1 December 2016

2nd December 2016

So why was Miffy saying "Hup Holland Hup" yesterday? Because it's a football chant for the Netherlands team, with a catchy tune.

And just as Brits like to sing "Rule Britannia" at the Last Night of the Proms, the Dutch love to got to concerts given by Andre Rieu (think smug violinist) in Maastricht. When we were there at half term you couldn't move for posters about his Christmas shows.

So here you go: Andre Rieu and his audience sing Hup Holland Hup, and Viva Hollandia. You have GOT to watch it all the way through! And you thought the English were weird...

Hup Holland Hup
Laat de leeuw niet in zijn hempie staan
Hup Holland Hup
Trek het beesie geen pantoffels aan
Hup Holland Hup
Laat je uit 't veld niet slaan
Want de leeuw op voetbalschoenen
Durft de hele wereld aan

Go Holland go
Don't let the lion stand around in his undershirt
Go Holland go
Don't put slippers on the beast
Go Holland go
Don't let them defeat you on the field
Because the lion in football shoes
Dares to take the whole world on

And after that, you might agree with Austin Powers' father Nigel:

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