NL Planet Blog

Reflecting life and interests in Holland

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A natural follow-on from the general articles on the main NL Planet website, these blogs reflect life and interests in Holland - up close and personal.

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John The Sketch #2 Comments Off

Posted on 10 Mar 2014. By Marc Blanco. Filed under John The Sketch

Where’s the money… more »»

John The Sketch #1 Comments Off

Posted on 25 Jan 2014. By Marc Blanco. Filed under John The Sketch

A strategy to keep tourists out of the way… more »»

Black Pete heading for black hole Comments Off

Posted on 5 Dec 2013. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Dutch Culture

It’s that time of year again. For about the last month or more, the Dutch press has been full of articles about the controversial Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) characters, the ‘assistants’ of Sinterklaas. more »»

Ajax v Feyenoord – ‘away fans’ to stay away? Comments Off

Posted on 8 Jul 2013. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Orange Football

The Dutch public broadcasting organisation, the NOS, recently published the results of a study into the efficacy of the current “away fans ban” at these so-called ‘high risk’ matches more »»

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Weed pass saga drags on, causing continuing confusion Comments Off

Posted on 12 Jun 2013. By Alex. Filed under Dutch Culture

After the last election the extremely ill-advised and counter-productive Weed Pass legislation was officially dropped. However only the ‘closed club criterion’ was actually abandoned, other anti-social aspects of the discredited law, such as the ban on non-Dutch residents in the coffeeshops more »»

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Weed pass: market economy no-brainer (1)

Posted on 10 Nov 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Dutch Culture

It is worth remembering the economic state of affairs in May 2012, when the now infamous weed pass was introduced in the southern provinces of the Netherlands as a measure to aggressively discourage foreigners more »»

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