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More Kingfishers in the Netherlandsexternal link

Posted on January 23rd 2007 by Arthur in Birds, Nature, News

Kingfishers in the Netherlands are doing exceptionally well due to the recent mild winters. In the Dutch language they are called ijsvogels, which means ice birds. Despite that name, the birds do not fare well in cold winters. More »

New Year’s dive cancelled

Posted on December 31st 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

For the first time in 39 years there will be no New Year’s dive in Scheveningen on New Year’s Day, here in the Netherlands. A combination of hard wind from the south west and high tide will cause strong currents and high waves that are too dangerous according to the fire department, police, lifeguards, health services and the local government. The event started in 1965 and draws between 7,000 and 10,000 cold-seeking participants every year. More »

New bird species discovered in Indiaexternal link

Posted on September 12th 2006 by Arthur in Birds, Nature, News

A new bird species has been discovered in a remote forest in northeastern India, conservationists announced today. The strikingly multi-colored bird has been named Bugun Liocichla and it is the first new bird species discovered in India in more than half a century. More »

Heatwave strikes NL with hottest July ever

Posted on July 24th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature, News, Weather

The Dutch national weather agency (KNMI) has already announced that July 2006 will go down in the record books as the hottest month ever. It has been so hot that the announcement was made more than a week before the end of the month. More »

Survivor: Exile Space Station

Posted on July 15th 2006 by Arthur in Funny, News, Science & technology, Space, Television

Nine days … seven astronauts … ONE space station. For ten days millions across the globe have followed the adventures of Stephanie, Mike, Steve, Piers, Mark, Thomas and Lisa … as NASA TV brought us 24/7 live images from cameras inside and outside the International Space Station. More »

‘google’ (goo-gul) tr. v.

Posted on July 7th 2006 by Arthur in News, Websites & Tools

Just five years after its first known public reference as a verb in a New York Post article, the word “google” earned an entry among the 165,000 terms in the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. The definition: to use the Google search engine to obtain information about (as a person) on the World Wide Web More »

Shopping for dates

Posted on June 28th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, News, Shopping & Stuff

The Almere-Buiten branch of the Dutch supermarket “Plus” has introduced special shopping baskets for single customers. Shoppers who use a purple shopping basket are indicating to other shoppers that they are available. More »

World Cup Aftermath = Mass Exodus

Posted on June 27th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, News, Pop culture, Travel

One of the headlines in today’s paper read “Exodus na WK-Verlies” (Exodus after World Cup Loss). Since Holland’s loss to Portugal Sunday night, Dutch soccer fans (almost everyone) can forget about following the World Cup and finally move on to more important things: VACATION! More »

Wuppie extremists steal mega wups from cars

Posted on June 21st 2006 by Arthur in Funny, Life in Holland, News, Pop culture

For the Soccer World Cup in Germany this month, Dutch grocer Albert Heijn has started an immensely popular ‘wuppie’ campaign; for every €15 spent at the grocery store you get a small red, white, blue or orange wuppie, a small woolly ball with two eyes, feet and antennas. Each wuppie comes with a saving stamp, and with three stamps and an additional €2.49 you can buy a large wuppie. Albert Heijn had 700,000 so-called ‘mega wuppies’ made in China, but most of those have already sold. Now customers are fighting for the last remaining mega wuppies. One wuppie has already sold online for €100 and there have been reports of wuppies being stolen from cars! More »

Campaigns against proposed highway past the country’s oldest nature reserve

Posted on June 10th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

On June 30th the Dutch government will decide on a new road connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol airport and Almere. It is Transport Minister Peijs’ preferred option for beating the congestion in the area. Many are against this plan, as the new tunnel and highway will go very close near the oldest nature reserve of the Netherlands, the Naardermeer. More »