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Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Sydney Harbour Bridge - 75 years old

The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, was opened on March 19th 1932 by Premier Jack Lang, However before he could use the official scissors to cut the ribbon, the Commanding Office of the Right Wing militia group, The New Guard, Captain Francis DeGroot charged up to the ribbon on horseback and slashed it with his sword, delcaring the bridge open in the name of His Majesty The King. Captain DeGroot was arrested and fined AU£10 (AU$20.00) for the misdemeanour which was about four weeks wages at the time. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has the largest steel arch in the world and is the widest of any bridge in the world. There have been many copies made around the world, in Europe and the United States, but none command the respect and awe of the original and none will last for as many generations to come. Made almost exclusively of the best British steel. The Sydney Harbour Bridge hasn’t a single weld in its arch. but it contains 6 million hand driven rivets. When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross. A horse and rider was 3 pence. These days a return trip costs two dollars twenty. Horses and riders are banned, that’s the changing times. You can walk across free and you are allowed to bicycle in a special lane.Its total length including approach spans is 1149 metres and its arch span is 503 metres. The top of the arch is 134 metres above sea level and the clearance for shipping under the deck is a spacious 49 metres. The total steelwork weighs 52,800 tonnes, including 39,000 tonnes in the arch. The 49 metre wide deck makes Sydney Harbour Bridge the widest Longspan Bridge in the world. Now on New Year there is a big Firework on the bridge that celebrates the start of a New Year, the Fire Works seem to get bigger and bigger every year and they take a year to plan.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Liberation Day May 5th 1945

Nederlandse vlag

Liberation Day May 5th 1945

We the Dutch people thank our freedom to the American, Canadian, English, Australian and even Polish soldiers. Who came all the way over here to help us to be a free country again. Many of them lost there lives for us and we have to thank them for that. At the beginning of the war nobody thought that Nazi Germany could be defeated, but in september of 1944 it was realliy happening, the invasion hat begun. The 15th of september 1944 Maastricht was the first city to be liberated, but for the rest of Holland it would take another 7 months before they could call them selfs free of the German occupation. They went to a bad winter, we call it “Hongerwinter” with no food, no medicins, people where so hungry that they started to eat tulip bolls. Even after liberation it was hard for the people to get something to eat. On the 5th of may the rest of Holland was liberated, and Jewish family’s who’s relatives hat been taken away to German concentrationcamps would find out they would never see their loved ones again. 62 Years afterwards we still thank those soldiers who where brave enough to go to war and risk there lives to give us back our freedom. On May 4 the Dutch remember the people who have fought for and died during World War II, and wars in general. There is a remembrance gathering in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and at the National Monument on the Dam Square in Amsterdam .Throughout the country two minutes of silence are held at 8 p.m.. On May 5 the liberation is celebrated and festivals are held in most places and Dutch flaggs are to be seen everywhere. So once more for all the soldiers that fought for our freedom, THANKS…..

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

The Golden Earring

 The Golden Earring

The Golden Earring

My most favorite band of all time is the Golden Earring, they are THE face of Dutch popmusic. It all started out in the year i was born, 1961, four young men from Den Hague started a band called The Tornado’s, the memebers where Rinus Gerritsen (bas), George Kooymans (gitaar), Hans van Herwerden (gitaar) en Fred van der Hilst (drums). They mostly played on schoolparties and their music is from The Ventures and The Shadows. But when the english band Tornado’s score a hit with Telstar they know they need to come up ith another name. The Hunters come out with a record called Golden Earrings and thats the name the four men choose for there band. In 1963 the first changes in the band are made, van Herwede leaves the band and Peter de Ronde takes his place. When the first beatsounds are becoming vocal and instrumental music is out the need to get a singer. They find Frans Krassenburg to be the singer and at the end of 1964 Fred van der Hilst leaves the band. During a concert in Scheveningen they get noticed by Frans haayen, he is a student and has a partime job with the record compagny Polydor, he gets them a contract with Polydor, later on in live he becomes the director of Polydor and stays the producer from the Golden Earrings until the 70s and stays there advisor until the 80s. In the 1966 they score a big hit with That Day and is followed with If you leave me now, Don’t run to far in that year Peter de Ronde leaves the band.  Its not before 1967 that Barry Hay joins the band, the Shocking Blues, a famous Dutch band in that time, also was interrested in Barry but he chooses The Golden Earrings, in the beginning Barry plays the flute and George Kooymans is the singer. In 1968 they release the song  Dong-dong-diki-digi-dong, and it becomes a hit. In 1969 they shorten there name to Golden Earring. Its when Ceasar Zuiderwijk joins the band in 1970 that they are complete and the band stays until today in this formation. They score hit after hit and my favorite once are ofcause “Radar Love”, who does not know this one, and “45 miles to go”, “Hold me now” and I “can’t do without youre kiss”. In the 80s there not doing so well and they think about breaking up, there producer wants them to go with a big beng and Barry Hay comes with the song “Twilight zone” what brings them an enormous succes and the thought of breaking up is gone. In 2005 i finaly got tickets to go to a concert here in Venlo, but at the last moment Rinus Gerittsen got sick and , but i will not give up i want to see them at least once hopefully they come back to Venlo or here in the area, and i will be there for sure. 

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