Sing a love song to the 1st day of Spring!

Hebban olla vogala, sometimes spelt hebban olla uogala, are the first three words of an 11th century text fragment written in Old Dutch.

The complete sentence, Hebban olla uogala nestas hagunnan hinase hi(c) (a)nda thu uuat unbidan uue nu, is translated from Latin, Habent omnes uolucres nidos inceptos nisi ego et tu. Quid expectamus nunc. It means:

Hebben alle vogels nesten begonnen, behalve ik en jij. Waarop wachten we nu?

Have all birds begun nests, except me and you – what are we waiting for?

A manuscript that was probably made in the abbey of Rochester, Kent, containing the three words. The flyleaf was discovered in1932 and is kept in Oxford.

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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