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Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians

Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians

by Antony Mason
     
 

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"Belgians like above all to be practical, solid. They stand square and conduct conversation from the base of the neck. Courteous behaviour is expected: it is the natural product of right-mindedness. It is also practical: that is how you get on in the world."
"Belgians would be very happy indeed if all the world knew them to be good-natured, tolerant,

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"Belgians like above all to be practical, solid. They stand square and conduct conversation from the base of the neck. Courteous behaviour is expected: it is the natural product of right-mindedness. It is also practical: that is how you get on in the world."
"Belgians would be very happy indeed if all the world knew them to be good-natured, tolerant, individualistic, self-assertive, modest, moderate, and the embodiment of European ideals. This is a long-term project. Meanwhile being placed somewhere on the map of Europe will do."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906042226
Publisher:
Oval Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Xenophobe's Guide
Edition description:
New
Pages:
92
Sales rank:
1,144,192
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Practicality makes perfect
Belgians like above all to be practical, solid. They stand square and conduct conversation from the base of the neck. Courteous behaviour is expected: it is the natural product of right-mindedness. It is also practical: that is how you get on in the world.

Tidy attitudes
They are almost naively devoted to being good citizens. Any kind of vandalism, dropping litter, or deliberate anti-social behaviour is greeted with horror and disgust.

We're on the map
The Belgians would be very happy indeed if all the world knew them to be good-natured, tolerant, individualistic, self-assertive, modest, moderate, and the embodiment of European ideals. This is a long-term project. Meanwhile being placed somewhere on the map of Europe will do.

Home economics
The Belgians like to think of themselves as practical, down-to-earth, dependable. A good Belgian woman knows how to run a household, knows the right temperature for the beer, can cook steak to perfection, shops efficiently at the megastore and holds down a job. Her husband holds down a job, drinks the beer, eats the steak and spends the weekend proudly changing his own oil sump gasket.

Meet the Author


Antony Mason is the author of The Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide to Brussels & Bruges, Antwerp & Ghent.

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