Tag : netherlands

Dutch Politics: Still in a Rutte

2 years ago / 0 comments

Most people have declared the Dutch election last week as a clear victory against the new populism that’s already claimed scalps in Britain and the US. Wilders sought to break through and become the largest party; he failed. Wilders had a nationalist message of anti-Islamism and inwardness, which the Dutch … Read More

Postcards from Abroad: Breaking into the Dutch world

3 years ago / 0 comments

Living in the Netherlands you’d assume it’d be easy to get in and amongst our lowland counterparts, I mean for a start you’re surrounded by them, and secondly, well, it’s their country. In every classroom it’s about 75 per cent Dutch, and occasionally you have to interact with them, normally … Read More

Zwarte Piet: Tradition is no excuse

3 years ago / 0 comments

Image: ANP Every country celebrates the holidays differently – some traditions we love, such as the increasingly popular German markets and omnipresent Christmas trees. Then there are others, those that we like to distance ourselves from. Zwarte Piet, a figure of the Dutch holiday season, is one of these examples. … Read More

Rotterdam vs Amsterdam

3 years ago / 0 comments

The thing I miss most about Rotterdam is the remarkable Dutch architecture as soon as you leave the centre, positioned amongst tall luscious trees and flowers. Central Rotterdam is a beautifully-modern little metropolis, the first word that comes to mind is ‘shiny’. The small centre is jam-packed full of sleek, … Read More

Sport | World Cup down to four

4 years ago / 0 comments

Saturday saw the latter two quarter-finals played, with Argentina facing Belgium and the Netherlands up against Costa Rica.  The Argentinians were aiming to reach their first semi-final since 1990 and they got off to a blistering start. Lionel Messi weaved away from two challenges and laid the ball off to … Read More

Sport | Brazil and Germany move closer to World Cup glory

4 years ago / 0 comments

Ste Topping rounds up the action from the first quarter finals at the FIFA World Cup, and previews tonight’s action.   France and Germany began the day’s events with an intriguing battle. Both managers made tactical changes, with Joachim Low moving Philipp Lahm back into defence and Didier Dechamps replacing … Read More

Sport | Portugal score late to crush American dream

4 years ago / 0 comments

With the second round of group games complete the World Cup is still surpassing all expectations. Sunday’s matches gave us late drama in two games that had big consequences. After the first round of games it was group H that failed to deliver, as South Korea and Russia played out … Read More

Sport | Spain back on the plane but will Greece slip up against Japan?

4 years ago / 0 comments

After a disappointing day of World Cup action on Tuesday that only saw five goals scored with two draws, normal service was resumed on Wednesday with 11 goals in the three matches played, with the most action packed games to date. The biggest shock of the day was the early … Read More

Sport | Everything you need to know about Brazil 2014 so far

4 years ago / 0 comments

With the first round of group matches coming to a close, there have already been some significant shocks and controversial highlights to whet our footballing appetites for the remainder of the group stage. Group A The main talking point of Group A was of course Brazil who, with all eyes … Read More

Blogs | The Gouda Life

5 years ago / 0 comments

The academic year is slowly but surely coming to its end. I should be relishing my last couple of months in the Netherlands but instead I am worrying about my future. The constant worry of what I’m going to do during my long summer holiday has sort of taken the … Read More