Interview with Australian Ambassador Brett Mason by if then is now

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Walter van van Teeffelen recently interviewed Australian Ambassador to The Netherlands Brett Mason and published an interesting article on “if then is now”.  The following extract and photo above have been republished with permission and I encourage you to visit the link below for the full article and more photos….

The Australian Embassy is located on the Carnegielaan, behind the Peace Palace.  Ambassador Brett Mason and Indra McCormick, Deputy Head of the Australian Mission, receive me in the Ambassador’s office.  I have not yet sat down before I am taken to look at a large world map behind the Ambassador’s desk.

“On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog landed here just off the west coast of Australia,” says Brett Mason.  He points at the map. “Almost 400 hundred years ago.  His ship was called de Eendracht.  In total, there were six ships.  In January 1616 they departed from Texel.  They followed the advice of Hendrik Brouwer, also a VOC Captain, who advised them to follow the eastern currents past Cape Good Hope in South Africa, and not to turn North-East toward India.  Hartog arrived at an uninhabited island near Shark Bay.  Later, this island was named Dirk Hartog Island.  It was a very dangerous area for ships; there were a lot of shallows and reefs, and cliffs further over on the mainland”. 

Read the full article on “if then is now”….

There is also a version of the same article in het Nederlands

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Losing Dutch nationality – Bob’s warning

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Bob, a member of the Dutch Australian community, emailed recently asking me to warn about the potential of dual nationals losing Dutch nationality if they do not extend their passport.  Here’s his dual-language warning!  Bob has lived in Australia but is now back in the Netherlands:

“….nu weer in Nederland, wil anderen graag waarschuwen, dat als je je paspoort niet verlengd je je Nederlandserschap zal verliezen! Ik werd weer Nederlander na jaren strijd met punaisepoetsers, maar nu opeens verklaart Den Haag dat mijn paspoort maar een residocument is en ik eigenlijk geen twee nationaliteiten mag hebben! Pas op!”

ZOU HET KUNNEN ZIJN DAT DE OVERHEID NIET VAN DUBBELZIJN HOUDT
COULD IT BE THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT LIKE DOUBLE TROUBLE

JE ZOU TOCH OPEENS NIET MEER NEDERLANDER ZIJN
ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU AINT WHAT YOU WERE

ZONDER DAT JE HET BESEFT HEB JE OPEENS JE NEDERLANDERSCHAP VERLOREN
WITHOUT REALISING IT YOU HAVE SUDDENLY LOST YOUR ORIGINAL CITIZENSHIP

WIE BESEFT DAT JE NA TIEN JAREN JE JE PASPOORT NIET MEER HOEFT TE VERLENGEN
WHO REALISES THAT AFTER TEN YEARS YOU WON’T NEED TO EXTEND YOUR PASPOORT

JE BENT JE PASPOORT KWIJT EN GEEN NEDERLANDER MEER!
YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BLOODY PASSPORT AND AINT A DUTCHY NO MORE!

HET STAAT ER WEL OP MAAR EEN PASPOORT IS MAAR EEN REISDOCUMENT, ZEGGEN ZE DAN
IT STATES SOMETHING BUT A PASSPORT IS MERELY A TRAVEL DOCUMENT, THEY’LL SAY

IK BEN EEN TWEELING; HEB TWEE NATIONALITEITEN; GEBOREN IN BATAVIA, OPGEGROEID IN SCHIEDAM EN GELUKKIG IN NARELLAN
I AM A TWIN; I HAVE TWO NATIONALITIES; BORN IN BATAVIA, BRED IN SCHIEDAM AND HAPPY IN NARELLAN

LAAT MIJ NOU GEWOON NEDERLANDS EN OOK AUSTRALIAN BLIJVEN, WANT DAT BEN IK NOU EENMAAL ~ MOEOEOEOEDER!!!
LET ME BE A DUTCH-AUSTRALIAN, BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I AM AND WANNA STAY  ~   MUM, HELP!

Thanks for sharing your experiences Bob!

Personally, I don’t have any experiences with this situation, but if you have, or you know where people can find out more, please comment below.

Renee

 

Useful website for strange missed calls in the Netherlands

I hate telemarketing with a passion.  In Australia, I used the “Do Not Call Register“:

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Now that I’m living in the Netherlands, I’m not sure if there is an equivalent, but rarely give out my number and thankfully don’t get many calls (yet).

* Update – thanks to Tim, who commented on this post on the Dutch Australian Facebook page – here’s the Dutch equivalent :

https://www.bel-me-niet.nl

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However I did recently discover this useful website, so sharing for those in the Netherlands:

http://www.wieheeftgebeld.nl

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You can type a number in here and then, if that number is in the database, you can read other comments (usually in Dutch but a few comments here and there though the site in English I noticed).  You can add your own comments and rank calls with a colour as to how “dangerous” you think they are (e.g. it seems a trick some spammers use is that they call you and hang up, then you call back as you have a missed call and it costs a fortune).

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It’s helped me twice in the last few weeks.  The first time, I kept missing an 020 number, which I knew was Amsterdam, and found out via this site it was Albert Heijn calling me – so the next time they called I didn’t mind answering (I often don’t answer unknown numbers), it was something to do with my supermarket delivery service.

The number that called me today seems to be “telephone spam” and thanks to this site I simply blocked it (which you can do via an iPhone by clicking on the “information” and then selecting “block this number”).

Hope that’s useful to some of you!  Comments welcome about telemarketing in either the Netherlands or Australia.

Renee

 

Down Under – The Festival, Eindhoven The Netherlands

This website covers anything related to the Netherlands and Australia (and the link between the two), so when I saw there is a Down Under Festival coming up, I thought it must be a celebration of Australian music in Eindhoven.   Their horizontal banner certainly screams “Australia”:

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This one though is a slightly more strange mix of images, not many of which reflect Australia to me – you?

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It looks a little more “Aztec” to me but I should be wrong – how many Aussie (and non Aussie) items can you spot?

Advertising for the previous years is also very Australian-image focussed:

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Their website: http://www.downunderfestival.nl shows that it’s a house/trance dance festival, but it’s not clear where the DJ’s are from.  I’ve done a bit of Googling:

  • Billy the Kit: Dutch
  • Fox Stevenson: British
  • Shermanology: Carribean/Dutch
  • La Fuente: Dutch
  • RAM: Dutch

I’ll give up there, maybe there is an Aussie DJ hidden in the lineup but if it’s a “Down Under” Festival I would have thought you’d make a point of this?

Their promo video is interesting too:

It’s in English, I guess tying in the with Australian theme, and with “vast sweeping plains” – but which could, to me, just as easily be as African as Australian to me – would you agree?  The voiceover is: “Be prepared, in a world where earth as we know it, does not exist.  To save his people, the world is no longer as you remember it?” Um, what?   Any interpretations?!

I’m not aiming to diss the festival, it looks like fun, I’m just a bit confused!  At 40 years old, with two kids, I’m a little past the target market for this outdoor festival, so maybe I’m missing something.  Have messaged them on Facebook to ask.  Perhaps as I’m both an Australian in the Netherlands and a marketing lecturer, I’m just really curious why they market it this way?  Maybe as Australia has the “cool factor”?  Maybe the team behind it are Australian?  What’s your guess?

I wonder if anyone has turned up kind of wondering where the didgeridoos, kangaroos and meat pies are?

If it looks like your thing, you can buy tickets here: http://www.downunderfestival.nl 

Groupon also has a special on tickets for the next few days here 

Renee

 

 

Remember Me. Stories in Print Exhibition at the AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art, Utrecht

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Exhibition about graphic art marks 15th anniversary of the AAMU in Utrecht
Remember Me. Stories in print. The exhibition can be seen from 17 January until 19 June 2016.


The AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art in Utrecht is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the new exhibition Remember Me. Stories in print. In this exhibition the museum presents compelling stories in distinctive and thought-provoking graphic art works. For Remember Me. Stories in print 60 art works were brought specially from Australia to the Netherlands. 

Stories of the present and the past

Graphic art was an important component of the oeuvres of the great masters of art history – think of Rembrandt, Picasso and Warhol. The same is true of many Aboriginal artists. In the graphic oeuvre of the Aboriginal artists on display in Remember Me in which mainly etching and lithographic techniques are used, stories unfold that criss-cross the entire Australian continent.

Stories of the present and the past and of the often unwritten history of this immense country come to life in the various series of art works by thirty Indigenous artists. Vernon Ah Kee can be seen with a striking series of anonymous portraits titled Unwritten. In the works of Michael Nelson Jagamarra and Doris Bush powerful symbols and patterns are included, traditionally used to pass on stories and knowledge. For Reko Rennie the dynamic patterns of his Kamilaroi ancestors are incorporated into his art works. One of his works on display is Big Red (2013).

Duyfken portfolio

The story of the first contacts between the Dutch and the original inhabitants of Australia in 1606 is told in the superb prints of the Duyfken portfolio which was donated to the AAMU in 2006 by (then) Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima.

The exhibition is set up in collaboration with Cicada Press, part of the University of New South Wales Australia, Art & Design in Sydney and is supported by the Pacific Fund managed by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

AAMU
Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art
Oudegracht 176
3511 NP Utrecht
the Netherlands
www.aamu.nl

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Reko Rennie 'Big Red' 2013 etching
Reko Rennie
represented by Black Art Project, Melbourne
Big Red, 2013
Photo etching, aquatint and viscosity roll
paper size 49.5 x 30.5 cm / image size 68 x 45 cm

Laurel Nannup, Yellow Taxi 2012 (Medium)

Laurel Nannup
Old Spirit of the Sea, 2006
etching on paper
from the Duyfken portfolio
60 x 40 cm
(Collection AAMU)

VernonahKee-Unwritten (Black)2012

Vernon Ah Kee
represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Unwritten (unbecoming), 2012
etching and aquatint
image size – 20 x 15.5 cm / paper size – 40 x 30 cm
 

Special house for sale in The Hague

This house (not ours!) may be just right for someone who would like to move to The Hague.  I’ve been here several times and it’s a gorgeous property, with a lot of living space right in the central city.  Please feel free to share with anyone you may think is interested.  -Renee

For sale: a spacious canal side herenhuis with garage and garden, a stone’s throw from the shops and restaurants of central Den Haag.

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Veenkade 59-60 is a light-filled spacious four floor town house (295m2) with garage and a large back garden (18m x 6.4m). The house dates back to 1865 but has been thoroughly modernised while maintaining the airy feel of the high ceilings and classical decorations.

The house is located at the edge of the Zeeheldenkwartier on one of the oldest canals in town and just a couple of minutes walk away from the city centre. The Veenkade is still a busy and thriving community of residents and businesses, including cafés, crêches and artisan services. Recently considerable efforts have been put into rejuvenating and beautifying the feel of the canal by opening the canal out in front of the Palace gardens and building a sub-terrainian carpark. Continued works are on-going to rebuild and improve the look of the rest of the Veenkade and its canal walls. The number 17 tram stops at the end of the road and the present owner cycles to work in Rijswijk in 20 minutes.

The entry to the house, through the double doors, takes one into the wide marble floored hallway with doors leading off to the large garage, Further down the hallway more rooms appear. One is presently being used as an office and home cinema. A garden room was being used as a guest bed room. There is also a utilities room, another small storage room and a WC is located under the stairs.

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The stairs lead up to the huge open living room – dining room with recently restored beautiful parquet floor. Light streams in through the three large windows from which one gets a delightful view of the swans and ducks on the canal.

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The eye is drawn to the large fireplace which has a red marble mantel. The conservatory-like glass roofed kitchen area has a balcony and outside stairs lead down to the garden.

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The kitchen features a huge black stone sink and matching stone-topped island work station. It is fully equipped with a large conventional oven and a second smaller combi oven, dishwasher and american style double door fridge-freezer with ice maker. There is also a WC and another small office on this level.

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Upstairs again takes you to two large bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom and another balcony overlooking the garden. The final set of stairs takes you to the huge attic room presently used as the master bedroom, with a walk in wardrobe and another en-suite bathroom featuring a giant sized jaczuzzi bathtub.

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The walled garden has been laid out into three distinct areas with a wooden deck in front of the back doors separated by a unique water feature from a raised middle section with apple and pear trees and treehouse.

The a rear tree lined paved over section leads one to a door at the back of the garden which gives access to a covered car park area owned by Q-Park in which the present owner rents a space. Discrete spot lights are dotted around the garden to enhance the night-time enjoyment of this space.

The whole house is double glazed and benefits from relatively new wiring and plumbing with ethernet, telephone and television sockets in most rooms. A satellite dish is installed on the roof.

If you fancy living in a city centre peaceful haven, a short walk to all that The Hague has to offer or you have that special car or motorbike(s) that needs some tlc in the centrally heated garage, or if you have green fingers and like the idea of a larger garden in the centre of town, or all of the above, this could be the house for you.

Asking Price € 890.000,00 k.k.

For further information or a viewing of this property, contact:

Ron Timmermans

06 54 90 09 11

Doen Makelaars

Dr. Lelykade 60

2583 CM Den Haag

T: 070 – 44 000 55

see also the funda website page:

http://www.funda.nl/koop/den-haag/huis-49533596-veenkade-59-60/