Tag: Anton Foek

Journalist

Brain

The Mysteries of the Brain

New study Amsterdam, April 7th 2021– It must have been something like: the more you study, the more you know. The more you know the more you forget. Or was it: the less you know the less you forget?  For all we hear of neuroscience’s great advances, the field has generated more questions than answers. …
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Hot Mud Indonesia

The Story of Hot Mud and Human Suffering

In Photographs Amsterdam, March 12 2021– Lusi, or Lumpur Sidoarjo Indonesian word for hot mud. It now is a household word in Indonesia, the result of an erupting mud volcano in the subdistrict of Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, Indonesia since May 2006.  We visited not long after, for the BBC’s Outlook. Some suggest it happened…
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Burundi Civil War

Burundi, the Almost Forgotten Civil War

Beatriz and Bernard Amsterdam, March 12, 2021 – First thing the Vice Minister of Health in Bujumbura, the then Capital of Burundi says when I am entering his impressive office and on a story invited by a Dutch NGO, to report on the construction of a water system in Muyinga, is: ‘ Be welcome and…
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Miles Davis Sketches of Spain

The Sketches of Spain: Concierto de Aranjuez

Lessons for Life Amsterdam, 25 Feb. 2021– When I once, long ago, privately met with the fabulous Miles Davis in Berlin after a concert arranged by Hans-Georg Brunner Schwer, he, among many other things said,: “It takes a long time to sound like yourself.”  That remark surely took its time to ripen and grow as I went on with life…
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The Vintage Watch

For the Happy Few Amsterdam, January 2021 – Telling stories: that’s what vintage watches do.Of course: anyone can easily buy a new watch in all types and brands, and batteries on-line or in a real shop.  But a vintage watch is unique.  Perhaps worn by the judge who convicted crooks. Or by crooks themselves. Who…
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