A Belgian waffle…

From July 2019 Waffle can mean both 'lengthy and vague, trivial talk or writing' or refer to 'a dish made from leavened batter of dough cooked between two plates'. This blog can be considered a combination of the two as this piece is about Belgium. Geert van Istendael (pseudonym of Geert Vanistendael), a Belgian writer, … Continue reading A Belgian waffle…

Double Dutch

From June 2019 Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for … Continue reading Double Dutch

When is fruit forbidden?

Forbidden fruit is a phrase that originates from the Book of Genesis concerning Adam and Eve. Both eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, which they had been commanded not to do by God. As a metaphor, the phrase typically refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is … Continue reading When is fruit forbidden?

Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?

Every year I go to Rock Werchter with friends, and every year I'm as happy as a lark; before the festival, during the festival and some days thereafter. During this time I wonder why the whole world can't be like Rock Werchter... Rock Werchter is an annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, just … Continue reading Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?