British and Dutch Cultures Compared

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British and Dutch Cultures Compared Guest Blog Post The old saying of “men are from Mars women are from Venus” (the planet not the chain of sex shops) is something that certainly applies to countries too. Being from the UK, I can tell you that the Netherlands is so different that …

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Five Things The Dutch Can Learn From The British

Things the Dutch can learn from the British

5 things the Dutch can learn from the British Sometimes, life can be like an Albert Heijn Allerhande Box, disappointing. That rather ambiguous opening statement has absolutely nothing to do with today’s post. The Dutch Review recently published an article called “5 personality traits that the Brits should learn from …

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The Mayor of Amsterdam’s Letter to all British Amsterdammers

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Letter from the Mayor of Amsterdam to all British Amsterdammers Below is a letter from Eberhard van der Laan the Mayor of Amsterdam to all British Amsterdammers. It’s nice to know that at least the Mayor actually cares about the eventual residential status of British people living in Amsterdam.  He’s …

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Soft Brexit vs. Hard Brexit A Guide For Foreigners

The Non-EU citizens guide to soft vs hard Brexit As a British citizen resident in the Netherlands, I’ve been following the Brexit negotiations closely. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, called a completely unnecessary general election believing that the British public would support her so called ‘hard Brexit’ approach. In …

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UK Brexit British Refugees to move to the Netherlands


UK Brexit the British are coming So there we have it. Thanks to a combination of pensioners, the unemployed and flag-waving nationalists, many with no clue what they were actually voting for, UK Brexit is a reality. Applause! No sooner had the results sunk in, people throughout the UK cried …

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Pride Prejudice and Brexit

The Brexit referendum will take place soon. When it comes to the EU, the Shallow Man is as happy as a Dutch girl shopping at G-Star Raw. For this reason, I have struggled to understand why so many of my fellow British citizens are so keen on leaving the comforting bosom of …

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High heels, beggars and expensive cars

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High heels, beggars and expensive cars The Shallow Man has been spending time in the people watching capital of the world, yes Paris. In some other major world cities, it can be said that members of different classes barely mix or see each other. This is definitely not the case in …

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