Monthly Archives: May 2007

Only funny to me


Phillips head screwdriver

Tournevis cruciforme

Please note the beauty of the German word. You can also use it to test if you are drunk. If you can pronounce it four consecutive times without mistakes, you are sober. Crazy, but sober.

The values of good education

I was cycling calmly on my way home when I saw that guy with a packet of chips. And not just any chips but my favourite flavour: sweet Thai chili. The package was not open and he was holding it loosely on his arm. My idea was basically that I could grab the package and then cycle rapidly away. Very nice idea according to me only that my education is too good as I would do such a think… Not sure if this is good or bad.


For your kind perusal

Coming home when the birds start to sing.


In what a world do we live in that fig confiture is cheaper than Nutella?

Only a game? – Of course not!

Yesterday, I visited the exhibition “Only a game? Football & Europe” organised by the UEFA here in Brussels. I wonder what the question mark is supposed to be at the end of the sentence. Football is, of course, not only a game! It is passion, life, sadness, joy and 22 grown up men or women running after one ball.

Anyway, the exhibition was very nice, with a lot of multimedia. I appreciated most a video installation about emotions in football. That was world cup atmosphere. There are also some very nice photos and I liked all the books you could read in a calm corner. One book, I was thinking how to smuggle it into my rucksack but it was far to big and it would not have been fair for all the visitors still coming…

Football in Brussels

Football history in shirts

And if ever I have time tomorrow or in the next days, I will share my highly asked opinion with you why football is so much more than a game…


Sunday afternoon, Brussels: containers are in the air…


My interpretation would be that there is something valuable or important in the container which has (you can’t see it on the picture) wheels. So probably the construction workers were afraid that someone could have the idea to take what is inside the container or, why not, the container itself. And since there is no place to close it away, they choose the safest place they could find and left it there for the weekend… Still, looks strange.

Bad points about Brussels

Sometimes, I have strong doubts about Brussels being a capital or even a major city. This happens for instance when

  • You cannot pay with Visa card in the shopping centre in “Gare de Midi” (the central station even if it does not have the name – Belgium sense of humour) even if they write Visa on the door
  • I have to queue in order to pay my train ticket because there are no ticket machines
  • Streets have no road signs making it pretty difficult to find the way despite a map
  • Cash machines were run out of money exactly when I desperately need some cash… (this happened three times to me and other people had the same problem)

Unbeatable argument

I just saw the advert of a German broadcast about an emission presenting the landing on the moon or better the arguments why this was a fake. Just to have a short look at the wikipedia articles pro and contra, makes it obvious that this topic is rather contested, to put it that way.

Of course, I am aware that nobody asked me but I long to share with you one unbeatable argument (my point of view). So, I think that the Americans would never ever dared to fake the moon landing because if the Soviet Union had just the slightest doubt about it they would have taken an enormous pleasure in denouncing the States.

I know that this won’t change all the discussions because a lot of people are fond of conspiracy theories but I wanted to add my opinion.

C’est fait, bonne nuit, la puce


Since I am always posting links to German newspapers, I thought it may be time to get some French infos in this blog. France has a new government, and I have to admit that my knowledge about these people is rather limited. With some notable exception like Michèle Alliot-Marie and Bernard Kouchner. Anyway, I would not be too surprised if the French vote for a socialist majority in the Parliament elections in June so that Sarko would have to choose a new prime minister and would have to cope with a cohabitation. Let’s wait and see and be surprised.

And, a nice video from youTube explaining how Sarko managed to stay that calm during the presidential debate. It’s really a pity that we do not have les guignols in Germany. Probably, there is no broadcast courageous enough to start something like this while the show is a kind of “institution” in France. Sometimes they go to far criticising politicians but in the same times a politician who does not appear in les guignols does not exist and most politicians are rather proud to be caricatured in the show. The time I lived in France, I was  just wondering now and then what was the parody – French politics or les guignols. But that is another very far leading question which will probably never be answered…

Bon weekend, la puce


Well, there was no overwhelming one contribution to my very small quizz*… So, as Maria said, the solution is: Jean-Claude Van Damme

* This very small quizz was brought to you thanks to my British flatmate. We both think that this is funny, weird kind of humor I guess. 

Never mind, la puce