Posted in Six Word Saturday

Sleeping in. And tonight, sleeping out!



For this weekend is a gaming weekend with my friends! Alas no D&D, but many adventures nonetheless.

Have a fun Saturday!

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

Posted in News

Johan Cruijff lives on


Sadly, Dutch football legend JOHAN CRUIJFF, number 14, has passed away. On Thursday 24 March 2016, he lost his fight to cancer.


photo: RTL Nieuws /

Football career

Johan Cruijff was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player he won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. In the 1970s, Dutch football rose from near obscurity to become a powerhouse in the sport. Cruyff led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.

At club level, Cruyff started his career at Ajax where he won eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup. In 1973 he moved to FC Barcelona for a world record transfer fee, winning La Liga in his first season and was named European Footballer of the Year. After retiring from playing in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later FC Barcelona; he remained an influential advisor to both clubs.

In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, and came second behind Pelé in their World Player of the Century poll


A couple of his -often inimitable- statements:

  • If we have the ball, they can’t score.
  • Each disadvantage has its advantage.
  • Before I make a mistake, I won’t make that mistake.
  • The Italians can’t beat us, but we can lose against them.
  • You have to shoot, or you can’t score.
  • Coincidence is logical.
  • Soccer is simple, but it is difficult to play simple.
  • Sometimes something’s got to happen before something is going to happen.
  • Speed is often confused with insight. When I start running earlier than the others, I appear faster.
  • To win you have to score one more goal than your opponent.
  • Without the ball, you can’t win.
  • If you’re not there, you’re either too early or too late.

Rest in peace, Johan.

And though he is ‘there’ now, his spirit lives on in every child. After all, all it takes is a bit of space and a ball.


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Footnote: Football versus Soccer


Posted in Photo challenge

Travel theme: Numbers


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< For more numbers, visit Ailsa’s Travel Theme Challenge

Posted in D&D

The Adventure Continues

Though quiet here on Figments, I have been working hard on my Dungeons & Dragons blog, Dungeon Dutchess – apart from my daytime job of course. Pfew.

No less than six posts about our latest weekend back in December. And tomorrow starts the long awaited next episode of our Underdark mission… quest.. thing. 😉

For the true believers:

  1. Ambush
  2. About an unconscious Drow and fighting quaggoths
  3. Against all odds
  4. Good tidings
  5. Trouble in the Ghetto of the Dead
  6. The Black Chalice

The dark elves and other creatures of the Underdark await you… if you dare.


Posted in Haiku, Photo, Sunday Post


For this challenge, I asked for my sons’ help. It has been a long time since either one of them played with toys, apart from Nintendo’s, PC’s, PlayStation, and whatever these gaming wonders are called.

Shooting this photo took me back to my kids’ childhood days. As you can see, there is dust on this poor fellow’s cute head now. But he’s still up there, on the shelves. Too old to play, but too young to say goodbye to echos of their younger days.

Another photo of a toy, but this time a big one: it is a water device and this boy was totally intrigued, absorbed by its mechanism.


Non-existing time

concept of men, you’re only

a dream come untrue 


Time charges ahead

Waiting for nothing, no one

but the playful ones


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Haiku © Marion Driessen


Want to play too? Head over to Jake Sprinter’s challenge for more toys.

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Kids in Focus

Helping hands
A perfect hideaway
Always the gentleman
In the lens

Children, so pure and sincere. These photos were taken today in Breda, the Netherlands.