On this day…in 1840

Under the leadership of British statesman Edward G. Wakefield, the first British colonists to New Zealand arrive at Port Nicholson on Auckland Island. In 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman became the first European to discover the South Pacific island group that later became known as New Zealand. While attempting to land, several of Tasman’s crew … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1664

Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrenders New Amsterdam, the capital of New Netherland, to an English naval squadron under Colonel Richard Nicolls. Stuyvesant had hoped to resist the English, but he was an unpopular ruler, and his Dutch subjects refused to rally around him. Following its capture, New Amsterdam’s name was changed to New York, in … [Read the full story]

‘Forest Boy’ is identified in Germany

Known to German locals as Forest Boy, had his 15 minutes of international fame recently as local police and Interpol sent his picture out all over the world in a last ditch effort to find any remaining family he may have left. Now, his stepmother and his friends have confirmed his identity. Helsum is actually … [Read the full story]

Socceroos are top 20 in the FIFA world rankings

Australia rise two places and are the top-ranked Asian country. The Socceroos are also top seed in a 10-nation draw for the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying. World and European champions Spain remain top of FIFA’s rankings, while the Netherlands have regained second spot and Argentina return to the top 10. The Dutch, … [Read the full story]

Robin van Persie is on fire for the Gooners

Robin van Persie lifted the gloom around Arsenal as the Dutch forward’s double, which included a 29-second opener, clinched a much-needed 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Van Persie insisted in the club’s matchday programme that he has no intention of following Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri out of the Emirates … [Read the full story]

Asylum seekers battle it out in game show

A new game show in the Netherlands reportedly pits failed asylum seekers against each other as they compete for cash to take with them after deportation. Weg van Nederland sees asylum claimants who have been refused entry to the Netherlands answer questions about Dutch culture in a bid to win prize money equivalent to £3,500. … [Read the full story]

Stadium collapses – construction worker dead

A construction worker has died and 14 others have been injured after the roof of a Dutch soccer stadium collapsed. One worker died in the accident at the home of Dutch top-tier side FC Twente in the north-eastern city of Enschede, the local mayor said. “It is terrible. One person has died and 14 others … [Read the full story]

The Danish HAVE to name their children from a government list

Did you know in Denmark, all Danish parents can only name their children from a pre-approved government list of 3000 names for boys and 4000 names for girls. In Denmark, a country that embraces rules with the same gusto that Italy defies them, choosing a first and last name for a child is a serious, … [Read the full story]

Son of former soccer star is Gullit-y for dealing cannibis

Son of Dutch and former Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has been given a two year house arrest. Quincy, 20, was arrested in Milan, Italy, for dealing cannabis. But we shouldn’t be too surprised…he’s from Holland…and we all know how much the Dutch love smoking the dope. by Milo Johnson

Would you fancy travelling to space…next to Doutzen Kroes?

Stunning Doutzen Kroes aims to be the first super model to travel to space…to raise money for charity. The Netherlands born beauty, an ambassador for HIV charity dance4life, has been given a ticket for the first Dutch commercial flight to space in 2014. “I cannot wait to go,” said the Vogue covergirl. by Sasha Dubronitz

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