Brouwerij De 7 Deugden. De 7 Deugden means “the seven virtues”, and the brewery practices what it preaches, with a devotion to high-quality produce and an inclusive employment policy which, taking a leaf from de Prael’s book, gives work to those who would not otherwise be able to. An experimental brewery, de 7 Deugden’s seven standard beers are characterised by their distinctive taste and contain unconventional ingredients like thyme and smoked malt.
Mail 28 maart 2014: “My thinking on Flex was this: I see so many writers gain confidence in the group and start writing some really great pieces. However, they might not progress as far as wanting to approach publishers or send out to literary journals or whatever. So my meaning with ‘soft publishing’ is to get them started on that road – put your work up somewhere so at least you can send the links to friends, family, colleagues… which will hopefully go out beyond that is well to readers you don’t know. And if enough people start tuning in, if there’s enough of interest there then sure, it would be great to occasionally invite publishers or agents to read the works as well.
So right now, Stage One is basically a showcase of work of some people who’ve been through the workshop. Stage Two might also involve a separate section where writers who write in Amsterdam (who have not necessarily been through the workshop), can also post work. Maybe. Still need to think about that – but a New York friend suggested for the site to really gain traction, it will probably have to invite engagement more than it does in this Stage One. I thought it was a valid point.
Would love to be blogged about on your phab site. Let me think about what timing might work – might be better in say May, once we have all the key cast and people attached, to drum up a bit of excitement that this film is about to be shot. Will def. keep you posted on that subject!”
Dutch city patently the world’s most inventive
From cancer-busting ultrasound techniques to ways to boost vitamins in tomatoes, Dutch tech-hub Eindhoven’s avalanche of patents has just earned it the crown of “most inventive city in the world.”
Despite the Dutch economy hobbling through its third recession since 2009, this southern city of around 750,000 has become a beacon of high-tech hope and is even compared to Silicon Valley in the United States.
With 22.6 patents filed for every 10,000 residents, US-based Forbes magazine this month named Eindhoven the world’s most inventive city.
Using a commonly-used metric for mapping innovation, called ‘patent intensity’, Forbes based its award on statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
In 2011, some 3,238 patent applications were filed in the Netherlands, according to the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat.
Of these, the Eindhoven region and in particular its research and development hub the High Tech Campus (HTC), accounted for 42.0 percent.
But on the “smartest square kilometre in the Netherlands”, you won’t find students at the sprawling HTC complex on Eindhoven’s outskirts.
Once a closed-off laboratory for Dutch electronics giant Philips, the campus houses more than 100 companies employing 8,000 researchers, developers and engineers.
“Here, every 20 minutes a patent is created,” the HTC boasts on its website.
The sprawling complex with its ultra-modern glass-facaded buildings is set among green fields populated by leisurely grazing cows.
The HTC is at the heart of Eindhoven’s innovation and provides a space where big companies such as Philips collaborate with small startups.
Philips opened the facility in 2003 when the company had just gone through a round of layoffs. It offered former employees somewhere to launch startups and use their knowledge.
The result was an explosion of innovation.
“The idea (of the HTC) is based on a philosophy of ‘open innovation’ where high-tech businesses share knowledge … to deliver better and quicker results,” said Jean-Paul van Oijen, sales manager at Brainport Development, whose job it is to stimulate investment in the Eindhoven region.
— The ideal campus —
For a small startup like Miortech, which makes electronic tiles that deflect sunlight just like paper — seen as the next big thing in billboard displays — the campus is ideal.
“We have only five people on the payroll,” the company’s chief executive Hans Feil told AFP.
The rest of the work is outsourced to scientists from other companies, while the facilities to do the research are rented from the HTC.
“We use shared facilities. It’s a very good spot to be. We are surrounded by people and companies with a similar mindset — high patent intensity,” Feil told AFP.
The High Tech Campus forms part of the broader Brainport Region Eindhoven, or Brainport for short — an initiative rolled out by the Dutch government in 2004 to corral high tech knowledge after not just Philips but several other big companies laid off a swathe of highly-skilled workers.
It works on a so-called “triple-helix concept” which brings together business, knowledge-based institutions and public money to create a space where enterprise can flourish, notching up some 60,000 new jobs in the region by 2011.
Together with the so-called Airport Amsterdam, which focuses business on the Schiphol International Airport hub and Seaport Rotterdam, Brainport today forms one of the three most important pillars of the Dutch economy.
Brainport contributed some 13.5 billion euros ($17.8 billion) or 8.0 percent to Dutch exports in 2011 and aims by 2020 to be one of the top 10 technology regions in the world.
Henk Volberda of Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management warns however that more investment in small startup companies is needed if Eindhoven wants to remain competitive on a global level.
“We need to see… less dependence on the big companies like Philips and ASML (the leading lithograph maker used to manufacture computer chips),” said Volberda.
Last year already saw a 10.0 percent drop in patents filed by the Netherlands at the Hague-based European Patent Office, partly down to a drop in applications from Philips as it streamlines activities.
Currently the Netherlands is ranked fourth in the world by the 2013 Global Innovation Index report, ahead of the United States, Finland, Germany and Japan.
Switzerland, home to a plethora of pharmaceutical multinationals, claimed the top spot for the third year running, in the report, released by Cornell University, the INSEAD business school and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
But the Dutch ranking could be jeopardised if the delicate balance between public and private money, always difficult to maintain in times of economic downturn, is threatened.
© 2013 AFP
Seems to be old info, http://www.meetup.com/opencoffee/: “About OpenCoffee Meetups Everywhere
The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow. There are now over 80 around the world, check out http://opencoffee.ning.com”
“Welcome to the OpenCoffee Club online network.
The OpenCoffee Club was started to encourage entrepreneurs, developers and investors to organise real-world informal meetups to chat, network and grow. Read the blog post that started the ball rolling.
This is the online complement to that offline network. Meet people, find out what’s going on nearby you and then go and take part.”
“Have a casual cup of coffee with about 100 tech enthousiasts. Normally on the 1st Thursday of the month, but only this time on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 09:00AM in the Bovendebalie coworking space building (Café de Balie, Leidseplein). Please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/ocamsterdam”
Coffee with start-up creatives
Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Located in a former bath house next to the iconic De Gooyer windmill, the IJ Brewery has been open since 1985 and was among the first of the new wave of microbreweries that emerged around that time, in response to a widespread dissatisfaction with the produce of much larger breweries. Named after the eponymous waterway, the IJ Brewery brews seven standard beers, including Zatte, their first creation and made in the style of a Belgian blonde; IJwit, a full-bodied wheat beer; and a delicious new IPA. They also produce a small selection of seasonal beers such as IJbok, a fruity, autumnal bokbier (strong, dark lager).
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Brouwerij / Proeflokaal De Prael. The Prael Brewery was established in 2002, and produces speciality beers named after famous Dutch folk singers, as well as commissions from local businesses, such as a cocoa beer for Metropolitan Chocolate. Located on the site of an old auction house, in an ancient area that was once home to the city’s very first breweries, the Prael’s methods remain faithful to tradition, despite the use of modern technology. The business employs disabled members of the community and others struggling to find work.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30 (brewery) / Oudezijds Armsteeg 26 (tasting room)
“Bierfabriek. Literally meaning beer factory, Bierfabriek benefits from a vast space, at the centre of which sits a set of gleaming copper brewing tanks. The smart bar and restaurant produces two beers onsite, the Rosso red ale and Nero porter (a type of dark beer), as well as serving an unfiltered light pilsner developed in partnership with small Dutch brewery, Alfa. The best part about this place, though, is their five self-service tap tables, which keep you in constant supply of the excellent beer without ever having to wait at the bar.
Amsterdam’s most unique bars
by CATHERINE LENEVEZ·
While Amsterdam‘s pulsating Red Light District and party hubs like Leidseplein need no introduction, the Dutch capital has some wonderfully diverse bars away from the raucous stag parties and tourist crowds.
Many offer dining too, although just stopping by for a drink is fine. Here are 10 of the city’s most unique places to drink.
Herengracht in Amsterdam at dusk. Image by Veronica Jones / The Image Bank / Getty Images.
Rising on stilts 22m above the IJ river, the fire-engine-red, oil-rig-like structure housing REM Eiland (www.remeiland.com) was a 1960s off-shore pirate TV and radio station, and, after that was outlawed, became a state waterways monitoring post. It was overhauled by ground-breaking Amsterdam architectural firm Concrete to become a one-of-a-kind restaurant and bar. The best seats to take in the views are on the rig’s wraparound platforms and by the helipad rooftop bar.
A vintage 1927-built vehicle and passenger ferry that once plied the IJ has a new lease of life as top-notch Mediterranean restaurant and bar Pont 13 (www.pont13.nl). The cavernous interior of the now permanently moored ferry has original timbers and handcrafted furniture; decks at either end are idyllic for a seafood antipasti platter and a sundowner, with a short but stunning wine list including by-the-glass options.
Café Restaurant Open
Atop a 1920 railway swing bridge, now positioned open, a glass box with pivoting windows contains Café Restaurant Open (www.open.nl). Centred on a fabulous open kitchen where chefs prepare contemporary Dutch dishes, there’s also a groovy lime-green lounge area and an outdoor terrace extending over the water where you can swill a kir royal or pastis.
Industrial heritage is at the heart of ultrahip bar Westergasterras, in the regenerated Westergasfabriek: former gasworks in the city’s west, which have been transformed into a cutting-edge cultural complex and park. Westergasterras’ massive decked outdoor terrace overlooks reed-filled ponds and a weir. Check the website (www.westergasterras.nl) for upcoming DJs, art exhibitions, parties and events.
Local hangout Hannekes Boom (www.hannekesboom.nl) resembles a beach shack on a deserted island, despite the city unfurling around you (including the dramatic green-copper hull of the NEMO science museum directly opposite) and boats coursing past. Built from salvaged and recycled materials, its rambling waterfront garden strung with coloured lights hosts barbecues and mellow live music. The site’s history dates back to 1662, when it was a guard post monitoring maritime traffic into the city.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Beneath the creaking sails of the 1725-built De Gooyer windmill, Amsterdam’s leading organic microbrewery, Brouwerij ‘t IJ (www.brouwerijhetij.nl), produces delicious (and often very potent) standard, seasonal and limited-edition brews. You can taste them on a 30-minute tour; alternatively pop in for a beer in the tiled tasting room, lined by an amazing bottle collection, or on the plane tree-shaded terrace.
The city’s Golden Age canal ring is a Unesco-listed wonder and on the beautiful Egelantiersgracht, the 18th-century former jenever (Dutch gin) distillery ‘t Smalle (www.t-smalle.nl) has the ultimate canalside stone terrace (you can dock a boat alongside it). Inside, ‘t Smalle’s antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows make it utterly gezellig (the quintessentially Dutch quality of conviviality/cosiness). And yes, it still serves jenevers.
Amsterdam’s canals are even more wondrous when viewed from above. Yet opportunities are limited in this low-rise city, which makes the 360-degree panorama from the 11th-floor, glass-walled SkyLounge (doubletree3.hilton.com), in the DoubleTree by Hilton Centraal Station hotel, a rarity. The daytime, sunset and glittering night time views get better still from its vast sofa-strewn SkyTerrace with an outdoor bar.
Twenty Third Bar
Just south of Amsterdam’s bohemian De Pijp neighbourhood, aerial views extend from the 23rd floor of the Hotel Okura Amsterdam at its Twenty Third Bar (www.okura.nl/en/okuras-gastronomy/twenty-third-bar). But even more unique than this classy, intimate bar’s plush window seats are the two-Michelin-star bar snacks, such as goose liver lollipops with apple syrup and roast pumpkin seeds, or filo-wrapped and fried Reypenaer Gouda cheese with quince mustard, from the adjoining restaurant Ciel Bleu. Champagne cocktails are a specialty.
Cocktails are the abiding passion of Door 74 (www.door-74.com). And while it’s hidden just off renowned nightlife square Rembrandtplein, you have to know it’s here: the door of this classy, dark-timbered, pressed-tin-ceiling speakeasy is unmarked and you’ll need to leave a voice message or send a text to gain entry. Door 74 shakes things up by changing its cocktail menu every three to four months, with themes as divergent as a Tarzan-style jungle or 1920s horror films. Its discounted drink of the day might find inspiration anywhere from fresh gooseberries in season to an Amsterdam Light Festival instillation or a satellite leaving the solar system. But never mojitos, the only cocktail it doesn’t (won’t) serve.
From canalside walks to sunset cocktails, explore the Dutch capital with Lonely Planet’s Amsterdam city guide. And find the perfect place to sleep – from barge hostels to boutique hotels – in Lonely Planet’s expert-reviewed accommodation in Amsterdam.
© 2013 Lonely Planet.
There’s few better ways to enjoy Amsterdam, then by boat… Here’s a view of the Amstel–exactly, the very river that gave Amsterdam its name.
The bridge ahead is the Nieuwe Amstelbrug (New Amstel Bridge), aka Bridge number 101, connecting the Weesperzijde (‘Amsterdam East’) and the Amsteldijk (De Pijp, ‘Amsterdam-South’). You can also see the Rembrandt Tower (Rembrandttoren). The tower’s named after, indeed!, Rembrandt van Rijn. It’s Amsterdam’s first (office) skyscraper.