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Our New Heroes

Almost overnight, thanks to a deadly unseen intruder, a new category of people emerged a few weeks ago whom we now call ‘essential workers’. While everyone else stayed safely at home, these new heroes (wo)manned the barricades and ran the…

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Celebrating Birth

‘Birth’ was commemorated in diverse ways this weekend. Yesterday, Mothers Day, we honoured those who birthed us with flowers, cards, gifts and skyped messages of appreciation. Saturday was Europe Day, the 70th anniversary of the event which birthed the movement for European unity…

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Who Won the Peace?

This week, Europeans celebrate the end of the Second World War seventy-five years ago in different ways. For some, like the British and the Russians, it is celebrated as victory. For others, as liberation by the Dutch, Belgians and the…

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Freedom's song

At 10 am today, citizens of The Netherlands will stand on balconies, at windows and in gardens  across the nation to sing together the mysterious words of the first verse of the world’s oldest national anthem, the Wilhelmus. For this is Koningsdag,…

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Ponder the Flowers!

One of the ‘good’ things about our current crisis, I read this week, is that we’ve stopped worrying about climate change. We now worry about how to survive house arrest with kids and spouses. How to prevent (grand)mother from dying…

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