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    gizmo59, RickBoston

    to the diary tonight, Rick. Thank you for posting it. The royal family enjoyed a lot of freedom to attend events and be among the people in a fairly relaxed way. That largely changed in 2009 when eight people were killed during an assination attempt in Apeldoorn.

    I visited den Haag for the first time a couple of years ago. It is a fascinating city. I think I would have enjoyed your experience more than the revelry in Amsterdam.

    •  When I saw the news of the abdication (1+ / 0-)
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      I immediately thought to send a text to my former neighbor in Gouda (who is German and a fan of all things royal). By the time I got around to it, I pulled out my phone only to see a text from her informing me of the news.

      A few months ago I finally got around to reading a biography of Bea's father Bernhard that had been sitting on my bookshelf a few years. It was a fantastic read! 70 pages into it I ordered another copy to be sent to my former neighbor.

      Revenge is a dish best served on White House china.

      by RickBoston on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:39:02 PM PST

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      •  I'll have to check out (1+ / 0-)
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        your recommendation. I think I would enjoy it. Thank you, Rick.

        •  Overall it's quite fair to a controversial guy (1+ / 0-)
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          I found the story of Barnhard's background as an impoverished quasi-noble fascinating, as well as a strange role he played in Juliana's life. In many ways he was a cad, but in the final analysis they loved each other deeply and he was a comfort to her until the end.

          The author--Annejet van der Zijl--has become purchase on sight for me. My first encounter was a random purchase--Sonny Boy--the true story of a Scheveningen(!) housewife who became pregnant by a much younger Surinamese boarder in the 1930s, and their tragic fate under the Nazis. Awesome book that has since been made into a movie.

          I then went back to her earlier books Jagtlust and Anna--a much praised biography of Annie M.G. Schmidt. Jagtlust is billed as the story of a sort of counterculture colony in the wild 1960s, but I found it more a biography of Fritzi ten Harmsen van der Beek, a sort of mythological poet of that time. Anna was very well done as a biography, although I find that van der Zijl's skills as a storyteller has improved with each book.

          In November she has a biography of Gerard Heineken coming out, and that will be followed in 2014 by a biography of Allene Tew, an American godmother to Queen Beatrix.

          Probably more than you needed to know about obscure Dutch books!

          Revenge is a dish best served on White House china.

          by RickBoston on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 09:56:34 PM PST

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