Cohorts of mine are in Lisbon. I might be, but then again I might be in Võromaa again. It's easy to confuse the two.

But you're not reading this article to see my travel arrangements. You want a birthday. Don't you. Well, today's birthday boy Gerard Jan Joling did his stuff in 1988, and has since become a Topper. Not *De* Topper obviously, as he's got three other Toppers with him these days. But in 1988 he was the main man.

Gerard is 58 today.

Gefeliciteerd, Gerard!