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Again a Randstad Rail Collision

Again a Randstad Rail Collision

I’ve hesitated a couple of months to share this photo with you, because it was taken by a friend who was inside the tram sitting just there where the white and blue tram rammed the red and yellow tram. Amazingly he was quick to jump away just in time, but an older lady who was just sitting in front of him was severely wounded by the accident. The strange thing is that there are no traffic rules as to which tram has right of way when two trams cross an intersection. My friend’s comment as to the support from instances is that there is not much coordination. A lot of people are running to the place of the accident, but when there are not many wounded or dead they just start hanging around and paying not much attention to the people inside the trams who albeit not wounded, still are shaky and maybe a bit traumatized….

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Kaboom – Pirates of the Dutch Canals

Reasonably big ships can reach almost every city of some importance in The Netherlands via its vast network of canals, even square rigged pirate ships.
In Haarlem a pirate ship passes a bridge in the railroad and hits the electricity cable of the train with its rig. Promptly it causes a real lightning and thunder.
I have an idea this recent You tube footage may get viral.

Obama: Truly Gezellig in The Hague

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Truly Gezellig in The Hague

I’ve seen some of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 here in The Hague and took a bit of video and some photo’s at the final press conference where Obama thanked the Dutch for a well organized summit and showed he knows a Dutch word “Gezellig” that many English speaking people claim is not so easy to translate….My idea is that the following English words give some meaning to gezellig: Cozy, snug and intimate cover it more or less.

After the press conference the president was induced to being photographed in front of the Victory Boogie Woogie, the latest and unfinished painting of Piet Mondrian, who died in New York before he could finish this painting. This painting is in the collection of the The Hague Municipal Museum of Modern Art (Gemeentemuseum).

Obama bij de Victory Boogie Woogie

Mandela on NSS 2014

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Mandela on NSS 2014

“Hi, oh you didn’t know I would attend?
Well that is quite easy, as I’m here for quite some time already.
And see look down my left hand…they have some girls around that seemingly like
to re enact that famous scene with Marilyn. You know which one I’m referring at, don’t you?

Dutch gouvernment was proud to announce this was a business meeting, so the wifes would stay home. That made it much cheaper for them to organise this venue. Once a Dutchman, always a Dutchman don’t you think? As a consequence I heard the escort services are havining great times tomorrow and Tuesday. And No the Dutch don’t offer any sign of shame on this. After all they invented the red light district, which is one of the main tourist attractions of Amsterdam. Even now whend they have closed shop for many ladies, because over the time they got a bit embarrassed and wanted to shrink the red light district.

For the Dutch it is easy to leave the wives home. Family is not that important anymore in this country. I also heard that they are getting rid of the caretakers of their old people. Also seniority is something that doesn’t count anymore in this country, but for sure they want to check your bin if you have a bit of radio active stuff you want to get rid of. They can use it, because in Petten the Dutch have a little outfit where they make radio active isotopes for medical use…can’t get rid of the process yet, as it is bringing too much profit…”

Do not Mix up Holland and The Netherlands

Do not Mix up Holland and The Netherlands

Do not Mix up Holland and The Netherlands

The video is around some time already, but clearly explains the difference between Holland and The Netherlands: The country is The Netherlands. The inhabitants are called Dutch because they speak Dutch. Holland is a name the country is frequently referred to erroneously. There are two provinces, North Holland and South Holland that are part of the Country (yes, called The Netherlands).