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Featured in the november 2013 ‘short story’ oneminute series* .

 

A childhood memory, a surreal image and yet so familiar

 

My dear neighbour ante (aunt) Jans, who sometimes had small flatfish ('scharren' - 'dabs' in English) on the clothesline in her back yard, hanging to dry. They tasted a bit like marmite, I thought.

 

Unfortunately tante Jans is no longer alive. Instead, I went to visit mrs Gravemaker - Wijker in Egmond aan Zee's retirement home, "Prins Hendrik Stichting". We never met before but the receptionist thought she could be nice to talk to. I thought she was very sweet. She said she was suffering from early Alzheimer's (which is why she now lives in that home) so she had trouble remembering things. She loved to talk about the past. While remembering she switched to the local dialect: 'Derps'. This dialect has a lot in common with the English people around Liverpool speak, as fishermen of both places worked together a lot on the North Sea. Listen to the way she pronounces the 'W. 'Derps' is mostly spoken by elderly people and is disappearing.

 

* The one minutes series is the main activity of www.theoneminutes.org. 24 selected one minutes can be seen only in unexpected places inside cultural institutions in the Netherlands and beyond. In the Netherlands: Academisch Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam; Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam ; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Cultuurwerf/Buro Beeldende Kunst, Vlissingen; De Fundatie, Zwolle; Groninger Museum; Het Bonnefantenmuseum; het Haarlem College; ING

Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort; Marres – centre for contemporary culture, Maastricht; MOTI Museum, Breda; Museum de Pont, Tilburg; Museum het Valkhof, Nijmegen, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo; Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; NIMk, Amsterdam; P.ART, Schunck*, Heerlen; Stadsschouwburg Utrecht; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch; TwentseWelle, Enschede. International: Chinese European Art Centre, Xiamen; deBuren, Brussels; East China Normal University, Shanghai; Townhouse gallery, Cairo Fundación la Caixa, Barcelona; Xiamen University, department of Art Design.

 

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