That was the Week that Was

A mixture of things going on this week in times gone past. Some at home and some far away.

All mentioned on Twitter posts @utrechtcentral

Its funny, but the happenings furthest away from Utrecht have had the most effect upon us.

November 10 1674 saw the greatest political and diplomatic faux pas ever when the Dutch formally ceded New Amsterdam now New York, to the English.

Or was it good planning? Just look at it today!

The end of world War I was remembered on November 11 with Poppy Day in many countries. The Netherlands were neutral over this period.

1990 was an epic year for all you reading this post. It was on this day, November 12 that Tim Berners-Lee published a formal proposal for the World Wide Web. The rest as we say is history. Was this a good or a bad thing for the world?

November 14 was the UN World Diabetes Day

Older Football fans may remember this! In 1947 Soccer team GVVV were formed in nearby Veenendaal.

On the same day, November 15, but in 1961 Johanna Westerdok, the first ever Dutch female professor at Utrecht University, died at the age of 78.

Whilst we are thinking, remember that  this day was also the UN World Philosophy Day

On November 16 in 1945 UNESCO was founded and should not be undermined by the fool in the White House.

He should remember that today is also the UN International Day for Tolerance.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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