Collecting music had long been a hobby of Peter Bollen’s, but it turned into a true labour of love when he starting hunting down and restoring music clips from TopPop. Over the years the television broadcasters turned out to have wiped countless clips, a disproportionate number of them featuring Dutch artists. "Cleaning up clips and restoring them to their full glory gives me a real kick."


Guido Tans, ‘the son’

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 14:54

“Are you the son of Sjeng Tans?” This was a question Guido Tans was often asked when he arrived at Maastricht University (UM) in 1977, one year after its official opening. “Guilty”, he would say. Now, almost 40 years later, history is repeating itself. “Yet again, I’m ‘the son’,” he laughs.


Tax lawyer or prizefighter?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

While your average student is enjoying a beer in the sun on this sultry summer evening, Xavier Köhlen is working up a sweat at boxing club De Amateur in Munstergeleen. The 23-year-old Limburger of Moluccan descent is not only a top boxer with a cabinet full of trophies, but also a second-year student of Tax Law at Maastricht University (UM) and a fourth-year student of Sport and Physical Education at the Eindhoven University of Applied Sciences.


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