The fire on Arnheim moorland is almost under control, the fire brigade says. Altogether, a moorland with trees with a size of approximately 25 hectares has been lost. The  fire started on the Defense  Training Site in the flanks of the Deelen Av. and the King Av. in the north of Arnheim. The fire brigade turned out with four platoons with a total of sixteen extinguishing vehicles.

De natuurbrand bij Schaarsbergen.

Strong wind

The fire was reported around two o’clock in the afternoon. Initially it was a plot of 50 by 50 meters, but the fire spread rapidly due to the strong wind. Firefighters released air from the tires of their vehicles to get a better grip in the loose sand on the moorland. About an hour and a half after the report, the fire was under control and the after-fire could begin.

The Military Police will investigate how the fire started.



Arno Stoffelsma about orchestras and judgments

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Arno Stoffelsma

He has a special hobby. Or combines two surprising careers. This inhabitant of Arnheim has a (more or less) hidden talent. In the first edition Arno Stoffelsma (b. 1982), first clarinet player at Het Gelders Orkest and legal assistant at Dirkzwager. A super musical jurist. Or a legally trained musician. It depends on how you look at it. Arno Stoffelsma at least mixes two special careers. All credits for his employer Dirkzwager. Because that’s how he succeeds in successfully combining both professions. When you look at his agenda, you become almost tired. Because Arno Stoffelsma almost literally flies back and forth between the concert hall of Musis (concert hall in Arnheim) and Dirkzwager Lawyers & Notaries. One time with his clarinet under his arm, the other time with a briefcase full of files and legal texts. “I’m never mistaken. I do not accidentally pick up my clarinet in the office and do not make any contracts during the rehearsal pause of Het Gelders Orkest. For that it is much too different worlds. But I am very happy that they have come together in Arnheim for three and a half years. “

Clarinet lesson at home
Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Arno StoffelsmaArno has been playing the clarinet since he was seven years old. That may not be surprising with a clarinet player as a mother and a father who is a hobby horn player. “At home only classical music was recorded; we were really brought up with that. My brother and I were both encouraged to also play an instrument. I received clarinet lessons from my mother for four and a half years. Then I really went the ‘level music school’ and went looking for another music teacher. That was Herman Braune, clarinet teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory. “


Arno had talent, that much was certain. At the age of twelve he was selected for the Young Talent class at that same Conservatory. “The clarinet is also physically good with me. With other people, playing after 5 minutes is already tickling, but I can keep up with that from an early age. And it makes a big difference that my mother immediately corrected me at home if I did something wrong. The flaming of wrong habits takes a lot more time and energy than the learning of new ones. I studied at least two hours of clarinet every day. The better you become, the more fun it is to play. That works extra stimulating. “

When he was sixteen, Arno was selected for the Netherlands Youth Orchestra, with whom he soon toured Japan. Later the European Youth Orchestra followed, under the direction of famous conductors such as Bernhard Haitink and Herbert Blomstedt. Arno: “Maybe I have jumped too young. At the age of 21, before I had a bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory, I got my first job at the Concertgebouw Orchestra. A dream job, of course, especially for someone without a notable professional experience. After that I worked as a freelancer for several years at various orchestras in the Netherlands and abroad, until I ended up at Het Gelders Orkest (HGO) in 2007. They call it ‘a warm bath’, and that’s what it is. I’m really enjoying it. Especially now that we are allowed to play in these beautiful new rooms of Musis. De Muzenzaal has been restored very cleverly to its former glory. The renovation has succeeded very nicely anyway, especially the Park Hall with all that glass and green. It is very special to be able to play in daylight and not in a closed box, which is the most concert halls. “

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor HGO

Role of law
Five years ago, that passion for classical music was the prelude to a new profession: a law school. “I find it interesting to think about legal issues and about the role of law in our society. And it has practical advantages: you can study law very well in your own time.” Arno graduated from the VU in Amsterdam where he still lives. He recently completed his Masters in Law at the Open University. For three and a half years Arno has been part-time legal assistant at Dirkzwager at Velperweg (Arnheim), where he has the freedom to work between the tight rehearsal schedule and the performances of HGO. As is known, the Arnheim law firm is very fond of the fine arts.

Flying hours
Arno, philosophizing: “Law and musicians may have similarities. You try to take someone else with you, to convince them. Sometimes quite literally, in a plea for the good cause or a client, the other time on the concert stage. Furthermore, of course, everything applies: if you stick to it, it will bear fruit. Making flying hours and going for it.” “Learning wrong habits takes much more time than learning new ones”

Tip from Arno:

Mozart’s Concert for clarinet and orchestra is a great opportunity for Het Gelders Orkest to show Zutphen, Nimwegen, Arnheim and Doetinchem the velvety tone of the clarinet.

From the explanation in the concert program:

We do not know how long Mozart worked at his clarinet concert, but everything indicates that the score was quickly on paper. A first version of the first part had been in a drawer for a while (written for bassethorn), so that a revision would suffice here. The concert is a wonder of a simplicity, grace and allure. It proves that Mozart’s music was by no means the vehicle of his emotional life: no trace of oppressive living conditions or psychological unrest. His Concert for clarinet and orchestra arises in these last months of his life. Mozart writes it for his friend Anton Stadler, who according to him can imitate the human voice with his instrument. Solo clarinettist Arno Stoffelsma performs with his velvety tone in Stadler’s footsteps.


Official kickoff commuter Arnheim – Düsseldorf, despite problems

De trein van Abellio kwam donderdagmiddag vanuit Düsseldorf naar Arnhem, alwaar de lijn tussen beide steden officieel werd geopend.

The new rail link between Arnhem and Düsseldorf has been opened Thursday afternoon officially. Despite problems with the new trains software, the commuter did not run far, reported carrier Abellio. The commuter would leave this morning at 5:44 am, but could not. The NS has deployed buses between Arnhem and Emmerich and expects the problems to be solved 15.30. Around 19:00 the trains should run according to the timetable, says Abellio.

A train would have arrived at 12.45 from Duisburg in Arnhem, with German representatives. In Arnhem they would meet a Dutch delegation, among other NS CEO Rogier van Boxtel and Gelderland deputy Conny Bieze. On the program included the “baptism” of the train. Because of the problems is that festive program retrenched, says a spokeswoman for the NS.

For the stretch has Abellio, a subsidiary of Dutch Rail, purchased new trains, the Stadler Vamp 3. This electric trains that start up quickly, is suitable for three types of power systems: 15 kV alternating voltage between Düsseldorf and Elten; 25 kV between Elten and Zevenaar and 1.5 kV direct voltage on the Zevenaar-Arnhem. In recent months, it held its test runs. The RE 19, as called the Rhein-IJssel-Express in transport language, would from today link Arnhem and Düsseldorf on weekdays from 5:44 am in the morning until 22:44 in the evening (Arnhem departure times). Once the train pulls into Dutch stations Arnhem and Zevenaar, it crosses the Dutch-German border and the commuter stops afterwards in Emmerich, Oberhausen and Duisburg too. The final destination is the main train station in Düsseldorf.

De stoptrein van Abellio die rijdt tussen Arnhem en Düsseldorf.




Ronnie and Jasper are grateful. Many Dutch had themselves photographed holding hands, to support the battered gay couple and to act against gay hate. “We get so much support from all reactions”. Özcan Akyol responds. And an overview of the ‘holding hands’ campaign. Özcan Akyol.“Should we tolerate this? No of course not. Tolerance is a buzzword that is created by people who tolerate the deviation of others reluctantly. There lies a superiority in the idea that we need to squint one eye like two lovers of the same sex in public kiss each other. In the Netherlands everyone can manifest themselves on an equal basis. Infatuation can not be guided by the terror of the maladjusted. So it is not about tolerance, it’s all about acceptance. What we see in this photo, is one of the core values of our liberal state: freedom and equality. is not to change these achievements.”
– Özcan Akyol

Hand in hand
Yesterday Barbara Barend called to show that it is normal if two men or two women walking hand in hand. People massively responded to her call. We took to the streets to hear their stories across the country. A selection from all those pictures and stories can be found below.

Prince Mboup (19) en Martijn Bloemen (18) beiden uit Breda.


Thierry Baudet en Theo Hiddema

Pierre van Hooijdonk‏ met goede vriend Ab Troost.

Max uit Amsterdam en Jesse uit Rotterdam



Pim Labee uit Roosendaal en Julien Govaarts uit Tilburg



Bullied transsexual Nadiliya dares not go to school

tr1After years of bullying is the last straw for Nadiliya Rozenstein (27) from Arnheim. They no longer go to school and did return this week against two fellow students. “I’m transsexual, which to some apparently a big problem.” Arnheim, who studies at the Rijn IJssel College, is since a few weeks at home. “Every day it was hit. They tease me, call me by my boy name. Make secret videos of me on their phones, which they then distribute to their friends. Lots going behind my back. I bite off me, but do not have the energy to go again confront them every time. ”

Tuesday she did press charges against two bullies to the police.

Daan Huisman, team leader at the Rijn IJssel, is aware of the problems. “I regularly talk about this with Nadiliya. And still the door open for her. It’s a great girl, but one who feels quickly addressed and responds emotionally. “

Huisman stressed that he bullies but what wants to address: “In extreme cases we can even proceed to expulsion from school. But we need to have a concrete clue. The accusations are always hearsay. We can not do much with it. “

An offer from the Rijn IJssel to complete the training from home has Nadiliya being beaten by hand, “Then I might as well go home to do a course at the LOI. It feels like I’m banned, purely for who I am out of school. That hurts a lot. “