In the spirit of refueling, I downloaded an app with Dutch news from different media. And right away an article in Elsevier caught my eye.
It’s about a Muslim school in the town of Zaandam, that sued four parents of former students for slander and libel. Continue reading
Posted in Media, Society
Tagged America, conspiracies, defamation, europe, Fethullah Gulen, libel, lies, media, Netherlands, opinion, slander, terrorist schools, terroristenschool, Trump, Zaandam
Vagabond Urges wrote in yesterday’s post, The Secret to Europe, about greetings in Paris shops. He observed that when a customer comes in, he or she greets the person behind the counter. Who then reciprocates and things go on from there. If you don’t start off with a greeting, you get the cold shoulder. As an American, he had to get used to that.
So I started thinking about different greetings. Continue reading
In a reply to a comment by Onno on one of my posts about Zwarte Piet, I mentioned that the Netherlands is still in the Stone Age when it comes to racial sensitivity. Onno responded by pointing to Ferguson. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, Police, Society
Tagged black pete, Ferguson, Netherlands, opinie, opinion, police brutality, racism, racisme, Zwarte Piet
Okay, one more repost, because I’ve had so many hits on the last one. Clearly there’s an interest and the post below is one that gets skipped a lot, it seems.
After this I’m stopping with the Zwarte Piet issue, at least for this year. I think.
Posted in Holland, Society
Tagged black pete, discriminatie, Netherlands, opinie, opinion, Piet moet blijven, racism, racisme, Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet
Its that time of year again in the Netherlands: Sinterklaas is coming. From what I gather over here in Texas, for now, the people who want to keep Zwarte Piet black have won.
There’s no point to me saying everything I already said at length last year, but for those of you who missed it then, here’s one of the posts I wrote about the issue below. Or, if you want, you can start at the beginning. And if you’re one of those who say I have no right to say anything because I’m an outsider, I have dedicated my last post in the series especially to you.
So here goes:
Posted in Holland, Society
Tagged black pete, black peter, holidays, Netherlands, opinie, opinion, pro-Black Peter arguments, pro-zwarte piet argumenten, racism, racisme, Saint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Zwarte Piet
I think it’s time for a sequel to my post Rated R, where I literally translated some Dutch swear words and phrases into English. So here are several words I used when I was a kid in the early seventies. They’re not as R-rated as the first post. I found these “retro swear words” on this site. Continue reading
Posted in Language
Tagged Dutch swear words, history, humor, language, Nederland, Netherlands, samenleving, society, taal, translation, vloeken
Image: Jan Breughel the elder: Orpheus in the Underworld
The tinkering with time and events, which I addressed in the previous post, leads us to what Mulisch calls “time eternal;” the elements in his writing which put the historical events into a larger, more timeless perspective. Continue reading
Posted in Books, World War Two
Tagged analyse, analysis, books, De Aanslag, Harry Mulisch, history, literature, literatuur, mythology, Netherlands, The Assault, World War Two, WWII