Amsterdam, in Sydney

Ozcloggie

Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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The Red Rose Café that the Furys sang about. Fact or Fiction?

Words and Music by: P. Cartner and D.Black

They come from the farms and the factories too
And they all soon forget who they are.
The cares of today are soon washed away
As they sit at a stool by the bar.
The girl with green eyes in the Rolling Stones shirt
Doesn’t look like she works on the land.
The man at the end, he’s a very good friend
Of a man who sells cars second hand.

CHORUS:
Down at the Red Rose Cafe in the Harbour
There by the port just outside Amsterdam.
Everyone shares in the songs and the laughter.
Everyone there is so happy to be there.

Are the cafés, in the real Amsterdam still like this?
According to the comment by Liesbeth (left)…..Yes they are.

……
A few days ago, I met a couple, from the Netherlands. I arranged to meet them here, in the little Dutch restaurant, in Holland House, or ‘tWinkeltje, in Smithfield.
Afterwards they spoke about how they couldn’t get over how far back into the past they’d felt.
They couldn’t get over how this was like being in the 1950s and 1960, in the real Amsterdam.
But….that is of course what attracts Dutch-Australian citizens of Sydney, to this place. It’s the Holland that they (we) remember!!

Post script: I have now moved into my parents house and it too reminds visitors of those years. The kitchen table is also covered by what other cultures would call a carpet! :)

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