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Note: The guestbook supplied by Yahoo web hosting is crippled, and in February 2011 I decided to stop using it. .

Its weaknesses are visible in most of these entries — tightly limited space and poor compatibility with punctuation[!] ... no dating of the entries....

I have copied guest comments to this page without modification except in creation of links, and sometimes the elimination of the half-sentences that the guestbook did not allow the writer to finish.

I now use a "Google gadget," which I've placed on my "contact" page. This facility, too, has weak functionality. I apologize. I'd like to find an alternative, but not everybody's a technological genius.

Name: Marinus Kuiper

Subject: The Netherlands

Comment: Ik heb erg genoten van je culturele observaties. Some of them so very true indeed. Met name het stukje over onze WCs heb ik helemaal dubbel om gelegen; a shelf... it is! En het gebruik (de noodzaak) van de borstel, prachtig.
Name: Una

Comment: Hi Steve, I really enjoyed reading through these, especially as Ive recently moved back to Ireland after 20 years living in England
Name: niamh

Page: irish english phrases

Comment: Howya, great page there for irish expressions... Just thought of 5 as I was reading it, that could confuse visitors: cop on, up the road, dead on, in all fairness, out foreign ;)
Name: Frank

Page: http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/acoupleofoldwindmills.html

Comment: Dear Steve, You may be happy to learn that De Oude Molen is no longer derelict. It has been restructured and was re-opened last week. Unfortunately there was not enhough money to put the wings back in place, so it is still only an ocatagon. But a pretty
Name: ROBIN

If page-specific, please be specific: DUTCH Comment: I FOUND A BLOG ANNECDOTE INSIGHTFUL...A LADY WHO HAD BEEN LIVING IN HOLLAND FOR A FEW YEARS HAD SOMEONE COMMENT THAT THEY COULD HEAR A DUTCH ACCENT IN THEIR ENGLISH (OR MORE LIKELY THE ABSENCE OR LESS DISTINCTNESS OF AN ENGLISH ACCENT).

Name: Liamo

Page: "What part of America are you from?"
Hey Eejit .. how dare you speak about irish people in such a way, as an insider i can tell you nobody really cares what part of the empire you come from, they are just making conversation but as usual you have to over cook it. silly boy.


Note: Liamo is an acquaintance of mine. We met up the day after he wrote this note.



Name : Frank

If page-specific, please be specific: http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/acoupleofoldwindmills.html
Comment : Dear Steve, You may be happy to learn that De Oude Molen is no longer derelict. It has been restructured and was re-opened last week. Unfortunately there was not enhough money to put the wings back in place, so it is still only an ocatagon.

Name : ROBIN

Page: DUTCH
Comment : I FOUND A BLOG ANNECDOTE INSIGHTFUL...A LADY WHO HAD BEEN LIVING IN HOLLAND FOR A FEW YEARS HAD SOMEONE COMMENT THAT THEY COULD HEAR A DUTCH ACCENT IN THEIR ENGLISH (OR MORE LIKELY THE ABSENCE OR LESS DISTINCTNESS OF AN ENGLISH ACCENT). I GUESS IF THEY HE

Name : Tjerk

Page: "Amsterdam squatting"
Comment : Hi, I saw your page on squatting. I noticed one thing: Royal Dutch Shell is most definitely NOT owned by the crown. Companies may be granted the title royal if theyve existed for a long time (I think 100 years) and they've been of some benefit to the country.

Name : Tjerk

Page: "Idioot"
Comment: I just read this page. Could it be that the guy understood kappie? ( http://www.kleinspul.nl/products_pictures/kenkap_set.jpg )

Your name: Dave

Comment: Youre obviously a completely objective source of criticism, considering you believe delusions like hydrogen is not a fuel source and weed is addictive. Its a good thing we have so many Weedaholics Anonymous groups and physics itself keeping us from burnin

Your name: lvleph

Comment: But how do you explain het meisje?

Your name: Angel

Comment: Have you ever been to NYC? Exactly the same thing.

Your name: Barbara

Comment: Thank you so much for this blog (if thats what it is). No where on Bus Eireanns web page could I see if there were toilets on the board. You answered my question. Ill be renting a car. thank you.

Your name: aletta

Comment: I am not Jewish, but I have always known that Christianity is not monotheistic. That is because when the Romans carted back to Rome the pseudo-Judaism, called Christianity, they incorporated it with their own culture, namely: multi-god practice, an almost

Your name: Nelleke

Comment: Sorry, ik woon nu in de US , en heb er spijt van dat mijn man geen Nederlands heeft geleerd. I think your site is great, and I think Dutch is hard because some words cannot be translated.

Your name: j

Comment: I cant agree more with his lying with statistics. But, why like Gore do you reverse what is obvisouly the true cause/effect relationship in the positive correlation between historic levels of atmospheric C0-2 and temperature? Isnt it obvious to you tha

Your name: Margaret (Marty) Pottieger

Comment: Just read your coffee experience. My uncle used to own the blauwe hand! My aunt still lives along the Waal where she moved after they sold the cafe. Thanks for sharing your experience. We are leaving for Holland on Wednesday and we will be in Nijemegen fo

Your name: billy

Comment: look,there was no celtic invasion of Ireland.There was a migration of ideas,of culture.The vast majority of the Irish people, including travellers, are decended from the first colonisation from what is now Scotland, some 9000 years before the present.

Your name: Steven Sprowls

Comment: I very much enjoyed reading your insights on Dutch language and culture. As an American who travels to the Netherlands every year for pleasure, Ive been learning Dutch. After nearly five years of focused study, Im finally able to hold my own in conversati

Your name: Jocelyn

Comment: Really Bishop Casey was miserable human being in his actions; leaving Annie in a home where they tried every which way to take her little boy? Then he demanded after SHE HAD A DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS, he insisted Annie must give up their son even though she

Your name: Olga

Comment: Very interesting - i agree unconditionally!

Your name: sam

Comment: Since truth is determined by having a corresponding record...That tree that fell down in the woods that no one heard....it didnt really happen

Your name: juan t arredondo

Comment: Im a born again athiest, I in joyed reedimg your web-site. If only they would read there so call holy book; they would see the light, and it only the sun;

Your name:

Comment: So basically, Eve is telling us that Grandma and Auntie are the same person? No, actually, rather than clarifying things, you have managed the dubious task of making a ridiculous and unjustifiable claim even more difficult to understand. Give up pursui

Your name: Sandrine

Comment: So true. Excellent!

Your name: Sandra

Comment: Hi, I just looked into your dutch dictionary of curses and though the translations are correct, the rest is utter rubish. Dont get me wrong being dutch its flattering that someby takes an interest in our culture but its just not true what you wrote down.

Your name: Eve

Comment: Maybe this example can help some understand... God as three as one is one. The same way a person can be a mother, a daughter, an aunt, a grandmother and a granddaughter! They are all separate identities, yet all one person.

Your name: Follower of the Way

Comment: Please could you in ANY way justify or back up your comment?

Your name: Erica

Comment: The plural you is you, the weakness is in ignorance

Your name: Albrecht

Comment: There is another marker for European and American English. The usage of while/whilst, among/amongst, amid/amidst. The forms ending with -st implies opposition. Why didnt you include that usage?

Your name: [...]@hotmail.com

Comment: my nane is terry and i brought a batavus bike at a yard sale last year.the bike as that nane on it and its saids it was made in holland..i almost got it restored,there was so much rust on it ,,now it lookes great ,,i love it...it also as on the crossbar t

Your name: Buttocks

Comment: So you think its weird that there is a plateau (or shelf as you call it) in our toilets? What about water splashing against your ass when theres nothing under your cheeks except for water. Thats just plain awful. I should probably also point out that t

Your name: steve

Comment: you criticise him for using too many statistics, then for not giving statistics? and you forget, its a persuasive documentary, of course hes going to manipulate stats, everybody does... and dont say homeboy

Your name: concretejimmy

Comment: i agree! that is a lovely Dutch phrase.

Your name: Ilse

Comment: Thanks for these very useful tips!

Your name: Bart

Comment: I'm half dutch, half danish - and in Denmark we have two simelar expression in either — (vaersaagod) or velbekomme - depending on if you're giving something or as an replay to thank you.

Your name: Matthijs

Comment: Priceless :D or Geweldig :D See what I just did there? Its tryly amazing to read all these stories. Im Dutch by the way. Thanx to your page I finally got to think about how it must be to live in Holland as a foreigner. Thanks for making this page

Your name: SpongeGab

Comment: Your site is a very interesting read, by the way (Full disclaimer: Im a native Quebecois, schooled in English (McGill U), married to a French woman, now working in the Netherlands, and I find that your site is a very interesting read)

Your name: SpongeGab

Comment: Re: Alstublieft The problem is that in English please is used as a short-hand for if it pleases you, which is the litteral translation of both alstublieft and sil-vous-plait. I agree that here you go sounds a bit like now the the f**k outta here

Your name: Sarina

Comment: Lmao! I have to totally agree with you there! Even though I myself am dutch, I moved over to GB about 9 years ago now. I had English lessons a year before I moved over and it took me another 3 or 4 years to speak it fluently :D I get stick now from my dutch [friends]

Your name: E. Hartog

Comment: You state there is no semantic reason for the difference between de and het. This is not true. Look at german and see why there are different forms. To ease the understanding of the phrases.

Your name: E. Hartog

Comment: My experience is that every language is difficult to master. You can use english and spanish quite fast, because the base of the phrases is easy. To be able to use dutch well, you have to learn a larger base.

Your name: d

Comment: nou, sorry, hoor ;)

Your name: Steve Kuhn

Comment: Im a statistician. Some of your points are valid-although I think they may be more in the way of oversights rather than flaws. Your point about lack of scales on the Y axis is fair. However, in the inconvenient truth book this is in part rectified. The CO

Your name: Diarmuid Hayes

Comment: Hi Steve! Reading about your experiences in Ireland! How did I get to your page..well I looked up Hair of a dog in Wikipedia..from there I clikced cure then I clicked onto to your page about Irish drinking expressions..very good website..from a Paddy in Madrid.

Your name: RagingR2

Comment: About kissing on the cheek: not only well acquanted people do that; its a fairly normal way of introducing yourself in some situation, following a handshake. And it should be noted that the right order is: move your head left (kiss the other persons righ

Your name: Dimitri

Comment: Hoi, ik heb net je website gelezen. Ik vond m erg grappig en ik begrijp je probleem. (Dat je probeert Nederlands te praten, maar iedereen praat Engels terug). Mijn vriendin (een Poolse) had hetzelfde; iedereen sprak Engels terug als ze Nederlands probeerd


Your name: Leonie

Comment: Wat een ongenuanceerd beeld heb jij zeg. Misschien is het een idee iets minder kortzichtig en generaliserend te zijn. Misschien willen nederlanders dan wel moeite voor je doen.

Your name: Max

Comment: Im french and no, you dont say bon appétit when you bring up a cup of coffe.

Your name: vldr

Comment: How about weldadig :)

Your name: Peter

Comment: Hi Steve! On the English for the Dutch page, for the sentence wat bedoel je?, one in fact should use the word hoe in stead of wat. How do you mean? is also more proper in the English than saying What do you mean? Otherwise, fantastic site.

Your name: neonate

Comment: the bible is an interpretation of men that fear powerful women

Your name: Karl

Comment: if you believe that Alexander the great did exist how in the name of heaven could you be so naive or dumb or both to doubt the existence of Christ faced with overwhelming widespread evidence!!!

Your name: SLiDEnl

Comment: Quite an interesting site youve got here, you seem more knowledgeable about Holland than I am heh. Learned a lot, however I noted that most of your negative experiences seem to be centred around Amsterdamn, Im not surprised really, its sort of a shit h

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Your name: sick of it

Comment: im so sick of dutch rules and systems and brick wall responses. there is no customer service, there is no logic. just a bunch of morones doing 9 - 5 jobs.

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Your name: Leonie

Comment: Wat een ongenuanceerd beeld heb jij zeg. Misschien is het een idee iets minder kortzichtig en generaliserend te zijn. Misschien willen nederlanders dan wel moeite voor je doen.

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Your name: Ed Small

Comment: Is it your endeavor to give a sense of hopelessness to the reader? Do you have no hope beyond this life? Have you no hope? If not, what drives you to write about your unbelief? What is the point man?

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Your name: Ed Small

Comment: Our church bears the name of Jesus and of his father, which is Love. It gathers (congregates)in the name of the truth(Jesus), Gods way(Jesus), and eternal life(Jesus). That is the truth.

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Your name: Mike

Comment: Im from Canada. I live in Holland for 2 years now, and i never saw such a site telling so much about the true holland. Just missed something else... The peculiar Dutch atitude regarding the foreigners... too much for my taste. Im glad im blond

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Your name: Yellow haired girls

Comment:   We saw the Flaminco and it was great, better than Granadas Flaminco. Sure not the most attractive but the passion made up for the rest. Went back the following night, OOPS were a bit carried away by the other attractions and arrived as they were closing.I

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Your name: Ian H

Comment:   Steve, I came across the site by accident, man its a good laugh and true as well. I really liked the American/Euro words and meanings. I am from Ireland and got a big kick out of that. Keep it up and good luck

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Your name: kmarek

Comment:   you didnt really give any evidence of why the bible is not true. give some specifics rather than just, its not true!

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Your name: Andrew

Comment:   I read your comment on Irish kids. Not pleasant reading but I think you have hit it on the head. An interesting insight - perhaps sometimes the outsider can see the deepest.

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Your name:

Comment:   Looks like Kirke could use a couple more math classes. Anna should take her own advice and try a little research outside of the realm of Gore. Get off the bandwagon and see who is really full of "boloni."

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   Love the Irish interpretations. I think I'll chance the arm now much more often. Or only when absolutely imperative. Peace.

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Your name: kenny

Comment:   hey, ik ben op je site gekomen via wikipedia en je artikels over nederland en nederlanders waren erg grappig om te lezen! en eigenlijk allemaal nog waarheid ook ;) (didnt dare write this in english after all the stories about learning dutch :p)

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Your name: John Haywood Cox III

Comment:   Get the British out of Ireland!!! They werent supposed to be there in the first place...Please God help Ireland get rid of the Brits!!!

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Your name: Ricaro Parker

Comment:   Wij hebben meer problemen met Amerikanen, Ieren. Australiers en dergelijke die denken dat ZIJ Engels spreken

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Your name: MICHAEL

Comment:   VERY GOOD I TRULY BELEIVE TATS WHERE TRAVELLERS CAME FROM AND URE RIGHT IT IS EASIER TO HATE THEM

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Your name: timmy

Comment:   go back to america

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Your name: Brin

Comment:   Hello, nice site :)

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Your name: Ann

Comment:   I agree what Bishop Casey did was not bad but he did make Annies life miserable trying every which way to take her baby from her. She landed in hospital with a blood clot in her left leg taken out of a home for unwed mothers which denied her care with his

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Your name: Fellow Sympathizer

Comment:   Having a similar problem with teen loitering at my apartment building here in NYC. Likewise, since these kids are aware that the law lacks the ability to punish them, they act with near impunity. Your pepper oil idea sounds interesting; Ive been wracking

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Your name: Anonymous

Comment:   The science, as you mention, is poorly represented. The baseline is not clearly established, starting at 150 ppmv. What you fail to realise is that even though the graph is highly exaggerated, it is exaggerated EVENLY both up and down. The data shows an

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Your name: Mark

Comment:   The dutch approach to grocery store transactions sounds mechanical and detached. Same words and form each time. Interesting that you view small-talk as gratuitous rather than friendly. Some people engage in small-talk because the enjoy connecting with oth

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Your name: Jan Beaujon

Comment:   Denkt u dat we ooit de ch in woorden zoals typische zullen kwijtraken? En de h in thee, thans en althans?

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Your name: Yolanda

Comment:   An Aussie from Dutch parents, I love it!!! Should hear me trying to sound out the swear words and then recognizing what they are, reading dutch is very difficult for me but I perceiver, I was there last year for the first time and had a real sense of conn

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Your name: Michael Harks

Comment:   I think thats because....(joking). Ik denk dat de meeste mensen juist liever Engels spreken om het gesprek te vereenvoudigen voor jou. Zodat ze je verder kunnen helpen zonder dat je vastloopt in onze Engels-onvriendelijke ;-) taal. Maar wel hypocri

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Your name: Daan

Comment:   Its nice to read about your own town, language, country, so thanks alot for that. Furthermore I learned a valuable lesson, the next time a foreigner tries to speak dutch to me I will let him, I promise ;) Oh and just so you know, we also tend to switch to

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Your name: student1

Comment:   You are wrong about Christianity being polytheistic. The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all just names for the one same God.

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Your name: Bobby

Comment:   Jack Boas: verwerking - processing And other than that, awesome site. I really enoyed reading it, actually I still am. You were very thorough in documenting everything. But its hard to get practical experience on talking English as a Dutchman. But

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Your name: Koos

Comment:   Thanks for an enlightening explanation of the use of language in the Netherlands. Regrettably, a widespread misunderstanding about godverdomme is included here. The me in verdomme doesnt mean me, the I-person, but expresses a wish or a desirable situation

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Your name: Danny

Comment:   I stayed there too, willem rox! Sweet boat too.

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Your name: Steve himself

Comment:   Kirke: Yes, the x-axis is horizontal -- and it is arbitrarily based at 150 on the y-axis. This does alter the vertical scale; not mathematically but in the perception of an average viewer. geocities.com/stevenedw/inconvenienttruth.html

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Your name: Kirke

Comment:   Hey moron, learn math. The x-axis is the horizontal one which is showing time. Even if the Y-axis starts at 150 like you say the graph woul still be relative unless the scale was altered in either direction, which it is not. DeeDeDee

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Your name: Gijs

Comment:   Confronterend! Ik zal meer geduld hebben met mijn Engels-sprekende collegas die Nederlands proberen te leren.

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Your name: Steve

Comment:   Wecome to the club, grew up in same faith left and have survived long enough to become a grandfather so there is hope for you

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Your name: Yuri

Comment:   Very nice site mate, its nice to read an outsiders view of my cauntry. The part where dutch people speak english to people trying to learn dutch is unfortunatly compleatly true. I know this myself, and even I do it automaticaly. Dutch people are prowed of

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Your name: Jon & Lisa Wilson

Comment:   Interesting you call Amsterdam out! That is the way they are from walking down the street -I had the same problem- to how they dont really conversate in the street with strangers half of the people I tried to say hi or good morning to as I walked by looke

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Your name: jack boas

Comment:   verwerking - working through

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Your name: walter

Comment:   very insightful writing nice to hear some one from elsewhere try and make sense out of here I lived abroad (france) for 10 years and still am trying to make sense out of the country \i came back to 9 years ago, but what the fuck!

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Your name: Anon.

Comment:   Not to nit-pick, but Holland is not a nation, merely two of twelve provinces. Ive lived in Brabant, Limburg, and Utrecht, and the nuances within both spoken English and Dutch were so phenomenal as to constitute different languages. Ive noticed that any at

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Your name: Steve himself

Comment:   Thank you, Andreas. That is one of the simplest and most explicit pieces of advice that I have received.

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Your name: Andreas Phillipos

Comment:   In your guestbook page, the word punctuation is written puncuation.

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Your name: Wouter

Comment:   I really like this site. But I would like to add that not everywhere the Dutch ignore you. I live in Den Haag (The Hague)and nobody has ever ignored me.

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Your name: Mathew Gregson

Comment:   In English, you can take the singular or plural form. [Pocket Oxford]

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Craig, thanks for your comments. I made a correction based upon your suggestion vis-a-vis my reference to *third world economy* in the page about Charles Haughey.

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   Its remarkable how few people criticize the Bible explicitly. The same could be said for the Quran - but then there is more chance of being killed if you do that. Curious how the left attack Christianity and then sympathise with the far stricter Islam.

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   They seem to have little reservation about walking out into the street This is the same throughout Ireland and also in Paris (where I lived for a while). No real concept of jaywalking here.

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   Interesting story about Romania and the attitude to law and order. Id love to visit the country.

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   But the main force of the Great Famine was the Irish dependency upon one crop, and that crops failure. This dependency existed because other crops/foodstuffs were being exported in too-high quantities to Britain. It was not something that people chose

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   when the country had a third-world economy I was around in those days and we had a poor first-world economy, not a third-world economy. It certainly wasnt Angola.

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   An Eastern European cannot understand why an American would live in Ireland. Thats rich, the number of East Europeans coming to Ireland has rocketed in the last 5 years and then they ask *you* why you want to live in Ireland...

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Your name: Craig

Comment:   I dont know the veracity of this but I was once told that if you steal a Gardas cap he cant arrest you. It seems the cap may be the seat of his authority.

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Your name: Julie Kesting

Comment:   Als = all encompassing as (a form of to be), U = formal You, blieft = be-live (life) Not just please but a softer version of the English to your health or as you please. It is respectful because you are formally acknowledging the quality and value of the

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Your name: John

Comment:   I completely and totally agree. It just may be the best word in any language ever. alstu-BLIEFT alstu-BLIEFT alstu-BLIEFT DANK JE WEL!

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Your name: Julie

Comment:   I know exactly what you mean. In my country (Poland) I also say prosz??Æ’?‚?? which has the same function as alstublieft and I feel so so ackward in english speaking countries because Here you go has a completely different function and I didnt find it polite eno

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Your name: Bruce Stafford

Comment:   I have found it easy to learn Dutch, but I also found German, which also has a reputation for difficulty, quite easy. Most people speak Dutch with me, even when my face shows that I am having trouble understanding. Ive been in the country for about a mont

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Your name: Richard Durkan

Comment:   I was very interested in the last paragraph of your article on de and het. Can you please tell me where I can find out more about the various groupings for de and het nouns.

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Your name: Visitor

Comment:   Your description of Rose Inn Street rings true. I lived there for a while in 1994 and well remember the drunken revelry of the area. Our flat had no bath or shower and was above a fast food joint I think. It was a terrible place and hopefully has been dec

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Your name: myself

Comment:   Brian J, Im exasperated. Youre not the first to mistake my criticism of the Al Gore film for skepticism about global warming. Simply astounding.

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Your name: myself

Comment:   Sally, indeed that is La Carboneria in the film Exiles. I had to giggle about that. Downloaded it just to scan for that scene.

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Your name: Brian J

Comment:   Lets use common sense: The atmosphere is very finite. There are 6 billion people polluting, millions of cars and factories running 24/7. Seems obvious to me GW is a reality.

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Your name: Sally

Comment:   We were in La Carboneria last June and loved the show. Was this the setting for the flamenco scene in Tony Gatliffes film Exiles?

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Your name: Laura

Comment:   Nice site. I chuckled at About het zout or de zout : het zout refers to the salt itself, but de zout is usually used for the little saltshakers on the table as in Pass me the salt please So it really just is het zout. De zout is one of those odd du

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Your name: Paul

Comment:   You havent told about the disseases. Like Tering, tifus, kanker enz.

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Your name: jeb

Comment:   I also really dug KindertuinNijmegen and CompostYard and all those sweet foot paths, etc. Nice work. DublinSunday is now my desktop. What an awesome shot. :)

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   Thanks for the pics. I love your laptop & DublinSunday. Heres some fun Ive been having: http://www.theccsg.com/OSEvent.htm You Rock!

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Your name: Angela

Comment:   Hi,I stumbled upon your site during boring work hours.Really really like your lists and texts, too bad its not updated since long anymore. Grtz from a Dutchy in Cork,Ireland

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Your name: Brooke

Comment:   Placed to bookmark!

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Your name: susanp

Comment:   i lived in spain for one year. In seville for the fall semester and in malaga for the spring semester plus part of the summer. i wish someone would start a website of experiences while living in spain -- as many different years as possible. loved your web

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Your name: Annet

Comment:   No idea as to whether youve found out about the why of dutch toilets. Im happy however the way they are. At least I can tell whether my little boy has worms or not ;o)

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Your name: Tristan van Oosten

Comment:   Sorry vriend, je hebt gelijk.. wij Hollanders vertikken het de buitenlanders de kans te geven om onze taal te leren.

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Your name: BzaIsTmQmHEdUJG

Comment:   a bad job

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Your name: Cerberus???¢?¢?‚¬Å¾?‚?¢

Comment:   Dear Writer, In most European countries, 95% say eet smakelijk or equivalent - however, the other 5% or so are strongly opposed. No count or baron will say it, you may count on that.

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Your name: Unknown

Comment:   Its a very good site !! Very nice work, admin :) Good luck!

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Your name: anna

Comment:   i think you should have done all the research that Al gore did before you even think about doubting his statistics. ur full of boloni

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Your name: Some english guy

Comment:   Youse is in common use across the north of britain as the second person plural. We have it in manchester and we got it off the scousers via ireland (famous docks in liverpool, lots of irish folk came over through liverpool and built cool things like my ho

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Your name: pauline

Comment:   I stumbled upon your website and really liked reading about your stay in my country, Holland! Many things that you described are very recognizable to me (though not all of them, since I obviously speak Dutch). And yes, why is there no English equivalent o

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Your name: Rob

Comment:   Leuke site. Leuk om te lezen hoe een Amerikaan de Nederlandse cultuur ervaart. Wat voor mij als Nederlander normaal is blijkt toch ongewoon in andere landen. Hier in Brabant is het overigens iets minder formeel dan in Amsterdam. Groeten uit Nederland! of

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Your name: Frank

Comment:   I dont recognize this, but fun to read. Tears in my eyes

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Your name: Frank

Comment:   Fun to read about the Oxvillage olden days. I lived in Osdorp as a child and returned 35 odd years later. The foresty things you mention are all gone now, bricks everywhere. Dont think you would recognize it here. Greetings, Frank www.akermolen.nl

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Your name: somewhereinnetherlands

Comment:   Hi Steve, youre right. If your invisible counter still works, it may say my ISP located somewhere in Netherlands (I prefer this than Holland). I was looking for the alstublieft on Mr. Google... Good job, Steve. And dank u wel :)

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Ryan, that is correct. Thank you.

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Your name: Ryan

Comment:   The first Viking raid recorded in Irish history took place in 794 AD, not 974 AD.

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Your name: Alex

Comment:   A great quote from the film director Mira Nair who probably got it from someone else - We have to tell our own stories - because if we dont, no one else will

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   Agreed. I believe that web sites like this can help us to develope our communication skills and open up more options for peaceful interactions. At least we can understand each other and, thus, ourselves more fully.

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Jeb, that is so. But Christians also tend to vote for war, and war kills people.

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   What I love about christians is that, despite the molten gold down your throat god that they worship, they can still be gentle and kind in their day to day life. Thank you.

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Your name: Michael Cross

Comment:   Obviously whoever wrote this is a complete idiot. The very DATE on the morning paper proves that Jesus lived and still does in the hearts of His people. Hello this is 2007 A.D. Maybe you should do your research on what A.D. is an WHY it was even institute

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Your name: charles

Comment:   monotheism means one god...one being. a class is a unit,but is not one student. otherwise one could say that the olympian gods were twelve in one: a dodekanity !

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Jackie, of course none of the given citations amount even to good evidence -- never mind proof.

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Your name: Jackie

Comment:   You dont know what your talking about! Jesus did exsist cause He is in my History textbook! Read this site: http://www.bizzyblog.com/?p=1832 Jesus DID exist, SO THERE!

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Your name: Anita Meulstee

Comment:   stumbeled upon your site by accident, really liked your pages about the Dutch. I know the problem, in my teens we had neigbors from England and she WANTED to learn Dutch. After ten years she spoke a little, but understood Dutch very well. She did help me

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Your name: Val

Comment:   A phrase missing from Irish english list: again meaning some other time, as in Ill tell ya again. English people dont understand that one.

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Your name: Paul

Comment:   I disagree with your point because the peaks and valleys in the graphs with or without the x-axis represent the ice ages and inter glacial periods, even if the CO2 levels are rising only slightly in numbers terms it still has a large affect on the overall

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Your name: Mad Jack

Comment:   I guess I stumbled upon your site due to a Wikipedia link. Walking in clogs is not always that easy... Your pages on Holland are hilarious, yet so true. Because you stated you wanted to learn Dutch: Ik ben zeer tevreden over je werk! Een bron van insp

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Your name: melissa clegg

Comment:   My opa was their on that day at the train station he was 12 too this day he still has nightmares about it and the terrible images he saw he still cant understand how the mistake was made.

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Your name: Kees

Comment:   Not bad at all! Nice try. Altough its clear that youve spend some time constructing those sentences. Those three sentences are not really connected. The best way to write it down wouldve been: Nederlanders willen geen Nederlands spreken met Engelstalige

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Your name: luiza

Comment:   About the English for the Dutch , boy u r so right! I live in Rotterdam and I face those funny/embarrasing stuffs quit often.

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   Etiquette: I rebel against things expected. However, I once worked with a man who delivered such sweet nothings so wonderfully it was breath of fresh air. Sincerity became unimportant. Soul expressions are appreciated.

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Your name: PGWMW

Comment:   Hi, I enjoyed your website which I found through a link at Wikipedia enjoying the description of dutch culture. I hope youre still enjoying your time here in The Netherlands and perhaps well unknowingly meet some time in Amsterdam :) Kind Regards, Paul

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Your name: Melissa

Comment:   Why do you bother? Its just a normal thing to say eet smakelijk, you dont need to think about longer than two seconds. Its like hello and bye, something easy to say. But apparently, thats really too difficult for you...

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Your name: Floris

Comment:   Brush it... yeah !!

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Your name: Floris

Comment:   engeglstalige wordt gespels met een hoofdletter zoals iedere geografisch gerelateerde benaming in het Nederlands. Blijven oefenen Edward!

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Your name: .

Comment:   Tientalen has to be: tientallen

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Your name:

Comment:   Most of Dutch swearing (in mayor cities) is actually using diseases, here mostly cancer, typhoid, typhus, consumption, cholera and plague, usually in new and imaginative ways combined with whatever (which could all be used in them selves aswell).

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Your name:

Comment:   Swearing is not viewed upon as that rude in some parts of the Netherlands, espacially in bigger cities. The area in which you stayed is among the politest in the Netherlands... where I live not.

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Your name: Woodsy

Comment:   The full Irish SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE, a Potato Cake and Soda Bread. With Beans and Mushrooms optional. Needs to be eaten off an oval plate.

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Your name:

Comment:   why do you try to make things more difficult than they really are?

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Your name: liamo

Comment:   i completely disagree with that 4.30 thing. i prefer to go home at 4.36

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Your name: Sietske

Comment:   Nice to read your site, a lot of things are definitely true! Only one complaint: Nijmegen is not a part of Holland, but of Gelderland, and - as you probably may have guessed - some habits vary between various regions.... :-)

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Your name: Bas

Comment:   He Heb met veel plezier je verhalen gelezen. Ik merk zelf ook dat ik vaak engels ga praten met buitenlanders... Geen idee dat men dit irritant vindt. Ik denk dat ik het zelf doe omdat ik weet hoe moeilijk nederlands kan zijn als het niet je moedertaal is

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Your name: Me Dutch

Comment:   eyz... you made a wrong statement... by kissing. You start kissing at the LEFT cheeck.. not at the right one... so its left right left :)

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Your name: Matthias

Comment:   Ik vind het echt fijn en bewonderenswaardig dat je Nederlands geleerd hebt! --van een Belg

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Your name: Leny

Comment:   Coincidentally I bumped into your website. I am a dutch teacher for foreign people and think its interesting what you wrote. Its nice to read comments from the cursists point of view. Do you still speak Dutch?

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Your name: Kris Soret

Comment:   You wrote The genetic diversity of potatoes is greatest in the region of Lake Titecaca bordering Peru and Bolivia as evidence that this is their point of origin. I think you refer to Lake Titicaca.

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Your name: Kris Soret

Comment:   You wrote The Dutch have a history and a politic of discussion, and a tendency to form policy by concensus in place of leadership. The correct spelling is consensus.

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Your name: Kris Soret

Comment:   You wrote Gatverdamme, a dimunition, is much less serious. Shouldt that be diminution?

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Your name: Kris Soret

Comment:   You wrote: In addition, het is always used for nouns in their diminutive form, the kleinwoord, which is similar to the Spanish ito / ita but seemingly more prevalent. In Dutch, a diminutive form is a verkleinwoord. Best regards, Kris Soret

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Your name: herreb@gmail.com

Comment:   the trick is that you should never drink beer containing less alcohol after having stronger beer, you wouldnt have had any trouble when you wouldve started with the grolsch (5%) and then the stronger belgian beer.

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Your name: herreb@gmail.com

Comment:   the best way to understand alstublieft is just to see what it litterally means, it is an abbreviation of als het u belieft which is: when it pleases you. does that make it clearer? groeten uit amsterdam! herbert.

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Your name: simon

Comment:   I have a Dutch girlfriend too. Keep hold of her for all you might. She;ll be worth it!!

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Your name: Kris Soret

Comment:   Fantastic site! Small remark: in French, the expression is bon app??Æ’?‚?©tit.

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Bernard, I think you have been in America for too long. Your name is Dutch, but your posting is not.

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Your name: bernard van dijk

Comment:   I like to be in America = ik lijk te zijn in America.

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Your name: Lilith

Comment:   By the way... you wrote where you lived in 2000, in 2003 and in 2005, I was simply wondering where do you live NOW ? If by any chance it is in the neighourhood; I can give you a guided tour of Antwerp (in Belgium), greetings, Lilith at poeticlilith@hotma

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Your name: Lilith

Comment:   May I remark that you made a spellingmistake in your article on spelling :) twice you wrote: NederAlandse Taalunie, whereas it should be Nederlandse (without the middle A, ofcourse)Just thought you would like to remedy to that. Kind regards, Lilith at poe

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Your name: Lilith

Comment:   I saw a nice one in Berchem near Antwerp stating: YOU SWORE BLASFEMY which can also be interpreted double. 1) YOU SWORE which is BLASFEMY or 2) YOU SWORE to always BLASFEME. and in England, more precisely in Bournemouth, where theres a Shuttle to the Co

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Your name: Lilith

Comment:   You forgot to mention that whenever you use diminutives ALL de-words become het-words... F.I. De Beer Het Beertje // De Clown Het clowntje, etc... Good luck with your observations of the Dutch language. Wait till you come to Flanders in Belgium and learn

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Your name: Siobh??Æ’?‚??n

Comment:   I dont give a flyin **** - i dont care!

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Your name: Willem van den Berg

Comment:   The literal translation of alstublieft will likely instantly make clear what its meaning is. The word is really a contraction of the statement als het u belieft. This is the formal form, as the u part would translate to thou. Thus there is a less formal f

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Your name: Linda

Comment:   Steven, I just spent the better of the day reading all what you had to say. It caught my attention because I live in California and a little over a year ago, met someone online who lives in Zaandam. Ive scrimping and saving like a mad woman and hope to

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Your name: Herr Meijer

Comment:   Hai! the common gatverdomme got no sense at all. Its something with God or it is gatverdamme, as is: disgusting. But its never like: Gat(dirty)- ver-domme(damn me).

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Your name: Daniel

Comment:   nederlandse gebaren: Mmmmm! zwaaiend met je handpalm langs je wang en je stemhoogte buigt omlaag. In hogarije kijken ze je dan vreemd aan.

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Your name: daniel

Comment:   (oeps, bijna in t engels begonnen) met plezier een dozijn stukjes van je gelezen. woon al 14 jaar in hongarije, maar nederlandse trekjes nog niet kwijtgeraakt- daarom een kleine opmerking: stoom moet zijn: stom :) Heb hier ook een schotse vriendin. me

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Your name: sander

Comment:   Firstly I would like to apologize for any Dutch person asking you; Do you understand this. I dont know in what kind of situation this is being asked. But if I would ask this question to a foreigner in a nonprofessional situation it would only be to make s

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Your name: Pookies.

Comment:   I also was raised in the truth religion and left in around age 25 or 26. I am now in another church, but the truth was hard on me. I never could be good enough. I did not give up on God, just up on that church.

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Your name: Carl

Comment:   I am a native of Holland but have lived most of my life in the US. Your various comments about the Netherlands and the Dutch are right on target.

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Your name: stu dent

Comment:   you cant have faith if you have proof. Salvation is found through faith. God gave free will to man. (your free to believe or disbelive and/or love god..or not) Proof would take away the need for faith, greatly diminishing mans chances for Salvation.

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Your name: james

Comment:   The Dutch are the worsed dressed people in Europe. Green, yellow and orange trousers; yellow sweaters and wet/dry perms...uuurgh

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Your name: Marc

Comment:   Ive been here in Utrecht for about four and a half years now and I can confirm that the Dutch are irritating as hell with non-native Dutch speakers. I made an effort to learn the language to a high standard and still they persist in jumping in with Englis

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Your name: Bram

Comment:   Nice site, I liked your klacht! About the head on a beer: This should be 2 two fingers thick, everybody knows that!

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Your name: Mary

Comment:   This is about the fouth Netherlands culture site I have come across, also the fourth one to be written by a yank..Any out there written by anyone else, I would LOVE to read it! Maybe Americans get treated differently because they are loud, attention seeki

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Your name: Samuel Christian

Comment:   A very nice and comprehensive site. I am glad i have found it. Surely, I will come back.

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Your name: Mason Samuel

Comment:   Great site, I am surfing the web and well this helped me a lot on my query! Havent had much luck finding such a good info! GREAT JOB!

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Your name: Teo

Comment:   Apparently there must be no such thing as European English (probably only badly spoken English)! I was born and raised in south Europe and Ive never heard half of the words you list in your EuroEnglish vocabulary... I dont say aubergine, balaclava, call,

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   To Nathaniel: Information is exactly what is missing. The burden of proof must be upon extraordinary claims. There is no good evidence that Jesus even existed. http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/jesusdidntexist.html

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Your name: Nathaniel

Comment:   I admire your boldness in disputing the validity of Jesus Christ, after that, I have but one question for you - where did you get your information and is it documented and proven?

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Your name: Eden Isabelle

Comment:   Sup, tite hp you got there. Keep up da work. Sweet job! Aight, peace out.

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Your name: yjca@yahoo.com

Comment:   Hola me encanta el trabajo que estan haciendo y me encantaria poder participar.

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Your name: Alexander Richard

Comment:   Thank you for your site. I have found here many useful information...

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Your name: Mau

Comment:   I was trying to find a translation of eet smakelijk and asked many American/English people for it by describing the situation (when Dutch people use it) I found out that there is none, Americans would say Whats up? rather than enjoy your meal

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Your name: dho

Comment:   Youre forgetting the inclusion of various horrible diseases as profanities in Dutch: prefixing kanker to almost anything, for instance, makes it twice as bad.

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Your name: Holden Eric

Comment:   Very interesting website. Keep up the outstanding work and thank you...

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Your name: macarena

Comment:   why did de vikings attacked the holy roman empire and where they came from? please! i need it for today yes or yes, could you send it at my e-mail? please, i need that information!

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Your name: (Name garbled by the degenerative effects of computers over the years)

Comment:   Hi! I have been in La Carboneria a year ago! I love it, really do! Unforgetable! Take care!

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Cornelia, strange as it seems, that must have been a different Jose. Thin, friendly, with wavy red hair, the Jose I knew spoke English well, for a Sevillano.

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Your name: Myself

Comment:   Jaime, I believe Alice Kyteler was born in 1280. I will look into it, and add to the page

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Your name: Cornelia

Comment:   I found this page in the internet because I just returned from seville... So...just one question. I also got to know to Jose (of Levies), but he couldn???€š?‚?´t speak any english. Why do you write he could? I don???€š?‚?´t understand this...

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Your name: jaime

Comment:   this was a nice brief on alice but there was one thing i want to know is when was she born

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Your name: Andrea

Comment:   Navigation is a bit tough on your site, but worth the clicks...Thanks a million.

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Your name: deb

Comment:   my belief is that PMS is actually a period of absolute clarity seen and discarded as hysterical by most women and men.

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   Never mind.

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   The pivotal question is: What Are We Willing To Buy And From Who? This is where the pulse of power is: Cash.

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Your name: ste

Comment:   your talking verbal diaria...

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Your name: Angelica

Comment:   very nice site and guestbooks but please give more regular updating

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Your name: Darren

Comment:   There is a good reason why Knackers are hated by the majority of Irish people, myself included. Maybe if you lived near them and regularly had your property trespassed on and your possessions stolen by them your view of them might be different. Why is it

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Your name: To Polish Hippy

Comment:   The owner of the houseboat where I stayed built his upon a flat barge. Lovely job. You would have to find moorage, though. Space in A-dam is limited, and whats available is all thats available. Not familiar with the market myself.

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Your name: The Polish Hippy

Comment:   Hello! I was looking for info about houseboats on the Web because I am thinking of buying a cheep house boat in Adam (any tips on what to look out for?) and found your site. I also bookmarked it because I found it really interesting. Too bad I couldnt fin

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Your name: Spock

Comment:   You say that that the Irish Famine was a natural disaster. Rubbish. Famine is the original and best Weapon of Mass Destruction.

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Your name: Rob

Comment:   re: lack of english plural you. its just that you signals both singular and plural, now that thee (and thou and ye) have dropped out of use.

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Your name: Free Kid Game

Comment:   Hi. Visted the site and its all very nice but regular update is super.

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Your name: Oliver

Comment:   That was probably the most well versed piece on smoking marajuana and the seemingly basic principles behind why ppl do it so much. Well done.

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Your name: Tim D

Comment:   Nederlanders zouden de gewoontes van hun eigen land respecteren - ook het recht, Nederlands te spreken en in het Nederlands aangesproken te worden!

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Your name: Tim D

Comment:   Groetjes Steve,ik ben van Noord-Ierland afkomstig en vand jouw ervaringen met Nederlanders,die alleen Engels met je spreken wilden,vond ik interessant.Ik spreek NOOIT Engels in Nederland en Vlaanderen.

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Your name: Flex

Comment:   jimmy-locked- drunk scoop?- coming for a pint?

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Your name: mason la trobe

Comment:   I am a kiwi chef who has moved to be with my dutch partner to live and work.But it is so restrictive to do that I am getting to the point where I am thinking of going to England or another country where I can illegally work and dont mind getting chucked o

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Your name: Geert

Comment:   I really enjoyed reading your storys about Holland. About the fact that you get a tiny excuse for a beer in Holland wehen you ask one: when you got the chance, try crossing the border with Belgium, go the a caf??Æ’?‚?© and ask for a pint. Youll be pleasantly

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Your name: Jeb

Comment:   For someone I only recall spending one day with, I sure love you. Youre obviously a very elaborate personality. I really dig the lighthouse and cathedral photos. I look forward to more. Thanks for your creative inspiration!

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Your name: chad

Comment:   and Im still managing a Mc Restaurant. Mmm...brand affiliation. You want fries with that?

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Your name: chad

Comment:   hoowah

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Your name: chad

Comment:   googled yer bum. We bought a house in portland oregon cheers 2006

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Your name: Robert Collinson

Comment:   I Too Have The Same Experience Trying To Master Dutch, And Yes Have Tried To Speak To Them Only To Be Replied To In English. Most Annoying !

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Your name: Les, France

Comment:   Hoi Steve, hoe gaat het met je? Found your site whilst trying to find out what godverdomme meant literally. I enjoyed your musings on the difficulties of learning Dutch. I too spent a year in Holland in 2000, though I actually learnt more Dutch in

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Your name: T. Fisher

Comment:   Nice little site! On http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/euroenglishspelling.html, Ive noticed several things that should be changed. Concerning -ise/-ize: Both are acceptable in European English! -ise is definitely preferred, but not in academic litera

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Your name: Paul

Comment:   This is funny. I have just moved to Amsterdam and Im trying to learn Dutch and this word has given me problems. I simply couldnt figure out the difference between it and graag. Thanks for the excellent story. :)

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Your name: Dick Vermaas

Comment:   Brave

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Your name: Kayleigh

Comment:   hola, Steve, I found your page while looking for sites that mentioned Carboneria...I studied in Sevilla from January 2005 through May, and its so great to read about your adventures, many of which were mine as well. a luego.

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Your name: Roy

Comment:   Hallo Steve, Heb je jezelf vermaakt in nederland? (did you like holland?) Funny to read how you have experienced holland. (my dutch is better than my english :) ) Greetings Roy, anoniem@quicknet.nl

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Your name: Kristy Rochat,USA

Comment:   Does anyone know who the Heatons first names were in Ireland? My Mothers maiden name was Heaton and her ancestors came from England/ Ireland. I was trying to find out the first names of these particular Heatons back in 1890 when the Heatons Swiss Cream Ca

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Your name: Kristy Rochat, USA

Comment:   I have enjoyed your stories of Ireland and the workings at the Heaton store. My Mothers maid name was HEATON from Ireland , I think. I heard they came from England, too. Do you know where there is a Heaton department store in Ireland? I have found some st

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Your name: de kerstman

Comment:   saying -your welcome- after the other person says -thank you-. has about the same meaning.

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Your name: Lane

Comment:   Hey read ur story..its a nice love story but life mst go on n after all its her loss........very nice site...im going to kilkenny.....gud thing u said something about the water! Keep writing

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Your name: Kevin Hendricks

Comment:   I always knew Steve would be a writer. It is all he ever did. I am even more impressed that he is living out one of my dreams-to see the world. Because he is a writer I will always be there with him. Thanks Steve. Love always Your friend Kevin.

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Your name: Joaquin

Comment:   Hello Steve!, im Joaquin from Barcelona.I hope all is ok there. Enjoy your days in Kilkenny!! What a nice place it is!! See ya

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Your name: Bert

Comment:   I work in a caf??Æ’?‚?© in Flanders (Dutch speaking Part of Belgium). Our beer also costs 1.70???¢?¢?‚¬Å??‚?¬ but you should know that if you count per liter, the beer in large barrels is more expensive than the beer in a bottle. (A 50L barrel is more expensive than 200 beerb

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Your name: shona hammond

Comment:   i have printed off ur website plz get me done for copywrite plz plz i live at 31 wynyard street seaham co.duram

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Your name: Steve

Comment:   Yes, youre welcome means the same in response to thank you as alstublieft does to dank u wel; but alstublieft has other uses. http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/alstublieft.html

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Your name: Olaf Kuhnke

Comment:   Hey Steve! Im German working for an American company. I always thought youre welcome is an equivalent to alstublieft. At least my American colleagues (and I learned it from them) are using it like that. What do you think?

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Your name: greg george

Comment:   I am so thankful for this site. I have been on the edge of professing for a year and because of this site I realized i need to because you are definately fighting something inside yourself.

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Your name: Friso

Comment:   Mooie site, erg leuk hoe hij,anders dan anders groeit! Geen idee,wat die Andreas bedoelt maar ik vind je uitleg van de Nederlandse taal behoorlijk steek houden. Zelf was ik opzoek naar het mooie omschrijving van het gebruik van het woord alstublieft en

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Your name: Andreas

Comment:   No offense but youre Dutch quite a few flaws, and you gave a few misconseptions about my country and language. Nobody here says Eet smaakelijk to total strangers unless they are the server or something at a restaurant. Alstublieft is not that much differe

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Your name: andreas

Comment:   Even tough kadoo may be the nieuwe spelling, I dont think anybody uses it. atleast not in my home province Limburg. hmm.... Im only 17 and at school we still learn that cadeau is the spelling. hmmm.... Dutch is definitely a language with much variety!

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Your name: Nikolay

Comment:   Thanks to author of this site. Really nice place to vizit while surfing the web. Easy reading and simply great. Hope to read one day something about Russia.

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Your name: kirsten

Comment:   Greetings from Greeley CO. USA Steve. Your site looks good. How is the book coming? We continue to await Jeffies site with great anticipation! My partner and I have 2 beautiful daughters and are doing well. Hope you are too. Peace.

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Your name: Walter

Comment:   The truth is so clear if you are not blinded by eror. thanks for being strong enough to be honest.

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Your name: B

Comment:   Love the website. Came across it whilst looking for stuff about Kilkenny. Keep it up

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Your name: Ellen

Comment:   I was randomly searching on the internet when I found your website. i was taken aback by Mex Rock and the slew of familiar names. I, too, (an American trying to stay longer in Sevilla) worked at Mex Rock during June and July of 2001. Did we ever meet? LN

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Your name: heather

Comment:   there are also trades clubs in towns. these were members only at one point, but now you just need to know someone who knows someone. usually you ring a buzzer after hours. these are quiet; darts or pool avail. some have trad nights. there are 2 in sligo t

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Your name: Dan

Comment:   They could always go to marijuana anonymous meetings.

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Your name: Brian

Comment:   Actually, the differences are not that clear cut. To write -ize is also correct in UK English, like organize, recognize. Most British dictionaries even recommend -ize! And you can write encyclopedia as well.

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Your name: Dal

Comment:   Very nice site. Really interesting. Spent lots of time flicking about from page to page

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Your name: Matt

Comment:   I have noticed that saying simply pardon, with a slightly French accent works with Americans and foreigners to mean, pardon me, I would like to get by or pardon me, I didnt hear you or pardon me for farting.

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Your name: rfiske

Comment:   Can I Check an account number to see if it really exists, at Post Bank?

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Your name: English Teacher

Comment:   How typically American that you have the gall to refer to English as European English, and your own bastardised version as US English. It is simply English. The official and correct English of the British Isle is commonly referred to as the Queens English

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Your name: Robert

Comment:   Met alle respect, het Nederlands op je site is niet al te best. Ik zou er even naar laten kijken of dat zelf doen. Een collega freelancer

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Your name: steve johnson

Comment:   you didnt mention that they are a filthy thieving bunch of animals in your article and that the pedjudice is warrented and by the way they are not a ethnic group,please cop on

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Your name: Aaron from Brooklyn

Comment:   I am so happy that someone has met The One They Call David. He was like a guru to me when I lived in Amsterdam from 93/94. I was back a couple years ago and was told by Johnny that David was in bad health and had to go back to England. I hope he is fine.

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Your name: Hans

Comment:   Hartstikke leuke site. Ik kom terug als ik wat meer tijd heb om alles te lezen. Free trans. Awfully nice site. Ill be back when I ve some time left to read all. Dutch origin of the word hartstikke = stabbed through the heart stikke=to stab hart=hear

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Your name:

Comment:   check again on the carboneria, the dancers are not ugly. atrocious?

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Your name: ashley rintoul

Comment:   yea i really want to go there because ti would be nice to smoke weed in public

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Your name: Mary Copeland

Comment:   Hi its me again from america...do you know where Greens Hills is co Kilkenny...and what the heck does Fermoyle mean?????/I would love to get a hold of my moms cousin....let me know...thanks mary from the USA raymar5@snip.net

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Your name: Mary Copeland

Comment:   I read your web site and found it very interesting...you see I just recieved a letter from my mothers cousin and her name and address is Sr.Canice Keyes, Fermoyle Greens Hills, Co. Kilkenny Ireland...I was wondering if you knew anything about her....I am

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Your name: Meself

Comment:   Minor variations aside, I think Darryl Gill is right, that the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish breakfasts (www.geocities.com/stevenedw/fullirish.html) are the same.

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Your name: darryl gill

Comment:   this i think you will find is the same as a full english breakfast possibly welsh and scotish too

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Your name: D Allen

Comment:   I see you have been busy. Me, staying afloat pushing Gyros at Cafe Glendi. Co workers getting younger and dont notice my few gray hairs. Ah, eternal youth!

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Your name: Meself

Comment:   The posting by Blorg relates to the page http://www.stevenroyedwards.com/travellersdifferent.html

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Your name: Blorg

Comment:   Indeed, publicans have lost their licences over refusing service to travellers.

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Your name: steve edwards

Comment:   i agree with you about the war bush started.it is wrong.

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Your name: nick

Comment:   do you think you could post a blueprint or ground plan of Kilkenny and Dublin? thanks by the way this is a wonderful site...

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Your name: Olivier

Comment:   You forgot to tell everybody what a crap baker you are !!

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Your name: jack

Comment:   tankssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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Your name: sophie

Comment:   hi i am french and looking for a room in a sharing house in dublin...so i saw your webpage... do you have any suggestions or do you know someone looking for roommate.. it really could help me... it s not a SOS mai .. but not far away ;-) cocciblue@hotma

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Your name: misery

Comment:   Cheer up man! From your attitude I dont think Id like you working for me in a kitchen or not! Get a grip..........

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Your name: whew

Comment:   Thank goodness you are not in charge. Tyrants like Saddam would still be murdering his own people.

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Your name: Dirk

Comment:   He Steven, I was running by accident across your website and got stuck there for a while. Very entertaining and funney, really good! Especially your experiences with dutch life (Megapool) or dutch beer are too funny because already too often the e

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Your name: jeff

Comment:   hey your site is looking good. will get you an update on Socal life soon

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Your name: Dorine

Comment:   Oi, my comment was too long. Reason I wrote was cut off. Was pointing you towards another toilet-frustrated American: http://www.spies.com/%7Escott/misc/toilet.htm Or try www.digruntledhousewife.com and choos German-Dutch toilet in linksection.

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Your name: dorine

Comment:   Hi Steve, I really enjoyed your pieces and your style, writing about Holland and Amsterdam. Only one gets nosier while reading your stories, why did you went out into the big world? Just post-university traveling and happened to meet a Kim? Anyway, rea

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