HF - Mar-Apr 2013 (Vol 8 No 2)

Holland Focus Mar-Apr 2013


Royal Dutch succession
Events in the Netherlands, by Erik Feenstra, is dominated by the announcement of Queen Beatrix' abdication.

Holland's flower obsession
It is not only the curvaceous tulip, brought to Holland from Turkey during the sixteenth century. More than 60% of world trade in cut flowers and plants is done through Dutch auctions. Read the article by Tiffany Jansen about The Dutch and their Bloemen.

Contribution from Jacob van Splunter. In this issue Jacob visited Fire Station Inn in Adelaide, and raves about the jewel in the crown of this building: The Fire Engine Suite.

Profiel van ...
Anneke Jeuken, former CEO of Dutch Aged Care NAASA, by Johan de Rooy.

Maastunnel, bike and pedestrian connection between north and south
Article by Gerard Heijdacker, reflecting on the steep and dangerous-looking escalators of the Maastunnel, ironically completed during WW II, partly in collaboration with the Germans..

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 Lym maaker" (lijmmaker, glue maker).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
In this issue's article titled "Duimen in een voet": the ongoing influence of imperialism in nowadays world of metric standards.

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 De Biesbosch and Kinderdijk, the natural beauty of wetlands and polders.

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 "De verbouwing" by Saskia Noort.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews Rundskop (or Bullhead) by director Michael R Roaskam.

What else. . .

Opening Anne Frank Traveling Exhibition Australia

100 years Marten Toonder by Birgit Blankers

Stepping in Vincent van Gogh's foorsteps in Nuenen by Ton van Rooij

And of course our ‘regular’ contributors (Marcia, Edo's Crooke, Johan, Erik, Henny, Maria, Alieska), this issue is packed again with many other interesting articles, including Book Reviews, Community & Club news, etc. etc.

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