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Nothing beats a good public hanging!
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Thanks for adding the grand finale Ine! Sorry I missed you there.
I saw the hangman but I was gone by the time of the hanging.
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I was not there. we hang him every year! (except for corona-years). and I shot him,
the previous time we hanged him, in 2019. (posted before + a long story).





did you enjoy it? amazed that you managed to capture a cannon! must have been overcrowded there. ?
did you meet my favourite boys? (the 2 out of 4 who are/were raving mad -and live with a mad girl-).


shame you missed the hanging! we enjoy hangings, icing on the ....




even he-who-is-about-to-be-hanged, seems to enjoy it...










should anyone care to know what happened, in short: time warp to the 80 years' war, that began in 1568.
after 4 years of war, the people of Flushing have had it with the Spanish occupants, who had required even more living quarters. it all started with a boisterous sermon in the St.Jacobs'/St. James'church on easter morning, april 6. in 2 days time, the Vlissingers kicked out the troops and jailed the authorities. this became (NOT !!!) known as the Flushing Revolt.

then a man named Don Pedro Pacheco, cousin of Alva, showed up with a number of Spanish brigs, to check on the build of a Spanish citadel, unaware of the changed situation. and he was captured, jailed, then HANGED.
HOWEVER- in 2009 a book was launched- for which the author, Clasien Rooze-Stouthamer, had deciphered hand written documents in old french from the archieves of Brussels. they revealed that not Don Pedro Pacheco had come to Flushing, but Hernando Pacheco, a captain of the Spanish infantery. case of mistaken identity, because of what was written on an etching from 1703 (Rijks museum).
so it turns out that all of these years, we've been hanging the wrong guy!


the 80 years' war became a 4 years' war for Vlissingen, 8 years' war for Walcheren. Alva threw a fit and sent an armada, but the Spanish would never set foot on Walcheren soil again.
the heroes of the 80 years' war, who made it into the history books, were the sea beggars, for the heroic capture of Den Briel on april 1. but, since there was 'nobody home', they found the town completely undefended, and just claimed it for William of Orange. while the people of Vlissingen literally chased off the enemy. themselves.

so what has changed?
recently the entire dutch history was poured in a series of television programmes, that obviously became quite popular. accidentally saw part of episode 6. saw they had picked the interior of the Middelburg city hall, to serve as Margaret of Parma's place, who was governor of Holland for her half brother Philip II of Spain, replaced by Alva in 1567. and also saw the Middelburg abbey (and Dishoek, but that was historically correct) and OF COURSE, the capture of Den Briel by the sea beggars was highlighted. but not a single C O M M A about V......... zero, zip, nada, niente.
https://www.npostart.nl/het-verhaal-van-nederland/09-03-2022/VPWON_1311387


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Vlissingen, according to Lensbaby



(Bellamypark in 2017)










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and speaking of ...the creeps?
from ghostly stories -previous page- to sheer horror...





Walcheren is an island with a sea view, overlooking the North sea and the estuary of the Western Scheldt river ( ), that flows into the sea near Vlissingen.
(1 of 2 remaining natural estuaries in the Netherlands). our Schelde river, commercially important since ancient times, is known as Scheldt in english, a name derived from Old English 'sceald' aka shallow -according to wiki- and was named Scaldis by the Romans, -1st evidence 100 B.C.- another ancient name was Honte, technically the part of the estuary, east of Terneuzen, and originally, around the year 0, a small side river of the Scheldt. a coastal inlet breakthrough, in the 15th century, connected the Honte with the sea, and the entire inlet/branch was then called Honte. (after the Fall of Antwerp -80 years' war again- the passage to Antwerp was btw blocked from 1585 till 1792). in the 17th century, the name changed into Western Scheldt.


Western Scheldt river- crucial, throughout the centuries, to the harbour of Antwerp, that is by no means situated near the sea / approx. 76 kilometers from Vlissingen over water, but also very attractive to factories, depending on cooling water. and it showed...
when German ! chemical giant Hoechst, (later on part of infamous phosphorus plant Thermphos -dutch-, a long and pricey story -dutch-), and French ! aluminium giant Pechiney established their subsidiaries at Vlissingen-East, (not to mention all others, -nearby nucleair- and coal plants in Borssele for instance-), during the late '60s, all of a sudden the critters on the beach, that I grew up with, seemed to have vanished. without a trace!   

luckily all of these factories have now vanished, (from Vlissingen-East that is), after the last remains of bankrupt Thermphos -english- were finally erased. a soil remediation operation -dutch- that took years, costed a mere fortune, approx. 129,500,000 euros, (phosphorus spontaneously ignites when exposed to air ( ahem )), and kept the province in dire straits. ('thus' would increase the road tax with an extra annual E 80 for this province, for us). but eventually equally devided -dutch- between the country/national treasury, the province and 'North Sea Port'. so far, so good? but there are more parts of Zeeland, more countries even, bordering the river. and more factories?





now the creepy part. what was not advertized, what we did not know and can not see... what was known -dutch- to the province for at least a decade, is -about- a chemical substance named PHAS.
discharged -dutch- into the, our Scheldt river by 'Belgian' 3M in Zwijndrecht, Belgium, near the Antwerp harbour, in amounts beyond alarming, to put it at its mildliest. part of which secretly, without any discharge permit -dutch- whatsoever. some numbers: over 5000 kilograms of PFAS per year, ditched into the Western Scheldt since 1972!


it all started in june 2021, when massive amounts of PHOS were found, while constructing a new road around Antwerp. no samples were taken since the problem was first discovered, but the municipality of Zwijndrecht took samples itself and came to alarming conclusions. which led to a lot of turmoil. people, living within a radius of 15km from Zwijndrecht, children and pregnant women in particular, were adviced to no longer eat home-grown veggies and eggs, from their own yards. focusing only on the direct environment of the factory. furthermore, some measures were taken, regulations tightened, but 3M didn't agree and went to court.


surreally serious pfas paralysis follows astonishing scandal...

3M comments on pollution scandal: 'We will accept our responsibilities'





it also led to 'WAR' between the province of Zeeland -dutch- and the Belgian government. because the stuff doesn't care where it is supposed to occur or where the borders are. it floats from the Antwerp harbour all the way down the Western Scheldt to the North sea, ending up here. meanwhile poisening the river, and all that -still- lives in it. and us?
and all hell broke loose.
https://newsbeezer.com/netherlandseng/diplomatic-pfas-uprising-between-zeeland-and-flanders-comes-to-an-end/


numerous articles have appeared since last year. at 1st the advice was to eat no more than 1 fish from the Western Scheldt river per week. there were lots of recreational fishermen however, stating they have been seeing cancerous growths on fish for years and years, for many many years. the lastest advice is NOT to eat fish at all. -dutch-.

some Einsteins have set a threshold for PHAS values that are considered to be 'SAFE'!
i.e. 4.4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per week, so do your math?
a single fish from our river contains 812 times that amount.


in 2016 -dutch-, Canadian researchers found FBSA (perfluoro-1-butane-sulfonamide), another brilliant PFAS-ish invention -flemish ;) - that is known to accumulate in the lungs, decrease anti-bodies, associated with cardiovascular disease, in fish from the Western Scheldt, in rates that were 15 - 2000 times higher than in Canadian trout. but outnumbered by amounts of PHOS.
their published results: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b05058
a new 3M scandal in Belgium...


PHAS A.K.A. forever chemicals, badge of honour?
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hazards of a coastal life ;)


so welcome to the province of Zeeland , famous for its beaches, mussels and other seafood, vegan as well. enjoy your stay and do take a plunge ! -dutch-

don't feel to safe yourselves though; this stuff is e-ve-ry-where !!! presumably even in you.
(they found it in him -dutch-, lives in Middelburg, doesn't eat seafood, and never swims. but then, enough of it at home already?).


the latest -in dutch-:
PHAS gehalte in vis uit de Westerschelde is gigantisch
https://www.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/14605529/statenleden-spuwen-hun-gal-bij-pfas-coordinatoren



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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

I was not there. we hang him every year!


Ah! I quite liked it but I had expected bigger crowds; if you hang him him every year, people get 'blasé' of course.

Two more from that day:

1 The coachman, his horses, and his boy
a7riv + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

2 Dichter van het park, 2011, Berry Holslag
a7riv + Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS

Poet of the park; I quite like Holslag's works. There are a couple of his 'statues' in the Hague too.
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aprilletje 6 verloor Alva z'n fles...
understand why it is celebrated around easter, but doubt if picking holy saterday is the way to draw a huge crowd.
people usually gather (in church) around het rondeel to -try to- see the cannons. and everyone else was here ?

a masterful shot! it is Sjaco btw. they live in Aagtekerke.
glad you like the statue! since we picked it for you. (explains a lot? ).
afaik, the only time we were asked to vote which work of art we liked best -in the center -dutch-, that is-.
multiple choice! 3 contenders. E 15,000, maar dan heb je ook wat? (Berry is supposedly a girl).
(speaking of... 'art'? ;) suppose you know 'this' / this ? resurrected!
unfortunately the studio you would like to visit (trust me? ;)) is not among the participants this year. and 'het kerkje' neither? :s).


poetic Vlissingen...




chair in a -display- window in the Wilhelminastraat, not the fanciest of neighbourhoods. although 1 of my fave buildings was moved to this street.
kinda like the 1st sentence.


it's about time that what is dear to us, stays.
a handful of dreams...

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redefining the term 'flower bed' ...








(according to Milo, beloved (ex)-boy-next-door)





amidst my erigeron karvinskianus, Mexican fleabane, that always starts out in white
(and indeed, grows beside the back door).





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did I ever mention that 'bananas + Vlissingen' are a classic?
(say bananas, say Vlissingen! )   
the latest?
harbour of Vlissingen, april 26- almost 1500 kilograms of cocaine found in a fruit shipment -dutch-

they didn't mention what kind of fruit, but we happen to know our fruits?
early april they found coke underneath a Brazilian ship, but just 200 kilograms.
the latest fashion are 'smuggle vests'. since january, something new.

as for beach combing & all kinds of tourists ?   
in october, 2020, drugs tourists -en- from all over the country came rushing this way, when 300 packages of cocaine washed ashore on the beach,    
on the Kaloot beach in between Ritthem and Borssele.






the Flushing railway station is nowhere near the center.
(unless you take the shortcut and cross the sea locks; pedestrians / bikers only.
for everyone else a couple of kilometers. still at walking distance, but it'll be a long walk!
once a very long walk, when all of the terrains across the canal still belonged to the shipyard).
situated at the Buitenhaven / 'outer harbour', where the mailboats and ferries left, for obvious reasons.






once -upon a time- Vlissingen had a pretty railway station...




a grand building, that had a seperate waiting room for royalty.



royal waiting room



1st class waiting room




1st and 2nd class restaurant







royalty ;)


1923- Wilhelmina & Juliana back from England






built in 1893, to replace its much simpler predecessor from 1873, it had 3 platforms with cast iron pillars,
that are still there, as well as part of the old wooden roofing, and that I have always loved.



1910-1915






in 1899, the steam locomotive from Amsterdam parked itself inside the restaurant.
an action with a very unhappy ending for 3 people.





1924- + electrical tram, but they also had a bus.






nevertheless a pretty building.
that lasted until 1944.
(rara? / guess what?    )















damage to the sea locks


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bicycle parking & -rental


the 3rd and recent railway station opened its doors on december 18, 1950.
frankly, I'm quite fond of it. seen uglier stations, but much prettier ones as well.

a couple of years back, while in the neighbourhood, I took some snaps, that could obv. use some improvement.
plans to go back for a next, more serious, attempt, but still didn't happen, and no new computer, thus PS, yet either.
waited so long that meanwhile the interior and structures have had their make-overs.







city @ sea





eating from the wall...




and, at the end of the day, the very last one. the one that nobody wanted   



















the END
of the line, and no further.
this is where the railroad track of the Netherlands ends.





'FUN'
and other means of transportation.
more about our (former!) watertaxi next time.
(little did we know... ).

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Thanks for this (photo) essay on Flushing's, not so Central, station! I like your two bw's best: great captures!
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TY Leo! they look wobbly ;) and could use some straightening? for starters. when trying to be clever with lines, they'd need to be perfect?
first trail / error with 24mm (bw) & 30mm (colour) for the building, but got fed up with people trying to run me over. ;)
intrigued by the pavement. never seen anyone use it before, (e.g. here - here - lest best - see google), but IMHO it has 'photo material' written all over it??
-except for distracting poles, signs, bicycles, etcetera.- can't wait to see what you will make of it!



1930- build of the big floodgate






the very 1st railway station, anno 1873, at the canal.
near the Keersluis bridge.




(or what's left of it)





13 mei 1940- it obviously couldn't handle a Messerschmitt 110





and on december 15, 1935, with a crashed Scheldemusch / 'Schelde sparrow'





built by AERO-PLANE-'yard' de Schelde





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windmill of Nieuw- en St.Joosland
visible from afar
almost home! when we see it from the 'self-healing' highway




(april fools 2015- some with a 18mm lens)   









missed a lot!














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