Monthly Archives: September 2005

Thick Parent

Schools are much more scary now than they used to be. My son Jake has just started secondary school here in Braine l’Alleud in provincial Belgium. This is always a big transition but I have been amazed at how much … Continue reading

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Cheap as Chips?

Oh dear. First it was beer price rises, now a poor potato harvest sends the price of chips soaring. What greater calamity can afflict the Belgian working man? I suppose they’ll be putting up the price of fags next. Oh. … Continue reading

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There’s a Belgian, a German… and a Frenchman.

In less PC times it was common for the English to tell Irish jokes – now they’re reduced to doing Welsh ones instead. In just the same way, the French tell Belgian jokes. But the Belgians are no victims. They’re … Continue reading

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Welsh Lookalikes

While watching the half-time “analysis” of the Wales v England match on Sky this weekend, I was puzzled to see Abdullah Gül, Turkish Foreign Minister, talking lucidly about the effectiveness (or not) of Sven Goran Eriksson’s 4-5-1 system. I was … Continue reading

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