What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

What’s in a Name? Dutch Government Bans ‘Holland’ in Favour of ‘The Netherlands’

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!

Film Review: ‘Heavy Trip’ – A Finnish Black Metal Comedy

Film Review: ‘Heavy Trip’ – A Finnish Black Metal Comedy

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!

And the Winner Is: The Netherlands!

And the Winner Is: The Netherlands!

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!

It’s a Kind of Magic: Discover the Science Behind Magic at the Wellcome Collection

It’s a Kind of Magic: Discover the Science Behind Magic at the Wellcome Collection

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.

Reflections #7: Visiting the Wool Centre of the World and Singapore’s Street Art Scene

Reflections #7: Visiting the Wool Centre of the World and Singapore’s Street Art Scene

It's the last Sunday of March already so time for my monthly recap where I look back at what I have been up to for the last weeks. Today it's all about the cultural highlights of our recent travels through Australia, New Zealand and Singapore!

Secret London Tip: Discover the Petrie Museum, Home to the World’s 4th Largest Ancient Egyptian Collection!

Secret London Tip: Discover the Petrie Museum, Home to the World’s 4th Largest Ancient Egyptian Collection!

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!