When I was a small boy, around four years old, my mother used to take me every week to a performance of a childrens puppet play at Dam Square, the most central square of the city, in front of the Royal Palace.
It was a performance called ‘Jan Klaassen en Katrijn’ which you can compare with ‘Punch and Judy’ in Great-Britain and ‘Pulcinella’ in Italy.
If you know the outline of the story you can imagine there was a lot of hitting and hiding on the side of the puppets and shouting on the side of the children!
My mother always waited very patiently till the end of the show while I was having the best time of my youth. And maybe she was enjoying it as well but I can not ask her anymore because she is dead and gone.
Last year on the 19th of August I went to a festival at Dam Square to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the puppet theatre. The whole afternoon there were performances not only of ‘Jan Klaassen en Katrijn’ but other performances as well by Bruno Leone from Napoli and Robert Styles from London ( ‘Pulcinella’ and ‘Punch and Judy’).
To make it even more attractive there was a small workshop for children where you could learn to make puppets, street theatre and slapstick. Children could even have their faces painted. As a decoration there was a four metre high puppet of Pulcinella. Many children were present and were having a very good time like I use to have some fifty-two years ago.
Around half way through the afternoon the current puppet player of Dam Square was given an award by the council of Amsterdam. You could see on his face that he was very proud!
This year I will definitely take my grandson to one of the performances!
On this page you can see my photo-impression of the day and a Youtube clip of a performance in the year 1940.
Amsterdam, the 17th of May 2019.
You can find a huge datacentre on the outskirts of town which is called AM4. It is located in the eastern part of town called Science Park, home to one of the largest concentrations of sciences. The AM4, a 72 meter high tower, was built next to the AM3 because the capacity of this latter building was not enough anymore. The owner of the building is called Equinix, a company from Silicon Valley. The buildingcosts are estimated at € 166 million.
What is stored in these buildings and what is their function?
In these buildings you can find big halls with a large number of iron cabinets. Servers are being locked up in these cabinets. Different customers, like Google or Netflix, can rent space for data on these servers.
On these servers you can find your facebook photo’s, tweets, data concerning Google and if you watch a Netflix film you can find it here as well. A lot of other commercial enterprises make use of this centre here but organisations of the state as well.
There are a lot of security-people walking around. Only the people from Equinix who maintain the servers have regular access. Protection against sabotage is secured for instance through a moat around the building and handscanners used by security-people. A team of programmers are protecting the system against hackers. This is ofcourse very important because otherwise the danger exists that the economy of the Netherlands could become severely damaged.
Because the important machines are on the first floor they will stay dry in case of a dykebreach. The moment there is a power outage eight ship engines will take over.
Amsterdam is one of the most important internet hubs in Europe. A lot of company’s (around 80 %) use Amsterdam for their internet communication. It takes about 50 milli-seconds to reach another internet point in Europe. After London it is the biggest centre of data in Europe!
Amsterdam, the 6th of May 2019
-De Volkskrant. Tjerk Gualthérie Van Weezel,10th of august 2017