Saturday, 3 June 2017

Sound of Silence

After blogging everyday for a while you might have noticed I have been silent. The reason is not that I ran out of items to blog about, or just didn't like it any more. The reason for it is just psychical, I'm afraid.
I just don't have the energy at the moment. I wish I had, but my body is telling me to slow down. So I will listen for a change, and hope this feeling disappears just as fast as it came. I will just rest now, and hope to see all of you very soon again.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

OG3NE

Tonight is the second semi final of the European Song Contest. If you have never ever seen it, it's a kind of Idols, Xfactor kind of thing but it's old. Ancient. And "millions of viewers all over the world" are watching it. Let me lend a bit from the official website to tell you how it works:


Song contest explained

This year in May, 42 countries will each send one musical act to Kyiv, Ukraine, where the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place. Each participating broadcaster that represents their country has chosen their performer (maximum six people) and song (maximum three minutes, not released before 1 September, 2016) through a national televised selection, or through an internal selection. Each country is free to decide if they send their number-one star or the best new talent they could find. They have to do so before mid-March, the official deadline to send in entries.
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen through two Semi-Finals (9 and 11 May) and a Grand Final (13 May).


Traditionally, six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final. The so-called 'Big Five' — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — and the host country.
The remaining countries will take part in one of the two Semi-Finals. From each Semi-Final, the best ten will proceed to the Grand Final. This brings the total number of Grand Final participants to 26.
Curious about last year's Grand Final? Enjoy the show!
Each act must sing live, while no live instruments are allowed.
After all songs have been performed, each country will give two sets of 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points; one set given by a jury of five music industry professionals, and one set given by viewers at home. Viewers can vote by telephone, SMS and through the official app.
To keep things fair, you cannot vote for your own country. 


Only those countries who take part in the respective Semi-Final vote, along with three of the six pre-qualified countries. Which countries take part and vote in which Semi-Final is determined by the so-called Semi-Final Allocation Draw in late January.
In the Grand Final, juries and viewers from all 42 participating countries can vote again, after the 26 finalists have performed. Once the voting window has closed, the presenters will call upon spokespersons in all 42 countries and ask them to reveal their jury points live on air.
Next, viewers' points from all 42 countries will be added up, and revealed from the lowest to the highest, culminating into a climax that will eventually reveal the winner of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. 


The winner will perform once again, and take home the iconic glass microphone trophy. The winning country will traditionally be given the honour of hosting next year's Eurovision Song Contest. 



Tradition

So the rating is with points. And it's tradition so watch each and every song contest and have your family members rate them. 1 = waste of time  10 = the best song I have ever heard. And yes, we always give 10 points to our own small country. We are not allowed according to European Rules, but we have our own rules. We did rate them when I was a kid and my father would make all countries in a long row and our names and scores next to it. Now I do it at home. Did I said sometime before I love traditions? In 1975 we won the contest for the last time. With Teach Inn Dingedong.




This Year

Every year we are convinced we will win this year. Not only our little family but all families in Holland know that. And each year we are very, very disappointed we end at somewhere around 30th place. This year we have three sisters and they sing very nice. And the are rising in the bookmakers polls! This year we have a fair shot at winning, I know we will. But first the semi-finals tonight. You know who will be watching...





Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Not all those who wander are lost

My colleague at work has this quote in her signature. It is from  "All That is Gold Does Not Glitter" that is a poem written by J. R. R. Tolkien for his great novel The Lord of the Rings. It describes Aragorn, son of Arathorn. The poem reads:
    All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Dreams

Mysterious shapes, with wands of joy and pain,
Which seize us unaware in helpless sleep,
And lead us to the houses where we keep
Our secrets hid, well barred by every chain
That we can forge and bind: the crime whose stain
Is slowly fading ’neath the tears we weep;
Dead bliss which, dead, can make our pulses leap—
Oh, cruelty! To make these live again!
They say that death is sleep, and heaven’s rest
Ends earth’s short day, as, on the last faint gleam
Of sun, our nights shut down, and we are blest.
Let this, then, be of heaven’s joy the test,
The proof if heaven be, or only seem,
That we forever choose what we will dream!

Helen Hunt Jackson 
(1830-1885)

Monday, 8 May 2017

Seven stages of grief

This week my aunt, the youngest of my fathers' sisters, died at 79 years old. Two older sisters are still alive, and her two older brothers (one my dad of course) are still alive. It is so strange that from a strong family the youngest died the first. Life. Doesn't have to be fair, per se.

Yesterday I read a blogpost about a completely different subject, more about that next Friday, and it mentioned the seven stages of grief. These are well known by now. And as in any model ( a model is a simplification of a complex reality) miss Kübler-Ross has been criticized and even added two more stages to her original model: Shock or Disbelief and Guilt. I don't care much that scientists find her model from 1969 outdated, I like simplifications of the big ugly world, to make it more comprehensible for myself. Because you can apply it not only with the death of a beloved, but also with so many other tragic moments in our lives.

Shock or disbelieve 

The first reaction to a major disappointment or disaster in our lives is shock or disbelieve. A certain numbness when we cannot or don't want to believe what we just heard. Feeling numb is like that "freeze" in the coping strategies. It cannot be true, this is not happening (to me). No, I just have seen her yesterday! No, other people get a divorce but not me, not us.

Denial

Denial refers to how you express your emotions surrounding grief. For example, a person who continually says, "I'm fine," after a life changing event is likely denying his or her feelings. We men have often trouble how to express our feelings, or we have been taught that we are the ones that people depend upon right now and that we have to be "the rock". Denying our own feelings until we have the time to face them.Children can say after they have heard their parents are getting a divorce: "Mom and Dad will stay together."

 Anger

Anger is not a universal emotion during the grief process. Not all will go through this emotion in this stage. Some people become angry at themselves or the person who left them or simply at the situation they are left to face alone. It depends a lot on your character. But at some point we are bound to feel angry ("Fight" in coping strategy) related to the fact that we miss something we once had. Again, related to your character, this Anger could become an anger problem. Some people do not get passed this stage.  Grief recovery coaching can provide a safe place to explore the anger and help uncover the source of the anger.



 Bargaining

Bargaining refers to attempts to make a deal, often with God, to change the situation. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross noted bargaining in her observations of individuals dying from a terminal illness. Bargaining may not be so frequent when a loved one has died, but is likely present in other losses such as divorce, break up, job loss, home loss or other transition, where there is some hope the situation could be changed by an all-powerful God.

Guilt

Guilt is not in the original "five stages", but I have seen people feeling so guilty about the things they have said and done in the past, that they cannot overcome these feelings.You wished to turn back the clock and do some things differently. It is very powerful, very common, and very, very, very self destructing. This is absolutely another area where grief coaching can be helpful to give the griever a space to share their memories and regrets in a supportive environment.

Depression

A depression is not (but often very similar symptoms of) a clinical depression. It is often described as a profound sadness. A natural human reaction to grief and loss.The partner left behind might feel discouraged that their bargaining plea did not convince the former partner to stay. Or sadness and hopelessness drug abusers feel when they are faced with the reality of living a life without their substance of choice.

Acceptance


Acceptance and Hope. In the last stage of the 7 stages of grief one arrives at the belief that although life will never be the same again after the loss, there is hope that life will go on. Acceptance does not necessarily mean that a child after a divorce will be completely happy again. The acceptance is just moving past the depression and starting to accept the divorce. The sooner the parents start to move on from the situation, the sooner the children can begin to accept the reality of it.



Like I said not all people go through these stages in this order, but as I am going towards the stages where goodbye's will occur more frequent, because of my age it's important to know these stages. It is important to correct the things I did wrong in my life, and say I am sorry about it. Now, when I have the chance. Ask for forgiveness. It's important not to wait, so my depression state will be a healthy one. So I can move on to acceptance...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

I'm back

My holiday is over already... Didn't that go fast? It did.Somehow holidays go faster than normal days.
Well we have had a wonderful time in Leeuwarden and Arnhem.


Back to business.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Just try


Just try to breathe out as the box unfolds and breathe in as it collapses. Can you do it?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Two way street


Only fools would say otherwise, and I may be many things but a fool is not one of them.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Last day of A to Z challenge, first day of vacation

Today with the Z, just on time on April 30th, I finished the A-Z challenge. Each year it's a real challenge, and each year I say I will start next year sooner. This year is no exception. So I will say it again: Next year I will give myself more time. Smile.

Today also my vacation begins. Well vacation... We will be in Leeuwarden for a few days and then move on to Arnhem for a few days as well. It will be nice to be gone almost a week. It seems a long time ago we went away, and we both need it... Smile again.

I hope you will enjoy the posts I made for the next week, as much as I did making them,
See you soon,

Han


Delft Z - Zangkoren

In Delft there are .. choirs (zangkoren). Just a few:

Ars Vocalis: The Delft Chamber Choir Ars Vocalis sings mostly classical works from renaissance to the present. And then both worldly and religious music.

Cantiamo. Cantiamo Delft is a unique girl choir consisting of 40 girls aged 15 and 35. Enthusiasm and passion for music is characteristic of this particular group of girls. My own daughter sang for many years in this choir.

Cantiamo
The Chamber Choir Delft Blue is a choir of enthusiastic, experienced singers with an interest in a wide-ranging a-capella repertoire. From Bach's Johannes Passion to Butans' Lux Aeterna, from Monteverdi and Purcell to Manneken and Poulenc: Delft Blue is happy to meet the challenge. In addition, the choir is socially involved with singing for and with the elderly, on the light evening in Delft and a singing bike ride along social institutions.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Delft Y - Yperstraat

Anyone that takes part in the A-Z challenge can tell you the Y is a difficult letter.

At last I found the Yperstraat in Delft. To be honest I had to look where it might be, never heard of Yperstraat, not that such a thing counts for something, but still...

Anyway, Yperstraat. Location in the middle of the inner city:


The name Yperstrtaat comes from the Belgian Textile workers who lived in Delft at the end of the sixteenth century. It was named after the Belgian town Ieper, or Yper. It certainly isn't one of the most beautiful streets in Delft. There are some big autorepair companies and the parking deck is not doing anything beautiful for this street:

 


Friday, 28 April 2017

Delft X - Xerxes DHC

In 1967 there was a football (soccer) club form Delft by the name of Xerxes DHC, Xerxes was from north Rotterdam and DHC was a soccer club from Delft. The played on an amateur level for a very, verly long time but in 1966 and 1967 Xerces DHC played in the professional Dutch league. Ok, It lasted two years and then they were broke and broken because of internal quarrels, but we are still very proud of those seasons.

And, no we did not win many games. But we played like lions...


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Delft W - Weather

Delft has a moderate maritime climate that is strongly influenced by the North Sea and the warm Gulf Stream. Due to this influence, summer and winter temperatures are relatively close to each other. In the summer months, the average daytime temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius. In winter, the average daytime temperature is a few degrees above the freezing point. Long periods of frost or night frost do not happen here on a regular basis.


Explanation:
gemiddelde maximum temperatuur (°C) (average max. temp)
gemiddelde mininum termperatuur (average min. temp.)
gemiddeld aantal uren zon per dag (average hours of sun a day)
gemiddeld aantal dagen neerslag per maand (average number of days rain a month)
gemiddeld aantal millimetres neerslag per maand (average number of mm rain a month)

Once a year from 23 until 25 June we have a big festival in Delft that is called "Mooi weer spelen". Acrobatics, plays, modern performance artists are taking part in this big outdoor Festival.
Unfortunately the weather is often so bad, you cannot talk about "nice weather games" Still, when it's nice outside it can be very cosy in Delft.


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Delft V - Vinex wijken

Circa 5% of the population of Delft lives in the old inner city. The rest of us lives in the suburbs. "Vinex wijken" as they are called over here .

 The part that is called the "Binnenstad", (inner city) is just a small part of Delft. You see it on the top of this picture third on the right as well as third on the left. side of the city.

There are many paces where people found a place to live. I live in Tanthof Wet a very crowded place were there live so many people whey have to make huge flats to be able to properly house them. Buitenhof, Voorhof, Tanthof are consist mainly of high flatbuildings, the rest of Delft Wippolder, Hof van Delft, Vrijenban are more or less low buildings, but then again also often old buildings.


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Delft U - Ultra small theatre

The smallest theatre is Delft is called Microtheater. And it does it's name justice.


It is an a very small alley near the New church and it's so small that if you wouldn't know you would pass it without a second glance.
The Microtheater was built in 1962 as a new accommodation for the Delft theatre company De Flits Due to the construction of the Saint Sebastian bridge, the part of the Ashvest, where the old Microtheater was located, the old building was demolished.

In the Church Street two old little houses were demolished to make way for the Microtheater. Contrary to what the design of the building suggests, the property has never been a warehouse. The large open-air doors on the first floor are designed to easily accommodate large decorative pieces.

In the Microtheater there is a foyer on the ground floor and on the upper floor there is a theatre with seating for 66 visitors. At the back of the building there is a wooden extension to the building in which the workspace of the lighting and sound technicians of the theater is located.



back of the building

Monday, 24 April 2017

Delft T - Tours of inner city

Well, of course there are many ways you can explore delft. You can walk on your own, be amazed by the many canals and beautiful bridges, make wonderful photo's and let you lead to the most interesting tourist attractions.

The second way is to hire a guide for a city walk. There are many walks with or without a guide. A guide is really cheap it's about 5 euro for a walk in the city and they show you places where you would not come if you are just wandering around.
There are also William of Orange walks, Vermeer walks with or without a headphone that tell you all interesting things about what you see,

And last but not least there are these boat canal trips that are - quite right - very popular. You go by boat under all these low bridges and see the houses near the canals from the water,

Sailing ouround one of the old bastions

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Delft S - Student city

With a big Technical University in Delft, Delft is one of the big student Cities in the Netherlands
Green are the Bachelor students, blue the Master students. A lot of this growth can be explained by the increase of foreign students, look at this map:

A lot of people from China and Indiaare studying over here. The housing was a problem for many,  many years the the City of Delft have been building large numbers of Student Housing these last few years, so getting a room in Delft is not a real problem anymore. The majority of the students of the Technical University are, as you probably have guessed, are male.
The University celebrates this year it;s 175 existence

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The TU in Delft is leading in space technology, water management, and solar energy.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Delft R - Restaurants

Delft is on one hand a tourist city an on the other a student city. So there are soooo very many restaurants in the inner town. When I was young there were 6 bookstores, 2 second hand bookstores in Delft. Gone. Restaurants. When I was young there was a very large impressive postoffice. Gone. Restaurant.

Post office from 1890 - 2005
All these little shops that make a city a city seem to disappear and all that comes back are small dining rooms, coffee shops. (Yes, we also have two of "those" in Delft). And I think it's really a pity. I think it's wonderful that so many young couples see opportunities to run their own shop, but a little less...
I think it would be better for the city.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Delft Q - Quakelbrug


The Quackelbrug connected the Oostsingel with Delfgauwseweg. With the widening of the Oostsingel the bridge was demolished in 1927. This photo must have been a few years earlier.

These are the bridges of my childhood. We had many bridges like that in Delft. Imagine all that water and there must be a way to get quickly through town...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Delft P - Prinsenhof

The Prinsenhof is well known because the Father of our Fatherland, William of Orange was assassinated here.  I told you all about that. Before the Prince of Orange lived there, it as a convent, St. Agatha convent. After the prince was murdered there was a latin school in the building and was retored a museum from 1932 until 1951. Now the museum has three themes, the history of William of Orange, of course, Delft Blue and Delft as a city of technique. Many inventors and researchers came from Delft.

There is a painting in the museum (View on Delft) that has always made an impression on me. And I cannot show you the Prinsenhof without showing off my favo painting:



A View of Delft through an Imaginary Loggia, 1663




 It is painted by Daniël Vosmaer. Who was born in 1622 and died in 1666 in Den Briel. Daniel Vosmaer was a very good landscape artist. The loggia in front of us is not real. The city behind it is very real.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Delft O - Oude Jan


Another church in the old inner city of Delft. Close to the New Church is the Old Curch or "de oude Jan" as it is called in Delft. This picture shows well there are only a couple of streets between the two giant churches. It's the oldest church in Delft and was built in 1246.

Oude Jan, not straight as you can see


The church tower is a leaning tower. Because of lack of space the water of the "oude Delft" was rerouted to create some space for the church. Because the church was partly built on solid ground and partly on a filled up formal canal the ground gave way to the weight and the tower was built lop-sided.

























In the church are two special old bells, de Trinitasklok, from 1570, often called the Bourdon and the  Laudateklok (bell), from 1719.
The Trinitas bell is the most important of them both. This bell, casted by Hendrick van Trier, weighs nearly 9000 kilo en has a diameter van circa 2,3 meter. De Trinitasklok is the most historic bells of the Nederlands en is only being used on special occasions.  The reason for that is that the sound of the bells causes severe vibrations that could cause damage to the tower.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Delft N - Nieuwe Kerk





The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is situated as we learned yesterday at the big marketplace. In the New Church is the Royal crypt where all members of the Royal Family are buried. William of Orange, the Father of the Nation who was shot in the Prinsenhof in 1584 was the first Orange that was buried in the New Church. His tomb is impressive. The mausoleum was made between 1614 and 1622 and restored in 1997. The crypt is only accessible to members of the royal family after one of the stones is lifted and stairs are revealed to the burial grounds below.


 

Royal crypt - impression

  
The 16 stained glass windows are a sight to behold. I love stained glass windows. My nephew used to make them. Well not those in the New Church but as a hobby, he was quite good at it.


The tower of the New Church, with it's 108,75 meters (the second highest church tower in the Netherlands) you can climb. There is a round staircase that is much too small for so many people (smile) and you can climb up several levels.


Interior with the organ



At the end of 2013 a thorough restoration of the New Church has started and it's almost finished. The restoration budget is over 11 million euro. The Church itself has still a church function as there are services on each Sunday.






 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Delft M - Market Square



The Market in Delft with it's 120 by 50 meters is one of the largest historic market square in Europe. The square is almost rectangular and the short sides are by the New Church in the east and the town hall of Delft in the west.

Looking at the New Church and the Maria van Jessechurch in the background


The market is one of the highest located parts of the inner city of Delft.The square is regularly changed appearance over the centuries. The latest rearrangement was completed in 2004. The Statue of Hugo de Groot has been moved several times from the middle of the marketplace amongst parked cars to the side near the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) where it is now.



Looking at City Hall



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Intimacy of the car


For some reason I love the intimacy of a car. Being close together in a cramped space. Comfortable temperature when it's wet or cold outside. And yes, legs out there to touch or just lay your hand on. I love it. I truly do. The car is a nice place for intimate conversation as well. You are looking at the road on half automatic, and not looking at your partner. It's sometimes more easy to tell intimate things to each other without looking your partner in the eye. Sometimes a blindfold will help, but the intimacy of a car is a kind of natural distraction if you know what I mean...

With a pretty girl in a car, what more could a man want?

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Delft L - Lambert van Meerten


 Museum Lambert van Meerten was a Dutch museum housed in the former residence of the art and antiques collector Lambert van Meerten in Delft. The house in Neo-Renaissance style on the Oude Delft 199. Van Meerten built his house named 'Old Holland' in 1897 after a design of his friends Adolf le Comte and Jan Schouten. Many components of the house came from the collection of Lambert.


Huis Lambert van Meerten

Van Meerten wanted to donate the house after his death to the city of Delft on the condition that it became a museum. But three years before his death he went bankrupt. After his bankruptcy Association House Lambert van Meerten was founded by Adolf le Comte and Jan Schouten. The association aimed to realize the museum planned by Van Meerten after all. During the public auction, the foundation bought the house and much of the furniture. In 1907, the Foundation contributed to the house and the contents of the city of Delft.
On October 16, 1909 the museum opened it's doors for the first time to the public. At that time Adolf le Comte was the director. The collection consisted of a historical collection Delftware, Dutch tiles, china and so-called "building fragments".

Museum Lambert van Meerten attracted about 18,500 visitors annually. In 2013, the museum was closed. Just not enough visitors and high costs made it close down after all. 
 The collection went on in museum Prinsenhof.







Thursday, 13 April 2017

Delft K - Kolk


In Delft we have a Northern and a Southern Kolk. The origin of the word Kolk is in the space between two sluice gates. In the Nothern Kolk there is not so much to see anymore from the joining of the canals "Oude Delft", "Nieuwe Delft" and "Kantoorgracht" coming all together here.

The southern kolk however has been made famous by Johannes Vermeer who painted his world famous "View on Delft" here. It's now part of the Rijn-Schiekanaal and a harbour for pleasure boats.


View on Delft in 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Delft J - Joris




Some institutions, like Joris in Delft - or the "St. Joris Gasthuis" are determinative for the city and have it's roots in the city. Everyone in Delft knows Joris in one way or the other. For example, my father and I have worked there a couple of years, my aunt worked there for over 20 years and another aunt was admitted to St. Joris because of her depressions. That's right Joris is a mental hospital. 


It used to be a big secluded park with lots of old small one, two story high buildings. Joris is old, very old. It's roots go back to 1394. With the merging of hospitals and "bringing mental care to the districts" one by one of the old houses were closed and now only one building has been left in the park that had so many "pavilions" once. 



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Delft I - Ice rink

The winters are in the Netherlands not what they used to be. As our fathers and grandparents remember harsh winters of snow and ice, the winters in the 21st centenary due to global climate warming feel more like autumn than winter. But as the Austrians do in skiing area's covering the hills with fake snow, we in Delft have a small icerink from artificial ice in the inner city. It's only there in december, january so people can skate on it. I have been skating there a few times, but it's really, really, really busy...

 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Delft H - History

Delft flourished and new neighbourhoods were added. As early as 1355 the city reached the size it would remain until the 19th century.



Click to enlarge. Delft in 1649 made by Blaeu

Fires 

On the 3rd of May 1536 the great fire broke out. How it started exactly is not known, but it is likely that the wooden spire of the Nieuwe Kerk was hit by lightning and flying sparks set the surrounding houses on fire. Some 2,300 houses went up in flames. More than a hundred years later, in 1654, an explosion destroyed part of the city. The cellar of the former Poor Clares convent on Paardenmarkt was used to store gunpowder. This central warehouse for the region Holland contained some 80,000 pounds of gunpowder. The consequences of the explosion were enormous - two hundred houses were razed to the ground, and roofs fell in and windows were smashed in another three hundred houses. In 1660 a new gunpowder house was built about a mile outside the centre.

The Murder of William the Silent the Father of the Fatherlands

William of Orange, aka William the Silent had been leading the Netherlands agains the Spanish oppression. In 1582 there had been an attempt to murder him and it almost had killed him, he took a bullet in the cheek. In 1584 a Frenchman was coming to his court in Delft, by the name of Balthasar Gérards.
As William the Silent climbed the stairs to the second floor, he was spoken to by the Welsh captain, Roger Williams, who knelt before him. William put his hand on the bowed head of the old captain, at which moment Gérard jumped out of a dark corner. He drew his weapons and fired two shots at the stadtholder. William the Silent collapsed. His sister knelt beside him, but it was too late. Asked whether he commended his soul to Christ, he answered in the affirmative. His last words were, Mon Dieu, ayez pitié de moi et de mon pauvre peuple (My God, have mercy on me and on my poor people).
Gérard fled through a side door and ran across a narrow lane, pursued by Roger Williams. Gérard had almost reached the ramparts, from which he intended to jump into the moat. On the other side a saddled horse stood ready. A pig's bladder around his waist was intended to help keep him afloat. However, he stumbled over a heap of rubbish. A servant and a halberdier of the prince who had raced after him caught him. When called a traitor by his captors, he is said to have replied, "I am no traitor; I am a loyal servant of my lord." "Which lord?", they asked. "Of my lord and master, the king of Spain".

Trial, torture, and execution

At the house he immediately underwent a preliminary examination before the city magistrates. Upon being interrogated by the magistrates, he reportedly showed neither despair nor contrition, but rather a quiet exultation, stating: "Like David, he had slain Goliath of Gath."
At his trial, Gérard was sentenced to be brutally – even by the standards of that time – killed. The magistrates decreed that the right hand of Gérard should be burned off with a red-hot iron, that his flesh should be torn from his bones with pincers in six different places, that he should be quartered and disemboweled alive, his heart torn from his bosom and flung in his face, and that, finally, his head should be taken off. On 14 July 1584, Gérard was executed.





Dutch East India Company

More than 400 years ago the Dutch East India Company was founded. It was one of the largest trading companies in the world with a fleet of more than one hundred ships, thousands of employees, offices in Asia and six sites in the Netherlands, of which one in Delft. In 1602, Delft was a flourishing city, a centre of painting, arts, crafts and science. The foundation of the Dutch East India Company and the establishment of a branch in Delft added another important aspect - the trade with faraway countries. Spices, coffee, tea and Chinese porcelain now found their way to the Republic of the Netherlands and to Delft.

Knowledge and Culture

In 1842 the Netherlands lagged behind its neighbouring countries from an industrial point of view. The country required technically trained people, and therefore the Royal Academy for Civil Engineers was founded. The Academy used the building vacated by the artillery school. The Academy of then is the Technical University of today, which is also the largest employer in Delft. Some thirteen thousand students are registered with the TU in Delft. Delft is not just a city of culture, but also a city of knowledge. Not just because of the Technical University and TNO, but also because of the many knowledge-based institutes and companies - DSM Gist, the Dutch Normalisation Institute, the Dutch Measuring Institute, Exact Software, Delft Instruments etc. The Netherlands is world famous for its hydraulic engineering works. Students from all over the world come to the TU and the Unesco IHE to gain more knowledge. Large projects are simulated to scale in the WL/Hydraulics.


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