Monthly Archives: May 2008

Euro2008 – Getting ready

Teams making it into the 2nd Round:
Group A: Czech Republic, Portugal
Group B: Croatia, Germany
Group C: Netherlands, Italy
Group D: Spain, Greece

Other stats to bet on: (But which I’m not going to share here)
Top scorer
Winner of the tournament
Total amounts of goals in the tournament
Total amounts of red cards
Total amounts of yellow cards

Second round bet comes as soon as the first round is over.

I will now start praying that I’m not completely wrong. And I invite Zeta, Anke, Umwalker, Mr. Pinguin, Polisea, Daniel and Maik to do their bets. Just go to, choose the English language settings, register, join the community “blogfoot”, read the rules, make your bets and make them public. Whoever is best gets some chocolate. Feel free to invite whoever you want.

May the best win! La puce


Idioms copied

“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”
Malcolm Forbes

Talking to yourself

but don’t want to seem bizarre? Use a headphone and pretend your speaking to someone on the phone.

I know that I’m probably not the first to have this idea but it really made me laughing today.


The intention to spend a lot of time on writing emails and posts this weekend was so far hampered by an Internet connection that works only randomly. But right now it does, which is good because my plans to go to the market are currently drowned by heavy rain drops falling on Brussels. Maybe they wash off the pigeon poo from my window so that I don’t have to clean it.

Yesterday – quite lazy but nice day with better weather than expected and a nice little vocal jazz concert quite unusual for me as jazz is not the kind of music I’m particularly found off.

Life is full of random moments called surprises.

Word of the week

To blow the fuses
Faire sauter les plombs
Die Sicherung brennt durch

My warmest thanks for the enlargement of my vocabulary go to the old toaster.

Belgium under scrutiny over linguistic feud

It is a weird form of malicious joy but I couldn’t help laughing when I read this article. If it wasn’t that sad, it would be funny: Belgium, the host country of the European Institutions may face a monitoring procedure by the Council of Europe. The reason for this, dating back to 2006, is that three legally elected French majors couldn’t perform their duties in districts located in Flanders.

According to this rather negatively fascinating article about Belgium from the IHT, this is only a first step to the final split-up of the country. To be continued…

Idioms home-made

The best decisions are not worth much if they are taken at the wrong moment.

Iron Man

The movie was actually better than I thought it would be.

“Urmel aus dem Eis” en français

This is one of these posts where I just don’t know how to explain it in English. I saw the advert for the movie “Les aventures de Impy le dinosaure” in Paris last weekend, realizing immediately that’s originally a German movie based on a puppet theater series from the late ’60s. This is obviously highly irrelevant to anybody else than me especially since I never watched the movie myself (though I know the puppet theater series).

Et voici: Les photos!