Allan, and all other (North-)American friends, my sincerest congrats with the celebration of your independency from the formerly Great Brexannia. You showed them how to exit an empire in a way that still resonates in the hearts and minds of the people with the Botoxed upper lips. They are trying to copy you, but already managed to make a mess of it. And this time no help from the French, no Lafayette, no Hermione, no Statue of Liberty and certainly no feu d’artifice for them. Just Mayhem.

Over here in the tiny little Kingdom of the White Oranges I will always celebrate the 4th of July as a very memorable day too, because I graduated from High School that day. Here’s to us!

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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