Longest day of the year

Edgar’s Blog: Longest day of the year

Almost 17 hours is the longest day of the year.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. Of course it still counts 24 hours but on this day the sun comes up the earliest and goes under the latest. From 05:19 until 22:04 the sun is on our side and that makes it a 16 hour and 44 minute long day. Half a year later the sun will be up for just 7 hours and 43 minutes…. That is 9 hours deference!

On the 21st of June there are always a lot of activities. On this day it’s International Yoga day, it’s World music day and it is the first day of the Glastonbury music festival.

I think everybody feels very energized on this day. You get a lot of vitamin D and your body doesn’t need that much sleep. The perfect time to enjoy life and hang out with friends. Especially with the warm and very sunny days coming up life can’t get any better! Yet there is one group of people who wouldn’t mind a few extra hours of night at the moment. The Ramadan has started this year on 27st of May and continues to the 25st of June – only a little over 7 hours to have dinner sleep and have breakfast. So while many of us are enjoying these warm days with up to 30 degrees Celsius some of our friends are facing an incredibly difficult time with no water and food for more than 16 hours. Respect is the word! Luckily for them the nights are getting longer in the upcoming Ramadan’s.

Although we are going down in sun hours after June 21st the summer really starts here. People are going on vacation, schools are out and the sea water is getting warm. This might be my favourite time of the year!

Koningsdag

Edgar’s blog: Kingsday aka ”Koningsdag”

Kingsday aka (Koningsdag)

Orange as an Orange, Koningsdag (King’s day in the Netherlands!)

On the 27th of April all the dutch peeps celebrate the birthday of the King of the Netherlands. Kingsday (Koningsdag) or Queensday is an old tradition to celebrate the birth of the reigning king or queen. It is a public holiday so everyone gets a day off. You are allowed to sell freely on the streets. No permit required. All ages and all types selling everything from toys to sofas to cannabis plants.

Across the whole country Kingsday (Koningsdag) is a big party “Het Oranje feest”.  King Willem and his family visit selected towns and villages around the country and join in with the fun, eat orange cakes, drink orange drinks and play orange games.

All very cool those markets and festivals but what makes Kingsday (Koningsdag) so special is that the whole nation is decorated or dressed in ORANGE, with a little bit of red, white and blue. It’s like carnival but totally orange. You are probably wondering why the hell ORANGE … that comes from the surname of the Dutch royal family, Van Oranje.  Literally translated: From Orange. So the Dutch want everything orange this day except for one thing… their beer. That should be yellow but definitely there!

Join these crazy Dutch folks with Orange socks and an Orange pair of sunglasses! And just be as Orange as an Orange.

In name of the King. Hoera, hoera, hoeraaa!

Be a King! Buy my royal socks.

new year Resolutions

Edgar’s Blog: New Year Resolutions

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS

Oh yes, this is going to be the year! You are going to be healthier, fitter, more successful and see more of your friends and family. It’s a common thing to have a list of resolutions for the upcoming year. But why is that? Do you regret anything of the past year? And what happend to the resolutions you made the year before…

So here we are at the New Years BORREL/PARTY  telling all of our good intentions to our colleagues. ”I subscribed to the gym and want lose 5 pound before March” While the other colleague just told everyone that he is going to stop drinking. After half an hour everybody is drinking champagne and eating snacks and appetisers.

I don’t want to discourage people from having good intentions for the New Year but you should have them for every single day! If you reflect on yesterday and come to the conclusion that you could have done better let today be the day you are going to do better. Not tomorrow, next month or this year.

 

Ps. If you still have good resolutions and want to get fitter, try my Detox tea! Buy here…

a little party never killed nobody party season

Edgar’s Blog: Party season

Party, party and party some more this season!

Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music. “put on your glad rags and party!”

synonyms: celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good/wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry; More

So put on your glad rags and party. November is here and the party season has started. Why is it that humans just like to party? Partying is seen as a part of our primal instincts. Early humans might have danced to attract a mate, as far back as 1.5 million years ago. It has also been suggested by some researchers that those who had a feeling of rhythm may have had a evolutionary advantage over their peers. The acts of moving together (dancing)  is what is believed to have been a way for our ancestors to bond.

One French sociologist has suggested that when partying people feel a certain “electricity” when they are in close contact with others. The feeling is then released to other party-goers, which sends them into a high degree of collective emotional excitement. I am sure that most of us have indeed had this experience at parties.

What makes someone the life and soul of the party? Well this is usually someone who is energetic and funny and also the centre of the dancing activity. This behaviour in turn attracts more of us to join in and “join the party” It makes sense then, that sometimes when we are excluded from a special party that we sometimes feel left out That’s why some peeps have turned party crashing into a real art. Check this link out for some tips. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-into-exclusive-parties-and-clubs-without-an-1453378483

Well whatever party you have in the agenda this party season. Remember even if it does not always feel good moving out of your comfort zone it is something your ancestors have been doing for years. So go on and move! Just like Driss in the brilliant movie The Intouchables.

 

 

 

Rommel na Folterpop

Edgar’s blog: cool accommodation for Glastonbury festival

Cool, a tent made of cardboard. Students at the University of Delft have developed a festival tent that is made of cardboard. Totally bio-degradable. How chill is that? Inspired by a picture of the Glastonbury festival after it had finished. These two students decided go ahead and market the idea one of them had for his last year design project at Delft TU.

This tent has been described as the “The Ferrari under the cardboard boxes”.

It saddens me that this tent is needed and that the responsible peeps just can’t take their rubbish home with them. But hey, hats off to these lads who have found an easy way out for a lot of those lazy peeps out there.

Just one more step before you all have the chance to have your house with you all the time like me. How cool is that 😉

Check them out: kartent.nl

Cheers Edgar

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