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Entries for March 2009

Using a water gun for a successful brainstorming session

"What is not the capital city of Portugal?" Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and socks are a few of the answers given. "Good, socks! Think more outside the box, don't just name other cities." It's one of the exercises during the creative thinking workshop, organised last Tuesday and today during the UM Sport Health & Fitness days. The event mot...

"One mustn't make it to easy to harm anyone's reputation"

The famous Maastricht art dealer Robert Noortman died in 2007, a few days after receiving honorary citizenship from the city. Maastricht University named a professorial chair after him, and organises a Noortman lecture every year during TEFAF, the European art fair. Recently, however, Noortman was accused of having staged a break-in in his gallery ...

Eat, drink and be merry

When I started this series of columns last year, I set myself some personal rules of writing and compiled a list of horrible atrocities to avoid. One of these rules is that I don't want to write holiday-specific recipes.

What: Jazz Masters 2009

When: 20-21 March Where: Theater aan het Vrijthof Admission: students â‚€16.25/ others â‚€32.50 During the last few days of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), the Jazz Maastricht Foundation will organise the sixth two-day Jazz Masters festival. Taking place at the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the event will host some important names ...

Weser's whereabouts

"It's just sad how somebody so deeply involved in this business could show so little respect for art", UCM student Sophie Kromholz exclaims. Her subject of disappointment: Robert Noortman, the co-founder of TEFAF who passed away in 2007, has recently been accused of stealing numerous paintings from his own art gallery in the 1980s. Most of the pain...
"Lobbying can improve people's lives"

"Lobbying can improve people's lives"

Why do people still prefer to identify with their own country than with the European Union? This and other questions are being discussed this week during the sixth Student Forum Maastricht, organised by European Studies association Concordantia.

Art commotion affects UM

The posthumous commotion that has emerged around the well-known Maastricht art dealer Robert Noortman also affects Maastricht University.

Beatles Masters study

A university in Liverpool is the first in the world to start a Masters programme on the pop group The Beatles.

"There's no need to think small"

The city council has officially nominated Maastricht for the 2018 title 'European Capital of Culture', together with Sittard-Geleen, Heerlen and neighbouring cities in Belgium (Luik and Hasselt) and Germany (Aachen). Maastricht wants to become a cultural hub with international allure, and dreams of increasing its economic activity and attractivenes...

Eat, drink and be merry

Vincent: "You know what they put on French fries in Holland instead of ketchup?" Jules: "What?" Vincent: "Mayonnaise." Jules: "Goddamn." Vincent: "I've seen 'em do it, man. They fuckin' drown 'em in that shit."