Crown Prince Willem-Alexander has spoken at his shame of taking part in a traditional Dutch toilet-throwing contest.
The heir to the Dutch throne was in the small eastern village of Rhenen on Queen’s Day, April 30, where he entered – and won – a traditional village game of toilet-bowl tossing.
But speaking at a function in Rotterdam on Wednesday, the prince admitted he felt ashamed when hurling the orange-coloured ceramic potty given the lack of proper sanitary conditions in the developing world.
“Here in the Netherlands there are towns that take part in the throwing of toilet-bowls for a laugh,” he said.
“I participated with a smile, but not without shame in thinking about the some 2.6 billion people around the world that do not have this most basic infrastructure to fulfil a daily need with dignity.”
But competition organiser Jakob Buitenhuis said he found the prince’s attitude “childish”.
“Because he won, we even gave him a cup with a little toilet on top with a string you can pull to flush it,” Buitenhuis added.
Hundreds of thousands of Dutch take to the streets on April 30 every year in orange wigs and bizarre hats to celebrate Queen’s Day, a national holiday and annual festival to mark the birthday of Queen Beatrix’s mother Queen Juliana.
Dutch police in the eastern town of Enter are investigating the theft of the country’s largest clog.
The clog disappeared without trace from Enter’s main street, a police spokeswoman said.
“We don’t know who stole it, but it’s disappeared,” Rosita de Vries said of the clog, which at four metres (13 feet) in length, two metres (6.5 feet) high and weighing almost two tonnes is the largest example of the Dutch icon.
“It is a joke. We even received an email announcing that the shoe will probably be back after Carnival,” in mid-February, she said, adding it was believed the shoe disappeared on Friday night or early on Saturday.
Police however failed to trace the email and inquiries lead to nowhere.
“They (the thieves) would have had a truck to fly off with this shoe,” De Vries said.
“Even if it was done as a joke, the thieves will answer in court for their actions.”
The two presenters of Dutch TV show Proefkonijnen (which means guinea pigs or test rabbits) brought reality television to a whole new level.
The pair have hit headlines as they ate each other’s freshly cooked flesh.
Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno were earlier filmed while they were under local anaesthetic as a surgeon cut a piece of their muscle at a clinic.
Storm watched as flesh was cut from Zeno’s abdomen, and Zeno returned the favour when muscle was cut from Storm’s bottom.
A chef was brought in to fry their flesh on their TV show, in front of a studio audience.
Zeno and Storm then sat for a candlelit dinner – complete with wine – to dine on each other’s muscle.
Storm told reporters that the muscle was cooked to medium-rare in sunflower oil without seasoning.
“Nothing is really that special when you’re talking about the taste of the meat, but it is weird to look into the eyes of a friend when you are chewing on his belly,” Storm said.
“The punchline of the show is to get really simple answers on stupid questions, such as can you shave with ketchup or can you drive blind?
“And we wanted to find out how human flesh tasted.”
Storm said the stunt was worth the pain in his behind.
“It was just a few centimetres of meat,” he said.
“And now I have a good story about that scar.”
Storm and Zeno said the stunt was legal because both entered into the cannibalistic pact voluntarily.
“A lawyer advised the program’s producers that while cannibalism is not itself against the law, the presenters or the surgeon who operated on them could run in to legal difficulties.”
“The presenters also claim that there is no risk of ill health, as long as the human meat is properly cooked.”
International news headlines ranged from “Cannibalism on Dutch TV generates world-wide repulsion” to “In the worst possible taste: Sick TV stunt features presenters eating EACH OTHER”.
The pre-recorded episode will air on December 21.
A Dutch minister had a lucky escape when a lamp crashed down from the ceiling of the parliament chamber and narrowly missed her.
Health minister Edith Schippers was leading a debate about health care reforms involving the chronically ill and handicapped when the lamp fell.
It smashed on a table right beside her. The near-miss left her so shaken that the debate was halted temporarily while she regained her composure and staff cleaned up the broken lamp.
Video images recorded during the debate did not capture the lamp falling, but registered a loud bang and showed Labour MP Jetta Klijnsma shriek and clasp her hand over her mouth in shock. Parliament spokesman Jos Jochemsen said it was not known why the lamp fell.
The 8-foot-tall Lego man that recently washed up on Siesta Key Beach in Florida has been exposed as being the work of a Netherlands artist.
The 100-pound Lego man, which bears the mangled message “NO REAL THAN YOU ARE” on its torso, was discovered Tuesday morning by Jeff Hindman as he was walking on the beach.
The sculpture, which is currently being held by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and will be turned over to Hindman if it is not claimed within 90 days, matches similar Lego men that washed up in the Netherlands in 2007 and England in 2008.
The Siesta Key Lego man bears the name “Ego Leonard” on the back with the number 8.
Ego Leonard is the name of the Dutch artist, but it is unclear whether it is his real name. An e-mail request for comment was answered from the perspective of the Lego man.
“I am glad I crossed over. Although it was a hell of a swimm,” Leonard wrote.
“Nice weather here and friendly people. I think I am gonna stay here for a while. A local sheriff escorted me to my new home.”
In Europe you can now take your pooch to the pub and you can both enjoy a good pint of beer together, thanks to a Dutch brewer. They have developed a beer specifically for dogs with the slogan “a beer for your best friend.”.
Dog beer is a blend of beef extracts and malt. This gives the brew a crisp, clean lager with all the meaty goodeness.
The brewers told reporters:
‘For large dogs we would recommend one bottle a day and for things like a Chihuahua… well, they prefer shorts.’
And as one owner put it:
‘My dog loves it. Now when we go for a walk we can both go to the pub.’
They are not the only people whohave come up with this concept.
An Australian brewer has developed a version for down under. Dog Beer, aka ‘D.B.’ can be bought from http://www.dogbeer.com.au/
I know you are all wondering – the beer is non-alcoholic…