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aving lived here for longer than I care to admit, the only thing I really miss (now that I can buy any English product I want at Kelly’s) is my family, which consists of cousins, several more cousins and two surviving aunts in England and a brother, nephew, niece-in-law and an almost grand-niece/ nephew in New York. I have never needed them more than during the last few weeks and I was not disappointed. I headed for England (no ball involved) after my eldest brother was taken into hospital with a list of serious complaints. Sadly he died on 21 October leaving me as next of kin to make all the arrangements. Whatever I needed to do or get done, either my partner, one of my three amazing children or one or more of above-mentioned cousins were getting my back. Whether it was searching through his papers, registering his death, talking to the bank, arranging the funeral, schmoozing to the minister or just choosing the music there was always someone to lean on. Russ had always told me not to bother; just let the council take care of me. As if I would. Obviously he knew this as an app on an iPad called ‘What to do when someone dies’. Very thoughtful. Russ had been ill for many years and being totally housebound for the last five, he lived through Second Life (SL). For those of you unfamiliar with this phenomenon, it is a virtual world in which you can become, as an avatar, anyone or anything you want to be. So, being disabled, balding and chunky, Russ went for a handsome, well-built, healthy man with a ponytail. He helped build a sanctuary for disabled people in SL and befriended many people. Phoning them on a regular basis he had quite a busy social life albeit from the comfort of his own easy chair. For years he tried to get me to join. I always had an excuse but actually I just didn’t want to get sucked in. My hands and head are full enough coping with real life! Using his phone and mail to let his circle know what had happened was weird and emotional but being told there would be a memorial service on SL was even weirder. Naturally we wanted to attend, so my daughters set about making an account. When they finally got in, we were picked up by a friend who flew our avatar to the spot they were holding the memorial. There were around 35 figures milling around and chatting. Then this voice told us we were all facing the wrong way. Chuckling away we turned to see a Sims–like figure on a podium and were confronted by a sort of photo of my brother (his avatar). It felt surrealistic to see a unicorn, a baby, a cowboy and other strange figures and to hear normal human voices lamenting my brother’s demise.

Coming Soon…The Spuiforum •

By Carla Piqué I Images Neutelings Riedijk Architects


he Hague is a city with ambition. It started with the distinctive skyline, the City Hall and the public library, and soon the Central Station will be finished giving visitors a beautiful entrance to the city. The next big project is the ‘Spuiforum’, and it will be the new building for dance, music and the Royal Conservatoire, replacing the current theatres of Spuiplein. Music, dance and culture are undoubtedly in The Hague’s DNA, and the new Spuiforum will be the place where the Lucent Danstheater, Residentie Orkest and the Royal Conservatoire will share the same roof. It promises to be unique to the world and a new emblem of the city and another reason for The Hague to be the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018.

The Spuiforum is the result of a design competition in 2010 among 16 architect firms. After several rounds, Neutelings Riedijk Architects was chosen to develop the project. The new Spuiforum will bring together a 1,500 seat Concert Hall, a 1,000 seat Opera/Dance Hall and a 500 seat Ensemble

Hall. The halls will be stacked on top of each other and embedded in a flexible structure of educational classrooms and studios for the Royal Conservatoire. The heart of the complex will be shaped as a monumental mountain of stairs that will bring visitors all the way up to a public roof with a privileged view of the city. The building will be crowned with a large cupola hall for all kinds of public events. This will definitely be a new and entertaining place in the heart of the city. A place to attend concerts and evening performances, watch rehearsals of Royal Conservatoire, socialise, drink a cup of coffee or take the escalators upstairs to enjoy an unique view of The Hague.

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In spite of all the weirdness it was an emotionally enriching experience to hear how my grumpy old fart of a brother had touched all these people’s lives with his humour, empathy, spontaneity, generosity and big heart. Despite my immense grief I look back at a positive event surrounded by an extremely loving family and I’m pretty sure Russ is laughing his arse off that he finally got me into Second Life.

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News from The Hague 1.

The International School of The Hague (ISH) receives the Green Flag Award. The distinction comes from Eco-Schools as recognition and reward for the ISH’s efforts to educate the children in an environmentally conscious way. Eco-Schools is an international educational programme that provides schools with guidelines on the way to sustainability.


2 Open day at sustainable homes. On 11 November, some of the energy efficient homes were open to visitors. During the open day, people could see how one can reduce their energy consumption while keeping one’s level of comfort by the use of solar panels or floor insulation.


3 Musical for Peace Palace 100 anniversary. The Peace Palace in The Hague will be 100 in August 2013. In celebration of this event, local teenagers will create and perform a musical with the theme ‘The Hague, my city of Peace and Justice’. The show will take place in September 2013 at the Koninklijke Schouwburg. 4.

Global Justice Institute to get new president. The Hague based institution has appointed Dr. Abiodun Williams as its new president. Mr. Williams’ mandate begins January 2013. The Institute has been in existence since 2011 and its purpose is to address global justice issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

5. The Hague presented the plan for Cultural Capital 2018.

The artistic director of The Hague 2018 campaign has presented a first copy of the city’s bid book: A City Without Walls, a Heaven for Free Thought The book presents plans and ideas the municipality would implement if chosen to become the European Capital of Culture in 2018. The Hague competes for this position with cities like Utrecht, Maastricht, and Eindhoven.

6. Parkenroute photo contest. In order to promote The Hague’s parks and country estates, the municipality and the Dutch Cyclists Union have organised an autumn photo contest in the month

New Beginnings!

n this age of great change we are constantly IMiddle being hit with negativity, disturbance in the East, credit crisis, and doom and gloom

- on the news and everywhere else. I personally stopped listening to the news and started listening to people. And what a change I discovered! Everybody I meet has such anticipation for new

of November. Participants have photographed beautiful scenes of the Parkenroute and three of them will receive a prize by the middle of this month. Results on:

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Give a Gift to Someone Who Needs It Den Haag FM is again collecting gifts for the poor this Christmas. There are over 2000 children and teenagers in The Hague whose families can’t afford to buy them gifts this year. You can help by donating a small gift at Den Haag FM’s headquarters from the 10th to the 14th of December. Check for more details.

7. International Club The Hague, The first permanent club in Europe dedicated to expats opened its doors in November. Located in The Hague’s former city-hall on the Javastraat, the club offers an establishment where expats and their families can engage in informal, social activities. The club will host workshops, quizzes, parties and more. 8. New IMAX cinema in The Hague. Pathé Nederland opens a new IMAX cinema at the Pathé Spuimarkt in The Hague. The new theatre will open doors in the middle of December with Peter Jackson’s production ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’. The IMAX in The Hague has a capacity of 400 seats and it’s the 6th of its kind in the Netherlands. 9. Empty office buildings to become apartments. Starting 2013, each year around 50,000 square meters of office space will be given a new purpose. Due to staff reductions and an ageing population, up to 13% of the office space is empty. This space needs to be used so the municipality cancelled new building projects and focused on re-purposing old office buildings. 10,000 apartments will take the place of offices over the next 20 years.

Christmas Fair in Kickstart School Kickstart School will be organising a Christmas Fair on 7 December , from 2pm to 6pm at Laan Copes van Cattenburch 86, The Hague. Everyone is invited! You will be able to eat, drink, and buy Christmas presents. This year the fair will have jewellery, cashmere, handmade notebooks, pottery, knitwear, bath oils, Christmas decorations, clothes for children, glass necklaces, luxury food gifts and much more for sale. Part of the proceeds will be given to two charities: Stichting Livada and Stichting Hulp aan Rosemary.


The Hague’s website accessible to the visually impaired. The website is the first of the biggest Dutch municipalities to be reviewed as accessible for the blind. The Accessibility Foundation evaluated the website and found it to be navigable for the visually impaired. This happens because both the visual and written information can be read by a screen reader. The foundation awarded the website with a distinction. Source:

New! Christmas Shopping at Tante Catoo beginnings. People all around me feel that the credit crisis will come to an end soon (in fact, didn’t they declare recently on BBC News that Britain is out of the crisis?). Anyway, happy faces talk to me about looking forward to the New Year. Yes, we are now in December and 2013 is just around the corner. People start contemplating what they will be doing after January 1 and are already discussing what resolutions they will put into place (fingers crossed). Here in the Zeeheldenkwartier, the Christmas lights are already up and everybody is looking forward to Sinterklaas and Christmas. Recently, there was an announcement which was definitely a Christmas gift for the residents - we have been given the go ahead to build a beautiful park on the Tasmanstraat. This will be a green place for locals to relax and for children to play. My neighbours and I agree that the neighbourhood will improve with this patch of green, gifted to us by a local Dutch charity. Before I close my first column, I have a quirky topic. Have you noticed how sex has been playing a very big part of our lives recently? Not just because of the baby boom, (believe me, my café is being turned into a creche most weekends), but

A lovely new shop opened its doors last month in the Obrechtstraat 183B, it is located on a side street of the Reinkenstraat. You need to know about this shop otherwise you might miss it. It’s a true gem and a big asset to the neighbourhood.You will find drawings made by Tante Catoo herself, beautiful gifts, handmade cushions, bags and much more! Check out the website for more information:

gone are the days when sex was something you did in the quiet of your bedroom. Now we have sex dates- which I find amazingly forward thinking. Many of my friends sit and discuss the intricacies of this new dating game. Whatever way you look at it, we have moved on as far as dating is concerned and I applaud the new way! New Beginnings are everywhere. Till next month, I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and happy holidays! Email:

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Jeffrey Huf



Photo: Spike Bakker

Dear readers, Unfortunately, I could not be part of the last edition of this paper as I was feeling so miserable. It was too much for me as my column is about ADO and my grief was linked to ADO. My good friend and ardent ADO supporter Silvio Roosa passed away, which really shook me up.

I n t h e s pirit of the h o l i d a y season, The Un de r g r o u n d asked people o n t h e s treets of T h e H ague:

Silvio was an extraordinary man. He was really cynical and announced in the eighties that he would never attend another match as he felt that the game had gone so far downhill. To put this into perspective, I can tell you that he attended every single match till 2 weeks before he died, just because it was still his club and the love of your club runs very deep and is difficult to comprehend. It was a wonderful farewell with hundreds of fans showing him the respect and honour he deserved. Personally, I will never forget Sil because of all the laughter we shared.

What is your favourite holiday?

Altogether we gave him all the respect he deserved but I feel that as football fans, generally speaking, we receive very little respect in the community. Football is the greatest sport in the Netherlands but as soon as you boisterously display your feelings for your club there are these snobs that take offense and I just can’t get my head around it. I would like to see more acceptance and for the community to show us, the fans, a little respect.

Adriaan de Bock, credit administrator

‘My favourite holiday is Christmas. I like the family spirit and jolliness of the season. I usually go to my brother’s place in Noordwijk. We might cook or we might get some Chinese take-away. Nice and easy.’

I also want to let you know that from Thursday to Saturday I cook in the Piet Heinstraat 97 so if you want to chat about football just come in and let me know and I’ll be happy to join you. See you later alligator, in a while crocodile.

Christiane Jaklitsch van Oudheusdep, social worker in Vienna

‘I like the semester holidays in Austria. It’s around February. The tourist season is over and it’s not so busy. We go skiing a lot then.’

Why We’re Talking About •

By Noémi Nagy I Photo by Heather Tucker

he ‘Serious Request’ project began in 2004 T when three DJs from the radio station 3FM, (Wouter van der Goes, Claudia de Breij and Giel

Levi Zoutendijk (12), school student

‘I love Sinterklaas! My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas. In early December, we unpack Sinterklaas presents with the whole family. It’s so gezellig. I hope I get games this year.’

Beelen) locked themselves in a Glass House in Utrecht. Their aim was to raise awareness to the horrible conditions refugees face daily in Darfur. They lived in the house for a week prior to Christmas without access to food and played songs 24/7 requested by online listeners and passersby in exchange for donations. The event was organized in cooperation with the Red Cross and raised over €900,000 not to mention public awareness.

Mick van Diessen, unemployed

‘Halloween of course! Look at me. I live and breathe horror. Halloween and I are one. I went to a burlesque show in Utrecht this year for Halloween.’

By Dorine Schreiner and Natalie Bowman

Luckily, the story didn’t end there and since then 3FM and the Red Cross have been organising the ‘Serious Request’ every year in different locations around the Netherlands. Each new edition of the Glass House raised awareness for a different cause, such as supporting the children of the Congo, providing sustainable drinking water and working on eliminating landmines and malaria. Other countries have joined in on the action as well: Belgium, Sweden, Kenya and Switzerland - all displaying their own glass house for a good cause. Last year the Glass House was set up in Leiden with the theme ‘This one’s for mama’. The total proceeds of €8,621,004 went to improving the

The Glass House

situation of women who are affected by war and other conflicts. This year’s Dutch Glass House will find its home on the market square of Enschede on 18-24 December. The theme ‘Let’s hear it for the babies’ aims to raise awareness of infant deaths all over the world. Those of us outside the glass walls can also make a difference. You can sign up on the website www. with an activity that can raise money such as baking cookies, auctioning off those unwanted Christmas presents from last year or offering to teach ice-skating. Wannabe musicians can also join in by submitting a demo of their songs. The more donations your song gets, the more likely it will be aired, moreover, it will compete with other songs for the prize of ‘Demo of the Day’. Since we’re all in a spending mood before the holidays, why not splurge on doing good for the rest of the world?

When: 18-24 December, 2012 Where: Enschede, Old Market square Entrance fee: None but make sure to donate! Further info:

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Sounds of The Hague Marco Raaphorst broadcasts the human voice.

A New Year’s Tradition •

By Helen Preston I Photo by Alexander Fritze

n New Year’s Day in 1965, seven members of O the Residentie swimming club took a dip in the North Sea to celebrate the opening of the bathing season. These brave souls were seen as eccentrics but they were also the inspiration for what is now a mass event on the beach of Scheveningen every New Year’s day.

In recent years thousands of people have taken part with the 2012 dive seeing a record 10,000 participants. So why do they do it? It’s a local tradition that has become a national event and one of those things that you just have to do once in your life. For some, it’s simply the best cure for that New Year’s Eve party headache - the ultimate hangover cure. Sausage brand Unox made an ingenious marketing move by becoming the sponsor of the Nieuwjaarsduik. They turned the event into a bright orange colour as participants put on their branded

Not for the Faint Hearted woolen hat before sprinting into the icy sea. After the daring deed there is a cup of snert (pea soup) to warm them up and add that whiff of nostalgia to harken back to the good old days of ice-skating on the frozen canals. Scheveningen’s New Year’s dive isn’t the only New Year’s dive but it is the largest one in the country and it’s right here on your doorstep. So even if you’re not prepared to bare all in your bikini or shorts, it is quite a sight; thousands of nearly-naked Hollanders of all ages, shapes and sizes running like lemmings into the sea. Sounds crazy I know, but what a way to welcome the New Year and they always look like they’re having fun!

When: 1 January 2013 Where: Next to the pier in Scheveningen How: Sign up from 10:30, dive at 12:00 Cost:: €2,-

1st Year Anniversary The Party •

By Laura Dragulin

We celebrated our 1st year anniversary with a party above the lights of The Hague at The Penthouse on 25 November. It’s been a highly successful year for us and we continue to grow quickly as we become the premier newspaper and web magazine for the English speaking community in The Hague and the surrounding area. Music was provided by Daniela Spataru, Christine Defontaine and Rotterdam based band, Moscow Express. Wicked Wendy went wild, playing a wicked DJ set as her challenge for our charity Jacobshospice. The attendees indulged themselves with cake sponsored by Kelly’s Expat Shopping and Sharlah, Wicked Wendy’s daughter. Welcome drinks were provided by De Gouden Ton (Denneweg) and attendees received goodie bags courtesy of Willy Mooren of BOOM packaging. We appreciate all of you coming out to support us and hopefully, we will see you next year!

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Leo Blokhuis has written a new book about music called Haags Speelkwartier. You might know Leo from television programmes like De Wereld Draait Door, Nacht van de popmuziek and Top 2000. In this book, Leo focuses on The Hague as the beat city of Holland during the 50s and 60s. The foundation of Dutch rock ‘n roll was created by Indo-rockers like Black Dynamites and The Tielman Brothers. Indo-rock is a term, which mixes the words Indonesian with rock ‘n roll. Andy Tielman and his brothers grew up in The Hague and made our city world famous with their beat music. They played at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg in 1962 at the same time as The Beatles. And they did actually influence The Beatles as Paul McCartney has mentioned in interviews. The wild performances and the advanced guitar sounds of The Tielman Brothers couldn’t be ignored. We can also be very proud of bands like Shocking Blue, Q65, and The Golden Earring for creating a huge archive of great “Haagse muziek” as well as more recent bands like Kane, Di-rect, Anouk and many more. In short: The Hague was and still is a great city for beat music. Back to the book by Leo. The interesting thing is that he has made Nico Servaas’s music shop the centre of his stories. As if the music shop was some kind of play yard for those beat musicians. Although I’m from ’68 and maybe a little young, I think it’s true. In fact, Leo interviewed me a couples of times about it as I was a customer of Nico Servaas’s music shop for years and years. Servaas music store was located in the building that is now occupied by the English pub ‘Fiddler’. Nico had photographs near the counter of all the famous bands who bought their stuff at Servaas. The store was filled with rock ‘n roll guitars, amps and drums. This was a serious shop for rock stars and wannabe rock stars. I also bought my first acoustic guitar at Servaas when I was about 11 or 12 years old. Nico was a true salesman. He was the kind of person who would probably be as good at selling cars as anything else. Nico was not at all musical and couldn’t play a note. But he could definitely sell instruments. At Servaas, you could try out your electric guitar in a cabin and turn the amp up loud. Nico was the first in The Hague to offer that kind of service. It’s still a great way to check out a guitar without irritating the other customers with your loud playing and perhaps Nico invented it because it irritated him as well. Nico was also a smart guy who had a knack for putting the right kind of instruments in his shop window. His displays worked like a magnet for musicians and even non-musicians as the shop was always crowded on the weekends. The story goes that all those musicians, including myself, made Nico a bit rich and he was able to sell the shop in 1994 and start living on the island of St. Lucia with his wife. That doesn’t sound too bad to me either...

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What’s in a Street Name?

Mauritskade: The Cradle of Louis Couperus •

A Theatre Full of Glitz and Glamour •

By Anna McGrail I Photo Koninklijke Schouwburg

One of the most recognisable and characteristic buildings of The Hague, the Koninklijke Schouwburg theatre, is also one of the most glamorous with a long and regal history. The building began its life not as a theatre but as a royal palace. In 1766 Prince Charles of NassauWeilburg decided to build a small palace in The Hague for himself and his wife, Princess Carolina of Orange-Nassau. Designed by Pieter de Swart, an architect trained in Paris at the expense of William IV, it was naturally influenced by eighteenth century Parisian style. This resulted in a Louis XVI style, seventy-seven metres wide and three storeys high building that formed a distinctive semi-circular front. The palace has a billiard room, bedrooms, a cabinet room and an antechamber, a music room and a dance hall, a room for pets, and a garden. Luxurious gilded woodwork, damask curtains and chandeliers adorned the rooms. Sadly, the palace was not completed in the prince and princess’s lifetime and, as a result, laid empty and unfinished for many years. However, in 1802 a group of prominent citizens of The Hague saved the desolate palace by renting it on a contract of ninety-nine years and converting it into a theatre. In 1804 the New Hague Stadsschouwburg opened its doors to the public. The theatre was leased to theatre companies each evening because there was no house company. From 1841 to 1853 King William II became the owner of the Koninklijke Schouwburg. The fashionable French opera flourished under his leadership and actually, very few theatre performances were staged due to the popularity of the opera. In 1863 the interior of the theatre was modernised by the architect W.C. van der Waeyen Pieterszen and throughout the twentieth century the building underwent several building phases, restoring, modernising and implementing modern safety policies. Immediately after the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1940, the theatre was annexed by the Germans from The Hague municipality and was used for the entertainment of German troops in the German language. Furthermore, a German theatre company was resident there, despite not paying for the use of the theatre that was now back in the possession of Municipality of The Hague. In the summer of 1944 the resident German company departed with haste, as the Allies liberated the Netherlands. Interestingly, in 2003, Carice Van Houten who starred in the Dutch Resistance film set in The Hague ‘Black Book,’ also starred in ‘Hedda Gabler’ at the Koninklijke Schouwburg. The Haagse Comedie was the modern home company of the theatre in the late twentieth century. Here the Haagse style was cultivated, a distinctive acting style which was mild, modest and elegant. The glamour of the theatre has not faded since then and with its performances both in English and Dutch its accessibility is part of its opulent charm.

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Mauritskade 11 is where you can find a nice engraved stone saying ‘Louis Couperus was hier geboren’ – Here Louis Couperus was born. He was a Dutch writer who wrote about a widerange of subjects, from fairy tales to historical novels. Born in The Hague on 10 June 1863 and descending from a wealthy governor of the Dutch East Indies, he spent his youth there before he returned to The Hague and worked as a journalist. His first novel, Eline Vere, published in 1888 established him as a writer and also as one of the most significant writers of Dutch literature. He was inspired by Emile Zola and Gustave Flaubert (author of Madame Bovary). Instead of embracing Romanticism, he approached Naturalism, a literary movement that spread at the end of the nineteenth century. Naturalism was influenced by the theory of evolution and tried to explain social behaviour and the origin of different characters based on specific social environments, heredity, and family influence. Thus naturalistic authors often wrote about topics that were part of ordinary life but still taboo, such as sex, violence, racism, disease, poverty, prostitution and corruption. The main characters of naturalist novels would strongly believe in destiny, would be melancholic, nervous, struggle for love and would demonstrate severe psychological traits. Eline Vere perfectly matches this profile: she is nervous, unhappy and strongly believes that her life is predetermined; her path chosen by ‘noodlot’ - destiny - and her wealthy family. Peculiarly, the book presents many French terms as, during the ‘Belle Époque’, the Dutch middle class would speak French to differentiate itself from the lower class. In 1891, Couperus married his niece Elisabeth Baud who translated The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde into Dutch. They had no children and travelled around the world, especially in France, Italy, North Africa and Japan until they were forced to move back to The Hague during the First World War. Louis Couperus went on writing critically acclaimed and commercially successful novels and his work has been translated into many languages: French, Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Esperanto and Urdu. Besides Eline Vere and among others, he wrote the decadent novel The Hidden Force and the fairy tale Psyche. He died in 1923 from blood poisoning, leaving a permanent mark in Dutch literature. Nowadays,a museum dedicated to him can be found in Javastraat.

Audrey Hepburn: Before the Glamour •

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When one thinks of Audrey Hepburn, glitz and glamour must be two words that spring to mind. She is an icon of the golden age of Hollywood and represents the timeless fashion of beauty, elegance, charm and grace. She is an inspiration for millions who adore her films, such as Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. However, what many people do not know is that long before her days as a lauded film star, she actually lived in the Netherlands, and some points in her life were very far from glamorous. Given her background, Hepburn was bound for glamour. Her mother, Baroness Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch aristocrat and the daughter of Elbrig Willemine Henriette, Baroness van Asbeck. Her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úžice, Bohemia to a father of British and Austrian descent and an Austrian mother. Although born Ruston, he later double-barrelled the surname to the more ‘aristocratic’ Hepburn-Ruston, mistakenly believing that he was a descendent of James Hepburn, third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Audrey Kathleen van Heemstra Ruston was born in 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels.. Hepburn also had British citizenship through her father. Because of her mother’s family in the Netherlands and her father’s job with a British company, the family often travelled between the three countries, spending time in Brussels, London, Arnhem and The Hague. During her childhood in the Netherlands Hepburn lived in Arnhem, a town that saw some of the fiercest action in the country during World War Two. However, she was still able to find the glamour hidden beneath the horrors of war. Hepburn enrolled in ballet classes and found out that she had a talent, giving ‘black-out’ performances to raise money in aid of the Dutch Resistance. After the war, she and her mother moved to Amsterdam where she continued her ballet classes under Sonia Gaskill, soon being chosen to star in a matinee performance at Amsterdam’s Hortus theatre. Hepburn was then introduced by a friend to a photographer for whose studio she began to do some posing for and she quickly developed a natural feel for it. Not long after, she performed a screen test for a pair of freelance Dutch filmmakers, who gave her a small film role as a stewardess in the film Nederlands in Zeven Lessen (Dutch in Seven Lessons). In 1948, Hepburn auditioned for the celebrated Marie Lambert ballet school in London and was accepted on a scholarship from which she moved to chorus line work and was spotted for more small film roles. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Jean-Cédric Deguy: The Bubble Maker •

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rench Champagne entrepreneur Jean-Cédric Fbooming Deguy speaks to The Underground about his business in The Hague, and why he

named two of his Champagnes ‘Miss Clémence’ and ‘Miss Emma’. The Underground: The champagne Deguy wine label design shows a family crest: a lion above the key accompanied by a red and a white grape. Can you explain why you chose this design? JC Deguy: It is common that certain information is included in the wine label, such as country of origin, type of wine or the family of the producer. Well, my ancestors of the family Deguy were known as the serrurier du roi, a title given by the king for the craftmanship of the master locksmith, hence the key. The Underground: At what age did you decide to cultivate your own champagne and why? JC Deguy: I was only 25 when I was working in the wine industry in the United States. There, I was introduced to a common practice where wineries bought grapes to produce a wine at another location. It took me years to investigate this, as it is very expensive to own vineyards in the Champagne region. Finally, I found a Vigneron in Champagne who wanted to expand his winery and I could buy some of their grapes to produce my own style of champagne. The Underground: Your Champagne is named after your daughters Miss Clémence and Miss Emma; what are you going to tell them when they find out? JC Deguy: Well, one of them, Clémence (8), already found out and I must say she is very proud and bubbly to see a champagne bottle with her name on it. Emma (3) is still too young to comment. I named Miss Clémence after my daughter, as it is very fruity and has character, like her. The Underground: When did you move to The Hague and why? Do you find it difficult to get new customers for your private business in The Hague, especially as you don’t speak Dutch? JC Deguy: I moved to The Hague in 2008, as my wife was offered a position in the food industry. I don’t find it difficult to promote my business here, as the people are very fond of and interested in this French product. I mostly sell in France, Europe in general and in Australia. Some companies have asked me to hold champagne tasting seminars, which I have also done. To read the rest of the interview with JC Deguy, visit: our website:

Through the Keyhole: Tatjana Tuzar •

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‘I have the best memories from the fireplace. We used to sit around it when our children were young n 1909, a member of a wealthy German family, and have a wonderful time- dancing, laughing and renowned for trading Argentinian meat, came having fun.’ to The Hague to build a house. The house had 11 rooms and was initially the only house in van Leenepweg; today there are many beautiful houses in the area. I imagine that the family chose this location to build their home because of its close proximity to Scheveningen beach. Tatjana Tuzar is the second owner and has been living here for more than 25 years. The dining room is so large that it was often used When Tatjana was looking for a house in the Neth- for gathering, like company meetings and a wederlands a friend told her that this house was availa- ding. ‘The kitchen is very important to me. This is ble. This house made Tatjana feel as if she was back where I make my favourite dish, stuffed peppers. home. She explained, ‘The previous owner used My dear grandma, Ana, used to make it for me eveto have a driveway and a larger garden. I grew up ry week,’ explains Tatjana. ‘It’s actually quite comin my grandparents’ home near Prague (Czech Re- mon in the Czech Republic to have a bigger kitchen public) in a house similar to this one. Both houses than the one I have here, because we basically live smell the same and I recognised that smell when in the kitchen. The style of the house is a real mixI first entered this house; it gave me a warm feel- ture of Art Deco, Baroque, and Jugendstil. I am so ing from my childhood and instantly made me feel happy to live in this perfect house, especially with at home.’ Tatjana is an economy expert and used the beach within walking distance. I hope I can live to live with her (ex)husband and two daughters, here for the rest of my life,’ says Tatjana smiling. who now live in Amsterdam. She speaks fondly over her favourite part in the house- the fireplace.


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True Story: A Reunion Takes Place in The Hague •

Text & photos by Scott Edwards


0 May 2012, I had just got back from Paris when my doorbell rang. I pressed the buzzer expecting a friend to appear at the top of the stairs, but as I leaned over the banister to say hello an elderly woman started climbing the stairs saying that she urgently needed to speak with me. I asked her what was so urgent and she kept repeating that it was very important. When she was nearly at the top of the stairs she started saying something about how she had been trying for days to reach me, and that there wasn’t much time left… This somewhat startled me, and I partly thought perhaps her sanity was in question. The elderly Dutch lady’s name was Marion. She claimed her friend, Alex, a Jewish man in his late seventies, who now lives in Zoetermeer, was hidden with his entire family from the Nazis by a Dutch family in my house. The son of the previous Dutch owners, John, is around the same age as Alex. John and Alex reunited and now John was visiting the Netherlands, after spending decades in Australia. They both wanted to visit my house and remember those days. I almost could not believe this. The war was 70 years ago! How could this happen now? Marion was incredibly nice and we hit it off very well, but the story just seemed too crazy. I certainly had my doubts. I shared this story with friends on Facebook and even jokingly mused with my friend Jake that this may be some well thought out ruse to get me with my guard down and perhaps steal our Stone Roses Heaton tickets so proudly attached to my fridge. I envisioned a group of seniors getting back in their car, high-fiving one another yelling, ‘Played ‘em like a tune, woooo!’ Alex called me not too long after my visit from Marion and I agreed to have them over the next day at 6:30pm. I talked with him for ages and it really started to dawn on me how thrilling this story actually was. He explained that the Dutch family, the Berkhuises, built a special room for his family to escape the notice of the Nazis. If they were found the punishment would have been immediate execution for every inhabitant in the building, regardless of race. The details Alex gave were so minute and detailed that it became evident to me that this was very real. I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams in 2006 when I moved here from Canada, that I would be buying a house where Jews had spent WW2 hiding from the Nazis.

My wife and I prepared snacks, bought flowers and some expensive bottles of wine to have for our guests, and waited anxiously- it turned out to be an amazing evening! Alex Loot, his wife Fredie Loot, John Berghuis, and The Underground’s Monika Lovric showed up at 6:30pm and stayed for over 2 hours. It was a highly, almost unbelievable, emotional experience. The story started at Denneweg 110A in 1940, where Alex’s father ran a textile shop. The Germans invaded the Netherlands on10 May 1940 and Alex’s moth-

er, and grandparents, and some Jewish friends were all staying in a psychiatric hospital in Loosduinen. The Germans had told them that if they stayed at the mental hospital they would not be transported to Germany. Alex, in the meantime, was sleeping in a backroom of the textile shop on the Denneweg with his father. One night in 1942, Germans came by his father’s shop, banging on the wooden shutters of the shop’s front windows with their rifle butts in an attempt to root out Jews. This scared Alex and his father so much that the next day they left, grabbed Alex’s mother and grandparents from the psychiatric hospital and took John’s parents, Marinus and Louis, up on their offer to hide them at their house on Anna Paulownastraat. This is the house that my wife and I now own. As a point of interest, Hitler himself stayed at the Hotel Des Indes in the early stages of the war while visiting The Hague. The hotel was a few hundred metres from Alex’s father’s textile shop. It’s quite remarkable to think that Alex and his father were hiding at the back of a shop that was only several hundred meters away from the Führer himself! We only found out about this part of the story in passing, as we explained to Alex and his wife that we also own a hofje (garden home) just off the Denneweg. My wife Claire also rides horses at a stable on Kazernestraat (literally Barrack Street in English), which is right behind the Hotel Des Indes.

A few highlights The secret room was tiny and comprised of a small space in what is now the living room. It was designed in such a way, that it was in the centre of the room, and hard to detect - a tiny closet essentially, that was only used when the Nazi soldiers inspected the home. Unfortunately, that happened on several occasions- including one time when they stayed for hours, banging on various walls with their rifle butts. Alex and his family would also stay in the room when John’s parents had their friends and relatives over to visit. Nobody was to ever know of their existence, it was too risky. They described in detail how during times like Christmas, they would have to endure long periods of not being able to make any noise, even so much as a cough for hours on end, while others celebrated just beyond the thin walls of the secret room. Alex only has one picture of that time period, of which he gave me a copy. The picture is from the only time he left the house during the whole war, which now he admits was stupidly risky. John’s family went on a trip to the Rotterdam Zoo one summer, and Alex pleaded so intently to go along with them, that the rest of John’s family gave in and obliged - it’s an amazing photo which shows Alex’s determination. (top photo left) They also have a document from an Israeli society called Yad Vashem (of which Alex is a member of) that awards medals to people who helped Jews survive. There was a Jewish family two doors down in the exact same predicament as them, who were caught.

They told us how they sat peering through the curtains as everyone in the dwelling was thrown into a Nazi truck to be driven down to a pit in the dunes in Scheveningen to be immediately executed. Every year they have a ceremony there commemorating all who died at the dunes. At one time, when water was leaking through the roof, John’s father went up into the attic to investigate. He found a huge hole in the roof and a bomb on the floor, probably from an aerial attack. Since it was too risky to call for help, he had to dispose of the device himself. We were told so many stories of the fates of other family members and small, at times hilarious, details. John recalled a time when he had his head stuck between the rails of the staircase and, screaming, had to be pried out by the others. It’s so weird that the logistics of Alex’s early life are so connected with our own. If I were a more superstitious man, I might even say it is fate. We have kept in touch with Alex, John, and Marion and have met up with them several times since, even visiting Alex and Fredie in Zoetermeer at their home, for a lovely Italian meal. I remember feeling very humbled at the way that the courses were served, with three eating utensils placed on each side of each plate and two above. To be honest, I felt somewhat relieved that they had us over first, as I would have felt completely embarrassed and ashamed if it was the other way around, after being furnished with such classy European hospitality. I also find it very coincidental that Alex and Fredie met fourteen and a half years ago, which is exactly when Claire and I met. And, like ourselves, they are also both big fans of music - I actually met my wife in a record store- Rotate This in Toronto. I still remember what she was purchasing- a cd of Massive Attack’s Mezzanine and a vinyl 12” of Spiritualized’s Smile/Sway. It was fascinating to hear that Alex was a professional jazz drummer, even recalling how he played a private party for Queen Beatrix and her family at their residential palace in The Hague. Upon moving to Europe, I never would have dreamed that I would have this experience. It makes me ponder how something as unthinkable as the Nazi regime could ever befall Europe, to think about how millions of lovely people just like Alex and Fredie never got to fully shine their special light upon the world. The countless geniuses, inventors, scientists, musicians, artists, designers, thinkers, and even dreamers who were all denied a childhood. When I last visited Canada, I spoke with a neighbour across the street from my father’s house. Mr Pretch was a young German boy during the war, and told me how he sat on a hillside and watched as Dresden burned. He called his generation the lost, cursed generation. And oddly, to me, people of that age are the most wonderful people around, especially in Europe. I love to watch older European men stand up and take their hats off whenever a female enters a room or sits at a table. I also find it lovely and charming the way older Europeans stroll through the city holding their hands behind their backs, pondering life. Sometimes they are on their bicycles, dressed to the nines, in a way that only Europeans can. If they are the lost, cursed generation, God help us.

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Give Your Old Toys

a Second Life •

By Carla Piqué

t’s already December and for many Dutch kids, IChristmas this is their favourite month. Sinterklaas and are around the corner, which means

that new toys will be entering the house. This also implies that there might be less space for the old ones, and most of the time these toys are still in good condition. Rather than throw away useful goods like clothes, books or toys, wouldn’t it be better to find a second home for them, either by donating or selling them? Luckily, there are a number of organisations that accept donations in and around The Hague and will give your old toys a new life.


WHAT to read

The Rainbow Fish Series ‘The Rainbow Fish’ has been on bestseller lists since its publication in 1992, a favourite of children due to its cheerful message and bright pages. Originally written in German, it has been published in English as well as Spanish, Japanese, and French. The illustrations are in a ‘rainbow’ mix of watercolours and shiny foils that just beg to be touched. The author himself said that he didn’t write ‘The Rainbow Fish’ to promote a political message, but to illustrate for children what sharing feels like both the hard side and the joyful side. Through a series of encounters with other sea creatures in the ocean, the beautiful but arrogant Rainbow Fish learns that friendship is not about what you have or how attractive you are. Once he begins to give his precious scales away, he finds friendship instead of loneliness. There are five other brightly illustrated books in the series, dealing with relatable themes like acceptance of outsiders, settling arguments, fear, and happiness. Interestingly, ‘The Rainbow Fish’ has been the source of a fair bit of controversy, with some parents complaining that it promotes socialism while others defend its altruistic message. Read it for yourself and see what you think!


Issue 13.December 2012/January 2013

The Rainbow Fish series By Marcus Pfister Translated into English by J. Alison James

Run by volunteers, the concept of this shop is to give your used stuff a second life. You can donate toys, but also clothes, books, or furniture. All the items are given to those less fortunate for free. The shop is open twice a week. More than 200 people attend this event and are given a ticket with a number. this opening and receive a ticket with a number. The first numbers enter the shop first and pick up to five items for free. Email: Tel: 0681718439, 070 3954097

Goodwill Homage Foundation

It’s a good idea to share your toys with organisations that help get them into the hands of youngsters who will greatly appreciate them. Goodwill Homage Foundation is one of these organisations. Their aim is to bring hope to many who suffer from various kinds of health and social problems. You can contribute many kinds of goods, including toys. Even though it’s based in Amsterdam, they will pick up donations at your house. Website: Email: Tel: 0650458027


This second hand shop, with several locations in The Hague, accepts toy donations, which are then sold on at a low price. Their mission is to create jobs and work experience while protecting the environment and encouraging recycling. At the same time, they often support other charities with donations, for example in the Philippines or Sri Lanka. Website: E-mail: Tel: 070 335 11 55 If none of these places entice you, toy donations are also appreciated at your local church, hospitals with children departments, and various NGOs. If you feel like giving to those less fortunate, Den Haag Cares has organised an event called ‘Donate a gift’, in order to provide Dutch children below the poverty line an unforgettable Christmas. Only new toys can be given. Fundraisers run from the 7th to the 14th of December. More info:

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1. Knossos (Kerkplein 1) Located next to the Grote Kerk, this particularly modern Greek restaurant is vibrant with a sophisticated feel. The menu has a wide variety of classical Greek dishes, but it also comes with a few Greek surprises. Get a Knossos gift card for someone special this Christmas.

By Nick Berger

addicted to sports. I enjoy running along Ifewam the ‘grachten’ or going to the gym, but the past weeks have been cold. Very cold. So, what can you do when you enjoy sporting outside, but don’t want to challenge the Dutch winter? I visited two gyms that offer various courses, Fit All Day and Rhythm Sports.

Fit All Day, one of my favourites, offers a number of cardio and free weight options as well as classes, such as Zumba, spinning, and fight classes. They have late hours during the week and are open on Saturday and Sunday. At €22.75 per month it’s a great deal and the price gets cheaper if you sign a two year agreement or pay in full for a year. Rhythm Sports focuses on classes and for a flat fee of less than €19.95 (for students) you can attend as many classes as you would like. They also have a lounge with a well stocked, affordable bar.

2. Le Connaisseur (Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 35) This restaurant provides three to four luxurious course menus with affordable prices. The menu is dominated by French and Dutch cuisine and they have monthly specials.

The Hague Hash House Harriers is a running group that meets once a week on Sundays, they run/walk trails that are between 5 and 10 kilometres, so it’s perfect no matter your level or pace. The group runs/walks a different route every week, so you also get to explore The Hague while exercising. This group is great for meeting locals and expats, alike and usually costs €10 for members and €15 for non-members. After the run snacks and drinks are provided.

Free workout ideas: • Don’t live on the ground floor? Try running up and down your stairs, although this might be tricky if you have typical Dutch stairs. • Have a lot of heavy books? Substitute those for free weights and lift them. • Everybody brushes their teeth and usually at least twice a day. Brush and do squats at the same time. Make sure your back is flat against the wall and your knees are behind your toes. • Ab crunches are easy while sitting in class. Sit up straight and squeeze your abs, start squeezing your abs for 30 seconds and work up to one minute and multiple repetitions. • Go out dancing!! Dancing is a great work out and burns a ton of calories. • Join a sports meet-up group (www.meetup. com) or a sports club. You will meet some people and usually it is a cheaper alternative to a gym membership.

Working out isn’t just about joining a gym that requires a membership; sometimes even €19.95 per month isn’t in the budget. When it’s not so cold, a good run, walk or even a bike ride counts as a work out. Check out the English website for the Municipality of The Hague for sporting and recreation locations in and around the city: 3. Lit tle V (Rabbijn Maarsenplein 21) If you’re looking forward to an unusual Christmas dinner then go to this cute Vietnamese restaurant. It has beautiful oriental decoration with pleasant staff. Be prepared to use your hands instead of a fork and knife, since you will probably do a lot of rolling and dipping.


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New Year’s Resolutions

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New Year, New You History of the Resolution By Virginia McDonald I Illustration by Marjolein van der Sluis


he tradition of making New Year’s resolutions dates back to Rome during the time of Julius Caesar. Romans would pray to Janus, the god of new beginnings and the protector of doors and entrances (whom the month January is named after). Janus had two heads, one looking back into the past, and one looking into the future. The Romans would celebrate the New Year by asking for forgiveness from their enemies and exchanging gifts on 31 December. Gifts given were usually branches from sacred trees for good fortune. Later, nuts or coins imprinted with the image of Janus became more common New Year’s gifts. Earlier celebrations of New Year’s Eve consisted of elaborate rituals to chase away evil ghosts of the past year. The Chinese used fireworks and cymbals to scare away the evil spirits and others used purifications and exorcisms. The purpose of these rituals was to ensure that the demons of the past were exorcised by denouncing past bad habits, sins and frailties. Celebrants wanted to have a clean slate to release them from the bonds of oppression, poverty, and ill health. New Year’s resolutions take us back to Janus by closing the door on the past and allowing us to look ahead into the future. We make promises to ourselves to abandon the bad habits of the previous year and to focus on peace and prosperity. These days, many people make New Year’s resolutions that are quickly abandoned, forgotten or broken. Many common resolutions are focused on making you a better version of yourself- getting fit, eating healthy, volunteering or learning a language. Are there any tricks to actually keeping your resolution longer than a week or a month?! Yes, and they are easier than you think.

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There is not a more rewarding resolution than learning a new language and there are lots of places in The Hague to start. The Volksuniversiteit in Scheveningen offers courses for non-Dutch speakers in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Courses are offered at night and for small groups of adults. Check the website for times and enrolment. If it’s Dutch or English you promised to learn, then check out Kickstart for all levels of competency. They offer advanced English and business English courses for those who want to improve their English in the New Year.

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around the World •

Carla Piqué I Images provided by each interviewee.

t is the longest, craziest, and most glamorous Iparty-goers. night of the year, and also the most awaited by It is possibly the only event celebrat-

ed on the same day in the whole word. But that doesn’t mean the way to celebrate it is the same everywhere. Certainly there are common habits like fireworks, dinner with friends and family, alcohol, parties, resolutions for the year ahead, and even watching speeches of kings and presidents on TV. But it is also true that most countries have their own traditions, most of them related to luck. Let’s discover some of the most surprising ones.


In Scotland, 31 December is known as Hogmanay. Ingrid Leonard, from Orkney, explains that the main tradition in rural Scotland is for people to go ‘first-footing’: people visit the houses of friends and neighbours once midnight has struck with a bottle of alcohol –traditionally whiskey- and offer everyone a drink. The ‘first-footer’ is then offered a drink by the homeowner in return. ‘Many smaller Scottish towns also have celebrations with different traditions, usually it involves people gathering in the main street and wishing each other a Happy New Year at midnight. This tradition also involves offering friends and family whisky, and of course, the partying can go on for hours!’

United States

Americans celebrate the New Year in a variety of ways, whether staying home, hosting or attending a party or visiting the local nightclubs. It’s also a well-known tradition to go to Times Square in New York. A huge crystal sphere hangs from the Times Tower and drops during the last minute of the year, beginning at 11:59:00 and reaching the bottom at the stroke of midnight. At that moment, Americans share a kiss with their partners, believing it will bring true love and wash away bad memories from the past. Dean Parson, originally from North Georgia, tells me in his region it’s traditional to put a whole pig on a homemade hickory BBQ, with an apple in its mouth and eat it with your beloved ones. In the south eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is thought to bring you prosperity in the New Year.


The Netherlands

Apart from fireworks, reunions with family and friends and eating traditional oliebollen, there is a curious practise held since 1965 in Scheveningen beach. ‘It’s called the New Year’s Dive. Hundreds of people swim into the sea on the first of January,’ says Josien Deknatel from The Hague. The only condition for the brave swimmers is to wear something orange. So, if you are crazy enough to swim in the freezing North Sea waters to welcome the New Year, the dive will take place at 12 noon on the 1st of January. Afterwards, warm soup and hot chocolate are served. The dive began at the initiative of Jan van Scheijndel, who was an English Channel swimmer. In the first edition, only seven people took part in the plunge. Over the years, the New Year’s Dive has grown into a massive event, with over 10.000 attendees. The event is sponsored by Unox.



In Italy it’s tradition to wear red underwear and something new on New Year’s Eve. It’s also really popular to eat lentils for dinner and one spoonful per ringing bell during the clock countdown to midnight. This is supposed to bring fortune, because the round lentils represent coins. ‘A certain thing is that lots of towns in Italy have their own traditions, for example in the south there is this old tradition of throwing old furniture through the window to welcome the NewYear’, says Michela Busca from Bergamo.

One of the biggest New Year’s festivities is undoubtedly celebrated in Brazil. ‘We have a lot of special activities for New Year’s Eve’, explains Gabriela Rozo from Rio de Janeiro. ‘If the city is on the coast, we dress up in white clothes and head to the beach where gigantic fireworks are launched from the water. Then, we jump seven waves making a wish for each one and throw flowers into the ocean to ensure that we have a lucky new year.’


Alina Rosu tells me that Romania is a country with diverse traditions for New Year’s. ‘A tradition that I personally follow is to wear a new item of clothing on that night and make sure I have money on me when the clock strikes midnight; doing so ensures you’ll have a rich year.’ There are, though, other traditions in Romania: a very old one for single women is to walk to a well, light a candle and look down. The reflection of the flame will show the face of their future husband.



In Russia New Year’s is probably the most celebrated holiday. Everyone shares presents during the evening. ‘Some families invite Father Frost, which is the Russian Santa Claus to entertain their kids. He usually comes with his granddaughter Snow-maiden’, explains Nataly Parson from Moscow, ‘and right before midnight everyone gathers around the table to listen to the speech from the president and then count down the last seconds of the year with the Kremlin clock stroke.’ Following an old Russian tradition, it’s common to have mandarins on the table: during the Soviet Union times they were the only fruit available during the winter time.


Czech Republic

There is a famous saying for New Year’s in the Czech Republic: ‘Jak na Nový rok, tak po celý rok.’ This means ‘The way you spend New Year’s will be the way you’ll live the rest of the year.’ Therefore, Czech people try to have a healthy and restful 1 January. ‘I really try to spend this day peacefully, not worrying about stupid things’, says Markéta Tichavská. Similar to Italian tradition, they eat lentils on the 31st, because the round shape reminds them of money. Also, they make sure the house is clean and the dishes and laundry are done, with one exception, says Markéta: ‘The floor should not be swept because you would sweep the luck with it.’

Germany has a tradition called Bleigießen, which consists of melting a little piece of lead and dropping it into cold water. The interpretation of the shape that results from the lead tells the fortune of the person for the next year. ‘For example, a circle shape could mean money, a heart means love, a plane is a symbol for a journey, and a ring could result in marriage… but in the end, everyone interprets what they want,’ explains Matthias Stuckmann, from Saarbrücken. On midnight, Germans also watch the British show ‘Dinner for One’. The show has been on every year since 1972: same dialogues, same script, nothing new. Only tradition.


During the countdown to midnight, it is traditional in Spain to eat twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock. This practice has its origins starting in 1909, when grape growers in Alicante thought of it as a way to cut down on the large production surplus they had that year. ‘Some people find it difficult to swallow 12 grapes in about 12 seconds, but you should do it if you want to be lucky next year. Also, some children who don’t like grapes do it with olives, but that’s actually cheating!’ explains Laura Gonzalez from Barcelona. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other, toast with cava and go to the parties.

In Korea, New Year’s celebrated according to the lunar calendar. During this night it’s prohibited to fall asleep, otherwise, according to belief, your eyebrows will turn white. ‘We usually wear HanBoks which are Korean traditional clothes, and eat ddukgguk, a soup made with rice cake’, states Jaey Park, from Korea. It is also common to clean the house the first day of January, ‘to get ready for the New Year with a calm posture and keep bad spirits away.’


‘In Greece, we turn off the lights a few seconds before midnight and we turn them back on after midnight,’ describes Kostas Trichias. Greeks also eat Vassilopita 31 December, a cake baked with a coin inside. Whoever gets the piece with the coin, will supposedly have good luck for the whole year. After eating the cake, a traditional game of cards follows. ‘It is actually a variation of Black Jack, but instead of trying to reach 21 you try to reach 31.’ But there is more, says Kostas: ‘The first person to enter the house after the year has changed has to break a pomegranate in the entrance of the house so the people living there will have good luck the upcoming year.’

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The Buzz

The Hague

Issue 13.December 2012/January 2013

5 Things We Love This December & January •


By Virginia McDonald

‘Tick Tick Tick’ End of the World Party at PIP Bink 36

Trendy bar PIP at BINK36 on the Binckhorstlaan is throwing the last party ever. This is an end of the world party for all those people who want to enjoy their last moments on earth listening to DJ Maxim Lany and dancing until 5am. Doors open at 10pm on Saturday 22nd December. The rest of the lineup will be announced soon. For more details check:

Bald Guy Greetings

The Paper Trail

2. Mr. Bom Bike Tour ‘Only one man is The Hague’s night mayor and

that’s Bom.’ (Herman Brood) Renè Bom is a true Hagenees, local celebrity and connaisseur of nightlife. He’s full of fun facts and intriguing anecdotes. Bom takes bike tour groups around his city, where they discover places just off the tourist path. The three hours long tour are for groups of ten and start midday at the Noordeinde 59. See or for details.


Jenever Tasting at Van Kleef Museu m

Go on a tasting of The Hague’s very own Dutch gin. You get a brief explanation of the history of Van Kleef, a taste of five liquors and spirits and, of course, Jenever and nibbles for the table. Tastings are available in English when groups are booked beforehand. Cost is €9.75 per person and the tasting lasts for about an hour. See: for info.


The show plays out on the 12th, 15th & 19th December at 7pm. STET would like to invite the audience to leave a contribution or a small gift under the tree for Action for Children in Conflict in the spirit of Christmas. See for info.

Paperchase ( lovers will be happy to know that a select number of Paperchase stores can be found in the Netherlands, including in Rotterdam and The Hague at de Bijenkorf. If you prefer your stationery to have a bit of humour then the greeting card selection at Bald Guy Greetings (www.baldguygreetings. com) is for you.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Het Paradijs theatre in Koninklijke Schouwburg

A great Christmas starts with a great show. And STET has a very special production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to start the holiday season. For a truly unique experience, STET’s Winter Paradise programme includes the show and dinner hosted by Mr. Scrooge.

Push away the computer, drop your phone back in your pocket, grab a pen and some paper- but not just any paper. Despite the digital age we live in, the pen and paper business is booming. From made to order address stamps to quirky greeting cards – stationery is in!

If you fancy more local designers, check on etsy and you can search for local artists in the Netherlands.


Skating on the Hofvijver

If we’re extra lucky this year, then the temperature will be low enough to skate on natural ice; and there is no better Haags experience than ice skating on the Hofvijver. The big pond at the Binnenhof will freeze over with consistent temperatures below zero degrees Celsius, so if the mercury allows it, grab a pair of skates and head to the Hofvijver.

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Issue 13.December 2012/January 2013

The Hague


Super Scrubs •

Text & photos by Virginia McDonald

Winter is back and it’s that time of year that our skin turns into crocodile hide. So what can we do about it? I went traipsing around The Hague to test tons of scrubs and here is my list of the best.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub €15.00

I’m a sucker for anything coconut and this body scrub makes you forget about the misery outside and takes you on a tropical holiday. It is a bit softer, so it’s great for areas like stomach, thighs, and bottom and leaves a delicious coconut scent lingering.

Nifty Gifty Gadgets! Count down s 2012 comes to a close and 2013 pops its head around the corner, the market is full of promise A with the latest in nifty gifty gadgets to arouse the consumer in all of us. What are the must have gadgets for 2013? We asked two of our writers to give you their list.Below are some of the newest and hottest gadgets that get the inner nerd in us crying out in joy!

Rituals Sakura Scrub €15.50

I love the smell of this Japanese inspired scrub. It’s made with big salt grains, so it’s good for tougher parts of the body like arms and legs. It left a nice, non-greasy residue on my skin, so I skipped moisturiser and my body was none the wiser.

L’Occitane en Provence, Almond Soap €3.50

This is a bar soap with almond shells embedded in the soap, so it’s not a loose scrub. Almond soap is good for a quick exfoliation and is gentle enough to use more than once a week. The soap is scented with natural almond oil and is suitable for all skin types.

Sabon Body Scrub, Gentleman €26.95

This one is for the fellas, because hey, they get dry skin too. Made from sea salt from the Dead Sea and mixed with castor oil, this one leaves a non-greasy film on your skin, so moisturising is not necessary.

Lush Let the Good Times Roll Face Cleanser €11.95

This one is my favourite! It’s soft and smells like cinnamon and toffee and is a bit gentler than most scrubs- which is great for sensitive skin on your face. What makes this scrub different is that it’s made from corn, not sugar and salt like most other scrubs.

Christa JordanReynolds

Roland Schmidt

5. Platinum Charger


Holding down the number 5 position, Revolights! Given the status of the Netherlands in terms of bicycles per capita, it seemed appropriate to begin the list with something almost everybody can use. These Bike lights attach to the wheel and project a bright light, illuminating the ground, road signs and other elevated obstacles. Check out their site to really see how Revolights take something as simple as bicycling at night and make it, well… amazingly cool! Price: $250 / €190


FLIR PathFindIR! In a nutshell, the PathFindIR is Night Vision for any automobile. It allows drivers to clearly see what’s on the road at night as well during ANY weather conditions. No more swerving out of the way for Bambi, because with the PathFindIR you saw it kilometers away! At almost 2,500 dollars, this ‘toy’ is a bit pricey for the average driver, but than again, it is Night Vision. Price: Price: $2495 / €1920


The Nap Massaging Bed Rest, well, the name itself pretty much says it all. Complete with large side pockets for books and magazines, cupholder, and LED lamp, staying in bed all day takes on a new meaning. Price: Price: $99 /€75

2 & 1

Taking the last two spots on this list, the iPad mini and the Samsung Galaxy Pad 2 7.0. When it comes to efficiency, utility, and hipness, tablets are the best and easiest computers out there. Yet instead of adding more fuel to the fire in the Apple vs. PC dispute (you know who you are), I chose to share the best feature of both, smaller is better. The iPad mini’s 7.9-inch diagonal LCD display and the Galaxy’s 7-inch display translate to portable convenience. It’s great for checking your email, shopping, paying bills online, and of course, our best friends Facebook and Twitter. Who doesn’t enjoy lying on the couch and surfing the Internet!? So whether you’re a Mac or a PC person, there is a tablet out there to fit your needs. Price: iPad Mini, €329-529 / Samsung, €220-340 Samsung: €220 -€340

My choices in this top 5 countdown begin with the winner of a Red Dot Design Award, this charger can be used with so many devices including mobile phones, smartphones, GPS, games consoles and E-book readers. This stylish charger uses solar power to charge devices so you don’t need to worry about finding a compatible plug while on the move. The charger can store energy for a long time when no immediate sunlight is available. Price: €31.50 from Bijenkorf, Wagenstraat 32, The Hague,


BBQ Boat If you’re feeling flush with money perhaps you’d like to buy this BBQ Boat; an essential for any hip summer party! The boat seats 10 people, and has a built-in charcoal grill and retractile sun umbrella. There is also an electric motor to propel the boat at 4km per hour along the canals. For obvious reasons it’s best to use this boat in calm water only! Price: €40,000 at Mega Gadgets, Schoolstraat 29, The Hague

3. Headphone Hat

A perfect gift for any teenager! Most teenagers spend their time walking around with a hat and headphones trying to drown out the world around them, so it makes sense to combine the two for optimal functionality. Also useful for hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and commuters. Price: €19.95 at Mega Gadgets, Den Haag

2. Fujitsu Lifebook

At first glance this is an inspired invention - We use so many different devices for work and entertainment these days, and this laptop comes with a built-in tablet, MP3 player and camera that can easily be removed and used with or without the laptop! However, if like me you use an Apple IPhone and a Canon camera with an Amazon tablet, this laptop isn’t for you as you are restricted to using the devices that come with the laptop. Available to purchase from various retailers in 2013

1. Kindle Fire

A serious rival to the iPad and considerably cheaper! 7” colour screen; 1GB RAM; browsing, watching, playing and reading capabilities; dualband dual-antenna Wi-Fi; and 22 million movies, TV shows, book, audiobooks and popular apps available. This will be a very popular Christmas present this year. Price: from €160 at Amazon

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Wine & Dine

The Hague

Issue 13.December 2012/January 2013

Food Websites We Love There comes a point in almost every home cook’s life, where inspiration and ideas run low. We couldn’t let that happen to you as 2012 shuffles out and 2013 rolls in. So we asked some of The Underground team what their favourite food related websites are. Here’s what they said…

Elizabeth Mosley, Senior Editor:

Bring on the Oliebollen! •

By Helen Preston

elcome the New Year with these traditional W Dutch treats if you dare! In English they are sometimes known as Dutch Doughnuts or Dutch-

ies and perhaps this is some euphemistic attempt at giving the literal translation of oliebollen (‘oil balls’) a miss. Realistically, though, oliebollen are similar to doughnut balls, but without the hole in the middle.

they are. It wasn’t until the 19th century that oliebollen became a traditional sweet for New Year’s Eve. If you haven’t tried one of these typical Dutch goodies and you are like the domestic goddess Nigella, laughing wholeheartedly in the face of healthy snacks, then I have a few tips for you. • When buying from the street stalls always ask for the warm ones, fresh from the deep-fat fryer!

Oliebollen come in different flavours and varying degrees of quality, but the typical oliebol is made from flour, eggs, yeast, milk, baking powder and has raisins or sultanas and currants in it. They are traditionally eaten at New Year’s Eve celebrations, but sold at street stalls (gebakkraam) often as early as October.

• Keep the paper bag slightly open when you’re on the way home, otherwise you’ll be offering family and guests some very soggy oliebollen.

There are various versions of the origin of oliebollen. One story traces them back to Germanic tribes in the Netherlands who ate them during Yuletide as a precaution. Legend says that the Germanic goddess Perchta would fly around with evil-spirits looking for food. Much of the food available then was the deep-fried dough variety and when Perchta would try to cut open the bellies of those she came across, the fat in the oliebollen caused her sword to slide off their bodies. Hmmm, lovely.

• At the risk of sounding like your mother, best not to eat these every day. You’ll have trouble fitting into your jeans by the time it’s 2013.

Less violent and more likely is the medieval version. Before Christmas time there was a period of fasting to spare the carefully saved up supplies for winter. After 26 December happy days were back again as people partied, ate, drank, and were generally very merry. Oliebollen were convenient, as they were made of easily preserved ingredients and, besides that, provided perfect fuel for the winter weather, being as rich in fat and calories as

Searching for the Perfect Holiday Slosh •

Text & photo by Noémi Nagi

• If you like poedersuiker (powdered sugar) with your oliebollen don’t wear black and don’t sneeze while you have one of those babies in your hand.

According to the Dutch AD newspaper, which carries out an annual oliebollen test, the best in 2011 were at Richard Visser’s gebakkraam in Rotterdam. No need to traipse out there though, here are a few of our favourite’s right here in The Hague: • Gebakkraam Jan Vermolen & Zn, Spui • Gebakkraam De Savornin Lohmanplein

Kayotic Kitchen: Beef and Steak: The Forest Feast:

Bryan Bong, Senior Editor:

The Salt: NPR Blog: De Gustibus: The New York Times Dining & Wine: html Scandinavia Food: Lutheran Church Cookbook Recipes (A little touch of home) Becoming Midwestern:

Marie-Therese Makary, Head of Sales FoodTV: Joy of Baking:

Emily McCullough, Web Editor AllRecipes: Yummly: Pinterest:

Daniela Spataru, Studentground Web Content Manager Martha Stewart: Gojee: SoulCurry:

Simone Branson-Harper, Owner The Underground Rachel Khoo: BBC Food: Pinterest Table Inspiration:

Heather Tucker, Editor-in-Chief:

Sprinkle Bakes: Joy the Baker: Annie’s Eats:

or try your local baker who is bound to offer oliebollen in December.


s much as I love wine, I always tend to feel a bit overwhelmed in wine shops. Maybe it’s the row after row of wine bottles or the conversations I catch between shop assistants and experienced wine lovers that seem to be spoken in code. I tend to get completely lost amongst the regions and grape varieties. Luckily my ‘guide’ and wine aficionado, Ian Wolbrink  from the De Gouden Ton wine shop always helps me find my way around the shirazes,  merlots and sauvignon  blancs that  are perfect for holiday celebrations with friends and family. Ian suggests that we begin with white wines and first up is Corette Viognier (€8). It’s a full bodied French wine with a citrusy feel to it, a perfect match for spicy winter cuisine. Next is Amayna Sauvignon Blanc (€15.20), a soft dry wine from Chile that goes well with fish dishes such as shellfish or salads with smoked fish. Finishing off the list of wonderful whites is Mâcon Blanc ‘La Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes’ (€19.95). This rich French wine has a hint of macadamia nuts flavour. It is a great accompaniment with French comfort food such as paté over bread or fish with rich sauces.

The first of our red wine trio is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (€8.10). This dark, full bodied Italian red has flavors of red fruits and a gentle acidity. It’s perfect for Italian cuisine such as pastas, lasagnas, etc. Moving onto a different continent we have Church Block (€15.95) from Australia. This blended wine is composed of cabernet-sauvignon, shiraz and merlot grapes. It’s the ultimate wine for big chunks of meat like grilled steak and hamburgers. Last but not least we have Vacqueyras ‘Fruit Sauvage (€19.95). This soft red wine from France is made of grenache, with a splash of syrah. It’s a match made in heaven with a Christmas menu of duck, venison or lamb with rosemary. Thanks to Ian I made it out safely from the labyrinth of wines and now have a couple of these amazing wines on my Christmas shopping list.

Where: De Gouden Ton - Denneweg 81, 2514 CE Den Haag Further info:

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Going Out

Issue 13.December 2012/January 2013

The Hague



De Dis

Wednesday till Sunday from 5pm till 9.30pm Monday and Tuesday closed Website: Address: Badhuisstraat 6 – 8, Scheveningen Tel: 070-350-0045

Restaurant Review

1798 – You Will Be

Pleasantly Surprised •

By Emily McCullough

hen our editor-in-chief asked me to write a restaurant W review for this issue, only one place came to my mind: 1798 Restaurant. Located in the Valkenboskwartier and away from the heavily-trodden streets of the city centre, 1798 Restaurant has quietly built up a dedicated following of mostly local residents since it opened in 1996.

This cosy, intimate restaurant is small and unassuming from the outside. But the friendly personal service from the owner, Dion Kemeling, combined with experienced chef, Willem Zijlstra, guarantees top-class quality in every dish. The signature of 1798 is the surprise menu. ‘Asking my guests what they don’t like in food offers a new dimension to dining,’ Dion explains. ‘Just sit back, relax and let it happen, preferably with a good glass of wine. We serve dishes that most guests would probably not choose from the menu, but try not to be too experimental. Our roots are French cuisine with a hint of international flavours. Combining the guest’s wishes, our cooking skills and a fine selection of wines promises a pleasant and satisfying night out.’

‘t Jagertje At ‘t Jagertje three young professionals run the show with lots of dedication and entrepreneurship. The menu, staff, and atmosphere are synchronised and the feeling of a well thought-out concept is omnipresent. When entering the medieval building, the modern and classy interior welcomes you, providing a comfortable homey feeling. The menu is classical French, with an international twist. ‘t Jagertje is situated uptown but appeals to a wider crowd. Restaurant t’Jagertje: cool, stylish, and fun. Monday till Friday for lunch and dinner Saturday for dinner Sunday closed Website: Address: Jagerstraat 6, 2514 BZ Den Haag Tel: 070-744-7900

For me, breast of wild duck with an Açai berry sauce is something I had never eaten before, so when it appeared as my main course it was the perfect opportunity to try something new – and I was pleasantly surprised! It is nice to know that they also offer a vegetarian option in the surprise menu, and can even provide lactose- and glutenfree alternatives if you notify them in advance. If you’re feeling more cautious, there is always the plat du jour, which recently featured kangaroo filet with girolle mushrooms and homemade fries, or the menu, which features for instance, dark Valrhona chocolate mousse. If this sounds good to you, then 1798 is your place. Rather than going out just for a meal, with a three-, four- or even five-course surprise menu, you can have a pleasant night out with good food, wine and a cosy atmosphere. Try for yourself, and take along this article (newspaper or online copy) to receive a 17.98% discount off your bill during January!

Reservations by phone but also by e-mail:

food for th ought

Inside an ‘old school’ Scheveningen restaurant, a new culinary and creative force has arrived. The new chef and owner of De Dis, Bas Vermeijden, a Scheveningen local, is very driven and sincere. After only four months, De Dis is making a name for itself and is already receiving great reviews on IENS. Luxury food, personal service, and a casual environment are the key to its success. Locals have already discovered this hidden gem and it’s only a matter of time before everyone else does too.

What You Need to Know: Where

1798 Restaurant Valkenboslaan 9a 2563 CD The Hague 070-360 1798


Seven days a week, 5pm– 10pm Monday to Friday, 12pm to 10pm Saturday and Sunday


Three-course surprise menu: €29.50 Plat du jour: €14.50 Menu du jour: €25


Payment Methods

Payment can be made only with cash or debit/ pin card (no credit cards).


• Paid street parking is available close to the restaurant (€1.70/hour). • By public transport with only a short walk on foot: tram RR 3 at Valkenbosplein, bus 21 at Valkenbosplein, tram 12 at Copernicusplein, and tram 11 at Laan van Meerdervoort.

Cucina Italiana restaurant • catering

Photos and Text by Gerrit Vermuelen Regentesselaan 24a 2562 CS Den Haag | 070 363 46 06 | Open woensdag t/m zondag

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DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013 MUSIC The Dublicators Date: Sat 1 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: Supermarkt, The Hague

The “Fresh Department” Date: Wed 12 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: SuperMarkt

New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra Date: Sat 5 Jan. 2013 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €15

White Cowbell Oklahoma Date: Sun 2 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: SuperMarkt Cost: €5 Funk Night with Jon Tarifa Date: Sun 2 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm Place: De Pater Slow Magic Date: Thu 6 Dec. 2012 Time: 9pm Place: 330 Live Cost: €5 Bengalifere Jazz Session Date: Fri 7 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm Place: De Pater The Scene

Old & New: Heaven, Hell or Earth (party) Date: Mon 31 Dec. 2012 Time: 10pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €20.13

Rachel Louise Date: Thu 13 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €10 Nielson Date: Fri 14 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: SuperMarkt

Che Sudaka Che Sudaka is a six-piece band.The group play “mestizaje music” (Latin Alternative), a style combining traditional South American and Spanish styles with influences from ska, reggae, rock and world music. Date: Thu 17 Jan. 2013 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €14 Gare Du Nord Date: Sat 19 Jan. 2013 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €20

THEATRE Trenchcoat Date: Sat 15 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: Supermarkt Handsome Poets

Date: Fri 7 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €17.50 Daydreaming: Hauschka & Samuli Kosminen (Múm) Date: Sat 8 Dec. 2012 Time: 5pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €20 Audiodaycare, Playyard & Foxy Sessions Date: Sat 8 Dec. 2012 Time: 7pm Place: Paard Café The Horse Company Date: Sat 8 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: SuperMarkt Reptile Youth

Date: Sun Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €10 Beth Hart Date: Mon 10 Dec. Time: 8.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €26 The Fleshtones The Fleshtones are an American garage rock band from Queens, New York formed in 1976. Date: Mon 10 Dec. Time: 8.30pm Place: SuperMarkt Cost: €12

Date: Thu 20 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €12.50 Jacopo Mezzanotti Quartet Jazz Session Date: Fri 21 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm Place: De Pater Memphis Maniacs The power of a band that sounds like a DJ! Date: Sat 22 Dec. 2012 Time: 7pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €15 Riddim Up Date: Sat 22 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €10

A Wish in Winter Date: 29 Nov. – 2 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Koninklijke Schouwburg Cost: €17.50 Winter in Paradise - The Time is Now Date: 14, 18, 20 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.30pm Place: Koninklijke Schouwburg

EXHIBITIONS Unforgotten From fall 2010 until now writers, photographers and filmmakers Eveline van de Putte and Alice Anna Verheij have been working on the documentary ‘Headwind, the forgotten exiles from Bhutan’ about the fate of the Bhutanese living in exile and diaspora. The best of their

Legends of Rock

Date: Fri 28 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje Cost: €15


Discover the Modern These days, history is no longer presented as a chronological series of events that is held to represent ‘the whole truth’. Fresh insights reveal new connections and the ebb and flow of political, social and economic trends produce new feelings or concerns, which then find expression in art. Date: until 1 Jan. 2012 Place: Gemeente Museum Den Haag Masterclass

Date: until 13 Jan. 2012 Place: Fotomuseum Den Haag

Happy Days: Art in The Hague 1947 - 1967 Date: until 20 Jan. 2013 Time: 11am - 5pm Place: Gemeente Museum Den Haag Mi Casa Es Su Casa Date: until Jan. 2013 Place: Museon Wildlife Photographer of the Year Date: 1 Dec. 2012 - 23 Mar. 2013 Place: Museon Poppy - Trails of Afghan Heroin Date: 24 Nov. 2012 - 24 Feb. 2013 Time: 10am – 5pm Place: Humanity House Fabulous Fifties, Fabulous Fashion Date: until 2 Mar. 2013 Time: 10am – 5pm Place: Gemeente Museum The Hague


YOUR EVENT HERE? A very Sissies Xmas to You (80’s & 90’s Clu) Date: Mon 24 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm Place: Paard van Troje

Place: Scheveningen Boule-

photographs are brought together in this exhibition. Date: 10 Nov. - 7 Dec. 2012 Place: Quirky Lunchroom & Gallery TINK The Hague

Date: 8 - 31 Dec. 2012 Time: 10am - 10pm Place: Around Town Zeespiegel Date: until 31 Dec. 2012

Humanity Cinema #5 – Special Flight Date: Thu 13 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Humanity House Cost: €6.50

DANCE Momix Botanica Dance Performance The internationally renowned American acrobatic dance theatre group Momix brings their latest production “Botanica” to the stage. Date: Sat 15 Dec. 2012 Time: 8.15pm Place: Lucent Danstheater

FESTIVAl State-X New Forms Festival Date: 14 - 15 Dec. 2012 Time: 7.30pm Place: Paard van Troje

NIGHTlIFE Jazz Night Date: Every Tuesday Time: 7.30pm

Place: Luden, Plein 6 Sidney Samson Christmas Special Date: Mon 14 Dec. 2012 Time: 11pm - 4am Place: Millers Cost: €10 (presale) Ministry of Sound NYE Special Date: Mon 31 Dec. 2012 Time: 22pm - 5am Place: Millers Cost: €20 (presale)

FOllOW US ON TWITTER @UNDERGROUNDTH OTHER Residence de la Mode Date: 23 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2012 Time: 10am - 12am Place: Various locations Vegetarian Fusion by Anat Ratzabi Date: Fri 7 Dec. 2012 Time: 8pm Place: Quirky Lunchroom & Gallery Christmas Fair

Date: Fri 7 Dec. 2012 Time: 2pm - 6pm Place: Kickstart School Indian Cookery Workshop

Date: 13, 20 Dec. 2012 Time: 6.30pm Place: Atjehstraat 9 Writers Unlimited

Date: 17 - 20 Jan. 2013 Time: 8pm - 12am Place: Theater aan het Spui / Filmhuis The Hague

Exhbition Date: 11 October - 6 January Place: Louwman Museum, The Hague. Time: Tue - Sun 10.00 - 5.00 pm Cost: 13.50 admission to the museum including the Silver Arrows exhibition 5.00 parking. Please find more details on;



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Whilst our German neighbours are well known for their Christmas markets, Holland and Limburg have some fantastic ones of their own on your doorstep. So if you fancy some festive shopping, glühwein, roasted chestnuts and ice skating, here are my top four Christmas markets this winter, without the three hour trip to the German border. Amsterdam (aka The Winterland Market) -19 November - 2 January Start your Amsterdam Christmas market experience with a trip to the largest and most vibrant of the market places, the Albert Cuypmarkt where you’ll find over 300 stalls and grottos. Then head to the magical Winterland Market in Rembrandtplein where you will find illuminated Christmas trees, snow men, an ice skating rink and many market stalls. Then there is the Funky X-mas Market which is fast becoming an Amsterdam institution and is packed with bright and cheerful decorations, craft stalls and delicious treats. Dordrecht (aka Darling Dordrecht) -14-16 December The Christmas Market in Dordrecht is a yearly three-day event in the city centre of this quaint, historical city. Around 200 stalls line the streets along the harbour for some 2.5 kilometres, making it the longest Christmas market in the Netherlands. The harbor is lit up with a brilliant display of Christmas lights and there are also exhibitions and musical performances.

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Maastricht (aka Magical Maastricht) - 30 November - 31 December In December, the entire city will be spectacularly transformed into a winter wonderland with a huge ice skating rink on the Vrijthof, Maastricht’s most beautiful square! You can admire the skyline from the top of the Ferris wheel and there’s a grand merry-go-round for the little ones. Follow the Magical Light Route on foot to experience the breath taking light spectacle of the city and discover the many shining stars of Maastricht. Next to the railway station you can admire the 10m-tall Christmas tree, the main Market Square will be lit up with fantastic chandeliers and the High Bridge will illuminate a beautiful path over the Maas River. Stroll around the Christmas Market and allow yourself to be surprised by one of the many musical performances in the Vrijthof Pavilion. Valkenburg (aka Christmas Town of the Netherlands) - 16 November- 23 December This year, Santa Claus has taken up residence in the Velvet Cave and you are invited to visit his home! Take a look at the room of presents, visit his bedroom and admire the reindeers and sleigh. On your tour of the cave you can enjoy the impressive mural paintings, sculptures, the unique 18th century chapel, market stalls, and a cosy catering establishment. The Christmas Market in the Municipal Caves can be considered the largest and oldest underground Christmas Market in Europe. This year the doors will open for the 26th time. A parade with beautiful floats and dancers will process through the centre of Valkenburg every Wednesday evening at 7pm and every Saturday evening at 7.30pm.

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Correction: The photo placed with An Interview With Joep Ebus (page 9) in our November issue is not a photo of Joep Ebus. Our apologies for any confusion caused.

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Design Lisa Di Campli offers specialized glass panel design and creation that blends the wishes of the client and the architecture. Many works include kiln-fired glass painting, slumping, fusing.

Driving lessons Driving lessons given in English or German in the area of The Hague and surrounding towns. Ron Keislair, for information telephone 06 44 302 594 or

Holiday Home FRANCE La Marteille Located near Pompadour/Limousin in France. A lovely get away in the country for 2-4 people/2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms/veranda/ fullyfurnished/garden/wood burner/ etc Per week € 595,-. Bookings: vakantiehuis/la-marteille-10437/

Home Improvement Graham Montage :Painting & decorating. Small joinery jobs in The Hague area. Mobile: 06 24 541 704 Handyman Services: English speaking maintenance specialist. Carpentry –painting –kitchen/bathroom –minor plumbing. For a free estimate call Ronald 06 55913888 Wish 4 WindowsUPVC Windows & Doors Wish 4 Windows is a small family business situated in The Hague. We offer a personal approach and excellent customer service. Our records confirm that 95% of our business is received through recommendations and repeat customers. This shows we must be doing something right! To read what others say about Wish 4 Windows, please see our recommendations. Wish 4 Windows the glazing company you can trust! Contact Peter Harper Phone: 06 412 095 27

Housing for Rent For rent in Statenkwartier, Van Slingelandtstraat. A large furnished 2 bedroom apartment with garden. The Frederik Henderiklaan around the corner. Near Europol, OPCW, ICTY, etc. Good public transport . 70m2, €995 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail:

For rent lovely 2 room apartment in Statenkwartier, Van Boetzelaerlaan. Close to a popular shopping street the Frederik Hendriklaan, the harbour, beach and sea. This area is known for its safety. 2 room apartment, large terrace. 100m2, €1.250 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail: For rent beautiful 1 bedroom apartment located on the Statenlaan near the shops, restaurants, cafes, and the Museum ‘Museon.’ Public transport (tram 11, 17) to city centre and station in front. Unfurnished with spacious living.115m2, €995 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail: For rent unfurnished apartment with 4 rooms in The Hague centre, Nieuwe Haven. Middle of the shopping centre, cinemas, China town, restaurants, etc. 2 stations within walking distance and trains going in all directions. 170m2, €1850 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail: thehouseofexpats@gmail. com For rent classic 2 bedroom apartment at Zoutmanstraat with terrace and green outside view. Located in the centre of The Hague near the Peace Palace, Noordeinde Palace. 72m2, €1250 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail: For rent spacious 2 bedroom apartment at Badhuisweg, is located near the beach of Scheveningen, Madurodam and surrounded by woods and parks. Really worth viewing. 105m2, €2000 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail: For rent a light, fully furnished 3 bedroom apartment Segbroek area, Segbroeklaan. Nearby the International school and shops in the Fahrenheitstraat. This area is also lovely to cycle or walk through parks and dunes. 80m2, €1250 p/m excl. For info call 070 7630408 or mail:

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Services COUNSELLING INTERNATIONAL offers confidential individual counselling, couple therapy or conflict mediation by experienced multilingual professional Els Barkema-Sala, MPhil, MBACP. You may call for a FREE initial telephone consultation or for an appointment and check the website for more information. 071 528 2661 Art:reSet is organising expert guided workshops of Bobbin-Lace handcraft, setting a regular course for 10 attendants, fee 50euro/10 lessons of 2h, located at an artisan gallery-shop on Thomsonplein. Contact or M 0657330128 for registration and/ or QA.


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