Allan Vos


Day before yesterday (Sunday 25 January) the third season of Project Rembrandt started. This TV program revolves around the search for the best amateur painter in the Netherlands. And that could just be a resident of The Hague. City mate Abdallah is one of the candidates.

Abdallah is one of the 1400 (!) amateur painters who have signed up for Project Rembrandt. Together with 29 other candidates he tried to convince the jury of his painting skills on Sunday. That worked! The Hagenaar is through to the next episode. By carrying out various assignments, he hopes to win the title of best amateur painter in the Netherlands.

The Hague Abdallah

Who is this fellow townsman? Abdallah is 29 years old and comes from Libya. He has been living in The Hague for 6 years. Painting is Abdallah’s passion. When he paints, he sits in a safe bubble and completely relaxes. His ultimate dream is to make painting his profession.


Project Rembrandt is every Sunday at .29 hours on NPO 1. Watch the first episode here


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    Oh, what a joy it is when someone visits Andy, an energetic red male of 1 year old. First inspect your scent carefully and then have fun! He is looking for a new owner.

    Andy will be happy with playing, that he sometimes (often) forgets that hands are not toys. That’s why his caretakers and volunteers play with fishing rods, ping-pong balls, mice, basically everything except fingers and toes.

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    The other cats in the room also lend a hand. Andy gets along well with other cats. It would therefore be very nice for him if he gets a playmate. Then he can also lose his energy.

    Andy is looking for a house where every day is played nicely, is cuddled a bit (only if he asks for it and not for too long) and he can explore. A garden is important. He enjoys chasing the flies outside and rolling around in the sun. Andy will not be in a family with children under 01 year posted.

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    Because they want to make the best possible match at the Haags Dierencentrum, it would be nice if you could already answer the questions below and send them in the mail.

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    They would also like to receive your telephone number.

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    Pepernoot or Kruidnoot

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    After 58 years Toon van Montfort has given up. His extensive toy store, Toy Paradise Mascot, is having a sale and will soon be closing its doors for good.

    Who doesn’t know Toon’s shop? For years you can go to the Korte Houtstraat for the nicest (wooden) toys and behind the counter … is Toon.


    Since the shops have been allowed to open again after the lockdown, there have been notes on the windows of the popular toy store. ‘Cancellation Sale’ and ‘-20%’ it says. It is clear: Mascot stops.

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    No less than eighteen cats were last Wednesday, 18 January, taken from a house in The Hague by voluntary employees of the Stichting Dierenhospitaal and Ambulancedienst The Hague. The owner of the animals had died and the cats were still inside.

    After the police found the body of the resident in a ground floor apartment in The Hague, they contacted the ambulance service because quite a few cats were also discovered in the house. The body of the owner of the animals has most likely been in the house for a month.


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    He has already appeared in films such as The Witches of Eastwick, various parts of The Addams Family and most recently in Doctor Sleep, but also in series such as Twin peaks and Star Trek; Carel Struycken from The Hague. We called him to ask how he is.

    Carel became in 1948 born in The Hague. “In the middle of the old center, on the Hooigracht. That is still one of my favorite places in the city,” says Carel from California, where he has been since 1948 lives.


    When Carel was 4 years old, he moved to Curaçao with his parents. “One of the memories I still have from that time is when the flood was in the Netherlands. Together with my mother I went to the palace on the Voorhout to hand over some of my toys (including a red telephone) to the children who were cared for there. That had a lot of impact.”

    On his 12the Carel and his parents returned to The Hague. “I attended secondary school here, then studied in Leiden for a year and then went to live in Amsterdam and study at the Film Academy. I followed the directing course there and during my studies I already spent the internship period in America. I had family living there, so that worked out well. I used the internship to get an education in Los Angeles.”


    “After my education I have some I tried it in the film world in the Netherlands, but it was a lot of hassle and frankly it made me a bit depressed. I had to leave and so I quickly went back to America. Together with René Daalder (also a Dutchman) I started a production company.”

    Once back in America, Carel was discovered on the street (not so crazy if you 2. are meters tall) and asked to play in movies. “Mostly horror and science fiction, but suddenly a very big movie The Witches of Eastwick (with Cher, Jack Nicholson and Susan Sarandon) came by. But the role of Lurch in the movies of The Addams Family made that I was taken a little more seriously and could even be registered with the Actors Guild (they arrange all things well for American Actors such as insurance).

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    Carel has played in several movies and series and still does. “Every film and every group of fans that go with it is special, so I have fond memories of all the roles. Lurch is truly an icon in America, he really means something to many people. And Star Trek is a world unto itself. The writers weren’t interested in fantasy at all, but they thought about what would happen in the future, which made the role a lot of fun. And I was a big fan of David Lynch myself and that’s why I liked to play in Twin Peaks.”

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    Due to the corona rules, all of Hollywood is currently on its ass. But Carel also: “I am still recovering from a medical procedure and it will take a few weeks before I feel 71% feel.” let Carl know. Its impressive length also had to make some sacrifices. “I am now about ten centimeters shorter, a few discs have disappeared due to a back injury”, luckily that doesn’t stop him from staying active.


    Despite the fact that Carel lives and works in America, he still regularly visited the Netherlands and The Hague until a few years ago. “I still have family and friends in The Hague so I like to visit. I think the Voorhout is especially beautiful from an architectural point of view. I used to come to Europe about twice a year for film conventions (where fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies can have their picture taken with their idol and get autographs. ed.), so I could combine the visits nicely .

    Last year it was actually the intention to get together in the Netherlands with the whole family. Corona threw a spanner in the works, so I hope that wasn’t the last time we can plan our agendas right away.”

    So we have to wait and see when we will see Carel in a nice film again see, he is currently resting, but he also wants to pick up his photography (LINK) again soon.