The Hedonist: Amsterdam

The hedonism begins with a smile and strong drink. A grinning female face appears from behind a plain, black door to welcome me from the neon-infused giddiness of central Amsterdam to modern speakeasy Door74 (00 31 6 3404 5122; door74.nl).

Britons arrested at Amsterdam EDL protest

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Ferry capsizes after Dutch canal crash

A German freight ship struck a small Dutch passenger ferry in a canal near Amsterdam today, capsizing the smaller vessel and knocking the skipper and any other passengers who may have been aboard into the water, national police say.

Album: Bellowhead, Hedonism (Navigator)

Produced by John Leckie, recorded at Abbey Road. Whatever next?

Dutch arrest UK terror suspect

A British man has been arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.

Things We Didn't See Coming, By Steven Amsterdam

Apocalyptic tales for a hi-tech age

Trafigura found guilty of toxic waste offence

The oil trading company Trafigura was fined more than £800,000 after being found guilty of concealing the dangerous nature of toxic waste which was then illegally exported from Amsterdam and dumped in Africa.

Fulham hope to finalise Jol deal after Ajax prolong talks

Martin Jol took charge of Ajax for a friendly match against the amateur side Rijnsburgse Boys last night, but Fulham were still confident that it would be his last game as manager of the four-time European champions.

Open Jaw: Readers' views on the BA dispute

BA makes lots of money from staff travel as it fills seats that would otherwise go empty. Staff are on standby until the check-in desks close and are allocated seats if any remain empty. They pay 10 per cent of the full fare plus all the taxes, charges and surcharges – making BA staff travel one of the most expensive in the industry.

Ousted PM's lawyer calls for Thai elections

Thailand's government must hold elections soon to prove it has a public mandate after protests that left 90 dead in the nation's capital, a lawyer for fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said today.

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Polls are open in the Netherlands and Dutch voters are electing a new parliament after an election campaign focused on economic and immigration policy.

Album: Marc Almond, Varieté (SFE/Cherry Red)

Varieté is a record that feels as though it’s happening in the dive from Brel’s “Amsterdam”.

Trafigura accused of flouting public health over toxic cargo

The oil-trading company Trafigura was yesterday accused of putting "self-interest above people's health and environment", after a ship carrying toxic sludge which was dumped in Africa was allowed to leave the port of Amsterdam with the noxious cargo on board.

Album: Bach, Mass in B Minor/Capella Amsterdam (Glossa)

A slightly limp first Kyrie from Capella Amsterdam's tenors, a curdled counter-tenor soloist and an unsettled tempo in Et in terra pax shouldn't put you off Franz Brüggen's live recording of the B Minor Mass.

Album: Joseph and Michael Haydn, Horn Concertos (Channel Classics)

Technically faultless, with a gleaming, heroic tone, the Concertgebouw's principal horn player Jasper de Waal barely breaks a sweat in this decorous selection of aristocratic background music from the two Haydns.

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