I was in The Hague (Den Haag) just the other afternoon. I popped in to do a little bit of shopping. Being an Englishman submerged in The Netherlands I am surrounded by Dutch speakers: It means that my ears pick out English at fifty paces. I happened to pass an English family (they sounded like they were from EastEnders, the east end of London).
The mum was standing with her partner and two sons (aged 10 and 7ish). This is what I heard her saying to her youngest son.
“You remember Grandad’s friend?………….. DEAD!………… Yeah, he got trapped under a tram”.
I can only assume that the boy had been a little too close to a tram moments before. This was his mum’s attempt at warning him of the dangers. A slight over-reaction I’d say. The poor boy looked terrified at the thought of ending up like ‘Grandad’s friend’.
What was she thinking!