Morning newspapers – 5 October 2007

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Morning newspapers – 5 October 2007

Starters on the housing market prefer not to live in a big city. Most choose a house in a town, village or the countryside. This has emerged from research by the Ergo agency commissioned by mortgage broker De Hypotheker, Metro reports. The majority of the starters asked are not optimistic about the housing market: houses are too expensive, prices continue to rise, and the supply is limited.

More and more parents reserve an internet domain name for their child shortly after he or she is born, reports. The "digital personality" on the internet starts from birth. Father and mother Burger from Lelystad registered domain name even before registering their second son at the town hall. "When our first child Bas was born it turned out that was already taken by someone else we don't know, a mountain climber. I was very disappointed at the time, and I still think it's unfortunate," says mother Maaike. Baby pictures are usually the first things posted on the personal sites.

An iPod is cheapest in Hong Kong and the US, and most expensive in Brazil and Bulgaria. This has emerged from a price comparison for the iPod 4GB Nano conducted by the Australian Commonwealth Bank, the Financieele Dagblad reports. The iPod Index, which compares the purchasing power in 55 countries, is a better measure of comparison than the Big Mac Index, based on the McDonalds sandwich, the bank says. The price of a Big Mac depends partly on local prices for ingredients, while the iPods sold worldwide are all produced in China with the same materials.

The media has devoted a lot of attention these past few days to the publication of Paul Scheffer's new book, Het land van aankomst (The country of arrival). Scheffer was on Radio 1 programme De Ochtenden on Friday. The Volkskrant ran a large review; De Pers devoted two pages to an interview with Scheffer. Scheffer opened the debate on the failed integration of migrants seven years ago with his essay "The multicultural drama." In De Pers he now says that the Islamisation of society is being highly exaggerated. He does not agree with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. "She says that Islam and democracy are incompatible. Period. If you follow her reasoning then all Muslims must turn away from their faith. That is neither realistic nor desirable."

Arjan Erkel talks in the Volkskrant and De Pers about his novel Samir, based on his experiences as a hostage in Chechnya and the life story of young terrorist Samir A. Erkel visited Samir A. in prison and obtained Samir's diary. A. made a failed attempt to join the Chechen Muslim rebels who were holding Erkel captive at the time. "I do not sympathise with Samir or my captors, but I am trying to understand them. They identify with other Muslims, also since Islam says that all Muslims are one. They see it as a duty to help the others," Erkel says in De Pers.

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