Monthly Archives: October 2007

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Glasses & cobbles

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World-cup winner* will host next world-cup!!

Yes, indeed, we speak about football, women football. 2011 Germany, I’ll be around.

*Germany won five times the football world-cup if counted correctly – three times the men and twice the women. We could push it up to seven if the men don’t mess it up in 2010. The women will do their job in 2011, no doubt… Three times world-cup winner successively – that would be GREAT!

54, 74, 90, 2010

Purposeful surfing

is when you find sides like these showing the GDP/country and much more X/country or population ratio maps, X being education, child birth or HIV infection and much more.  

GDP world mapGDP world mapGDP world map Similar maps here. It’s for instance quite interesting to compare the GDP map with the world population one. The only map missing is one with Nobel prize winners/country ratio. Africa would hardly exist, South America and most of Asia just the same…

Anyway, I better go back to work now. Tot stracks!

CV your life

Could be a MTV show, couldn’t it? I wonder sometimes if it has always been the same and the answer is: probably not. I was talking to a friend of mine who is since recently in a job he is not really enjoying. Still, he wants to stay in this job for a year so that it looks good on his CV.

I remember when I started studying, choosing my studies stupidly simply because I was interested in the topic. But already in the next step choices were half imposed, half taken: the first internship, the Erasmus year. I do not say that there is no good carrying a bit about where to go in life and what to do but I have the increasing impression that life today is CV-driven to a point where it stops being sane.

Again, I do not exclude myself. I accepted doing things because they were looking good on my CV but this was just one reason among others like needing the money, not having anything else to do, and so on. But when it comes to choosing the right hobbies – one instrument to show that you have some culture, one sport to show that you can relax and one social engagement to show what for an engaged person you are – it just leaves rationality.

In the good old times it was enough to do a good job. Today, your professional careeer has to overmatch with the job profile and your private life has to prove you being social, cultural, engaged, trustworty, dependable, logical, praticle… When it comes to my CV, I feel like in drawing classes at school. We always had to provide an interpretation to our drawings which lead me to the point that I first did my painting or whatever we were working on and then invented a story I knew the teacher would like. 

I do the same with my CV today explaining the different stages with what I know a potential employer is going to like. I’m quite lucky since the overall I have written on these two sheets of paper gives a pretty piece of sens in the way I present it. Only, that some of the things I did were rather done out of opportunity than out of intention.

Resumé? None. Just wondering about how strange life is. Or what our CVs made out of it.

Auch doof

Yesterday afternoon, the perfect combination to write some entries: Internet, ideas & time. But then again Murphy was just around the link and I couldn’t access my wordpress account. Heaven (or the Internet equivalent) knows why.

More posts next week, hopefully. Tant pis, la puce

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Weird world à la bruxelloise

Due to the specific demand

Valuable information

… I’m feeling lazy

Update 16h: I’m finally waking up – mentally speaking.


Oktoberfest in Brussels

It is a bit ironic that the first Oktoberfest I went to is in Brussels. Yes, I know, I should have come since long to Munich to see it in echt and I will manage one day. Though, to go to the Oktoberfest here took some of my fears away. Not only that I enjoyed very much the Weißwürste, to meet a lot of friends and the beer, I also realised that it can be quite funny to listen, sing and schunkeln with friends along to German Blasmusik. Another fact known already but confirmed again was that two liters of beer are a bit too much if I have to work the next day.

Anyway, hope you all will enjoy your weekend out there! La puce

Objets divers

  • Seeing a wonderful rainbow in the morning. Rain on the left side of the roof, sunshine on the other – weather in Brussels.
  • Discovering a much shorter way from my language classes to go home.
  • Reading a great article about the French rugby and why the English should have been so decent to loose the half final against France.
  • Watching the peoples’ faces when they come in the (Belgian) post office: Annoyed when seeing the queue, disgusted when taking the waiting ticket, tired when getting out there.
  • Wondering how to call a homeless person after the phone cell he lived in has been destroyed…
  • Thinking about taking a photo from this grey heron I see so often at one of the inner city lakes, very close to one of the noisiest and busiest places in Brussels.

Life is full of snapshots.

Rugby worldcup – looking for a team to support

Short introduction how I came to enjoy watching Rugby: My first experience was during the 2003 world-cup. I lived in Grenoble and watched a game (France – England) with some friends. I found the game rather weird and was finally thrown out of the room as I supported England… The “click” came in 2005 when I watched accidentally France – South Africa, finding myself cheering in favour of the French team towards the end of the match.

That was longer than planned, anyway, the present world-cup started rather interesting with France loosing against Argentina probably very surprising for both the teams. However, my real problem is that I do not know which team to support. I like the French team but I did not really want France to win the world-cup, I like South Africa but I can impossibly support the South African team.  

I explain: Everybody in France and especially the politicians expected the French team to win. It seemed to me like what we call a “Parteiauftrag” in East Germany, meaning basically that sport is used by politics to demonstrate the superiority of the nation or the ideology; something I cannot stand. The problem with South Africa is that the team does not represent at all the country it is playing for with only one black and two coloureds while all the others are “good, tough Afrikaans” players.  

Nevertheless, and despite the fact that there is no German team to support and won’t be in the nearer future, I enjoy the power and the team spirit displayed in that sport. For the final, my favourite will be South Africa as England, sorry, is not really an option. May the better team win!