HF - May-Jun 2014 (Vol 9 No 3)

Holland Focus May-June 2014


Kaas Koppen
Regular column by Yolanda Edens. This issue is about the affect of the closure of many aged care homes in the Netherlands due to changes in government funding: the unrest amongst the elders and their famalies, their move to another care home or back living on their own. 

Emperor Charles the Great revives in Nijmegen
This year Nijmengen celebrates Charles the Great Year. Yolanda Edens takes you on a historical tour and reveales the connection between Nijmegen and this first Emperor of western Europe. 

Beschuit, beyond breakfast
This issue is Paola Westbeek digs into the history of the very popular Dutch rusk. Also some mouthwatering suggestions should you want to try something other than the traditional toppings.

Ieper, and Flanders Fields
by Jan Weijdt. The charming town of Ieper (or Ypres) in the hills of the Flemish region Westbroek, was hard hit during the WWI in 1918. Jan takes you through the history of rebuilding the town and the facts and figures of the devastations of World War One. 

Giovanca, blending jazz, soul and pop
Ton van Rooij's interview with the lady who's amongst the biggest vocal talents the Netherlands has brought forth in recent years: Giovanca.

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 Bezembinder" (The broom binder).

Taals Taaltje
Regular contribution from Frans Hertoghs about typical Dutch language use and misuse.
This issue's article, titled "Duivels", is about words and expressions in the Dutch language in which the word "duivel" appears.

Frans Hertoghs observeert door middel van een aantal voorbeelden, de zorgeloze houding van Nieuw Zeeland ten aanzien van richtlijnen en voorzorgsmaatregelingen, zoals bouwvoorschriften, rampen, overstromingen, verzakkingen, klimaat, enz. 


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 DVD S

Dutch/Flemish movies
Regular column by Darren Arnold, reviewing films with a Dutch or Flemish connection.
In this issue Darren reviews GOLTIUS & the Pelican Company.

What else is in it . . .

Liberation Route Europe (by Ton van Rooij)
How New Netherlands became New York (by Tiffany Jansen)
Various Dutch ministerial visits to New Zealand
Retirement of Arie van de Wiel (Ambassador to NZ)
De Leesplank Kids (by Alieska)
Tegenvoeter (Ruud Hisgen)

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