The British Council
The British Council in the Netherlands aims to promote the use of the English language. They do this by arranging English language examinations, by providing information on English language courses and by collecting other useful resources on the English language and British Studies. Find out more at this website: www.britishcouncil.org/netherlands
Today ACCESS has evolved into a dynamic volunteer, not for profit organisation that serves the needs and interests of the international community, namely by:
- Providing guidance, advice, information to help individuals with settling, and/or living and working in the Netherlands,
- Promoting friendship, understanding and well-being of the members of the international community in the Netherlands
- Contributing to community development through skill training schemes and courses
- Serving as a bridge between local and international communities
Well into its 25th year ACCESS has become synonymous with outstanding personalised service, empathy and insight. All ACCESS volunteers, trainers, counsellors, Dutch or international, have been expatriates themselves and know first-hand what the extra hurdles are to living away from a familiar environment. They add value to what we do, and how we do it. Just as importantly, they do so voluntarily - generously giving their time, sharing their unique skills, experience and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Visit their website.
Waterstone`s booksellers have a combined total of 23,055 years bookselling experience and one in eight of them have been with the company for over 10 years.
Many of Waterstone`s booksellers have gone on to become successful authors including David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, who worked at Waterstone`s Canterbury.
Click on to get to their website.
Waterstone`s has one shop in the Netherlands, in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.
The best known and probably most complete on-line bookstore is www.amazon.co.uk. When you want to find a book long out of print try www.bookfinder.com. Another useful one is www.onelook.com, which provides you with 626 dictionaries.
Traveling and photography
News and press
The Dutch website about Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817), one of the most important and popular English novelists that England has ever produced.
De Nederlandstalige website over Jane Austen, schrijfster van Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey en Persuasion.
Click on Jane Austen
Koninklijke Zangvereniging Excelsior Den Haag
The English Theatre
For more information about The English Theatre and their productions, click on their website.
Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens
This year, 2012, will be marked as the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens. The year will bring many special events and activities to commemorate the 200th anniversary of one of Britain`s greatest novelist and story teller. Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and died in 1870.
Although he was born in Portsmouth (February 7, 1812) , no other English writer is more closely associated with the city of London in the Victorian age. But also Historic Rochester inspired the author so much that he featured it in his work and many buildings found in the historic High Street carry plaques giving details how Dickens incorporated the site into his novels, while a gentle stroll around local sites and graveyards reveals where he found the names of many of his characters.
But in particular London, its streets and its people provided an enormous inspiration for Dickens. He wrote all-encompassing novels which give us a vivid image of the size, condition and character of London and Londoners in the 19th century.
A full calendar of Dickens Bicentenary events can be found at many Institutions and organisations all over the world. The life and work of Dickens is regularly celebrated in festivals and outdoor activities around the World.
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