The Dutch Army Bicycle Band
. Does exactly what it says on the tin (helmet).
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If you were going to set out to build a successful national baseball team you probably wouldn’t select a country with most of its land sitting below sea level.
Camden Depot presents a brief history of honkbal, as the Netherlands nine get ready to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, exactly 100 years after the formation of Quick Amsterdam, Europe's first baseball team. Last time around, the Dutchmen knocked the mighty Dominican Republic out of the tournament
. This year's Dutch team, led by veteran Andruw Jones and Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop, both natives of Willemstad on the island of Curacao, puts more Dutch talent on the field than there has been since Bert Blyleven's last game. (Blyleven is the Netherlands' pitching coach.
) Don't leave it till game time -- learn to speak honkbal now!
The Dutch Heartbreak Hotel
offers separating couples throughout the Netherlands and Belgium a unique service: a complete, finalized divorce in just 48 hours
. [more inside]
: Kasper Bak shoots handheld video on skates on frozen Netherlands waters. If you feel cold after watching that, try warming up
with some great Dutch winter food
): an in-depth report by Dateline
(SBS One, Australia) on Geert Wilders, and the most comprehensive English-language profile of him I have seen to date.
Dutch MP and vehement Islam critic Geert Wilders will travel to New York to speak at a Sept. 11 protest against Park51
, the so-called "Ground Zero mosque", sparking controversy in the Netherlands where he is currently taking part
in negotiations to form a new government
. Dutch diplomats
. [more inside]
A Nazi zombie invasion!? Yep, it's the Worst Case Scenario [more inside]
Lernert Engenberts produces tiny, beautiful and exquisitely cruel films. Revenge
on an innocent egg. Three ways to melt a chocolate bunny
. Teasing the colour blind with colour correction
. Abstract artists explain their work to their parents.
may be the cruelest one of all. See more, including an ode to Alaska via AOL
, on his site
[E]ven if you are unemployed you still receive a base amount of [vacation money] from the government, the reasoning being that if you can’t go on vacation, you’ll get depressed and despondent and you’ll never get a job.
But does the cartoon image of [the Dutch system] — encapsulated in the dread slur "socialism," which is being lobbed in American political circles like a bomb — match reality? Is there, maybe, a significant upside that is worth exploring? [...] I think it’s worth pondering how the best bits might fit.
After a year and a half of living in the Netherlands, American writer Russell Shorto compares the Dutch "welfare state" to the tax, health care and social security systems of the United States
Should you find yourself wandering around the city of Leiden, the Netherlands sometime, you may notice some curious markings
on the city's walls.
("Wall Poems") adorn many of the town's streets (clickable map)
, and many English-language poets are represented: one John Keats
, for instance, inside a bookshop; Dylan Thomas
, E. E. Cummings
, W.B. Yeats
, some guy called William Shakespeare
, or this ode to Charlie Parker
by American William Waring Cuney
. [more inside]
"Let them arrest me
". Vehemently anti-Islamic
Dutch MP Geert Wilders
was scheduled to travel to London tomorrow to attend a screening of his controversial short film Fitna
). Yesterday however, the UK's Home Secretary notified Wilders that his presence in the UK
would pose a "serious threat to
[...] public security
), presumably intending to refuse his entry into UK. Wilders plans to board the flight
anyway, daring British authorities to arrest him
. [more inside]
If European and North American societies are morally responsible (print-friendly)
for safeguarding free speech, should we also take financial responsibility for its proponents' safety
? Hitchens seems to think so
Today's moral dilemma is brought to you, of course, by the West's favourite Voltairian nightmare: prominent Islam critic
, former Dutch MP
, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Last weekend's PICNIC'07
conference in Amsterdam featured a Green Challenge
: to come up with the best marketable green idea that could be developed and sold to consumers within two years. Dutch decentralized renewable energy company Qurrent
took down the big €500,000 prize for the Qbox
: a device which creates optimizing energy algorithms for all devices in a home. See also
: Green Thing
Mirin Dajo (1912-1948, born Arnold Henske)
was pierced thru the torso (YouTube)
with fencing foils and skewers many times
, without bleeding
or showing any sign of injury
some links contain graphic content.
Dutch broadcast station VPRO's website
is Holland’s biggest platform for alternative music. Here's a link
to a shitload of streaming live concerts and tracks. You'll have to do a bit of cut and paste once there, but it's the easiest way for me to link to the list.
For the cut-and-paste-inept, there's a standard interface
, but the site's not in english.
Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds,
Charles McKay's 1841 classic work on mass hysteria and national crazes, still surprisingly readable and engaging. Among the classic examples in McKay's book are the South Sea Bubble
, one of the earliest and largest financial bubbles, and the witch hunts
of Europe (related: try the 1628 Witch Hunt simulation
). Most people remember him best for his history of Tulipmania
, the Dutch flower-speculation explosion of 1647 and 1648... except that it may not have been a delusion at all, but rather a rational response to changes in regulation
One of the great virtues of the internet is the manifold ways in which it has revolutionised the arts. The postmodern works of contemporary artists Pomme & Kelly
(Google Video), when viewed together in context, form a striking example of a well-placed critique of popular culture, and modern living at large. The zeitgeisty meta-irony of their seemingly content-free interpretations of popular songs are only enhanced by the fact that, in a clever keeping with style, they blog about it as well
Dutch government is distributing cannabis
as a prescription painkiller to pharmacies to treat chronically ill patients. The Netherlands are the first country to supply the drug itself, in accordance with United Nations rules on narcotics. This Radio Netherlands article contains an interview with an American expatriate who is now a licensed supplier.
Holland part of Axis of Evil?
The Dutch parliament was shocked by a US legislative proposal giving an official green light to a US invasion of the Netherlands should it be deemed necessary to free US citizens from the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Pretty please, leave us alone, Jesse Helms.
Dutch government resigns over Srebrenica report...
Dutch Prime Minister Mr Wim Kok announced the resignation of his centre-left government today over a report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.
Dutch Legalize Euthanasia
"The Netherlands has become the first country in the world to legalise mercy killing after a controversial law on euthanasia came into force on Monday."
While tolerated for nearly two decades, opponents are comparing the practice to Nazi Geramny. Is this a step forward for those living with severe pain and no hope in sight?
Drive through drug shops
Make things easier for tourists, Dutch contemplate expeditious way to buy drugs