Saturday, 13 October 2007

Final Fantasy on Belgium

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.

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