Catalonian referendum in Amsterdam’s ‘Roest’

By Felix Kostersitz Roest. A bar in the east of the Dutch capital Amsterdam. It is Wednesday evening. The artificial beach in the outside area of the bar is closed. It is already cold and the sand next to the canals is damped. The first thing which catches one’s eyes inside the location is the bar, which is in the middle of the room. The … Continue reading Catalonian referendum in Amsterdam’s ‘Roest’

Reclaim your life: Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

By Leonie Rothacker Screwing up a theatre performance, setting your girlfriend’s apartment on fire and going to prison for it – this is what can happen if mental diseases aren’t diagnosed and treated. The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival gives formerly ill people a stage to speak and tell their stories to encourage people with mental health issues to seek help and get … Continue reading Reclaim your life: Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Catching Trains on Efteling Tunes

PODCAST If you’ve ever been at Amsterdam Central Station, you may have noticed three things. One – it’s beautiful. Two – it’s huge. Three – there is constant music playing at night and in early mornings. And it isn’t the usual top 40 hits. In this podcast, reporter Jill Paat finds out where precisely this soundtrack comes from + why it’s played every. single. day. … Continue reading Catching Trains on Efteling Tunes

„I used to have more overtime than I do today“

An interview about the changing workload in journalism by Leonie Rothacker „I used to have more overtime than I do today“ by Leonie Rothacker Over the course of the last decades, the working environment of journalists has changed – not only in the Netherlands. 63-year-old editor Peter Bausch has been working at the German local newspaper Sindelfinger Zeitung/Böblinger Zeitung (SZ/BZ) for 40 years, experiencing the … Continue reading „I used to have more overtime than I do today“

Social Bite: the business that feeds the homeless

In a sea of Pret a Mangers and Greggs, social enterprise café Social Bite certainly stands out for employing and feeding the homeless. It also makes for an extraordinary cuppa in Scotland. Feature by Poppy Prescott Pictures by Larice Schuurbiers It took George six and a half days to walk here. With 20 quid in his pocket, he left Sunderland, England to look for something … Continue reading Social Bite: the business that feeds the homeless

Surrounded by golden pineapples and palm trees

By Kimberly van Dijk The scents of beer mixed with vomit and loud noises coming out of the window on the first floor. It is common in Delft. The wooden front door is full of posters with ‘Expedition Donny’, the announced theme of the evening. It looks like the house on the ground floor – right underneath the student apartment – belongs to a family … Continue reading Surrounded by golden pineapples and palm trees