Observations: Local authorities ever so efficient

Observations: Local authorities ever so efficient

Via the intercom a municipal official introduces himself: "Goodmorning, my name is X. I am the inspector of the municipal ...
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Q: What is Hollandse Nieuwe?

Q: What is Hollandse Nieuwe?

A: Every year a festival in Scheveningen, Vlaggetjesdag, marks the arrival of the Hollandse Nieuwe. Hollandse Nieuwe (or 'Dutch New') ...
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12 - Agility of mind

12 – Agility of mind

Municipal policy is regularly reviewed at the A&W community council meetings. Helped by specialist working groups, this council has become ...
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A stiff breeze!

A stiff breeze!

Early on a dry evening in De Kuil skate park; that’s important for the four skaters I encounter there. They’ve ...
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Local artist dies

Local artist dies

Local, gifted draughtsman Ed Valk in Madoerastraat (born in Schiedam in 1926) passed away on 11 June 2012 ...
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11 - Your humble servant

11 – Your humble servant

At the edge of our neighbourhood stands the Peace Palace. On 30 May 2012 a new Visitors Centre was opened, ...
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10 - Hanging above the abyss

10 – Hanging above the abyss

You may have noticed that as well as being a contributor to this website, I have also become its editor ...
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Q: Why do the Dutch hang backpacks on flagpoles in June?

Q: Why do the Dutch hang backpacks on flagpoles in June?

A: Putting the flag out and hanging your child's school bag on the pole is a sign that they have ...
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Q: Why don't Dutch people (particularly children) wear cycle helmets?

Q: Why don’t Dutch people (particularly children) wear cycle helmets?

A: My daughter is nearly two and rides on the front of my bike (helmetless I might add). Part of ...
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9 - Ter Braak in German

9 – Ter Braak in German

At the baker’s, I often bump into the same man. At first our ‘relationship’ was no more than a friendly ...
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