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April 25, 2005

The EU's safe with us...

Here's a picture of Martin and me taken at my friend Charles' flatwarming party.

I think we look very dignified, don't you? Every bit the Commission interpreter and EP political secretary.

And to think that some people worry about the competence and seriousness of people working for the EU's institutions. I'm sure that after one look at this photo they'd be completely reassured.

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[gratuitous in-joke] "Findest Du nicht, dass der Dolmetscher ein bisschen weiblich aussieht?" [/gratuitous in-joke]

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April 24, 2005

How racist/ageist/homophobic are you?

Take this Implicit Association Test from Harvard University and find out.

It's a rather unusual method which tries to delve into our subconscious and unearth preferences which we're not even really aware that we have.

A bit troubling, really - especially as it confirms that most of us have deep-seated preferences for... well, what you would expect, I suppose - young, straight people of our own racial group.

By the way - sorry for all the comment spam if you've been reading the blog's archives. It's really getting out of control. *sigh*.

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April 19, 2005

A ferry nijsh webshijt

At last! Sometimes you find a website which is pure therapy. Food for the soul. Salvation.

A website that proves that I'm not the *only* one in the world who gets exasperated with the relationship that the Dutch have with the English language. And in particular the fact that they think that they're *good* at it! (Sorry Herman, if you're reading - I know that there are many honourable exceptions!)

Anyway - take a look here and you'll see that I'm not talking out of my neck, as it were...

Met dank aan Bart.

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April 17, 2005

Et voilà! Just click on the Cuban flag or here for a few snaps.

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April 16, 2005

Coming soon...

I picked up the CD with my Cuba photos today.

Tomorrow I'll put some online. They're not great - mainly because I didn't take my proper camera but instead (over-cautiously) decided to use a disposable one... and managed to get my finger in the way at least a couple of times!

Still, enough excuses. Hasta mañana!

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April 8, 2005

Not in my name

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is completely disgusted by all this fawning, sensationalist mob-grief coverage about the death of the Pope.

Thank God for The Guardian's Polly Toynbee and in particular this article.

Quite why Tony Blair and the leaders of a good number of other supposedly sensible democracies with a decent separation of church and state feel the need to traipse past the corpse of someone who encouraged millions of the world's poorest people to throw away their condoms, have children they couldn't afford to feed and infect themselves with HIV is quite beyond me.

How about a bit of respect for human dignity?

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April 5, 2005

She did it!

Congratulations to Leah, who passed her test today. I was on stand-by at work this morning, which meant that I was able to sit outside the room waiting like in some cheap US hospital drama. And it took *ages*! Since the tests are eliminatory, the longer it takes the better, mais quand-mÍme!

I don't think Leah will mind me saying that she doesn't have the most self-confidence of all the people I know, and so it's particularly gratifying when you've been urging a friend to believe in their abilities for ages and ages and they finally do so, and then are successful.

Sorry - I'll have to stop as this is beginning to get as gushy as a bad Oscars Night speech. But who cares! She passed. Job done.

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April 4, 2005

Good luck!

One of the sweetest friends I have is taking an interpreting test in Brussels tomorrow (or today in fact if it's already Tuesday where you are), and I'm almost as nervous as she is. (Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration given what I'm sure she's going through, but I *am* nervous!)

We've been practising away for the last few weeks and I just know she can do it, so I'm really going to be crossing all my fingers and thumbs tomorrow... which will of course make it a bit difficult to type.

As for me? Well I'm feeling quite good about the world at the moment, as it happens... the last two family health scares have turned out to be much less serious than first thought, I'm still really enjoying my job, and one way and another I'm feeling ever more... integrated into my new homeland... which is nice... ahem...

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