Dutch journalist Lex Boon has just published a book called ‘Ananas’ (‘Pineapple’) about his love of pineapples. In his hometown of Beverwijk, North Holland, there’s a roundabout with a pizza cutter as art.
Boon figured the roundabout could conveniently use a new name and a new look: “My dream is to rename this pizza roundabout’ the ‘Pizza Hawaï Rotonde’ (‘Hawaiian Pizza Roundabout’) as a tribute to the pineapple.”
Putting pineapple on a pizza was a Canadian ‘invention’, thanks to Greek-born Canadian, Sam Panopoulos from Ontario, Canada. Follow the Wikipedia link and read the recent story about Canadian Prime Minister and the President of Iceland ‘debating’ the issue of whether pineapple belongs on pizza.
Boon also interviewed Panopoulos for his book, surely before the summer of 2017 when the latter passed away. The pizza cutter is not an officially commissioned art work, it’s advertisement for a local pizza parlour. Boon would love to see that thing full with piece of pineapple at some point.
I’m off for lunch.
(Link: nhnieuws.nl, Photo of Pizza pie without pineapple by Adam Kuban, some rights reserved)
Tags: Beverwijk, Canada, pineapple, pizza, roundabout
Until Friday 23 March at 4pm CET, people can vote for the best ugly place in the province of North Holland (see link below). Even if you don’t understand Dutch, the 25 videos with all the candidates speak for themselves.
Watch and see places ranging from Beverwijk to Den Helder, Zandvoort to IJmuiden, and many more. There’s ugly stuff from the 1970s, 1980s and other decades that probably should never have been built or were poorly built and badly updated or are just plain weird and stick out.
All these urban planning gaffes are super obvious in a country that’s as flat as the Netherlands. And this was only done in one province!
(Link: nhnieuws.nl, image from nhnieuws’ Facebook page)
Tags: Beverwijk, Bijlmer, Den Helder, IJmuiden, North Holland, Urban planning, Zandvoort
During a valuation day in Beverwijk, North Holland recently, an authentic painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Steen was discovered, with an estimated worth of 20,000 euro. Experts will soon have a good look at the painting to make sure it’s the real deal.
The painting is said to be very rare and is probably the smallest Steen ever made. It depicts a festive man, having a drink. Jan Steen was known for many lively situational paintings and gave birth to the Dutch expression ‘a Jan Steen household’, which means to have a messy and chaotic.
A young couple owns the painting, which they bought for 5 euro in Alkmaar on the King’s Day free market.
(Link and photo: www.rtvnh.nl)
Tags: Beverwijk, Jan Steen
Anti-‘piracy’ bureau BREIN, the Dutch equivalent of the infamous RIAA, scored its first kill last Saturday. Literally, I am afraid. During a raid on a market in Beverwijk, a 47-year-old man from Waalwijk accosted by the raiders died of a heart attack, reports Blik op Nieuws (Dutch). The police were presumably testing that the requisite taxes on empty CDs and DVDs had been paid, and were accompanied by a posse consisting of people from the FIOD (tax police) and the Thuiskopie and BREIN foundations.
Interestingly, the story of the police and of witnesses differ substantially, writes Noordhollands Dagblad (Dutch). According to the former, the man had a heart attack after running away from the merry band of official and self-appointed copyright hunters, after which the police tried to administer first aid. Witnesses however claim that the man did not run away, and that everybody just stood there, without helping the victim.
You have to wonder why private organizations like BREIN are even allowed to accompany the police on raids like this.
(Photo by Flickr user Sheep Purple, some rights reserved.)
Tags: Beverwijk, CDs, copyright, DVDs, justice, law, markets, militias, piracy, vigilante, Waalwijk