Setting up a personal home page on the World Wide Web is not ‘easy
peasy’… There is always the danger of degenerating
the brief story of the figure pictured in the photograph into
hagiography, writing so admiringly about him that it is not realistic.
Taking a close look at and analysing some
well-known people’s sites on the World Wide Web has often awakened in
me some critical feelings. Yes, ‘a ravishing sight in her or his
digital photo album’, ‘you look a knockout!’.
But deep down in my heart, I always hope ‘beauty is only skin deep’…
To put it plainly, the man you are viewing on this page, is Jan
Pennings, an average, English secondary school teacher, who also
enjoys conversing with you in German…
I was born in the middle of the previous century, and to tell you the
truth, I still have not discovered where my roots lie… Tienen, Lommel,
Leuven, Heusden-Zolder, London,
Berlin, Paris, Prague, Vienna,
Los Angeles, Kansas, Chicago, Washington, Las Vegas, San Diego, New York,
San Jose, Philadelphia and more
recently Santa Cruz, CA are spots on the
globe where I spent or spend my (holi)days.
‘You are a wandering jew, my dear’, my companion in life always tells
me when I feel lonely and homesick… She has been my wife for more than
25 years, and we still have a deeply rooted love for each other.
Simone is a production manager and an expert in signmaking, in
particular emergency, evacuation and publicity ‘signage’. Her
favourite tools are a computer and a computerised signmaking robot or
I am married with two children, Tom and Björn. Tom, who is 28, is an
engineer and working as a computer programmer for Borland Corp. in Scotts Valley, CA. He has been living in Santa Cruz for
now. Björn is 26 and ‘carving,’ his way in the computer
world too… He is working for the Belgian Railway Copmany.
I am a secondary school teacher at the Sint-Franciscuscollege in
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg. The name of the school has changed a few
times throughout the 30 years, I have taught English and German there,
and so have the names of the many hundreds of students I have come to
Since 10 years I have also been responsible for co-ordinating foreign
language teaching and implementing ICT in the foreign language
instruction. For 25 years I have been organising educational language
trips in England and Germany, since 7 years enlarged to
‘subject-exceeding’ study trips.
My hobbies vary greatly: reading, digital photography, computer sound
recording, film, (classical and popular) music, producing radio
programmes (for local radio stations 'Radio Ostend' in Ostend, Radio
'Formula 1' in Heusden-Zolder and Radio 'VRTO' in Hasselt) swimming,
cycling, and more than anything else, ‘meeting people’ usually after a
full day’s work, late in the evening or in the small hours of a new
‘Try to put into perspective any difficult situation in life, enjoy
deeply all human company, and seize the gift of each day’ make up the
triptych of our look on life.