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John the copywriter’s recipe for an art thriller

John the copywriter’s recipe for an art thriller

My latest journalistic adventure about the reopening of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum (inspired by a brilliant BBC documentary) has all the ingredients of a mad, crazy, insane art thriller.

The restoration of this national monument to Dutch history was supposed to take three years. But it took them 10 years, which gives you some idea of the obstacles they had to overcome. It was scheduled for completion in 2008.

So what took it so long? Some historic aquatic problem, some logistical issue?

No! The uniquely Dutch issue: The humble bike.

Read the full story in the ZINE, my monthly expat magazine: