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June 16, 2019

Mario Doesn’t Scoot Down This Street…

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The next set of games featured in the 2017 Garderen Sand exhibition has one that I have never heard of before… the others I know. Any suggestions about the first one would be most appreciated!

(Number 15) Some kind of street scene where dice form out of the wall and there is some kind of rolled-up section at the end. No clue what this game is…

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(Number 16) A favourite of my children.. Mario Bros (but when one player gets too far ahead, the other behind dies… that where the game in our house disintegrates after a while a playing brilliantly with each other) I am without doubt the worst player at Mario Kart, never gaining anything higher than last place. Luckily it’s not like driving a real car.

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(Number 17) I think this one might be called “Schule” but am not certain, the aim is to scoot the wooden discs down the board and into the different numbered slots at the end (highest number of point from the totaled numbers wins).

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June 15, 2019

More Answers, And A Goose Chase…

I’m attempting to guess the answers to the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition “competition” section. Most of these I know, just one eludes me… Literally a wild goose chase.

(Number 8) ‘Boter, kaas en eieren” (translates as; “butter, cheese and eggs”)is the Dutch version of naughts and crosses / tic-tac-toe.

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(Number 9) The not too unusual problem of walking the wrong way whilst trying to: “Pin the tail on the donkey’

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(Number 10) “Scrabble”

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(Number 11) “Tetris”

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(Number 12) This one I have no idea…

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(Number 13) “Uno”

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(Number 14) “Connect 4”

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June 14, 2019

Getting Your Game On…

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The next section of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition was the “competition’ section. The competition is of course long since over but I had fun attempting to find the answers from these sand sculpture clues.

Some I took a random guess at, others I don’t know at all so if you recognise any of these, or think that some of my guesses are incorrect, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Likewise if you have some of your own random guesses or suggestions then fire away with those too. Even if they are incorrect they might jog someone else’s memory.

After searching the Garderen website for an answer list and finding none, I emailed the sculpture event site to request a list of the answer. That was several months ago and I have received no reply to date.

The first one was easy because it’s one of my daughters favourite games. I know it as “Ludo” and for a children’ game it’s pretty ruthless.

How many times have I been around the entire board, sitting a few squares from the safety of “home” and “all‘ Kiwi Daughter needed was to throw a six, then another six, then a two to get me off an send me back to square one.

Three guesses what the kid would throw… yes, a six, followed by a six and then a two!

I mean this kind of thing would not happen just once or twice but game after game after game. My daughter has a knack of throwing what she needs in this game… it’s uncanny.

I learned the hard way not to get too confident if I had three of my four “men” in home either. Even if she was having a rare run of bad luck and only had one in home herself, more often than I could count she would not only throw what she needed to get my one remaining man off, but could then throw enough sixes (that entitle a player to anther turn) in a row to not just catch me up but beat me to the finishing post.

Himself chalked up more wins as a percentage than I ever could but  there can be no contesting that Kiwi Daughter reigns supreme when it comes to this game and not even she knows how she does it. (unless unbridled confidence is a factor).

(Number 1) The name of the game is: “Mens erger je niet”  which literally translates as: “Do not get angry/upset, man/people” and is kind of an apology for when you kick someone’s piece off the board. That said, in our house no-one is ever very apologetic about it, it’s a ruthless game after all.  If the Kiwidutch home, if you can handle loosing a lot at the hands of a magic dice throwing Kiwi Daughter, it’s a fun game too.

Wikipedia / Mens erger je niet (Ludo) / Board Game

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(Number 2) It’s safe to say that this one must be: “Pacman

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(Number 3) Not sure about the name of this one… some sort of fishing?

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(Number 4)  “Who Am I

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(Number 5) Our favourite set of wooden blocks…”Jenga

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(Number 6) I guessed this one by the balls in the background: “Bingo” (probably?)

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(Number 7) I don’t have the first clue about this next one… (Himself couldn’t help here either). Suggestions welcome.

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June 13, 2019

Attempting To Solve The Puzzles…

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Every year that I have visited the Sand Sculpture exhibition in Garderen there has been a competition section.

This is where visitors can win a prize for guessing the answers to puzzles, the clues for which are in the numbered sand sculptures.

Each year has it’s own theme, the 2017 theme being the games of our childhood.

Pencils, entry forms and clipboards are provided, completed forms are posted to the “post box” at the exit of this section.

I have to admit that I like to solve puzzles but this category is one I simply have very little knowledge of, since many of the games referred to here are ones I have never seen in New Zealand.

That said, Kiwi kids have a very different upbringing to European ones: we don’t have as cold winters and there is a stronger sport culture and of outdoor pursuits in general. Maybe thing have changed since I left New Zealand to come and live in the Netherlands, but camping, tramping (hiking), surfing, skiing, sailing, and bikes are amongst the many outdoor activities that are added to sports in my day that kept many Kiwi’s busy.

My cousins’s young adult kids like nothing more than getting out for a day’s sea kayaking for instance. As a kid we had a few board games in the house but were not huge board game enthusiasts if you compare our family to many of my peers. We were card players though, however the knowledge of those wasn’t particularly helpful when attempting to complete this competition. I’m going to post some of the ‘clues’ and since I am completely in the dark with the answers for many of these, any suggestions would be most welcome. The Garderen competition is long since over but we can still have some fun here.

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June 12, 2019

Get Off The Grass And Check Out The Cows!

The Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition always has a gallery section and 2017 was no exception. The theme that year was easy to see; Cows! Like Old McDonald song: “there was a moo moo here, a moo moo there, everywhere a moo moo… !” I like cows but am not sure about having a painting of one on my wall. Ii might still happen, I think I just haven’t found the right cow. There was also a wonderful old map of the Netherlands (I loooove old maps) sadly I wouldn’t maneuver the wheelchair into a better position to get better photographs of it. Ten there was the Dutch Monopoly board… there does exist a “proper” Dutch one, this one had just the outside panels and the interior was a menu card instead. So, let’s check out some cows!

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June 11, 2019

Delighted By The Creativity…

This is the second-part of the “illuminated” section of the  2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition. I messed up the labeling on some of the photographs of yesterday’s post. Apologies for that, I think I’ve fixed everything now. I’ve had two recent surgeries, not on, but for my foot (implant of Neromodulation device in my back for pain relief) and my concentration skills appear to have jumped out of the window and wandered off somewhere during a difficult recovery. If the medication I am on made my memory any better, I would remember where concentration went into hiding, but sadly I don’t. The operation’s purpose is to hopefully kick the morphine but it’s too soon yet and things still have to settle down, it takes at least six months.  I will make a post with more detail on all these goings on some time soon. The information texts translate as:

Radio Kootwijk, Kootwijk
Original purpose: transmitter/receiver station for wireless communication to  the former Dutch colonies
Current use: not in use/tours are possible on request
Construction: 1918 – 1923, Monument status: national monument

Interesting information: For the design of the building (Building A) the architect was inspired by the Telefunken transmitter station in Nauen, Germany and as a result of his love for Egyptian mythology, by a Sphinx.”

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“Wester Tower, Amsterdam, Original purpose: church
Current use: church and open to the public
Construction: 1620 – 1638, Height: 87 m
Monument status: national monument

Interesting information: The nickname of this tower, a landmark which can be seen from afar, is Lange Jan (Tall John). It also features in many songs. In 1637 the Dutch playwright Joost van den Vondel writes in his play Gijsbrecht van Aemstel “how the city will raise its crown onto heaven”.

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I didn’t manage to photograph the text for the next building but I know that it’s the: Inntel Hotel in Zaandam

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June 10, 2019

Lighting Up A New Idea…

2017 was the first year of the Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition that I have seen something that is completely new. New as in “How on earth did they do that? kind of new. What they have done is to take one of the indoor areas and made sand sculptures that have lights inside! These are famous buildings from around the Netherlands and whilst I fully realise that anyone could park a Christmas tree lamp inside a pile of sand, I have no idea how they managed to make this so that the lights sparkle and the sand still gives off the shadows from the buildings form.

Of course maybe the sand is around a hollow interior but somehow I doubt it because it’s the compactness of the sand that allows for this amazing carving, the carvers of these are good enough to not need it and also, if that were the case it was be visible from the outside, which it is not.

The Dutch information boards translate as follows: “The Netherlands has many special buildings. Here you can see some of them sculpted in sand and beautifully illuminated. Not only illuminated from the outside but also from the inside by hundreds of small lights. Be charmed by the beauty of the Dutch city by night.”

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Dom Tower of Utrecht, Original purpose: part of the Church of the Roman-Catholic diocese of Utrecht
Current use: open to the public, Construction: 1254 -1517, Height: 112.32 m
Monument status: national monument
Interesting information: The tower stands separate from the rest of the church because the nave collapsed.”

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Gouda City Hall, Original purpose: City Hall, Current use: (Among others) wedding venue
Start construction: 1448 -1459, End of construction: 1459
Monument status: national monument
Interesting information: The Japanese theme park “Huis ten Bosch” which features replicas of many famous Dutch buildings, has actual-size copy of the City Hall

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sand night Domtoren 1a (Small)

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sand night gouda 1b (Small)

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June 8, 2019

If Zoo’s Are Little Arks, Tuatara Are One Of The Oldest Inhabitants…

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In this second-part of the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition, I’m looking close up at some of the detail.

The Dutch language information board translates as: “To the zoo“, “There are about 75 zoos in the Netherlands: big and small, each with its own character and specialties.

On safari, just reptiles, monkeys or birds, or a major collection of various animals from all over the world: You can find it all in the Netherlands.

A very special attraction is the Panda which arrived this year at Ouwehands Dierenpark (Dierenpark = Zoo) in Rhenen”.

The little girl points excitedly at the monkeys, but if I have to have a favourite it would be either the elephant or the iguana, sculpting those spikes can not have been easy.

The Iguana reminds me of New Zealand’s very special lizard, the Tuatara (pronounced: “too ah tar rah” which DOC (New Zealand’s Department of Conservation) tells us:

Tuatara are the only surviving members of the order Sphenodontia, which was well represented by many species during the age of the dinosaurs, some 200 million years ago. All species except the tuatara declined and eventually became extinct about 60 million years ago. Tuatara are therefore of huge international interest to biologists. They are recognised internationally and within New Zealand as species in need of active conservation management.

The tuatara is a single species Sphenodon punctatus. A second species Sphenodon guntheri was recognised in 1989 but discontinued in 2009 when research concluded tuatara is best described as one species.”

NZ Department of Conservation / Tuatara / Native Lizard / New Zealand

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A Trip To The Zoo…

All of the pieces in the 2017 Garderen Sand sculpture exhibition are a testament to the creativity of the artists who carve them. I have no idea if it is the artist themselves who designs the layout and composition of each of the pieces they sculpt or if they execute them to a brief made by some “master designer”. Whatever the case may be, this next colossus of a piece is made in several parts and is called: “Naar de dierentuin” (which literally translates as “off to the animal garden) but more properly fits into English as “Off to/Going to the Zoo“. Today’s post is a two-parter affair, the first with the overall views of the three large sculptures, the second with some zoomed in detail, because after all, I’m not a self confessed “detail fanatic” for nothing.

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June 7, 2019

Vehicle Viewing For The Whole Family… Seriously?

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Visiting the 2017 Garderen Sand Sculpture exhibition taught me quite a few new facts about the country I now live in.

What I hadn’t expected was to find something new that would also make me laugh. Not really laughing in a “funny” sense though, more of a disbelief that this really happened in the past.

It’s something that the Dutch call’ “Bermtoerisme” and that more or less translates as “Roadside picnicking”.

The Information board tells us: “Roadside picnicking, or roadside recreation was a new phenomenon in the Netherlands in the 1960’s.

People parked their cars next to the motorway, folded out their chairs, enjoyed coffee and snacks watching the cars whizzing by.

Forests, peace and tranquillity were out of fashion; hustle and bustle were in vogue. Nowadays road side picnicking is forbidden and motorways have dedicated parking and picnicking spots.” I was still in shock… so people actually went and watched cars go down motorways?like trainspotting but for cars? … and entire families?

I’m thinking of my two kids when they were small,(and actually every small kid I have ever known) and then being an entire day, or even an afternoon on the fringe of a motorway. As a parent even the thought scares me. I’m also wondering about how bored those kids must have been on this day-trip!… all that energy and a deathtrap with cars just metres away. They probably weren’t even thinking of the petrol fumes and pollution either. I suppose the motorways weren’t as busy then as they are now, but still. This is an ‘entertaining” pass-time I seriously don’t get.

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