Category Archives: random research

The Kaiser Wilhelm II and Audrey Hepburn connection: Kaiser Bill in the Netherlands

Social history fascinates me, but my knowledge is extremely patchy and I’m not very good at remembering particulars. Nevertheless, sometimes I am astounded by something I discover and this was one of those occasions. Did you know that Wilhelm II, … Continue reading

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Dutch wall art: a mystery solved

Solving the mystery of Dutch wall art in Wijchen. Who made those birds and when? Continue reading

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Dutch wall art in Wijchen: a detective story

Local wall art on private houses sent me on a detective journey through the story of Dutch public and private art of the post-war recovery period (wederopbouw). Sparked by a chance thought, I followed the trail of wandkunst, gevelkunst, bas … Continue reading

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Monkey puzzles – of brass monkeys and monkey wrenches

Looking into the origins of the phrase ‘brass monkeys’, I discover numerous nautical connections and monkey references galore. Tales of monkeys and Dutch disco. Continue reading

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