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Winter snow and birds in the Netherlands


This 10 December 2017 video is about much snow in the Proosdijpark in Ede town in the Netherlands. With collared doves and a grey wagtail.

This 11 December 2017 video is about much snow in the Sysselt nature reserve near Ede town in the Netherlands.

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Big starling murmuration on video


This video says about itself:

Short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show.

Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.

Wood mouse uncovers acorn


This 14 December 2017 video is about a wood mouse uncovering an acorn in Jufferswaard nature reserve near Renkum town in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Wood mice bury acorns as food reserve for winter. They do not find all acorns again, in that way helping oak trees to spread.

Wim Arp made this video.

Donald Trump unwelcome in Greenwich, London


This video from the British Parliament says about itself:

Dennis Skinner compares Trump to Hitler & Mussolini

31 January 2017

The Beast of Bolsover‘s back and recalls bombs “raining” down in the UK during WW2 and hits out at the government being “hand in hand with another fascist“.

From the Evening Standard in England, 15 December 2017:

Donald Trump ‘barred from Greenwich’ after council passes motion to block US president’s visit over far-right tweet

Councillors declared that ‘should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough’

Patrick Grafton-Green

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has “barred” Donald Trump after councillors called for his visit to the UK to be abandoned.

Earlier this week, America’s ambassador in London signalled that Mr Trump is due to visit early next year – sparking fresh calls for mass demonstrations against the president.

And at a meeting on Tuesday night, the Labour council added its voice to the protests by calling on the Government to abandon the plans.

Greenwich Council said it adopted a motion calling for a state visit to be abandoned, while also declaring that “should a state visit go ahead, President Trump would not be welcome in the Borough”.

The council expressed “alarm at the decision of President Trump to retweet Islamophobic propaganda” and “sadness at the President’s bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities”.

It comes after Mr Trump sparked a global backlash last month after retweeting a string of unverified anti-Islamic videos posted by far-right group Britain First’s deputy leader.

Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the council said: “On a daily basis we work hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception.

“We are one of 32 London boroughs, all different, all individual but all home to people from across the world.

“This diversity strengthens our borough. It enriches our lives on a daily basis. And it reminds us all that we have so much more in common than divides us.

“As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down.”

Cllr Chris Kirby, who presented the motion said: “President Trump has regularly expressed abhorrent and aggressive views and in doing so has enabled the spread of division and hatred.

“We have worked incredibly hard in this borough to build strong community ties across all faiths and backgrounds – President Trump’s views, attitude and policies are totally incompatible with that work.”

He went on to say that: “As a council we hold responsibility for more than 270,000 residents. We took the view that we could not stand by and watch the level of public debate be poisoned by the rhetoric that the President and others like him have continued to use.

“We have stood up and made our position clear: there is no place for aggressive, bigoted and hateful rhetoric in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.”

Little owl on sign


This 14 December 2017 video shows a little owl on a sign of Genneperhuis ancient ruin in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Gerrie van der Meulen made this video.