HF - Sept-Oct 2008 (Vol 3 No 5)
Holland Focus Sept-Oct 2008Fryslân Boppe!
A series of articles about a unique part of The Netherlands, the province of Fryslân (Frisian Land) by Henk-Jan De Meer.
In this edition: "Frisian Balloon Festivities", held from 23-27 July in Joure.

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 Peerelgaater" (de parelboorder / The Pearl Driller).

Frans Hertoghs' regular contributions (in Dutch) about public affairs in New Zealand. Read the English versions here on our website.

crookeA comic strip story, created and illustrated by Edo Fuijkschot.
Follow the adventures of Dutch conman Frank Crooke when he staggers from the wreckage of HMS Descent on to the remote west coast of Australia 200 years ago.

As Edo is on holidays there is no new episode for September-October.


Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay channel deepening
Interview with Frans Uelman from Boskalis about the controversies and challenges that started when the Dutch dredge "The Queen of the Netherlands" entered the bay.
A project that takes 2 years to complete and which took 3 years of preparation.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue the movie Ben X (say it quickly in Dutch: ben niks) is being reviewed.

Snoepje van de week (Treat of the week)
Remember Piet de Gruyter? Read about the rise and fall of this grocery family.

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