"We wait in confidence. The end of time is bad, but what comes next is beautiful"

Through his interpretation of the Scriptures and because the 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan long calendar ends on Friday 21 December, the Dutch evangelical Christian is ready for a second flood of Biblical proportions.

Mr van der Meer has bought a former lifeboat, at a cost of £11,000, to become an ark for his family when, as he believes, the Netherlands, much of which is below sea level, is swallowed in a deluge.