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Sunday 3 July, 2016 - I Amsterdam Today - Episode 34

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Today's headlines: Successful Sensation without incidents - Javelin throwers take over Museumplein - Haarlem City Swim to Fight Cancer - Outdoor Cinema at Pllek - Lambs take care of football pitch - Oldest working doctor writes book

Successful Sensation without incidents

It must have been a strange sight for regular visitors: heavily armed police officers and strict searches welcomed partygoers at Sensation last night. Stories about perceived terror threats had no impact on the atmosphere. For the first time, visitors were allowed to choose between strictly white, and black attire. 

 

Javelin throwers take over Museumplein

This Wednesday marks the start of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, the biggest sport event since the Olympics in 1928. Extra special to the games is the use of Museumplein for the discus and javelin throwing competition. The contest will take place on Wednesday and Thursday between twelve and six. 

 

Haarlem City Swim to Fight Cancer

 

Hundreds of swimmers dove in to the river Spaarne in nearby Haarlem today for the annual Haarlem City Swim to fight Cancer. Under the watchful eye of Olympic medal winners Dennis van der Geest and swimmer Maarten van der Weijden, participants swam an impressive two or five kilometre course. The goal of City Swim is to raise money for cancer research and education.

 

Outdoor movies at Pllek

 

With the weather finally improving, it’s time to head outdoors. Every Tuesday, weather permitting, bar restaurant Pllek near NDSM-warf in Amsterdam-North, hosts Outdoor Cinema. With the city skyline as backdrop, you can watch a selection of feature films. This Tuesday they’re showing the dark Dutch comedy Plan C. MC of the night will be no one less than famous actor Rutger Hauer. Watch the (Dutch) trailer here:

Lambs take care of football pitch

 

No lambs in the meadow, but lambs on the pitch. Football club Purmersteijn is trying out a news way to maintain their grass, and according to caretaker Jan Butter, they’re doing a great job.

 

Oldest working doctor writes book

At 92 years of age, he’s the oldest working doctor in The Netherlands. Doctor Nico van Hassel from Amsterdam. Tomorrow is his 60-year anniversary, which he is celebrating with his new book, appropriately titled ‘Quit? Well, no’.