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Some observations of foreign types in crowds

There was some strange behaviour outside my hotel this evening, instead of the usual languid European-style pavement restaurant with a few, mainly elderly residents enjoying their café under an iridescent evening sun as a few blonde haired goddesses drift by aimlessly on bicycles, there was a massed throng of unruly teens and drunken men filling the square in front of my hotel.

I presumed that it was some form of political protest as they were uniformly dressed alike, but apparently not, it was in fact an opportunity to get utterly paralytic on Heineken served in plastic cups while watching a giant TV screen erected at the end of the not-so-very-grand place. I initially presumed they were there to watch the local version of “America’s Next One Hit Wonder” or whatever it is called in The Land of Clogs.

It turns out that it was in actual fact some kind of sporting competition against Austria (I think – it was all in foreign so I couldn’t understand a word), anyway some team wearing a weird kind of navy blue uniform like they have in Star Trek the Next Generation, except they are in shorts instead of long pants were playing against a team representing the locals – dressed in the same freaky get up, but in orange.

Never heard of this game myself, but apparently the locals called it “Onze Kop van de Wereld”, whatever that means in English…?

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At the end of the broadcast, there was a cartoon graphic of an orange coloured lion wearing a crown punching a kangaroo in the face and knocking him down. I couldn’t follow the logic of that at all, but the crowd seemed pleased about it, so I presume it referred to some historic rivalry with Austria or something.

Regardless, it seemed very important to them because when they won the heat against Austria, they shouted out “Australië gaat naar beneden gaan!” and “We hebben gewonnen!”.

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I kind of got that the first thing they said was a reprobation against the Austrians for losing, but the second thing they said meant nothing to me at all. I asked what does “We hebben gewonnen!” mean in English and apparently it has never been translated into English so nobody knows.

I wonder why?

But as I said, strange people the Dutch…

P.S. – Sorry love, Johns married AND on the other bus… :-(

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11 Comments

  1. RAB says:

    Now you know perfectly well that the boys in blue were the Dutch and the ones in yellow were Aussies, you little tinker! But as Style Referee, I have to show you a Yellow card for 2 Languids in your opening sentence. One more and you’re out for two posts. ;-)

  2. John Galt says:

    Corrected RAB, thanks for the spot or as the Dutch would say “Sodemieter op! je verdomme Engels pedant!”.

    Are we talking yellow card?, red card? or a suspension? I could always spend some time in the sin bin – plenty of those around Amsterdam where I am next week.

    I generally apply the Ernest Hemingway school of writing, in that I get utterly tanked up before doing a satirical post. They seem to work out much better (or at least a bit funnier) that way, but it does mean that I end up suddling my mentences a bit and vomiting the Roget’s Thesaurus over the keyboard – some of which sticks, but at least I keep off the iambic pentameter as it gives me the runs…

    :-)

  3. Mr Ed says:

    “Engels pedant!”.?

    You don’t know what’s Dutch for ‘Welsh’???

    Meanwhile, King WankCarlos appears set to outlast Spain’s reign as defending Champs in the World cup by about 70 minutes. The Elephant’s revenge.

  4. John Galt says:

    You don’t know what’s Dutch for ‘Welsh’???

    Bugger. Sorry all, it’s the Heineken!

    This coming from a bloke who had to explain to various Dutch this week that I wasn’t English per se, but some weird hybrid Irish/Manx/Malaysian resident weirdo who’d decided to pick up a contract in The Netherlands despite speaking only three phrases in Dutch* all of which are inappropriate in front of de leider van de protestantse kerk.

    The funny thing was that although most of them had a vague idea of where Penang was only one (the biker) knew there was such a place as the Isle of Man, where it was and that it was not part of the UK.

    So much for chastising the septics for their knowledge of geography…

    * – I’d like to blame my Rosetta Stone Dutch language course, but since all I’ve done so far is install the damn thing, that would be a tad premature, if not unfair.

  5. RAB says:

    You don’t know what’s Dutch for ‘Welsh’???

    It’s Wels apparently, according to Google T. Not very imaginative is it? On a par with the Welsh calling a pint… peint.

    You never know though, that bastard Engels could well have been Welsh, probably had a Copper smelting foundry in Merthyr Tydfil (Little Moscow). Grinding the faces of the poor and bankrolling the Revolution.

    And yes terribly sad, snort chuckle, Spain the Cup-holders, are out.

  6. RAB says:

    Heineken?? Holland is not a third world country, surely you can buy better than that? My Corner shop offers 10 brands of Polish Lager at least!

    Well well, fancy a biker knowing where and what the Isle of Man is. A pint of Heineken for the first one of you who can tell me what the TT in TT Races stands for without googling it. :-)

  7. John Galt says:

    They deserved to be kicked out after that 5-1 defeat by Holland, that 3rd goal last weekend (the goal mouth scuffle) was a travesty of epic proportions on its own.

  8. John Galt says:

    Heineken?? Holland is not a third world country, surely you can buy better than that?

    The crowd was so packed that I couldn’t even get out of the hotel door, never mind get to a bar. What was served in the square was Heineken in plastic cups – there was security at either end. Drink Heineken or go without were the options and seriously that is no option at all.

    A pint of Heineken for the first one of you who can tell me what the TT in TT Races stands for without googling it. :-)

    Pass – I’ve lived there long enough to know…and I’ve had enough Heineken for the evening.

  9. xx It turns out that it was in actual fact some kind of sporting competition against Austria …..
    At the end of the broadcast, there was a cartoon graphic of an orange coloured lion wearing a crown punching a KANGAROO in the face xx

    I think there MAY be a clue there, that you have your “Aust’s” mixed up. :-D

  10. NickM says:

    Having recently been to the ‘dam I can affirm there are much finer beers than Heineken. I would recommend Duvel or something Belgian and Trappist. Dutch food is abysmal. I had one decent meal in several days and that was in an itty-bitty Malaysian restaurant. Apart from my wife and I everyone knew the two ladies who ran the gaff – excellent sign.

    I did have in the ‘dam arguably the most nauseating repaste on my record (and I’ve had gristle soup – there was no other way to describe it – in just post-Commie Hungary and I’ve been to Yugolsavia – as was – shortly before the pandemonium). There is an Aussie bar/diner on The Rembrandtplein. Dear Sweet Jesus. I had a kangaroo steak. It was dreadful. Now I am not having a go at the ‘roo per se but the cooking of it. If that was medium rare I’m a Dutchman. I could have given it CPR and Skippy would have hopped of to enliven the Gaiety of Nations.

    So, JG that might explain some of the antipathy towards the Aussies felt in Holland. Although to be fair Dutch cooking leaves a lot to be desired anyway. It mainly consists of frites, more frites and frites to come.

  11. NickM says:

    RAB,
    Tourist Trophy. And no I didn’t Google.

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