After all the property damage, injuries, fires and even deaths related to people using fireworks in the Netherlands on New Year’s Eve, the issue of anybody using fireworks is finally being hotly debated at the national level.
One father in Enschede, Overijssel who I bet thought his children were good kids, found out through social media that his kids are destructive little shits. Football club Sparta Enschede put out a film of the destructive little shits trashing the club’s stands on social media and the father recognised his destructive little shits. He contacted the club to tell them that and agreed to pay the 10,000 euro worth of damages caused by his destructive little shits.
“Luckily there are still honest people who accept responsibility,” one of the club’s Board members said. Hopefully dad will set a good example for these destructive little shits and punish them accorgdingly. It has not been mentioned whether the destructive little shits are also members of the club. I can’t imagine they would be welcome any time soon even as spectators.
(Link: waarmaarraar.nl, Photo of Football by Bramus, some rights reserved)
Tags: Enschede, fireworks, football, vandalism
In 2011 we told you about the the Impossible Project producing Polaroid film after buying up the old Polaroid factory in Enschede, Overijssel, and now they’re making cameras, called the OneStep 2.
The original OneStep came out in 1977 (my family had one), and although the new one looks a lot like it, it does feature a few improvements. The viewer is better and lights can tell you how many pictures you’ve taken. Every pack of film, which costs 16 euro, can produce eight photographs, whether they are black-and-white or colour. The OneStep 2 also uses a new type of film that has been optimised and cannot be used with the original OneStep.
You can buy a OneStep 2 in white or black for 119 euro, although you’ll have to wait for the release date of 16 October according to the website.
Tags: Enschede, Polaroid
A mechanic peregrine falcon was named the best innovation of the year at the European Robotics Forum in Ljubljana this week, Tubantia reports.
The winning robot is called Robird and is made by Clear Flight Solutions from Enschede, a spin-off of the University of Twente. It mimics the flight of the peregrine falcon and is used to keep the air space near airports clear from birds such as geese.
In an interview in 2014 with RTV Noord Holland (see below), CEO Nico Nijenhuis said that real falcons will only hunt when hungry. They also tire quickly. “Once [a peregrine falcon] has made two flights in a row, it’s really tired. [Our robot] on the other hand keeps going. You swap out a battery and it’s good to go.”
Clear Flight Solutions received 1.6 million euro in funding from the Cottonwood Technology Fund last week and is in talks with Schiphol Airport for a pilot project [pun unavoidable]. Nijenhuis told RTL Nieuws last week: “Dutch rules are very strict, but we expect to have our paperwork in order within six weeks.”
See also: Scaring off seagulls with drones in Haarlem
(Photo of geese flying by Don DeBold, some rights reserved)
Tags: Enschede, falcons, geese, peregrine falcons, robotics, robots, startups, University of Twente
They killed off Isis the dog on the British series Downton Abbey, named after the ancient Egyptian goddess who is getting poo-filled buckets’ worth of undeserved bad press for having the wrong name at the wrong time in recent history. And now it’s the turn of a 16-year-old girl named Isis from Enschede who definitely has no reason to change her name or be written out of anybody’s script.
Isis tried to order a pair of custom-made Nike running shoes with her name on it, but the online message was “Sorry, the ID you have entered does not meet our guidelines”. Heaven forbid fashion-forward terrorists want to advertise their crew on their shoes! The sadder part as that according to RTV Oost, Isis is being bullied at school because of her name.
Unlike representing the Ancient Greek goddess of victory, it seems that Nike is letting the terrorists win.
Isis (the bad guys) and Enschede have an odd link with each other, as this spring terrorists were using fake passports with ‘Enshede’ on them.
(Link: www.bd.nl, Photo of Isis, Egyptian goddess by Darla Hueske, some rights reserved)
Tags: Egypt, Enschede, shoes
Hans van Wijland, an elderly man from Enschede has an interesting yet odd hobby that is getting some summer press: he collects dentures. In his living room window he has a collection of some 117 dentures on display that makes some neighbours laugh and others disgusted. Knowing this full well, he once placed the dentures on a Christmas tree using lights.
Like many collectors, he didn’t just stop at dentures, he’s now branching out into used hearing aids, prosthetic legs and ocular prosthetics. He finds all his fake teeth at flea markets and cleans them thoroughly.
(Link: www.waarmaarraar.nl, Photo: Hans van Wijland’s Facebook page)
Tags: collecting, dentures, Enschede, teeth
After going national and beyond with Joppiesaus (‘Joppie sauce’), a sauce containing onion and curry powder named after Joppie, a snack bar owner in Glanerbrug near Enschede, food company Elite of Neede, Gelderland is introducing ‘Jamballa sauce’, although few people seem to know what it. Yes, it sounds like ‘Jambalaya’ to me too. The container features garlic and peppers on it, if that helps.
“Sweet and spicy” is the only available description, and it’s something Elite says the Dutch have never had before, but that’s very vague. The recipe comes from the South (Limburg?) and was introduced yesterday at food fair Horecava in Amsterdam. If we try some, we’ll tell you about it, and if you do, we want to know.
(Links: www.gelderlander.nl, sportclubneede.nl, Photo of fries in Brussels with Andalouse sauce)
Tags: Enschede, Gelderland, Jamballa sauce, Joppie sauce
Shandrick Elodia, the ‘most amusing bus driver of the Netherlands’ from Enschede was sacked recently for safety reasons. By sacked, I mean not rostered anymore to work, as he didn’t have a permanent contract.
“Are you ready for the ride of your life?”, he would ask depressed passengers and then chat on the microphone and play music like Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Tom Jones’ ‘It’s Not Unusual’. Everybody loved this guy, but he was way too much for his employer.
At some point, Elodia needed something more challenging and wanted to do something about all those sad faces boarding his bus. He once startled an old lady by wishing her a nice evening on the microphone and kept going from there.
Sure, Elodia should have followed the rules (only greeting people) and just done his job or quit and find something else — he is the first to admit that. Elodia has a degree in industrial design, and according to him, his global vision of ‘making poverty cool’ ended up spilling over into his work as a bus driver. “When you’re poor, you have to make due with rubbish products. When I drive up in my happy bus next to some guy in an expensive Mercedes, he sees how much fun the ‘poorer’ people are having and wishes he was in my bus.”
Since Elodia has been on television (in Dutch), work offers have been pouring in.
(Links: www.nrc.nl, www.nieuws.nl, Photo of Bus in Enschede by Daniël Bleumink, some rights reserved)
Tags: bus driver, Enschede, industrial design, public transport
From December 4 to 7 the second edition of the Blood & Thunder Roller Derby World Cup will be held in Dallas, Texas, and Team Netherlands will be participating for the very first time. Notice that this World Cup doesn’t contain the word ‘women’ in it because roller derby is predominantly a women’s sport: it’s the men that have to append an extra word to their World Cup.
Not even a year old, Team NL has been working towards Dallas from the very beginning, with about half the players hailing from the country’s first team, the Amsterdam Derby Dames, and the rest from the Rotterdam Death Row Honeys, Utrecht’s Dom City Dolls, Enschede’s Eastside Rock’n Rollers, Groningen’s Northern Lightning Rollerdgirls and Eindhoven’s Rockcity Rollers.
Today it has been announced that Team NL’s first tournament game will be against World Champion Team USA. Contrary to many other international sports, the US and Canada (ranked 2nd) dominate the sport because since the era of modern-day roller derby that coincidentally started in Texas in 2001, these two countries were pretty much the only ones playing the sport. Since then roller derby has grown exponentially, and countries such as England, France and Germany are now approaching the level of competitiveness driven by the US and Canada.
Some of the Team NL girls will be travelling to the US for the first time and are as excited as can be.
(Disclosure: I skate with the Amsterdam Derby Dames. Photos of Team NL training by Branko Collin)
Tags: Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, roller derby, Rotterdam, Team Netherlands, Texas, Utrecht
In Enschede, Overijssel, a slot machine player has won almost 3 million euro (2,960,221,50 euro to be exact) with the ‘Mega Millions’ slot machines at the state-run Holland Casino last Saturday, making it the highest amount ever won at a Dutch casino. The player, who has chosen to remain anonymous for now but is 30 years of age, only spent 7,50 euro. The more people play these specific slot machines that only cost 0,10 euro per try, the higher the amount. According to an employee at the casino, the new millionaire was taken aback by all of this and has not yet made themselves known to the media.
In April 2013 another person from Enschede won 1,600,000 euro.
(Linsk: www.welingelichtekringen.nl, www.hollandcasino.nl, Photo of Slot machines by rusticus80, some rights reserved)
Tags: casino, Enschede, Overijssel
As part of the Gogbot festival 2013 that features music and technology revolving around sex in Enschede, female-friendly pornography is to be projected onto a church tower on the Oude Markt (Old Market place). Local politicians of the religious persuasion are not happy about this and have protested.
However, the church is not longer in use as a church, which rules out blasphemy according to the city’s mayor.
The Dutch link to the story (see below) originally said female-unfriendly porno by mistake which I pointed out and they promptly corrected. It’s interesting how ‘ordinary’ porno is automatically female-unfriendly, as female-friendly pornography is surely far from being male-unfriendly. We’ve mentioned some female-friendly porn made in Amsterdam back in 2009.
Tags: Enschede, porn