Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Belgium is gearing up for a long holiday weekend and works at Brussels Airport in Zaventem (Flemish Brabant) look like putting a damper on the spirits of holidaymakers heading for other climes.
Thursday is May Day or Labour Day in Belgium and an official holiday. This year the holiday coincides with another holiday in the Christian calendar, Ascension.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
For more than 60 years one man in Belgium has laboured to keep the flower garden he promised to his wife.
It looks lovely - like a well-kept city park, or perhaps a flower farm. But it's a private garden - the work of one elderly Belgian, Fernand Geyselings.
Three hundred varieties of tulip compete with daffodils, hyacinths and fritillaries for a colourful and fragrant effect.
For six weeks, it's open to the public - only while the flowers are in bloom.
But a whole hectare is hard work for one man, who promised his then fiancee a flower garden in 1947.
It is located in the north of Belgium, in Kessel, not far from the Dutch border. Last year, 40,000 visitors from 46 countries came to see it. many birds have chosen to make it their permanent home.
This pleasant, nostalgic market has a festive feel, and the encounter between students out for fun and budding amateurs is always good spirited.
The 22th edition of this event will take place on 1st May, from 8 am to 4.30 pm and bargain-hunters will definitely want to get up early for this.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Hundreds of Belgians, covered in raingear, attempt to set the world record for the largest Diet Coke & Mentos explosion in Leuven. Not a lot to do in Leuven....
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The way Jimmy Downing, who was a solicitor from Victoria, describes it, he was in the brigade that attacked around Villers-Bretonneux from the north. There was another brigade, an Australian brigade, to the south. The idea was to sort of envelope Villers-Bretonneux and cut off the Germans there.
Anyway, the way that Jimmy tells it, once they got going and they actually ran into the Germans, for some reason the Australians just went mad. And they literally yelled and charged. They yelled so loud on Jimmy Downing’s side that the Australians on the other side of Villers-Bretonneux - and it is a fair way away - they could actually hear the yells and they just literally bayoneted every German they could see ...
These men in Jimmy Downing’s brigade had been at Fromelles and in part it was probably revenge for that. But it was a very bloody encounter and the Australians in fact saved Villers-Bretonneux that night.
Tony Jones speaks with Les Carlyon
"Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur. Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week."
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The US airlines are going the route of RyanAir...... charge for everything. Better start packing more economically, the New York Times reports that five of the six major airlines plan to charge coach passengers as much as $25 (each way) to check that second bag.
I suspect lots of folks will start significantly increasing their carry on luggage when flying. Here are the airlines who’ll be charging a $25 fee for a second checked-in bag:
The new rule will cause other uncomfortable consequences on board too. Fees for checked luggage will just force fliers to attempt to bring more carry-on bags aboard. Pretty soon those overhead luggage bins will look as stuffed as a clown car. And you will probably be the guy who gets the diaper bag spilled all over you when those overheads are opened too fast.
From 19:00 to 23:00 represented restaurants serve dishes, starters, and desserts in the form of reduced portions.
The idea of restoration in the form of small portions was chosen to encourage visitors to move from one restaurant to another during the same meal. The ideal is to take the starter, the main course and dessert in three different restaurants depending on the desires and taste buds.
The price of these items amounts to 2.50 euros per piece. Each restaurateur according to his personal discretion, and in harmony with the price range of its establishment, will set the value of products offered. WEBSITE
Besides the greenhouses, the visit includes the Queen Elisabeth's workshop and the stables of the castle which were built in the beginning of the 20th century during the reign of King Leopold II and King Albert I. They are a masterpiece of the architects Girault and Flanneau.
Mylene Farmer, commonly called the French "Madonna", except for the fact that she hasn't slept with a few hundred dudes, will be performing at the stadium this summer. She's actually one of my favorite singers. She has sold 25 million records and is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France.
Mylène Farmer is the 1st artist to sell out two Stade de France shows within 3 hours of sales starting..... 18 months before the show! It's the same in Geneva where the second stadium show was already added.
Mylène Farmer will be perforning at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels Saturday, September 19th, 2009! Tickets will go on sale from 8 am this Saturday, April 26th!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1. This doesn't need public airing.
2. Count your blessings, dude. Not married = no divorce to look forward to.
3. Anna Kournikova is willingly sleeping with you, what more do you want, for chrissake?
How is this a problem exactly?
Monday, April 21, 2008
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Well if the French President can get a model half his age, then why not the President of Russia? Vladimir Putin who is 56 has apparently walked out on his wife so he can shack up with a 24 year old woman who is a former model, actress and gymnast.
Alina Kabaeva met the President when she won a seat in the Russian Parliament. There are some who say however that she won the seat because of the President.
So, Vlad, big kahuna of Russia, what do you see in a 24-year-old, sensationally beautiful gymnast with a penchant for posing semi-naked that you don't see in your lovely, middle-aged, matronly wife Ludmilla?" Watch the video, and all your questions will be answered grasshopper.
Take that!, Sarkozy, you little wussy......
"Randy died, and at midnight a few nights later, Dan was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to him, "Dan, Dan"
"Dan -- it's me, Randy."
"You're not Randy. Randy just died."
"I'm telling you, it's me, Randy," insisted the voice.
"Randy! Where are you?"
"In Heaven," replied Randy. "I have some really good news and a little bad news."
"Tell me the good news first," said Dan.
"The good news," Randy said, "is that there's Softball in Heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before us are here, too. Better than that, we're all young again, and on the bottem side of two bills. Better still, it's always springtime, and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired."
"That's fantastic," said Dan. "It's beyond my wildest dreams! So what's the bad news?"
"You're pitching Tuesday."
Got it from Joe Z. and modified a bit....
Thursday, April 17, 2008
We've got wussies all over the place running for president in the US. Whatever happened to a "man's man" like Mitch! Posterboy for the STUDS
Kill em all....let God sort em out!
Kitty shows you some proper technique!
In the "news I've been waiting to hear department"....Men could reduce their risk of developing prostate cancer through regular masturbation, researchers suggest.
They say cancer-causing chemicals could build up in the prostate if men do not ejaculate regularly.
And they say sexual intercourse may not have the same protective effect because of the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, which could increase men's cancer risk. ...more
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
When a male resident at Kildegaarden nursing home in Denmark made an indecent sexual proposal to a member of the staff, the home's director, Inger Marie Kristensen, told a nurse to telephone for a prostitute.
There was a considerable change in his demeanor after the escort girl had paid him a visit,'' Kristensen said in an interview. We do this for our clients just as we offer them other services that they need as human beings.''
Just don't offer him a cigarette when he's done, if he's on an oxygen tank. STORY
Targeting her male fan base, the veteran of Italy's adult entertainment industry has plastered images of her derriere all around the Eternal City in a bid to win a seat in Rome's city hall.
"I am the derriere of the Socialist party," she concluded. STORY
One headline was Merkels breasts threaten to invade Poland!
I'm amazed how often Angela Merkel's breasts make the news. Apparently she wore a low cut evening dress to the opera in Norway, and journalists could not stop taking pictures of her cleavage. How hard do you think it was for this Norwegian dude to focus.
Can you imagine what a field day the press would have if Hillary even let on that she HAD breasts.
She let the funbags out and couldn't understand what all the fuss was about
Last Summer the Polish weekly Wprost ran this image with the title "Stepmother of Europe," showing Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski, sucking Merkel's nipples.
Tensions have been increasing between the two countries during the run up to last week's EU summit over voting rights.
I have to give old Cowboy George a little credit here, trying to cop a feel, but Angie wasn't going for it by the look on her face.
"Aren't these the same women who have been angry about cowboy diplomacy?" "Do they want a kinder, more sensitive Bush -- or a cowboy? Once again, there's no pleasing women," "Give them the cowboy and they want Alan Alda.''
Veteran motorist Jack Higgs, who had gone 76 years without an accident, was trying to park his £600 Ford Fiesta next to a Porsche garage. He shot backwards and hit a red Carrera II, which acted as a ramp to flip him over on to a silver 911.
Amazingly Jack, of Penarth, near Cardiff, was uninjured. The former minister, who has vowed to quit driving, said: “I can’t understand what happened.”
Porsche dealer Dave Coombes said: “I’m not too worried about the cars. Jack survived.”
A top-quality firework display will be mounted at 22:15 on 17 April 2008 from the balls of the Atomium to mark the opening of the AVB/AGR/ARA exhibition and the temporary pavilion. This date coincides with the start of Art Brussels, the major contemporary art fair put on at the Palais des Expositions by Art Brussel, and there will be joint efforts for the two events.
Former NHL greats Peter Stastny, Slava Fetisov, Jyrki Lumme and Arturs Irbe were on hand to present the Cup to lawmakers and fans Tuesday at the European Parliament.
"Hopefully we can start a new tradition, and we might have, maybe not once a year, but once a while, have the Stanley Cup here at the European Parliament," said Stastny, who is now a lawmaker at the EU assembly.
The Cup was swarmed by fans who wanted a picture with the trophy, or with Stastny and Fetisov, who is now Russia's sports minister.
Phil Pritchard, the vice-president of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, said the Cup will return home Wednesday to await the winner of the NHL playoffs.
"Obviously it's very close to the NHL playoffs, (but) the timing was perfect. We were able to do it," Pritchard said.
Friday, April 11, 2008
It said bottles sold at less than two euros (around three dollars) a litre contained very little wine, and a potentially deadly concoction of water and chemical substances, including hydrochloric acid. STORY
All I can say is … wow. Just wow. I guess this is what they mean by “doing the Dew.” If you really believe this works, maybe you should help yourself to some more bleach, if only to keep the gene pool well chlorinated.
09. I Ain't Never Gone To Bed With an Ugly Woman But I Woke Up With a Few.
8. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me.
7. I've Missed You, But My Aim's Improvin'..
6. Wouldn't Take Her To A Dogfight 'Cause I'm Scared She'd Win.
5. I'm So Miserable Without You It's Like You're Still Here.
4. My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Miss Him.
3. She Took My Ring and Gave Me the Finger.
2. She's Lookin' Better with Every Beer..
And the Number One Country & Western song is...
1. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed My Ass Out All Day
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Jim Salinger, a climate scientist at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, said climate change likely will cause a decline in the production of malting barley in parts of New Zealand and Australia. Malting barley is a key ingredient of beer.
“It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up,” Mr. Salinger told the Institute of Brewing and Distilling convention.
My personal favorite, didn't make the list, but I think South Park Wheel of Fortune (below) was funnier than SNL Jeapordy pictured above.
South Park Wheel of Fortune from Belgium Studs on Vimeo.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
"You must be a middle-grade Commission Official!", said the balloonist. "I am", replied the woman, "I'm a Grade A*8. How did you know?" "Well", answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I am still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you have delayed my trip."
The woman below responded, "You must be a Senior Commission Official!". "I am," replied the balloonist, "But how did you know?" "Well," replied the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problem. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault"
You just can't write a strange story about Belgium anymore, its just called DAILY LIFE here.
Visitors to Antwerp's historic market square were treated to a rare sight on Tuesday as members of the local fire brigade bared their buttocks in pursuit of improved conditions.
The firemen's grievances concern early retirement schemes and better pay for Saturday work.
In unison the Antwerp firebrigade chanted "kiss my ass", a message directed at the socialist mayor of Antwerp Patrick Jannsens
A spokesman for the fire-fighters told the VRT that the early retirement scheme now on the table was unacceptable.
"Fire-fighters should be able to retire at 58 because the work is increasingly demanding" he said.
Belgian Joey Van den Broeck, 21, was charged, but he subsequently died in hospital in Antwerp after a road crash in Merksem, reports GVA.
The clueless judge went ahead without him. Besides jail, Van den Broeck also copped a $900 fine.
Improv Everywhere people pulled their latest shenanigans at Grand Central Station, freezing on cue, confusing and frustrating passersby by really getting in the way.
If you enjoy this stuff, I thought this one was even better.
See what happens when the group turns a typical Little League baseball game into a major sporting event complete with mascots, fans, Jumbotron, and even an appearance by the Goodyear blimp. Best of all, the players and their parents have no clue what is going on.
Best Game Ever from ImprovEverywhere on Vimeo.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
3Rozeski 1, M. Rozeski 1070
4Peterson 1, R. Peterson 1000
5Dallmann 1, R. Dallmann 990
6Covington 1, C. Covington 900
7Folger 1, J. Folger 850
8Hetrick 1, M. Hetrick 710
9East Campus All Stars, J. Stange 700
9Schiefert 1, D. Schiefert 700
The president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, has admitted having an affair with a 28-year-old flight attendant.
Mr Klaus, 66, who is married with adult children, made the comments after newspapers published pictures of him and Petra Bednarova being picked up by the presidential limousine after apparently spending a night together in a luxury hotel in Prague.
Mr Klaus does appear to have a liking for young stewardesses. In 2002, he became involved with Klara Lohniska, a 24-year-old student and flight attendant.
After a trip to the bathroom he was able to make his way downstairs, where his wife put some coffee in front of him.
“Louise,” he moaned, “Tell me what went on last night. Was it as bad as I think?”
“Even worse,” she assured him, voice dripping with scorn.
“You made a complete ass of yourself, succeeded in antagonizing the entire senior management and insulted the Regional Director General to his face.”
“He’s an a**hole. I should have pissed on him.”
“You did,” Louise informed him. “And he fired you.”
“Well, screw him!” yelled Colin.
“I did. You’re back at work on Monday.”
This really is brilliant video. The BBC screened footage of penguins flying as part of its new natural history series, Miracles of Evolution.
Not really.....but it was a great April Fools joke. Here's how they did it.
Not one Frenchman surrendered to the torch (although it is believed many collaborated with it)
Policemen that wear rollerblades do not instill fear.
Considering how hard it has been for the French coppers to stop French youth from lighting fires over the past three years, it's bizarre that now they are trying to keep a torch lit so desperately.
The only North American city that the torch will be brought to will be San Francisco. A city that has never had an Olympics, and has a history of violent protests. Although, on the other side, they do have their share of giant flamers.
Cern, where Web creator Tim Burners-Lee worked, has been working on an Internet replacement called The Grid that’s 10,000 times faster than broadband.
Built entirely out of modern fiber optics and routing technology, The Times says it’s capable of downloading entire feature films in seconds,even the fastest BitTorrent speeds I’ve seen still take more than an hour, and send the entire Rolling Stones catalogue from the UK to Japan in less than two seconds. Why you’d waste such a technology on the Rolling Stones, I don’t know.
The Grid is set to go live, at least in some capacity, this summer. Some 55,000 thousand Grid-capatible servers have already been installed around the world, with that number rising to 200,000 within the next two years.
Now we’ll all be Rickrolled with lightning-fast speed.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Crossing the line, Belgian champion Tom Boonen raised his arms and screamed, his exhilaration belying his seventeenth-place finish at the 2008 Tour of Flanders. The two-time Flanders winner was instead cheering for his teammate, Stijn Devolder, who screamed across the line for the greatest victory of his career on a day marked by horrific weather that seemed to suit the current Belgian national champion just fine.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The photos live in a Washington, D.C. museum, which has a crummy Web page devoted to them with some low-res photos.
Friday, April 04, 2008
The wealthy businessman — who had a heart condition — asked the sex workers to bring an electric sex toy, champagne and ecstasy tablets for a "special Christmas treat", British newspaper Daily Mail reports.
They allegedly did not try to prevent him from using the sex toy, which provided electric shocks, and only wiped the back of his neck with a damp towel when he became unconscious.
The sex toy that was used on the man came with a printed warning label of the possible danger due to high voltage use.
The businessman was regular client of the prostitutes and they are fighting the amount of damages in the case in Antwerp court.