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About 20 years ago I discovered windsurfing in one of the many vacations I had in Greece.
Everything started in Rhodes – as far as I remember – with a German sailor that taught me the beginning of the windsurf magics.
I then sailed in every single vacation I remember always in summer season but it was only until my recent vacation in Sardinia that I realize how much I am hooked to this sport for the most part of my life.

Since early August I now started to go regularly to practice every weekend – despite the  adverse conditions – in the North Sea in  Belgium and the Netherlands, as well in lakes. However, I try to practice wherever I can.

I need to do practice to feel that sense of accomplishment that you get when you gradually advance towards your targets.

Having concentrated on work, studies and kids for the  past years I feel I have lost  “sight” for my internal pleasure. Now that I found back the way to please myself I want to keep improving and get that “feel good” vibe.

Here the spots I have visited so far:

  • Lac de la Platte Taille – Espace Fun (FroidChapelle, Belgium)
    Very nice place for beginner, water is always flat (hey, is a lake!) but as well for advanced sailors, lots of materials to rent but boards are a bit old and  not always well maintain. A good spot for people with kids and wife, as there are some alternatives to stay on the beach when it’s too windy. Ask for Philippe, he’s a great guy with a good sense of humor.
  • Surfers Paradise (Knokke, Belgium)
    Great spot for intermediate, advanced sailors. The best spot for materials to rent, they have everything you need and the material is pretty recent. The resto-bar is  opened since 30 years and it worth a visit. Sea conditions are always a bit choppy as this is open sea. Advanced sailors will enjoy the choppy waves.
  • Grevelingendam (Netherlands)
    Perfect spot for all sailors. There are some “pools” where beginner and intermediate sailors can perfect their techniques and some “open salty lake” where winds get stronger and advanced sailors get the most fun. Rentals are good but do not expect too much of material. Jos is guy to go when asking for windsurfing.
  • Fregene (Rome, Italy)
    A nice place run by Filippo, a great guy with love for the sport of Windsurf. Together with some friends he recovered an abandoned building and now he stuffed it with plenty of boards and sails for you to have fun.
    Conditions are always choppy but in the morning can welcome more beginner but also intermediate can have fun here.

 

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Some thoughts about positive and negative countries.
The economic crisis seems to deteriorate emotional statuses among EU individuals. In PIGS countries (Portugal, Italy&Ireland, Greece, Spain) a climbing negative feeling is evident when speaking to citizens.
One of the most common feeling is their loss of hope in the government and in their potential to change corrent the state of things in these countries. Few jobs, thousands of applicants, low wages, decreasing quality of life and expectations make social conditions dominated by a negative approach, as confirmed by the incredible amount of people loosing jobs or struggling to survive till the next payslip. This is frustrating for most of EU people. And even more frightening  is the potential that these countries have in extending their “negative feeling” virus to neighbor countries, by migrating workers looking for better conditions.
As a result, we may soon end up in an economical and psychological depressed Europe. Which may be dubbed as a league of “negative” countries.
So the solution to a positive living where to grow our families should be seen somewhere else.
But where?
US is a lottery and not so happy recently. Africa is dangerous and not so profitable. Middle-East is growing but quality of life is low.
Northern Europe – which seems to be a safe harbor for the moment – is simply waiting its turn to be tormented by austerity regulations.
Where should one emigrate to live in a “positive” country with good wages and decent quality of life?

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If I remember correctly, February 29, 2012, the ceiling of my living room collapsed while me, my pregnant wife and my mother in law, were dining. We relocated temporarily to an hotel and I immediately started to look for a new apartment to rent because my wife was due to deliver in a few days (delivery was foreseen for March 4).
While we stayed in the hotel, me, my wife and my mother in law spent days and nights looking for apartments furnished and ready to be rented because, as you can imagine, we wanted a safe and quite place once the baby was born.

It was not an easy challenge because my wife was still shocked by the collapsing and we literally run everywhere through the city to find an immediately available apartment.
It was difficult for my wife because she got tired quickly as the pregnancy imposed and I was extremely nervous about the situation. I was alone with 2 women, without a house. In a few cases, I felt desperate.

The game of life is hard but you have to keep playing.

So March 2 we found a lovely apartment not far from our old apartment, but  the rent was considerably higher than expected. My wife was happy with that and we rented it straight away for 3 months, hoping to go back to our ancient apartment once the reconstruction would have fixed the ceiling.
The date for signing the contract was the day after, March 3 at 1 o’clock. “I did it” I thought,  but keep calm, we are not done yet.

During the night of March 2, my wife started labouring and at 2 a.m we rushed to the Saint Jean hospital for a first screening. After 3 hours of exams, we came back to the hotel. False start.
Once in the hotel, just after you made it through your pijama and you are comfortable with your pillow, at 6 a.m my wife was again feeling labour pains.

Again, faster than light, I was in the car, driving at crazy speed with my wife and her mother (my mother-in-law) to the hospital maternity department.
The screening revealed not a sufficient dilatation for the delivery but enough to stay under supervision.

We did all the papers, all the “training” (thanks a lot to the man/woman who entered balloons in the pregancy room), all the recommendations needed “just in the case” but at 12.30, March 3,  we were still there, waiting for the dilatation to become sufficient for starting the delivery.

After being assured by the doctors that I wouldn’t have missed the delivery, I gave a kiss to my wife saying that I would have come back in 1 hour or less as I was going to sign the contract of our new apartment.

I was excited but I was driving relaxed while thinking to the emotions I got in less than 100 hours, when a police officer stopped my car for a routine control.

The police man found that my car insurance was expired and that he was obliged by law to seize the car for further controls: at first I thought it was a candid camera and someone was pulling my legs.
But when I realized that I was not dreaming, and the police man didn’t believe my story (well, who could!)  the only words that came out of my mouth were “Take the car, I have better things to do than wasting my time with you”.No way, the police man didn’t let me go, they wanted me to follow him to the police station! I was desperate, once more.

I abandoned myself to a desperate laugh when, thanks God, another police office came in help and gave me a fine and let me go.

Back on track, I was late, I needed desperately to sign the contract and to rush back to my wife: my son was ready to come!!!

I signed the contract and I went back in time to the hospital to see  Adriano, was born March 3 at 6.08 pm, 3.620 grams of tenderness.

I stayed in the delivery room all the time, side by side with my wife during the hardest moment of a woman’s life and the most beautiful moment for a father to be.
When this new little creature was born I started crying, full of joy, for this beautiful being which joined us and turned us in a lovely family.

Nothing give you the feeling of life as your son does.

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During my usual, unpredictable no-destination internet surfing, I have came across an emerging new genre called “rap-rave” which apparently one of the most prominent group is “Die Antwoord”.

I got passionated about the topic and did some research…

The name suggested me to be some sort of dutch artists but they revealed to be from South Africa, Cape Town, and in my opinion their sounds are a mix of Bjork, a bit of Eminem with a few sprinkles of unhappy late 80’s ravey synths which I don’t know why but they reminds me the recent MIA tune “Paper plane”.

Sincerely, they are not that good looking and strictly speaking, I would rather say they are a bit ugly: the trio is composed by a trashy platinum-hair girl called “Yo-landi”, and a bum, homeless looking , poorly tatooed man a.k.a “Ninja”. (On his fore arm, he has a tatoo with a small figure with a huge penis and the words “Evil boy” 0_0 ) The trio is completed by a psicopathic looking dj, originally called DJ HighTek.

I am still shocked at seeing them hosted by David Letterman, who recently invited them to air their infamous track “I fink u freeky” during his night show:

The reason of their success seems due to the fact they signed a contract with Interscope records (deus ex-machina of Eminem and 50 cents) and this brings me to the conclusion: did I listen to shit all the time or are they a sort of musical genius ?

Anyway.. the contract with Interscope recently came to an end, apparently due to their latest track which Interscope didn’t approve.. “too extreme” they said.. but Yo-Landi, Ninja and the DJ didn’t get a fuck about the record label and instead turned to their own funds to produce other insanity like this:

They have got 8 million views on their first video (Enter the ninja): I can’t figure out how to get a dime for my music but apparently these crazy heads does sells more than gold these times…..

Is this fucking real ??????

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I have released a new track with a vocal from Jacinda Espinosa I have sampled from ccMixter.
I have to say that I was working on the track from a few months already, but when I listen her vocal I tuned the final version of the mix in order to accomodate the samples.
It added a bright improvement to the overall feeling of the track although it dramatically changed the scope – which I think is a bit more techno-ish – but instead turned out to be more trance-ish…

I don’t care.. the final mix is so groovy that I enjoyed it so much that I even produced a video.. OK a cut-n-paste video of some Creative Commons video I found on Archive.org but hey… I bit of self-promotion is never that bad 🙂

Here it is:

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Don’t know exactly where I made some of them but they are strange enough to have a post on my blog…

 

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