Wytze Russchen's 'Oliemannetje'

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Some say I was already practicing politics in the crib. In my memory, 1984 was a breakthrough year. It was the year of the cruise missiles and the people’s petitions. Of pacifist Woodstock residues Strikwerda and Faber of the Interdenominational Peace Council (Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad; abbreviated as IKV in Dutch). Seventy-five percent of the students were… » read more

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I had my dream job in my pocket but there were still a couple of hurdles to jump. The party was over, now the serious stuff would start. Because landing your dream job is one thing, keeping it is another. As a Dutchman “with a past,” they would keep an extra close eye on me.… » read more

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Having the Revu debacle freshly in my memory, I worked extra hard. Every week, there was an article in the newspaper; a lot was bulldozed to protect my boss. Hard work from my side and lots of dark chocolate after lunch. I learned my classics quickly. However, I started noticing that I took my job… » read more

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De Clercq was one of the most famous MEPs. At that time, there were a few other celebrities in the house. A real Von Habsburg for example. Or the Finnish world champion rally car racing and a blonde Italian porn star. And Jean-Marie Le Pen of course, who stayed in the Metropole hotel in Brussels… » read more

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