Sinterklaas versus Father Christmas a SWOT Analysis It's that wonderful time of year in the Netherlands when football hooligans and neo-nazis attack people who protest against Zwarte Piet. Yes, it's the Sinterklaas season. Meanwhile, in large parts of the western world, the countdown to Christmas is about to begin. With this in mind, it's a good time to put the lead … [Read more...] about Sinterklaas versus Santa Claus a SWOT Analysis
Why Zwarte Piet must remain black! As I write this, it's November again. In the Netherlands, the annual pretending not to be black season is about to begin. I am of course referring to the annual Sinterklaas celebration and the most popular ethnic minority in the Netherlands, the Zwarte Piets. At this time of year arguing about Zwarte Piet is almost becoming as much of a … [Read more...] about Black is black and so is Zwarte Piet!
We don't need nieuwe Sinterklaas liedjes The Shallow Man has been feeling pretty depressed this year. The reason for this is that it hurts me to see so many Dutch people being dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty first century. Some minorities have used the rights available to all in the Netherlands to protest against something that many of them find offensive, Zwarte … [Read more...] about The Sinterklaas survival guide: Nieuwe Sinterklaas liedjes
Sinterklaas gedichten and how to survive the season Back in the days when songs actually had more than one or two repetitive phrases, repeated over a dreadful electronic beat, there were people known as musicians. (Look it up on Google if you're not sure what that means). They would perform on songs, one of which springs to mind was by a lady called Gloria Gaynor, that started … [Read more...] about How to survive your first Sinterklaas season in the Netherlands
The Shallow Man, in his never ending quest to fulfil the requests of his readers, went to great efforts to secure an interview with the man who is a hero to so many Dutch children. A man, that to many represents the very essence of Dutch culture, yes after much negotiation with his agent, press officers and lawyers, I'm pleased to present an interview with Zwarte Piet. Now this … [Read more...] about An interview with Zwarte Piet