HF - Sep-Oct 2012 (Vol 7 No 5)

Holland Focus Sept-Oct 2012


Floriade 2012 in Venlo
Birgit Blankers recalls her day at the world's biggest horticultural event, with contributions of 39 foreign countries.

Witlof in Australia
Interview with George van Graas of Jet Fresh Witlof, Toolangi, Vic. How it all began . .

Profiel van  . . .
Tamme Visser, from panel beating to bakery.

Unfortunately, no contribution from Jacob van Splunter.

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 Chirurgyn" (heelmeester, surgeon).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
In this issue's article titled "De twaalf namen": Frans looks at the origin of the names of the capital cities of the twelve provinces.

Kaaskoppen - a glance at the current Netherlands
Yolanda's regular column about actual affairs that keep the Nederlanders busy. This article, subtitled "mortgage interest deduction and increase of GST", questions whether the new government, after the September 12 elections, will realise the plans of the current government.

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 Paleis Het Loo, where Royals feel at home, built by none other than Willem III van Oranje, King of England and Stadtholder of the United provinces of the Netherlands.

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 DVD "Bride Flight".

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews vampire tale Daughters of Darkness by Harry Kuemel, a native of Antwerp.

What else. . .
Besides our ‘regular’ contributors (Marcia, Edo, Johan, Erik, Henny, Maria), this issue is packed again with many other interesting articles, e.g. Amsterdam Connecting; Book Reviews; Community & Club news; Dutch Cuisine (you guessed it: Witlof is one of the recipes); Childrens pages; etc. etc.

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