One week has passed

One week has passed since my lovely Thai Girlfriend has flown to Europe to meet me. Last Wednesday I picked her up at the Brussels Airport and drove her home to my place.

Since then we have been visiting Antwerp and the surrounding area. She has been making me wonderfully tasty Thai food and I have made some Belgian food for her. We really match together very well.

Today we visited the “Kalmthoutse Heide“, which is a heath area in the north of Antwerpen, close to the Dutch border. We had a lovely walk together and despite the rain, she liked it very much.

Heath of Kalmthout (Kalmthoutse Heide) from wa...

Heath of Kalmthout (Kalmthoutse Heide) from watchtower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tomorrow I have to be back in the office for one day, but I will rush home to sample the lunch made by my darling.


How strange did the dice roll

The voters have rolled the dice and oh my Buddha, did they roll strange! Snake eyes for some, box-cars for others.

In Antwerpen, the present multi-party (socialist-liberal-catholic-green) got beaten by the new NV-A (Flemish nationalist, somewhat right wing) party. The Open VLD (liberal party, somewhat conservative) got clobbered and scored even less than the PVDA+ (extreme left wing, former Stalinist –or was it Trotskisk– party). The CD&V (Catholic party) lost their Flemish nationalist wing to the NV-A: it seems their god is not as powerful as they imagine. The SP.A (Socialist party) did not do that bad, but in the eyes of many they lost heavily because they failed to win. The present (SP.A) mayor is ousted and will most likely be replaced by the NV-A’s president, Bart De Wever. The extreme right wing, some dare say, racist party Vlaams Belang, formerly the second largest party in Antwerpen, is reduced to its small hard-core membership of hate-everyone-who-does-not-have-white-skin-and-is-not-born-here nutcases.

Antwerpen Stadhuis crop4 2006-05-28

Antwerpen Stadhuis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now the funny thing is that the two parties, NV-A and SP.A, that fought a heavy handed campaign against each other are doomed to join hands in a coalition in order to get a majority in the city council. As SP.A and CD&V have made a pre-electoral cartel agreement to join their votes, that means that the “Winner” will have to allow all the “Loosers” to join in all this fun. It seems the NV-A’s promise “to rid the Metropolis of the Socialist scourge” will have achieved exactly the opposite. And they will receive those catholic chameleons as an added bonus.

Interesting times ahead, for sure!

The dice will be cast today!

Municipal elections today in Belgium. And the sun is shining, so at least I will get dry into the polling booth. Thank the imaginary gods for this.

One other good thing to come out of the elections is that as from tomorrow all those ugly politician’s faces on big and small billboards will be replaced again by far better looking (but probably photoshopped) people in ads for things we do not need and cannot afford


Keep on learning to blog!

This week I gave the second lesson about blogging with in our local computerclub C&T.

English: Ubuntu USB lanyard

Ubuntu USB lanyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first lesson must have been not half bad since all students returned for the second lesson. At the start of the evening there was some panic as it appeared that my laptop had lost the files I prepared. One reset (and 10 minutes) later, the filesystem recovered and my presentation file was back on-line. Note to self: put the files you need also on a USB-stick for  back-up and don’t forget to take it with you.

And speaking of USB-sticks. I recently bought a 64 GB USB-flash-drive and filled it with MP3 music files (about 300 hours) to play in my car. Priaaw! The silly USB music system in my car only reads the first 7 or so albums (=folders) on the stick. I have really no idea why. It seems an arbitrary limit. I will transfer my music to a smaller USB-drive and use the big one to install a bootable Ubuntu Linux system, so in case of trouble I can by-pass all Windoze silliness and get some real work done.

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