Kim van Hoorn (Street Articles Author)
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Hi, my name is Kim van Hoorn. Although coming from a background in graphic design in London, I’ve diversified quite a bit in my time; I learned to adapt to whatever life threw at me. As I like to read both fiction and fact, I have quite an extensive library. My interests are many and varied including horticulture, drawing and painting, hard and soft landscaping, building and construction, carpentry, playing and writing music, water movement and all that entails, Indian cuisine, writing in general and philosophising. I moved from Cornwall to SW France some years ago where I decided to renovate, virtually single-handed, a 200 year old house by a stream, when time and funds permit, of course. I tend to focus my illustrating now on drawings of interesting buildings and old houses in particular. If you’d like an illustration of your dwelling place or just to see some of my etchings, please feel free to visit my current website: http://www.penandinkdrawings.org/

More Thoughts on Modern Packaging
Okay, so there I was one evening trying to get back into a potentially good downloaded movie and recent, I have to add (2013), and in high definition! My evening’s viewing was interrupted by the appearance of some friends who, naturally, expected a glass or two of wine; no problem.…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Jun 15, 2013  
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Snooker, One Particularly Unusual Game (part 2)
With Mick and Dud downstairs at the bar, Pete took his turn gaining himself four more points by potting a red and then a green but missing the next red. It was my turn. Feeling lousy as hell from a late night, a hangover and a feverish head-cold, I took…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Billiards   Jul 30, 2012  
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Snooker, One Particularly Unusual Game (part 1)
Although I was then a reasonable pool player, back then in the early eighties, any table bigger than the standard six by three had me struggling. Although I enjoyed watching the sport occasionally on TV from the comfort of the armchair, if I was ever challenged to the great sea…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Billiards   Jul 29, 2012  
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It Pays to Keep An Open Mind
When I was knee high to a grasshopper, I remember asking my father one night: “Daddy, what’s a planet?” to which he replied: “It’s a star.” “And what’s a star?” I persisted. “It’s a planet.” He patiently answered. I wasn’t convinced… This seemingly unimportant event set me on what was…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Pure Opinion   Jun 09, 2012  
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Modest, Musical And Magnifique; A Tribute to Jean - Jacques Goldman
As a musician, I feel an empathy with certain musos of my age, including, to name a few Sting, Phil Collins, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Sonny Landreth (singer/slide guitarist), Stephen Bishop “Little Italy”, (one of my personal favourites), but there’s one guy that I feel I must draw everyone’s attention…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Performing Arts   Jun 07, 2012  
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Bats In the Belfry?
Well, not exactly. Let me explain. A rather funny thing occurred to me yesterday, so I thought I’d share it. Like a lot of old french houses, my main living accommodation is on the first floor, the ground floor being a cellar or cave as they’re called here. Anyway, this…
By:  in  Reference and Education  >  Science   Jun 06, 2012  
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What is A Good Film?
Or to put it another way; how long is a piece of string? (Answer below) When I was in the UK, I used to rely on the BBC Radio Times for my T.V. viewing guide (I rarely watched commercial channels; there’s no greater insult to one’s intelligence than to be…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Movies TV   May 30, 2012  
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“Notes From A Big Country” – Bill Bryson (a Book Review)
I’ve always been a fan of Bryson’s work so it was with anticipation that I started reading this account of his native country. I think I share his rather cynical view of modern human existence, his complete incomprehensibility of the “logic” of Microsoft and things electronic in general. This book…
By:  in  Book Reviews  >  Non Fiction   May 22, 2012  
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Message In A Bottle, Sort Of
Niche - the Holy Grail! Well here I am and at this point, I have to admit, I'm feeling somewhat dazed and confused. The reason for this feeling has been initiated by my deciding to embark on the 10 day thing at W/A. As I joined on the 2nd of…
By:  in  Writing and Speaking  >  Writing Articles   May 10, 2012  
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Wanting their Cake…
Phew! So the French presidential elections have reached a conclusion and I for one can breathe a sigh of relief. For one thing, my life can get back to normal (whatever normal is). The reason being that although I’m not really a politically motivated person, my other half is and…
By:  in  News and Society  >  International   May 07, 2012  
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More Thoughts on Modern Packaging
Okay, so there I was one evening trying to get back into a potentially good downloaded movie and recent,…
A Few Pond Problems to Ponder, Part 2: Building A Waterfall
After letting your pile of hard core settle down for a while you’ll be ready, if not itching, to start…
A Theory on the Formation Of Continents And Precession
It was some years ago whilst reading some of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock’s work that a thought…
Jamboree – A Night to Remember – The Uncertainty Principle
Just five days before my first ever organised open-air event of music, the Jamboree Night, and it was…
Time: How to Slow it Down - really!
I discovered this process some years ago; it was a logical conclusion based on certain factors. I believe…
Jamboree – A Night to Remember
The idea for the Jamboree was spawned one Sunday evening back in May 2000 in a pub called “The Jacob’s…
Message In A Bottle, Sort Of
Niche - the Holy Grail! Well here I am and at this point, I have to admit, I'm feeling somewhat dazed…
Snooker, One Particularly Unusual Game (part 1)
Although I was then a reasonable pool player, back then in the early eighties, any table bigger than…
Modest, Musical And Magnifique; A Tribute to Jean - Jacques Goldman
As a musician, I feel an empathy with certain musos of my age, including, to name a few Sting, Phil…
Where Are My Glasses? (or Ships? What Ships?)
I’m sitting here, typing away at this article and listening to a live concert by Norah Jones on French…