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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Off-Topic: The Dutch... Class acts...

This post, as noted above, is a bit off topic...

Most Speedmaster collectors know that when it comes to prowess in both collecting and knowledge about Speedmasters (and watches in general) few countries/nationalities can match, and fewer still can surpass the Dutch. Among all the countries/nationalities in the world in my opinion only the Italians and Japanese could claim to surpass the fervor and dedication of Dutch Speedmaster collectors while British, German, Aussie, Canadian and American collectors struggle to keep up.

Over the past 16 months I have been weaned off of one of my other lifelong hobbies (radio) by a new form of communication, Podcasts. Podcasts are a medium where anyone with a computer with audio-in capability and a connection to the internet can literally host their own program, be it audio only (like radio), Audio-Visual (like a music video, movie or TV program) or simply files of interest (photo's, documents, etc.) and people who are interested can subscribe to them easily... Podcasting has been likened to "Audio blogs" the difference is that with podcasts and a suitable player, Apple made/marketed iPods are the most popular but other brands and even CD-ROM's can be burned so that people can decide what they want to listen or watch when they want, where they want, and how they want.

One of my favorite podcasts has been an Ambient music podcast by a gentleman out of Rotterdam who goes by the name of "TC" called SpaceMusic... The Podcasting portion of TC's site is located here. Since he started podcasting in 2005 every year on 5 May he has posted a special "Liberation Day" podcast to commemorate the liberation of the Netherlands from Axis/Nazi subjugation during World War II. Unlike most countries, the Nethe1rlands sets aside two days to mark this event. The first day is a commemoration of those who fell during the occupation and those who sacrificed to liberate those in occupied lands. The second day is a celebration of their freedom and hopes for the future. It is TC's Liberation Day 2006 podcast that prompted me to post this note...

The Dutch are a class act. In a world where many peoples / organizations / countries routinely co-opt May 1st (May Day) to ferment and popularize pet-causes, revolution, parade tanks, missles and machine gun toting soldiers, the Dutch chose to remember the fallen, those who fought to liberate them and to celebreate their freedom and hopes for the future. They are a class act for many other reasons too, but this one came to mind today!

Just my opinion, but everyone is entitled to share it!

-- Chuck

P.S. I know that many other countries celebrate liberation days. However, the manner which the Dutch do has impressed me greatly...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like Spacemusic, you may also like Ultima Thule, a weekly 90-minute ambient radio show/podcast out of Sydney that's been running since 1989:

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 9:52:00 AM  
Blogger Chuck Maddox said...

Actually, I do! In fact, I listened to the latest podcast of UT last night as I went to bed. I subscribe to them both and have for well over a year with each (UT 533 and the inaugral SpaceMusic)...

I just wouldn't recommend listening to them while operating an automobile or other heavy equipment. You might become drowsy! They are that relaxing!

-- Chuck

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calling the Dutch a class act doesn't seem to go far enough. They were one of the few countries to have made a concerted effort to save their Jewish population from the Nazis, and as a result, very few Danish Jews died in the Holocaust.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006 5:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch, the Dutch live in the Netherlands, not in Denmark where the Danes live.

The Dutch also did their best trying to save the jewish Dutchman, but with 10% of the population beeing Nazi's themselves it was probably a bit less succesfull then in Denmark.


Friday, June 15, 2007 9:44:00 AM  

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