Dutch drug dealers

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  1. Listening to Ken Livingstone on LBC 97.3 this morning he dropped in a comment about the Dutch (who were neutral) prolonging WW1 and making an absolute fortune by supplying cocaine to all of the participating armies!

    It seems there is some factual basis behind the allegation, the dirty dogs! Staying neutral and supplying both sides with anything they require does seem to be a much safer and more profitable way to go. Perhaps we should adopt this policy in the future?

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  2. Well, the protagonists weren't going to be buying tulips, were they. Free market economies, eh? Sheesh.
  3. That's another point, that flower market, the black tulips are expensive. Imagine my surprise when they were dark purple.
  4. I suppose there will always be a demand for drugs and porn, the Dutch aren't daft!
  5. The Russians make better porn these days. As for cocaine I wouldn't know.
  6. They also supplied the Kaiser's army with the cement required for their concrete fortifications on the Western Front. Came back to haunt 'em a bit in the second lot.
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  7. This is really new to me, but I have to say good on 'em ! You can't beat the Dutch art of marketing. If there's a demand for something, we'll supply it ! :-D
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  8. Oh my... that's a big bottle of marching powder.

    I've only ever see it in little bags before.
  9. I's worth pointing out that cocaine was readily available over the counter from most chemists and contained in all kinds of things. It's why patients became addicted. It was only made illegal IIRC around 1921 in the UK. Also although its not spoken of much these days one of the most prized possessions of German soldiers were opium cigarettes. Given our propensity to force opium on others during the Opium wars I ain't getting too outraged.
  10. Note the address on the bottom of the label? Snow Hill Buildings, :)
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  11. Those dark purple things were flowers right?
  12. Me neither!

    I reckon when the next one kicks off we should just flog loads of stuff to the opposing teams and not get ourselves maimed or killed for a change. That tactic has worked well for the Swiss as well. ^_^

  13. Nice idea. Should be our turn to sit one out...

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  14. The Cloggies also created a tulip bulb futures market - at the peak of tulip mania, in March 1637, some single tulip bulbs sold for more than 10 times the annual income of a skilled craftsman.

    But then it crashed! Tulip mania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  15. And the name of the company - 'Burroughs Wellcome' I imagine Burroughs would have been wellcome {sic} considering the amount of the stuff he must have put away during his lifetime; http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FWilliam_S._Burroughs&ei=s6iqUZ2WLOOgige2qIHoDg&usg=AFQjCNFgwbooVfHtI-W5gsieBRxdCp5WwQ&sig2=hYnStYQJO1e27tT2eiSYqg&bvm=bv.47244034,d.aGc
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