Archive for January, 2012

January 19, 2012

marianne vos in bhutan – you tube

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Marianne Vos, Dutch cyclo cross, road biker – track racer and Olympic gold medalist, travelled to Bhutan in October 2011. She gave clinics to youth participating in the sports coalition in action program for school dropouts. She also gave a clinic to more advanced cyclists through the Bhutan Olympic Committee. The two groups joined Marianne for a tour from Paro to Thimphu. The youth were enthusiastic: never had they worked with such an experienced top sports women who took time to talk to them about finding personal talents and working to achieve the utmost. To actually cycle with her and learn what it takes to pursue your goals was an experience not to be forgotten.

While in Bhutan Marianne took the opportunity to witness the royal wedding.

Watch the you tube film about Marianne’s experience. English subtitles will be added soon: Marianne Vos in Bhutan

January 10, 2012

86 centimetres at 2012 environmental film festival washington dc

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86 centimetres will have it’s US premiere at the 2012 environmental film festival in Washington DC. 86 centimetres will be screened on Sunday 18 March 2012 at the national museum of ┬ánatural history in the nation’s capital.

86 centimetres is a film about Bhutan facing the indisputable effects of global warming; melting ice is weakening the walls of the Himalayan glacial lakes. 350 men and women walked 9 days up to Lunana, high in the mountains, the home of gods and spirits. They put up camp for three months and manually dig an outlet to reduce the volume of the waterlevel in the Thorthormi glacial lake and thus prevent the lake from bursting.

Tashi, a 21 year old farmer, enrols on the gruelling expedition, determined to secure his unborn child’s future and to help prevent a terrible disaster.

86 centimetres follows Tashi from the day he leaves for lake Thorthormi till his re-union, three months later, with his family.

Tshering Gyeltshen and Peter Jan van der Burgh – film directors, Henk de Jong – producer. 86 centimetres is financed by bhutan+partners.

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January 7, 2012

henk de jong – interview ‘eigen’

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Henk de Jong, director bhutan+partners, world citizen and connector according to ‘Eigen’, a magazine for entrepreneurs in the Arnhem region of the Netherlands. The article describes Henk’s experiences in Bhutan and his connection to the country through bhutan+partners.

The full article, in Dutch language, can be found: Eigen – winter edition 2011, page 16 – 19