Monthly Archives: December 2010

A cold front

Winter catches us with our pants down again. The entire Belgian nation slides sideways into the landscape on whited-out highways. Nobody, but nobody had their winter tyres on when the first snow fell unexpectedly early in the last week of November. Everybody thought it would be gone within a couple of days. They were all

Leak Soup

A friend of mine who trains diplomats once told me an amusing story. Some years ago, at a reception for the departing UN ambassador from the Netherlands, the wife of the British ambassador happened to ask the wife of the Dutch ambassador: “What is your husband going to do in his retirement?” That good woman