Top 10 Funny Dutch Place Names

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Top Lists, Travel

There are over 7,000 different towns in the Netherlands and some of them have very funny names. Here are some of my favorite ones (in random order). More »

January 27th 2006 | 7:30 am CET | 3 Comments »

It is final: Disney buys Pixar

Posted by Arthur in Disney, Leiden, Movies, News, Pop culture

After a lot of rumours it is now official that Disney acquires Pixar for $7.4 billion. I think this is a great deal for both companies. I was disappointed a few years ago when Michael Eisner let go of Disney’s contract with Pixar, but now it looks like Disney will continue to distribute Pixar’s films as it has for the last 12 years. More »

January 25th 2006 | 1:11 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Bats in the Netherlands

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature, News

I think bats are very cool. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen one here since I moved to Holland seven years ago. According to (“the network for information about bats in the Netherlands”), 21 different bat species have been seen in the Netherlands. More »

January 23rd 2006 | 7:15 pm CET | 6 Comments »

Rickshaw drivers guide at India bird sanctuaryexternal link

Posted by Arthur in Nature, Travel

Over 300 species of birds can be found in the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, India. As no motorized transport is allowed in the park, tourists who don’t wish to walk or cycle themselves can opt for a cycle rickshaw. More »

January 23rd 2006 | 3:02 pm CET | No Comments »

Hidden security tags in Old Navy jeans

Posted by Arthur in Life in America, Shopping & Stuff

Yesterday when leaving the Praxis DIY store, their security alarm went off, so they asked me to empty my pockets, and take off my jacket, shoes and belt. But the thing kept beeping. After ten minutes of walking back and forth through the damn security gate and showing them over and over again that my pockets were all empty, they decided to let me go, probably thinking I swallowed a tool from their store or something. Back home I discovered a hidden sewn-in (!) security tag in my new Old Navy jeans. More »

January 22nd 2006 | 6:41 pm CET | 184 Comments »

The two types of soda bottle cap rings

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Shopping & Stuff

Speaking of soda bottles, I have never understood why there are some plastic soda bottles (especially here in Europe; I have never seen them in the U.S.) that have caps with rings that do not come off. The half-stuck rings are sharp, always in the way and they are just plain annoying. Check out these comparison pictures. More »

January 22nd 2006 | 4:58 pm CET | 3 Comments »

Coke screws environment for better market share

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

At the end of this month, Coca-Cola in the Netherlands will offer their products in a new type of bottle. Currently PET bottles are used, and then recycled to be used again by various bottling plants. The new bottle is meant for one-time use only. The bottles will have a deposit on them; after being returned to grocery stores the bottles will be recycled. Material from the recycled bottles will be used to make new PET bottles or other plastic products. More »

January 19th 2006 | 12:30 pm CET | 3 Comments »

Me and Imelda Marcos

Posted by Amy in Personal, Shopping & Stuff

My dad always teases me when I buy a new pair of shoes. He calls me “Imelda”, after Imelda Marcos, former first lady and political figure of the Philippines. She is probably best remembered for her vast collection of shoes. Did you know that in 2003 director Ramona S. Diaz made the documentary Imelda, about the footwear fancier? More »

January 18th 2006 | 8:02 pm CET | No Comments »

Pre-opening Mount Everest at Animal Kingdom

Posted by Arthur in Disney, Pop culture

This week the new Mount Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida pre-opens for cast members. Disney also launched a new website for the attraction: More »

January 18th 2006 | 9:38 am CET | 2 Comments »

Google: “We’re sorry, but this video is not available in your country”

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Pop culture, Television

This week’s newly launched Google Video Store has been very badly received by the press and the blogosphere (“So far it’s just a really crap web site,” writes The Register‘s Ashley Vance). Personally I am very disappointed that the TV shows available in the new video store (CSI, Survivor, Star Trek, to name a few) are not available outside the United States. More »

January 12th 2006 | 11:24 pm CET | 1 Comment »