Including Cockney, posh English, Manchester, Liverpool, Welsh, Scottish, Irish (northern and southern variety), U.S. English, New York/Italian, Southern/redneck, Australian, and French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Indian and South African accents.
The BBC pays attention to the horrific, and unnecessary (and spite-induced) arts and music cuts in the Netherlands under the prospective rightwing government:
A rightwing coalition is elected, and arts cuts come (while, inevitably, defence is protected). A nation sees its most precious cultural institutions dismantled. Artists and musicians take to the streets in protest. No, I’m not looking into my crystal ball: this is what is happening right now in the Netherlands, for years a beacon of cultural excellence, especially in its support for new music. The arts budget there is facing a 24% cut, but as museums and libraries are to be protected from the worst of it, the performing arts, and particularly music, are facing devastation. The Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre, which runs three orchestras, a choir and, as it happens, a world-class library, is to be disbanded – a move akin to abolishing the BBC’s musical ensembles. According to the leading Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, the consequences will be “disastrous”; and the “ripple effects”, he says, are potentially terrifying: the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s great concert hall, has already warned that its future is in doubt without income from the series that are staged there by, for example, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Thousands of musicians are expected to perform in protest this Friday in the Hague.
This Friday, however, a protest march is staged in The Hague! More info here and here. A petition, which has already more than 51.000 signatures, can be signed here.
Let’s hope it’s the first in many protests and demonstrations against this government.
Over drie dagen, op 10 oktober 2010, ondergaat Nederland een grootscheepse staatskundige hervorming. Hoera! Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten worden aparte landen binnen het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, terwijl Bonaire, Sint Eustatius en Saba bestuurd gaan worden door ‘openbare lichamen’.
Op het Journaal was al evident dat de inwoners van Sint Eustatius (de “Statianen”) niet zo blij zijn dat de belasting vanaf nu wel wordt opgehaald, en dat het homohuwelijk wordt ingevoerd. Dit zou “bad vibes” brengen naar het eiland. Maar wat verandert er voor het overige in en rondom de overzeese gebiedsdelen in West-Indië?