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HF - May-June 2010 (Vol 5 No 3)

Holland Focus May-Jun 2010"Stad Amsterdam" in Australia
On February 23 the tall ship Stad Amsterdam sailed into the harbour of Williamstown, welcomed with the firing of two authentic cannons. The large clipper left London on September 1, 2009 to follow the route of Charles Darwin and the Beagle.

Kaas Koppen
A glance at the current Netherlands by Yolanda Edens:
a new phenomenon The Silent March, which originally started as a statement of grief and anger against an act of useless violence for someone who stood up for someone else and then had to pay for this with his own life. However, lately these silent marches have gone a bit overboard.

Verbeeldingen van Ambachten
Our regular column by Frans Hertoghs analysing the poems and drawings by Jan Luyken (or Luiken).
Luyken lived in the second half of the "Golden Century" (17th century) and his work shows us the daily life of his time.
In this edition we look at "De Papiermaker" (the papermaker).

Frans Hertoghs' regular contributions (in Dutch) about public affairs in New Zealand. In this edition, the pros and cons of the government plans to mine thousands of hectares of National Parks to provide for employment and economic growth.

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs. This issue is about a particular part of Dutch language grammar: de aanvoegende wijs (subjunctive mood).

Bernheze, where castle and abbey meet
Jan Weijdt, again looks at yet another very interesting area in the centre of the southern part of the Netherlands, Brabant: Heeswijk-Dinther. Full of history and worth paying a visit on your next trip to the Netherlands. 

Who's Who
In each issue of Holland Focus Chris Lampe gives a description of a famous Dutch person. In this issue, however, Chris talks about a statue linked to WW II. Readers who know the answer are invited to send it in to go into a prize draw.This issue's prize is a DVD from Holland Heritage about "Overzetveren" (Dutch River Ferries) filmed by Menno Mennes.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue the movie Soeur Sourire from filmmaker Stijn Coninx.

Besides our ‘regulars’ (Marcia, Jacob, Pim, Edo, Johan, Erik), this issue is packed with many other interesting articles such as: Book Reviews, Community news, Crossword, Dutch Cuisine, etc. etc.

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