Year of the Mills, 2007 - De Hollandsche Molen


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windmills Year of the Mills, 2007 - De Hollandsche Molen

2007 the 600th anniversary of the first polder windmills being built in the Netherlands, so the Dutch mill association De Hollandsche Molen have declared 2007 the "Jaar van de Molens 2007" ("Year of the Mills, 2007"). I'm sure lots of events are planned around this, though I've not come across an English language summary of what's happening. That seems a real shame to me - it's obviously getting a big push, with lots of publicity, so why not target foreign tourists as well as simply domestic Dutch ones?

By a rough translation of the press release, I gather that:

Update:[28/1/07] The AFP ran a widely syndicated article on this : Dutch celebrate their history-defining windmill. Included are a number of quotes ascribed to Leo Endedijk, the chairman of the association for the conservation of Dutch windmills: Take those facts with a pinch of salt - journalists rarely quote verbatim, and given that the quotes have been translated I'm sure there is even more scope for twisting of the exact meaning. (Note that the "Year of the Mills" has actually been mistranslated as "Year of the Windmills", so the whole premise of the article is shifted from the start. Yes, the Dutch do have watermills, and they are just as much part of this year's celebration as the windmills are).
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Item: #588, Posted: 26/1/07.


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