Here's hoping the happy couple were planning to move in to his place

December 14th, 2014

As an unfortunate sequel to yesterday's post about measuring one's heartbeat while proposing, today brings this story from Holland:

A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing.

The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his girlfriend's bedroom window first thing Saturday morning, play her a song and then pop the question. […]

I'd imagine the poor guy's heart rate went higher and stayed that way for longer compared to the guy from yesterday's post.

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Holland vs the Netherlands

December 24th, 2012

It turns out that differentiating between Holland and the Netherlands is a lot more complicated than I'd appreciated:

[Via iamcal.com]

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Book Mountain

October 10th, 2012

How can I resist posting a picture of a five storey Book Mountain?1

Book Mountain

[Via The Morning News]

  1. Actually, it's a new public library in Spijkenissse, near Rotterdam. But 'Book Mountain' is a more evocative term.

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Junk mail

April 22nd, 2011

Welcome to the future of postal deliveries:

Somewhere in the Netherlands a postwoman is in trouble. Bad health, snow and ice and a degree of chaos in her personal life have left her months behind on her deliveries. She rents a privatised ex-council flat with her partner and so many crates of mail have built up in the hallway that it's getting hard to move around. Twice a week one of the private mail companies she works for, Selektmail, drops off three or four crates of letters, magazines and catalogues. She sorts and delivers the fresh crates but the winter backlog is tough to clear. She thinks her employers are getting suspicious. […] The postwoman is paid a pittance to deliver corporate mail. She hasn't done her job well, yet so few people have complained about missed deliveries that she hasn't been found out.

Across the world, postal services are being altered like this: optimised to deliver the maximum amount of unwanted mail at the minimum cost to businesses. In the internet age private citizens are sending less mail than they used to, but that's only part of the story of postal decline. The price of driving down the cost of bulk mailing for a handful of big organisations is being paid for by the replacement of decently paid postmen with casual labour and the erosion of daily deliveries. […]

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Blink and you'd miss it

October 15th, 2009

The Planetary Society Blog has some spectacular photos of a meteor burning up over the Netherlands earlier this week.

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Making money

November 12th, 2008

The designer of the new Dutch 5 Euro put a great deal of thought into his design.

I'm not sure I particularly like the design he came up with, but his post about the design process is fascinating.

[Via Design Observer, via kottke.org]

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Micro-sovereignty

July 21st, 2008

To say that the town of Baarle-Hertog is in Belgium is not entirely accurate:

Baarle-Hertog is noted for its complicated borders with Baarle-Nassau in the Netherlands. In total it consists of 24 separate pieces of land. Apart from the main piece (called Zondereigen) located north of the Belgian town of Merksplas, there are twenty Belgian exclaves in the Netherlands and three other pieces on the Dutch-Belgian border. There are also seven Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves. Six of them are located in the largest one and a seventh in the second-largest one. An eighth Dutch exclave lies in Zondereigen.

The border is so complicated that there are some houses that are divided between the two countries. There was a time when according to Dutch laws restaurants had to close earlier. For some restaurants on the border it meant that the clients simply had to change their tables to the Belgian side.

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Red pencils

May 19th, 2008

Further to this post from just over a year ago, the campaign by the Dutch We Don't Trust Voting Computers Foundation has ended in victory:

On May 16, 2008 the Dutch government decided that elections in the Netherlands will be held using paper ballots and red pencil only. A proposal to develop a new generation of voting computers was rejected.

Score one for the good guys.

[Via The Sideshow]

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