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A not so controversial reasoning

A simple search on the following terms “gender difference running shoes” will immediately lead you to a bunch of sports magazines and popular fitness sites take here, here and here for example. What all of them do is explain in quite simple terms why there are male and female running shoes. Far be it from me to repeat the same story, however, for the skeptics among us (and rightfully so because yes media is biased, I would know, I work in media myself) there are loads of scientific papers backing up gender differences within running. …


Towards the end of the third episode of the second season of the acclaimed documentary “Onze Man in Teheran” made by one of the very few western journalists present in Iran, Thomas Erdbrink portrays him asking Somayeh his former employee why Iranians wherever they may be, tens and thousands of miles away are always mentally busy with Iran? My first reaction was defence. “That’s not true. I’m not like that! I could even claim that I have actively tried to distance myself from Iran.” Yet isn’t that in fact me being busy with Iran? One could argue it’s because of…


It’s been a few days and I can’t stop thinking about this question. In turn I can’t stop thinking about how I can’t stop thinking about it. My mind is so occupied by it that I couldn’t stop myself from writing this bit right then and there in the middle of the city. There I was at 16:23, sitting on the church steps in Waterlooplein Amsterdam. With my laptop on my knees typing away. Tourists and locals wondering what kind of new breed of hipster is this? The original ones used to at least purchase a cup of coffee before…


Yeah, I know…it looks weird doesn’t it? Not that there’s anything I dislike about it but it just looks so out of place on me. Don’t you think so? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying his taste is horrible but I just don’t know why he keeps giving me all this jewellery that I would never wear. I don’t hate jewellery. It’s more that I can’t seem to make it my own. It looks so foreign and out of place on my body. Does everything always have to have a meaning and purpose?

Let me explain it better. I…


In the movies it looked so simple and joyful. Colourful boots. Autumn leaves. Echoing laughter. It honestly looked like the most stupidly blissful yet fun thing to do, so naturally she wanted to do it too. Jump in puddles. Not all the credit of this intense attraction to jumping in puddles goes to the movies. Forbidden fruit as some may call it had a hand in this phenomenon as well. Her mother had strictly forbidden her to go jump in puddles. Her boots were not the same type of colourful boots from the movies, the waterproof kind. …

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