Dutch lies on ‘North African crime’

This Dutch video is about an anti-racist demonstration in 2010 in Amsterdam.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Declaration about abuse proves to be false

Monday 14 Oct 2013, 14:43 (Update: 14-10-13, 14:46)

The 20-year-old woman from IJmuiden who claimed she was assaulted by six men appears to have invented that story. The woman has confessed that she made a false declaration.

The woman said she was in a bus [#75] in Haarlem and had a discussion with six men. When she got off the bus, they supposedly chased her and beat her up.


The police investigated camera footage and questioned witnesses, but these did not confirm the statement by the woman. When police confronted her with that, she confessed that she had lied.

The PVV [Geert Wilders' xenophobic party] asked parliamentary questions on this issue. According to the woman she was supposedly attacked by men looking like North Africans.

See also here.

Audubon’s Birds of America, other old books, online

This video from the USA is called JOHN JAMES AUDUBON: THE BIRDS OF AMERICA.

Translated from Historiek in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem this Tuesday put online fifty highlights from its own library collection. People can now browse the Internet for the most famous bird book in the world and for the well=known eighteenth-century Atlas Major of Reinier Ottens.

One of the works which the museum has put online is the rare book The Birds of America (1826-1838) by John James Audubon. Teyler’s Museum is the only institution in the Benelux countries which owns a complete copy of this, the world’s most famous bird book. US American writer and naturalist John James Audubon (1785-1851) wrote the book in the nineteenth century. Audubon painted birds, often life-size, during his journey to America. Back in London he decided to make a book. In that book one can admire 435 pictures and 1065 birds.

Haarlem poetry festival

This is a video about the Haarlem poetry festival in the Netherlands in 2011.

This year, 17 May 2012, there was a festival as well.

It was at six places near the inner city central market square, where the medieval main church is.

Haarlem, 17 May 2012, near the medieval main church

The official opening of the festival was by the two poets Rick de Leeuw and Erik Jan Harmens; reading from their new poetry book which they had published together.

Rick de Leeuw and Erik Jan Hermens reading their poetry, Haarlem, 17 May 2012

There were a hundred poets participating. Including yours truly. I read some poems of mine twice.

The first time was on the street before the Koops pub.

The first poet there was Maarten Willems. Also a singer-songwriter, he sang a few songs as well.

Then Jos Zuijderwijk. His poems included one on birds’ songs (including wheatears and shrikes).

Jack Terrible, Haarlem, 17 May 2012

Third was Jack Terrible. All his poems this time were about psychology and psychiatry, and his bad experiences with them.

Then, me, with poems on the Dutch government, insects, and other subjects.

Audience in Haarlem, 17 May 2012, while I read my poems

Then, Harry Aukes from IJmuiden.

Then, Dick van Hoeve from Bergen.

Finally, Jando (stage name of Jan de Dood). His poems included one about anabolic steroids.

Then, to the Waag building to hear other poets.

Mirjam Al had a poem against the Greek “Golden Dawn” nazis.

Mirjam Bros had one on great crested grebes.

Then, to the archaeological museum. There was my second time to read my poems.

Til Schaap reading a poem, archaeological museum, Haarlem, 17 May 2012

One poem by Til Schaap was about bankers’ bonuses.

Ex-nurse Liesbeth de Kat had poems about Auschwitz. Ex-homeless bicycle repairman Michel Fakkeldij had poems on homelessness.

Priest suspended for supporting football team

According to NOS TV in the Netherlands, the Roman Catholic bishop of Haarlem, Punt, has suspended parish priest Vlaar from Obdam for celebrating a mass in support of the Dutch national football team. During the mass, on the final day of the World Cup tournament in South Africa, priest Vlaar prayed for unity and team spirit in the soccer team, which became second after losing from Spain in the final.

So, now the Roman Catholic hierarchy suspends a priest for something as innocent as supporting a football team.

On the other hand, the Roman Catholic church hierarchy never suspends a priest for a mass linked to something as secular as the carnival festival (recently, after for the first time, an openly gay Roman Catholic man became “prince” of the carnival festival, he was refused communion; which caused much revulsion).

The Roman Catholic church hierarchy never suspends priests, bishops or archbishops for blessing bloody wars, whether conducted by Italian dictator Mussolini in Ethiopia (see also here), German dictator Adolf Hitler, or US President Johnson in Vietnam.

And most of the Roman Catholic priests who have raped children have only been suspended after a very long time, if at all. Often, they have just been moved to other parishes, where they started their practices once again.

So, my cynical “advice” to priest Vlaar: you should have become a paedophile or a warmonger instead of a football fan. Then, you would still be in your job …

Update September 2010 here.

This is a video about the Roman Catholic church during the fascist dictatorship in Croatia during World War Two.

Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron: here.

This week in 1910 Spain recalled its ambassador to the Vatican after the Holy See issued an ultimatum demanding Madrid reverse a new law granting rights to non-Catholic religious organizations: here.

Poetry in Haarlem, the Netherlands

This video is about the 2011 poetry festival in Haarlem.

Yesterday, there was a big poetry event in the city center of Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Over 90 poets participated.

Before arriving at the event, I crossed the bridge over the Nieuwegracht. On the bridge, posters of the Socialist Party for the European elections on 4 June.

Just below the bridge, an Egyptian goose, sitting on a “ducdalf” in the water.

The poets are divided into nine groups of about 10 people each. For each group there is an inner city location to read their poems.

Our group of nine people is in a seventeenth century house along the Spaarne river. It is inhabited, but the inhabitants welcome the poets and the audience today.

First, Wim Groenhart. His subjects this afternoon included ears and a dragon.

As second, Rose Rodriques Pereira, with love poems. Later, also about ecology.

Then, Csaba Cserep, with poems about his native Hungary and other subjects.

After a pause, Ada Mol, a poetess from Zandvoort, with a poem about spring.

Then, Gerrit Venema, about Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.

Then, Angela Boogaard, who is not only a poetess, but also a visual artist. Her subjects included visual arts and the situation of women in society.

Then, two poems by yours truly. A short one about a ladybug. And a long one about Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet.

Then, Martin Janse, about parachute jumping. Later, about a moth, a worm, and an ant.

Finally in this first round, Peter van den Berg. With poems about the sea, and about a lottery.

Then, all the poets get two other rounds. Sometimes interrupted by accordeon music by Roelof Ruis.

As I was walking back, and crossing the Nieuwegracht bridge, two Egypian geese flying low across the water.

Poetry in Haarlem on 11 May

This video is called Dutch poet A.C.G. Vianen winner of poetry slam, Haarlem.

Today, to a poetry festival in Haarlem.

Though this was a poetry day, this reports begins with birds and ends with birds.

From the train to Haarlem, common terns and great crested grebes.

I read my poetry next to Teyler’s museum, in Koffiesalon ‘t Teylertje, Spaarne 4.

Well, really in front of that cafe, as the weather was fine.

Of my poems, especially the one about a worker working for the same boss for fifty years, and then getting an empty envelope from the boss, was appreciated.

Other poets participating at ‘t Teylertje were:

Mirjam Al
Merik van der Torren
Hanny Hazelaar
Koos Hagen
Ad Koenraadt
Nico Kreuk
Guda Vriesman
Louis Lazaroms
Jarl van Maltha
Dorothé Rodenburg-Glorie
Joke Tesselaar.

About 70 other poets were participating elsewhere in the inner city of Haarlem.

As I walked back to the railway station, an Egyptian goose near a canal.

Later, east of Weesp from the train, a male marsh harrier.

Poetry afternoon in Haarlem

This video about the Haarlem poetry festival in the Netherlands, in 2007.

Today, poetry day in Haarlem.

From the train: grey herons, Egyptian geese, great crested grebes.

After the official opening in the Vishal, over 60 poets went to various places across the inner city.

Yours truly, and ten other poets, went to Café Cicero; Lange Begijnestraat 10.

The other poets on the program there were:

Pom Wolff, first on stage today.

Frans Vlinderman.

Pandorra, who had also done much organizing.


Kapitein Lafbek.

Eric van Hoof, also organizer of poetry slams in Leiden.

Jacob Aachenende with several poems, including one on cuttlefish, and another one on plants.

Roel de Lange.

Marten Janse, originally from Zeeland province.

Anne Budgen, whose poems included one on a snail.

Throughout the afternoon, I was on stage several times, reading over twenty poems.

Also several ‘unexpected guests’ went on stage to read their poems, including Louis Lazaroms and Simon Mulder.

And Hiltje, a former nurse, who like me had a poem about a beetle.

Second day of art and poetry in Haarlem

Canada gooseAfter the first day of art and poetry in Haarlem, as described here, the second day today.

As I went to the railway station, first a sow-bug.

Then, a lesser black-backed gull on a lamppost.

From the train, two Canada geese, on the opposite side of the railway track than yesterday.

A mute swan.

In Haarlem, at the exhibition place for this weekend of Sjet Daverveldt and Ronnie Helder, where I read my poems yesterday, I meet the sculptor Marjon Drijver.

I go to where her work is this weekend, in the same place as the paintings of Marieke Ratsma.

Usually, their work is in the northern part of Haarlem.

Marieke Ratsma gets much inspiration from water plants, and likes the botanical garden in Amsterdam.

Marjon Drijver works in soapstone, both harder types from Africa, and softer types from China.

It depends: if she wants to have many details in the sculpture, then soft soapstone is preferable.

I go on, to Ludie Bakker, where I read my poems yesterday.

Like Ms Drijver and Ms Ratsma, being from the north of the city, she is only in this building, a house, for this weekend.

Besides cats, she also depicted an owl, and frogs with red eyes.

Like yesterday, I read my poems here.

A bit later, I do that as well at the home of the painters Leonore Hatt and Dick Stegenga.

Leonore reads some of her poems as well.

Then I go Saint Jacob’s Church, the “Jopenkerk”, where many artists exhibit their work this weekend.

I note a life size, so: big, silvery coloured northern pike sculpture by Ap Esenbrink.

A phone call to the Jopenkerk from the Nieuwe Kerk, where I read my poems yesterday: can I come to the Nieuwe Kerk again, to read my poems?

I do so. After my poems, flute music by the group “Dubbel en Dwars” in the Nieuwe Kerk.

There is guitar music and singing in the Jopenkerk as I return.

After it, I read poems.

I meet Gabriela Visser who makes accessories.

However, for her exhibition this weekend she has paintings.

Mainly colourful forms, similar to her accessories, against black backgrounds.

I read my poem on a bracelet here.

As my train goes back, I see Egyptian geese.

Poetry and visual arts in Haarlem

This is a Dutch video about the Nieuwe Kerk in Haarlem and the area around it.

Today, on my way to the railway station, a collared dove finding food on the street.

From the train, a grey heron standing in a ditch.

A bit further, just before Voorhout station, Egyptian geese and Canada geese next to each other.

After Voorhout, more Egyptian geese.

Jackdaws just before Hillegom.

A brown bird of prey flies above a canal: a buzzard or a marsh harrier?

The train goes too fast to be sure.

Molehills in the grass.

A great crested grebe in water near Heemstede.

This weekend, in Haarlem in The Netherlands, is the Vijfhoek kunstroute (“Pentangle arts trail”).

It is in a pentangle shaped part of the inner city with many centuries old buildings.

Visual artists show their work, also in many places where there usually is no art.

Poets perform in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

Before I went to that church, I went to a house in the Vijfhoek.

Usually, people just live there.

But today, they let two artists show their works in a little used room.

They are the painter Ronnie Helder and the ceramist Sjet Daverveldt.

As I arrive, only Ms Helder is present.

She tells me she also makes drawings, but they are not here.

One of her paintings has a vase as its subject, and Ms Daverveldt also makes vases.

That is why I am here: the idea of the Vijfhoek kunstroute is that poets read their poems near works of art which preferably have a connection to the poems.

As one of my poems is about an ancient Mesopotamian vase, looted from the Baghdad museum in Iraq, I went here.

After reading that poem, I read poems about painting.

Then, Ms Daverveldt arrives, and I read my vase poem for the second time, for her.

Just as I thought about leaving, the photographer and painter Esther van Etten arrives, and I read my vase poem for the third time.

Not far away are the paintings of Anneke Peereboom, who, contrary to Ms Daverveldt and Ms Helder, lives here and always has her work here.

Her works has some influences from early twentieth painters like Miro.

I also read my poems here. The ones about painting.

Then, I read them between the paintings of Leo van Velzen.

I continue to the paintings of Ludie Bakker, who often has cats as her subject.

Then, it is time to go to the Nieuwe Kerk, where I meet Kurdish Turkish Dutch poetess Canan Yagmur at the door.

The Nieuwe Kerk was built from 1645/1649 by famous Dutch architect Jacob van Campen.

It was built especially as a Protestant church.

Contrary to Catholic churches, built focusing on the altar at the back, Protestant churches built as such focus on the pulpit in the centre, and are often more or less round in form.

So is the Nieuwe Kerk.

Before the poets started, they were interviewed by organizers Leonore Hatt and Maurice Ploem.

Maurice Ploem still remembered me from the time that he made a punk rock fanzine called Unite and Fight, and I made another punk fanzine.

So, it was not that surprising that his question to me was about a third punk fanzine, by poetess Diana Ozon, called the Koekrant.

An ambiguous name in Dutch, as it may refer both to a ´paper about cows´ and to excrement marks in a toilet.

The first poet on stage is Merik van der Torren.

His poems include one about prunes.

Then, Ak Jansen from Haarlem.

Then, Jan Sakko from Utrecht.

Then, yours truly, with for the fourth time today, my poem on the Iraqi vase, plus eleven others.

Then, last on stage, Mirjam Al.

Tomorrow I will be at the Vijfhoek kunstroute again.

Then, Ronnie Helder expects, based on last year, when it was organized for the first time, still many more visitors than today.