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State of the Maas | 15 June 2015

State of the Maas | 15 June 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    One of the tricky things about being a musician, is the long process of making an album. It is often only after years of writing and recording that the fruits of one’s labour can be put out into the world, and for those with a lack of patience, this can be excruciatingly long. If one thing can be deducted from his name, it’s that A$AP Rocky must be one of the least patient artists around. Giving a distinctive touch of $wag to the conventional as soon as possible abbreviation, he could often be heard replying with his own name to the question when his new album was due. To emphasize his impatience even further, he decided to call his new collection of songs At. Long. Last. A$AP. In a…
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State of the Maas | 10 May 2015

State of the Maas | 10 May 2015

Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas, Uncategorized
    Before reading any further, just take a short moment to reflect on all the moments last week you spent waiting. You know, waiting in line at the supermarket, at the bus stop, for your friend who texted 45 minutes ago already that he was “almost there”, and watching your life burn away while sitting out the obligatory YouTube ads. Add them up, multiply by 52, and think of all the things you could’ve done instead. Don’t feel bad about yourselves though, because in the land of Waiting, there is only one true king, who coincidentally is also England’s future monarch: Prince Charles. Heir apparent since 1952, the Prince of Wales has been waiting on the sidelines for 63 years and counting. Earlier this week, his granddaughter Princess Charlo e…
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State of the Maas | 3 May 2015

State of the Maas | 3 May 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Far removed from the Randstad, the political, economic, and cultural heart of this country, lies the province of Limburg. In recent months, it appeared in the news only when yet another of its politicians found himself tangled up in a corruption scandal and/or conflict of interest. Its inhabitants, including yours truly, are o en ridiculed for their odd dialect and inability to speak Dutch in a way in which members from the country’s other 11 provinces are able to understand it as well. However, despite the somewhat negative image, cities like our very own Maastricht still manage to attract lots of tourists, who somewhere next year, would be able to enjoy the best public transport system in the country, since two months ago it was announced that a…
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State of the Maas | 27 April 2015

State of the Maas | 27 April 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Ah, it’s that time of year again. Motivated by the sunny weather and by seeing the pros in Maastricht during the Amstel Gold Race last weekend, the amateur cyclists have taken over the roads. These individuals might very well be perfectly normal human beings while working their daily job, but as soon as they strap on a helmet, the rules of the road no longer apply to them. They scream at other cyclists, occupy at least 50% of the entire road, and in general act like they are Lance Armstrong in his doping-fuelled glory days. Luckily, there is a movement going on right now to bring them back from the throne upon which they placed themselves, called “chicked”. This essentially boils down to female cyclists overtaking these men, and…
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State of the Maas | 19 April 2015

State of the Maas | 19 April 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Valar Morghulis, friends. Sincere apologies to the 5 people in our core audience for not posting anything the previous Sunday, but last week’s competition was so strong that I didn’t even bother to show up: Game of Thrones is back. Usually, that implies avoiding Facebook until you’ve seen the latest episode, ignoring your book-reading friends who are acting all smug because they’re already in the know, and picking a new favourite character every year, only for him or her to be brutally slaughtered before the end of the season. It’s a li le different this year though, because in this second golden age of piracy, the first four episodes have leaked onto the Internet shortly before the season opening (and no, this hyperlink will not direct you to…
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State of the Maas | 2 April 2015

State of the Maas | 2 April 2015

Blog, Jasper Wanten, State of the Maas
    Here at Breaking Maas, we bring you all sorts of news related to student life in Maastricht. There is news, breaking news, and then, about once a year, there is the sort of news which sends a shockwave across the planet, making everyone forget what they were supposed to do and stare in collective awe or disgust at their television screens. Most people still remember what they were wearing or doing when they heard the news, even years a er it took place, and we believe that ten years from now, all will remember this week, because yet another one of those shock stories occurred: last Wednesday, a collective heartbreak could be heard around the globe when it was announced that Zayn Malik had le One Direction. Those…
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