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19 Feb 19
Pijnacker-Nootdorp Actueel

De plannen voor vestiging van het Zuidhollands autobusmuseum in het groengebied achter de wijk Tolhek gaan niet door. De vele bezwaren die zijn binnengekomen na het ter inzage leggen van het voorontwerp bestemmingsplan hebben daarin de doorslag gegeven. Het college van B & W van Pijnacker gaat op zoek naar een andere locatie binnen de […]

19 Feb 19
Tales of a fiftyupper

Stel de lente niet meer uit Het mag beginnen laat maar binnen Stel je voor Zet even thee voor jullie twee Stel je voor Stel niet uit Vooruit! (Femke Reuvers) Lente! Het verrast me telkens weer. Misschien omdat na een lange, gure winterperiode het verlangen overheerst naar warmte van de zon of  dat ik de […]

18 Feb 19
Isabella Romance Novels

When it comes to judging products online, reviews are everything. That goes double for products sold on a site like Amazon, which offers about pretty much every item imaginable. These weird but genius products on Amazon with over 1,000 perfect…

18 Feb 19
Catholic Territories in a Suburban Landscape

      In the Antwerp district Linkeroever, which is located on the left bank of the Scheldt river, there are no less than three post-war church buildings, at an in-between distance of about 1km. Already since the 16th century, there were plans for a systematic development of this bank, especially for military purposes. In […]

17 Feb 19
Fieldwork Blog 2019

Amsterdam is seen as rich with diversity and acceptance, forward thinking by valuing an individual’s own cultural identity. By focusing on tolerance, the city enables differing religious and cultural parties to cooperate in everyday life, however this is not necessarily for harmonies sake, but for monetary gain. Unbeknownst to some this common aim among the […]

17 Feb 19
REIN IT IN

By Lois   Race 1: Race one was made out to be a two-horse race, between Paul Nicholls’ Quel Destin, and Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Torpillo. Both horses had shown tremendous amounts of ability beforehand, but yesterday was very much about whether Torpillo could match up to the known quantity of Quel Destin. As seen, he could […]

17 Feb 19
Travelure

After a particularly devastating flood that killed thousands in 1421 CE, the survivors discovered a crying child in a crib that was kept afloat by a cat that had been jumping around the crib to keep the balance. This led to the christening of the village as Kinderdijk or Children’s Dyke… Windmills of Kinderdijk – Our Planet’s Landmarks Series #18

16 Feb 19
the limping messenger

Mijn oog viel – in het voorbijkomen van die nooit eindigende stroom aan berichten (op Facebook & andere sociale media…) op een tekst betreffende de activiste JOKE KAVIAAR die ik enkel uit de verte ken, maar wel al gedurende jaren signaleer… haar stijl is niet de mijne, maar toch ben ik attent op haar niet […]

16 Feb 19
Experts Blog

1. Kinderdijk More than 1.000 old windmills still exist in the Netherlands. The biggest grouping of Dutch windmills can be found close to the town of Kinderdijk (“Children’s embankment”). Puerto Vallarta Weddings Venue Mexic To empty the abundance water out of the polders, which are arranged underneath ocean levels, 19 windmills were worked around 1740. 2. Mykonos […]

16 Feb 19

NAP Didtheyleaveuoutto 8/1 e/w (Whill – 6 places) – 2pts e/w Lost -4pts (v. poor run) Its unusual for me to post a NAP each way, especially when I think the selection has a great chance of winning, however with six places available at William Hill I think it sensible to cover all angles. Two wins […]

16 Feb 19
The Sun
Racing is back! And so is Team Ditcheat – we’ve got 24 runners declared this afternoon with some really exciting prospects strutting their stuff. Ascot has done a cracking job to get both the Betfair Hurdle and Denman Chase on after flu claimed them last week. Not only is it great for the sport, it’s great for us as we get to see the return of both Getaway Trump and Clan Des Obeaux. The former is a really promising horse. He ran a huge race last time in the Challow when beaten by Ballymore favourite Champ, having previously won twice in good style. This race has been in his aim for a while and the fast pace will suit his strong travelling style. NAP TIME Don’t miss the Saturday NAPs from our two top tipsters He’s a really nice horse and I’m hoping he’ll be bang there. Harry chooses him over our other runner, Mont Des Avaloirs. Johnny De La Hey’s contender ran well before underperforming at this track last time but if he’s back to his previous Newbury form then he should run well. Lorcan takes off a handy 5lb and he’ll like the ground. Al Dancer is the one to beat for the Twiston-Davies clan. He was impressive at Cheltenham on his latest start and clearly has a lot of speed. There could plenty of improvement left, too. Everyone was over the moon with Clan Des Obeaux’s King George victory Clan Des Obeaux is our star turn in the Denman Chase and goes there with a massive chance. The race has cut up rather nicely since being switched from Newbury and I’d say the main danger to our lad is Terrefort. Clan should be a class above these though based on his win in the King George over Christmas. Dad has always said the Gold Cup is the aim so he’ll come on for this. That said, if he got beat we’d be very disappointed. [article-rail-section title=”latest in horse racing” posts_category=”343″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] On a fantastic card, we run both Cyrname and Politologue in the Ascot Chase. Politologue has form with a few of these based on his run against Charbel earlier in the season and the drop back to two and a half miles will certainly suit him. If you watch the King George, he was running really well until his stamina gave out. Sam Twiston-Davies is very happy with him at home and we’re hoping for a good run. Cyrname was back to his best at this track last time. Cyrname was a sensational winner at Ascot recently and heads back to the track upped in class He was awesome that day and jumped so well and although this is another step up, he had form in graded company as a novice. I’m looking forward to seeing him bowl along even if some of the other boys are likely to be aware that he wants to lead. Waiting Patiently is the favourite and obviously has a big chance. He unseated in the King George and never got a chance to show us what form he’s in, but if back to his best then he’s the one to beat. Here’s Politologue & Clan before doing their final pieces of work this morning ahead of Saturday. #fingerscrossed pic.twitter.com/4BgCE21lQ2 — Harry Derham (@Harry05Derham) February 14, 2019 The other Graded chase on the card is the Reynoldstown Novices’, where we run Coup De Pinceau. He was slightly disappointing at Doncaster last time but he only had a short break between runs and we think that was the reason. We backed off him afterwards at home and he’s bounced back since. Obviously it’s a hot race and he’ll need to improve under a penalty, particularly as he’s rated 139 when the top horse is 150. That said, he’s been a massive improver since going over fences and Cheltenham wouldn’t be out of the window if he runs well. Top Ville Ben looks smart and he’s the one to aim for. Mister Malarky has a shout too. [boxout headline=”Dynamite Dollars”]Unfortunately Dynamite Dollars picked up a slight injury this week which was enough to rule him out for the season. He’ll be back next year and it’s just a big shame as he’s a massively improving horse. He got the better of Kalashnikov in the Wayward Lad at Kempton over Christmas before winning the Lightning at Doncaster and it’s a big shame. Talking of Kalashnikov, I thought Glen Forsa was really impressive when beating him hollow at Sandown yesterday. He must go for the Arkle now and would have a big chance.   [/boxout] Elsewhere on the card, we run three in the Class 2 Handicap Hurdle at 1.00. Brio Conti pulled up at Sandown on his return from a long lay-off but he seems to have come on from that at home. He’s a big, burly horse who’s taken a while to get back to form. Malaya has struggled a bit this season with her jumping which is a bit odd as usually she’s safe in that department. I’d like to see her get a clear round and if she does she could be thereabouts. For me though, the pick of the three is Darling Maltaix. He ran well at Kempton last time but I think returning to this track will suit. He hasn’t got a lot of weight and the good to soft ground will help him. Umndeni, Ballyandy and Master Blueyes all look big dangers. YES CHEF Your in-depth guide to the Grand National Trial at Haydock Former Grade 1 winner and yard favourite Black Corton should go very close in the Listed Chase at 2.10 He ran a stormer at Kempton behind Top Notch over a trip too short for him and back over this distance he has a big chance. The stiffer track will suit and it’s not a big field, which is also ideal. Coneygree will probably go on and that will help make it a test. Our other runner in the race, Art Mauresque, needs to bounce back from a couple of disappointments. He only just got beat at Ascot back in November so hopefully he can rediscover some form with Lorcan back up. Calipto is the one to beat if he’s over his hard race at Doncaster. [boxout headline=”Meydan musings”]It’s been great to see the Meydan carnival in full swing over the winter and the return of Blue Point on Thursday was something to behold. He almost broke the course record despite not being a hundred percent fit and he will very difficult to beat on World Cup night. I also liked the way Poetic Charm won the Balanchine. She’s clearly a very talented filly and has benefited from returning from a stint in America. [/boxout] Worthy Farm won well before flopping slightly at Cheltenham and has a decent chance in the 4.30. He had excuses that day and he seems back to his best at home. Hopefully we’ve got him right and he can win again. Daydream Aulmes and Trixter, both progressive types, look the ones to fear. In the bumper closing the card, we run the promising Silver Forever. She was an impressive winner at Chepstow before finishing third in a Listed race that turned into a bit of a sprint. She’s a filly we like a lot and this will suit much better. It wouldn’t surprise me if Dad lets Harry bowl along in front. Subway Surf is the one to beat of those that have raced, though there are few debutants lurking that could go well. [article-rail-section title=”latest in horse racing” posts_category=”343″ posts_number=”12″ query_type=”recent” /] Over at Haydock, we run some nice sorts headed by Grade 1 winner Quel Destin in the Victor Ludorum at the start of the card. He was very tough at Chepstow and Sam gave him an awesome ride. Sean Bowen takes over now and hopefully he’ll get a nice tow into it from main danger Torpillo, who’s done everything impressively so far. He should go a pretty honest gallop and hopefully we can see him off late on. If You Say Run goes in the Listed race at 1.25. I reckon Haydock will suit her much better than Ascot last time and we’ve put first-time cheekpieces on her as she can drift badly left. She needs a nice, even gallop and hopefully she won’t hang this time! Jester Jet is the one to beat but I’m hoping we can get our revenge on this occasion. Pacha Du Polder and Harriet Tucker (nearside) got up to win a dramatic Foxhunter Chase last year Foxhunters hero Pacha Du Polder makes his return in the Hunters Chase to close the card. It looks a competitive race and keep in mind that anything he does here is a bonus as Cheltenham is once again the main aim. Dineur and Road To Rome look dangerous but hopefully ours can run a nice prep. Just down the road at Wincanton we’ve got a few promising types in action. Grand Sancy runs in the Grade 2 Kingwell and hopefully he can produce another top performance. He’s been really consistent so far and although he’s only a novice, he’s pretty switched on. He just lost out in the Tolworth last time and has a good chance. Sceau Royal is the one to catch if returning to his best back over hurdles. He’s won the Elite at this track before and has a big engine when on song. Dogon runs for us in the opener and he should have a big chance as he’s highest rated. I’m not sure what happened at Cheltenham last time as he ran well below par. He stopped very quickly at the top of the hill but has come out of that surprisingly well. He’d previously done a gallop with a few of our better horses and worked nicely. Magic Saint has a fine shout in the 1.45, a handicap chase over two miles. There’s been a massive debate in the yard about what trip he wants but Dad seems to think a strong test over the minimum trip will suit him. Gino Trail tends to go a strong gallop and that will suit us, so hopefully everything will drop right. WORTH THE WAIT All you need for Ascot’s card with the Sun Racing preview Overland Flyer has his first run since a wind op in the 4.05. He was pulled up last time and needed the operation so with any luck he’ll show improvement and get round safely. We run three in the 4.35 and our best chance is probably Eaglehaslanded. It’s taken him a few runs to get back to his best form but he was a good third at Cheltenham last time and now takes a slight drop in trip. That should help him as he got a bit tired up the hill. Both Dan McGrue and Peak To Peak have had a long time off the track and both will definitely improve for whatever they do here. Southfield Torr runs in the finale and should do better than he did at Taunton on his most recent outing, where he ran too free. Alex Thorne takes off 7lb and that sees him off a very low mark so he has no excuses now. [bc_video video_id=”5991885820001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Jockey Mikey Sweeney in stunning recovery after toppling off horse “]