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Cold and windy, I braved the weather for your viewing pleasure.




Atomik games store
Atomik games store

One of my favorite haunts, Atomik sells comics and games.

1789
1789

A maquette showing 's-Hertogenbosch at the end of the 18th century.

Windmill
Windmill

If you are Dutch, and there is a windmill in your town, you 'need' to take pictures of it.

Also shown in the picture is my favorite mode of transport.

Korenmolen
Korenmolen

This a windmill used to grind grain into flower.

It was build in 1732m, and it's vanes are 26.35 meters long.

Oddly enough no horses are involved with thos mill, even though the towns name would make you think so: Rosmalen stems from Rosmalen, which means Horse Mill. eg a mill using a horse to power it instead of the wind.

Windmill
Windmill

The mill seems to be open between 10am and noon on even numbered weeks, which it seems was not thsi Saturday.

Jan Quichot
Jan Quichot

Had to play with the timer function on Camzilla to get this picture, but it turned out well enough.

I just realized that I could have taken the picture from the other front side.....Cheese....

Rosmalenian Desert
Rosmalenian Desert

In a nature preserve in Romalen we can find this sandbox.

I'm sure that I can find something usefull to say about it.

Maybe tomorrow.

N59 => A59
N59 => A59

The goverment is changing the N59 (provincial road, max 80kph) into the A59 (highway, max 120kph).

Border marker
Border marker

This is the only border marker left in town. It's from 1680 and defines the border between Rosmalen and 's-Hertogenbosch.

1950s uniforms
1950s uniforms

The local museum currently (April 2005) has a exposition about the 50s, and shown here are the uniforms of that era.

Messerschmidt
Messerschmidt

Urban myth has it that the Messerschmidt company had some 109 cockpits left after the war and used them to create these cars in the 50s.

Trojan
Trojan

I had never seen this car, which seems to be a Heinkel/Trojan from the 50s

Siege map of the Swamp Dragon
Siege map of the Swamp Dragon

I saw this map in a window today and I might go back soon to see if I can buy a copy of it.

It was drawn up for the siege in 1629 by the Hollanders, who wanted to take the Spanish-minded city.

The blueish areas are all swamps, with the darker blue lines being waterways.
As you can see, the approach to town is very difficult with most areas being swamps, and the non-swamps being defended by fortresses. The town's nickname in those days was "The Swamp Dragon", and was considered unconquerable.

But the Hollanders build mills and drained the land in about 4 weeks, and 4 months later the walls were breached and the town surrendered.

I've posted the original sized picture here so more details are preserved.

Insurance
Insurance

I've always loved this mosaic. It shows St George and the Dragon and presumable convinced people buy insurance.



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From:falcon13
Date:April 9th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)

Messerschmidts und Spitfires . . . und Fokkers, O MY!!!

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when I was stationed in Germany, around 1969 or so, someone on my air base [Spangdahlem] had one of the Messerschmidts! Weird . . .

. . . which reminds me of an old joke: A Dutch fighter pilot who flew with the RAF during WWII was -- after the war -- giving a talk to an American audience about his aerial exploits. He kept talking about 'these fokkers came in at one o'clock and we shot them down . . . and then some other fokkers came in at three o'clock and we shot them down, too' His fellow speaker -- an RAF Flight Leftenant -- interrupted to explain to his horrified audience that 'fokker' was a type of German aircraft. The Dutch guy cut back in to say: 'Oh, no, those fokkers were in Messerschmidts!' [sorry . . . the Devil made me tell this!] ;-)
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From:jhghendriks
Date:April 10th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)

Re: Messerschmidts und Spitfires . . . und Fokkers, O MY!!!

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LOL

Good joke, must remember that.
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