Friday, October 03, 2008
As European taxpayers absorbed the rapidly escalating expense of bank bailouts, lawmakers on the continent toned down their criticism of Wall Street as the origin of the problem and started to blame their own lenders for gorging on subprime loans and other risky investments.
"What were they doing screwing around in the United States?" French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly asked his aides after he was forced to negotiate a $9.2 billion emergency bailout Monday for Dexia, the troubled Franco-Belgian bank.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
The vast circus organised by Bernie Ecclestone literally invades the place and one-seater cars climb the Raidillon at full throttle, reaching speeds of over 300 km/hour before hitting the brakes at Combes corner.
The Belgian Brewers association and the Chevalerie du Fourquet des Brasseurs, in collaboration with the City of Brussels organize this.
Many small, medium-sized and large Belgian breweries will present their best selections of beers. Entrance is free and beer prices are awarded. Many breweries will be present!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Flying has become more expensive in recent months, largely due to the extra fuel taxes and the ballooning inflation.
Consumers are being more careful with their money and are hesitating about booking outside the summer holidays. Bookings are down 3-4 percent for city trips at the moment.
To counter the trend Brussels Airlines is launching a huge advertising campaign with super promotional prices on city trips. "We've noticed that such a media/advertising campaign with great prices can convince many people to take a trip," says a spokesman for Brussels Airlines.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
There will also be opportunities to work Brussels American School, International School of Brussels and SHAPE games.
Clinics and instruction is provided, and new recruits – no prior experience required – will be introduced to real games gradually.
Officials receive a small stipend. Contact Christophe Geldhof at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
I posted a while back, that they are looking for coaches too. I f you have any interest in that, you may want to check this out.
For more information on whats happening with American Football, check out this piece in FLANDERS TODAY
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In this case....not so much. THE SHOCKER MOVE!
While you're wrestling in the Olympic quarterfinals, China's Wang Jiao has just jammed her middle finger into your rectum! She calls that her "Bung Pow" maneuver.
Could've been worse, she could have been wrestling Dong Dong.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Why put up with expensive, run-of-the-mill health care at home when you can be treated just as well abroad? By Deloitte ’s reckoning, medical travel will represent $162 billion in lost spending on health care in America by 2012. There are signs that American health-care administrators are starting to feel the heat.
Two good articles about Medical tourism, "Importing Competition" and "Operating Profit" have been printed in the latest Economist magazine.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The bi-annual carpet of flowers on the Market Square in Brussels opened to the public on Thursday evening. The 700,000 begonias that make up the carpet of flowers were all grown by horticulturalists from the area around Lochristi in East Flanders. Around 1,000 volunteers worked on the impressive display of floral art.
A Latin festival in Brussels? ¡Pero sí! Fiesta Latina gets hips gyrating every year on Place du Châtelain, with parades, live concerts, dancing and the odd mojito or two...
Brussels' trendy Place du Châtelain is an appropriate venue for the event. The usual buzz of the popular bars adapts easily to the burst of sound and colour from the best Latin bands Belgium has to offer on August 29th and 30th.
Visit the comprehensive festival website for the latest news and up-to-the-minute information.
The wet t-shirt campaign start August 16th, but you can stop dreaming, the t-shirts are already dry........ So is the furniture.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The whole branding campaign behind Stella is upscale and focused on quality - you’ve seen the short films in movie theaters. The brand is aimed squarely at urban professionals and beer snobs.
(At least, that’s so in North America. In England and some other places in Europe, the brand is associated with drunken soccer hooligans. The Brits have nicknamed it “wife beater.” )
InBev is testing a low calorie version of Stella Artois in Canada this summer, according to a Toronto newspaper.
The test could lead to a worldwide rollout, The Globe and Mail reported.
The test of Stella Artois Legere, which has been ongoing for about two months, has exceeded expectations, the paper reported.
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Spain’s Olympic basketball teams have risked upsetting their Chinese hosts by posing for a pre-Games advert making slit-eyed gestures.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
From 2002 through 2007, the remains of about 1,000 people have been disinterred and moved out of the city, according to permits stored in metal filing cabinets in the city's department of health. Looked at in another way, for about every 30 living human beings who leave Detroit, one dead human being follows.
The Amorphophallus Titanum -- literally "the giant strangely shaped penis" -- has been attracting big crowds at the National Botanic Garden of Belgium on the outskirts of Brussels.
Auloos called it "a botanical superstar". "It's there for for a short time, it's glamorous, it's big, it produces something special ... it's star quality."
Also known as Corpse Flower, it releases a strong smell to attract pollinators, thought to be sweat bees.
Thousands queued to see -- and smell -- the 1.6 metre tall specimen on Thursday.
"It smells like a mix of rotten fish and rotten meat. It's quite impressive!" said visitor Frederic Lebreux.
"I don't know, maybe like a Camembert," said Rachel Kaiembe.
First discovered in 1878 in western Sumatra, the plant was first cultivated in Europe at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, in London in 1889. Because of its appearance, Victorian women were kept from viewing it.
Canadian swimmer Victoria Poon has been quarantined with chicken pox, according to CBC Sports swimming analyst Mark Tewksbury.
Poon, from LaSalle, Que., was taken to a local hospital in Beijing and didn't compete Sunday in the women's 4x100 metre freestyle relay team that finished eighth.
Poon, 23, who won the Canadian Trials in Montreal, was also expected to compete in the women's 50 freestyle on Friday, but her current condition may prevent her from participating.
Airport officials said thousands of passengers were affected by the strike, which was called by Aviapartner workers to protest against harsh working conditions.
Belgian media quoted trade union officials as saying that the number of workers asked to attend each carousel shift had been reduced from five to three. Management disputed the claim, saying any reduction in personnel was caused by "unforeseen circumstances", such as flight delays.
The airport's website showed dozens of flights being either delayed or cancelled as a result of the strike. Many had to be rerouted to other airports, such as Liege's Bierset.
More than 25,000 passengers had been expected to depart from Brussels airport on Monday, with almost as many expected to arrive.
Monday, August 11, 2008
While the details are sketchy at the moment the news is out that Issac Hayes the man who produced the legendary ‘Shaft’ theme has passed away, just one day after comedian Bernie Mac.(perhaps better known to South Park fans as the voice of Chef) was found dead by his wife at his Memphis, Tennessee estate very early this morning next to a treadmill machine.
To paraphrase the Theme From Shaft, that man Isaac was a bad mother...Shut your mouth
Sunday, August 10, 2008
W made a surprise visit to the beach volleyball venue at the Olympics, where he watched the women's teams practice. GOOD CHOICE!
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Paris for president? “See you at the debates, Bitches,”
After getting indirectly dissed by John McCain in one of his campaign commercials, Paris has hit back with a pitch of her own.
Fine, Paris is a total airhead, but it’s quite scary how much political influence she wields. This whole thing isn’t doing McCain any favours - and the Hiltons are Republicans! So if we end up with a very tight election, don’t discount Paris’ contribution.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
This morning's news that Morgan Freeman has been seriously injured in a car accident reminds me of perhaps his finest work, The Walk of Shame.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Robin Goldstein, who worked his way through Harvard and Yale as a freelance travel writer and critic for the "Let's Go" and Fodor's guide books, has come up with his own answer: "The Wine Trials: 100 Everyday Wines Under $15 that Beat $50 to $150 Wines in Brown-Bag, Blind taste tests.
Here’s the new Calvin Klein ad featuring Eva Mendes, and, for just a second, Eva Mendes’ nipple. It’s been banned in the U.S., because nipples will corrupt our children. Seriously, the biggest problem facing today’s youth? Nipples. Anyway, CK’s probably getting more exposure for this damn perfume by having this commercial banned than they would have if it actually aired.
That ad has now been banned from TV in America, resulting in a lot of free press for CK and it's new fragrance. Could this standard-issue fashion PR masterstroke have been purposeful? They say the ad will play in Europe just fine thank you...
Yes, a place like this is literally a dying breed, but what might be even more impressive is how a small unhealthy burger shop has grown so well and turned plenty of bad publicity from a nurse's union into a successful food chain.