I SPENT much of the mid-1970s walking around in an orange adidas t-shirt, a tribute to the Dutch national team of the period, and in particular, Johan Cruyff. In some ways, I was ahead of my time, because donning sportswear was not the fashion statement that it is today. However, I thought it was cool. In fact, I considered that the Netherlands was something of a utopian country. Not only did the Dutch have Cruyff, Ajax of Amsterdam and Edam cheese, but they also had Focus, the instrumental band of Hocus Pocus and Sylvia fame. What a fantastic place! Progressive football, excellent cheese and an off-the-wall rock band. The rise of Holland came at a time when Britain joined the Common Market and there…