Sunday Photoblogging – The Authorities Will Show You the Way

by Ingrid Robeyns on December 13, 2009

Tippelzone Utrecht

This picture is taken in the suburbs of Utrecht, which is one of the four ‘big’ Dutch cities (big by Dutch standards, of course). I’m not going to translate this – that would spoil the fun of guessing!



Glen Tomkins 12.13.09 at 3:29 pm

I can’t speak for the rest of the commenters, but personally, I wouldn’t tippel anywhere but in an approved zone. Wouldn’t want things getting out of hand when you’re tippelling. I’m glad you folks over there in Holland have signage to guide people in keeping their tippelage within the right zones. Very thoughtful, very thorough.


Brian 12.13.09 at 3:29 pm

Well, I live in Utrecht,… but I never go there!


Donald A. Coffin 12.13.09 at 5:23 pm

It’s yet another example of the intrusion of the State into private affairs. In a truly free society, people would tippel wherever they chose. To restrict tippeling to certain zones is to stigmatize an activity that has an ancient history, and one that has often provided opportunities that would not otherwise have been available. I say, free the tippelers!


Maurice Meilleur 12.13.09 at 5:48 pm

I will not let life or death stand in the way of this sublime and funky tippeling over to the right that I crave!

(Sorry. It was bound to happen anyway, so I thought I’d help get it over with.)


Satan Mayo 12.13.09 at 6:21 pm

Let’s see, the “Tippeliga” is the top league, so the “Tippelzone” must be, you know, kids, the zone that’s like the toppermost of the poppermost!


Colin Danby 12.13.09 at 6:25 pm

There is one and only one Tippelz, and it’s over here.


dsquared 12.13.09 at 8:00 pm

well, “Tippel” is presumably cognate with the English “tipple”, and thus is a place where one can go for an innocent glass of champagne or hock in civilised like-minded company. Or at least that will be my excuse if I’m ever caught in a bar there.


Ingrid Robeyns 12.13.09 at 8:07 pm

I think many customers would only be *so* pleased if there was a bar. No bars – only pedestrians and cars. Then, I’ve never done any fieldwork there, I admit, so I may be wrong.
An alternative title for this picture could have been “the government will always take good care of you – whatever your needs.”


alex 12.13.09 at 8:18 pm

Why guess when you have Wikipedia and Google translate…? How Dutch, to make even the sordid seem dull and safe…


Richard J 12.13.09 at 8:37 pm

There was me, innocently, thinking it was a sign to the local rubbish tip.


John Quiggin 12.13.09 at 8:42 pm

Insert traffic light pun here, I guess.


Bill Benzon 12.13.09 at 9:35 pm

Hmmm . . . wonder if Igertay Oodsay has been there.


Bill Benzon 12.13.09 at 9:36 pm

Whoops! that’s Oodsway.


Salient 12.16.09 at 11:47 am

“When there’s a ‘fork’ in the road, take it”

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