Relative to pre-tournament expectations at least, these are dizzying heights for the Dutch. Even manager Louis van Gaal gave his side only a 20 per cent chance of making the quarter-finals and many tipped them to crash out of a tough group, but the Oranje have come through the tournament surpassing any realistic hopes they had harboured a month ago...
You know the score. The sun peeks out from behind the clouds and the people of Britain are gripped with spring fever, stripping off to shorts and t-shirts, flopping down on packed beaches and pouring into pub gardens. Here at Food Tube HQ we are getting in the spirit and celebrating the start of a new season with our five signs spring has sprung.
There's a grape in the same mould that I have always enjoyed. It comes from Argentina and is called Torrontes. Widespread popularity has possibly been held back by the variety's particularly pungent floral character. Some examples have such a powerful wafting perfume that it is enough to put many wine drinkers off.
Just recovering from painful times, uncertain about the future and with a clear understanding that a new Socio-economical system need to be created to avoid making the same mistake? No, I am not talking about the current times, I am describing how the World felt after the Second World War and how the artists responded to it in the 50's and 60's
Smug travellers will regale you with tales of how they got off the beaten track and how they avoided the major sites and discovered a part of a city or country other tourists never got to see. I on the other hand hardly think its worth flying to the other side of the world and not seeing the major attractions, they are after all "must sees and must dos" for a reason.
The news that England will not be among the top seeds for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a blessing in disguise... No more excuses, no more confusion. England are not one of the top seeds because they are not one of the top sides. If humility and diligence reign, Hodgson's men could do themselves proud.