April 3, 2018

Fifteen minutes of mayoral fame in Stadskanaal

Filed under: General by Orangemaster @ 12:02 pm

On March 29, in the town of Stadskanaal, Groningen, Gert-Jan Boels, a former councillor of the local government became the mayor for all of 15 minutes, with the bling like in the picture and a gavel. He may have even broken the record for the shortest term in office, but that hasn’t been verified.

When the local government installed the new council, it didn’t have a mayor. Mayors are not elected in the Netherlands (there’s a lot of discussion on that front nowadays), they are appointed. Without a mayor, the new councillors couldn’t be appointed. Amusingly enough, the law doesn’t have a provision in case this happens.

After a discussion with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the city appointed former councillor Boels as acting mayor for 15 minutes, the time it took to appoint Goedhart Borgesius, the longest serving councillor, as mayor.

Boels told the press it was “15 lovely minutes”.

(Link: binnenlandsbestuur.nl, Photo of the former mayor of Haarlem and former mayor of Bloemendaal, Bernt Schneiders)

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September 17, 2010

Yellow fungus returns to the Netherlands after 55 years

Filed under: Nature by Branko Collin @ 9:42 pm

The Netherlands was still clinging to its delusions of colonial grandeur, Robert Jasper Grootveld was still just a window cleaner, and the province of Flevoland had yet to rise from the sea when the spathularia flavida, a fungus also known as the yellow earth tongue or yellow fan (wiki dixit), was last spotted in this country.

Fifty-five years on, and Bert Oving discovers thousands of them in the Vledder forest of East-Groningen, near Germany. Trouw adds that because of the wet and yet warm weather several other rare species have returned this year, among them the red cage (clathrus ruber) and the octopus stinkhorn (clathrus archeri).

Media Stadskanaal has photos and a video. My camera is aching to go hiking.

(Photo by Irene Andersson, some rights reserved)

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