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But it’s tradition!
Column Chocolate coins? – Yes please! Two young men in colorful costumes are handing out Christmas sweets to people passing by in the Korte Lijnbaan, one of Rotterdam’s busiest shopping…
Too good not to be told
Review by Caroline Enge No Place on Earth – Documentary film (Director: Janet Tobias) The incredible story of three Jewish families surviving Second World War deep down in Ukrainian caves…
Freedom of punk
– editorial Free Pussy Riot poster on the Westerkerk bell tower in Amsterdam After seven months in prison and massive protests around the world, Pussy Riot still have no hope…
Why your brain sometimes need a break – presentation (my notes were just single words and symbols, so i wrote down pretty much what I ended up saying) Let me…
Coffeeshop Lullaby #1
By Ksenia Novikova and Caroline Enge “The receptionist” asks what we want – ‘i’ll show you the menu’ Haze, Amnesia, Sugar Palm – and here’s what they do: Some…
Simpleton inherits the throne
The sight of the flock made everyone laugh suspiciously loud. Including the princess.
– All it took was a golden goose
After years of depression, the princess is finally smiling again. But her decision to marry a stranger with a golden goose makes critics question her sanity.
Last night’s press conference at the royal court confirmed the rumor; Princess Beatrix is marrying a simple farmer.
“I have never been happier”, stated the princess with a smile.
She has previously been known for her constant low mood, which makes the decision even more surprising.
“Unfit to rule”
The engagement was pronounced only two days after John Simpleton made his way into town carrying a golden goose with six people attached to it. The incident, now commonly known as the ‘Goose Chase’, has engaged many critics of the monarchy:
“This is clearly a sign that the princess has gone mad”, said leader of the Revolutionary Party earlier this week.
Professor in royal affairs and general stuff, E. Brown, shares the concern:
“This is a drastic change to the line of succession. It is worrying to see that the king can give up his throne this easily”.
Hearing his daughter laugh made the king approve of the wedding immediately. Professor Brown is worried that the monarch has made a hasty decision.
“The princess has been depressed for years. She is clearly not in a state to make important decisions, let alone rule a kingdom”.
Investigates laughing incident
If John Simpleton marries the princess, he will be the first king without royal background.
“I didn’t plan to become crown prince. I was only hoping I could make the princess happy, and I did”, Simpleton stated at the press conference.
According to eyewitnesses, the sight of the flock attached to the goose made everyone laugh suspiciously loud. Including the princess.
The police are now investigating the unusual proposal.
“Where he got the goose from, and how people got attached to it, remains unexplained”, said sergeant Smith last night.
He is taking the investigation very seriously.
“This is no laughing matter. The royal crown is at stake.”
Based on: The golden goose