Few places left for the 070 Twitterlunch on April 24, 2012

My First Twaartup

Few places left for the 070 Twitterlunch on April 24, 2012

The highest time to revive this blog. As it aims to bring foreign language The Hague lovers, -workers and -inhabitants together with the locals we (i.e. Me) should put more effort in keeping it a bit more up to date.

Now there is an excellent opportunity to mix with Dutch Locals from The Hague and abroad: Amsterdam Based Event Queen @Puur, together with the The Hague based @filosoof and @1espresso are organizing a 070 Twitterlunch in Pavlov on April 24, 2012.

Have a look at this Page of @Puur and leave a note if you want to participate. Cost is € 8.- for a typical Dutch “Sandwich” Lunch (you know how we Dutch are. Don’t you?)

85 rections as of the moment of publishing this post. Because as always people will not show up, the organizers believe some 30 more can be accommodated.

The above photo is from the first #twaartup I was able to attend some time ago. A twaartup is a tweetup with coffee or tea and cake rather than sandwiches. A new 070 #twaartup is in the works. I will keep you posted.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 75 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 169 views. The most popular post that day was Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were networkedblogs.com, facebook.com, stumbleupon.com, twitter.com, and hofstijl.nl.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rem koolhaas, absolutely the hague, biggest market in europe, koolhaas, and the hague market.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) September 2010


The Hague Market, the biggest market in Europe August 2010


M Building by Rem Koolhaas cancelled by The Hague August 2010
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Typical Coffee Candies from The Hague: Haagsche Hopjes September 2010


Ice is on it’s way to The Hague October 2010

Wanna Dance Tonight in The Hague?

Puttin On The Ritz
Coined as Puttin’ Op The Ritz DJ Socrates and DJ Ome Steef organize a Swingin Jazzy Dance Night at De Combinatie, Lange Beesten Markt 108 in The Hague from 22.00 hr (10.00 PM) until 02.00 AM.
The event has its own FP page with some good tunes to get in the mood.
DJ Socrates announces:

Those ingredients are: a nice funky warm place for dancing, another DJ with equal enthusiasm for dancefloor jazz and off course.. lots of new exciting music! I’ll be playing the hottest Electro Swing tracks out there and Ome Steef will be focusing on the old school sound, with the best Big Band Jump, Dixie, Latin Jazz & beyond. I too look forward to some classic sounds.. One of my heroes Louis Jordan, will definitely be in the mix with his infectious boogie woogie!

I’m sad I can’t afford to go myself.

NIBC Celebrates its 65th B day and lets you visit 20 The Hague Musea for Free on Oct 31, 2010!

NICB is a bank with head office in the Hague. Because it celebrates its 65th birthday it offers entrance to 20 musea of The Hague for Free on October 31, 2010!

They opened a special (Dutch of course) site: NICB Open Museum Dag

Participating musea are:

  1. De Affiche Galerij
  2. Escher in Het Paleis
  3. Fotomuseum Den Haag
  4. GEM, Museum voor actuele kunst
  5. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
  6. Haags Historisch Museum
  7. Huygensmuseum Hofwijck
  8. Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  9. Letterkundig Museum
  10. Louis Couperus Museum
  11. Louwman Museum
  12. Mauritshuis
  13. Museon
  14. Museum Beelden aan Zee
  15. Museum Bredius
  16. Museum Meermanno
  17. Museum voor Communicatie
  18. Muzee Scheveningen
  19. Panorama Mesdag
  20. Stroom Den Haag

source: Hofstijl

Where to dine in The Hague on Mondays? (2)

Who is this Gentlemen biking through the Hague in deep thought?

He’s parking his bike in front of Smulwereld (i.e. Good Food World). Would he eat there?

No this Gentlemen is here in an official capacity. He is underway to Mandarin Palace

Where Jason Yip (from Hong Kong) and his charming wife May Lye (from Shanghai) anxiously are awaiting his arrival .

To reopen Mandarin Palace officially.

After having operated this very good Chinese Restaurant successfully for over 12 1/2 years Jason and May Lye had decided to give the restaurant a major make over. In the words of the Mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen: “If you are planning to travel to Shanghai, you have to first come and taste all what the Shanghai kitchen has to offer you here with May Lye and Jason ”

Jason and May Lye are very proud having been featured in the Dutch gourmet glossy “Lekker” for all 12 Years they have been operating Mandarin Palace and yes, and you can eat here on Mondays, because they close on Tuesdays.

Dutch version on Hofstijl

The Dutch Antilles House in The Hague

A Tweet of the @CityOfTheHague referring to this post on the Official The Hague site inspired me to this post.

October 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was incorporated. It is the oldest commercial airline. It was granted the status of “Royal Airline” by the then Queen of The Netherlands Wilhelmina in 1919. It used to have its headoffice in The Hague, but that moved to the Amsterdam area long ago.

The day before yesterday, at the occasion of KLM’s 91st anniversary, the president of KLM presented house number 91 in its series of Delft Blue houses which is a “give away” for its ueber passengers who fly the KLM intercontinental ueber business class.

Number 91 of the series is the Dutch Antilles House in The Hague.

At the same time a miniature copy of the Antilles house was placed in the miniature city Madurodam here in The Hague.


  1. Tomorrow the IRL (=In Real Life) status of The Dutch Antilles House will change significantly because the status of the Netherlands Antilles will change significantly. How? that is much too complicated for a blogpost here. I’m not even sure how to explain the changes:-)
  2. If you want to know everything about the whole series of 91 Delft blue KLM houses, bear with me: KLM is very modern. It has an app for your I-Pod/Pad/Phone explaining all. Last year they even published a book about them.
  3. There is real Dutch Genever in the little houses. Keep them away from children

Geertje has the (Dutch) story about the placement of the Dutch Antilles House in Madurodam.

Last edited by Happy Hotelier on October 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Carnival of Cities – October 6, 2010

Welcome to the Carnival of Cities for October 6, 2010.
In the Carnival of Cities by turn bloggers post the best posts about one city or town produced by other bloggers who have entered their posts. Is an excellent way to spread the word about your blog and/or to bring your city to the attention of readers of other blogs. For us as a relatively new blog dedicated to one city (The Hague, Absolutely!) it’s an honor to host this blog carnival Carnival of Cities, originally set up by Sheila Scarborough on her Family Travel Logue back in 2007. Sheila doesn’t confine herself to just one blog, do read my interview with her, and, more importantly, she has visited The Hague several times when she used to live in The Netherlands.

The last edition of September 22, 2010, was hosted at Family Travel Logue and the next edition of October 20, 2010 will be hosted at Sheila’s Guide to the Good Stuff.

The rules for this Carnival of Cities clearly state that the posts have to reflect just one city or one town of any importance. So unfortunately I had to delete a couple of submissions that did not comply.






I take the liberty to include footage of surfing in Scheveningen, The Hague’s Beach Resort, referring to a prior post where 9 photographers were gliding rather than riding the North Sea, saying: “You were lucky guys, the weather was not like this or even worse:-)”


That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of cities using the Carnival of Cities Submission Form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Meet our new Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister

Today Yesterday the CDA party conference said yes (68% for and 32% against) to a coalition forged between two political parties CDA (Christian Democrats) and VVD (Liberal Party) to form a minority government that will be “tolerated” by Geert Wilders’ PVV (Ban the criminals Party?).

On your Left Mark Rutten and on your right Maxime Verhagen. Both nicely coiffured with Geert’s hairdo. I believe this is one of the best political photoshops I’ve seen in ages. I found it at FB

Our regular readers will know that The Hague is the center of Dutch Government. So from time to time we will feature some of the Dutch political idiosyncrasies. I predicted already that Rutte needs his life vest to keep this government afloat. Today it is still uncertain that there will be a government, because the 3 parties have 76 of the 150 seats in Parliament and 2 members of the CDA faction still hesitate whether they will condone the tolerating …. Sigh politics ain’t easy.

Absolutely The Hague Daily in English

After some experimenting I managed to create an English language Daily paper based on Tweets: The Absolutely The Hague Daily. The Daily is aggregated on the basis of a small list of Tweeps who are connected to The Hague and who in general tweet in English.

It is a less flashy but better reading in English Daily than the Dutch version I reported about here..

Let me know what you think.

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