July 18, 2018

Dutch and French battle over Olympic Games founder’s name

Filed under: General,Sports by Orangemaster @ 3:24 pm

Dutch company Tempting Brands from Veenendaal, Utrecht and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are embroiled in a conflict over who has the right to use the name Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the ICO and often considered the father of the modern Olympic Games.

In 2007, the IOC secured ‘Coubertin’ from the European Union Intellectual Property Office, but according to Tempting Brands, they can trademark it because the IOC failed to use it for five years. The Veenendaal company also uses the name of the iconic US Route 66, ‘Marie Antoinette’ and others.

French lawyer Fabienne Fajgenbaum, an intellectual property specialist fighting for the IOC, argues that Tempting Brands has simply grabbed the Coubertin name just to rent it out, rather than providing any added value, which could give the French a win. She already managed to stop a French company from selling wine bottles branded with a picture of the Olympic founder during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

In the other corner, Dutch intellectual property lawyer Tjeerd Overdijk explains that in the Netherlands, it would be difficult to challenge the trademark filing, as it depends on the product. He has successfully defended a company that secured the rights to Vincent van Gogh’s brand, despite a legal challenge from the foundation named after the Dutch painter.

Faites vos jeux, rien ne va plus.

(Link: phys.org)

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May 8, 2018

Veenendaal wants input for new mayor

Filed under: General by Orangemaster @ 9:27 am


While the Dutch cannot vote for their mayors because mayors are still appointed, the city of Veenendaal has decided to let residents choose what qualities they want in a mayor, a bit like letting children ‘give their input’ on what they want for dinner and eventually serving them some sort of mash. I understand this is trying to get folks involved, but the best way to let people give their opinion is to let them vote for their mayor, something Veenendaal is not in a position to offer, but trying to alleviate.

Should the new mayor be an ‘enthusiastic renewer’ or more of a ‘stable factor’? Should they be ‘visibly active’ or more ‘involved in the background’? Folks of Veenendaal, tell them what you want in a survey. And you can continue to ‘give your opinion’ until May 16. Piet Zoon is currently acting mayor of Veenendaal, after Wouter Kolff left in September 2017.

Last month, the town of Stadskanaal appointed a mayor for all of 15 minutes, as they could not appoint new councillors without one, which the law has no provision to deal with.

(Link: rtvutrecht.nl, Photo of deceased former mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van de Laan)

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January 3, 2018

Football goal and basketball shot at the same time

Filed under: Sports,Weird by Orangemaster @ 5:11 pm


The film of a penalty kick at football club DOVO in Veenendaal, Utrecht during a indoor football tournament is going viral. Not only did Rafael Mamba score a goal, but one of his shoes landed right into the basketball hoop on the wall at the same time.

That’s two goals at once and it will make your day if you watch it. Keep your eyes on the shoe first and then watch it again to make sure the ball goes into the goal.

(Link: gelderlander.nl, Photo of Football by Bramus, some rights reserved)

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September 16, 2010

Christians protest occult-related supermarket toys

Filed under: Religion,Weird by Orangemaster @ 10:44 am

‘Dungans’, as these toy tokens are called, should be seen as fantasy characters like, I dunno, Pogs (know as ‘Flippo’s’ in the Netherlands), but nope, some Christians got mad and got one supermarket (just one) to stop with the toys. Wow, what a victory.

“Children turn into the Dungan characters, these demons. These evil spirits fight with the children around them, it’s disgusting,” two annoyed Christians in Veenendaal claimed. “We have to protect our children”. And everybody else who lets their children collect Dungans are what, bad parents? Please.


Judge for yourself. Note: subtitles are totally whacked, but at least you know what they’re on about. After 1:26 you can stop unless you like home-made YouTube rants.

(Link: dutchnews, distrifood)

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July 28, 2010

Underaged boy re-enacts film with mom’s car

Filed under: Automobiles,Film,Gaming,Weird by Orangemaster @ 3:09 pm

First there was our world-famous story about a man causing a blackout in a hospital, thinking he was playing horror video game Silent Hill, now there’s a 17-year-old boy in Veenendaal who re-enacted the movie ‘The Fast and the Furious’ by driving his mom’s car into someone’s yard.

Legal driving age is 18 here, so he borrowed mom’s car illegally. Not only did the boy trash someone’s yard, he also drove the car home, parked it, and pretended nothing happened. He got caught by the cops because a licence plate fell off in said yard. Damn. His excuse to the police was that he had watched ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and wanted to try out drifting, a driving technique “where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns,” and “make smoke come out of the tires”.

Watch how it’s done on British television show Top Gear with cool Japanese guys:

(Link: gelderlander.nl)

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May 29, 2008

Christians get knickers in a twist over cereal advert

Filed under: Religion by Branko Collin @ 12:56 pm

In Veenendaal, part of the Dutch bible belt, the local chapter of the SGP is “shocked,” “insulted,” and “hurt” over an ad for cereal which depicts a famous scene from the Old Testament, reports RTV Utrecht (Dutch). The Kellogg’s advert that so outraged the conservative Protestant party displays a prudishly covered Eve amidst a sea of apples, watched by a snake, and under a banner which reads “Meer fruit dan vroeger” (more fruit than before).

The SGP, known mostly for its extreme misogynist stance for which it undoubtedly borrowed heavily from the Old Testament’s Garden of Eden myth, has asked the city’s executive to condemn the campaign to Kellogg’s, which must be rubbing its corporate paws in glee for such a predictive gift of free advertising.

The manufacturer’s campaign features a second ad which also depicts a scene from a fairy tale (Snow White, to be precise), but as far as I know no one has protested that one.

Via Geen Commentaar (Dutch).

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