Those Dutch-Australians, stuck in the fifties.

It’s still bothering me…..
Those two Dutch journalists put on a most interesting presentation of their work, here, in Australia, based in Sydney.

The event was organised by Dutch-Link and it was, once again an interesting experience to be one of the very few oldies, among this cohort of Dutch ex-pats and modern immigrants. I may be stereo-typing.

I’m going by the fact that the vast majority still spoke Dutch without our accent.
During this very interesting well-illustrated talk on the news and other items of interest that the Media bureau, Onderste-Boven (Down-upside) produce and send to the Netherlands and the Flemish-speaking Belgians, there was an introduction to yet another piece of video of the celebrations of the 400 year relationship between Australia and the Netherlands.

It was explained that the choir that we were about to see was included, partly because these folk had gone through so much trouble to get dressed in the old traditional Dutch costumes and travelled so far to sing the songs that were so popular in the fifties, in the Netherlands.
The young audience laughed sympathetically.
And then we saw and heard the singing of Geef mij maar Amsterdam. Dat is mooier dan Parijs.
(Just give me Amsterdam, more beautiful than Paris.)

Of course they looked like they were still in the fifties.

We know that in the meantime the Netherlands have moved on.

We’ve been there, on a number of trips back. Just about all of us!
(Possibly that’s why many of us are glad to have been living in Australia.)

Let’s not under estimate Australians. They also know that Holland isn’t full of people, in national costumes, wearing clogs and singing songs from the fifties!

A couple of us oldies, here for more than half a century, sympathised with those members of the choir who did their best and were so proudly singing those songs and we thought: Wait till these you whippersnappers have been here fifty years!

Those Dutch-Australians, stuck in the fifties.


Ramsgate Beach, Australia

  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 5

Artist's Description

Letting of steam about the on-going tendency of the new generation thinking they know better. The more things change……..

Artwork Comments

  • Ozcloggie
  • Martin Derksema
  • Ozcloggie
  • Martin Derksema
  • Ozcloggie
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.