The arrival in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, was heartwarming with thousands of people waiting on us for hours.

On Monday we drove from Slovenia through Croatia and Serbia to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria. This is Rob on Tuesday morning in full Team Top Fun outfit, getting ready for lift off.

Only a few hours later I stand next to the wreck of a Ferrari, trying to block the angle of Bulgarian paperazzi. One of the contestants died on impact, his friend is still in a coma.

Talking about negotiating a bad deal, this was surely it; the police let the other contestants leave for Turkey, if two of us remained behind for questioning. I had no problem volunteering, but had second thoughts when I had this view for a while.

After I got to Istanbul that night, I didn't sleep much. This is sunrise.

We took it nice and easy on Wednesday, cruising around Istanbul. This is the Bosporus, with a Lamborghini on the left and Asia on the right.

Quick snap on the drive to Greece.

Thursday offered a long and winding road down from Thessaloniki, Greece, to the harbour town where we took the ferry to Italy.

We arrived in Italy on Friday morning and drove a straight line to Monaco.

I had driven enough for a while and had a truck transport my car back to Holland. And only in Monaco is a helicopter to the Nice airport cheaper than a taxi.

Monaco on Saturday night.



Sunday 18 September 2005

Around the world in a week

My body is back home in Amsterdam from a week full of heaven and hell. My mind is still caught somewhere in between.

It's Saturday, September 10, and cameraman Albert is up high on a Swiss alp filming the arriving Challengers.

On Sunday we had to floor it, driving from Switzerland through Italy to Slovenia, to keep within shooting distance of the most spectacular cars.


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Monday 5 September 2005

Mystery Land is Disneyworld for adults

Last weekend belonged to Mystery Land. It was my first time and I won't soon forget it.

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Sunday 17 July 2005

Sensation White in Germany

One of the main reasons I work with ID&T is the international potential of dance music. I witnessed that potential Saturday night first hand in Gelsenkirchen, in the Arena Auf Schalke at Sensation White Germany. The German dance fans were very responsive to the music and the show and the overall atmosphere was extremely pleasant and positive. Sensation White in Belgium was met with a similar enthusiastic response. Leaving at 11.30 pm and returning 7.30 am the next morning was all worth it.

There's light at the end of the tunnel...


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Sunday 10 July 2005

Back from Sensation Black

Entering the Arena for Sensation Black tonight, the scene resembled the set of a science fiction movie.

Up in the royal lounge, a proud father Cor Stutterheim chats with his son Duncan.

You gotta have lasers. Lots of lasers. Check the videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


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Wednesday 6 July 2005

ID&T's Sensation White a true sensation

Some shots made with my cell phone at the Amsterdam Arena last Saturday night. Better pictures are here, here and here.


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Monday 9 May 2005

Science fiction: the expressionless girl

This and this just can not be real... but it is. (Thanks to Marza)

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Sunday 8 May 2005

President Bush spent a night in Holland

President Bush flew back from Eastern Europe for a brief visit to Holland, where he visited the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial and delivered this speech. Exactly a year ago I spent a weekend at the same hotel the president stayed yesterday, also followed by a visit to the cemetary at Margraten. Today was a day without politics, where the people who died for our freedom were properly honoured and remembered.

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Tuesday 25 January 2005

Superbowl tickets for only $102,490.00

And this luxury suite even comes fully catered!

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Thursday 4 November 2004

This infographic sums it all up...

The results of the 2004 US presidential elections as received through e-mail.

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Friday 15 October 2004

One artist left behind

No Child Left Behind should broaden its scope and include artists. The Dutch most prominent cultural contribution to the world before Big Brother has been desecrated.

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Monday 2 August 2004

And finally some positive news

The CEO of Rentokil got fired for an extremely boring Powerpoint-presentation. Let this be a warning for all the Powerpoint-jockeys out there...

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Wednesday 16 June 2004

Adam Sandler digs Paula Abdul

"When I'm sitting in my car in front of my office, talking to my mother on the cell phone, here are the songs I play while she's talking so I don't have to hear her."
- Adam Sandler explains the inclusion of Paula Abdul's Straight Up in his playlist on iTunes.

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Thursday 8 April 2004

Introducing: blogging for War Child

logowarchild.gif Venture capitalist Fred Wilson added Google AdSense to his blog a couple of weeks ago, as he is interested in contextual advertising. I am also experimenting with blogs, actually produce one of the most popular commercial blogs in Holland, and I'd like to learn more about contextual advertising as well. Fred donates his AdSense proceeds to The Grameen Foundation, that provides 'tiny loans, called "micro-credit" to poor women all over the developing world. The women use these loans to start businesses such as farming, making food, tailoring, etc.' Sounds like a great cause. (By the way, interesting to see that a vc picks a charity that gives out loans, not gifts or grants. I wonder about the term sheets ;-)

I will be donating all proceeds of this blog to War Child, an organisation that for reasons unknown to me does not yet seem to have a presence in the United States. Here is some background on War Child:

Children are amongst the first casualties of any armed conflict, always the most vulnerable and innocent of victims. In the last decade alone 1.5 million children have died in wars. Four million have been disabled and a further 10 million traumatised. The severe psychological wounds that war inflicts on children can scar them for life, crippling the very generations that must one day rebuild their devastated countries. For the future peace of the world we must do everything in our power to help these war children.

The central theme behind War Child is that you can take a child out of war, but how do you take the war out of the child? Essentially, War Child helps kids that have lived through a war, become kids again. Through singing and dancing and playing games, children that have lost almost every sense of what it's like to be a child, learn to play and discover the joys of being a kid again. The transformation these kids go through is simply amazing.

A friend of mine, whose business acumen I deeply respect, sits on the board of War Child. He has thoroughly checked out the spending and efficiency of their organisation and it's about as mean and lean as it can be. For example, when Dutch pop star and War Child ambassador Marco Borsato visits Afghanistan for War Child, he pays his own flight, stay and everything: there's no pampering. I find those kind of things vital when judging any charity, and most of them don't pass the test. But every dollar you send to War Child, is a dollar well spent. Here's how you can help.

And of course, you can always start a blog and donate the proceeds to War Child.

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Just what the world needs: another foreigner blogging in butchered English

michiel.jpgFor about six months I have had a blog about media and technology. In Dutch. While that may appear weird to those very rare individuals that have not yet mastered the language of love, I had a good reason to do so: I figured that since the Netherlands (that province of Denmark where we speak Dutch) is running southern Iraq as part of the not-quite-so-global-coalition, we'd promote Dutch among the natives and essentially establish a new colony there. A young nation starving for knowledge, loaded with oil, gets on the internet, reads my blog and donates. (Hey, the donation model worked for Glenn Reynolds.) The Dutch have had success with this strategy to promote our language around the world before: how did you think the word 'apartheid' became the only Dutch word everybody in the world knows? Because our great forefathers instilled those Boeren in South Africa with some wholesome, traditional Dutch values. It was passed on for generations. I'd go as far as to call it one of the first true forms of viral marketing.

Anyway, it looks like our boys have hit a little snag in Iraq. They'll be taking it a little bit slower with the cultural indoctrination program, I presume. So for the time being, I'll be blogging in English to maximize my audience. Next up: blogging in Arabic.

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All proceeds of these ads will go to War Child, a brilliant organisation that helps in healing the psychological damage caused to children by their experiences of war.