towards the Capital of Islamabad at the northern tip. With the Indus River cutting through the centre of Pakistan, the country has a turbulent West with the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and a milder East of Sindh and Punjab. Mr Aziz chooses the Eastern route, not least because the Punjab is his main interest, and the subject matter of his current book about this region of the South Asian sub-continent.

Feature 2
The Last Tsar

category: media

To mark the centenary of the execution of the last Tsar of Russia and his family there were many exhibitions held about them, including at Buckingham Palace and the Science Museum and online by the British Library. I was moved by that family story and posted a mini-exhibition on facebook in the form of 162 posts.

This special feature looks at the Romanov story, their family life and the events that led to their tragic end. A tribute.

To mark the centenary of the execution of the last Tsar of Russia and his family there were many exhibitions held about them, including at Buckingham Palace and the Science Museum and online by the British Library. I was moved by that family story and posted a mini-exhibition on facebook in the form of 162 posts.

This special feature looks at the Romanov story, their family life and the events that led to their tragic end. A tribute.

Feature 3
Hooverphonic

category: music

This Belgian/European band have been around for over twenty years performing at hundreds of concerts, TV and radio sessions and umpteen festivals. Their music is psychedelic, dreamy, heavenly, futuristic, techno, pop, rock, you name it. This is a tribute page.

The button below takes you to the Hooverphonic section of this website. There are also two offsite links, my dedicated fan website for a fuller experience and my youtube playlist.

This Belgian/European band have been around for over twenty years performing at hundreds of concerts, TV and radio sessions and umpteen festivals. Their music is psychedelic, dreamy, heavenly, futuristic, techno, pop, rock, you name it. This is a tribute page.

The button below takes you to the Hooverphonic section of this website. There are also two offsite links, my dedicated fan website for a fuller experience and my youtube playlist.

Feature 2
The Last Tsar

category: media

To mark the centenary of the execution of the last Tsar of Russia and his family there were many exhibitions held about them, including at Buckingham Palace and the Science Museum and online by the British Library. I was moved by that family story and posted a mini-exhibition on facebook in the form of 162 posts.

This special feature looks at the Romanov story, their family life and the events that led to their tragic end. A tribute.

Feature 3
Hooverphonic

category: music

This Belgian/European band have been around for over twenty years performing at hundreds of concerts, TV and radio sessions and umpteen festivals. Their music is psychedelic, dreamy, heavenly, futuristic, techno, pop, rock, you name it. This is a tribute page.

The button below takes you to the Hooverphonic section of this website. There are also two offsite links, my dedicated fan website for a fuller experience and my youtube playlist.

The History of Gin

The History of Gin

category: culinary

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. In order to distil, a base must first undergo fermentation. Distillation increases the alcohol content, however, more alcohol means less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between alcohol content and flavour.

Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Bitcoin & the Blockchain

category: media

You have to have been living in an igloo not to have heard of Bitcoin, but do you know what it is and how it works? Negative entities have used it to launder money, whereas speculators use it openly these days to invest for short or long term profits. Bitcoin is neither good nor bad, it’s just a technology that simplifies currency and the exchange machanisms. Will it be the future of banking and the facilitator of commercial trade.

Women with amusing T-Shirts

Women with amusing T-Shirts

category: humour

From the cheeky or the saucy to the downright rude – women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with – if you have it then flaunt it, as the saying goes. Humour is the best medicine and this item is a gallery of the wording on women’s t-shirts. The rest of the humour category contains jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many other items that you may find amusing.

The History of Gin

category: culinary

The history of gin goes hand in hand with the history of rum and the story of distillation. Fermentation is a natural process whereby distillation is a type of processing. In order to distil, a base must first undergo fermentation. Distillation increases the alcohol content, however, more alcohol means less flavour. And so distillation is essentially the art of hitting the right balance between alcohol content and flavour.

Bitcoin & the Blockchain

category: media

You have to have been living in an igloo not to have heard of Bitcoin, but do you know what it is and how it works? Negative entities have used it to launder money, whereas speculators use it openly these days to invest for short or long term profits. Bitcoin is neither good nor bad, it’s just a technology that simplifies currency and the exchange machanisms. Will it be the future of banking and the facilitator of commercial trade.

Women with amusing T-Shirts

category: humour

From the cheeky or the saucy to the downright rude – women are accordingly voicy in proportion with the assets they have been blessed with – if you have it then flaunt it, as the saying goes. Humour is the best medicine and this item is a gallery of the wording on women’s t-shirts. The rest of the humour category contains jokes, funny photos, quips, interesting facts and many other items that you may find amusing.

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