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Ben Coates @bencoates1 Rotterdam/London/Zomba/Kampala

Best-selling author of 'The Rhine' and 'Why The Dutch Are Different' (https://t.co/5suzLgUDFz). Writer, aid worker, speechwriter, recovering Tory.

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@rinamae As a Dutch person, I’m compelled to spend 75% of the year complaining it’s too cold and 25% complaining it’s too hot
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8/8
2020
Have a nice weekend, everyone https://t.co/ar5v4fSMqRNice little review from Cycle magazine: https://t.co/j3GUQQWwot @reggiederakker I am Dutch, actually. The Netherlands isn’t perfect, but most countries would think themselves unbe… https://t.co/X6nj21gSIo @coelhory @ppklapwijk I’m Dutch, actually. But still, good to know my countrymen can take a lighthearted conversati… https://t.co/cUVfstZnKS @wierdduk A poor man’s RotterdamNot bad https://t.co/vy3zZS8Jvz @macharoesink Good. But it varies a lot and that’s not the experience everywhere"The risk of [people] not getting a test or keeping to the rules is that they may infect others who are more vulner… https://t.co/xBa15fuAYT👀 https://t.co/a7aPvpnmLH https://t.co/rHFxe8Ft2d @rinamae As a Dutch person, I’m compelled to spend 75% of the year complaining it’s too cold and 25% complaining it’s too hot(source: https://t.co/Q3Pah2e9mr)Another curve which needs flattening 🥵 https://t.co/rFH6vEYUBP @RealKenMoss You can, for example, go Den Haag -Delftgood morning. a naturist in Berlin got his bag stolen by a family of boars https://t.co/lxSo6kedTN
Retweeted by Ben CoatesNetherlands: you take the tram thirty minutes and everyone’s got a different accent and tells you how people in the… https://t.co/MMJ2jP7N7m @ppklapwijk @bobfunn Not trying to start a fight here fellas. Just always surprised that there’s literally nothing… https://t.co/vnG0qSKaRP @bakkiepleurtop Lived there for years, it’s great but ugly as hellIn case you missed it, Mark Rutte’s new coronavirus policy: https://t.co/mjoA7SJDg9 @emileschmieman @sirflue Not trying to be unpleasant. I thought the way you responded to the first comment was a bi… https://t.co/Z0q4j3LUpr @emileschmieman @sirflue Not to be unpleasant about it, as everyone's entitled to an opinion, but it feels relevant… https://t.co/0KBlcqRjde @ppklapwijk Oh hi grumpy Dutch person convinced the Netherlands is terrible, I've been expecting youIs there a more beautiful city than Amsterdam in the sunshine? Visiting for work for the first time in months, I wa… https://t.co/kFWGTqdAm9
8/7
2020
I cannot believe this website is free https://t.co/sPss7CGYPH @gpb1979 Yeah, I guess. Just grated a little for me. They’re literally explaining to people how they can avoid dyin… https://t.co/IgupUBkN8mNot to be a miserable identity warrior about it, but the whole thing where the Netherlands gleefully laughs at sign… https://t.co/XKe1gIQGJk @KenTorrens @Krulsprietje Yes, total mortality is a decent alternative. On that measure the Netherlands is doing be… https://t.co/tTBAk4lMq4 @KenTorrens Thanks for the expert opinion, guy on Twitter! @HLJLooijesteijn True. But the obvious question is: at what point do you have no other choice? 12,000 dead? 15,000?I think it’s still possible to argue the Netherlands has got similar outcomes to other countries while allowing lif… https://t.co/RWafsCp5JiAre the changes enough? I don’t know, and neither does anyone else really. But if I were you, I’d buy shares in thi… https://t.co/Q33ZxvYNezRutte says infections rising fast, but fewer people are requesting tests, and it’s hard to track infection sources.… https://t.co/0gVAIDGUYiNew Dutch coronavirus response in brief: no 2nd lockdown but more powers for mayors to restrict shopping etc. No in… https://t.co/WmiffocrWXI’m not going to Mark Rutte’s coronavirus press conference tonight, obviously. But if I was, I might ask -off the t… https://t.co/lMji3rW3sF
Retweeted by Ben Coates @RoelantSiekman Thanks Roelant! Appreciate the feedback! For what it’s worth I think I’ve given the government a fa… https://t.co/hkNjoI0N46I’m not going to Mark Rutte’s coronavirus press conference tonight, obviously. But if I was, I might ask -off the t… https://t.co/lMji3rW3sFFinally discovered the secret to getting other people to keep a safe distance: you just have to choose the right br… https://t.co/Y8XsOU4jUn
8/6
2020
@huisman_pieter @GlobalNomad0 @AngelusMerula "lovely kroket", also a contradiction in terms. @DerekLambe Not yet, I'm afraid - although if you look closely you might be able to pick out a key word or two! @GlobalNomad0 @AngelusMerula A contradiction in termsSunshine, good coffee, a good book and a little time to write. Perfect. https://t.co/7yAejtdVpF @flying_mom True - but what about the airport and the plane and the bus and the hotel and the buffet?(from Volkskrant: https://t.co/4A6NqoxW72)In Rotterdam, nothing says "I refuse to wear a mask" quite like a bikini made out of masks https://t.co/Ew2xkHiKQc @LucyFergusonDHM Sorry, already left! Will let you know next timeDutch newspapers today: approximately 30% articles about "very concerning" rise in coronavirus infections, and 20%… https://t.co/vUjrjmfOwn @CDolleSamuel Yes, they should be - orderable through most major bookshops, or online retailers, or as an e-book @indiepatico @ABCBooksNL https://t.co/kr1878sGmuThoroughly enjoyed visiting the lovely @ABCBooksNL in the Hague, for my first browse in a bookshop in months. Some… https://t.co/Hm0dnFD3wbA stupid squabble here, but one of the worst things about Twitter is how many can’t acknowledge that two reasonable… https://t.co/kUFVHCOld2 @Antidentite I have a master’s degree in Economics. https://t.co/b24GLqwQSg @Antidentite And by the way, assuming people “don’t understand the issue” just because they have a different opinio… https://t.co/tQtCJQB2Ga @Antidentite It’s a tweet, not a detailed indictment. As I said, it’s complicated and possible to argue the counter… https://t.co/IMxjGygMSa @Antidentite Because it’s a fact that they have a collapsing economy *and* many deaths. These things are complex an… https://t.co/0KzSZyCiwFAnd five times as many deaths as Norway, Finland and Denmark combined https://t.co/rklpVTAUZMTrump’s pick for new ambassador to Germany: a Fox News commentator who says migrants are coming "with the goal of e… https://t.co/AmEwzXn6Kw @RozemaHilbrand It is indeed a lovely read. If you liked that, you may also like this, which I’m just getting start… https://t.co/XiVNlWCmeS @nynkelp New Zealand is a group of large islands with five million people on them, out in the sea in the middle of… https://t.co/4Qg7BDk9lhOur lockdown is “intelligent”, which is Dutch for “non-existent” https://t.co/Wr2nUKK6OT
Retweeted by Ben CoatesThe Hague https://t.co/tbpOk88Bk5
8/5
2020
@Ludootje @DerekLambe I don’t assume the experts are wrong. But I think it’s fair to ask rigorously why masks are c… https://t.co/FgMJ3oESXO @jelmatbro Past tenseOur lockdown is “intelligent”, which is Dutch for “non-existent” https://t.co/Wr2nUKK6OT @GordonDarroch Looks amazing. Who needs Hawaii anyway?I don’t know much about Lebanon, but I presume that if you import almost all your food and your port looks like thi… https://t.co/MtrNvBDJslBeirut port is completely destroyed #Lebanon #Beirut https://t.co/EPMz3RQqKy
Retweeted by Ben CoatesWow. Horrifying. https://t.co/Gn4BzxL0vKThe Hague, where it always feels a bit like 1920 https://t.co/YSgtUm4ZiY @inquisitordaisy @Lydia44404631 I didn’t say it was uniformYes, it’s complicated. No, Dutch performance hasn’t been especially bad. But I do wonder how many of the people now… https://t.co/tKlepg2IXx @inquisitordaisy @Lydia44404631 Not inclined to argue either,but I think the argument that UK achieved roughly simi… https://t.co/7UfHuq2nfhTerrible how that idiot Boris Johnson has let the pandemic run completely out of control. https://t.co/yoGKHpe655 @juan_ic_huarte No masks, and for many the nearest decent beaches @JMSlagter Can’t chat now, busy shouting at them to give back my bikeStarting to understand why Germany has such low infection figures: almost the entire population is away on holiday in the Netherlands @staypufd @jcderr https://t.co/mxwRCagQHwHe’s just really not very clever, is he? https://t.co/pmYSHRmH43Compare and contrast https://t.co/3Nq9p6MtIQ @Quirine77 Yes - in the countryside at least it’s usually spotlessly cleanIn places like this it is the opposite of clear - lots of sediment, underwater visibility of a few centimetres, and… https://t.co/HKYYto3Xd0A good way to wake up https://t.co/akl5u0dhMo
8/4
2020
@leidenhaag Not “nudged”. https://t.co/NfpXrfeOWT You can dislike masks if you want, but the Netherlands is clearly… https://t.co/pojk1Tawrq @Alexandros_D That does sound fine - but unfortunately not entirely standard https://t.co/9jeBDAZCtK https://t.co/lZanCTe3wjSurprised to find this while digging a hole in my garden near Gouda. A little research shows it’s an ointment jar f… https://t.co/qiudaFbZcw
Retweeted by Ben Coates @MollyQuell I have literally never sent anyone a tikkie but can’t admit this or they’ll take away my passport @rinamae I enjoyed your book, by the way! @rinamae I have seen mixed reports about that. There’s clearly no national ban on masks in hospitals - but at the v… https://t.co/86ims3147C @OscarBaruffa https://t.co/d78gOeHUBTYour regular reminder that you can get thrown out of a McDonalds in the US for not wearing a mask, but thrown out o… https://t.co/Xlnw7F71jJ @AsEasyAsRiding fair response - you know this stuff far better than me. But I will say that as a cyclist who rides… https://t.co/SUMYa0mMQgThanks - your bill for the total number of hours I worked on writing the book is on it’s way. (Alternatively, consi… https://t.co/ej6CSCPOe7Infrastructure is important but overrated: what matters most are cultural norms around how drivers interact with cy… https://t.co/nBDjDPX0VYFinding myself quite impressed with Ahmed Aboutaleb these days - clear messaging, strong line on masks, firm action… https://t.co/Ejsu79vojsWho needs trucks when you have bikes? https://t.co/xKuuJKZVPb @themichaelbooth inside public transport and on a few busy shopping streets in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, but mostly they're unheard of @themichaelbooth not too bad so far, but distancing etc is almost non-existent. It's all very pleasant and laid-bac… https://t.co/Tt1lKDqNVU @mccullgr glad to hear it - hope the news was good. Unfortunately quick service is not the norm everywhere https://t.co/nyOzavTJKvIn the Netherlands: we’re too busy to test right now, please call back later https://t.co/ZPXf0QBnwg“People don't like being told what to do” - me, interviewed (extremely briefly) in the Mail on Sunday about the Net… https://t.co/cJDrS2MUk1
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8/3
2020

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