I have been a participant of this thread for years now, and I have learned a lot.
Main thing: stuff about the Frisians we Dutch never learned in highschool.
These people were great sailors (and most certainly inspired the Vikings), and they settled all around Europe.
They dominated the Hanze (google that one, pls).
The North Sea was once called "Mare Frisia", now you guess why.
Their language was the main language spoken amongst the crusaders during the early crusades, now you guess again why.
They were feared by many people living in the Med because of their huge posture and their fierce nature.
Maybe I forgot something about the Frisians I posted in this thread, but it was never negative.
Just to show you that - as the "Hollander" I am - I respect the ancient history of the Frisians.
Despite Alewyn trying to create somekind of "atmosphere" between Hollanders and Frisians, I try to create a different image.
And according to him I am just another Dutch (=Hollander) guy with an 'agenda'.
On my own site I use the name "Blackbeard".
Anyone here get my point?
OK, I'll tell you: I have found out many things about the Frisians that made me feel very happy.
As well as knowing that a 20th century Frisian major (Rüstringen) carried the same family name as I do.
And my brother - a fanatic about our genaeology - found out my family could be traced back to a (Frisian) family in Antwerp... in the 13th century.
I've hardly got words to describe what I've got from it all, needless to say, I've got a lot.
Oh dear, the thread has got nasty all of a sudden, I only went up to feed the chooks, gee, I was in such a positive mood too after reading this post of Abe's.
Edited by The Puzzler, 29 November 2011 - 04:10 AM.