Author: Gemma Isherwood

More Trains Improve Commuter Timetable

The new railway timetable which will come into effect in December includes more local and intercity trains, Dutch railway operator ProRail said on Monday. For example, the frequency of intercity trains between Amersfoort and Utrecht will go up from four to six and there will be more trains between Haarlem and the seaside resort of Zandvoort from next summer. The new timetable also includes provision for longer goods trains – stretching up to 740 metres long, Prorail said. Last week, NS said so many more people are using the railways that the tracks may reach maximum capacity by 2027,...

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Dutch Princess Christina Passes Away Aged 72

Princess Christina, youngest sister of former Dutch queen Beatrix, has died of cancer at the age of 72. The announcement was made on Friday morning by the state information service RVD. The princess, the youngest of four daughters to queen Juliana, had been suffering from bone cancer for several years. She died at the Noordeinde palace and will be cremated in a quiet ceremony with the family, the statement said. King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima and princess Beatrix said on Twitter they would cherish many wonderful memories of their ‘dear sister and aunt’. Her musical drive and her talent had...

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More Brits on the Road to Dutch Citizenship

The number of British nationals applying for Dutch nationality continues to rise, with over 1,300 taking the plunge last year, according to BNR radio. And in the first six months of this year alone, 180 people opted to renounce their British nationality to become Dutch, compared to 280 in 2018 as a whole, figures from the IND immigration service show. Before Brexit, just a handful of people took such a step. A further 1,060 people applied to become Dutch under the option ruling last year – which is open to people with a Dutch partner, pensioners and children who...

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Weekend Special (16-18 August)

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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Tornadoes At Scheveningen Stay Clear of the Coast

Along the Scheveningen coast, two tornadoes were seen on Monday morning. The funnel-shaped phenomena did not enter the country. Last Friday, Amsterdam was startled by a large whirlwind that raged over the capital. In addition to causing a great deal of damage, the tornado  also produced  spectacular images that quickly circulated on social media. Tornadoes can be very local and only arise in certain weather conditions. For example, the differences in temperature between the air at the surface of the earth and those at high altitudes must be very large. It is almost impossible to predict where and when the covers...

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‘Leiden Lions’ Ice Hockey Team on the Prowl for New Members

As a team of the official ice hockey club ‘Leiden Lions’ we participate in the “recreational” division of the Dutch Hockey League. Our team consists of former students between the age of 20 to 50. A healthy mix of lawyers, economists, engineers and foreign expats from companies like Shell, Europol, Ernst & Young etc. We are looking for new members who enjoy playing semi competitive ice hockey and enjoy having a beer after the game. Our season runs from October to March: Practice, once a week on wednesday in Leiden at 20.30h. Games, once a week on weekends in...

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Beach Cleanup Sees Progress From Last Year

The twelfth stage of the Boskalis Beach Cleanup Tour 2019 visited the beaches of Scheveningen on Monday. During the large beach clean-up campaign of Stichting De Noordzee, around 370 kilos of waste was removed. “It was the first day that it rained while cleaning up, but everyone was very fanatic,” says volunteer Anne Marie Brevoort at FM The Hague. Anne Marie is not taking part in the Beach Cleanup Tour for the first time . Both this year and during the previous edition, she participates in all fifteen stages along the southern coast, from Cadzand to Zandvoort. “The most important reason that I participate is that I...

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New Rent Rules in The Hague Could Affect Expats

New rules for rental properties in The Hague could see some rents coming down, the city’s Liberal housing alderman has told the Financieele Dagblad. The aim of the new rules, which have slapped income requirements on mid-market rental properties, is to ensure teachers, nurses and police officers can find a place to live in the city, Boudewijn Revis told the paper. Since July 1, houses worth fewer than 185 points in the rent assessment system – equivalent to a rent of around €950 a month – have been limited to people earning no more than €57,000 for a single...

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P!nk Entertains Tens of Thousands on Packed Malieveld

Malieveld in The Hague and the surrounding area were dominated by a concert by the American singer P!nk on Sunday evening. Around 50,000 fans had come to the concert. “It’s very busy,” Omroep West reporter Linda van Dijk said. With the traffic, it all went well before the concert. There were no traffic jams around the Malieveld, according to the ANWB. P!nk entered the stage a little after 9 p.m. and could count on a loud applause from the masses. Just before that, Davina Michelle was on the stage. The singer from Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel was in the supporting act and warmed things up. Davina released a cover of P!nk’s hit ‘What About Us’ on her YouTube channel two years ago, and that video ended up reaching the singer herself. She reacted with great enthusiasm to Davina’s singing skills. The 23-year-old Dutch singer said to be ‘blood nervous’ for Sunday. “But of course it is also crazy.” People who did not have a ticket also tried to sneak something from the concert. Not often are there world-class artists on the Malieveld. International stars such as The Rolling Stones (1998, 86,000 visitors), Coldplay (2012, 69,000 visitors) and Bruce Springsteen (2016, 67,500 visitors) have previously performed. Closures Work has been going on all week to convert the huge lawn (550 x 200 meters) into an open-air concert hallfor the singer, known for hits such as Get The Party Started,...

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Whirlwind Hits Amsterdam

A short-lived whirlwind picked up on the IJ waterway in Amsterdam on Friday evening, providing a spectacular and rare view for locals and tourists in the area. The whirlwind was seen in the Oosterdok, between the city’s main railway stations and the Nemo science museum and filmed by Marie Hemelrijk. ‘I was a bit scared that it would come my way, so all I could do was stay inside,’ she said. The wind speed was probably no higher than 100kph, according to weather bureau Weerplaza and caused little damage. One boat was hit by falling debris and a couple of trees were blown down, broadcaster NOS said. What the actual fuck. Amsterdam centrum, Oosterdok nu net. pic.twitter.com/mRIu7fFWxG — Marie Hemelrijk (@MarieHemelrijk) August 9, 2019 Source:...

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