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Some light entertainment

A perhaps over-refreshed politician being interviewed on a results programme:

More details here, including his claim that he had not been on the sauce, but rather has 'a psychomotor disorder'. Up there with 'discussing Uganda' on the excuses front.

I know I swore off Belgians this month, and this does not exactly rate as the truly apocalyptic. So, I've broken my word. Sorry. Might I use my get out of jail free card?
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Anonymous verity said... 1:28 pm

Well, now I know I can't understand a drunk Fleming speaking French.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 1:39 pm

Whats Flemish for
"I f****** love you mate" ?  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:44 pm

A babel fishing to Dutch of 'I really love you mate' comes up as 'Ik houd werkelijk van u koppel'.

Any Flemish speakers reading are welcome to submit a correction.  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 2:01 pm

class,pure class.I love Belgian politics.it's rotten to the core and they couldn't give a fuck.at least they know where they stand  

Anonymous verity said... 2:41 pm

Croydonian wrote in his introduction: "Up there with 'discussing Uganda' on the excuses front.

And, 'I went to the ranch in Colorado to discuss William Wilberforce with Mr Anschutz'.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:53 pm

Precious little to do with the price of fish, but this meander reminded me of this damnation by Macauley of French revolutionary Bertrand Barère's memoirs :

"A man who has never been within the tropics does not know what a thunderstorm means; a man who has never looked on Niagara has but a faint idea of a cataract; and he who has not read Barère's Memoirs may be said not to know what it is to lie".

I've adapted that one for my own purposes in the past....  

Anonymous verity said... 3:05 pm

I do love Jacques Brel, though.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:14 pm

I will forgive the Belges their many sins because of Brel. And Trappist and Abbey beers. And moules frites.  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 3:40 pm

as to notable belgians you left out Johhny Halliday , This "french elvis"
He recently recalled that he is belgian afterall having received one too many horrific french tax demands.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:10 pm

"He recently recalled that he is belgian afterall having received one too many horrific french tax demands." And this is bad, how?

Actually, I've seen him on talk shows on French TV, and he seems to be rather a nice man. (Not that I understood much of it.) I think he's around 62 now. But there's a lightness and generosity of spirit about him.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:12 pm

Actually, I prefer Brel's Flemish songs. Marik, of course.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:21 pm

I was on exercise in the Wallonia region of Belgium a few years ago; our liaison officer was from Brussels and was "excellent value" as we say in the Army.

One evening after a few drinks he developed a "psychmotor disorder", in fact he was psychomotored as a newt.

When I mentioned how lovely the locals were he said "No they are not, they are disgusting and backward. Tax evasion and paedophilia are their only pastimes".

After a long pause we started talking about the weather!  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 4:23 pm

when I lived there there was a song that was a hit
'potverdekke,it's great to be a belgian' or something like that.

No sense of irony for a nation of fat people.  

Anonymous verity said... 4:37 pm

Also, that's where that weird kidnap victim lives. She is a very, very strange girl. Of course, being kept in a cellar for eight years might do that to you.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:39 pm

Some fine anecdotes folks. Thought Belgium and the Belgians had you all running for the exits?  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 4:53 pm

it's then howard stern thing where all his most avid listeners couldn't stand him  

Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 5:48 pm

make that tax evasion and bdsm , and it sounds like a good place to live.
It is also possible to walk into a gunshop in Belgium and walkout with a decent rifle no questions asked.  

Anonymous verity said... 7:23 pm

Can you buy handguns?  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 9:30 am

you two are unbelievable  

Anonymous verity said... 12:54 pm

Rigger Mortice - Why unbelievable. I had a gun when I lived in Texas and I like having a gun. I know that I can defend myself against any intruder on equal terms if I have an equaliser in my bedside drawer. What is wrong with that?  

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