groningen!

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REINIER TREUR
Groningen

The province of Groningen, in the north of The Netherlands, is traditionally an agricultural area. The land is flat, empty, stretched out. The soil is fertile. A large part of the province consists of clay soil, deposited during the many floods of the Wadden Sea over the centuries.

Once the eastern part of the province was known as the ‘granary’ of Netherlands. In other parts of the province sugar beet and potatoes are grown. But the number of farms has declined rapidly in recent decades. Sons no longer want to take over the farms of their parents. Youth pulls away to the industrial and densely populated western part of Netherlands. The population on the Groningen countryside is ageing.

As a result of these developments, fertile farmland has been changed into water in recent years. New cities were built next to the new landscaped lakes, in order to attract  new residents to the sparsely populated area. These projects have not been very successful so far. The new inhabitants don’t come, whilst the province and municipalities involved, lost large amount of money on it.

© Reinier Treur

SWART VAN GRONINGEN, Jan
Woman Lamenting by a Burning City
1550-55
Pen in black, brush in brown, 360 x 283 mm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

A nature lover taking photographs of clouds during a storm in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands noticed a flash while taking a picture. He knew it wasn’t the flash of his camera so assumed it was lightning. When he developed the shot, the flash appeared as a green jellyfish UFO.

Harry Clipperton blogs nature photos and that’s what he was planning to do with the storm shots he took while walking on May 19th in the town of in Onlanden. Instead, he posted it as a UFO sighting and it was picked up by a local news site and distributed around the Internet. While some describe it as a flying saucer, the green tail make it look more like a jellyfish UFO.

Norway had a similar sighting in 2010 of a UFO near the Northern Lights

More information here.

A nature lover taking photographs of clouds during a storm in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands noticed a flash while taking a picture. He knew it wasn’t the flash of his camera so assumed it was lightning. When he developed the shot, the flash appeared as a green jellyfish UFO.

Harry Clipperton blogs nature photos and that’s what he was planning to do with the storm shots he took while walking on May 19th in the town of in Onlanden. Instead, he posted it as a UFO sighting and it was picked up by a local news site and distributed around the Internet. While some describe it as a flying saucer, the green tail make it look more like a jellyfish UFO.

A nature lover taking photographs of clouds during a storm in the province of Groningen in the Netherlands noticed a flash while taking a picture. He knew it wasn’t the flash of his camera so assumed it was lightning. When he developed the shot, the flash appeared as a green jellyfish UFO.

Harry Clipperton blogs nature photos and that’s what he was planning to do with the storm shots he took while walking on May 19th in the town of in Onlanden. Instead, he posted it as a UFO sighting and it was picked up by a local news site and distributed around the Internet. While some describe it as a flying saucer, the green tail make it look more like a jellyfish UFO.

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An online advertising read : ‘very cute guinea pig for sale, blind in one eye other than that he’s fine’ I sent the lady a message asking if he was still available and if yes that we would love to come pick him up asap. Got a reply back : ‘yes he’s still here, but someone has already offered to take him’ I was very dissapointed and asked her to please let me know if they changed their mind. Very much to my surprise, an email followed a few seconds later, a short and simple question: ‘how much are you willing to pay for him?’ I answered :'how much are you asking?’ she said : '4€’ I wrote back that I’ll make it a 10€…. We had a 'deal’ Drove a little over 2hrs yesterday to Groningen (the Netherlands) to pick this little precious soul up, he sat alone in a tiny cage with only hay, the cage itself was in some kind of a cement storage space built underground where daylight only penetrates when a small wooden door is opened to let you in. First thing I noticed was his head tilt, then his bald nose…Neither one was mentionned in her ad. (had that been the case I would’ve rushed to get him sooner!) You don’t need to have any medical background to figure out that he’s NOT OK and should’ve been taken to the vet already! A head tilt is a sign of a middle/inner ear infection and is life threatening! She had many more guinea pigs, small, big, pregnant ones too, as well as a couple of bunnies in that darkness down there. My heart ached…I wanted them all…to offer them the life that they deserve…. I asked if she had more for sale, she showed me a 3mnth old white one and said that the rest of the babies had been already sold but some sows are pregnant…uhm yeah…so she can distinguish between the pregnant ones and the non pregnant ones but fails to notice how sick this baby was?? I gave her 20euro’s for both boys, I climbed out of that hell hole and carried MY boys to the car thinking about those poor piggies I was leaving behind. This is someone who lives in a huge house with a huge stable located on acres of farmland, would those 4€ she initially asked me for, would they have made a difference in the contents of her dinner plate??? NO! Hope she gets what she deserves….. Will update on Brynn asap, hope the antibiotics kick in fast!

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25. May 2015: Happy 49th Birthday, Princess Laurentien!

Petra Laurentien Brinkhorst was born in Leiden on 25. May 1966 to Laurens Jan Brinkhorst and Jantien Brinkhorst-Heringa.

Princess Laurentien received her secondary education in Den Haag and later at the Lycée français in Tokyo, Japan, where she passed the Baccalauréat A examinations.

The Princess studied history at Groningen University, completing her foundation year in 1986. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Queen Mary College, London University, in 1989. In July 1991 she obtained her Master of Journalism degree at the University of California at Berkeley.

Princess Laurentien married Prince Constantijn in Den Haag on 17. May 2001. The marriage was blessed on 19. May 2001 in the Grote of St Jacobskerk in Den Haag.

Princess Laurentien and Prince Constantijn have three children. Their first daughter, Eloise, was born on 8. June 2002, their son Claus-Casimir on 21. March 2004 and their second daughter, Leonore, on 3. June 2006. The family will move from Brussels to Den Haag this summer.