Antonio Marcos van der Ploeg and Enise Merve Bircan are the dutch Clyde Chestnut Barrow and Bonnie Elizabeth Parker(dutch link).
The “Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway” kidnapped a family, took the father with them in his car andlater freed in the German border are also suspected of being involved in various robberies and attackes over the past few days.
“Bonnie: I don’t have no mama. No family either.
Clyde: Hey, I’m your family.
Bonnie: You know what, when we started out, I thought we was really goin’ somewhere. This is it. We’re just goin’, huh?
Clyde: I love you.”
«(…)In ancient times, the origins of cinnamon were a mystery to the Western world, and Arab merchants wanted to keep it that way. To hike up the price, they spun an elaborate tale, claiming that giant birds collected cinnamon sticks from far-off lands and used them to build nests on cliffs. To get the precious sticks, traders laid out massive chunks of ox meat, which the birds grabbed and carried to their nests. But because the slabs were so large, the nests would collapse, allowing the clever merchants to collect their prize. Europeans bought this story until the late 1400s when the Portuguese found the real source of cinnamon—lush groves in Sri Lanka. Once they’d figured it out, the Portuguese struck a deal with the Sri Lankans to monopolize the trade and built a fort there to protect their assets. They were displaced by the Dutch in 1658, who were subsequently displaced by the Brits in 1796. But by then, the trees had been exported worldwide, so there was little need to fight for a cinnamon fix.
(…)Grow a Piper nigrum shrub, pick its red berries, boil them until they turn black, dry them in the sun, and you’ve got pepper—the most popular spice in history! Long before shakerfuls hit every diner in America, pepper originated in the mountains of India, where it was referred to as “black gold.” This was a misnomer—pepper was worth more than its weight in gold, and individual peppercorns were even accepted as currency at the time, and it wasn’t just India. In Dutch, the term “pepper expensive” is used to describe something extremely pricey, which explains why the country waged war against the Portuguese in the 1590s to get a piece of the trade. The spice remained costly for centuries.»
Damn Dutch, as I here and here wrote before, in Portuguese.
For about an year she was “my” Queen and she’s steping down leaving the throne to her son Prince Willem-Alexander after 33 years on the throne.
Nothing better than throwing the biggest party, the Koninginnedag.
I’ll miss her ‘wheels of gouda’ hats.
Queen Beatrix abdicates after 33 years on the throne, she’s to abdicate this year in favour of her son, crown prince Willem-Alexander. The formal ceremony and coronation will take place on April 30, after the Koninginnedag.
The first weekend I’ve spent in the Netherlands when I moved there was the Koninginnedag(Queensday). What a party!
Long live the Queen!