DutchNews podcast – The Ukulele Pannenkoek Conspiracy Edition – Week 18

Empty chairs in Dam Square on May 4. Photo: ANP/Martijn Beekman
Empty chairs in Dam Square on May 4. Photo: ANP/Martijn Beekman

For the second year in a row the May 4 and May 5 ceremonies took place without an audience. Actor André van Duin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the event with moving speeches about rebuilding after the war, while conspiracy theorists commemorated it with a tasteless poster about coronavirus rules. The Netherlands’ largest online retailer bol.com was reeled in by an online phishing scam that cost it €750,000. Bees, cows and jackals all feature in our round-up of animal news. And after the weekend celebrations at the ArenA, we ask if you’re more likely to catch a nasty disease from a pigeon or an Ajax supporter.

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Ophef of the week: Rising anger at ‘pancake’ insult on Remembrance Day livestream

And here’s Marco van Basten being humiliated by an Ajax fan shouting ‘pannenkoek!’

Coronavirus news

MPs back ‘test for entry’ system but question need and cost

Support for coronavirus strategy falling, one in five want tougher rules

Forum MP Wybren van Haga criticises tasteless WWII ‘end of freedom’ poster

Don’t relax rules until hospital cases drop by 20%, experts say

Dutch scientists say bees can be used to detect coronavirus

Other news

Netherlands remembers its war dead with poetry and personal stories

We must resolutely oppose hatred, Angela Merkel says in May 5 address

Bol.com conned out €750,000 in online banking fraud scam

Air France-KLM posts €1.5bn losses in first quarter as travel restrictions hit

Bus operator goes to court to challenge subsidies for night trains

Animal Rights Party criticises ‘floating farm’ after another cow falls into canal

Farmer shoots first footage of golden jackal in Netherlands

Are urban pigeons friend or foe? Utrecht University investigates


Ajax wrap up Eredivisie title with 4-0 win over Emmen

Police choose not to enforce social distancing as 12,000 fans celebrate Ajax title

Didi Gregorius hits grand slam home run to clinch Phillies win on Liberation Day


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