HF - Sep-Oct 2010 (Vol 5 No 5)

Holland Focus Sep-Oct 2010"Voetbalgekte" over and done with
Although we did not wish to dwell on the disappointing second place of our oranje team in this issue, still some photos of the event that stopped the world.

Robbie Bast - wizard with the chainsaw
Profile of a self-taught sculptural artist living in the beautiful Yarra Valley (Victoria). Not only carving wood with the chainsaw, Robbie also got his hands on ice-carving as far as Alaska! But give him a heap of scrap metal and he'll turn it into anything you want.

Kaas Koppen
A glance at the current Netherlands by Yolanda Edens:
Usually there is a lack of news during the summer months. Not so for Yolanda, who has no problem filling a page with interesting good and bad news items.

Carrack ware - kraakporcelein
Interesting historical article extracted from the book "History of the Dutch in Malaysia" by Dennis de Wit.   

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 Musikant" (the musician).

Frans Hertoghs' regular contributions (in Dutch) about public affairs in New Zealand. In this edition, driving under the influence of alcohol in New Zealand and what the government is (not) doing about it.

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs. This issue is about "Engelsdoen", inwhich Frans discusses the influence a language has on our behaviour: Are we acting different when speaking English as to when speaking Dutch?

Commemoration of painter Jheronimus Bosch
Jan Weijdt visited the provincial capital of North Brabant, Den Bosch, the birthplace of the famous painter Jeroen Bosch. Each year until 2016 The Bosch Parade will be held to commemorate Den Bosch' most famous resident Jeroen Bosch, who died 500 years ago. 

Who's Who
In each issue of Holland Focus Chris Lampe gives a description of a famous Dutch person. In this issue, Chris talks about a famous book hero of whom various statues are located throughout the Netherlands. Readers who know the answers to the two questions related to this topic are invited to send it in and go into a prize draw.This issue's prize is the book "The Occupied Garden".

WIN! one of four DVDs of "Bride Flight"
How? Buy a copy of the September-October issues or become a subscriber and read the details on what to do on page 40.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue the movie The Karate Kid from Dutch-born director Harald Zwart.

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

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