HF - Jan-Feb 2014 (Vol 9 No 1)

Holland Focus Jan-Feb 2014


Contribution from Jacob van Splunter. In this issue Jacob reflects on the spying habits of both east and west. Wistleblowers and spying on friendly heads of states remind us of George Orwell’s “1984”; Big brother is watching you.

Kaas Koppen
Regular column by Yolanda Edens. This issue, entitled "Sinterklaas Storms", is about the heated debate on the part of “Zwarte Piet” as the traditional helper of Sinterklaas.

Zwarte Pieten game about Zwarte Piet
Yolanda did some research into the introduction of Zwarte Piet as the helper of Sinterklaas.

Dutch culinary heritage in the forgotten colony
Paola Westbeek's favourite topic: anything about Dutch food! This article takes us back to the arrival of the Dutch in New Netherland in 1624, spreading out over the areas of the Hudson, Connecticut and Delaware, leaving their marks for centuries to come in language, ideals for freedom and food.

Never far from the sea
Anabright Hay travelled to Port Chalmers, near Dunedin (South Island, New Zealand) where she met up with Hanz and Pip, the proud owners/operators of the local pub “The Portsider”. 

Australians living in the Netherlands
Catriona Black talks to two Australian women living in Santpoort-Noord, what brought them there, how they met and the challenges of their move across the world.

Comedian Philippe Geubels
Our correspondent Ton van Rooij writes about one of today’s most popular Dutch-speaking stand-up comedians around.

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 Balansmaker" (Balance maker).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
In this issue's article titled "Wàw!", over het ontstaan van woorden door klanknabootsing.

Frans Hertoghs belicht een actueel onderwerp waar de bevolking van Nieuw Zeeland sterk bij betrokken is. In deze aflevering gaat het over de Kea, de enige bergpapagaai ter wereld, en het spoor van vernielzucht dat deze vogels achterlaten.

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(s) to the question(s) 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 CDset André Rieu celebrates ABBA.

Dutch/Flemish movies
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews VIOLETTE.

What is What: CDset André Rieu celebrates ABBA
How to win? Read the January-February 2014 edition for more details 

What else is in it . . .

Profiel van . . . Gerard Driessen
Keukenhof and Rijksmuseum, two Dutch icons tighten relations
Wim Kok, top democrat, diplomat and former Premier, visiting Australia. 
Eye and Ear witness account of the concert performance of the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest, by Amerentia van Lammeren-Kooij
Interview with Consul-General Drs Willem Cosijn
Uiver celebrations in Albury


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

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