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1058566.  Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:16 pm Reply with quote

And that while there are enough cubs in the wild. They don't make such a fuzz around them. But you do have a lot of animalprograms about underfeed cubs, etc.

1059349.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:20 am Reply with quote

'Kunstpaus' Jan Hoet is dead, he died yesterday.

1059374.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:13 am Reply with quote

Never heard of him, so cannot gauge the impact of his demise on the world. :-)

1059500.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:04 am Reply with quote

He is a big figure here in Belgium (I admit that he wouldn't have a big impact on the world), it was big news on every tvchannel en newspapers. He is the one who brought art (especially in Flandres) to the major public. He started the museum for modern art in Ghent (S.M.A.K.) en was curator of the museum of arts in Ghent. He was also famous for his boxing. He was quite an exentric figure, who promoted controversial art: for example from Panamarenko and Luc Tuymans (who are international artists nowadays).

1059503.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:08 am Reply with quote

Ooooo! *likes*

1059562.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:07 pm Reply with quote

He started the museum for modern art in Ghent (S.M.A.K.)

I knew that, the starter is quite famous, albeit I wouldn't have been able to link a name to it.

1059573.  Fri Feb 28, 2014 3:49 pm Reply with quote

Bit of a belated quibble.

costean wrote:
Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (guitar wizz)
I thought he was Indian, but on holiday for the last 800 years or so...

1059764.  Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:49 pm Reply with quote

Paira Daiza itself is listed at the Brussels stock exchange, so an interesting price chart clearly shows the expected (+149.77%) panda economy.

It kept going up after the arrival of the animals. Pairi Daiza is a small company, traded once a day, so it could have been worse due to excessive buying.

1059804.  Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:27 pm Reply with quote

Bruges has a museum devoted to the chip. (To avoid confusion the Frites
Museum is devoted to the edible sort of chip.)

1059811.  Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:57 pm Reply with quote

The small town of Berlotte in Eastern Belgium has a carrot museum.

1059853.  Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:22 am Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
Bruges has a museum devoted to the chip.

Bruges has also a chocolat-museum:

1059858.  Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:37 am Reply with quote

There is/used to be a bookshop in Antwerp called John Galt*.

*him of Atlas Shrugged fame/infamy

1273083.  Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:52 pm Reply with quote

Road safety in Belgium. Singing "last night a dj saved my life" lasts about 2 seconds, which is the recommended gap.

1323478.  Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:12 pm Reply with quote

SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) and TRAPPIST (Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) are Belgian food products.
1340570.  Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:51 pm Reply with quote

Something else I've just been reading about Belgium.

Everybody is allowed to build according to his or her own individual preferences. Belgians are said to be born "with a brick in their stomach", which means they all want to own their own houses and living in a town council house points to social failure. As Belgians have for centuries been ruled by outsiders (the French King and the German Emperor in the Middle Ages; then Spain, Austria, Netherlands) they have developed a basic distrust of all state intervention and government interference with what is after all their very own business. For a Belgian his home is even more his castle than for an Englishman. Already when he begins building, he prefers to be allowed to take his own decisions.

An architecture expert in Belgium once wrote a book calling his country, 'the ugliest country in the world' because of the clash of building styles. A Belgian might regard the uniformity of English and Dutch building styles as quite dull as, according to him, nobody has any right to tell him what to do with the land he has paid for with hard-earned money.



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