Flowers Keep the Cold Away

By Špela Krajnc “When my father died, I had to drop school. I was 19, but I had no choice. It was now or never.” It is a cold November Monday and Astrid is standing outside between her flowers with red hands covered with scratches. What looks like blood, is the color of the autumn…

When all the trains have left

By Anna Severinenko “It was always my dream to have my own bar. 8 years ago, it was finally about to open, everything was ready. But then the smoking ban came and killed everything.” Since last year Jack cleans the toilets and picks up garbage three times a week at the central train station in…

A fly on the wall of the International Criminal Court

By Matthew Richards Bright lights, straight lines, glass booths. There’s no room for distractions when it comes to delivering international justice. Up in the viewing platform, the public watches the proceedings unfold from behind large, transparent windows. They eye the smartly dressed individuals working studiously behind banks of computers. “Microphone,” says the Judge wearily, interrupting…

A very intangible heritage

By Marijn Thijs, Ines Mette, Matthew Richards and Emily Howard A sausage roll. Clog making. Indonesian rice tables. Student societies. Mid-winter horn blowing. Four of these are recognised as fundamental aspects of Dutch culture, according to the Centre for Dutch Intangible Cultural Heritage, whilst one had to withdraw its application following reports of violence during…

Alcohol intoxication just a phone call away

By James Field, Antonella Serrecchia, Frans Snackers, Migle Vaisnoraite A technical loophole is allowing underage drinkers in the Netherlands to get alcohol delivered to their doors almost free from age checks, and delivery companies can sell free from fines. The student city of Groningen provides a telling example, with local authorities passing the buck as…

“When we have an emotion, it takes over”

By Anna Portella “How many of you in the last month have not washed your hands when you left the bathroom?” with that question, behavioural economist Dan Ariely struck his audience’s weak point. He was in Groningen last month to give the lecture “The problem of self-control,” and during his hours long stay in the…

Cynics in the ICC

By Alissea Melchiorre, Bala Chambers, Ines Mette, James Field   A day in the ICC: Never meet your Heroes It’s almost impossible to enter the ICC without being marvelled and inspired by what the international community has come together to build, in the name of justice, even in the gloomy rain and cloud covering The…

The outsider’s look: Jonge Harten Theater Festival

Fresh, raw and experimental International theater festival Jonge Harten with an 18-year tradition has opened its gates for Groningers and international audience this Saturday, November 19th. By Petra Ondrisakova, Masha Tsnompilantze, Migle Vaisnoraite “When everything is human, human is an entirely different thing” If you think that silence is boring and decorations are necessary for a…

The Reluctant Remainer

By Matt Richards Hamish Mardell opens the door to his student room. Crammed inside: a sofa, armchair, coffee table, bed, wardrobe, chair, desk, golf clubs, shelves. A Union Jack hangs prominently on one wall. The eighteen-year-old British student arrived at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands two months ago, and will stick around for…