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Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction


The Saladin skinhead of Ghent, we may rightly say stands somewhere inside a public building at the Rabot in Ghent somewhere around the Protestant Evangelical Church and Wondelgemstraat. It is in fact the way straight on to go to Dampoort, but before that we have the Tolhuislaan where we will be following a box match with the young Ghent boxer Junior Bauwens.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction

 The “Rabot” (monument) at the Begijnhoflaan, near the Wondelgemstraat, on the way to Dampoort.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction


Near the “Rabot” a very old church, the Reformed Church, also called the “Evangelische Kerk” as announced at the door. There is another Protestant Church at the Brabantdam, and an Evangelical Reformed Church (modern building behind houses) at Gordunakaai, 86. The  first two denominations have liberal views, and the third one has fundamentalist views. They believe that every word and letter of the Bible is God’s Word, and is the Truth. A liberal Protestant Church believes that God’s Word is in the Bible, a more acceptable view. A question, “where is God’s Word to be found in the Bible, and who can confirm?” Conclusion: “Man is the creator of God, deities and religions. That means that God is not the creator of the universe and humanity. There is no such Almighty Power, nor is there life after death. Only man is superior. In this scientific age religions are completely outdated. However, every human being is totally free and can choose for himself. No one is allowed to intervene in another’s views and beliefs. I am an Anarchist and I only believe in freedom. The individual, you and I, is the true reality in life. A cosmos in himself, he does not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called "society," or the "nation," which is only a collection of individuals. Man, the individual, has always been and, necessarily is the sole source and motive power of evolution and progress. Human thought has always been falsified by tradition and custom, and perverted false education in the interests of those who held power and enjoyed privileges.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction

From the Rabot monument we are on our way to Tolhuislaan, at the Sports Centre there, where we will soon meet Junior Bauwens, catcher.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction

Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction



Red Anarchist Skinheads


The Red Anarchist Skinheads are the anarchist skinheads. They are sympathetic to the anti-fascism and militant working class stance. There are many anarcho-skinheads who are not in any crew/organization, some who are involved with explicitly anarchist crews like ASAP - Anarchist Skins and Punks - in the USA and FASH - Federacion Anarco-Skinhead - in Spain and parts of Latin America, and some who are just with non political or other kinds of crews - the Baldies were a crew in Minneapolis with anarchist members, some are in R.A.S.H. - Red Anarchist Skinheads' chapters, and all sorts of different crews.


The Red Anarchists Skinheads style is not much different from the regular skinhead style. The only differences are that Anarchy-skinheads tend to adopt a little more Punk styles such as a lot of band t-shirts and studded belts. The Red Anarchist skinheads also apply their politics to their style. With the "lace and braces" rule, most tend to go for red signifying the colour of socialism.




Flight/Bomber Jackets. Normal colours are Green and Black, occasionally dark blue. In the 90’s it was possible to see male skins wearing burgundy, but this is mainly for girls now. Also in the past French redskins were known to wear their flights inside out with the orange exposed, the cause of this is to difference them from boneheads (source: "antifa chasseurs de skin" documentary). Either way they often have patches, pins and embroidery.


Denim jackets. Normally faded blue colour. Sometimes these are bleached. They are also often customized with pins and patches.


Harringtons: These are less common in the US scene. They are a more dressier coat and normally work plain, or with a few pins.




  • Men: tight pants; Levi 501’s are common as are stretch pants.
  • Women: tight pants or miniskirts


Footwear examples


Boots are the most common form of skinhead footwear. Dr. Martens and Grinders are common. Skin girls also wear Monkey boots. Anything from 3 to 20 eyes can be found but 8, 10 and 14 eyelets are the most common. Some groups of skinheads associate a meaning with the colours of one's shoelaces.




Yellow (not recommended unless...), black, blue (eventually) , red (preference standing for Anarchism and Socialism).




Travelling caps; cloth caps; worker-caps; Bowlers; pork pie hats; scally (Benny in the UK) caps; "flat caps" (driver's caps); or rocker-caps.




Braces are worn with tight trousers, sometimes upright, sometimes hanging to the sides. Some groups of skinheads associate the colors of the braces and shoelaces on a skinhead with a certain meaning, though these meanings can differ by region. In most parts of North America, red braces are worn by anarchist skinheads.




  • Men: Cut short, sometimes, although rarely, shaved bald.
  • Women: Usually a chelsea; some skinbyrds have short hair like the men.


Music  (very important)


Music tastes are relatively the same as punk tastes: Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, Oi!, and Punk.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, History, Fiction


The present wave of reaction will pass. Experience will teach the people that emancipation from tyranny, oppression and exploitation can be achieved only through Anarchism --- in a social organisation based on free, solitary co-operation without any admixture of the vitiating and destructive spirit of authoritarianism. Solidarity without freedom is impossible; it inevitably leads back to slavery, open or masked. The future belongs to Anarchism.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, Fiction, History


The background is graffiti on city bunkers (electricity cabins)  at the end of Opgeëistenlaan, near Pleazante Vest. The artwork is in lighter and darker blue, with some yellow. You will soon notice another skinhead also sitting there drunken, but on their way to the Sports Hall around Tolhuislaan, and on their way to Saint Bavo Abbey to meet the Saladin knight, the Undead, “Those Who Have Risen.”


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, Fiction, History


Opgeëistenlaan, near Pleazante Vest, the City Bunkers, electricity cabins.


Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, Fiction, History

Ghent, Skinheads, Knights, Fiction, History


Factory in ruin at Opgeëistenlaan (nearer the Rabot)


Saladin knight, skinheads, cartoon, fiction


The German skinhead is having a rest too at the Opgeëistenlaan before returning to the July Festival at St. Jacobs, and finally reach the great gathering at St. Bavo Abbey where skinheads and punks will meet the Saladin Knights wandering there, invisible ones, the Undead, “Those Who Have Risen” from the Crusades.

Knights, Skinheads, Saladin, History, Fiction


Soon the Saladin knights, the Undead, “Those Who have Risen”, normally located in the Castle of the Counts, very soon from now they are having their General Council in the ruins of St. Bavo Abbey, here are two of the many guardians and watchers all around protecting the domain , like at the time of the Crusades. They are the skinheads and punks of all ages representing Anarchism in the New Age.


Knights, Saladin, Ghent, History, Punks, Skinheads


The three guys are slowly on their way to the St. Bavo Abbey. They are very much amusing. They feel the hot, flushing attraction which every man is supposed to feel for the other. Seemingly, the male physique has a fascination for them, and a fondness for the female physique. So, it should be. Remember: “There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we find out that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters. Individualism is really a mirage, an illusion. One is part of a great whole of which no one escapes.


Skinheads, Knights, Ghent, History, Fiction


They have now arrived at St. Bavo Abbey to meet the Saladin knights, the Undead, “Those Who have Risen”. They are all skinheads young and older, and even a skinhead girl on the balcony. The punks are on their way. They ignore how the Saladin knights will manifest themselves. Will they be seen in the air or on the ground or both in the air and on the ground. That is going to be a surprise. Where are the Punks?


Ghent, Punks, History, Fiction, Saladin Knights


These Anarchy punks have preferred the green scenery in the beautiful garden around the abbey, where they are free to play music in honour of the Saladin knights, and as such they remember the late seventies when their musical movement really began. At that time Punk Rock was born out of a reaction against established political and musical authorities. Removing the bombast of popular rock at the time, punk disregarded the traditional rules that governed musical success. This small group of Punks plays top-rated punk rock music at this very special gathering.


Ghent, Bavo Abbey, Saladin knights, fiction, history

Beautiful garden at St. Bavo Abbey (in ruine). This is the place where Skinheads and Punks are watching the Saladin Knights (the Undead), "Those Who Have Risen".

Ghent, Bavo Abbey, Saladin knights, fiction, history

At the beautiful garden of St. Bavo Abbey


Ghent, Knights, Saladin, History, Fiction



Sultan Saladin and his knights


Historical research by Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D.


Our story is almost drawing to its end with the appearance of the Saladin knights in the air. This one is already with his feet on the ground, in the nearness of two fortunate youngsters behind the flag of Flanders with the roaring lion showing its red claws. Let us briefly recapitulate the origin of Sultan Saladin and his knights.


The two greatest warriors of the Crusades were Richard the Lionheart of England and Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn (modernized as "Saladin"), the Sultan of Egypt and Syria. For two years, Richard had tried to capture the city of Acre (Akka), but the city had held out while Sultan Saladin attacked Richard from behind. Finally, Acre surrendered, but Richard's men were too tired to continue fighting Saladin. The time had come for them to meet face-to-face. Sultan Saladin bowed low and presented Richard with his favorite jewel: a giant opal called the Star of Saladin. "For my worthy opponent," he said. Richard thanked Saladin for the gift, and they signed a treaty which ended the fighting. Soon, Richard set out for England, but the opal was stolen from him during the journey.


The Assassins


We know too well now that the astonishing perspicacity and tenacity Ibn al-Khashâb of Aleppo, the Judge, not only saved the city Aleppo in  Syria from occupation, but also contributed more than anything else to preparing the way for the great leaders of “jihad” against the invaders during the Crusades. However,  the “qadi” would not leave to see these events. One day in the summer of 1125, as he was leaving the great mosque of the Aleppo after the midday prayer, a man disguised as an ascetic leapt upon him and sunk a dagger into his chest. It was an act of revenge by the Assassins, Ibn al-Khashâb had been the sect's most intransigent opponent, has spilled buckets of its adherents' blood, and had never repented of his actions. He must have know that some day he would pay with his life. For a third of a century, no enemy of the Assassins had ever managed to elude them.


This sect, the most terrifying every seen, had been founded in 1090 (C.E) by a man of immense culture, a devotee of poetry profoundly interested in the latest advances of science. Hasan ibn al-Sabbâh was born around 1048 in the city of Rayy, close by the site where the town of Tehran would be founded a dozen years later. Was he really, as legend claims, an inseparable companion of the young poet Omar Khayyam, himself a devotee of mathematics and astronomy? It is not known with certainty. On the other hand, the circumstances that led this brilliant man to dedicate his life to organising this sect are known in detail.


At this time of Hasan's birth, the Shi'i doctrine, to which he adhered, was dominant in Muslim Asia. Syria belonged to the Fatamids of Egypt, and another Shi'i dynasty, the Buwayhids, controlled Persia and dictated orders at will to the 'Abbasid caliph in Baghdad itself. During Hasan's youth, however, the situation was radically reversed. The Seljuks, upholders of Sunni orthodoxy, took control of the entire region. Shi'ism, triumphant only a short time before, was now only barely tolerated, often persecuted, doctrine.


Never had the threat represented by the Assassins been so serious. They were no longer simply pests, but had become a plague torturing the Arab world at a time when all its energies were required to confront the Frankish occupation. Moreover, the skein of killings was not yet fully unraveled. A few months after the death of al-Borsoki, his son, who succeeded him, was in turn assassinated. Four rival emirs then contented for power in Aleppo, and Ibn al-Khashâb was no longer on the scene to maintain a minimum of cohesion. In autumn 1127, as the city sank into anarchy, the young son of the great Bohemund, a huge blond man of eighteen who had just arrived from his homeland to take possession of this familial heritage. He bore his father's first name and also possessed his impetuous character. The Aleppans lost no time in paying tribute to him, and the most defeatist already saw him as the future conqueror of their city.


Sultan Saladin



Saladin, Arabic in full Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb (“Righteousness of the Faith, Joseph, Son of Job”), also called al-Malik al-Nāṣir Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf I   (born 1137/38, Tikrīt, Mesopotamia [now in Iraq]—died March 4, 1193, Damascus [now in Syria]), Muslim Sultan of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, founder of the Ayyūbid dynasty, and the most famous of Muslim heroes. In wars against the Christian Crusaders, he achieved great success with the capture of Jerusalem (October 2, 1187), ending its nearly nine decades of occupation by the Franks.


Saladin was born into a prominent Kurdish family. On the night of his birth, his father, Najm al-Dīn Ayyūb, gathered his family and moved to Aleppo, there entering the service of ʿImad al-Dīn Zangī ibn Aq Sonqur, the powerful Turkish governor in northern Syria. Growing up in Baʿlbek and Damascus, Saladin was apparently an undistinguished youth, with a greater taste for religious studies than military training.




Sultan Saladin’s position was further enhanced when, in 1171, he abolished the weak and unpopular Shīʿite Fāṭimid caliphate, proclaiming a return to SunniIslam in Egypt. Although he remained for a time theoretically a vassal of Nūr al-Dīn, that relationship ended with the Syrian emir’s death in 1174. Using his rich agricultural possessions in Egypt as a financial base, Saladin soon moved into Syria with a small but strictly disciplined army to claim the regency on behalf of the young son of his former suzerain. Soon, however, he abandoned this claim, and from 1174 until 1186 he zealously pursued a goal of uniting, under his own standard, all the Muslim territories of Syria, northern Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Egypt. This he accomplished by skillful diplomacy backed when necessary by the swift and resolute use of military force. Gradually his reputation grew as a generous and virtuous but firm ruler, devoid of pretense, licentiousness, and cruelty. In contrast to the bitter dissension and intense rivalry that had up to then hampered the Muslims in their resistance to the Crusaders, Saladin’s singleness of purpose induced them to rearm both physically and spiritually.




Sultan Saladin’s every act was inspired by an intense and unwavering devotion to the idea of jihad, or holy war. It was an essential part of his policy to encourage the growth and spread of Muslim religious institutions. He courted their scholars and preachers, founded colleges and mosques for their use, and commissioned them to write edifying works, especially on the jihad itself. Through moral regeneration, which was a genuine part of his own way of life, he tried to re-create in his own realm some of the same zeal and enthusiasm that had proved so valuable to the first generations of Muslims when, five centuries before, they had conquered half the known world


 Sultan Saladin also succeeded in turning the military balance of power in his favour—more by uniting and disciplining a great number of unruly forces than by employing new or improved military techniques. When at last, in 1187, he was able to throw his full strength into the struggle with the Latin Crusader kingdoms, his armies were their equals. On July 4, 1187, aided by his own military good sense and by a phenomenal lack of it on the part of his enemy, Saladin trapped and destroyed in one blow an exhausted and thirst-crazed army of Crusaders at Ḥaṭṭīn, near Tiberias in northern Palestine. So great were the losses in the ranks of the Crusaders in this one battle that the Muslims were quickly able to overrun nearly the entire Kingdom of Jerusalem. Acre, Toron, Beirut, Sidon, Nazareth, Caesarea, Nāblus, Jaffa (Yafo), and Ascalon (Ashqelon) fell within three months. But Saladin’s crowning achievement and the most disastrous blow to the whole Crusading movement came on October 2, 1187, when the city of Jerusalem, holy to both Muslim and Christian alike, surrendered to Saladin’s army after 88 years in the hands of the Franks. Saladin planned to avenge the slaughter of Muslims in Jerusalem in 1099 by killing all Christians in the city, but he agreed to let them purchase their freedom provided that the Christian defenders left the Muslim inhabitants unmolested.



His sudden success, which in 1189 saw the Crusaders reduced to the occupation of only three cities, was, however, marred by his failure to capture Tyre, an almost impregnable coastal fortress to which the scattered Christian survivors of the recent battles flocked. It was to be the rallying point of the Latin counterattack. Most probably, Saladin did not anticipate the European reaction to his capture of Jerusalem, an event that deeply shocked the West and to which it responded with a new call for a Crusade. In addition to many great nobles and famous knights, this Crusade, the third, brought the kings of three countries into the struggle. The magnitude of the Christian effort and the lasting impression it made on contemporaries gave the name of Saladin, as their gallant and chivalrous enemy, an added lustre that his military victories alone could never confer on him.




The Crusade itself was long and exhausting, despite the obvious, though at times impulsive, military genius of Richard I (the Lion-Heart). Therein lies the greatest—but often unrecognized—achievement of Saladin. With tired and unwilling feudal levies, committed to fight only a limited season each year, his indomitable will enabled him to fight the greatest champions of Christendom to a draw. The Crusaders retained little more than a precarious foothold on the Levantine coast, and when King Richard left the Middle East, in October 1192, the battle was over. Saladin withdrew to his capital at Damascus.




Soon the long campaigning seasons and the endless hours in the saddle caught up with him, and he died. While his relatives were already scrambling for pieces of the empire, his friends found that the most powerful and most generous ruler in the Muslim world had not left enough money to pay for his grave. Saladin’s family continued to rule over Egypt and neighbouring lands as the Ayyūbid dynasty, which succumbed to the Mamlūk dynasty in 1250.


Sultan Saladin, a just warrior


Sultan Saladin, as we already know, was renowned for his knightly virtues which matched those of Richard the Lionheart. When Richard the Lionheart was sick with a fever, Sultan Saladin, knowing that he was poorly supplied with delicacies, sent him a gift of the choicest fruits of the land. On another occasion, when Richard's horse had been killed in battle, Saladin sent a fine Arabian steed as a present for his rival. For two years Richard the Lionheart and Saladin were involved in almost daily combat in the crusaders attempts to capture Jerusalem from the Muslims.




After capturing Jerusalem, Sultan Saladin signed an agreement saving Christians. He spared the lives of many Christians, and he also guaranteed their safe departure along with their property and belongings. Part of the condition of the surrender of Jerusalem, was that each Christian pays her or his ransom. Thousands of Christians were women, who were unable to pay the ransom. To save them from slavery, Sultan Saladin and his brother paid the ransom out of their own pockets. Sultan Saladin’s chivalrous qualities are evident by sparing the Christians and paying their ransom. Sultan Saladin set an example of tolerance, progressive, and inclusive faith. He showed restraint and peaceful treatment, upholding freedom of religion and protection of non-Muslims.




Richard the Lionheart remained for longer in the Holy Land than the other leaders of the Crusades. King Richard the Lionheart and Sultan Saladin finally concluded a truce by the terms of which Christians were permitted to visit Jerusalem without paying tribute, that they should have free access to the holy places, and remain in undisturbed possession of the coast from Jaffa to Tyre. King Richard the Lionheart then set sail for England, and with his departure from the Holy Land the Third Crusade came to an end, leaving Jerusalem still in the possession of Sultan Saladin, his knights and the Muslims.



©  June 2014 – Philippe L. De Coster, Ghent, Belgium.




Flanders, Ghent, Map

Legend of the Raccoon of Flanders


Rabbit, Flag, Ghent, History


A rabid, by name Raccoon was found in the area of Flanders Four Corners in East Lyme today. Ledge Light Health District confirms that the animal has been tested and was found to be positive for rabies on July 19. 



"This animal was found in the parking lot of JR's shack/Rite aid pharmacy," Waterford-East Lyme Animal Control Officer Robert Yuchniuk posted on Facebook. "Before arriving, there were several citizens around trying to help, taking photos and trying to give him drinks of water. One is not sure if they had any physical contact with the animal. If you were one of these people or if you know any of these people, please SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. Also if you see any wild animals that appear ill or injured, DO NOT APPROACH THEM. rabies are hundred percent fatal to EVERYTHING if not treated in time."


That's just the latest animal to test positive for the dread disease. Two raccoons tested positive for rabies in Waterford in May and in April. For your own safety, please avoid feeding or approaching wild or stray animals.


Ghent, Knights, Saladin, History, Fiction


Finally, the Saladin knights, the Undead, “Those Who Have Risen” are now manifesting themselves some on Abbey’s grounds, like the knight and the neophyte starring in the air, while other knights are flying in the air, dressed and armed  according to their ranks. Their task is now accomplished in Ghent and Flanders  retiring among the Undead, keeping a watching eye on the city of Ghent and Flanders. They are immensely satisfied about the election of the Mayor Daniel Termotte, fully representing the Saladin Knights. Mayor Termotte is known as the world’s best Mayor. They also trust the skinheads and punks furthering Anarchism away from any religion beliefs, and caring and protecting the working class.


Ghent, Maire, History, Fiction, Knights

Daniel Termotte, Maire of City of Ghent, it is said the best maire in the world



 De Mislukking van het Christendom


 The Failure of Christianity


Emma Goldman


 In het Nederlands vertaald en geïllustreerd door


 Philippe L. De Coster, B.Th., D.D





Anarchism, Philosophy, Politics, Atheism


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Ghent, Saladin knight, History, Fiction


I am young, nineteen years to tell you the truth, but I know quite a lot of Ghent being a student and going around with friends a lot. I stopped a while at the Minard theater, a folk place where dialect is being spoken and enjoyed.. However, the driving force behind this theater was the actor Romain De Coninck. The place has a beautiful entrance hall, renovated and modernized not long ago, I overheard. The evening’s performance is mulled over around the fine oval bar until the early hours, the after dark pleasures shall I say. The Café called Marimain next to the Minard and part of it is attended by the regulars as ourselves young people. Popular is the terrace even in winter, admired by the passers-by, both male and female. The name “Marimain” is inspired by the previous owner, Mary Brouillard and the Ghent-born comedian Romain De Coninck. My grandfather told me that his death was a great loss for Ghent.


Ghent, Minard


The actor and comedian, the late Romain De Coninck

Ghent, Minard

The Minard Theater, renovated not long ago.


Ghent, Minard

Actor on the stage in dialect, called "Gents"

Ghent, Minard, Café, Marimain


 Café adjacent to the Minard attended by young and old outside and inside, even until "After Dark"


Please visit also previous rooms


Anarchism, Skinhead, Ghent


Anarchist Skinhead poster is nu afgewerkt. Het is een oproep aan bestaande Vlaamse Skinheads en anderen naar de Anarchisten over te komen, en ik moedig jullie aan een vereniging te stichten, jonge mensen onder elkaar. Ons beleid in enkele woorden uitgedrukt is: ruimte en vrijheid van een ieder om zichzelf en uniek te zijn, want elk mens is uniek en bijzonder. Daarom geen haat onder de mensen, en dat wilt zeggen geen haat onder ons. Duidelijker, geen rassenhaat op geen enkel vlak. 


Anarchism is not a political party. Its strength cannot be measured by counting heads or ballots. The Anarchist movement is a vital factor of life, based on man's inherent love of liberty and desire for well-being Anarchism finds expression in every form of human endeavour -- in the economic and social, as well as in the cultural and artistic phases of existence.


Ghent, Skinheads, Anarchisme


 Sketch to be coloured


These three Red Skinheads are following a seminar at the Socialist Party in Ghent On the Vrijdagmarkt even during the Ghent Feasts of July. Mental development when paralleled by emotional stability and even a strong healthy body is the aim for all, especially when one is called to become or be a Red Anarchist Skinhead, the soldiers of the New Age. Red Skinheads must know about the unity of all life, races, creeds, and ways of life. Skinheads the world over, and not only in Ghent have to endeavourto think in group or community terms and clearly for oneself, not depending upon the word of others for clarification. In the rigid disciplining of the Red Anarchist Skinheads comes eventual perfection as the Saladin knights were, and are today, the Undead, “Those Who Have Risen”. In this New Age, the life of the skinhead becomes not easier as the Gate is neared, but ever the watch must be more thorough, ever right action must be taken with no regard to result, and each one in all its aggregate of detail must be wrestled with and subjugated. Only in the thorough comprehension of the axiom “Know Yourself” will come that understanding that enables the skinhead to wield the law of freedom, and know the inner working of that system. Struggle, strive, discipline, and rejoicingly serve with no reward save the misunderstanding and the abuse of those who follow after, this is the role of the Red Anarchist Skinhead.


Gent, Socialisme, Skinheads

 It turns out that this building was designed by the architect Ferdinand Dierckens, who later designed other Socialist buildings in Ghent and in New York. Today this building on the Friday Market is still used as the headquarters of the Socialist Party, the Socialist Health Insurance (Bond Moyson) and the Socialist Trade Unions.


Ghent, Socialism, Anarchism, Skinheads

Ghent, Socialism, Anarchism, Skinheads

Ghent, Socialism, Anarchism, Skinheads

Vrijdagmarkt, Artevelde monument


Ghent, Knight, Skinheads, Fiction


Anarchism, Skinheads


Het Anarchisme helpt de mens om zo ruim mogelijk te leven in volle vrijheid en onafhankelijkheid, en in die zin bij het zoeken naar de waarheid, en dat is om de natuur te beheersen en de bewoonde wereld om te vormen om de mensheid te dienen, en de menselijke geest te bevrijden van onwetendheid, godsdienst en bijgeloof, en de velerlei slavernijen door het kapitalisme tot stand gebracht. In die zin wil het Anarchisme de maatschappelijke en politieke instellingen tot hervorming brengen ten bate van de meerderheid, het volk. Het Anarchisme streeft naar de hoge idealistische waarden. Vooral in onze tijd, zien wij door het gebruik van het denkvermogen in het zakenleven twee onrustwekkende dingen gebeuren: de georganiseerde grote zakenwereld met haar zelfzuchtige belangen en materiële begrippen, en zo zien wij planeet Aarde door vervuiling vlug ten onder gaan. Alles blijft bij woorden en niemand doet iets, en blijven ongeïnteresseerd. De stappen in de juiste richting moeten genomen worden. Het Anarchisme werkt aan het denkvermogen van de nieuwe mens. Wanneer de mentale vermogens van de mens door onze vernieuwde Westerse techniek in de zakenwereld (een geweldige school voor concentratie) ontwikkeld zijn, zal er onvermijdelijk een transmutatie volgen die analoog is aan die welke in het gebied van de emotieaard plaats vindt. Het denkvermogen van de mens moet dringend veranderen, waarachtiger en naar de hoger waarden heroriënteert worden buiten het godsdienstig idealisme die totaal voorbijgestreefd is. Wordt de nieuwe mens van vandaag, wordt Anarchist.

 © Philippe L. De Coster, Anarchist (April 2014)


Ghent, Dampoort, Skinheads


It is also where the commercial seaport of Ghent links with the inner-city canals. Close to the Dampoort is Portus Ganda, the yachting area of the city, which opened in 2005, at the former confluence of the rivers Schelde (English: Scheldt) and Leie. The man touching the wall with his two hands, found a hidden graffiti place in that area. In fact he is on his way to visit the ruins of St. Bavo Abbey, the location where the Undead Saladin knights, “Those Who Have Risen” are found hanging about, and feasting for their achieved work in the City of Ghent. They have chosen the place, because the Dampoort is characterised by a bustling mix of people from different origins: Turkish, Eastern Europeans, native Belgians, Moroccan and practically any  other nationality in the city harbours nearby. At the Dampoort are located several Mosques, the main mosque renovated a few years ago, and the mosque of the Sufi Brotherhood. That is why this area of Ghent is so much attracted by the Saladin knights.


Ghent, Dampoort, Skinheads

Dampoort (Crossroads to Antwerp, Terneuzen (Holland), Destelbergen, etc.)




Ghent, Dampoort, Skinheads

Dampoort (official building)

Ghent, Dampoort, Skinheads

St. Bavo Abbey where we will find the Saladin Knights, the Undead, "Those Who Have Risen" at last.





 Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist


 (De Memoires van een Anarchist in het Engels)


 Part One – Deel Een




 Alexander Berkman








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Anarchism, Ghent, Skinheads, History


Het boek “Skinhead Anarchisme in 2014” door Philippe L. De Coster, is nu in voorbereiding, en verschijnt binnen enkele maanden op twee plaatsen op Internet. Het boek is NIET politiek getint, en zeker niet racistisch, en sluit zich aan bij de “vrije mening”. Dat is wat wij doen, onze eigen mening doorgeven. We zijn allemaal mensen en als mensheid één. Met elkaar levend op een prachtige planeet boordevol fauna en flora in een welhaast perfecte symbiose, is het toch wat vreemd te noemen dat de onderlinge verbondenheid, zowel met elkaar als met de omgeving, zo weinig gewaardeerd wordt. Meer lijkt het op een leven als parasieten die onbewust hun eigen bestaansmiddel vernietigen. Het geïllustreerde boek is bestemd voor lezers die ervoor weinig tijd hebben om in boeken te verdiepen, en toch heel vluchtig op de hoogte willen gehouden worden. Mijn boek is ontspannend voor de lezer van deze tijd, daar de soms pittige, maar menselijke illustraties met daarbij de gepaste, inspirerende teksten. De auteur weet het, hij schopt hier een enorme open deur in, maar het is het beschouwen waard. En, naar de psychologie van Carl Gustav Jung, laten wij afdalen in de duistere spelonken van het collectief bewustzijn achter die deur. Misschien treffen we samen daar nog meer geheimagenten. Alles bijeen, het is bon ton te roepen dat je niet onderdeel bent van het politiek spectrum als anarchist. Wat er zo allemaal gebeurd rondom ons vooral in de politiek, staan wij merendeel afgunstig tegenover, en hebben onze eigen mening, dus zijn wij anarchisten. De eerlijkheid zegt dat wij voor onze idealen aan het daglicht moeten stellen.


Anarchism, Skinheads, Ghent, Art

Voorbeeld, een tafereel uit het boek in voorbereiding (afloop te zien op mijn Facebook).


Eboek in wording


Anarchisten, rode skinheads



Rode hoodies en T-shirts koopt U bij “Karoshi” (Textiel/Zeefdruk/Borduren). U kunt daar terecht om onze logo op uw aankopen te laten drukken.





The “Internationale” Anthem in Three Languages


"The Internationale" (In French: "L'Internationale") is a widely sung left-wing anthem. It has been one of the most recognizable and popular songs of the socialist movement since the late nineteenth century, when the Second International (now the Socialist International) adopted it as its official anthem. The original French refrain of the song is C'est la lutte finale / Groupons-nous et demain / L'Internationale / Sera le genre humain. (English: "This is the final struggle / Let us group together and tomorrow / The Internationale / Will be the human race.") "The Internationale" has been translated into many languages. It is often sung with the left hand raised in a clenched fist salute and is sometimes followed (in English-speaking places) with a chant of "The workers united will never be defeated." "The Internationale" has been celebrated by socialists, communists, anarchists, democratic socialists, and some social democrats.

E-book Click Here


The Red Association

By Mikhail Bakunin

Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying. 


(Larger edition in preparation)


The Anarchist Movement Today




Alexander Berkman (January 1934)


Epilogue by Philippe L De Coster, B.Th., D.D.


Anarchism is not a political party. Its strength cannot be measured by counting heads or ballots. The Anarchist movement is a vital factor of life, based on man's inherent love of liberty and desire for well-being Anarchism finds expression in every form of human endeavour -- in the economic and social, as well as in the cultural and artistic phases of existence.





Knights, Ghent, history, fiction, skinhead


These two older skinheads have chosen for the quiet, some distance away from the July Festival in Ghent. Through the back way they entered Blaarenmeersen, and are now finding an isolated spot for a good breathing in and out. In Summer, and at other times when weather is good and the sun shines the place is crowded, and very pleasant too. Which spot will they be choosing to be alone, the two of them.


Recreation Centre Blaarenmeersen in Ghent


Ghent, Blaarenmeersen

 Where the two skinheads are finding a quiet spot for themselves


Ghent, Blaarenmeersen

Far from the crowded beach and swimming pool 


Ghent, Blaarenmeersen

From Blaarenmeersen near Snepkaai in fact, you see beautiful and historical Ghent

Ghent, Blaarenmeersen, Fiction, Saladin, Knights


This man is playing an adult game with a partner, a man of a woman, who cares at this time and in this age. This just happens at Blaarenmeersen somewhere around the older buildings.Playing hard-to-get like the hide-and-seek games he play as children, and this  is not only an interactive game, it also increases his alertness to the environment, the skills for finding what he is looking for and also gives us a sense of satisfaction once he finds what he wants to experience.Playing-hard-to-get when done right introduces a particular sense of depth to the mysterious and elusive phenomenon that the opposite sex or sexes altogether tend to find absolutely irresistible. It seems, this is really what the man wants, and in public places where certain games are not tolerated. Whatever the game, remember that before you start playing hard-to-get, it is important that you are aware of some of the behaviours that indicate that a man or woman's level of interest in you may be small to begin with. Trying to play hard at once with somebody is the fastest way to end the relationship (even if you are one that has great potential). It is like having one foot on a banana peel, the other in the grave.

 Whatever, here follows nine suggestions:


1. Be flexible but not a pushover
2. Create distance without going anywhere
3. Give him/her what he/she wants but not in the way he/she expected
4. Don't compete, outlast the competition
5. Be totally open and upfront but keep raising questions in his/her mind and answering them: some right away, some later

6.Be easily accessible but "out of reach" 

7. Stir the pot once in a while
8. Work the imagination and tease all of his/her senses
9. Initiate sexual contact when he/she least expects it
It makes a lot of difference when you make things seems fresh and vital in ways that keep the blood flowing!


Ghent, the Poel, fiction, old convent


From Blaarenmeersen some people are now returning to the July Festival in Ghent, they are three of them. I don’t know if they know where they are now standing, but they find themselves at the Poel, at an old fortified building. The building had a past. When I was young, my parents gave their two children each a different education. My mother was French speaking, and my father spoke Dutch (Flemish), French and English. They seemed to have given to my sister a better education than to me. She had to go to a French Boarding School in Ghent, where they taught in French only, except my sister’s last year in Dutch, as this was the new Belgian law. The school as you sees here was a convent institution ran by nuns, the Ursulines, as you can notice from the fortified windows at the ground floor of the photographs. My sister had her lessons in Dutch during her last year only. It did mark the remainder of her life. She could not find a job in Ghent, because her Dutch was not sufficiently good, even bad through her unwillingness. All the way through, I was trained at school in Dutch in Wetteren and Ghent. French was my second language, and English my third. That’s the difference between the two of us. I stood always near to the Flemish people and spoke Dutch (Flemish). My parents died, and a separation remains between my sister and me, as we never agreed, we are totally different. I have not heard or seen her since 2006 when we had to gather to a solicitor in Tournai for estate purposes. And, that was it. The building is since  long ago no longer a convent or a school, serving other purposes in the City of Ghent. The friends are per chance just standing there not knowing the history of the building behind them. They were not yet born when the nuns left the building.


Ghent, Poel, Convent


Former Ursulines Convent and Boarding School for Girls 

Ghent, Poel, Convent

No longer a convent and boarding school for French speaking girls


Skinheads, Anarchisten, Red skinheads, Rode Associatie


Anarchist Skinhead poster is nu afgewerkt. Het is een oproep aan bestaande Vlaamse Skinheads en anderen naar de Anarchisten over te komen, en ik moedig jullie aan een vereniging te stichten, jonge mensen onder elkaar. Ons beleid in enkele woorden uitgedrukt is: ruimte en vrijheid van een ieder om zichzelf en uniek te zijn, want elk mens is uniek en bijzonder. Daarom geen haat onder de mensen, en dat wilt zeggen geen haat onder ons. Duidelijker, geen rassenhaat op geen enkel vlak.


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