Britain, Politics, Sinterklaas

3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

It struck me today that the whole Brexit thing is rather like the whole Sinterklaas thing here in the Netherlands - and there are lessons the Brexit camp could have learnt from the Dutch. Bear with me: it's June and we're talking Sinterklaas so I know you're wondering where the hell this is going.....Lesson 1. Outdated, Insulting… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

book review, Books, Britain, Expat

Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling: Book Review:

In his latest book, Mr Bryson works his way around Britain to see just how these isles have fared since his adventure twenty years ago when he penned Notes from a Small Island. The upshot of it is that my birth country is still blessed with countless beauty spots, which you'd be hard pressed to find… Continue reading Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling: Book Review:

Books, British, Culture, Dutch, English, Netherlands

Why The Dutch Refuse to Queue Like the English

Many years ago I read Watching the English by Kate Fox. It's a fascinating read if you are English, spend time with English people, or you just want to get to know us English folk a little better. There was a lot of penny dropping going on during my scurry through the chapters, lots of… Continue reading Why The Dutch Refuse to Queue Like the English