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It would make even more sense if they were not actively destroying their own education system by removing any history or literature from the normal youth cursus. But so many Dutchies and expats have largely enough money to send their kids to international schools who still do care for these subjects that.. it makes no difference, ain't it?
A neighbour of mine who is not an intellectual but is 60+ told me she was shocked to see the abysmal level to which her contemporaries have fallen from watching a popular TV programme,
by Tom2 on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 06:31:29 PM EST
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Not so long ago contestants from Belgium took part .. and won quite handily. 😄

Another tv show Groot Dictee [dictation] was on every year for both Dutch and Flemish contestants ... the Dutch were wiped out.

The sliding level of education is a process of at least 30 years ... a new coalition always campaigned for renewal of the middle school  and banned vocational training (politicizing education?).

Today I was in Leiden for a haircut by a famous student barber (in the past freshmen were shaven bald undergoing hazing). In grammar school I rode the bicycle 8 miles to my school at the Rapenburg in Leiden , across from the University Academy building. A few houses from student home of Soldier of Orange during the German occupation.

Minister wants an end to humiliating hazing

The bald young students wore caps to hide their humiliating baldness ... we loved to use small sticks to flip their caps off as we ran by on the Pietersplein ... centrum of Leiden with so many centuries of history. Travel starting point of the Pilgrim Fathers I wrote about ... medicine - Boerhave ... astrology, mathematics, physics and of course Albert Einstein with colleagues.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 08:24:52 PM EST
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All familiar. You still refuse a walk in Marlot? By the statue removed from the old gemeente? Your time is mine.
by Oosterbeek on Wed Jan 18th, 2023 at 08:43:41 PM EST
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I have met a number of bloggers from ET in the past and a few American friends from the early years at the Pond ... BooMan Tribune ...

Most amazing was a meetup with an American couple who at the last moment notified me they were African Americans if I didn't mind ... still puzzles me.

From ET Bjinse - Sven Triloqvist and ET Meetup in heart of Amsterdam a long time ago.

In all instances there had been online exchange of views over many months and these persons were not strangers to me.

Personally Marlot is a bit isolated, too close to the Auto Museum, Royal Palace and the US Embassy 😉

We have a Landgoed Oosterbeek nearby behind the former Dutch Defense bunker and Prinses Julianakazerne and the mansion of Seyss-Inquart (renamed Huize Clingendael). Nearby some nice shopping and restaurants in het Benoordenhout. Short distance from het Haagse Bos, launching site of Wernher von Braun's developed V-2 rockets targeting London.

Plenty of recent and ancient history ... fortunately there is no intense hate for the Germans anymore and there is close cooperation within NATO to punish aggressor Russia for its unprovoked attack [war narrative from Stoltenberg and Washington DC think tanks like Atlantic Council ... so much wisdom 🤥]. #stopwarnow #stopnato

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 10:58:28 AM EST
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I am all for organizing a protest in Clingendael. Who knows, maybe the ducks would join.
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:03:59 PM EST
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Not only ducks but geese and elegant swans. A blooming spring with vast shrubs of rhododendrons and in the month of May, the Japanese Garden ...just beautiful ....

I buy my bottles of honey at the farm house ... only trust local bees 🤣

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:35:28 PM EST
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I can certainly make it to the Voorschoten old man on saturday or sunday... will let you know (I am afraid the protest might be limited to 2 persons and a few ducks, geese and herons, unless you know other Hagenaars).
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:20:11 PM EST
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Please post pictures of the protests. I am all for seeing you guys marching in lock step with some ducks, geese and herons, especially if you get carried away by Rutte's storm troopers, like Greta Thunberg from Lutzerath. We need to liven up this place!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:44:26 PM EST
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🤣 🤣 amen

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:56:29 PM EST
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There is even a shaman woman who manages to get close to the swans and feed them as well as the herons who gather around her when they see her coming with her plastic bag. She would be the one to lead the march.
Your friend does not know that his honey is partly made in Voorschoten!
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 07:17:37 PM EST
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Voorschoten a dangerous place ..
someone placed explosives tied to a speed camera near de Zilverfabriek. The daughter of Putin lived nearby in a penthouse. Travel through Voorschoten quite often, was there yesterday.

On market day do visit sometimes for a cup of cappuccino at the wonderful chocolaterie.

Some decades ago family ties ... uncle as headteacher in primary school, author of books one of which was broadcast on radio as an hoorspel. Was club director of SVLV football club ... Andere Tijden 😄

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 08:53:27 PM EST
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