Tag: netherlands

How better to celebrate the day after Valentine’s Day than with the discussion of WAR? I’ll let you in on a little secret, something I’m rather ashamed of: my knowledge of history is really lacking. I blame it on my schooling: basically, we studied the Romans, the Tudors, some Jurassic/dinosaur stuff… and that’s it. Seriously, I left school not knowing a thing about World War 1 and 2, or any contemporary political history. Oh, I forgot: we also studied the…

I’m writing this while offline, because it being England, and not some Western, developed country, we’ve had yet another power cut. At 2:20am. There’s nothing quite like being plunged into instantaneous darkness, only to be saved moments later by my laptop screen illuminating my hands and face. So, where was I… Ah yes, I was waking up, the morning after the night before; the night of banana-oriented depravity. Bananas had been consumed in vast quantities (well, why not?) and we’d…

I know that only moments ago I was in Serbia, and days before that I was in Turkey, but now cast your mind’s eye north and west for I have magically appeared in the lovely and tiny city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands! There, surrounded by 4 concentric half-circle canals is the largest city and constitutional capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curiously, the government and supreme court are not in Amsterdam — they’re over in The Hague (there…