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Author profile: Alun Goodmass

I grew up in the UK and somehow in my early twenties ended up in Holland. I have been here for a couple of decades since... I like sport, languages and any excuse for a laugh. Would be lost without the internet.

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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: 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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Dutch footballers – summer 2012 transfers Comments Off

Posted on 12 Sep 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Orange Football

It has been another busy summer transfer window for many Dutch footballers. Top names have changed club and country as many millions of Euros have crossed the borders back the other way. more »»

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FC Gay: tackling the taboo of homosexuality in Dutch football (1)

Posted on 25 Jul 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Orange Football

The Netherlands may still enjoy a vestige of its former reputation for liberal tolerance amongst its global country peers but more »»

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Louis van Gaal back at Dutch helm Comments Off

Posted on 9 Jul 2012. By Alun Goodmass. Filed under Orange Football

On Friday, 6 July 2012, Louis van Gaal was appointed Dutch national team manager by the Dutch Football Association. more »»

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