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Astragal loves national stereotypes. And no nation tickles his fancy more than the Dutch. When not sticking their - ngers in dykes, Astragal believes, the average Hollander can be found cycling through the red-light district puffing on a jazz fag. And the behaviour of OMA's press office has only confirmed these prejudices.

Astragal made the mistake of trying to contact Rem Koolhaas' acolytes using a phone number on a press release. Several attempts to get through were greeted with the phone at the other end being picked up and put down again. When Astragal managed to speak to someone, the response was less than helpful. 'The presh offish?', this befuddled OMA minion said, 'oh shit man, I don't know what their number is.' The Dutchman then dropped the phone on his desk, scrabbled around with what sounded like some kingsized Rizla, and replaced the receiver on the hook.

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