2016 ANZAC Day in The Hague Invitation

For Australians and New Zealanders in the Netherlands who would like to commemorate ANZAC Day, there is a ceremony being organised by the Australian and New Zealand Embassies.  Details are below, and *please RSVP by 18 April*

I’ve attended several times now and it’s always a moving ceremony.  You may like to read about the 2015 ANZAC Day Ceremony in The Hague and the 2013 ANZAC Day Ceremony in The Hague.


 

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ANZAC DAY

REMEMBRANCE AND WREATH LAYING CEREMONY

8.00 AM SHARP, Monday 25 APRIL 2016

AT THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES SECTION WESTDUIN CEMETERY

OCKENBURGHSTRAAT 27 THE HAGUE

The Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors to the Netherlands H.E. Dr Brett Mason and H.E. Ms Janet Lowe invite members of the Australian and New Zealand communities in the Netherlands to commemorate ANZAC Day with them..

Ceremony attendees are invited to

9.15 AM breakfast and to view an exhibition of photographs taken by soldiers in Gallipoli in 1915 at the Australian Residence,

Tobias Asserlaan 6, 2517 KC, The Hague, following the service.

*For security reasons: NO BACKPACKS, please.*

A bus will depart Den Haag Centraal Station at 7.15 AM to transport attendees to the Cemetery and the Australian Residence, and return to Central Station at 10:30 AM (Limited places available for a €1 coin donation)

Please RSVP before 18 April.

For security and catering purposes, please provide your name and advise whether you will also attend the breakfast and whether you wish to reserve a seat on the bus:

rsvpthehague@dfat.gov.au tel: 070-310 8200


 

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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