Author: Gemma Isherwood

Weekend Special (24-26 January)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Recycle Dried Up Bulbs at City Farms

You can return faded bulbs up to and including 30 April to the 10 City Farms in The Hague. The bulbs are reused in a fun way. You probably know the sight: a lovely vase with flowering bulbs on the table. This is how we all bring a little bit of spring into our homes! But what do you do with the bulbs when they have finished flowering? Throw them away? Not any more – these bulbs are often easy to recycle. That is why they are collected at city farms. A new life for the flower bulbs The flower bulbs handed...

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New Mega Bike Park Finally Ready at Great Extra Cost

The mega-bicycle shed under Koningin Julianaplein next to The Hague Central is likely to open at the end of March. Due to setbacks, that is three years later than planned at the start of construction. The parking space for 8,500 bicycles has also become 5.5 million euros more expensive. In the summer of 2018, alderman Robert van Asten (D66) reported that construction had been delayed indefinitely . One of the reasons was that the contractor had to adjust his building method after the start of the work. Two ninety-meter residential towers will be built on top of the garage . The builder had not succeeded in finding a...

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Pandas in Dutch Zoo Mate for First Time

The two giant pandas on loan to the Ouwehands Dierenpark have finally been mating, almost two years since they arrived at the zoo. Zookeepers even captured the mating on camera (!). Female pandas are only fertile for three to seven days a year and her urine will now be tested daily to see if she is pregnant. ‘It is going to be an exciting few weeks,’ a zoo spokesman said. Zoo officials have been doing their best to encouraging Xing Ya and Wu Wen, now both six years old, to mate since they arrived at the specially-built enclosure in...

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Pardew’s Perfect Plan Provides an ADO Win

Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of ADO ended in a fantastic 2-0 win in the relegation 6 pointer against RKC Waalwijk. 60 kilometres separates The Hague from Waalwijk, but now 5 points separates ADO from RKC. In what was a game where ADO had little possession, it was a case of taking their chances when they came, which had been a problem before the winter break. ADO started also with 4 of the 5 new signings but it was the regular starters that made the difference. The first 15 minutes of the match were fairly uneventful. Both sets...

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Parents Sign for Better Structural Investment in Education

The ‘Good Education: I’m Signing For It’ campaign by Ouders van Nu is starting to support education campaigns on 30 and 31 January. More and more parents are worried about the quality of education in the Netherlands. The high workload that the teaching staff has to deal with also has an impact on life outside the schoolyard. Hilde Tholen, editor-in-chief of Ouders van Nu: “The problems in education are no longer only affecting the schools themselves. More and more parents in the Netherlands are worried about the quality of Dutch education. Rightly so! The shortage of qualified staff is...

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Dutch News Podcast: The Sexplaning Ophef Edition

At last we can reveal the results of the most undemocratic vote since the Brexit referendum: our very own Ophef of the Year Awards. Mister Stikstof puts a spanner in the works of Schiphol’s expansion plans and joins the chorus of VVD mayors calling for a fireworks ban. Lego is urged to take the Dutch approach to road design, while the tax office also gears up for a structural overhaul. And there are big New Year developments in the careers of an Iranian Olympian and a Dutch YouTube star. Photo:...

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Weekend Special (17-19 January)

Here’s your weekly summary of What’s On  This is our top list of events, exhibitions, music, festivals and more to keep you entertained this weekend. We include events from The Hague, Leiden, Delft, Scheveningen and everywhere in between. Below the four featured events, you can find other things happening this weekend, as well as ongoing exhibitions and festivals. You’ll also find all our upcoming listings with links so you can plan ahead. There are family-friendly suggestions too, making sure everyone can explore the area and its culture together. We hope you have a great time, no matter what you...

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Vendors Angry at Rent Increase at Haagse Markt

“If it is meant to be frozen, then it is frozen and nothing else should happen,” says market vendor Danny in the radio program Rob’s Tussendoortje on The Hague FM about the increase in prices for standing on the Haagse Markt. Danny says  there is dissatisfaction with the actions of the municipality. Media partner Omroep West drew the same conclusion on the market. He thinks it is probable that entrepreneurs, just like in 2016, will protest. “That point will come when the municipality of The Hague finds more protesters outside.” Danny says that people are “angry and disappointed” in...

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Trains Disrupted until Wednesday Evening

Due to a defective track at Waddinxveen, the trains between Alphen aan den Rijn and Gouda run slower as a precaution. Due to the necessary speed adjustment, two trains run less per hour. The disruption will last until Wednesday evening. “During a routine check we noticed that a piece of track does not have the optimum quality that we are aiming for,” a ProRail spokesperson told Omroep West. The spokesperson does not know exactly what is broken. “That’s why the trains run slower for safety reasons.” On Thursday morning the trains can return to normal speed. The company advises travelers to keep an eye on...

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