Monthly Archives: November 2008

You know you’re famous when

  • a plant is named after you – “Herbe à puce”
  • an animal is named after you – easy
  • a street is named after you:

    Rue du saut de la puce dinan

    Rue du saut de la puce dinan

  • an airport is named after you – working on it
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Tricky

Starbucks says that all it’s coffee is going to be Fairtrade. Does that mean that so far, it’s unfair trade and that the farmers producing the coffee cannot make a living from it?

Just wondering…

Translation is hell

When I saw this title “The German politicians: Too wrongly ostracized?”, not making any sense in English, of an event taking place in Germany, I spend some time trying to figure out what the original German title could have been like. Unsuccessfully.

It is “Die deutschen Politiker – zu Unrecht gescholten?” ; and I leave the correct translation to others, but the German “zu” is, admittingly, quite a tricky one. It can be translated as “to” or “too”; to mention just a few.

I know that I’m helpful. No need to thank me.

Brussels International

is to be in an African Mass with mainly Cameroonians in the morning, see a former Romanian landlord at noon and to finish the day watching a football match with a bunch of Italians.

Love it

Snow in Brussels

In the streets, the snow is melting as soon as it touches the ground leaving nothing but a slippery grey mud behind but as long as it falls and in some hidden corners, it’s just beautiful. The perfect day to stay inside with a good book and hot chocolate.

To get lost on purpose

is pretty easy: Just go into a street or an area you don’t know. Walk around, have a look and discover. In any city, it will bring you to hidden treasures not mentioned in the tourist guide. Or in a highly critical situation…

Attention span & ephemera

It’s not easy to get some good work done having the Aufmerksamkeitsspanne of a Eintagsfliege.