Author Archives: Geoff Coupe

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.

All animals are equal…

But clearly, some are still more equal than others… A walk from the Westerbork Nazi transit camp to Groningen as part of the “Night of the Refugee” fundraising activities has been cancelled after the organisers faced death threats and intimidation. … Continue reading

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There and Back Again

We went away at Easter. The impetus for the weekend away was the fact that a good friend of ours was celebrating his 80th birthday in Brighton, and we thought, why not celebrate with him? We put the dogs into … Continue reading

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Wherefore By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them…

Back in January, I blogged about the fact that my Internet Service Provider, XS4ALL, was going to be swallowed up by its parent company KPN. XS4ALL customers were not happy about this – over 50,000 of them (including me) signed … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Now?

The Guardian review of “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells has the subtitle “Enough to induce a panic attack…” I can attest to that. I started reading the book today on the train to Amsterdam, and got thoroughly depressed. Considering … Continue reading

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Put it to the People…

A nice selection of placards from the anti-Brexit march today…

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We’ve got troubles of our own…

And at the same time that I’m shaking my head in despair over Brexit, here in the Netherlands, we’ve just had elections for the Provinces. And it appears as though populism is rearing its ugly head here as well. The … Continue reading

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Pathetic, incoherent, chaotic…

Apparently that’s Europe’s verdict on the Brexit shambles, as reported in today’s Guardian. It pains me to say it, but I think Europe has got it exactly right. Indeed, I think we have a clear case of omnishambles here. The … Continue reading

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