Friday, 23 May 2008
A severe outbreak of orange fever
The Netherlands is experiencing a severe outbreak of a local disease called "orange fever". As every so often when the Dutch people have the vain hope that the national football team will win a big international tournament, local people are preparing for the European Championships to be held in Switzerland and Austria in June. Entire streets, mostly in poorer neighbourhoods, change to the national colour, orange. As long as the national team will do well, the entire country will be in party mood and few people will pay attention to work, family, friends and other stuff less important than football. And while the stock market was in negative territory today, beer stocks such as Heineken are doing well.