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 »

Dutch cars will get emission stickers

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

Dutch cars will get a sticker that says how much they pollute. Towns will be able to use this information to change their parking policies; dirtier cars will pay more. More »

February 24th 2006 | 12:16 am CET | No Comments »

Fancy Coca-Cola bottles cost 40% more

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

Three weeks after Coca-Cola introduced new bottles here in the Netherlands, the soft drink giant raised prices of bottles this week with 40%, while many consumers have complained about the flimsiness of the new one-time-use bottles. More »

February 23rd 2006 | 10:06 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Bike faster than car in Rotterdam

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland

Last Saturday a team of bicyclers were able to cross the city of Rotterdam faster than an auto making the same journey. A group of travelers using public transport also participated; they came in last. The teams traveled the city from west to east and the bikers arrived at the finish two minutes faster than the car. The team using public transport arrived about a half hour later. More »

February 21st 2006 | 12:30 pm CET | No Comments »

Historic center of Werne in Germany

Posted by Arthur in Travel

Yesterday we visited our friends Mike and Tina in the small town of Werne in the Münsterland area in Germany, where we had a nice tour of the historic center. More »

February 19th 2006 | 6:45 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Bunkers bring bats to Dutch park

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

This year the Dutch organization for mammal study and protection (VZZ) placed twelve ‘bunkers’ in the natural area Slot Haamstede in the province Zeeland to provide winter shelters for bats. Five bunkers which were placed there earlier are now filled with dozens of bats. The twelve new bat shelters also have some new residents overwintering there, and the VZZ expects the number of bats in all of the bunkers to increase in coming years. In total there are 45 bat shelters at Slot Haamstede, and 26 are hosting bats this winter. More »

February 17th 2006 | 9:00 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Fuss about opening times in Leiden

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

Shopkeepers outside the center of Leiden protested against a city plan to allow shops in all of Leiden to open their stores to customers on Sundays. Until now this was only allowed in the city center. More »

February 16th 2006 | 7:08 am CET | 2 Comments »

News agencies upset about

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, News, Science & technology

Three years after the start of the U.S.-oriented, Google launched a Dutch version of their news portal on 26 January. Surprisingly, this has upset Dutch newspapers, who believe that Google should have asked them for permission to index their articles. More »

February 13th 2006 | 7:50 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Rembrandt-themed ice sculptures in Leiden

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Travel

Today we visited the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival here in Leiden. The theme is the artist Rembrandt van Rijn. In 2006 Leiden celebrates the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt’s birth with different museum exhibits, festival events and other special expositions. The Ice Sculpture Festival features statues and scenes made of ice and snow, taken from the painter’s works and life. More »

February 12th 2006 | 4:40 pm CET | 1 Comment »

There’s nothing on earth like a genuine, bona fide, electrified, six-car monorail

Posted by Arthur in News, Science & technology

Last week science fiction writer Ray Bradbury challenged the city of Los Angeles to build monorails to relieve the congested freeways; sometime in the next five years, he wrote, all traffic across L.A. will freeze. More »

February 12th 2006 | 12:28 am CET | No Comments »