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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenclog View Post
    You can't walk through the bar/clubbing district of any large city without seeing at least one Indian restaurant..Pretty sure most of them are owned by Hindu folks who came from Suriname in 1975 though.
    ok!

    So what do the people in netherlands know and think about india??

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhishek-nayak View Post
    ok!

    So what do the people in netherlands know and think about india??
    It's that faraway place that Aishwarya Rai comes from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhishek-nayak View Post
    ok!

    So what do the people in netherlands know and think about india??
    The Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam has an exhibition on the history of India and its neighbouring countries I believe. Might go and have a look. Haven't visited that place since I was a kid. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by tercio67 View Post
    Well, we used to own the East coast of India, and Sri Lanka, at one time. But then someone asked "don't we have indians in Suriname already?", it's then we decided to sell it all to the english. The rest is history really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abhishek-nayak View Post
    ok!

    So what do the people in netherlands know and think about india??
    Aishwarya Rai
    Silly movies that always end in mass-dancing and singing
    Aishwarya Rai
    World's largest democracy
    Aishwarya Rai
    Spicey food (/food poisoning)
    Aishwarya Rai
    Aishwarya Rai
    Your neighbours to the west can't be trusted
    Aishwarya Rai
    Did I mention Aishwarya Rai?

    Well alright, I'll throw in the Taj Mahal, Gandhi family, Sikhs and Aishwarya Rai for good measure

    There's obviously more, like the Mongol conquest of India, Alexander the Great turning back, Dutch colonies and trading with India etc, but hardly any Dutchman will know that, most can't be bothered to learn our own history let alone yours.

    "Why should we learn about history, we're living today."

    One of the dumber girls in my class once asked that during a history class. The only time I ever doubted Darwin ...

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    Why is it that every time I tell people i used to live in Aruba they give me a look as if they want to kill me?

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    Why are the Dutch ovens called Dutch ovens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoloco View Post
    Why are the Dutch ovens called Dutch ovens?
    1. Because the english were not intelligent enough to realise they were invented by germans.

    2. Americans are in no way more intelligent than the english were.

    ( we called them 'reis- or scheepsoven' = travel or ships oven)

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    I was referring to the other Dutch oven although it was interesting to know about the other version as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoloco View Post
    I was referring to the other Dutch oven although it was interesting to know about the other version as well.
    Yes, see explanation #2.

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    Heh. So you blame Germans for inventing such an evil practise and Americans for naming it wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocoloco View Post
    Heh. So you blame Germans for inventing such an evil practise and Americans for naming it wrong?
    No, the english named it wrong. But when not cleaned properly it can give off a faul smell when opened after storage.
    Enter the americans....

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    Hmm... ok. Smells bit fishy still

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    "Ministers agree to get tough on dual nationality, also for the Dutch"

    [SIZE=1]Friday 02 March 2012[/SIZE]

    Ministers on Friday decided to press ahead with legislation aimed at reducing the number of people with dual nationality, despite widespread opposition.

    The legislation will require everyone who becomes Dutch to give up their original nationality if legally possible. Dutch nationals who take a second nationality will also automatically lose their Dutch passports.

    New Dutch nationals will also have a family income of at least the minimum wage and show that they have at least two years work experience or have some sort of professional qualification.
    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive...et_tough_o.php

    (nothing will change for those already in possession of dual nationality btw)

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    "Dutch are pessimistic about future but happy with their own lives"

    Two-thirds of the Dutch are pessimistic about the future, largely due to the economic problems, according to new quarterly research from the government's socio-cultural think-tank SCP.
    .........
    http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive...c_about_fu.php

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