I went to get a new Strippenkaart a short while ago, as I’m visiting my parent on Christmas and need one for the bus. Went into the small shop down the streets that sells them. Surprisingly it was quite crowded, which I’ve never seen happen there before. Apparently the amount of people buying tickets for the New Year’s Lottery had become so large, that all the electronic transactions in the country were suffering from delays. On the other hand our government is doing such a great job that food banks are popping up all over that place. Sigh. I’m quite shocked actually. Ignore me, it’s been one of those days.


Almost time for the new year, so that means it’s time for a list. This one shows my favourite releases of the past year.

  1. Tool – 10.000 Days
  2. Katatonia – The Great Cold Distance
  3. Amorphis – Eclipse
  4. My Dying Bride – A Line of Deathless Kings
  5. Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain
  6. Novembre – Materia
  7. OSI – Free
  8. Green Carnation – The Acoustic Verses
  9. Moonspell – Memorial
  10. Iron Maiden – A Matter Of Life And Death


We finally picked a date to go see Babel, which had been on the to-see list for a while now. Despite heavy downpours we arrived at the cinema on time, bought the tickets and found a seat. What we took for previews (‘hey look, it’s Daniel Craig’) turned out to be Casino Royale, the new James Bond. We ended up in the wrong room. Sigh. We did end up staying, as this one too was -though much further down- on the aforementioned to-see list. And it was actually quite good. I’d been ignoring Bond for quite a number of years now, but this one kept me interested all the way through.

Oh, and happy birthday Saint Nicholas.