HF - Jan-Feb 2013 (Vol 8 No 1)

Holland Focus Jan-Feb 2013


Paola Westbeek investigates the "sweet history" of this thin, caramelly, mouthwatering cookie, so dearly missed by Dutch expats.

Profiel van  . . .
Jan and Val van de Giessen, welknown for their music performances as "Dutch Treat" on major events such as the Dutch Festival in Adelaide and the Tulip Festival in Melbourne. Read the article in our Jan-Feb 2013 issue.

Contribution from Jacob van Splunter. In this issue Jacob visited Rotorua, the geothermal region in New Zealand, where apart from it being a tourist attraction, geothermal energy is generated, supplying many households of clean volcanic power.

Interviews with ...

  • H.E Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Australia since 26 September 2012.
  • Ivan O'Mahoney, the man behind the television series Go Back To Where You Came From and Great Southern Land.

Partij voor de Dieren, 10 years on and how it all started
Article by Birgit Blankers about the first and only Party for Animals active in parliament and the people behind it.

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 Krijgsman" (militair, warrior).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
In this issue's article titled "Verschrikkelijke Taal": Frans looks at the (Dutch) words that, in their own context, have a frightening or negative meaning and yet, they are used to give a greater emphasis and emotion to a situation; e.g verschikkelijk mooi (awfully beatiful).

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 Middelburg, the capital of the province of Zeeland, receiving its city rights as early as 1217.

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 "The Detour" by Gerbtand Bakker.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews Our Children written by Thomas Bidegain and directed by Joachim Lafosse.

What else. . .
Besides our ‘regular’ contributors (Marcia, Edo's Crooke, Johan, Erik, Henny, Maria, Alieska), this issue is packed again with many other interesting articles, e.g. Amsterdam Connecting; Book Reviews; Community & Club news; Dutch Cuisine (Kroten slaatje met haring, traditionally served at New Year's Eve); Childrens pages; etc. etc.

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