A Successful 2016 Keukenhof Season

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LISSE — Keukenhof ends a wonderful 2016 season with 1.1 million visitors. The visitors appreciated the flower show and rated it with an 8.9.

The most beautiful spring garden in the world is satisfied with this result. 2016 is the third consecutive year that Keukenhof has attracted over 1 million visitors. The beautiful, cool spring provided 8 weeks of flowers in full bloom.
The increasing number of visitors to Keukenhof is partly the result of a rise in the number of younger visitors. They experience Keukenhof more as a trendy park for a fun day out among the flowers.
Visitors came from more than 100 countries. Most notably, the number of visitors from France and America increased. China and Southeast Asia remain as emerging markets.

Despite the large number of visitors, the traffic flow around Keukenhof was good this season. In 2016, Keukenhof in cooperation with her partner Arriva, had more than 200,000 visitors who travelled using public transport.

The Keukenhof theme for 2017 is Dutch Design. Keukenhof expects Dutch Design to add inspiring events to the flower park, together with new partners.

Keukenhof is open in 2017 from 23 March to 21 May.

http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/

 

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