The Legend of Wooley Swamp

What ever happened to nuance? Jabberwocky is being spewed up by the left and right as they try to drag us into their Wonderlands. This blog charts a path out of this swamp of simple truths and false certainties. And from time to time, it'll be a place for more light-hearted musings.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

The Dutch in 1910, plus the German Citizenship Test

To my mind, this photo - taken in 1910 - resonates with my last post.

It is of a Dutch family immigrating to Canada, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This was the Ellis Island of Canada, and is now also host to a museum every bit as impressive as the one on the Hudson River. Please visit when you have the chance.

As for Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, she should have (re)visited them yesterday.

jo

PS For the German speakers out there, I recommend taking the mini-citizenship test. The questions are real. Echt? Ja wohl! (Courtesy of the Suddeutsche Zeitung, click here)

I did pretty well, tanking only on the cultural questions - which seemed kind of arbitrary. No, not just because I was proven ignorant :-)

PPS Also found a Dutch equivalent: Nederlands speakers, check it out and report back to the Swamp.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems the Germans would not let me in. Naja - their loss!

According to SZ: Keine Chance! So bekommen Sie keine deutsche Staatsbürgerschaft. Aber es gibt ja noch ein paar hübsche andere Länder, bei denen man´s mal probieren kann.

Canada? ;)
Jennie

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