Recently, I followed the coverage of King’s Day in Dordrecht on my laptop. It featured the visit to the city of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima with their children and some minor royals. On the whole, the Dutch are quite outspoken, but the Dutch media are very cautious. It’s quite different in the United Kingdom.
Recently, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born just around the corner. The fact that Diana is her third name was seen by the paper as a statement from William…
Posted on May 7, 2015 at 6:32am
Recently, I visited Karl Marx’s grave at Highgate Cemetery in North London. There was an entrance fee of four pounds per person. ‘Four pounds,’ my travel companion said to the lady behind the counter, ‘to visit a graveyard?’
Ah, there’s Marx: along a curve in the path, his enormous head loomed before us. ‘Couldn’t they have made it a bit smaller?’ You can say a lot about these socialist or communists, but, in spite of those small headstones, not that they’re retiring. Just a…
Posted on April 17, 2015 at 7:31am
Since I’ve emigrated to England I have a fully fitted kitchen at my disposal and there is a new woman in my life. The lady in question is Mrs PJ Sarels van Rijn, author of the completely revised, and also emigrated, edition of the I Can Cook cookbook from 1953.
Via the Assyrians, Egyptians, Israelites, Greeks, Romans and ancient Germans (‘barbarians’, according to the Romans and Mrs Sarel van Rijn), the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (and Louis XII’s eating habits), Mrs…
Posted on April 12, 2015 at 7:36am
The English (with four grandparents nearby) in central and southern England are 40% French, 25% German, 11% Danish and 9% Belgian. Don’t hold me to the exact figures, because the various papers quote different percentages.
But if you, as an Englishman, have a soft spot for Vikings on the underground, you’re likely to have Danish DNA. Do you like strong beer? It’s probably due to your Belgian ancestors. Do you have quite a few extra-marital affairs? You’re French, of course!…Continue
Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:10am