COVID virus lockdown
Health

What You Need to Know About the Dutch Lockdown That is Not a Lockdown

As you will already know, Rutte and De Jonge gave another press conference on Friday to announce the sharpening of the COVID measures in the Netherlands. You have probably heard the word lockdown being waved around like a flag. But the latest measures really don't constitute a Dutch lockdown. Even less so than the 'intelligent'… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Dutch Lockdown That is Not a Lockdown

Christmas village
Christmas, Culture, Dutch, Holidays/ Celebrations

A Dutch Christmas Tradition and Free Entertainment!

December is fast approaching and we all know that means Sinterklaas and Christmas are just around the corner. If you are wondering about Dutch Christmas traditions, then this is a post for you. Specifically, the gratis┬áChristmas displays in the Dutch garden centres. Gratis is ALWAYS Good First things first. Gratis. That means free in Dutch.… Continue reading A Dutch Christmas Tradition and Free Entertainment!

autumn leaves
Children, Culture, Netherlands, School

Watch Out, There’s a Kabouter About

The leaves are turning more and more orange and red as each day passes. The evenings are getting darker and the sun seems to have left for a long vacation of its own, leaving the rain and wind to their own devices. Yes, autumn is here and in the Netherlands that means it's kabouter season.… Continue reading Watch Out, There’s a Kabouter About

School

How Would Introducing School Uniforms In Dutch Schools Go Down?

At the start of every school year there's a heated discussion about the existence of school uniforms in Britain. This school year was no different. The BBC approached me to comment on school uniforms in the Netherlands for a regional news program. The premise being, there are actually countries without school uniforms. In my time… Continue reading How Would Introducing School Uniforms In Dutch Schools Go Down?

The Loud Visible Minority of England Football Fans
England, Football, Sport

The Loud Visible Minority of England Football Fans

Penalties. Penalties again. I kicked some furniture and headed to bed. Disappointed. But I awoke from a disturbed night feeling proud. And then ashamed as the headlines seeped through, sullying my morning. England football 'fans' fighting. Racism on social media. And then an Englishman the subject of hate in Germany, for no other reason than… Continue reading The Loud Visible Minority of England Football Fans

DRU Industriepark
Gelderland, Netherlands

DRU Industriepark in the Achterhoek

Whenever I hear an advert on the radio for the Achterhoek, I internally scream 'shhhhhh'. The Achterhoek is indeed an area of the Netherlands worth exploring. There is indeed lots to keep you entertained here in the Achterhoek. And yes, finally, it is beautiful here. And the last thing I'd want is for the masses… Continue reading DRU Industriepark in the Achterhoek

herd immunity
Health

Chasing Herd Immunity in the Netherlands

Just over a year ago I wrote a post about herd immunity in the Netherlands, relating to Covid-19. Back then my opinion was that herd immunity was not the number one goal of the Dutch government's Covid-19 strategy. Herd immunity in the Netherlands would be a by-product of maximum containment. I was wrong. I foolishly… Continue reading Chasing Herd Immunity in the Netherlands

Goodbye Britain
book review, Books

Goodbye Britain – Talking to the Brits who packed their bags…and left

Between March and August 2020, Tom Beck spent hours and hours and hours (you get the picture) on the telephone talking to Brits spread across the globe. The only thing these Brits has in common was that they had said Goodbye to Britain and made a (temporary or permanent) home abroad. From chasing dreams in… Continue reading Goodbye Britain – Talking to the Brits who packed their bags…and left

COVID Infections in Dutch Schools
Health, School

COVID Infections in Dutch Schools

How is it going in terms of COVID infections in schools here in the Netherlands? Secondary schools reopened here in the Netherlands at the beginning of March. In general terms, we are firmly in the claws of a third COVID-19 wave, with infections rising rapidly, as predicted back in February by the RIVM. In fact,… Continue reading COVID Infections in Dutch Schools

Stay Home Board
Books, Culture

3 Experiences to Help You Survive Lockdown

We're still in lockdown. But you know that. Museums, leisure facilities, sport schools - all still closed. And we're are going to be stuck in lockdown for a while longer. Not going out and experiencing new things is probably getting to some most of you. It's getting to me and my family, I know that… Continue reading 3 Experiences to Help You Survive Lockdown