HF - Sep-Oct 2013 (Vol 8 No 5)

Holland Focus Sep-Oct 2013


Fulfilling a Dream
Interview with the captain of sailing ship Oosterschelde, Gerben Nab. The Oosterchelde, Europa and Tecla started a round the world trip in 2012 following the footprints of the grand Dutch explorers Abel Tasman, Van Diemen and Cornelis de Houtman.

Kaas Koppen
Regular column by Yolanda Edens. This issue, entitled "Komkommertijd", Yolanda notices from the type of news items that reach the headlines, there isn't much to write about.

The rich history of water in De Wieden
Yolanda's discovery tour through a landscape abounding in water, leading along the historic tracks of turf cutters, vaarboer, decoyer and reed cutter.

Ans Markus brings human emotions to the canvas
Ton van Rooij visited Dutch painter Ans Markus at her studio in Old-Amsterdam.

Contribution from Jacob van Splunter. In this issue Jacob notices that it is getting harder and harder for politicians to stay on the political throne. Comparing the 541 days long government formation in Belgium with the ease of changing premier in Australia (without election). 

Hard work is the road to succes
Interview/ story about Andre Agterhuis who migrated to Australia in 1954 with his parents. Being a farmhand and engineering assistant after finishing high school, Andre completed his 4 years engineering study through night classes (working during the day and 4 nights per week at school) and eventually started his own contracting business, Roadcon, which resulted in the creation of many residential developments in Balarat: Canadian Lakes, Miners Rest, Buninyong, Alfredton, Mt Helen. 

Profiel van ...
Suzanne Velzeboer . . . geinterviewed door Johan de Rooy. Ook in deze editie een profiel van Johan en Annie zelf, door hun dochter Sarah geschreven naar aanleiding van hun 60 jarig huwelijk. 

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 Vaarboommaker" (Punt Pole maker).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
In this issue's article titled "Woordgeslacht", the logic of dividing words in male, female or neither is not as straightforward as one may think.

Kiwikorrels - ... en de aarde beefde
Frans Hertoghs belicht een actueel onderwerp waar de bevolking van Nieuw Zeeland sterk bij betrokken is. In deze aflevering gaat het over de immer aanwezige dreiging van aardbevingen.

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 50 years in the promised land.

Dutch/Flemish cinema
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews SINT, starring Huub Stapel as Niklas, a former bishop in 1492. Most definitely not a family film, but for adults who are in the mood for a horror film, it is a heap of fun. Directed by Dick Maas.

What is What: 50 years in the promised land
LEKKER bike - ends 31 August 2013
How to win? Read the September-October edition for more details 

What else is in it . . .

A culinary Golden Age for One and All?
Blurring the lines between past and present
Netherlands' Navy celebrates 525th anniversary - Marina Dagen and Sail 2013 in Den Helder
Celebrating 200 year Kingdom - 200 jaar koninkrijk 

And of course our ‘regular’ contributors (Johan, Alieska, Paola, Frans, Tiffany, Birgit), this issue is packed again with many other interesting articles, including Book Reviews, Community & Club news, etc. etc.

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