Tales – Brussels bar

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

Or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 3 The bar was quieter tonight. The usual suspects were there – we had planned to discuss Brexit again. But no-one wanted to tallk about it immediately – Maj and co. had gone off to play darts, others […]

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19/06/2016 at 17:02EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune, or …

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 2 Stassos was quoting Shakespeare, but in slightly modified form. “Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of European fortune – or to take arms … that’s what you want to do.” He […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:16EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

To Brexit or not to Brexit – that is the question

          Tales from a Brussels bar – Brexit 1 It was a fine Spring evening in Brussels, the sun lingering on the pavements – quite the best time of the year in the city. Steve the Bar had put a couple of barrels and stools outside, […]

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27/05/2016 at 20:15EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

In euro-land, God is on the side of the big battalions

Tales from a Brussels bar 04/12/2016 Update. EU’s new VAT rules likely to make ebooks cheaper. Glum faces lined the bar last night, though it was Friday. Even Costas was not his usual ebullient self. Apparently it had been snowing in Athens, so it wasn’t just the whole of the […]

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22/02/2015 at 15:48EU EU_Business Tales - Brussels bar

Libraries as a public good

Libraries as a public good

Tales from a Brussels bar   It had been cold outside all week, so I was happy that night to wedge myself against the radiator, pint in hand, and peruse the headlines. A quiet evening – there was just a sprinkling of customers – the usual suspects. And I wasn’t […]

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23/02/2011 at 09:52Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar UK

The bullet-point theory of legislation and baking a cake

The bullet-point theory of legislation and baking a cake

Tales from a Brussels bar “Honestly, what is wrong with the EU constitution, apart from the thousand pages of it?” It seemed I’d walked straight into a distinctly heavy conversation. Ordering a beer to fortify myself, I sought out a comfy seat. It was Maj talking, of course. “A real […]

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31/05/2010 at 02:26Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

The ‘ffff’ sound and judging character

Tales from a Brussels bar Tam the barman suddenly exclaimed “ffff” – that was what started it. He was under pressure –

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28/03/2010 at 22:50Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Importance of protecting cultural diversity

Tales from a Brussels bar An interesting topic came up on Monday evening last week. Outside temperatures had risen by at least eight degrees in the previous two days, and Brussels was showing the first welcome signs of spring. 

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16/03/2010 at 17:05EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

The perils of social media and why you need strong wings

Tales from a Brussels bar I caught up with Maj in the bar yesterday after a particularly confusing euro meeting, so I was happy to get beer in hand and think about things less complicated. Barely had I settled in my seat, however, before the discussion slid to that bane […]

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Age and the balanced personality

Age and the balanced personality

Tales from a Brussels bar I was joshing with my old mate Maj last night – we were exchanging news and solving the problems of the world. And he started getting philosophical. Don’t get me wrong. Philosophy and the deeper state of being are not something we normally get up […]

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15/02/2010 at 15:30EU Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar