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Farewell, Great Britain

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This day marks the end of the 47-year-long history of the Great Britain as a part of the European Union.

Even though it doesn’t directly affect me, I find it a bit sad. I second Boris Akunin’s opinion it’s a regress and a victory of retrogressive thinking.

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Musicellaneous ‣ Andromida

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Photo by Ramon Gutierrez.

It’s Friday again! This tenth edition of Musicellaneous features another unique project by a talented individual. I’m talking about the instrumental progressive metal band Andromida, which is in fact just one person: the American Ramon Gutierrez.

The band is unique because Ramon is “legally blind”, which was discovered when he was as little as three years old.

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Learn Dutch ‣ Het-noun cheat sheet

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One of the tricky things in Dutch is the mapping of a noun to one of the two grammatical genders:

  • Common, which is masculine and feminine combined. Such nouns are called de-woorden because they are prepended by the de definite article.
  • Neuter, nouns of which are het-woorden as you put the het article before them.

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Musicellaneous ‣ Gru

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Friday is always imminent! For this eighth edition of Musicellaneous I had to dig a wee bit deeper this time. So I’ve dug out one of the most mysterious characters of the instrumental prog who is hiding behind the Gru monicker.

And I do hope it isn’t related to GRU whatsoever.

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