Sunday, 28 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Hundred and twenty five-days without a government have stimulated the creativity of many Belgians. This has not resulted in a flow of angry and passionate messages, as might have been expected in a nationality-crisis. No, in a very much Belgian way, many of its inhabitants start to expose the irony, the absurdity and the plain surrealism of the situation. And they practise nowhere more than in that generous new medium called Youtube. The most spectacular movie-fragment is probably that of a huge explosion at the royal Palace in the heart of Brussels. Although such an event would be the ultimate dream of Flemish nationalist extremist – who hate the royal family because it is the symbol of Belgium – the video seems to have been made by French-speaking students, as an exercise in special effects and a joke.
Charming – and already nine months old - is Ik hou van jou/je t’aime, playing a children’s tune of the national anthem, the Brabançonne, with lyrics in both Ducth and French, showing all sterotype-images of the country, but in the end leaving the question open if Belgiums is a non-country to love or to laugh at.
Friday, 12 October 2007
A little juwel is Hey Yves Leterme, a lyric written in Dutch by two young popular radio-presentators Peter Van de Veire and Sofie Lemaire, of the Flemish broadcast Studio Brussel. They sing the text on the fragile music of ‘Hey There Delilah’ from the US-band Plain White T’s. And it is all about poor Yves Leterme, the Flemish christian democrat strongman, who had a huge triumph on election day, but two months later has nothing but troubles to master.
The last one, De Nieuwe Brabanconne, starts as a classical Flemish satire on everything Belgian (beginning with the national anthem of course), but ends in a tribute to the King, from which it cannot be detected if it is ironic or not. Never try to understand Belgium. Its inhabitants have given up on this a long time ago.