Monday, August 06, 2007

My friend

Some more pictures from Sandra.
Sandra, here, 20 years old. Already by then a stubborn and independent person living a unique way of life.

But now, 12 years later, with more confidence than ever before!
Men, keep your hands in your pockets. She gives here the right example.

Today, she SMS'd me: "Hans, a Dutch newspaper will give 1.000 Euro for the finder of the donkey of St. Nicolas, so come back..'
Always nice to hear this kind of comments...but...St. Nicolas never had a donkey, he had a White horse..

Up to India, Sandra, this Saturday!!
More pictures and shows to follow. I promised you, 'my Dutch friend'...)

My friend

This is Sandra Singh, a dear friend of mine. Born in the Netherlands.
Actress, model, and friend. And soon working in PR as well. She finally knows what her destination is..))
Scared to death to take a trip from Amsterdam to Istanbul? Why? Paranoid to get kidnapped...
She is Hindu, vegetarian, not into alcohol or smoking, but likes to party (is that compatible? yes, it is)
After her boyfriend, acting and modeling, her favorite activities are: drinking a cup of coffee in Antwerpen or having dinner with me..)
Picture made by Stefan Duursma.


Serendipity is one of the most beautiful words I know. It derives from an old Persian Fairy Tale, the The Three Princes of Serendip.

In the camel story, the Three Princes use trace clues to precisely identify a camel they have never seen (lame; blind in one eye; missing a tooth; carrying a pregnant maiden; bearing honey on one side and butter on the other). This result of abductive reasoning is not what is meant by serendipity (the discovery of something not sought). Because of their cleverness and sagacity, they are accused of stealing the camel and are about to be put to death by Bahram Gur. Suddenly and without anyone seeking him out, a traveler steps forward to say that he has just seen the missing camel wandering in the desert. Bahram spares the lives of the Three Princes, lavishes them with rich rewards and appoints them as advisers. These rewards are the unsought (serendipitous) results of their sagacious insights.

So, in fact it means: finding or discovering something fortunate, while actually looking for something totally different.
As most of us using search machines, browsing the Internet and looking for something in particular ending up with something different but very interesting. Serendipity gets more important due to the digital area we are going through.
But the more interesting thing is: many inventions are made, discoveries done etc. by serendipity: Read here more.

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