The Blue Blot

notes, finds & fragments of research

Calm & Explosive ~ Another Dutch New Year’s Eve

A new year has begun! To all a happy New Year; with all the best in health, success and happiness possible. I hope everyone had either a calm and relaxed New … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Religion in Tradition ~ Rachmaninoff and Six Generations

Today it was once again quite clear that I’m not well versed in the Bible. I admire and, at the same time, envy people who can quote the appropriate verses … Continue reading

November 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Remember me ~ Portrait Miniatures under the Hammer

A sturdy shiver went down my spine as I opened today’s e-mail from Bonhams. No, it was not the invoice for my last purchase there, but the announcement and catalogue … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Stray Paper ~ The Ximenes Family Record

It often puzzles me how family papers can go astray. Of course, there are many explanations possible: It could have ended up in a book, never retrieved, and the book … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

After you’ve gone ~ First Lady of Jazz, Rita Reys (1924-2013)

This is what I call a bad start of the day. Whilst putting on some music to make breakfast and browsing through e-mail and the latest news, my jazz-playlist first … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Christ has risen! ~ Thank Heaven(s) for Bach

I am currently staying in a village of a rather orthodox-protestant character, and, that is…, putting it mildly. It is a small village of about five-thousand souls, with (at least) … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The End of an Era – The announced Abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands

This evening, at seven o’clock, a special broadcast was aired by all national (Dutch) television and radio stations; it was announced rather suddenly at the end of the afternoon. Expected … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

The same Procedure as last Year? – A New Year’s Eve Tradition

* This is a classic – a British sketch traditionally broadcasted in Germany on Silvester Abend (New Year’s Eve). Dinner for One is a sketch written for the theatre in … Continue reading

December 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Three-hundred Year old Words of Wisdom ~ (Merry Holidays!)

– For this year’s Holiday and New Year wishes, I decided to dust off an old truth. It is a quote from an ancestor who wrote these words to end … Continue reading

December 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

On a Steamboat to Spain? ~ Children’s Portraits under the hammer at ‘Sinterklaas’

It is early December, which means the happiest of times for Dutch children: Sinterklaas. This also means it is that one time of the year that even the Dutch adults, … Continue reading

December 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dumb Ways To Die ~ How a life can come to an end…

Last week I was shown a video clip that has made quite a name for itself since its release, nearly a month ago. The extremely catchy song Dumb Ways To … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

The simplicity of Kindness, Hospitality, and good Claret ~ Mozart’s 36th Symphony

  It would be pretentious to say I don’t like Mozart’s work, there are pieces which are simply amazing, the requiem for instance; and he is undoubtedly one of the … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Blood & Genes will always be ~ Research after the Descendants of ‘Count Dracula’

Where I don’t care much for the news I have read about opening the grave of a Florentine noblewoman to prove she could (or could not be) the woman commonly … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bless the Previous Owner ~ the Van Baersdorp Couple under the Hammer

I am very excited. As I explained in my earlier blog post On Auctions , I’m trying to keep myself informed about paintings that are brought to auction. After a … Continue reading

July 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

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