Tag Archives: Life in Holland

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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Expat Eurovison dilemma plus scandal, history, Douwe Bob and the UK entry

European expat dilemma: which country to vote for? Trijntje Oosterhuis caused controversy with her costume in 2015. Plus the 2015 and 2016 entries for the Netherlands and UK. Continue reading

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Bevrijdingsdag: freedom festivals, fun facts, 2015 fluff-ups

Dutch remembrance day (Dodenherdenking) and Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) are taken seriously here and fully celebrated. Here are some fun facts, things that went wrong in 2016 and a couple of the special cartoons commissioned for the occasion, reflecting on freedom, war, refugees and what it all means today. Continue reading

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Why visit the Keukenhof, even if you don’t like flowers

The obvious reason to visit the Keukenhof is to look at the beautiful flowers, but what if you don’t like flowers? There are plenty of other reasons. Continue reading

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A Dutch monkey miscellany: music, morality and urban legends

Music-making monkeys, learning Dutch with monkeys, monkey morality, urban legends and monkey exploitation. All rounded off with a delicious monkey bread. Continue reading

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How many eggs make an egg? Palmpasen and Palm Sunday

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Children in parts of the Netherlands and Germany decorate sticks on Palm Sunday. Sometimes these are taken in a parade or donated to homes. I investigate the symbolism. Continue reading

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