HF - Jan-Feb 2012 (Vol 7 No 1)

Holland Focus January-February 2012


Born in Sydney, Australian show jumper Edwina Alexander, living in the Netherlands since 1998, has been the highest ranking female show jumping rider in the world since the end of 2009. Read more about Edwina and her successes in this interview.

Column by Jacob van Splunter in which he writes about his experiences and impressions gained during his many travels as journalist.
In this issue's article Jacob reflects on the ups and downs of the past year.

Verbeeldingen van Ambachten
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 Mandenmaaker" (Mandenvlechter, basket weaver).

Kaaskoppen - a glance at the current Netherlands
Yolanda's regular column about actual affairs that keep the Nederlanders busy. This article, subtitled "The perfect example?", questions whether high profile managers and parliamentarians should be taken serious in their perceived "examplary role".

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs.
In this issue's article titled "Stille Nacht!", Frans explores the origin of this world famous Christmas carol.

An 'us-versus-them' workplace is just bad business.
The Qantas dispute elicited many public comments. Klaas Woldring, retired Associate Professor at Southern Cross University and honorary secretary of the Australian Employee Ownership Association, argues that it is high time that we investigate better ways of managing relations between employers and employees. There are better ways.

Jan Weijdt
Each issue a different title. Jan writes about virtually anything: interesting places in the Netherland to visit ranging from modern museums to historical towns; background to current affairs and social issues, to name a few.
This issue is about "Yerseke" - fishery village, famous for top quality mussels and oysters.

What is What
In each issue of Holland Focus Chris Lampe gives a description of something that is very popular with the Dutch. Readers who know the answer to the question related to this topic are invited to send it in and go into a prize draw. This issues correct answers go in the draw for the book "Counterpoint" by Dutch novelist Anna Enquist.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren continues to look at some of the contributions from the low countries to the London Film Festival: Het Geheim, Last Winter, Hors Satan, Film Socialisme and The Human Centipede 2.

What else. . .
Besides our ‘regular’ contributors (Marcia, Edo, Johan, Erik, Henny), this issue is packed again with many other interesting articles, e.g. Why learn Dutch; Amterdam Connecting; Vrouwelijke kunstenaars in de 19e eeuw; profiles from special people in the community; Book Reviews; Community & Club news; Dutch Cuisine; Childrens pages; etc. etc.

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