December 8, 2020

Man found with heavy fireworks to be thrown out of home

Filed under: General,Health by Orangemaster @ 9:53 am

A 39-year-old man from Winterswijk, Gelderland who was recently caught with 260 kilos of heavy fireworks, including illegal Super Cobra 6 flashing firecrackers in his shed, attic and kitchen, will have his home closed between 14 December through 3 January, putting him and his family out for the holidays. The police claimed on Twitter that had those fireworks exploded, they would have destroyed homes and more within a 400-metre radius.

Usually set off for New Year’s Eve, this year fireworks will not be allowed and therefore be illegal throughout the Netherlands. Businesses often selling fireworks as a source of extra income will not be able to sell any this year, and found out only after they’d already bought their yearly stock. That stock has to either be stored in specific storage spaces or businesses have to pay to have it destroyed – either way they will lose a lot of money.

Of course this also upsets many individuals who bought fireworks because they will be fined if they use them, which is already happening and even a source of police trouble in Urk, Flevoland where teens are throwing heavy fireworks at the police.

Back in January we told you about a father who caught his kids damaging property with fireworks, and this was before covid.

I for one am thrilled to have more peace and quiet for the holidays. The sheer amount of construction works near my home is maddening, and I can imagine many pet owners will be thrilled as well.


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July 20, 2010

Mondriaan painting stolen from Dutch museum

Filed under: Art by Orangemaster @ 9:53 am

Tonight, on a Dutch television show that usually calls upon people to find missing children or criminals, we will be called upon for a stolen portrait of Arda Boogers (see painting here), painted by world-famous artist, Piet Mondriaan. It was stolen in mid June from the Freriks Museum in Winterswijk. Since we like numbers, it is insured to the tune of 28,000 euro. It is considered to be missing internationally, so keep your eyes open.


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May 28, 2008

Booties for cows with sore feet

Filed under: Animals,Science by Orangemaster @ 12:29 pm

A veterinarian in Winterswijk, Gelderland has developed slippers for cows with inflamed feet. Ron Jansen made the slippers using foam rubber and velcro. The cows need to wear them for five days, during which the footwear will ease the pain and allow the inflammation to heal quicker by shielding it from manure.

We could not find a picture, but we did find a nice cow photo shoot.


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