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Brace yourself for eel farming in Holland

October 13, 2009

Blog Guy, how do you decide what photos to use? I think you’re holding out on us. I bet there’s better stuff than just shots of people making goofy faces and fashion models with their hoo-hahs showing. How about letting us READERS decide?

No problem. I’ll just give you the titles of several of our photo essays from recent days, and you tell me which ones you want to see here. Just say when…

Well thanks, that sounds more than fair…

Here goes: “Swiss Air Force Performs,” “Honduras Coup: The Man and His Hat,” “Harvesting Grapes in Austria…” See anything yet?

Not yet…

Um, “Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola at the Vatican,” “Eel Farming in Holland…”

Liar! There is NOT one about eel farming in Holland. That’s just your deranged sense of humor again!

Oh yeah? Check out this caption: The guts of eels lie in an eel smokery…

Stop! You win! Say, Blog Guy, you got any new shots of models in stupid-looking outfits?

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Above: Fisherman Aart van der Waal (R) drinks a cup of coffee with eel smoker Joost Kant in the southern Dutch village of S’Gravendeel September 30, 2009. When Van der Waal chose 20 years ago to fish for eel rather than join the legal profession, he didn’t expect to be told someday to make a choice between making a living and breaking the law. Fishing the muddy, shallow canals near his home for plump, fattened eels that the Dutch consider a delicacy smoked on toast or in bread – and which are eaten in stews across Europe – is no longer allowed during October and November.

Right: Vvan der Waal fixes a net at his home in the Southern Dutch Village of Numansdorp, September 28, 2009.

REUTERS photos by Jerry Lampen

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Comments

Robert, I am concerned: you are breaking your promise again!! I learnt something today from this blog, I didn’t know it was against the law to fish eel in The Netherlands. I kind of wonder if that is related to alternative sources of electricity somehow…

Posted by M | Report as abusive
 

M, I am SO VERY SORRY! It was unintentional I assure you. I just thought everybody knew eel fishing was against the law in the Dutch Holland Netherlands, or I never would have mentioned it.

Tell you what. run down to the hardware store and hit yourself in the head with a ball-peen hammer a few times, and you’ll forget all about eels in Holland.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive
 

And M, then you can sue Bob… just like that guy in London did.. and that too for a million pounds!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

I recall, from when I was visiting Holland, going into a coffee shop and ordering an eel.

Do you have any idea how hard one has to toke on an eel to keep it lit?

Smoking eels should be outlawed everywhere! I almost collapsed my lungs toking on one!

Posted by tim | Report as abusive
 

Uhhhh…I mean that I have heard of this kind of experience from a stranger.

Yes. A stranger.

A stranger named ‘Rob…’

Posted by tim | Report as abusive
 

Well, if he was prepared to go into the legal profession at one point anyhow, at least it won’t bother him much now if he needs to make a living dishonestly!

Posted by Jimmy | Report as abusive
 

Robert, thanks for your advice… althought I am not sure I remember what it was for. I followed your instructions and then… and then… I’m not sure what happened, but I distinctly remember thinking about the importance of invading Iraq becaused of the stockpiles of WMD stashed away there… I think, I’m not too sure anymore…

Should I go and try the hammer thing again, do you reckon?

Posted by M | Report as abusive
 

Yes, M, in my experience it isn’t possible to get TOO hammered!

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive
 

Bob, I’ve always thought you were a bit shallow, experience-wise. Since you’ve obviously never been too hammered, you wouldn’t understand that it actually is possible to get too hammered.

Then again, too hammered implies amnesia for the event, in which case you wouldn’t be able to describe or otherwise discuss the circumstances leading to the too hammered state which is generally mindless and autonomic only.

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