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4% of Belgians love the place

Or maybe they just fancy free entertainment, as today is Belgium's national day, and Le Soir reckons 400,000 Belges will be in Brussels for the celebration.

Given how much animosity lurks either side of the Waffle Curtain, the lyrics of The Brabançonne are a little inappropriate:

O beloved Belgium, sacred land of our fathers,
Our heart and soul are dedicated to you.
Our strength and the blood of our veins we offer,
Be our goal, in work and battle.
Prosper, o country, in unbreakable unity,
Always be yourself and free.

Not sure whether this is the official rendering in English, as it does play a bit fast and loose with the French version.

The next time I have a lot of time on my hands, I might post about some of the other national anthems I have encountered, which rang from the preposterous to the tragic.

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