Every Disadvantage Has an Advantage

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Every Disadvantage Has an Advantage

14 Jun 2013 12:31PM   Views : 627 Unique : 440

Just paraphrasing Dutch football star Johan Cruijff here, he once said "Every advantage has a disadvantage" - but I suspect that, like a mathematical equation, you can turn that around as well.

For several years now, I've had to work my [...censored...] off after having been bled completely dry by my ex and the court. (How it's possible that they can force you to pay so much in maintenance that an otherwise nice salary isn't even enough to live on, is beyond me, but there you are - that's Dutch "justice" for you. Hmmm. I wonder if we can consider "Dutch" to have the same kind of meaning here as in Dutch courage, Dutch gold, Dutch uncle, etc.)

Which means that besides my 38 hours a week job as a translator and interpreter on a permanent salary, I also have to take on free-lance assignments in order to scrape by. That's become quite exhausting, because it means I often have much more than a regular working week, often spending evenings and Saturdays on external assignments instead of being able to have a rest and take care of some private matters.

Photographically speaking, however, there are some benefits. Because I get to go to places I normally wouldn't visit, and since my travel gets paid by clients, that's a rather nice free bonus. I can often take my camera, so that means pics of places I wouldn't have seen otherwise. (I can't always take a camera, but then there's still my iPhone, which has been seeing a lot of use in terms of photography ever since I bought it.)

I'm not sure how much time I'll have for photography after or before the the next two assignments, but they take me to Leuven in Belgium and Riva del Garda in Italy. So who knows, there just might be some photo opportunities there!

So watch this space, who knows what will appear!

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JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
14 Jun 2013 6:01PM
What caught my eye is the way you have spelt Cruijff.

I have always known it is Cruyff, which presumably, is the English way of spelling it.


Quote:Dutch football star

And also a World star as well Smile

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conrad 15 10.9k 116
14 Jun 2013 6:11PM
Ah, yes, that's the English spelling, you're right. Thing is, in Dutch we have a letter that is supposed to be written as a combination of an i and a j - in the past that was written as one letter, there was no space in between. But of course with the invention of the computer by a non-Dutch speaker, we had a problem. No more ij als one letter. And the y is not the same, we need the two dots. (We do use the y, but it's usually pronounced differently than ij.) The only solution for computer users was to write it as an i and a j. Of course, foreigners usually don't know this, and often replace it with a y. But it's not correct, strictly speaking.

And yes, definitely a world star. Ajax and the Dutch national team were never the same after he stopped playing.

Interestingly, he's one of the few sports stars who's seen to be an expert in more fields than just sports, often being quoted by self-improvement gurus, for instance.

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