(shocking images, beware)
On "Queen's Day" in Apeldoorn this afternoon a man (38 year old white, male from Huissen, Gelderland, NL) drove a black Suzuki Swift, registration number FZ-VL-03, at great speed straight through the crowds of people who were stood watching the open-top bus pass by carrying the Dutch Royal family.
Reports at this time state that four people were killed outright, thirteen were injured (five critically), as many as 23 people were hit by the speeding car as it headed straight for the the royal bus. It would seem that the car was so badly damaged as it rammed through the crowds lining the street that the driver, who was trapped behind the wheel, was unable to keep the vehicle under control, which then veered off to the left, missing the bus and smashing to a halt against the "Naald" monument.
Fire crews had to cut the driver from the wreckage. He is now under police guard in hospital after undergoing an operation.
The festivities planned for today on "Koninginnedag" have been cancelled, flags are flying at half-mast throughout the country.
(Film is from the NOS, Dutch TV)
It's "Queen's Day" here in the land of Holl today.
Queen (mother's) birthday and a national holiday.
Weather's looking promising for a good day out in town, all dressed-up in orange.
Tomorrow off too, then the weekend, and Monday's a bank holiday in the UK too, so Mega-long-weekend!!
30th Apr 2009, 08:42
If only just for the flora & fauna, so pretty, so friendly, so welcoming!
29th Apr 2009, 18:59
Just rediscovered this album, tucked away in the attic. Had it since I was a kid.
Jeeze, I was a weird kid.
29th Apr 2009, 10:34
Today at 6pm local time my Mum & Dad, Maureen & Michael, became Australian citizens!
"Poms" no more; proper beer-chugging, Chardonay-quaffing, snagger-grilling, fly-swatting, passport holding Aussies!
Congrats to you both, hope to get over there again as soon as we can manage it.
28th Apr 2009, 15:48
An old poster from last year on a lamp post in town yesterday.
"Social Outcast" (my son Nick's band) is no more, gone with the wind, as they do.
They're now called "Hotosukyaki" (or something like that, a Japanese word for something truly shocking that he wouldn't tell me the translation of) but he's being poached by a (bigger) band at the moment, away up the road from here.
He's to study their mp3 material, write some lyrics and come "vocalise" for them this week.
They don't "sing", they "vocalise", which is fair enough.
27th Apr 2009, 17:14
The Moblog equivalent of twidling your thumbs; waiting round for "other people" to get their fingers out, wander about snapping stuff with your mobile.
27th Apr 2009, 14:49
26th Apr 2009, 18:13