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Name ten famous Belgians!

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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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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bill D
Date: 12 Jun 99 - 11:58 PM

LEJ...tsk...tastes DO differ.. Celis Grand Cru is among my favorite beers..and my wife, Ferrara, and occasional poster Lorraine LOVE it!.It is not your usual flavor..(has spices & such) (I called Celis once to assure myself that they keep things fresh..Pierre Celis himself assured me..)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 03:32 AM

Catspaw.

You can keep your Percherons, just give me a Suffolk Punch.

Not that I want to get too HEAVY here.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:56 AM

Good line Sham..........and pathetically enough I can't come up with a funny line about Clydedales. I guess it's true, I can't be funny all the time. Self realization makes me sadder, bud wizer.

Sorry, that one is stinking up the whole joint.........

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 10:59 AM

Horsefeathers, for Shire. I prefer draft beer.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 11:10 AM

Ah Jeri....to lower yourself to such a level........I'm so dissappointed, but to each their own, but remember this quote:

"Can, bottle, or draft..You can have it your way."...Ann Hiser

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 01:03 PM

Catspaw! I'm worried about you. You've started EXPLAINING your jokes!
Just keep throwing them out there and be confident that "some" will understand you......


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jeri
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 02:05 PM

I think I understood his mane point. Anyway, it isn't possible to harness Catspaw's wit. I don't think anyone got my yoke, I fetlock the smiley face. Sorry you got dregged into this, Rick.

I'll just be running off to hide under the bed for a while.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 02:21 PM

Shades of the "Golf Course Bird" Thread. All this horsing around is trampling good taste underfoot.It behooves you all to stop.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 06:49 PM

Jeri, you're so stable, there is no need to harness your wit.
With unbridled respect.
rick


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 07:45 PM

Hay Rick, I didn't realize I was explaining, perhaps just trying a bit more stablization. Please don't call me on this action before the secretariat as I have already affirmed my intentions and issue this post as a citation to the rest of you for tolerating me, here at Mudcat. Hopefully this will all whirlaway as a slew of tripe. I mean, we might as well be pleasant instead of ruffians. As you are the "pickin" leader, so to speak, I will take your advice as I am always in your dust Commander.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 07:53 PM

Rick

I didn't mean Big Joe Williams was Belgian.... Or was he?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Banjer
Date: 13 Jun 99 - 08:16 PM

Well, talk about getting all the scoop right from the horses mouth!!! When did they start putting tails where their nostrils ought to be?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 12:17 AM

Sham, that was Big Joe Walloons!
Catspaw, something horrid just happened. I was trying to make a pun from Nashua and Swaps, and I just realized..I'm getting old!!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 01:16 AM

Bummer ain't it? I was trying to work in something re: the homosexual/lesbian thread and housing so I could use Chateaugay ('63?) but I felt ancient enough with the Citation and Whirlaway refs (48 & 47???). Well, just buck up there old man and show great bravery in using the wit and cunning which age has afforded, you Gallant Fox you. (I'm stretchin' here).

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 05:19 AM

Hello Jo! What's a nice girl like you doing in a thread like this?

I rather like the greeny-bluey thing myself, but if you check out the HTML (right-click on the page then select VIEW SOURCE), you'll see it says color=red. I don't understand all this clever stuff, myself.

Glad you're having a good time, by the way; how much trouble are you having spelling "Jo"? By the way, did you know that chips (with/without fish) is your actual Belgian take-away?

Steve x


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 05:20 AM

Two "by-the-ways" ... time I had a lie down!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: LEJ
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 05:23 PM

LOL Damn that was a good-un Banjer!

PS The last one out of the thread has to clean up the mess.

LEJ


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: PJ
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 06:22 PM

khatspaugh-- Your unfettered wit shows you're a winner who knows his place. As a mudder you give no quarter when it comes to puns. You're a real stud who always pulls his weight, and most of the time I must admit your humor is right on track.

However, I worry that if you keep lunging at the off side of these jokes, the folks in philly may not like the tack you're taking and your reputation will suffer. This could cost you dearly, you could end up in hock, get depressed and just foal apart. I would hate to see that happen.

Though it's clear you don't need anyone's help to kick up your heels, I humbly offer my support with puns (and I'm not just saying that to curry your favor). Draw nigh, catspaw- we'd make a great team! Don't stall, though, hurry and respond because my offer won't last furlong...

PJ


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 06:41 PM

PJ--------I can tell you're not really trying to stirrup anything with your kind but withering remarks. Alas we must all be aware of our place in the show. So if I get stuck, I'll lunge at your offer. But when you have suggestions hold your hands high. No sense mucking about. It can be annoying having good puns and not being able to use them, kinda' like a boil that won't heal...So don't hold those chestnuts at bay or that sorrel never clear up.

Christ, I can't take it anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

catspaw(talk about a thread blown all to hell........)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Fadac
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 06:46 PM

Egad, That is the crupper of humor. However, we'll just put the bit in our teath, and trot on.

For someones edification, you use the scoop, near the end of the horse with the tail. Not to worry, it's just grass and water, with a bit of corn and apples from time to time.

-Fadac, Did I write that?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Dave Swan
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 07:03 PM

This all began when Steve said " In the U.K. we have a great party game called name ten famous Belgians" and we bought it. Swallowed that pretty treble hook with the imitation jiggling pork rind tadpole and ford fender right up to the leader, sinker and all. Played the game. He's got to be laughing himself silly.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 07:03 PM

You done good there Fadac, so don't be too sulky about it. You're simply a natural worrier and pacer. If it feels good though, you can trot out some more.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jo Taylor
Date: 14 Jun 99 - 08:34 PM

Steve - ha! I think we're quits - the chips thing was my way of a subtle joke... It's the first thing people here mention about Belgians... French people have Belgian jokes, England has Irish jokes, Normans have Breton jokes (N.O.I!! I'm fairly ethnically diverse myself).
By the way (!) I had corrected the spelling before pushing the button - it wasn't the Jo bit that was causing the trouble.
Kicking the traces - Jo x


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 09:58 AM

I'm surprised no-one mentioned Belgian's most famous Flemish folk group, their answer to Peter, Paul and Mary (or Peter Paul & Rubens as they call them over there):
Hertz van Rental and his wife Avis and her brother Kenning van Hire.[who can forget "Two Lips from Rotterdam"; "Up in a balloon with a Walloon"; "Son of a barge" and many other hits]
Sorry,Steve. I held out for a few days!
I compiled a pub quiz round on famous Belgians once and managed to find enough for two rounds but a lot were from before the modern state.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 11:24 AM

Roger, were you in Pub Quiz? I did it for three years and experienced great triumphs and collossal humiliation. Upon answering the question: "who was Mary Ann Evans?" I received two beers, an Adidas bag, and a used junior Golf trophy with ny name written on it in magic marker stating I was "high scorer in finals '92." Upon missing the name of Dick Turpin's Horse (I said:....uhhh, Black Beauty?) I completed an 0 for 10 round and received dirty looks from my team-mates! Thank God I got a radio show and haven't had to embarrass myself anymore.


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Subject: Never mind the Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 11:28 AM

Hey, Jo! (I'm gonna write a song with that name!) A red kiss - I can't beat that ... unless ... there's always the good ol' besso - that's a Spanish kiss .. it's like a French kiss only


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 11:38 AM

Sorry Jo - had to go and take a cold shower.

A German-speaking friend of mine told me years ago that the Germans tell Östfrieslander (Östfrieslandischer? No idea) jokes, and gave me this example:

Q: Why did the tide go out?
A: Because it saw the Östfrieslanders arriving for their holidays!

Who says the Germans have no sense of humour? Well, me for one ...

Steve b


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 11:55 AM

Rick,
I compiled an annual Christmas Quiz held in various London pubs over the years for a professional group I was on the Committee of. I retired as the oldest inhabitant a couple of years ago when I realised I'd done 20 years on the committee and 10 annual quizzes! There were youngsters coming along who have carried it on.
I tried "jazz/blues nicknames" for one round one year (Wingy Manone etc), only to find one team had a fan like me)who got them all right!
Then there was the year when the pub muzak (just before it was turned off for us to start) played a tune that answered one of the questions...Since then I've helped She-who-must-be-obeyed, who is a Churchwarden, with a quiz for the local church social but otherwise hung up my gavel. As my responses to threads amply demonstrate, I realised I knew less about the things I thought I knew something about than I thought I did! Roger


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Fadac
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 12:29 PM

A joke told to be by a Norwegian, about an Englishman off the coast of Germany. It goes like this.

Englishman on yacht: Help, Help, I'm Sinking!!!!

No answer

Englishman again, a bit more alarmed: Help! I'm sinking, Does anyone one hear me?

German (Thick accent): Ya, Vee hear you, Vat are you sinking about?

The Norwegian laughed to tears telling me this joke.

No Belgians were involved.

-Fadac


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 01:30 PM

Can I phone a friend?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 02:42 PM

Shamb, I seem to get the idea that perhaps, like me you are noticing a THIRD form of Mudcat thread creep. I think this one might best be called "Sybil Creep" in as much as the original thread may still exist, but there are four or five others running concurrently and they seem to be paying no attention to the rest. So that gives us: 1) Standard Creep 2) Thread Blown All to Hell and 3) Sybil Creep.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jo Taylor
Date: 15 Jun 99 - 07:48 PM

Oh Steve - a blue besso - ooh.
French 'kiss' = baiser which can also mean something far more, er,...
Perhaps it's the same root. Ahem. Whilst in linguistic mode (or something)capote anglaise is an interesting translation - or does that belong on Catpaw's thread of a while back?

A Belgian was going to Calais for his holidays but after he'd crossed the border into France he started seeing signs saying 'Pas de Calais' so he went back home...

Well, you started it.
Jo, who has not baiser'd any Frenchmen (lately) - though they do say it's a great way to learn a language, wonder if Black Country counts? X


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Peter T.
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 09:36 AM

This has gone way beyond thread creep, more like pulling on a loose thread of a Hong Kong suit, and being left with a handkerchief. Or it has mutated into the realms superstring theory (the 13+ dimensional universe beloved of current cosmological theory).
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 09:49 AM

Peter, I was wondering how long it would take for the old superstring theory to come up. Looking forward to the discussion.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Peter T.
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 10:00 AM

Hey, if you can't be pretentious in a thread about Belgians and alleged horse puns, what hope is there for wasted intellect?
Yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 12:37 PM

Jo, Ah'd be oppy ter show yo, ma wench, if yo'd just come across!

Capote anglaise - that explains a joke I heard at school 32 years ago - thanks!

Steve y (comes after x)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 01:22 PM

Maybe we combine the two: Sybil Superstring Thread Creep, because this one is totally unbelievable!!!!

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The Shambles
Date: 16 Jun 99 - 01:25 PM

Well, if you ask a silly question-----


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 03:54 AM

I don't now why superstringers need 13 dimensions; if 10 was good enough for Einstein, it's good enough for me!

Steve, BA (Open)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: catspaw49
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 09:42 AM

I just went back and tried to count the topics covered in this thread..............Gave up............We need to log this one! Gotta' be a record.

catspaw


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Fergus
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 10:14 AM

Benoît Mandelbrot (of fractal fame) is Belgian, isn't he?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Fadac
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 10:58 AM

Speaking of records. Does anybody make vinel any more? I put a record on the other day, and enjoyed every scratch.

There is a great movie that came out of Canada, called Harmony Cats. The story is about this high and mighty vilon (sp? fiddle) player. The ocherasta went broke, so this guy had to take a job playing base guitar in a country and western band. Great movie, the most memorable part is when the band leader is unhappy with our hero. He tells him, "You remeber the old records, you could hear the scratches, well in my band, you can almost hear those scratches. Don't take them out of my band." It's the little mistakes, that make things human.

-Fadac

BTW this make a bizilion different topics for this thread. No problem, just store it in a Tardis. -F


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Jo Taylor
Date: 17 Jun 99 - 07:45 PM

Steve - Z
Jo


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: snevhead (inactive)
Date: 28 Jun 99 - 11:22 AM

I believe Charles Aznavour was Bleggian. Then again, there's always the three members of Technotronics.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 28 Jun 99 - 11:29 AM

I believe he's Bleggian too, although I think he comes from Belgium!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 28 Jun 99 - 11:54 AM

I was gravely disappointed to fond out yesterday that Adolph Sax, author of the saxophone (amongst other things, apparently) was also a Bleggian from Belgium.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 28 Jun 99 - 11:54 AM

I was gravely disappointed to find out yesterday that Adolph Sax, author of the saxophone (amongst other things, apparently) was also a Bleggian from Belgium.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 29 Jun 99 - 03:37 AM

Wow - he was from Bleggian twice! Did he write any other instruments?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 29 Jun 99 - 05:00 AM

Steve:- From Webster's Dictionary:

Main Entry: 1au·thor
Pronunciation: 'o-th&r
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English auctour, from Old North French, from Latin auctor promoter, originator, author, from augEre to increase -- more at EKE
Date: 14th century
1 a : one that originates or creates : SOURCE b capitalized : GOD 1
2 : the writer of a literary work (as a book) - au·tho·ri·al /o-'thOr-E-&l, -'thor-/ adjective


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 29 Jun 99 - 07:42 AM

Thanks for learning me that!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,Sander
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 10:57 AM

Heel mooi allemaal, maar als ik één van jullie klootzakjes in de achterbuurten van Londen tegenkom... Dan sta ik niet in voor de gevolgen. One more famous Bleggian! Fuck off


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Peace
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 11:42 AM

Such class.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: bobad
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 02:44 PM

Anyone mention the little pisser Manneken Pis yet? He's so famous they erected a statue of him.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Bassic
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 06:31 PM

That sounded like a Belgian with a French Fry on his shoulder.....ok, so it probably doesnt translate....but it was a back handed complement....honest....


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Little Hawk
Date: 16 Oct 05 - 10:56 PM

Seymour Flesche.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,Karen
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 05:34 AM

the congo scandels = Leopold II
the soldier king = Albert I (WO I)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: mooman
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 05:58 AM

Off the top of my head (exluding the obvious Adolph Sax):

Gerardus Mercator (geographer/mapmaker)
Jacques Brel (singer)
Eddy Merckx (cyclist)
Kim Clijsters (tennis player)
Justine Henin-Hardenne (tennis player)
Emile Puttemans (long-distance runner)
Georges Simenon (novelist)
Andreas Vesalius (anatomist)
Rene Magritte (painter)
Peter Paul Rubens (painter)
Peter Breugel the Elder (painter)
Hieronymous Bosch (painter)
Victor Horta (architect)
Audrey Hepburn (actress)
Father Damien (leper missionary in Hawaii)

Oh dear that's 15 already and I've left so many out! Not bad for such a small country!

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 06:06 AM

ca plein pour moi.
Plastic Bertrand


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,Karen
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 06:09 AM

seour sourire
:-)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 06:11 AM

oops soeur sourire .


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,Karen
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 06:17 AM

Andreas Vesalius - anatomist

aaaand another one.

blijven geven...


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,jean declercq
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 08:04 AM

Sorry, but your knowledge is somewhat disturbed. It's not King Albert I who was responsible for Congo but King Leopold II who ordened Stanley to look for Livingstone and later became the Saddam Hoessein for Congo. Maybe a few famous belgian's:
Eddy Mercx: 5 times winner of the French Tour
Kim Clijsters: Flemish female tennis player
Raymond Goethals: Belgian Coach of Marseille who won the Champion's Winners Cup
Toots Thielemans: A more than famous name in the world of Jazz
Baekeland: inventor of Bakeliet which was the product necessited for the telephones
Rubens: Painter
Peter Piot: head of the UN Aids program
Hergé: designer from the Tintin-comics
Soeur Sourire: singer/songwriter "Dominique" (no.1hit in the USA)
Jean-Claude Van Damme: filmstar (?)

...


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 08:33 AM

Louis Michel head of the EU committee for foreign aid.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,hilke
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 01:32 PM

I am from Belgium and is it really that difficult to name 10 famous Belgians? there are more then 10 famous Belgians(I think...)!
OK,I have to admit, Belgium is a really small country!that's a fact!
Maybe you know Adolf Sax? He invented that instrument(saxophone)and Jean Claude Van Dame (nothing to be proud of, but still, he is a Belgian!), and everybody forgets to mention Soulwax (of course!),Jacques Brel, René Magritte, Erik Van Looy (the director of 'de zaak altzheimer', he had the chance to win an oscar with this movie), Pieter Paul Rubens, jacques Rogge (I think he helps organizing the Olympic games or something like that), Guy Verhofstadt, hercule poirot (he's fictional, but who cares?).
PS: somebody asked what language Walloons speak. Well, they speak French, I am Flemish so I speak Flemish (dutch with an accent), and there are also people in Belgium who speak German.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,hilke
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 01:45 PM

I forgot to mention Arno (a singer),Ambiorix, the cartoonist who draws Asterix and Obelix, kim clijsters, justin henin-hardenne, father damian, hergé (tintin),eddy merckx, jean-marie pfaff (!),toots thielemans,...
good luck in looking for other 'famous Belgians'!


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,hilke
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 01:50 PM

dries van noten, dirk bikkembergs, tom boonen


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,Fullerton
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 03:51 PM

I can name 10 famous belgians
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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Cool Beans
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 05:12 PM

Pee-wee Herman is Belgian???
American joke; refers to actor Paul Reubens who played Pee-wee Herman on TV and in movies.)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: robomatic
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 05:37 PM

So a Belgian made it to Janus VI?


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: robomatic
Date: 17 Oct 05 - 06:41 PM

smurfageddon


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: darkriver
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 02:45 AM

Uh, hey there you '05 posters:

This is an old joke thread (and one of the classics IMO). So please read what was posted through 1999 before commenting. . . .


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: el_punkoid_nouveau
Date: 18 Oct 05 - 02:26 PM

Bugger. Got nearly down to the bottom of the thread, and Guest poked his/her/its head in and knicked my famous belgian!

We frequently play this game in the office, due to running a belgian software package. They can't do those either!

Plastic Bertrand!

Well, he was almost punk...


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 05 - 06:10 AM

Toots thielmans


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 05 - 12:44 PM

hazelnut surprise, soft caramel, rum truffle, praline, orange cream, milk fudge, er....that's it.


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 09 Nov 05 - 05:20 AM

you all forgot Nöel Godin, the guy throwing pies in famous people's faces (including bill gates)
eventually, his next victim would've been the pope, being, according to godin, a serial killer (forbidding birthcontrol in the name of the church), but as he's dead, its kinda hard isntit :)


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Sttaw Legend
Date: 09 Nov 05 - 06:02 AM

Flamenco Ted


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Subject: RE: Name ten famous Belgians!
From: Paul Burke
Date: 09 Nov 05 - 06:33 AM

Not one steam man among the Catters?

Alfred Belpaire.


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