Henry Neuteboom Blog

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10 reasons why cycling is good for you

It has its down sides. When you get to the office, you need to freshen up and perhaps put on the fresh shirt that you’ve brought with you in your bag. Your bag has...

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Officialdom in Italy

This is the true story of how I applied for a place at an Italian academy of fine arts, quite a long time ago: 1980, when I was 19. Things have changed a lot...

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Judee Sill – The Kiss

“The Kiss” is a song by Judee Sill, second track on her second album Heart Food released in 1973. I heard it on a BBC Radio 4 programme dedicated to the singer and songwriter,...

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Brahms and Deep Purple

Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, soloist Hilary Hahn, at the Semperoper, Dresden with the HR Sinfonieorchester, 4 June 2014. The concert celebrated Hahn’s victory in the Glashütte Original Festival Music Award. The Brahms...

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The intelligence of trees

The natural world is full of surprises. Trees, for example. At the end of its first year’s growth, an apple tree has already made 17 million root hairs, with a total length of about...

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Te aspettano interi continenti

This is a poem by Maria Luisa Spaziani (born Turin 1922) Non ha colonne d’Ercole il pensiero. La tua anima piccola, diabolica pigrizia, se le crea. Né Ulisse né Colombo sospettavano le mille e...