Dutch reject ‘imbecilic’ song for new king

Updated 20 April 2013
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Dutch reject ‘imbecilic’ song for new king

THE HAGUE: Thousands of Dutch citizens rose up yesterday in protest against an “imbecilic” official song produced to mark the enthronement of King Willem-Alexander later this month. “I say ‘no’ to the King’s Song,” read a petition that appeared online within hours of the much-hyped tune first being played yesterday morning ahead of the April 30 enthronement.
“In protest at this imbecilic ‘King’s Song’, I herby resign as a citizen of the Netherlands,” read the petition that had at 1500 GMT already been signed by more than 7,000 people in the country of 17 million. The catchy song, written by Dutch-British com- poser John Ewbank, is an unlikely combination of traditional, rap and choir music.
“This song spontaneously turns you into a republican, if you weren’t already,” said one petition signatory. “I have never heard such a bad song,” wrote another. Twitter users were equally scathing of the song, which aims to raise money for charity. “Willem-Alexander’s first act as king should be to invite all those involved with the song to a manhunt on royal grounds,” read one tweet. “Please can we have better musical education,” read another.


Boris Becker denies claims diplomatic passport is ‘fake’

Former German tennis player Boris Becker. (AFP)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Boris Becker denies claims diplomatic passport is ‘fake’

  • Lawyers for the three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April
  • Becker shook up the tennis world at Wimbledon in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17

LONDON: Tennis legend Boris Becker on Friday insisted that his Central African Republic diplomatic passport, which he claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings, was real despite the country’s leaders calling it a “fake.”
“I have received this passport from the ambassador, I have spoken to the president on many occasions, it was an official inauguration,” the German star told BBC’s Andrew Marr.
“I believe the documents they are giving me must be right.”
Lawyers for the three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attache for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April.
This, they argued, granted him immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt in Britain.
Bur CAR leaders say the document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014.”
In April, the 50-year-old former tennis star tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera at a meeting in Brussels.
Becker told Marr he was “very happy anytime soon to visit Bangui, the capital and to speak to the people, personally about how we can move forward and how can we resolve this misunderstanding.”
Becker shook up the tennis world at Wimbledon in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17, defending the trophy the following year.
He went on to enjoy a glittering career and amassed more than $25 million (21.65 million euros) in prize money.