Profits in outer space

Posted by Arthur in Science & technology, Space

CNN’s Business 2.0 has a great story about the future of private space ventures and the incredible multi-billion dollar opportunities that lie ahead. More »

March 2nd 2006 | 11:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Giant squid on display in London’s NHM

Posted by Arthur in Museums, Nature, News

A giant squid of 8.62m (28ft), nicknamed Archie after its Latin name Architeuthis dux, is on display at the Darwin Centre of London’s Natural History Museum. It is one of the biggest and most complete giant squids every found! More »

March 1st 2006 | 11:12 pm CET | No Comments »

Belgians profit from new Dutch Coca-Cola bottles

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, News, Shopping & Stuff

Since Coca-Cola introduced new types of bottles in the Netherlands they are now the same as those in Belgium. However, the Coca-Cola Company bottles here have a deposit of €0.25, but that is not the case in Belgium. Since the introduction Belgians have been crossing the border en masse to turn in their non-deposit bottles at supermarkets for €0.25 each. More »

February 28th 2006 | 7:21 pm CET | No Comments »

Jump rope record broken in Etten-Leur

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

Today, in the Dutch town of Etten-Leur, the world record of the largest number of people to jump rope simultaneously was broken. The original British record from 2004 of 2,350 people was broken today with a new total of 3,426. More »

February 27th 2006 | 9:39 pm CET | 1 Comment »

World population passed 6.5 billion today

Posted by Arthur in Nature, News

This morning at 1:16am CET, Earth’s population hit 6.5 billion people. The next benchmark will be six years from now; the Earth will be home to 7 billion people on 18 October 2012. More »

February 26th 2006 | 9:41 pm CET | No Comments »

Disney breaks up with eBay

Posted by Arthur in Disney, Shopping & Stuff, Websites & Tools

After several years Disney has stopped offering their merchandise on eBay and has started their own auctions site. This move will enable Disney do more brand cross-promotions, as well as cross-link to other Disney websites. More »

February 25th 2006 | 11:24 pm CET | No Comments »

Huge billboard to be erected by Leiden train station

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Travel

On Thursday the city of Leiden began placing a huge billboard near the Centraal Station. When complete, the billboard will be 1100 square meters in size. The board will promote cultural events in Leiden, with the image of a huge bookshelf holding books with titles related to themes such as the celebration of Rembrandt’s 400th birthday this year. Leiden’s museums and landmark buildings will also be featured. The billboard will be located between the train station and the center of the city, so visitors will see it as soon as they arrive in the city. More »

February 25th 2006 | 12:30 pm CET | 1 Comment »

National Archives available on Google Video

Posted by Arthur in Science & technology

Today the United States National Archives and Google have launched a pilot program to make the National Archives available for free online through Google Video. The non-exclusive agreement will enable researchers and the general public to access a diverse collection of historic movies, documentaries and other films. More »

February 24th 2006 | 11:34 pm CET | No Comments »

Blind visitors to feel ice sculptures in Leiden

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland

The Rembrandt-themed Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival, an attraction in Leiden since December, has been a huge success. Nearly a quarter million people have seen the ice statues so far. The festival will close this Sunday at 6pm. At 5:30pm a group of blind and legally blind persons will be able to feel the sculptures. During the run of the festival, touching the sculptures by the public was not allowed. More »

February 24th 2006 | 9:38 pm CET | No Comments »

Pet Chickens Tossed Into Petting Zoos, Farmsexternal link

Posted by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch bird hobbyists, who keep chickens, geese and ducks as pets, are giving their birds to local petting zoos and children’s farms out of fear of bird flu. At farms and petting zoos in cities like the Hague, Apeldoorn and Leideschendam, the pet birds have been tossed into the yard by their owners!

February 24th 2006 | 12:08 pm CET | No Comments »