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

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Dutch WINDMILLS: Unique piece of Dutch technology

Dutch WINDMILLS: Unique piece of Dutch technology

On the second Saturday in May, the Dutch celebrate an iconic national structure – the windmill – like these historic ones at Zaanse Schans near Amsterdam. With hundreds of windmills across the country, many sites use the day to demonstrate how windmills work and host art exhibits. But the concept of using wind power isn’t just a historical anecdote – this renewable energy is experiencing a boom, and by 2050 is predicted to provide one-third of the world’s electricity. Continue reading Dutch WINDMILLS: Unique piece of Dutch technology

Netherlands tram terror: Police report gunfire at several locations across Utrecht city as ‘terror’ attacker on loose after opening fire on tram passengers

Netherlands tram terror: Police report gunfire at several locations across Utrecht city as ‘terror’ attacker on loose after opening fire on tram passengers

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Dutch judge extends custody of attack plot suspects

Dutch judge extends custody of attack plot suspects

A Dutch judge on Monday extended the detention of four men suspected of plotting a militant attack in the Netherlands, two days after they were arrested in Rotterdam, police said.

The men, aged 20 to 30, had “non-Western” backgrounds, police said, without going into further details.

“They were brought before a judge who decided they should remain in custody,” the force said in a statement.

“The investigation will continue in the coming days, with the emphasis on uncovering the nature and scale of the terrorist threat,” it added.

There was no immediate comment from any lawyer representing the men.

Officers said they seized laptops and other devices during the raids, but no explosives or bomb-making equipment were found.

As part of the same operation, German police arrested a 26-year-old Syrian man in western town of Mainz on Saturday. The arrest was based on an extradition request by Dutch authorities, German police said..


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