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Arthur’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted on December 31st 2005 by Arthur in Personal

Just in time before the end of the year, here is my personal best and worst of 2005. More »

Woodstock, set of Groundhog Day

Posted on December 30th 2005 by Arthur in Illinois, Pop culture, Travel
See my other posts about Groundhog Day in Woodstock:

Today we visited Woodstock, IL, to see the set of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day (1993), featuring Bill Murray. Groundhog Day was filmed here 13 years ago, but everything still looks just as in the movie. You can retrace Bill Murray’s footsteps from Ned’s Corner to Tip Top Bistro to the place where he stepped into the puddle, then across the street toward Gobbler’s Knob in Square Park. More »

Amy’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted on December 28th 2005 by Amy in Personal

Here’s my very personal Best and Worst of 2005. More »

Steaming flood in Rotterdam

Posted on December 24th 2005 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

In Rotterdam today a subterranean shopping area flooded with 600 cubic meters of boiling water from bursted pipes. Six people were brought to the hospital for second and third degree burns on their feet. Here are some photos. More »

Dolphin stranding at Oostvoornsemeer

Posted on December 22nd 2005 by Arthur in Leiden, Life in Holland, Nature, News

This week a White-beaked dolphin stranded in the Oostvoornsemeer, a lake south-west of Rotterdam here in the Netherlands. It is a very popular spot for diving schools, and it is where we finished our PADI Open Water Diver course this summer. Two bird-watchers spotted the dolphin and called the Eerste Hulp Bij Zeezoogdieren (EHBZ), or First Aid for Sea Mammals, who think the dolphin swam into the Rotterdam harbor last weekend during a storm. More »

Sudoku madness

Posted on December 22nd 2005 by Arthur in Pop culture

Do you know what the number 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 stands for? It’s the number of possible (9 by 9) Sudoku grids, as calculated by Bertram Felgenhauer. Since we saw so many Sudoku books on our last trip to London, and Amy started doing the puzzles on her way to work, I decided to pick up a small book of Sudoku puzzles myself. This was only last week and already I am hooked; it’s incredible how addicting these puzzles are, and how quickly I am longing for new and more complicated ones. More »

Smoking bans in Europe

Posted on December 21st 2005 by Amy in Life in Holland, News

Last week, the Spanish Parliament voted to implement a smoking ban in public places such as restaurants and work places. The ban will go into effect on New Year’s Day. More »

The Best of 2005

Posted on December 19th 2005 by Arthur in Pop culture, Science & technology

This is the time of year when magazines and websites publish ‘Best of 2005 …’ lists. Here is a list of some of the best news stories, books, movies, music, and gadgets of 2005. More »

Driverless robot buses crash, Part 2

Posted on December 17th 2005 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News, Science & technology

The crash between two driverless robot buses in Rotterdam on Tuesday 6 December was caused by a human error, reports Connexxion. More »

Parking problems

Posted on December 14th 2005 by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland

Imagine, if you will, an extremely popular parking lot. This parking lot is so in-demand that, when every single space is filled, people cram their vehicles in the tiny areas between the legitimate spots. People leave their vehicles in the middle of aisles, brazenly blocking the exit path of others. Vehicles are left in a rush, allowed to crash on their sides and obstruct walkways. More »