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Circe

The 2 month old short haired guinea pig Circe looking for treats.




Conakry-Niger depot

metre gauge, Guinea. Alsthom diesel-electric locomotive and MAN railcar set, circa 1962




NEFIS II, Camp Columbia, Brisbane, Lou Bierens de Haan on bicycle

Charles Gesner van der Voort and Dorone van den Brandeler shared a 'mess' in Shanghai, while working there for Dutch companies Holland-China Trading Company and Java-China-Japan Line. Dorone arrived in 1935, Charles in 1939. After the outbreak of WWII in The Netherlands, many young men abroad were called to arms. Charles had a brother serving in the army and was exempted, Dorone van den Brandeler went to England to join Princess Irene Brigade. In January 1942, he was sent to the Netherlands East Indies, with Insulinde Corps, together with his childhood friend Lou Bierens de Haan. Upon arrival in February 1942, the Netherlands East Indies were captured by the Japanese and the troops remained in Ceylon, current Sri Lanka. After training in Ceylon and British India, they were sent to Australia, where they served with NEFIS III, Netherlands East Indies Forces Intelligence Service. Under command of Dorone van den Brandeler, one of the missions was to the Digul river area in Dutch New Guinea, to investigate Japanese presence in the area. They were helped by local Dutch representatives and Papua population.

Dorone van den Brandeler's widow told me stories of this period in her husband's life. She mentioned photos made by her husband's friend Lou Bierens de Haan. It triggered a search for relatives and I found Lou Bierens de Haan's daughters, who provided me with a description of this period by their father, in a letter to his parents at the end of the war. He had donated his photo album to Cavalry Museum in Amersfoort, who kindly provided me access to these unique images, which I could use for my book, "Charles in Shanghai".

It was a wonderful experience to meet with Lou Bierens de Haan's daughters and other relatives at Cavalry Museum to review their father's album, when they were in the Netherlands for a family reunion.

Dr. Jack Ford, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Queensland, wrote a book about Australian-Dutch cooperation during WWII, "Allies in a Bind, Australia and the Netherlands East Indies in the Second World War" (Loganholme: Netherlands Ex-Servicemen and Women’s Association, Queensland branch, 1996). For the book, he corresponded with many NEFIS veterans, several of whom are in this photo.

Courtesy Cavalry Museum, Amersfoort
www.cavaleriemuseum.nl/Engels/index.html

Dutch National Archives (Nationaal Archief) have the report Dorone van den Brandeler filed about this mission, I visited the archives with his widow Jacqueline. "There was very little knowledge about this part of Dutch history. After WWII, if my husband mentioned the war in New Guinea, many people did not know about it, even at government levels. It would be nice if there is recognition for these men's efforts when the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII is celebrated in the Netherlands in 2020."

Bas Kreuger, a Dutch historian an researcher, is working on a project to do research into Camp Columbia, in Brisbane, Australia, together with two archeologists of Queensland University in Brisbane. It will be an multidisciplinary project, of archeology combined with oral history with veterans and their family. More information (in Dutch) about Bas Kreuger's latest book, about a rescue mission in Netherlands New Guinea in 1944, can be found here: www.kreugerinkultuur.nl/lezingen-boeken/




Snickers 1.5 years

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Grüne Mamba (Dendroaspis viridis)

In einem Terrarium wurden zehn weiße Mäuse laufen gelassen. Darin befanden sich zwei grüne Mambas. Die Mäuse liefen vergnügt und interessiert durch das Terrarium. Im Baum über ihnen haben die Mambas die Mäuse beobachtet. Nach und nach versetzen sie jeder Maus einen tödlichen Biss, dann zogen sich die Mambas zurück und warten. Die Mäuse zeigten keine Reaktion von Angst oder Schmerz. Zuerst liefen sie ganz normal weiter, dann kippten sie einfach um. Nach dem sich die letzte Maus nicht mehr regte, kamen sie vom Baum und untersuchen ihre Opfer. Als sich die Mambas vom Tod ihrer Opfer überzeugt hatten, verschlangen sie eine Maus nach der anderen. Nachdem das große Fressen beendet war, zogen sie sich in den Baum zurück. Das Ganze dauerte ca. eine halbe Stunde.

Ten white mice were run in a terrarium. Inside were two green mambas. The mice ran happily and interestedly through the terrarium. In the tree above them, the mambas watched the mice. Little by little they give every mouse a fatal bite, then the mambas retreat and wait. The mice showed no reaction from fear or pain. At first they continued to run normally, then they just tipped over. After the last mouse stopped moving, they came from the tree and examined their victims. When the mambas were convinced of the death of their victims, they devoured mouse after mouse. After the big meal was over, they retreated into the tree. The whole thing took about half an hour.




Grüne Mamba (Dendroaspis viridis)

In einem Terrarium wurden zehn weiße Mäuse laufen gelassen. Darin befanden sich zwei grüne Mambas. Die Mäuse liefen vergnügt und interessiert durch das Terrarium. Im Baum über ihnen haben die Mambas die Mäuse beobachtet. Nach und nach versetzen sie jeder Maus einen tödlichen Biss, dann zogen sich die Mambas zurück und warten. Die Mäuse zeigten keine Reaktion von Angst oder Schmerz. Zuerst liefen sie ganz normal weiter, dann kippten sie einfach um. Nach dem sich die letzte Maus nicht mehr regte, kamen sie vom Baum und untersuchen ihre Opfer. Als sich die Mambas vom Tod ihrer Opfer überzeugt hatten, verschlangen sie eine Maus nach der anderen. Nachdem das große Fressen beendet war, zogen sie sich in den Baum zurück. Das Ganze dauerte ca. eine halbe Stunde.

Ten white mice were run in a terrarium. Inside were two green mambas. The mice ran happily and interestedly through the terrarium. In the tree above them, the mambas watched the mice. Little by little they give every mouse a fatal bite, then the mambas retreat and wait. The mice showed no reaction from fear or pain. At first they continued to run normally, then they just tipped over. After the last mouse stopped moving, they came from the tree and examined their victims. When the mambas were convinced of the death of their victims, they devoured mouse after mouse. After the big meal was over, they retreated into the tree. The whole thing took about half an hour.




South Africa - Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve

Guinea Fowl Trail

The Blyde River Canyon, officially the Motlatse Canyon is a significant natural feature of South Africa, located in Mpumalanga, and forming the northern part of the Drakensberg escarpment. Located in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, it is 25 kilometres (16 mi) in length and is, on average, around 750 metres (2,461 ft) deep. The Blyderivierpoort Dam, when full, is at an altitude of 665 metres (2,182 ft). The canyon consists mostly of red sandstone. The highest point of the canyon, Mariepskop, is 1,944 metres (6,378 ft) above sea level, whilst its lowest point where the river leaves the canyon is slightly less than 561 metres (1,841 ft) above sea level. This means that by some measure the canyon is 1,383 metres (4,537 ft) deep.

While it is difficult to compare canyons world-wide, Blyde River Canyon is one of the largest canyons on Earth, and it may be the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage. It has some of the deepest precipitous cliffs of any canyon on the planet. It is the second largest canyon in Africa, after the Fish River Canyon, and is known as one of the great wonders of nature on the continent.

Possibly the best view in the whole of the Blyde River Canyon is of the "Three Rondavels", huge, round rocks, thought to be reminiscent of the houses or huts of the indigenous people, known as rondavels. This canyon is part of the Panorama Route. This route starts at the town Graskop and includes God's Window, the Pinnacle and Bourke's Luck Potholes.

Blyde means "glad" or "happy" in old Dutch, a name derived from a voortrekkers' expedition. The 'happy river' was thus named in 1844, when Hendrik Potgieter and others returned safely from Delagoa Bay to the rest of their party of trekkers who had considered them dead. While still under this misapprehension they had named the nearby river where they had been encamped, Treurrivier, or 'mourning river'.

In 2005, the Blyde River was renamed to the Motlatse River, and the Mpumalanga Provincial Government announced that the canyon would be renamed as well.

The Blyde River Canyon supports large diversity of life, including numerous fish and antelope species as well as hippos and crocodiles, and every primate species that may be seen in South Africa (including both greater and lesser bushbabies, vervet monkeys and Samango monkeys). The diversity of birdlife is similarly high, including the beautiful and much sought Narina trogon as well as species such as the Cape vulture, black eagle, crowned eagle, African fish eagle, gymnogene, jackal buzzard, white-rumped vulture, bald ibis, African finfoot, Knysna lourie, purple-crested lourie, Gurney's sugarbird, malachite sunbird, cinnamon dove, African emerald cuckoo, red-backed mannikin, golden-tailed woodpecker, olive bush shrike, green twinspot, Taita falcons (very rarely sighted, a breeding pair lives in the nearby Abel Erasmus Pass), Cape eagle owl, white-faced owl, wood owl, peregrine falcon, black-breasted snake eagle, Wahlberg's eagle, long-crested eagle, lanner falcon, red-breasted sparrowhawk, rock kestrel and others.

At 200 metres (660 ft), the Kadishi Tufa waterfall is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. A tufa waterfall is formed when water running over dolomite rock absorbs calcium, and deposits rock formations more rapidly than they erode the surrounding rock. In the case of the Kadishi Tufa fall, the formation that has been produced strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as 'the weeping face of nature'.

The canyon and the surrounding Drakensberg escarpment is a very popular tourist region with a well-developed tourism industry supported by good public infrastructure.

(Wikipedia)

Der Blyde River Canyon ist ein 26 Kilometer langer, bis 800 Meter tiefer und hauptsächlich aus rotem Sandstein bestehender Canyon. Er befindet sich an der Panorama Route nordöstlich von Johannesburg und gilt als eines der großen Naturwunder Afrikas.

Durch den Blyde River Canyon, der an den Bourke’s Luck Potholes beginnt, fließt der Fluss Blyde River, der bei 25° 4′ 15,9″ S, 30° 40′ 40,2″ O dem Thaba Chweu entspringt und bei 24° 15′ 18,6″ S, 30° 49′ 50″ O in den Olifantsriver fließt.

Ein von zahlreichen Touristen besuchter Punkt des Canyons sind die drei Rondavels, gewaltige, runde Felsen, die an die runden Hütten der Einheimischen erinnern. Wegen seines Ausblicks vielbesucht ist auch God’s Window.

(Wikipedia)




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£2 Coin 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea

£2 Coin 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea




£2 Coin 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea

£2 Coin 2013 Anniversary of the Guinea




Abyssinian guinea pigs with dark coat

Abyssinian guinea pigs with dark coat, South American animal




Ceiba Intercontinental - ET-AWQ - B767-306ER

Athens Intl Airport El. Venizelos ATH/LGAV. A very rare airline in Athens. The airline was on the list of air carriers banned in the European Union but it currently has scheduled direct flights from Malabo to Madrid via a wetlease agreement with White Airways.I n 2009, the Agence France Press (AFP) reported that the CEO of CEIBA Intercontinental Mamadou Jaye, a Senagalese citizen of Gambian origin, left Equatorial Guinea with a suitcase containing 3.5 billion CFA francs (approximately 5 million euros or 6.5 million United States dollars) and spare ATR aircraft parts to negotiate trade deals with Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, and Senegal and to establish a West African office for CEIBA. The report said that Jaye never returned to Equatorial Guinea.




lg b new guinea birdwing

Taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens




Myurella Nebulosa B

Sowerby 1825, called the Red-cloud Auger. Has a pattern of many small indented dots. The color is a mixture of white and red/orange colouring. Has strong similarities to Myurella Columellaris, Hinds 1844. Occurs in Red Sea, New Guinea, Fiji and Indo-W Pacific.




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Guinea-Bissau morning - men at the nets

The morning had started on the Bissagos islands: from our island of Rubane to Bolama by small boat and then on to the mainland, where we switched to a minibus and drove north towards Senegal. The countryside here is very low-lying, tidal flats with salty bodies of water that widen and deepen with the tides, and that makes river crossings and bridges an interesting engineering challenge. Our first destination was the Manjoco territory and its town of Canchungo, where we had the fortune af arriving during the wake of a man whose brother was known to our guide and we were welcomed to participate. From there we continued to an audience with the Manjaco king and an exploration of his home. In both locations we were permitted to view shrines/ancestor statues and learn something of the traditional cultures. We overnighted in the nearby town of Bula and in the morning drove through the flat countryside, crossing the Cacheu river, to reach the border town at Sao Domingos.

One feature of the area is the bolanha rice paddy (aka a drowned rice-paddy or polder) irrigated by the tides.





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