Visit the Charles Dickens Museum in London and get an intimate look into the life of this celebrated writer whose works and iconic characters are still a huge influence on today's language and popular culture 150 years after his death.
One of the few little 'upsides' of the current worldwide lockdown, is the fact that museums are now offering access to their temporary online art exhibitions. From Australia to the UK via the US, here are eight great temporary online art exhibitions to get your culture fix, even in times of lockdown.
Tell me, do you use the name 'Holland' or 'The Netherlands' when you speak of my mother country? Despite its common usage, the Dutch government recently announced they want to ban 'Holland' and rebrand the country's name internationally. Why are they so eager to initiate such a huge and expensive undertaking? Find out in this blog post!
What is your favourite science fiction film? Mine is Ridley Scott's 'Alien'. Just like me, this iconic film turned 40 this year. And to celebrate this special event, director Alexandre O. Philippe made the documentary 'Memory: The Origins of Alien', showing never-before-seen materials, interviews and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
The unconventional feel-good movie 'Heavy Trip', a Finnish comedy about an upcoming amateur black metal band, has been hailed as the Scandi version of the cult film 'This is Spinal Tap'. Even if you're not the biggest metalhead, the bizarre adventures of this ambitious metal quartet will rock your socks off!
Following last year's popular blog post 'My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Animals', here's another look at some curious Dutch sayings. This time I chose My 10 Favourite Dutch Sayings Featuring Food! I also looked up the origins of each them in an attempt to make some sense of them. Tell me, what do you make of them?
Unbelievable news! Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence is the winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2019! To celebrate this memorable event I explored the archives (thanks YouTube) and dug up all previous Dutch Eurovision winners. Great to see old footage dating back to 1957 already and see how much the Eurovision Song Contest has evolved over the years!
Have you ever thought of how magicians and mediums use psychological devices to play tricks on you? You'd be surprised to learn how even your own brain deceives you! The current exhibition 'Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic' at Wellcome Collection reveals the rational truth behind the world of magic.
We all know of course that the British Museum is THE place to go if you're interested in seeing ancient Egyptian artefacts in London. But did you know that the world's fourth largest ancient Egyptian collection is housed in a small building on the University College London campus? I only heard of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last week and was rather blown away by all the treasures it holds!