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Celebrating our King and Queen on April 26, 2014

Posted on April 24, 2014

Perhaps other ex-pats in the Netherlands will understand this one: I thought Queen Beatrix was a wonderful representative for the Dutch nation, but Lord am I glad I don’t have to twist my tongue over the word “Koninginnendag” anymore. With the investiture of the new monarch the Orange holiday is now known as “Koningsdag,” and I find this much easier to pronounce. Although, to be honest, I also checked the correct spelling of both of those Dutch terms, proving that I happen to trip up on the written syllables as well. Long live the King and Queen! To join the upcoming celebrations on April 26 we have selected one of king and one queen from Vinita’s archive of wild, fanciful and royal headgear exploits.

On The Street

Posted on April 20, 2014

What lies under, in the cellar, You either know or you don’t know — You’ll have to admit it, frankly that By storing something that you may walk across While wondering about what’s there within Your best guess is the most you’ll know. Perhaps something valuable otherwise maybe it’s rubbish, This old fashioned treasure chest housing Old broken boxes, a plastic chair What lies underneath, Maybe even charity safeguarded for us just in case, These cases of hope and curiosity.