Eurodan in English

May 29, 2005

Och nu när det är över, då finns du överallt...

When you're an ex-pat and you happen to fall in love with a "local", suddenly your foreign city feels like home. You cross over, go native, and never look back.

And then one day it's over, and the city which felt so much like home is instantly converted into a minefield. Waiting around every corner are reminders of him, ready to ambush you. After all, this is *his* country.

If you're both living in your own country then maybe there are bars, restaurants, places you used to go together which you can avoid.

It's hard to avoid a whole culture, or a whole language, however, especially one that you have to work from on a daily basis (and one that you also like very much indeed).

The schoolchildren at the Nederlandstalig onderwijs school in my street were practising their own version of Vlaanderen boven (with changed lyrics, of course) at the noisy street party today... ambush one and counting.

Sometimes you just want to go home.

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May 28, 2005

The wedding was fantastic, by the way. I'm getting the pictures developed today, so soon you'll all be able to see just how beautiful my sister Rachel looked.

We're having a mini-heatwave here in Brussels at the moment. Last night I ended up in town having a drink (well, it wasn't planned - it just sort of happened...) and it seemed that the whole city was out on the streets. Our little Brussels "gay village" was heaving, needless to say, and there's something special about the atmosphere of the first really warm evenings of the year. A feeling of excitement, a sort of giddiness. It's probably an illusion, but suddenly life seems full of new possibilities, and it's time to try new things... like my friend Charles' boyfriend Diego's home-made sangria - which is why the evening took on a momentum of its own in the first place!

And all that from someone who doesn't like hot weather!

Anyway - tomorrow, Sunday, the weather is set to break, which seems quite appropriate for the French referendum on the constitution. I'm planning to watch the results from the European Parliament press room (if my lowly Commission interpreter's pass will get me in), and afterwards I shall politely refrain from joining the irate band of distraught Eurocrats marching towards the French Permanent Representation building in Brussels with molotov cocktails...

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May 18, 2005

Gang ykkur vel, Ísland!

Or if your Icelandic is a bit rusty (I know mine is), then that's good luck Iceland!

As you know, I've been saying for a couple of years now that the Eurovision is just a shadow of its former glory, but I'm still a sucker for a good Nordic effort, and I'll be voting for Selma on Saturday.

Click here if you want to watch her run around downtown Reykjavík playing cupid with (and I have this on good authority) a well known male model, who according to his press information has a 94 centimetre bust. It must be all the herring.

Ahem... (trying to regain dignity). I'm off to England tomorrow for a much more important event than merely Iceland winning Eurosong. My twin is getting married on Sunday - congratulations to her. Pictures and report here soon.

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May 17, 2005

no comment (for now)

Just to let you know that the comment facility is broken for now - but I hope to have it working again as soon as possible.

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May 16, 2005

So what have I been doing then? Why haven't I been writing?

Hard to say, really.

I went to Berlin for a few days, and I have to say that it's one of those cities which charms the pants off me. I could live there at the drop of a hat. It's not just that it's a big, German city (although that is part of it). It's also so easy to be in. It's about the size of London with half the people - so there's a tremendous sense of space. And then there's all the history, and a real sense of being at the epicentre of the new Germany - the Berlin republic, as it's now so often being called.

Since then I've been here in Brussels - mostly going out and having a good time, I have to admit. (Vacuous, me?). I don't mean to sound smug, but life here in many respects is pretty good for me at the moment. Fingers crossed that it stays that way...

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May 6, 2005

still here

Hi folks... I'm still alive. It's just that one way or another I've been a bit busy lately... you know how it is.

And the comment spam has reached epic proportions - I'm really going to have to do something about it.

Anyway - if you're looking for some amusement, try this for a hilarious look at how English is used in Japan and elsewhere. Heaven only knows what all those t-shirts with foreign script say which you can buy in Europe. I only hope that revenge is sweet!

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