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Winter Wonderland!

My version of Goldfrapp’s only Christmas record beefs up the original with big drums, a bouncing bass and a choir. I even threw in some tubular bells and a quote from It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s a moving Christmas card! Festive frolics to everyone who follows The Vibes.

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The Haunted Carousel

Get your retro thrills here! We found an old Victorian-style carousel with horses and crazy fairground music and just couldn’t resist. The whole thing looks very genteel, but it’s a different story when you actually climb on. It goes a lot faster than you think and there’s nothing to stop you from falling off!

See the stills from Christmas Carousel here.

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Christmas in Amsterdam – Interactive!

The second part of my trip to Amsterdam.
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A Canalside Townhouse Amsterdam

The majestic grandeur of a canal-side townhouse

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Christmas in Amsterdam – You can run but you can’t hide…

psychedelic mural amsterdam

When I lived in Amsterdam, ten years ago, I was informed by a gruff Dutchman that Christmas was an English thing, as he glared disapprovingly at my baubles which I was trying to hang in the foyer of the cable TV station where I worked. My step-ladders barely wobbled as I pointed out that Christmas owes a lot more to the Germans than the Victorians. I decided not to mention that Charles Dickens virtually created the notion of a White Christmas, and went on to highlight the uncanny similarities between the Dutch and the Germans. This led to much angry spluttering and indignant red faces, due to the Nazi occupation of Holland in the Second World War, a fact which seemed to have slipped my mind. Amazingly.

A crowd gathered in the canteen and I decided to make my position even more precarious by reasoning that since Holland was essentially a little bump on the coast of Germany, the Dutch should logically love Christmas too, since they were basically German. Things became rowdy and I was led away to safety. A large man in a pin-stripe suit shouted, ‘You waste your time and our money!’

Now, forgive me, but I really think that was exactly the reason why I moved to Amsterdam in the first place…

christmas light in amsterdam

The lights of Amsterdam

You try and spread a little Christmas cheer… Now, of course, ten years later and the Dutch have finally realised what a money-spinner the Yuletide season really is, and embraced it with a ferocity which blows my hair back. The landscape has changed in other ways too. In my time, Amsterdam was cool. It was a cultural hub and a gay mecca, the liberalism of the hippy afterburn a perfect foil for the staunch conservatism which flowed beneath the surface. Both the European City of Culture and a beautifully preserved Bohemian paradise.

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Happy Christmas!


The original version of Goldfrapp’s Winter Wonderland sounded unfinished. I finished it with a choir, bells and big drums. Tinkerbell meets Slade. I also added extra whistling and a quote from It’s a Wonderful Life at the end. I think it’s Animal from The Muppets on drums…enjoy and have a great Christmas.
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