The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

Can the Government Define a Religion as Fake?

By Spela Krajnc, Tommaso Lecca, Petra Ondrisakova, Anna Severinenko

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Dirk Jan Dijkstra (pastafarian from Emmen)

The Dutch secularism has been challenged since the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster engaged a legal battle to be recognized as a religion. What might seem to be a complete nonsense for outsiders is actually a fight for a religious freedom and equality in the Dutch society. Many of the 12 000 members of the church registered in the Netherlands are meeting obstacles when wearing their religious headgear, a spaghetti strainer, in ID photos. Continue reading “The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands”

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Night of the Guitars

The Night of the Guitars is a one-night music festival where musicians are invited to play cover songs by the most popular artists worldwide. I met two of the organizers–Peter and Everhard–to understand why this event has become so popular over the last ten years.
More info: www.nightoftheguitars.com

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The story of a man addicted to people

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The story of a man addicted to people

By Tommaso Lecca

After leaving a park, two friends were walking on a quiet street on the Asian side of Istanbul. All of a sudden, they saw a bunch of people running towards them wearing gas masks. More surprised than scared, the two men could only watch in surprise until the Turkish Army fired tear gas into the sky. Their eyes started tearing and burning. They took shelter in a restaurant, but Berto’s idea to wash the tears away with fresh water was the wrong move. While his eyes were blazing even more than before, his Italian buddy Emanuele was shouting “I’ll never travel again with you! Every time that we are together, I find myself in trouble!” Continue reading “The story of a man addicted to people”

While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income

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While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income

By Tommaso Lecca and Cătălin Radu

Real estate owners from the former red light district A-kwartier of Groningen are furious with the mayor’s office after losing tens of thousands of euros in rent. Continue reading “While city improvements fail to materialize, property owners lose income”

A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier

 

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A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier

By Tommaso Lecca

Groningen’s artisanal beer aficionados will have another place to try local brews when a new microbrewery opens its doors this evening.  Continue reading “A new house for the emergent brewery Bax Bier”