Local Heart, Global Soul

December 20, 2015

Getting To The Final Grain Of Sand…

This post from the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition contains a few Sand Sculpture books on the children’s book theme that Himself and I could not identify. The ones I did get however are: “Swiebertje…”

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“Jip en Janneke…”

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“Sjaki en de Chocoladefabriek…” (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)…

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“Molletje…”

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“Dik Trom…”

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“De Negerhut van Ome Tom…” (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)…

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This one is the first of my “mystery” books..

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… and here is my second mystery offering…

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And now another one that everyone knows… “Smurfs…”

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Then I got a postcard that sums up the exhibition this year…

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December 19, 2015

Maybe I Am Just Reading Far More Into It Than I Needed To….

Whilst visiting the 2015 Sand Sculpture Exhibition in Garderen this year I was perplexed about the letters marked out in the indoor section that went under the themes of this year: Children’s Books. Because there was a competition to name all of the sculptures here I first assumed that these were clues to break the puzzel. Now however I am more thinking that maybe I was looking too deeply, and that these are just random letters that together also fit together into the “reading” theme… Today’s books that have been the central reading stock of many a Dutch child are:  “Beertje Paddington… (Paddington Bear)

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“De Grote Vriendelijke Reus…(The Big Friendly Giant)”

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“Flipje van de Betuwe…”

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“Jan Jans en de Kinderen… (Jan Jans and The Children)”

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“Kikker en Pad…”

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“Mickey Mouse…”

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“Nijntje… (a.k.a. “Miffy” outside of the Netherlands)”

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“Pinkeltje…”

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“Woezel en Pip…”

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December 18, 2015

Everything Seen Through The Eyes Of A Child…

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The “Children’s Book” theme of the 2015 Gardren Sand Sculpture exhibition continues… Today’s books are: “Alice in Wonderland”…

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“Dolfje Werewolfje…”

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“Erik of het Kleine Insectenboek…  (Erik of the Small Insect book)”

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“Peter Konijn van Beatrix Potter… (Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter)”

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December 17, 2015

More Pages Of Children’s Books Turned…

Following yesterday’s post we are looking at Sand Sculptures in the 2015 Exhibition, all of which in this section follow the theme “Children’s Books…” Starting with: “In de soete suikerbol”

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“SinterKlaas”

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“Arendsoog”

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“Pietje Bell …”

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December 16, 2015

We Open The First Pages Of The Books…

The next part of the exhibition is inside and follows the theme of “Children’s Books”… (The ones pertainent to Dutch culture of course). I need to do more future investigation into these books since many of them are not familiar to me, since my childhood was spent in New Zealand. Himself helped me to identify the correct titles… I can in the meantime, marvel at the artworks that display these so well. The first ones are: Winnie the Pooh, Snuf de Hond, Scheepsjongens van de Bonte Koe and Nils Holgerson.

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There was a competition to guess all of the titles…I’m not sure what the letters are for, but in some way they are important, and clues to the puzzle.

Snuf de Hond…

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Scheepsjongens van de Bonte Koe…

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Nils Holgerson…

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December 15, 2015

Old Fashioned Play IS Still Here Today…

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In the 2015 Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition the next item was the topic of children and outside play.

There is plenty of debate at present about the rampant rise of electronic gadgets and in particularly the amount of electronic games that children at playing at a very young age.

I know that all of these gadgets are very addictive (both for adults as well as children) and fun, and that completely restricting kids to almost nothing will not help them when they will (eventually) need more and more computer knowledge in order to keep up in the workplace, but you also want them to have an old fashioned “childhood” as well.

Luckily we have always taken our kids outside, to the park when they were smaller, and they still love being outside and doing sports now. Little Mr loves nothing more than an after school football kick-a-round with Himself on the street, often neighbourhood friends join them and it burns off some energy which both of them enjoy. Both of our children are restricted to two hours electronics per day, that includes television (except in school holidays, especially in the winter). Little Mr is often reluctant about being parted from Minecraft, but kids have to learn that entertainment comes in more than just electronic forms. A lot of parents we know have a similar view (and restrictions) on their family electronics, so in our circles at least the “old fashioned childhood” is far from dead.

There is only one section of our life where we as parents have conceded defeat, and that is on long car journeys where keeping both kids absorbed in their own iPads has truly been the best solution to keeping World War 3 from breaking out in the back seat of our vehicle. Believe me, we have tried, and horrendously failed, time after time, after time, after time, after time, after hair tearing time. Eventually we decided that peace and quiet via the Ipad made for far less stressful driving and capitulated.  Roll on summer when the long warm days will bring back them playing on the street with friends until bedtime.

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December 14, 2015

More Than 50 Million Bikes For 19 Million People…

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The 1973 oil crisis began in October 1973 when the members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC, consisting of the Arabmembers of the OPEC plus Egypt and Syria) proclaimed an oil embargo as a response to American involvement in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Six days after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise military campaign against Israel to regain territories lost in the June 1967 Six-Day War, the US supplied Israel with arms.

OAPEC announced the oil embargo against Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the US.
By the end of the embargo in March 1974, the price of oil had risen from $3 per barrel to nearly $12 globally, in the US prices were significantly higher.

The oil crisis, or “shock”, the embargo caused had many short-term and long-term effects on global politics and the global economy.
The crisis had a major impact on international relations and created a rift within NATO. Some European nations and Japan sought to disassociate themselves from United States foreign policy in the Middle East.
To address this, the Nixon Administration began multilateral negotiations with the combatants and arranged for Israel to pull back from the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights.
By January 18, 1974, Henry Kissinger had negotiated an Israeli troop withdrawal from parts of the Sinai Peninsula. The promise of a negotiated settlement between Israel and Syria was enough to convince Arab oil producers to lift the embargo in March 1974.
The Dutch were forced during the embargo on try and make Sunday into a “car-less day” so took to their bikes, and this they did with a vengeance, cycling , rollerskating and picnicking on the empty streets. Some say that they cycled on the empty motorways, others say this is a myth. According to Himself and other Dutch, apparently the biggest impact was however that the Dutch discovered the financial, time and physical benefits to using their bikes and so the Dutch love affair with cycling began.

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Wikipedia: 1973 Oil Crisis

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December 13, 2015

The Ordinary And Extraordinary: Literally The Sands Of Time…

From Grandmother’s Tips, (put candle wax onto zips to make them run smoothly) to transport and famous Dutch poems and stories, from children’s toys and pass-times, the story of ordinary Dutch life and special events, all sculpted in sand goes on…

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December 12, 2015

Bulldozing Your Artworks And Starting Again…

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It might seem a little strange that I am spending so much time on posts about the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition.

For me these are amazing works of art, that in following themes particular to Dutch culture and the province of Gelderland where Garderen is located, help teach me more about the country and culture I live in.

Take for instance yesterdays post about “Poezie Albums”, I would have assumed that these little albums were autograph albums, or an older version of today’s Dutch “Friendship books” and not in a million years would I have guessed that it was anything to do with poetry.

Things come and go in and out of fashion, crazes and fads rise and fade, so much gets missed if it’s not documented and written about.

More than that, these Sand Sculptures are feats of engineering, marvels of an artform that is temporal. After the display season ends, the one hundred tons of sand is bulldozed into heap and the process of building new artworks on a new theme begins again.

I have missed many an exhibition here of earlier years, it’s a pity because apart from a few postcards and a miserly few photographs on the internet, no documentation remains of these beautiful creations.

You know me… I love nothing more than to save images of beauty. The world is large and we can’t all visit everything everywhere, many people like me are almost completely confined to home, lack mobility and spend far too much time in and out of hospitals.

For me a chance to see stuff like this is therapeutic: the therapy continues long after the day out ends, with low concentration it takes me forever to sort the photographs, but bit by bit I get there. It takes my mind off the pain for a while, it helps me build a journal for my children and feel useful, it eases the hours spent awake in the middle of the night when the pain is often at it’s worst and my moral the lowest.

I also feel that it’s a crying shame that these superb images, full of detail, are too soon lost forever. Unlike a painting in a gallery that will still be there next year or in five years time, these are “go or you miss it” artworks, and that gives me a pain in my heart. Why do I think these need to be documented so thorougherly? Because the detail fanatic in me thinks that these works of art deserve more… so more there are…

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December 11, 2015

Knitting And Purling Around The Meaning Of The Poezie Album…

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Today’s post is half about something that I knew nothing about (but learned, via Himself) and the other half about something well known…

“The Poezie Album” (the poetry album) The information board translates as: “ The poetry album, Roses wither and ships perish …
Many of us collected poems and rhymes of boyfriends, girlfriends and family in their poetry album.
The first albums which were for sale originated from Germany, where the word “poezie” is written differently, namely: “Poesie”…This how the name “Poesie” album originated.”
The Dutch name for poetry “Poezie”was often mispronounced as the Dutch word “Poesie” (Pussy), which is why this sand sculpture, tongue in cheek, is heavily themed by cats.

Not growing up in The Netherlands, I had to ask Himself was a “Poezie Album” was. Apparently it is a little album that Himself and everyone he knew had around the time of his youth, there were special sort of paper rip-off stickers you could buy to go in them, with fairy-tale, animal etc and all sorts of styles.

Friends and family would write a poem on one of the pages, and often would decorate the pages as well, (with the stickers). I asked if these were autograph or friendship albums, but I was firmly informed that “Oh no!… these were strictly for poetry and nothing  else!”…

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The next sand sculpture exhibit is far more familiar to most people is about “Crochet, knitting and embroidery”.
“The homely click of knitting needles, Casting on, knit one, purl one, slip stitch… A sweater for each family member, a beautiful embroidery as a tablecloth or hang framed on the wall. A crocheted spread for bed, a valance or toilet roll covers. Home crafts which were for a long time seen as outdated and “not done” are now completely back and hip!

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