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Name ten famous Belgians!

Steve Parkes 10 Jun 99 - 08:13 AM
alison 10 Jun 99 - 08:16 AM
Wolfgang 10 Jun 99 - 08:34 AM
Bert 10 Jun 99 - 08:47 AM
catspaw49 10 Jun 99 - 08:56 AM
Walrus 10 Jun 99 - 08:56 AM
Wolfgang 10 Jun 99 - 09:02 AM
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The_one_and_only_Dai 10 Jun 99 - 09:54 AM
Rick Fielding 10 Jun 99 - 10:11 AM
Art Thieme 10 Jun 99 - 10:18 AM
catspaw49 10 Jun 99 - 10:58 AM
Rick Fielding 10 Jun 99 - 10:58 AM
Dave Swan 10 Jun 99 - 11:06 AM
Bert 10 Jun 99 - 11:29 AM
Peter T. 10 Jun 99 - 11:44 AM
LEJ 10 Jun 99 - 12:37 PM
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The Shambles 10 Jun 99 - 01:57 PM
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Subject: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:13 AM

In the Uk we have a great party game called, well, "name ten famous Belgians". I've mentioned this in a couple of threads in the past, and I thought it was time I brought it to the attention of the world at large.

Oh, if you're from Belgium, remember that they have to be famous outside Belgium! I suppose you could play "name ten famous Poles"? (Marie and Pierre Curie count as one!)

If anyone knows any famous Belgians, pass them on to the rest of us. And yes, I can name ten myself, but I'm not going to!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: alison
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:16 AM

Hercule Poirot...... does it matter that he's fictional?

and of course the "muscles from Brussels".. Jean Claude van Damme.

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:34 AM

Steve, at least you should have restricted it to music, when I start thinking of sports and politics, this is getting too easy.

So here's my singer/songwriter from Belgium: Jacques Brel

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bert
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:47 AM

Wasn't Simon Stevin from Belgium?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:56 AM

Seymour Glick

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Walrus
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:56 AM

Well, There's always King Albert I (of the Congo scandles) - That is assuming that monarchs are allowed. Then there's Herge (spelling?) The chap who wrote the Tin-Tin Stories (and on the same tack) wasn't one of the pair that invented Asterix Belgian? There's the bloke that wrote the "Maigrait" books (I can't remember his name) Atnd then there's one the Belgians always want to forget, Leon DeGrelle, the commander of the Walloon Legion of the SS during the occupation. Do any of those count?

Walrus


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 09:02 AM

I looked it up: Belgium has alone 11 winners of the Tour de France. Well, I could have named only two of them (Eddy..., Lucien..., but there are several other famous cyclists (Rick van..., Rick van..., Michel...), a couple of fine football players, at least one good runner and once world record holder (Gaston...), a world class speed skater (Bart..., well, he's Dutch, but he starts now for Belgium). Once you start thinking, it is only a question of finding the category and then the names came rolling in. And with the recent food scandal in Belgium, we even know the name of the prime minister...

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Wolfgang
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 09:09 AM

why do we bother?

Famous Belgians. The complete list
and it doesn't have several of my sports champions and politicians.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 09:54 AM

...er... Sparky did say famous, didn't he? I've heard of exactly two of those guys. Look, I'm famous in my local pub, but can you name Ten Famous Fox-and-Hounders? If you could, I wouldn't be one of them. It's all relative...


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 10:11 AM

I forget the names of the 7 Belgians who invented Brussels' sprouts.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 10:18 AM

Mr. Waffle---who invented the Belgian Waffle---wasn't he from there?

Art


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 10:58 AM

Seymour Glick

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 10:58 AM

Name two famous 9 string guitar players.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Dave Swan
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 11:06 AM

Django and Jerry Garcia. Oh...nine strings.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bert
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 11:29 AM

Isn't our Art one of them?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Peter T.
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 11:44 AM

Painters: Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Jan Brueghel, the Not so Younger Elder (joke, but fine painter). Roger Van der Weyden, Peter Paul Rubens, James Ensor. Politicians: the Three Burgundian Dukes (Philip, Paul, and soon hit the harder stuff); and Paul de Man (famous literary critic).
Ten! (whew). Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: LEJ
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 12:37 PM

Toots Theilemans


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 01:33 PM

Nowadays you can just name one. Feed him and the cells will multiply uncontrollably.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 01:57 PM

Neil Young?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 03:29 PM

Seymour Glick

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Penny S.
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 03:38 PM

Carausius?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Dave Swan
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 03:46 PM

O.K., I'll rise to the dry fly floated by Catspaw. I'll throw myself on the barbed wire of ignorance. Earnestly I ask...Seymour Glick? Dave.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Peter T.
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 04:00 PM

Seymour Glick is a character created by Steve Allen (Steverino for all you old fans out there). What it has to do with Belgium is a mystery to me (we await catspaw's revelation). By the way, I see that they have banned Belgian chocolate today. These people are going to starve to death if beer is next.
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Doctor John
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 04:40 PM

Rene Magritte, Paul Delveaux (more painters)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 04:51 PM

Catspaw,

It's just great to seymour of you around here again with just one "glick" o' the mouse!

Welcome home!

Art


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Melodeon
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 06:12 PM

Wolfgang and Dai. I know one from Wolfgang's list - the great Henri (Is this a pipe) Magritte. The rest I have never heard of. From my local, John Daniels has a Belgin wife. I don't know her name though.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 06:15 PM

Great job Peter T.!!!!!!!!!!! Now for the tie in...One show Steverino was poking fun at "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well" with his own variant, "Seymour Glick is Tired and Sick." I figured Seymour had to be Belgian.

.......and Thank You Dave, I was about to give up.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 06:52 PM

Be thankful Paw, I still have at least 5 of them out there and unloved!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Banjer
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 07:26 PM

It all sounds to me like a Grecian Urn!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:19 PM

Big Joe Williams?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bill D
Date: 10 Jun 99 - 08:57 PM

famous to me?? Ok..Pierre Celis...who?, you ask? Well, he is from Hoegaarden, Belgium originally, and now is the Brewmaster of Celis Brewery in Austin, Texas...maker of the best beers outside Belgium, where more good beer is brewed than anywhere else!..(yes, there are wonderful beers elsewhere...just not in the variety of Belgian ones) you can read more..)LOTS more) at Celis.com


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 03:29 AM

OK GUYS, YOU CAN STOP NOW!!


Hey Banjer - here's a Belgian joke:
Q. What's a grecian urn?
A. About 15 drachmae an hour!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 09:24 AM

Steve, I'll sign off now, but I warn you, some of these Belg-ophiles are gettin' outta control. Go get 'em.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bert
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 11:01 AM

If the answer is 'blemish' what was the question?



The question was 'What language do they speak in Felgium?'

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 01:08 PM

What does a Waloon speak?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Walrus
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 02:03 PM

French?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Walrus
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 02:07 PM

One silly question. Can they be Famous "Belgians" if they died before the formation of Belgium (1838 I think)? Before that they were a bit of the "United Netherlands" and a bit of France, if I recall.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Theodore
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 02:28 PM

Leonidas. Great pralines and he has Greek roots (Pround of it !!!)

Theodore


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: LEJ
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 03:34 PM

Bill D... I tried some Celi's GrandCouvre (that sound right?) And it tasted like rotting peaches to me, which is not in my top ten favorite tastes for beer. Did I get a bad batch, or is Belgian beer an acquired taste?

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: folk1234
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 06:02 PM

Well there's endive, waffles (mentioned earlier), rue and, pancakes.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Dave Swan
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 06:17 PM

LEJ, Amongst the guys with whom I brew, the joke is that if your batch goes to hell, you call it Belgian and serve it anyway. Cheers, Dave


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Fadac
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 06:56 PM

Wasn't Indina Jones in the Belgin Army during WWI? If you serve in the US Armed Services, and get an honerable discharge. You have citizen (sp?) rights. So if you served in the Belgian army, when they REALLY needed the help, Mr. Jones could claim Belgian citizen ship.

-Fadac...."Over There!"


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Herge
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:54 PM

Did someone mention my name???

To find out more go to http://www.tintin.be/index_gb.htm

Herge


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bert
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:57 PM

Dave,
You're BAD

Bert.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 07:58 PM

Nobody's mentioned the most famous one of them all: Hercule Poirot. (Thanks to Wolfgang's blue clicky thing I now know 241 Belgians who are almost as famous...)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Banjer
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:03 PM

Ah, someone didn't read ALL the posts, Hercule Poirot was in the second post! Tsk, tsk....


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jo Taylor
Date: 11 Jun 99 - 08:17 PM

Oh dear having trouble spelling my name tonight. Thought no-one was going to mention Hergé. Steve, I love your turquoise bits...or should I say cyan? I had thought of another one but my mind's gone all blank...had me chips perhaps?
Jo x


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 05:03 AM

Wouah! Wouah!

Milou


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 08:27 PM

Banjer, I DID read them all. But there are so many famous Belgians now I missed him! I remember reading the name 'Jean Claude van Damme', which made me hurry on to the next post! :-) - Susanne


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 10:27 PM

Ol' Bob, Charley, Big Sue, Billy Boy, Harley, Jerry, Ol' Ted, Janey, Ross, Henry..........Why shitfire, that's 10 right there. I dunno'who the hell these other names are...'ceppin' that Van Damme guy. But there shore ain't no trick to namin' 10 famous Belgians if'n yuh go to the county fair here. Y'all oughta' come with Paw and me to the Tuesday night Horse Pull....Why you'd see so many Belgians up close that you'll think you're a stable boy! Plus we got a feller with a pair of Percherons that'll make you so damn excited y'all 'ul scratch yourself in public.......or at least me and Paw do. Man they're pretty.

CLETUS


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