Quote of the day #96

“Dictatorship is a mushroom on the dung heap of national despair.”

Alexander Comstock Kirk (US diplomat)

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Song of the day: Portishead – Glory Box

Give me a reason not to like this song. In a lot of cases, songs with electrical guitars in them, contain – for my personal taste – too much of it. But not in this Glory Box. Here it is an element that perfectly blends in with the mix of melancholy and restraint that unites the other musical instruments and lead singer Beth Gibbon’s voice. Definitely one of my favorites from the 90’s (also because it contains a sample of a Belgian classic from the 60’s : Daydream by Wallace Collection).

Open letter to all business owners

Dear business owner,

As you might have noticed while observing every life around you these days, quite a few of the phenomena that have become extremely popular among a large part of the population (obviosuly including a sizeable chunck of your customers) are focused on sharing things – more often than not online. On Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to name just a few.

A smaller group of people is sharing not only their personal experiences and the pictures of their pets (or kids, or food, or hobbies, or any combination of those – never seen the one with the cat seemingly playing the guitar being chased by the kid covered in spagehtti sauce?), but also knowlegde and/or useful information. Wikipedia is the obvious example there. But also the Local Guide initiative from Google belongs in this category: ordinary people all over the world Continue reading

Song of the day: Jess & James – Move

If you ask people to name a 60’s pop song from Belgium, they typically come up with Daydream (Wallace Collection), Seven Horses in the Sky (The Pebbles) or Dominique (Soeur Sourire) – some of which definitely also belong to my favorites (I leave it up to your deductive skills, gathered from my previous Song of the day posts, to figure out which ones).

But another marvelous song is often overlooked: Move by the duo Jess & James, 2 Belgian brothers with Portuguese roots. The song was originally released in 1967, the video I am linking to dates from 1968 – you will appreciate the flashy and hyper-professional camera work. Some of you might also know the song from the 80s cover version by The Trammps, but as is the case with most covers; nothing beats the original.

Start preparing for the post-Brexit era!

The clock is ticking on the Brexit negotiations. In little over a year it will be there. So, it’s time to start preparing for the ways in which this will impact especially EU-citizens when traveling to the UK. Allow me to sum up some of the most noticeable consequences.

  • There will be border control when you want to enter the UK, also from EU countries
  • You will not be able to use Euros in the UK, but have to resort to the local currency
  • Better get used to different metric units: instead of meters, liters and kilos, think yards, pints and pounds
  • If you travel with your car, you need to keep to the left side of the road

I know, it is a lot and it is drastic, but there’s no way to avoid it – it was a democratic decision in a referendum held amongst the well-informed population.