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Lost in the Wilders(ness)

Cormac Murphy examines the significance of the recent Dutch elections and considers whether populism has reached its limits in Europe.  

Swept up in a sensationalist frenzy, one of the most anticipated and fiercely contested elections in Europe produced, at best, modest electoral success for the far-right. 1,653 more words


Christmas Eve in Holland

We spent Christmas Eve in the Hague. We visited the beautiful Mauritshuis Museum. It is small but spectacular!

Dad looks at home in this have for Dutch art! 65 more words

December 2016

Amsterdam: street art and curiosities

I remember being young and looking out of the window of a bus somewhere in Gateshead and seeing some graffiti and thinking that it was actually really attractive, and that when I was older and had loads of money, I’d employ graffiti artists to paint artworks like that. 182 more words


World Baseball Classic: Reflections

Who knew that we would have exciting baseball in March!

The wonders of the World Baseball Classic were on display, and the United States benefitted the most in more than jus the obvious. 517 more words

Today's Sports Update Archive

Across the Pond, Part I

After the electoral tumult of 2016, it is tempting to think of 2017 as a down year of comparable insignificance. That’s certainly true to an extent in the U.S., which, save for a few special elections and the Virginia governor’s contest, is shifting from election mode to policymaking mode (a mode that is not without its own drama). 776 more words


Quality Time As A Family...

The Easter weekend of 2016 saw us on the island of Texel, taking a break from extended family responsibilities that had been weighing heavily and from which we needed a little bit of “time out”. 251 more words