A wanderlust soul

By Antonella Serrecchia “Do you know that story about the frog from the sea and the frog from the pond?” says Brunella Capitani while taking a spoon of the topping cream of her chocolate. “Well, the frog from the sea goes to the frog from the pond and tells her about this incredible place she’s from,” Brunella’s…

Alone but not lonely

By Matt Richards In the summer of 2015, Paul Zweverink called a man about a boat. The conversation did not go well. “Why do you want the boat?” asked the owner. “Why?” replied Paul, confused. “To live!” The owner wasn’t convinced. “But you’re a very old man,” he explained, as if this made everything clearer.…

The General and The Specialist of General Ideas

By James Field January 1870, a French army General retreating through Switzerland after a punishing defeat at the hands of the Germans. Exhausted and humiliated, delegates his responsibilities to his second in command, takes out a pistol and fires a shot at his own forehead. But much like his disastrous command, this doesn’t work out…

The two lives of Willem Barensz

By Anna Portella On November 1963 the Willem Barensz sailed in its last whaling mission. With its 300 meters length and 48 meters width, it was the largest whaling factory ship of the time. Considered a symbol of the Dutch reconstruction after the World War II, the ship was named after the first Dutch navigator…

Esmeralda’s Arabian nights

By Antonella Serrecchia The first time she left to report from the Middle East, Esmeralda van Boon was a young intern at NOVA, a  Dutch TV company.  She was driving down the Highway of Death in Iraq, a six-lane alley that was severely bombed during the US invasion. Back then, she did not know where…

Identity behind bars

By Emily Howard           It’s already dark when Emily Plugge turns up outside the bar, but there’s no problem in spotting her in her bright pink jacket. Tonight, she can be herself: an identity she has been forced to keep behind bars from an early age. Thirty-three-year-old Plugge is male-to-female transgender, which…