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Hunting, an unpopular sport

Posted on October 25th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

Boar-hunting season in the Netherlands officially began on 15 October. Besides wild boar, hunters in Holland may shoot hares and rabbits, pheasants, wood pigeons and mallard ducks. With this in mind the Dutch animal rights group Dierenbescherming requested statisticians from Blauw Research to survey the population on the subject of hunting. The group surveyed 1278 people. The result: 97% of Dutch residents disapprove of hunting as a sport. More »

This blog’s one-year anniversary

Posted on October 17th 2006 by Arthur in Personal

Today is exactly one year ago that we started this blog. We already had the domain since 1999, and had used it as a personal website, featuring our travel photo album and Disney Comics Worldwide, but it wasn’t until October 2005 that we thought of making it into a blog, so I looked into WordPress and launched the site on Monday 17 October, with an entry about bad food at Disneyland Paris. More »

Balloonist fined for disturbing birdsexternal link

Posted on October 7th 2006 by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature

A hot air balloonist who disturbed hundreds of breeding birds when flying too low over the Nieuwkoopse Plassen, here in the Netherlands, has been fined € 300 by a judge in the Hague. The 36-year-old man had started his flight in Woerden in June last year, and had accidentally drifted toward Schiphol Airport. To evade the airport the man changed his heading and flew just 25 meter over the nature reserve, where hundreds of birds were startled by the loud burner of the hot air balloon and flew away. The judge decided that the balloonist had not properly prepared the flight. More »

Updated photo album: 2006 yearbook

Posted on October 7th 2006 by Arthur in Personal, Photos

I have just updated our photo album and created the 2006 yearbook with photos of what we’ve done so far this year. More »

Problems with

Posted on October 6th 2006 by Arthur in Personal, Shopping & Stuff, Websites & Tools

In the last year I’ve had quite a few problems with Luckily I am not using their services anymore for quite a while, but I am still waiting to receive a refund, and they refuse to answer my emails. More »

New at IKEA: Bat-caves

Posted on October 6th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

The IKEA in Delft, here in the Netherlands, has recently expanded their store, doubling its size and destroying an important nesting habitat for bats. To provide shelter for the displaced bats, the city of Delft is funding the construction of a special bat-cave behind the IKEA store. More »