Bird book exhibition in The Hague, the Netherlands


Birds: Thousand years of birds in hundreds of books

Translated from Meermanno museum in The Hague in the Netherlands:

Birds: Thousand years of birds in hundreds of books

Royal Library and Museum Meermanno show special bird books

From August 29th, 2014 till January 4, 2015, the Royal Library (KB) and Museum Meermanno have a major exhibition on birds in books. The exhibition takes place at Museum Meermanno in The Hague.

At this special exhibition, rare bird books will be on display from ten centuries of book history, in six large rooms in the historic building of Museum Meermanno. The books are from the rich collections of the KB and Meermanno Museum.

The exhibition shows a broad overview of birds as the subjects of books, artwork and band decorations. From a tenth-century illustrated medieval manuscript, via a beautiful seventeenth-century scientific publications to books on falconry, pet birds and birds in literature and poetry.

There are also cookbooks to see about tasty fowl and curious books on various aspects of the birds: first aid for birds, sport with birds and travel books to bird colonies.

All types are covered: Dutch birds from chicken to great tit, exotic varieties from flamingos to penguins but also biblical and mythological flying animals.

Masterpieces

The following highlights are included: Der naturen bloeme by Jacob van Maerlant (around 1350), Ornithologia by Ulisse Aldrovandi (around 1600) and Chassidische legenden by Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1943-1944). The impressive book Nederlandsche vogelen by Nozemann and Sepp (1770-1829) was published in October 2014 in facsimile by Lannoo (www.nederlandschevogelen.nl).

Originally, there were plans for a photo opportunity with a bird of prey in the museum. After the The Hague branch of the Party for the Animals pointed out such an event would cause stress for the bird, the plan was canceled.

Dutch NVU nazis plan anti-immigrant march, 20 September


Nederlandse Volksunie demonstration

This photo shows a demonstration by the Dutch nazi party Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU). On the foreground, two NVU stewards. The person on the right has a T-shirt of the nazi paramilitary terrorist gang Combat 18 (18=first and eighth letters of the alphabet=AH=Adolf Hitler).

The Dutch coalition of extreme right organisations Pro Patria marched on 10 August 2014 to the Schilderswijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague where many immigrants live. The aim of that march was to provoke fights. In which they succeeded.

They announced that on 20 September, they intended to march there again. Geert Wilders, leader of the xenophobic PVV party, announced he wanted to march with them.

However, the mayor of The Hague yesterday banned the 20 September march because of fears of even worse violence.

According to NOS TV in the Netherlands today, one of the participating organisations in the Pro Patria coalition, the Adolf Hitler-loving Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU), now wants to challenge the 20 September Schilderswijk demonstration ban in court.

Anne Frank Foundation on Wilders’ cooperation with Dutch nazis


Paul Peters' vandalism at Oosterhout Jewish cemetery

Translated from Radio 1 in the Netherlands (where there is an audio file as well) today:

Wilders does not know what company he keeps’

Willem Wagenaar, researcher of the extreme right at the Anne Frank Foundation is amazed about the call of Geert Wilders to support the [officially] anti-ISIS [in practice, anti-immigrant] demonstration in The Hague. …

The anti-ISIS demonstration, announced in the Schilderswijk in The Hague, is organized by Pro Patria, a pseudonym of Identitary Resistance. The leader of the movement, Paul Peters, has been convicted in the past for vandalizing and defacing a Jewish cemetery. … “The extreme right not only hates Muslims, but also Jews. These people should not be Wilders’ friends.”

Geert Wilders joins Dutch Hitler fans in anti-immigrant march


This 1942 video is about Heinrich Himmler, leader of the German nazi SS, visiting the headquarters of the Dutch nazi party NSB.

The Dutch extreme right organisation Pro Patria marched on 10 August 2014 to the Schilderswijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague where many immigrants live. The aim of that march was to provoke fights.

On 20 September, they intend to march there again.

According to the Facebook page of the Dutch Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU) nazis, the boss of Pro Patria is Paul Peters. Peters used to be an NVU member. However, then he vandalized a Jewish cemetery in Oosterhout, smashing some tombstones and daubing swastikas and nazi slogans like Juden raus (Jews out) and Wir sind zuruck (We [nazis] are back) on others.

Paul Peters' vandalism at Oosterhout Jewish cemetery

The NVU thought these crimes were bad publicity, and expelled Peters. However, that conflict now seems to be over, as the NVU participated in the Pro Patria march and praised it. They say they will be at the 20 September march as well.

NVU member Johnboy Willemse on the left of the banner at the 10 August march

Geert Wilders, of the Dutch xenophobic party PVV, unlike the NVU, did not participate in the 10 August march. However, he has announced he does want to participate on 20 September.

When Wilders started the PVV, he claimed he did not want to cooperate with anti-Semitic parties, like Vlaams Belang in Belgium and Le Pen’s National Front in France. However, this year he did start to cooperate with these parties. Now, not even cooperation with Dutch open nazis (who had already shown up with nazi flags and Hitler salutes at a PVV rally) seems to be a problem for Wilders any more.

Paul Peters’ screen name on the Stormfront nazi Internet forum is ‘Dux Bellorum’, leader of wars.

The official aim of Peters’ Pro Patria marches is opposition to the ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The Nederlandse Volksunie advocates all out NATO war in Iraq with ISIS as a pretext. However, most neonazis in the Netherlands are too stupid to know where Iraq is. The Pro Patria marches are pretexts for beating up bystanders whose complexion the violent extreme Right does not like.

See also here. And here.

Rolling Stones concert in The Hague, 50 years ago, video


This video shows snippets of a Rolling Stones concert in the Kurhaus, Scheveningen, the Hague, the Netherlands, fifty years ago, on 8 August 2014.

After twenty minutes, the concert ended in chaos.

This is another video about that concert.

Great crested grebe and chicks


Great crested grebe and chicks, The Hague 2014

Lizia was so kind to send me this beautiful photo of a great crested grebe with chicks; photo taken from the Houtrustbrug bridge in the Hague. On 19 July 2014, cloudy weather.

Girl with Pearl Earring, goldfinch, are back in The Hague


This March 2013 video from the de Young museum in San Francisco, USA, is called Opening Day of Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.

Johannes Vermeer‘s famous seventeenth century painting Girl with a Pearl Earring had to leave the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, as that museum was reconstructed.

Now, that painting and other famous paintings are back at the Mauritshuis. Which is reopening: twice the size it used to be.

This video from the Netherlands is called Mauritshuis museum to reopen in June [2014] after revonation.

This is a Dutch video of today, about the Mauritshuis reopening.

This video is called How a Dutch Master Made ‘The Goldfinch‘ Come Alive.

It is about another painting returned now to the Mauritshuis, The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius.

The painting recently got in the news because of the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt.

This video is called BBC Culture: Donna Tartt shares The Goldfinch’s secret history.

Pearl of a museum: Vermeer shines among Dutch icons in new Mauritshuis: here.