United Kingdom: “UK Could Step Up A Bit With The Entry” – Duncan Laurence

United Kingdom: “UK Could Step Up A Bit With The Entry” – Duncan Laurence

Eurovision 2019 winner, Duncan Laurence, has given his thoughts on what the United Kingdom can do to improve at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Duncan Laurence, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, has spoken to the BBC, about how the UK could improve its results at the contest.

The singer who won last nights contest with the song “Arcade” told the BBC that:

I think the UK does well, but I think the UK could up a bit with the entry because you have a lot of amazing songwriters, a lot of amazing artists unknown or relatively unknown, send them, send them. Continue reading United Kingdom: “UK Could Step Up A Bit With The Entry” – Duncan Laurence

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Explore an 18th century windmill with a modern day Dutch miller

Explore an 18th century windmill with a modern day Dutch miller

A few years ago, Maarten van   Dijk went jogging by an old windmill near his home in Abcoude (Utrecht, Netherlands) and was intrigued by the half-abandoned building.

Before long, he had become caretaker of the historic structure (under a leasing agreement with a foundation that owns 23 mills in the area), taking classes to learn to operate it and renovating the home that fills its base.  

Beginning in the early 1500s the Dutch built windmills to help shape their country- to pump water out of areas below sea level- and while Van Dijk’s mill is no longer used for land drainage (it was replaced by more modern technology in the 1950s), it is still operational. With his formal training, Van Dijk can “run the mill” – adding sails to the wooden structure to catch the wind.  

He is part of a long Dutch tradition of apprentices who learn the trade with first-hand experience and who help to push the technology forward. Continue reading Explore an 18th century windmill with a modern day Dutch miller