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FOOTBALL, SPORTS

Marco van Basten: An Extraordinary Career in 10 Goals

Marco van Basten: An Extraordinary Career in 10 Goals

If Johan Cruyff was the king of Dutch football, then Marco van Basten was heir to his throne. Named European Footballer of the Year three times (1988, ‘89 and ‘92) and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992, Van Basten’s goals for Ajax, A.C. Milan and the Dutch national team still rank among the best that’s ever been seen on a football pitch.

by × 25 March 2013

DESIGN, HOTELS

The Big Picture (2): Sleeping Behind Bars in ‘Prison Hotel’ Het Arresthuis

The Big Picture (2): Sleeping Behind Bars in ‘Prison Hotel’ Het Arresthuis

Nowadays, it seems everything can be turned into a hotel: schools, boats, lighthouses, railway cabooses. And prisons. Two years ago, Het Arresthuis opened its doors in Roermond. Spending the night behind bars never seemed so tempting.

by × 14 March 2013

JOURNALISM

The Foreign Correspondent: Idealist and Entrepreneur

The Foreign Correspondent: Idealist and Entrepreneur

Young, adventurous, inventive, and most of all entrepreneurial: the new generation of journalists abroad will have to do without a big contract at a newspaper or broadcasting company. But whether they report from Israel, sub-Saharan Africa, or Bolivia, these Dutch journalists share the same passion for their work. How do they cope with the ever-changing media landscape? And how do they make ends meet? “If I have to, I will work in a bar.”

by × 11 March 2013

EXPATS

“I Didn’t Know Quality of Life Until I Moved Here” — A Portrait of the Expat Ad Crowd in Amsterdam

“I Didn’t Know Quality of Life Until I Moved Here” — A Portrait of the Expat Ad Crowd in Amsterdam

They bring their kids to the international school in a cargo bicycle and find it hard to make Dutch friends. Expats in Amsterdam live in a parallel world. They boost the reputation of the Netherlands in the global advertising industry, but do they feel at home? A portrait of the expanding expat ad community in Amsterdam.

by × 4 March 2013

AMSTERDAM, INTERVIEW, STREET ART

Who Is Amsterdam’s Graffiti Enigma Laser 3.14? Part Two: Interview

Who Is Amsterdam’s Graffiti Enigma Laser 3.14? Part Two: Interview

Laser 3.14’s tags and cryptic mini poems can be seen all over Amsterdam, but who is he? After last week’s introductory Part One, it’s now time for Part Two. Online arts magazine CFYE caught up with the graffiti enigma in his studio, and had a great chat about his art, his inspirations, ambitions, politics, local problems, global problems and the future.

by × 28 February 2013

VIDEO

This Is What Growing Up in Amsterdam Looks Like: From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds

This Is What Growing Up in Amsterdam Looks Like: From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds

Jeroen Wolf collected 100 shots of Amsterdammers revealing their age: from a moaning baby to a beautiful old lady with sparkling eyes shouting, “100!” The result is stunning. Even Ashton Kutcher says so!

by × 27 February 2013

FOOTBALL, SPORTS

14 Classic Johan Cruyff Quotes Explained

14 Classic Johan Cruyff Quotes Explained

Johan Cruyff isn’t only the best football player the world had ever seen until Lionel Messi, he’s also a visionary, philosopher and insufferable know-it-all. Luckily, the Amsterdammer never kept his wisdom for himself: everyone in the Netherlands can reproduce at least one of many classic Johan Cruyff quotes. We examined 14 of them and came up with some shocking conclusions…

by × 25 February 2013

ART, TECHNOLOGY

We Hijacked the Rijksmuseum (and Got Away With It)

We Hijacked the Rijksmuseum (and Got Away With It)

The Huffington Post called it a ‘beautiful prank’: hijacking the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with the virtual exposition ‘Paint Job’. Merry prankster Mark Goede of creative team Brilliant After Breakfast explains how they pulled it off. “Welcome to our show!”

by × 22 February 2013

STREET ART

Who Is Amsterdam’s Graffiti Enigma Laser 3.14? Part One: Introduction

Who Is Amsterdam’s Graffiti Enigma Laser 3.14? Part One: Introduction

While walking or cycling through Amsterdam, as I have been doing regularly for almost ten years now, I often wondered: who is Laser 3.14? He is a street artist, that’s obvious. His tags and cryptic mini poems are everywhere. But who is he? What are his motivations? Is he even a man?

by × 19 February 2013