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Anne Frank may not have been betrayed by Nazi occupiers, but captured by chance
Source: Twitter / @TelegraphNews

Antwerp overtakes London as cocaine capital of Europe
Source: Twitter / @guardiang2

The Dutch prison crisis: A shortage of prisoners
Source: BBC News


Gerard Reve • The Evenings

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Police arrest OAP drug dealer on mobility scooter

Source: TV broadcaster AT5, the Netherlands, 27 October 2016

Amsterdam — A 64-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam on suspicion of dealing drugs from his retirement home as well as on the streets using his mobility scooter.

Continue reading “Police arrest OAP drug dealer on mobility scooter”

Dutch to share their dark masterpiece, 70 years on
Source: Guardian


Netherlands may extend assisted dying to those who feel 'life is complete'
Source: Guardian


The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories

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Dimitri Verhulst • The Latecomer

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Bus drivers catch out robbers: “We did our best”

Source: TV broadcaster AT5, the Netherlands, 28 December 2015

Amsterdam — Two bus drivers who were asked by three young robbers to wait, spoke to AT5 television: “I hinted at them to come to the next stop.”

Continue reading “Bus drivers catch out robbers: “We did our best””

Suicide bomber’s mother: “My son Bilal lived like everyone else”


Source: Newspaper De Standaard, Belgium, Sunday 27 December 2015

Brussels — The mother of Bilal Hadfi, one of the suicide bombers to blow himself up in Paris last November, phoned in to Belgian-Moroccan TV station Maghreb TV to talk about her son’s radicalisation. “We could not have foreseen it,” she said. “He lived life the same as everyone else.” Continue reading “Suicide bomber’s mother: “My son Bilal lived like everyone else””

Cat alerts owners to fire: “Our Maxi saved our lives”

Source: Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium, 26 December 2015

Diksmuide — “We wouldn’t be here now if it hadn’t been for our Maxi.” The tomcat belonging to Jacques Vermeersch (63) and Marleen Onraedt (59) from Diksmuide in Belgium woke up his owners as fire raged through their utility room. Thanks to their pet the couple made it out of the house safely. Continue reading “Cat alerts owners to fire: “Our Maxi saved our lives””

Why Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is dropping the world 'negro' from its historic art
Source: Twitter / @bbcworldservice

Dutch anti-refugee protest turns violent
Source: Twitter / @UKMoments

♫ Selah Sue • Reason

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Father of perished 17-year-old: “Thanks for murdering my only child”

Source: Broadcaster Omroep West, the Netherlands, 20 July 2014

The Hague — The father of Elsemiek de Borst, the 17-year-old girl from The Hague who died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster, has written a letter to, among others, Russian president Vladimir Putin. Continue reading “Father of perished 17-year-old: “Thanks for murdering my only child””


Dimitri Verhulst • Christ’s Entry into Brussels

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Dutch police let off man planning to molest seven-year-old

Source: Volkskrant newspaper, the Netherlands, 03 January 2014

Gelderland — A man alleged to have sent a chat message planning the sexual abuse of a seven-year-old child was released without charge by police in the Dutch province of Gelderland. Although the man had been reported and was already known to police, officers did not seize his computer for further investigation. Continue reading “Dutch police let off man planning to molest seven-year-old”

Reduced sentences for CCTV “breaching privacy”

Source: Dutch broadcaster NOS, the Netherlands, 28 August 2013

Eindhoven — A Dutch court sentenced the main perpetrator in a brutal assault, Brent L., to ten months in a young offenders institute, four of which suspended. He was found guilty of attempted manslaughter. The Crown Prosecutor had wanted the judge to sentence L. to two years, six months of which suspended. Continue reading “Reduced sentences for CCTV “breaching privacy””

Dutch Prince Friso dead at 44

Source: Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst (Netherlands Government Information Service), the Netherlands, 12 August 2013

The Hague — Prince Friso of the Netherlands passed away this morning at Royal Palace Huis ten Bosch in The Hague. He was 44.
Continue reading “Dutch Prince Friso dead at 44”

‘On yer bike’: A knight on shining armour?

Source: Parool newspaper, the Netherlands, 29 March 2013

Amsterdam — Dutch police are looking for a twenty-year-old* man who around 10.30pm on Thursday night assisted police in apprehending three burglary suspects, but subsequently vanished. Continue reading “‘On yer bike’: A knight on shining armour?”

Notorious Het Arresthuis prison now a boutique hotel
Source: Dezeen


Unofficial translation of the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix’s public address announcing her abdication

(Last updated: 29 January 2013 01:05am)

Note: the text below is an unofficial, unauthorised English translation of the official transcript released today, Monday 28 January 2013. Click here for the original transcript (Dutch). Translation below provided by Jo Hughes (accepting no liability for any issues or damages as a result of copying from or linking to this content, should they occur). Continue reading “Unofficial translation of the Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix’s public address announcing her abdication”

Amsterdam to introduce language tests for sex workers

Source: website, the Netherlands, 15 June 2012

Amsterdam — In an effort to counter iniquities within the sex industry, Amsterdam city council are planning on making window prostitution operators in the city’s red light district submit business plans. According to reports in various Dutch media outlets, such plans should include measures to guarantee decent working conditions. Continue reading “Amsterdam to introduce language tests for sex workers”

Dimitri Verhulst • The Misfortunates

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Dutch trains to get ‘bog bags’

07 October 2011

Dutch National Railways (NS) this week announced the introduction of disposable urinal bags for passengers. Continue reading “Dutch trains to get ‘bog bags’”

Dutch students test solar car

29 July 2011

Students from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have been testing their entry for the World Solar Challenge. Watch the video of this on the BBC News website by clicking on the picture below (will open new browser tab/window). Continue reading “Dutch students test solar car”

‘Frying Dutchman’ inducted into MLB’s Hall of Fame

27 July 2011 — My guess is that Bert Blyleven, having been raised in California, probably feels more American than Dutch, but he was born as Rik Aalbert Blijleven in Zeist, the Netherlands, in 1951. Continue reading “‘Frying Dutchman’ inducted into MLB’s Hall of Fame”

♫ Selah Sue • Selah Sue

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