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Friday, October 15, 2010

Featured Article

Forgotten Crafts: Broombinder

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The other day I was absorbed in writing in my office when all of a sudden I was disturbed by a horrible noise. I got up to have a look out of the window to see what that awful noise could be. It turned out to be the street sweeper with his latest fall gadget: a leaf blower.

With a sigh I sat down and my thoughts wandered off to the days when street sweepers would do just that: sweep the street, with a broom: tsssjk-tjssk-tsssjk.

And if the good man was in a jolly mood he would whistle or sing a song. I would like that far better that this deafening noise.

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Reading Tip

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Nothing is as revealing as seeing your own culture trough the eyes of a foreigner. It can be hilarious also, as the authors of this nice booklet prove us: "The Undutchables".

Colin White and Laurie Boucke have done a great job pointing out everything that is weird or otherwise remarkable about the Dutch. Although the book is of course one great caricature of Dutch culture, its essence is quite true. That is what makes this book special and certainly worth reading.

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