In The Importance of Cricket, Arnold Jansen op de Haar muses about difference and similarities between the English and the Dutch. With surprising results:
This time I noticed that Dutch darts players speak English with a combination of a Dutch and regional English accent. Unlike most Dutch people who speak Mid-Atlantic English.
At street level you have full view of Dutch living rooms, yet upper floors are curtained off. This is reversed in England. Street level is closed up but at upper levels curtains are not drawn.
When travelling, I often think: show me your stations and I can tell you something about your country’s character. For example, think of Paddington Station in London or York Station. They give you a warm feeling; invite you to order a beer. A visit to a typical Dutch station prompts you to order a strong coffee.
Oh dear, and we haven’t even mentioned the weather or naked Englishmen. Don’t be satisfied with these snippets, read the complete column on the Holland Park Press website.