Dutchman launches life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark
A full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark has opened its doors to the public in the Netherlands. Stormy weather Monday could do nothing to dampen the good mood of its creator, Dutchman Johan Huibers. In fact, the rain was appropriate.
Johan interpreted the description given in Genesis to build his ark. It measures in at a whopping 130 metres (427 feet) long, 29 metres (95 feet) across and 23 metres (75 feet) high. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
‘Zwarte Piet is Racism’: Criticism of Dutch fictional Christmas figure ‘Black Pete’ grows
Visitors to the Netherlands in winter are often surprised to see the Dutch version of St. Nicholas’s helpers have their faces painted black, wear Afro wigs and have thick red lips — in short, a racist caricature of a black person.
Most Dutch are devoted to the holiday tradition of Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) and insist he’s a harmless fictional figure who doesn’t represent any race. But a growing number are questioning whether he should be given a makeover or banished, seeing him as a blight on the country’s image as a bulwark of tolerance.
“There is more opposition to Zwarte Piet than you might think,” says Jessica Silversmith, director of the regional Anti-Discrimination Bureau for Amsterdam. (DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images; Margriet Faber / The Associated Press)
You, you, you otter know!
This is “Ferret” … the otter from Germany who is predicting Euro 2012 results. Ferret has chosen his home country (bias?) to beat the Netherlands in their Group B match today. Will he be right?