This video is about ring-necked parakeets in Greece.
However, they are spreading to other cities like Haarlem.
The birds showed up for the first time in Haarlem in 2005. Last winter, 500 parakeets were counted at Haarlem sleeping roosts. In June 2014, 937 individuals were counted.
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.
See also here.
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- Tunisia to Set Up National Anti-torture Agency (arabworldjustice.wordpress.com)
- Dutch war crimes in Indonesia, discussion with MPs (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- 4 MPs in Geert Wilders Party Wear Badges with Neo-Nazi Insignia (loonwatch.com)
- The Party of Freedom benefits from Dutch austerity fatigue – The Economist (vote-pedia.com)
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.
- John James Audubon’s Discovery of a Bird That Might Not Exist (mentalfloss.com)
- FREE App: Peterson Feeder Birds of North America (igamemom.com)
- World’s most expensive book (nebraskapress.typepad.com)
- Happy birthday John James Audubon (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- Rare book inspires an unusual exhibit at Mass. Audubon in Canton (metrowestdailynews.com)
- The 6th Floor Blog: Drawing Inspiration From ‘Silent Spring’ (Or How to Illustrate a 50-Year-Old Book) (6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
On 2 June, there was a big poetry festival in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Over 90 poets participated.
The opening speech of the festival was by Boudewijn de Groot, a folk singer well known since the 1960s, especially in Haarlem.
This is a video of Boudewijn de Groot’s opening speech.
Then, the presenters from the different places where there would be poetry introduced themselves. Local poetess Sylvia Hubers would guide people on a walking tour in the inner city with poetry along the way. She introduced the tour by playing songs connected to walking on a musical saw: These boots are made for walking, originally by Nancy Sinatra, and a Dutch song on a golden oriole.
Some of the poets were homeless or ex-homeless people, and many of their poems were about homelessness and poverty.
Joyce Hes, ex-social democrat local councilor from Leiden, read her love poetry.
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.
- Pope says Catholic ban on women priests ‘definitive’ (rawstory.com)
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- Pope says gay people must not be judged (aljazeera.com)
- Gay Priest Addresses Pope’s And Cardinal Dolan’s Remarks On Gays (towleroad.com)