Crisis in The Hague



Two years ago Mark Rutte proved on board of the lifeboat of Scheveningen, the Beach Resort of The Hague, that the lifeboat can survive a 360 roll over. Mark Rutte is the leader of the VVD party, the biggest of many small political parties in Dutch Parliament, since the general elections of June 9, 2010. Yesterday it became clear the coalition talks he was leading with several other parties (again) wouldn’t result in a new Dutch Government. Always amazing how thorough the Dutch can be in trade and industry, but not in politics. Marc will need all buoyancy of his life vest to get the ship of state upright.

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Where to buy Tea in The Hague? At Marion’s Betjeman and Barton Teashop

Betjeman-and-Barton-Tea-Shop-in-The-Hague

Marion van den Blik decided to share her passion for tea with others and opened shop in The Hague in August 1992. It was the first teashop of Betjeman and Barton in the Netherlands. Betjeman and Barton is originally a partnership between two English tea lovers who had set up shop in Paris in 1919.

Marion’s Betjeman and Barton shop offers a choice of no less than 180 hand picked teas, black or green, classic or perfumed. Tea from the beautiful silver gray tins or tea prepacked in the famous hand sown cotton bags. Marion also offers many great and original teapots, from the Dutch manufacturer Bredemeijer, Zero Japan, Emma Bridgewater, Bunzlau or from GreenGate. She has also plenty to offer that goes together well with a nice pot of tea from like cookies, sweets, chocolate and cakes from Heerlijkheid Mariënwaerdt, Cottage Delight, Granny’s or from NewTree Chocolate.

In the beautiful shop at Denneweg 25c in Den Haag you will find a nice mix of Dutch cosiness, French elegance and English class. If you don’t have time to visit the beautiful shop – and you know which tea you like, you can always order at Marion’s Barton Webshop

Finally, we’ve asked Marion to write from time to time here about her tea passion and her passion for The Hague. I hope she will find some time for it. You can also find her on Twitter as @BetjemanThee.

The Stork of The Hague (1) – On the Big Church

The coat of arms of the City The Hague contains a stork, for ages already.

Two weeks ago, for the first time, I met several participants of Opûh Koffie (Open Coffee), an unstructured group of The Hague loving Hagenaars and Hagenezen (i.e. citizens of the Hague …. the difference of the two terms will be explained in due course) who come together at Aan de Overkant (Opposite or At The Other Side in English) each Wednesday morning at 9.00 hr AM, Just to drink a coffee with each other, to chat and sometimes to make photos or discuss photography. Today I’m hoping to attend my second Opûh Koffie.

After that Opûh Koffie one of the participants, Stork Frans, gave us a sneak preview of his “The Hague Stork Walk”. A wander route with a map and descriptions that shows you various storks on and around buildings in The Hague. Frans has put it together to insert in a photo book he is producing from his collection of over 800 photos of storks. He hopes to publish this book in October 2010.

While we were wandering around I’ve shot a couple of stork photos. I will share some with you here. The first is the stork on top of the Big Church which I didn’t know was there until Stork Frans pointed me to it at the start of his Stork Walk.

The Hague Tweeps

If you like to connect quickly with people based in The Hage I suggest you use Twitter and head over to the list of people who work or live in The Hague with a Twitter Account at Tweepml where you can follow the 213 listed tweeps with one click. All in all the total list cannot exceed 250 as set by Tweepml.

Update August 4, 2010
Originally there was a long list of tweeps, people who tweet, sometimes also called tweeple or tweople, here.
I’ve taken the list away, because it was very long and doesn’t necessarily add to the one click connect with many people experience. It also takes a lot of time to load. Therefor I’ve uploaded a click-able image of the list. In addition updating the list is a bit cumbersome as you have to copy and paste html code in a blogpost which is not easy. Now updating the list is a simpler undertaking and that is the next thing to do.

Orange in The Hague (2)

Kneight in the order of `Oranje Nassau`.NLThis for instance  is a photo I was looking for.

Yesterday Giovanni van Bronkhorst the captain and Bert Van Marwijk the coach of the Dutch Vice World Champion Football team, were knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in the order of Oranje Nassau.

Thank you Angela and Paytah

Orange in The Hague

From Turkey With Love

Argh. It happened again: I pressed the publish button much too early.
I was looking for photos of yesterdays celebration in The Hague of the homecoming of the vice world champions football and the reception in The Hague by the prime minister in the “Cats Huis” which is the Dutch equivalent of the White House in Washington and the knighting of the coach and the captain.
In the process I found this veryy happy photo of proliferate The Hague based photographer Roel Wijnants on Flickr. I gives a good view of what The Hague is also about: A multi cultural city.
Roel took this photo on Queensday on a Turkish Islamitic Cultural party that was organized parallel to Queensday.
Hence the title of the photo: From Turkey with love!