Oops, too much bad news about Amsterdam this week[December 9, 2012]
The Parool newspaper is worried. It thinks there has been too much bad Dutch news this week.
What with the racist Black Pete, the kicking to death of a football linesman and the mayor's plans to exile nasty neighbours to scum villages - its been a tough week for the capital.
So much so, the paper says it will take the city's marketing department years to recover.
Take the mayor's perfectly reasonable plans to move horrible bullying neighbours to bits of the city where no-one lives. Oh, the foreign papers have loved this - particularly the Irish ones.
They quickly dubbed the scheme a revival of blonde bombshell Geert Wilders' famous scum villages - even though the mayor's spokesman was quick to say it is not the same idea at all.
Pretty obvious as well that no-one had actually bothered to check out the truth with city hall - but then, why bother when you can regurgitate the Parool's own quotes with your own spin on them.
Then there is the death of football linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen. This has left the Netherlands 'reeling', caused a 'shockwave' over the country and is a 'grim reminder of what can happen if frustration from the football field spills over into violence'. Oh, the Parool relished in the drama of the headlines and foreign copy.
And lastly, the annual Zwarte Piet debate - and thank god he has gone back to Spain and we don't have to go through it all for another year.
The Parool is a little surprised - well gloating - about the AP report which, it says, has taken shock blog Geen Stijl seriously. 'The irony completely escaped AP and the Huffington Post', the paper says. Not quite sure about that Parool, perhaps you missed the sense as well.