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jerry van den brink/colson: Harry, what a great surprise :). Welcome back in blogosphere. Welcome back on Plopor. Hope you will stay :). By the way: your first comment [...]

Harry Nizam: Hi Colson, it's good to be back on your nice blog again. I commented on your latest post but not shown.

jerry van den brink/colson: Great.Permanently? Promise? But what about Anywaay, OK we'll meet again :).

atri: Hey Colson! Long time no speak :D Currently re-entering the blogging world! See you around, located (hopefully permanently) here: :D

jerry van den brink/colson: @ utomo: Thank you. I'm sure we'll have some wonderful times in the upcoming days in the company of children and grandchild :). Hope you [...]

Utomo: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014 !

colson/jerry van den brink: @ Lorraine: Wat heet toeval :). Nog extra toevallig is dat je haar op die plaats tegenkwam.Een jaar of vier geleden heb ik Adep en [...]

Lorraine: Hallo Colson, Ik had vanmiddag Bonnie kort gezien en gesproken op de oude brug in Arnhem!

jerryvandenbrink/colson: @ Utomo: Your posts, your grandchildren, were my inspiration :).

Utomo: Wow...I am glad to see you together again with your beloved grandson Kris !

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The Queen of Lebak

Chiefs of Lebak! … if there are among us those who neglect their duties for profit, who sell justice for money, who take the water buffalo away from the poor man, and the fruits which belong to those who are hungry – who shall punish them? (Multatuli: Max Havelaar, Chapter 8)

Who can – [...]


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For instance time after time she used to tell me -and anybody else who would listen to her- that [...]

From Bandung to Bunnik


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Tian zhu ding

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The trouble with Chinese names is that they [...]

A joke which hurts

The other day a union of young members of the at present largest and most influential Dutch political party, launched a proposal in which they want the leadership to start procedures to ban male circumcision in the Netherlands. Female circumcision is illegal already, but these young politicians stressed male circumcision also violates human rights, [...]

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