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Spots2B Amsterdam City Guide

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The original Spots2B Amsterdam City Guide, is out and for sale on-line!

This super inspirational and handy Spots2B Amsterdam City Guide leads you directly to the best and most characteristic places Amsterdam has to offer.

Authors, Alexandra Jansse and Dorothé Schellekens, alias Dotti and Alexa rediscover their beloved Amsterdam. In six well-designed walks they take you directly to the most interesting Spots2B.

Cover-Spots-2B-Amsterdam-214x300History, art, architecture, food & drinks, Dutch Design

They explain the history and share their insights into contemporary Amsterdam with enthusiasm. Spots2B Amsterdam leads visitors to the finest places in the fields ofart, shopping, sightseeing,Dutch Design, architecture, food & drinks, romantic streets and also, gives provides excellent tips for ‘along the waterfront’ and ‘free concerts and gigs’.

Spots2B Amsterdam neighborhoods maps & pull-out City plan

Besides six neighborhoods walks and maps the book includes a practical pull-out city plan with a street index.  The city guide can be ordered on-line or bought at any bookstore in Amsterdam.

Order this Amsterdam City Guide booklet for 15 euro!



Shakespeare Night—The Britsoc Thespians Shake Up Haarlem

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“This is a way to kill a wife with kindness, And thus I’ll curb her mad and headstrong humor. He that knows better how to tame a shrew, Now let him speak; ’tis charity to show.”

For those who stayed at home watching the telly, you missed an unforgettable Shakestravaganza. A delightful hotchpotch of English poetry, comedy monologues, stories, songs, quotes, puns and jokes. Lavished upon the unsuspecting throng by bawdy readings from our Britsoc Bravehearts.

“Once more into the feast” 

These eclectic readings were made brave by a sumptuous and brave seven course meal. Washed down by fine blood red wine. Chef Mike’s poetry on a plate prepared the unsuspecting souls for Paul Huxley’s cunning plan — to get everyone up to read the Taming of the Shrew.

And what a memorable set of performances.

See Photo Gallery here

Off with his head

A small gang of sworn enemies of the current Britsoc chairman Stephen Huyton acted out a small scene from Richard III. By mistake they accidentally chopped his head off and served it on a platter. Symbolic, I’m told, of the passing of the ceremonial sword between the outgoing chairman to the incoming Britsoc chairman Ian Cherington.The head is real, but the blood is fake.

“Booo! Rotten Tomatoes” 

It was alas the last time we shall hold Shakespeare Night at Ma Brown’s in Haarlem.

Fear ye not, neither be afraid:

Next year is the Bard’s 450th Birthday, so a new venue will, must, has to be, found. Ideas?


By John Richardson, Digital Editor Britsoc Zine and Webmaster

Keukenhof 2013: The United Kingdom – Land of Great Gardens

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Most spectacular start to spring you’ll ever see: Enchanting tour of the world’s biggest garden which has seven million flowers

By DAMIEN GAYLE in The Daily Mail

PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:24 GMT, 24 April 2013

It opened to the public on March 21 and continues for eight weeks.

Most spectacular start to spring you’ll ever see: Enchanting tour of the world’s biggest garden which has seven million flowers

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After 10 years, the Rijksmuseum is open! What the papers say

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Rijksmuseum Painting by John Richardson

After 10 years, the Rijksmuseum is open! What the papers say

Friday 05 April 2013. Source

The new-look ‘gallery of honour’. Photo: Iwan Baan

On the 13th of April, Amsterdams’ Rijksmuseum will open its door after a 10-year rennovation programme. According to the newspapers it was worth the wait.

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Handy Queen’s Day Coronation Guide

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Screen Shot 2013-04-08 at 23.06.23What a Queen’s Day this is turning out to be. 

The Last Queen’s Day night party, an abdication, a coronation, a new King and Queen…all before lunch.

But can a Dutch monarch just quit?  What have the Dutch people had to say about this? What does the inauguration schedule look like?

These and other burning questions are all in out handy Coronation Guide.

Download it here


Cricket: South Africa v Holland

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Fri 31 May 11:00 – 19:30 VRA ABN Amro ICC


Cricket Netherlands (KNCB) is delighted to announce that following negotiations with Cricket South Africa (CSA) the South African Castle Lager ODI squad will be touring the Netherlands in May in preparation for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England and Wales during June.

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