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Dutch skate on canals once more

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16 Jan 09 - Niewerkerk Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands: For the first time in 12 years, canals in the Netherlands froze this month.

Hundreds of thousands of skaters took to the ice, and hospital wards were filled with dozens of people with fractured arms, sprained ankles and broken legs.

Train engineers were ordered to go slowly to avoid hitting skaters who clambered across railway tracks to get from one frozen canal to another. Even the minister of defense, an avid skater, fell and broke his wrist.

Mayor Andre Bonthuis said there was something very Dutch about canal skating, which is depicted in paintings by Dutch masters as early as the 17th century.

See entire article:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/01/16/europe/skaters.php
Thanks to Stephanie Relfe and Steven Woodcock for this link


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