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  • Zwarte Piet to remain black in most towns and villages: survey

    News from DutchNews.nl
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Only six out of 211 local councils asked about their Sinterklaas parade plans this year say they plan to make changes to the appearance of Zwarte Piet, Nos television reports on Friday.
  • Supporting the Arts With a New Kind of Access

    NYT > Netherlands
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    A subscription service in Amsterdam seeks to reduce prices for cultural events and gain new audiences while providing a new source of funds at a time of government cutbacks.
  • Provocateur’s Death Haunts the Dutch

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    30 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
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  • Ombudsman Heavily Criticizes Former Deputy Minister

    Bad News from the Netherlands
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The acting ombudsman, Frank van Dooren, has said that the approach of the previous Deputy Minister of Finance, Frans Weekers, in dealing with the so-called “Bulgarian fraud” a year ago, contained huge mistakes.  Weekers had decided, in 2013, that people who get support from the government can only use one bank account.  Two weeks after he decided that, the payments to 177,000 people were suspended.  It led to many financial problems for the intended recipients.  Van Dooren claimed that the short time Weekers gave his officials to deal with the matter has caused many…
  • The Netherlands has over 2000 centenarians

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    Dutch Daily News
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Statistics Netherlands announced today that the number of centenarians is likely to have doubled again in 2025.
 
 
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  • Ombudsman Heavily Criticizes Former Deputy Minister

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    The acting ombudsman, Frank van Dooren, has said that the approach of the previous Deputy Minister of Finance, Frans Weekers, in dealing with the so-called “Bulgarian fraud” a year ago, contained huge mistakes.  Weekers had decided, in 2013, that people who get support from the government can only use one bank account.  Two weeks after he decided that, the payments to 177,000 people were suspended.  It led to many financial problems for the intended recipients.  Van Dooren claimed that the short time Weekers gave his officials to deal with the matter has caused many…
  • Prosecution Wants Rapper Who Threatened Wilders to Do Community Service

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:35 am
    The prosecution has asked the court to sentence Rapper Hozny to 80 hours of community service and two months of probation. Earlier this year, Hozny put up a video on YouTube where two guns are held to the head of a Wilders lookalike, and then the picture fades to black and a shot is heard.  www.metronieuws.nl/nieuws/om-eist-80-uur-werkstraf-voor-rapper-hozny-na-bedreiging-wilders/SrZnjx!DKNdP8Z6KeeMA/
  • American Trader Explains Dutch Police Corruption

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Richard Bistrong, an American weapons trader, has explained how the corruption in the weapon trade functions.  Until his arrest in 2007, he was a supplier to the Dutch army and the Dutch police.  He said that he would meet an intermediary who would tell him how much corruption money would have to be paid for information or orders.  Once he agreed, he would pay the money to the intermediary.  It was clear that the money would be paid to government officials.  Currently there are major suspicions about corrupt purchases by the Dutch…
  • Number of Impoverished Children Has Increased

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    A new UNICEF report says that the poverty of children in the Netherlands has increased from 12.9% in 2008 up to 13.9% in 2013.  11% of people interviewed in 2013 said that there had been moments where they did not have enough money to buy food for themselves.  In 2008, the figure was 4%.  Already in March of this year, the Verwey-Jonker Institute published the fact that between 2009-2012, the number of children living in poverty in the Netherlands increased by 10%.  The report also mentioned that impoverished children live mainly outside the main urban…
  • Five Employees of National Police Have Been Suspended

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    The head of the national police has decided to suspend five employees who are responsible for purchasing.  He said that this decision was necessary because of the debate on the integrity of the police.  The prosecution department of the Ministry of Justice has started, as of last month, an investigation of a variety of police employees.  The Minister of Justice, Ivo Opstelten (Liberal) has informed parliament that there are suspicions of corruption concerning the purchase of police vehicles in 2010.  Furthermore, there are now indications that a major order for mobile…
 
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  • Bicycle to Dusseldorf

    VK
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    It‘s been a long time since I sold my motorbike and the only journeys I made were mostly by plane or train, with the first being by far my least favorable and the latter not giving me the pleasure of driving. I very much like riding a bicycle. I cannot say love, as I had never driven for so many miles before. It would be this first time that my feelings would rise or decline for these two thin wheels. A lot of things had to be done and bought. I had to check whereas my bike could fit for the occasion. I asked around and I finally came to the conclusion that my CUBE Town was more than enough…
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    Living Way Church
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Benefits of walking •It strengthens your heart •It keeps weight in check •It makes you happy Check out more fitness tips in the next edition of “getting your healthy on in” Decembers PCN
  • Church of Jacobus

    Pieter Navis
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    This is a picture of the biggest church in my hometown, Winterswijk which is situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands. Used 3 exposures and HDR to create this picture. Have tried to get the church as straight as possible, but i’m not sure whether i succeeded lol. On wednesdays and saturdays this square is filled with market stands and a lot of germans too. Actually a very nice church to see and be in!
  • 2 times X

    rwanderman
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Flickr member Peter Meijer took this excellent image on a train platform in The Netherlands. Brilliant.
  • A Hong Kong-British Finn & Dutch ex-resident speaking Swedish living in Brazil. Hi. Or terve.

    Chris Gull
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Oioi! A few years ago I remember my Facebook profile containing the line “I’m a Hong Kong-British Swedish speaking Finnish guy in The Netherlands. I didn’t confuse you, did I?”. Well, I have bad news for you if you didn’t follow before. Now it’s even more confusing. Even I’m beginning to find it hard to explain without having to think when “presenting” (more like a speech) myself to others. And I’ve noticed that a lot of people ask more than once about my background, so probably they didn’t get it the first few times.
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    ECHR BLOG

  • New ECHR Readings

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    This Autumn presents a remarkable range of ECHR-related publications in academic journals and books. Please find below an extensive selection:The newest issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Vol. 12, no. 4, 2014) includes: Helen Keller and Corina Heri, 'Enforced Disappearance and the European Court of Human Rights: A ‘Wall of Silence’, Fact-Finding Difficulties and States as ‘Subversive Objectors’' Corina Heri, 'Enforced Disappearance and the European Court of Human Rights’ ratione temporis Jurisdiction: A Discussion of Temporal Elements in Janowiec and Others v.
  • ECHR Articles in Newest NQHR

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    The newest issue (no. 3 of 2014) of SIM's own Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights includes no less than three ECHR-related contributions: two articles and the column are dedicated to the ECHR:* Column:  Lourdes Peroni, 'On Religious and Cultural Equality in European Human Rights Convention Law'And the two articles:* Linos-Alexander Sicilianos, 'The Involvement of the European Court of Human Rights in the Implementation of its Judgments: Recent Developments under Article 46 ECHR'* Hubert Smekal and Katarína Šipulová, 'DH v Czech Republic Six Years Later: On the Power of an…
  • Seminar on ECHR National Counter-Dynamics

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    On 30 and 31 October the universities of Antwerp and Leuven are co-organising a seminar entitled 'Shifting the Convention System: Counter-dynamics at the National Level' in Antwerp. According to the organisers, the seminar "aims to map out to what extent criticism on the European Court of Human Rights and its case law is being translated into counter-dynamics at the political or judicial level. The focus is not solely put on countries that are known to have highly critical voices. Rather, the seminar will explore whether the translation of criticism into (the demand for) concrete changes in…
  • News from SIM

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Very happy to inform you that as of this week I have been appointed full professor of human rights and director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM)! Last week was the formal hand-over ceremony at the occasion of the annual SIM Peter Baehr Lecture (delivered this year by Sir Nigel Rodley), where my esteemed predecessor, professor Jenny Goldschmidt, handed over the baton to me. I feel deeply honoured by having been appointed to this new position and am looking forward to cooperating with the human rights research community across the globe to continue SIM's mission of human…
  • New Book on Article 6 ECHR - Fair Trial Rights

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    Ryan Goss, lecturer in Law at the Australian National University in Canberra, has written a book which critically analyses what is probably the most litigated right in the Convention: Article 6 ECHR, the right to a fair trial. The book, entitled 'Criminal Fair Trial Rights - Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights', has been published with Hart Publishing. It takes an interesting cross-cutting approach and in doing so deviates from standard handbooks on the issue. This is the abstract: "The Article 6 fair trial rights are the most heavily-litigated Convention rights before…
 
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    Happy Hotelier

  • CaixaForum Madrid

    GJE
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Caixa Forum Recently I was in Madrid. I visited the CaixaForum Museum of modern art: An old power station renovated by the Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron in 200-2001, shortly after they renovated the Tate London, also a decommissioned power station. I could crop a selfie from the first photo. What’s a bit annoying is that the CaixaForum Madrid doesn’t have its own web presence. It is part of the big Caixa Foundation. Caixa is a large Spanish bank. You can find a bit on the Foundations Website, but it’s not much. This is what the architects say about the impressive…
  • Happy

    GJE
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Off course I’ve been under the rocks not noticing the variations in the Happy Song by Pharrell Williams doing the rounds. First the Dutch version which starts in my city, The Hague: and then the Dutch Moslim version: Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Monday, October 20, 2014Happy is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter?
  • Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo

    GJE
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    Nothing Zen – Just Crop the Swimming Pool Photo Recently I was on a short city trip to Madrid. When I prepared for the trip I was looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, as Madrid can be hot in September. I choose the hotel on the basis of a photo like the first photo. I took this photo myself. The first photo is a crop of the second photo. I used a booking portal (OTA) to search and book the hotel. When you look at the first photo, like me, you are likely to book the hotel if it features prominently on the booking site….When you look at the second photo, like me, You are…
  • Herring Eater at Sunset

    GJE
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Herring Eater at Sunset This herring eater statue is located at the Scheveningen beach. It portraits perfectly how the Dutch like to eat their herring: Raw and after the grates have been taken out the tail is left on and then they grab the herring by the tail and let it glide into their mouths. Just to remember summer seems over. Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Tuesday, October 7, 2014Herring Eater at Sunset is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my…
  • 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew

    GJE
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew One way , the one with the shoe, I’ve shared already with you, but now I’ve a few more for you: Nails Screw hook and more. Always handy to know. Especially the blow torch one intrigues me so much I’ll have to try it out once. 10 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my newsfeed, or my weekly newsletter? Last update: Friday, September 5, 201410 Ways to Open a Wine Bottle Without a Corkscrew is a post from: Happy Hotelier. Would you like to subscribe to my…
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  • Chinese ruimtesonde terug na maanronde

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Een experimentele Chinese ruimtesonde is zaterdag veilig teruggekeerd op aarde. De sonde had een testvlucht om de maan gemaakt, ter voorbereiding op een latere onbemande Chinese ruimtemissie naar het maanoppervlak. De sonde vertrok acht dagen...
  • Eredivisie: Preview speelronde 11

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Vanavond begint de elfde speelronde in de Eredivisie. PSV gaat nog altijd aan de leiding, maa wordt op de hielen gezeten door Ajax, Feyenoord en PEC Zwolle. Heracles Almelo staat nog altijd op de laatste plaats en blijft daar waarschijnlijk nog...
  • Katja Schuurman nog steeds boos om dood Van Gogh

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    Katja Schuurman voelt na tien jaar nog steeds boosheid om de dood van Theo van Gogh. "Het is ongelofelijk zonde dat hij er niet meer is. Niemand heeft zijn plek ingenomen", zegt de actrice in de Volkskrant. Het is zondag precies tien jaar geleden...
  • Twee jaar schorsing voor 'liegende' paralympiër

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:21 am
    Paralympisch boogschutter Norbert Murphy is door het Internationaal Paralympisch Comité (IPC) voor twee jaar geschorst. De Canadees zou zich in juni in het Tsjechische Nove Mesto schuldig hebben gemaakt aan het misleiden van de artsen die...
  • Coach Rostov wil geen zwarte spelers vanwege ebola

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:01 am
    De coach van de Russische voetbalclub FC Rostov wil niet nog meer zwarte spelers in zijn team. Igor Gamula grapte vrijdag op een persconferentie dat ebola de club heeft bereikt. Rostov heeft 'genoeg zwarte spelers, we hebben zes van die dingen',...
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  • 'Zwemfinales Rio in de nacht'

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    Voor zwemliefhebbers die de finales willen zien tijdens de Olympische Spelen van Rio 2016 ligt nachtwerk in het verschiet. De vooraanstaande Braziliaanse zwemcoach Alex Pussieldi meldde vrijdagnacht via Twitter dat er een akkoord is bereikt tussen het internationaal olympisch comité IOC en de internationale zwembond FINA. De finales worden gezwommen om 10 uur 's avonds lokale tijd, in Nederland is het dan 2 uur 's nachts.
  • Haase naar finale op La Réunion

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    Tennisser Robin Haase heeft de finale bereikt van het challengertoernooi op het Franse eiland La Réunion. De Hagenaar, als eerste geplaatst, was in de halve finale in twee sets te sterk voor de Brit James Ward: 6-3 7-6 (2).
  • Weer een politieserie? 'Het is een onweerstaanbaar genre'

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bij iedere nieuwe politieserie liggen vergelijkingen voor de hand. Ook nu weer: NOORD ZUID - geregisseerd en mede geschreven door Paula van der Oest - is de polderversie van The Killing; sterke vrouw met getroebleerd privéleven lost bizarre moordzaken op. Minder rauw dan Penoza, niet zo gestroomlijnd als Baantjer, maar wel dat vleugje mysterie zoals in True Detective of The Bridge. De serie is vanaf 2 januari op tv.
  • Brits reisadvies wereldwijd aangescherpt

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Britse reizigers moeten er rekening mee houden dat zij doelwit kunnen zijn van terroristen die wraak willen nemen voor de Britse bombardementen op terreurgroep Islamitische Staat (IS). Het Britse Foreign Office (FCO) heeft het reisadvies voor alle bestemmingen aangescherpt, schrijft de BBC vandaag.
  • Storing op site fiscus treft ondernemers

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Door een al dagenlange storing op de beveiligde website van de Belastingdienst hebben veel ondernemers nog geen aangifte kunnen doen van hun omzetbelasting over het derde kwartaal van 2014. Die btw-aangifte had uiterlijk op 31 oktober digitaal moeten zijn ingediend.
 
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  • Warmste 1 november ooit

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Het is nog nooit zo warm geweest op 1 november. Om 12.00 uur was het in De Bilt 17,4 graden, warmer dan ooit in De Bilt is gemeten sinds de metingen begonnen in 1848.
  • GL lanceert het "nieuwe nivelleren"

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    GroenLinks wil de vermogens van de 2% rijkste Nederlanders veel zwaarder belasten. De vermogensbelasting is nu 1,2%, ongeacht het behaalde rendement. GL wil de werkelijke opbrengsten progressief belasten, met een toptarief van 50%. Ook de dividendbelasting moet omhoog.
  • "Vmbo opheffen om wit te blijven"

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    Scholen heffen hun vmbo-afdeling op om 'witte' leerlingen voor de havo en het vwo te blijven trekken, zeggen onderwijsdeskundigen in Trouw.
  • "Kondig inspectiebezoek niet aan"

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:46 am
    Jeugdgevangenissen moeten onverwacht worden geinspecteerd. Dat wil een meerderheid in de Tweede Kamer, schrijft het AD. Nu wordt een inspectie weken van tevoren aangekondigd, waardoor er ruim de tijd is alles op orde te brengen.
  • Virgin verder met ruimtetoerisme

    1 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    Virgin-topman Richard Branson gaat verder met het project voor commerciele ruimtereizen, heeft hij laten weten na het ongeluk met een ruimtevaartuig van Virgin. Daarbij kwam een piloot om het leven, de tweede raakte zwaargewond.
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  • Dealernetwerk Jaguar Land Rover gaat groeien

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    Jaguar Land Rover heeft op dit moment wereldwijd een dealernetwerk van zo’n 3.000 dealers. “Daar moeten er de komende jaren 10% bijkomen”, vertelt Phil Popham, de marketingdirecteur van Jaguar Land Rover.
  • Fraai staaltje handwerk

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    In deze video zien we een replica uit de film 'Ghostbusters'. Het is helemaal handgemaakt en speelt zelfs het liedje van de film!
  • Onder de hamer: raceklare Shelby Mustang GT350 H

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    Ooit begon deze Shelby Mustang zijn leven als huurauto van Hertz, vandaar de H in de naam. In 2005 begon deze huurauto echter aan een flinke racecarrière. Binnenkort gaat hij onder de hamer.
  • Stelling: 'Alle technologie in auto's maakt het autorijden veiliger'

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    VIDEO - Tot een aantal jaren geleden was geregelde cruise control ongeveer het hoogst haalbare op technologisch gebied in auto's. Nu parkeren auto's zich op alle mogelijke manieren zelf in en remmen ze automatisch om een ongeluk te voorkomen. Maar is die technologie echt nodig en maakt het de weg nou echt veiliger?
  • De Hoop: Koffietijd leuk

    1 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Nieuwslezer Jan de Hoop presenteert al 25 jaar het ontbijtnieuws voor RTL, maar als het aan hem had gelegen, had hij tussendoor graag een uitstapje gemaakt naar Koffietijd.
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  • Waarom ook jij een naheffing van de belastingdienst krijgt

    Philip de Witt Wijnen
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Ruim 5 miljoen Nederlanders kunnen komend jaar een naheffing van de Belastingdienst verwachten. Maar waarom eigenlijk? En hoeveel bedraagt jouw naheffing? Lees verder op nrc.nl…Lees meer over: belastingdienst, Eric Wiebes, naheffing
  • ‘Afgelopen drie dagen honderd IS-strijders omgekomen in Kobani’

    Philippus Zandstra
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    In de afgelopen drie dagen zijn meer dan honderd strijders van Islamitische Staat in Kobani tijdens gevechten met Koerdische milities gedood. Ondertussen zijn versterkingen uit Turkije in de stad gearriveerd. Volgens het Syrisch Observatorium voor de Mensenrechten zijn er sinds het begin van de gevechten om Kobani (16 september) 576 jihadisten gedood. Aan Koerdische zijde vielen 361 doden. Daarnaast registreerde het Observatorium 21 burgerdoden. Het Syrisch Observatorium voor de Mensenrechten heeft een uitgebreid netwerk van activisten in het land, die het conflict ter plekke volgen.
  • Nederland leest! Volg hier Maarten ’t Harts helikoptervlucht over Nederland

    Philippus Zandstra
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    Hij vind het zelf een beetje eng, maar in het kader van ‘Nederland Leest’ vliegt Maarten ’t Hart vandaag met een helikopter over Nederland om zijn roman Een Vlucht Regenwulpen te signeren. Het werk is deze maand namelijk gratis beschikbaar. NRC reist mee en doet via Twitter verslag van de vlucht. Lees verder op nrc.nl…Lees meer over: maarten 't hart
  • ‘Van der Laan heeft te weinig contact met Marokkaanse organisaties’

    Bas Blokker
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    Marokkaanse organisaties beklagen zich over gebrek aan contact met het stadsbestuur van Amsterdam. Zij wijzen daarbij op het grote verschil tussen burgemeester Job Cohen, die na de moord op cineast Theo van Gogh, de Marokkaanse gemeenschap en de moskeeën nadrukkelijk betrok bij zijn beleid, en de huidige burgemeester Eberhard van der Laan. “Hij lijkt wel of hij ons niet vertrouwt”, zegt Aissa Zanzen, bestuurslid van het Samenwerkingsverband van Marokkaanse Nederlanders. NRC Handelsblad sprak met verschillende organisaties en andere betrokkenen over de crisis in de stad nadat op 2…
  • Kritisch over de slavernij? Kalifaat is juist trots

    Philippus Zandstra
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Ze propageren de slavernij en beroepen zich daarbij op de Koran. Voor volgelingen van IS staat de ongelijkwaardigheid van mensen vast. Arabist Leo Kwarten over de opkomst van een verontrustende trend. Lees verder op nrc.nl…Lees meer over: Islamitische Staat, kalifaat
 
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  • Florida woman attempts fraud in Dutch and fails

    Orangemaster
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    A woman in Florida faked slipping and falling on the floor at chain store Target in order to defraud her insurance company. Margaret Dagniewska, 38, told a Target employee that she injured her neck, back, legs and shin at the store. First, the surveillance camera shows her sitting down and second – the funny bit – she called her mother in Dutch telling her that she was sitting on the floor. Little did she know that a store employee understood Dutch and made a right fool of Dagniewska. When the paramedics showed up, they left Dagniewska sitting there to get up on her own. The woman…
  • Dutch bike designed and made in the Netherlands

    Orangemaster
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Bob Schiller has launched Epo bicycles with the hopes of seeing bicycle manufacturing make a come back in the Netherlands. His goal was to design a bike that could be both built and used here. “Even our prime minister uses his bike to get to work. Cycling is part of our culture and it has been for centuries. However, an affordable, contemporary Dutch bicycle disappeared from our streets.” True, most mass-produced bicycles are manufactured in Asia as labour costs there are lower. Gazelle and Batavus brand bikes are Dutch and there are more, but…
  • Joint record data transmission over new fiber type

    Orangemaster
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology together and the University of Central Florida, report in the journal Nature Photonics the successful transmission of a record high 255 Terabits/s over a new type of fiber allowing 21 times more bandwidth than currently available in communication networks. This new type of fiber could be an answer to mitigating the impending optical transmission capacity crunch caused by the increasing bandwidth demand. The new fiber has seven different cores through which the light can travel, instead of one in current state-of-the-art fibers. This compares…
  • Ellen Schippers’ foggy portraits of women

    Branko Collin
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    I went to check out a small art fair today that I was told had photos by Danielle van Zadelhoff (not the exhibition I wrote about last week, but also in Amsterdam). Zadelhoff’s photos weren’t there, but instead I saw photographs by Ellen Schippers, Bas Bogaerts, Gabriele Vierte and Janet de Graaf. I may show you works by the latter three later, but today I recommend you check out the works of Ellen Schippers (some may be NSFW). Schippers makes photographic portraits that have a painting-like quality because everything is blurry without being out of focus. I don’t know how…
  • Woman trolls offline, bad mistake!

    Branko Collin
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    For the past three years citizens of Koewacht, a village straddling the Dutch-Belgian border, has been receiving anonymous hateful letters, but two weeks ago the perpetrator was caught. Cristel was known to be a respectable woman, living a model life with her husband and dog in a detached house. However, behind those immaculate walls, AD says, the 51-year-old was busy writing letters to her neighbours signed with “a mother of three children” and “the group” in which she told the recipients that they were ugly, had ugly faces and big posteriors, and that she hoped their…
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  • Life on the Water: Amsterdam’s Houseboats

    Chantal Hintze
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    In a city that boasts over 100 kilometers of canals, yet suffers from an on-going housing shortage, it comes as no surprise that people have taken to living on the water. Since the Second World War, when housing opportunities were already limited but cargo ships were in abundance, the inhabitants of Amsterdam have turned their famous canals into their living rooms. Today about 2,400 houseboats are moored along the canals of the “Venice of the North.” But given the fact that the city of Amsterdam no longer issues new mooring permits, the number of canal dwellings is unlikely to increase…
  • Lunching with Little Ones

    Chantal Hintze
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Amsterdam’s historical architecture may make for one of the most charming cities in the world but the wonky houses and steep stairs are not ideal when trying to navigate around with a pram. Thus, a lot of the small cafes in the center are not too well suited when looking for a spot where you can lunch with your little ones. If you do find yourself in need of a café to retreat to with your kids while in the center of town, you’ll be best of with one of the Bagels and Beans cafes that are dotted around. All their cafes have a basket with toys and offer child-friendly service, and the…
  • Why You Should Visit Amsterdam in Fall and Winter

    rtwlabs
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Amsterdam is a beautiful city to explore all year round, but it’s those that visit in the cooler months who reap unexpected rewards. Amsterdammers know that when the temperature starts to drop, it’s the perfect time to explore museums, ice skate or just relax in a warm, cozy café with friends. lowcostholidays has even revealed that bookings to the city during the months of October to December are up 239% compared to last year. So why is Amsterdam becoming one of winter’s hottest new escapes? As the days get shorter, Amsterdam gets ever more stunning by night… It’s cheaper…
  • Is It All Deep-Fried? Sorting the Best from the Rest When it Comes to Dutch Snacks

    Julia Evans
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    At some point in between admiring exquisite art at the Rijksmuseum, floating down Amsterdam’s famous canals and gawking at the bawdy Red Light District, you are probably going to need a snack. Luckily, you will find many snack bars around Amsterdam that will quickly fuel you up for a small fee. These places specialize in a dazzling array of deep-fried specialties, sometimes sold from behind their own individual little windows (we’re looking at you, Febo). After one trip to a snack bar, you could be mistaken for thinking that all popular snacks in Amsterdam are deep fried, but…
  • Amsterdam’s Waterways: Getting Your Bearings on our UNESCO World-Heritage Canals

    Julia Evans
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Amsterdam’s canals are probably the most famous and most romantic canals in the entire world. Sorry, Venice. Their mesmerizing concentric shape, the way their bridges nobly arch, the way they look at night when lights twinkle off their waters, I could go on forever about Amsterdam’s canals… Whether you are here for a few hours or a few weeks, no time in Amsterdam would be complete without experiencing our canals for yourself and getting to know a little bit more about them, too. Whether you end up exploring Amsterdam’s canals from the water or stay on dry land and see them…
 
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  • Dutch motivate cycling with beer

    Jan M.
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:22 am
    The city of Breda has a unique approach on getting people to take the bike to the city center instead of the car. By rewarding cyclists with a free drink it hopes to motivate people to take the bike. Of course you can also take a soda if you’d prefer that over a beer… but hey you don’t have to drive anyway! When you make use of one of the six municipal cycle parkings in the city you’ll receive a coin that can be used in of 13 establishments in the city to get a second drink for free (Binnen Breda, De Avenue, De Bruine Pij, Chassé Theater, Bowling Breda, Lunch4You,…
  • The Dutch Culture

    Jan M.
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    Culture Guide to the Netherlands Visiting another country can be compared to entering into a sort of fantasy land, where new and delightful sights, smells, and sounds are blended with a strange and eccentric way of life – one that is quite different from what you’re used to. It’s one of the most exhilarating experiences ever; however, it can be intimidating to the uninitiated. The Netherlands is no exception to this truth. It is an amazing country with an even more amazing culture. But if you’re not properly prepared, you could possibly find yourself confused by some of their common…
  • No more 1 euro breakfast at IKEA Delft to prevent Traffic jams

    Jan M.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    It’s pretty biased to say that the Dutch are cheap… but news like this doesn’t help:) The IKEA in Delft cancelled their 1 euro breakfast because of the traffic jams it caused on Sundays. A 1 euro breakfast apparently attracted lots of ‘potential’ customers but because of dangerous situations they’ve decided to cancel the promotion. The exit to the Ikea store on the A13 Highway had to be closed several times by the Ministry of Infrastructure to avoid accidents. For those that are now missing out on a cheap breakfast I suggest the local supermarket……
  • Dutch highway glows like a jellyfish

    Jan M.
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    It’s already rolled out on a 500 meters stretch of highway outside Oss (near the capital ‘s-Hertogenbosch, capital of the North Brabant province). It’s a special paint that charges itself with sunlight during the day and then glows during the night. It is an art project by Designer Daan Roosegaarde worked out together with Heijmans construction. The ‘Glowing Lines’ are part of the Smart Highway project which gives the dutch Highways and scenery a poetic, enlightening and innovative look. In the city of Eindhoven there already a new project for a 600 meters long…
  • Animalpark Oliemeulen

    Jan M.
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
    Animalpark Oliemeulen in Tilburg promotes to be one of the weirdest animalparks in te Netherlands. It indeed has some strange animals you can meet face to face, like free roaming little skunks, flying dogs and a snake with two heads. The park is opened 363 days a year, it is only closed on Christmass day and Newsyears day. There are demonstrations with constrictors, tarantula’s and on busy days with birds of prey. The price for an adult is 10.50 euro’s and allows you to enter the park at 10 am untill 6 pm. There is also a cafeteria where you can get snacks and drinks. For the…
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