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  1. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Verhofstadt might be out of the game, was on radio but have not seen confirmation yet, he would be leading a conference on future of EU, in comments the term "possible sidetrack" was used along "this is a thanks for done works", but maybe a loudmouth bad cop is not that needed in what is coming up next months, that would also be a consideration, along with the fact that EU's future has always been high on the man's agenda ... and for those who didn't know already, he's all for more europe, now put him in that new position and the outcome is somewhat predictable, maybe the brits got out in good time ?
  2. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    He'll rather have a go at the EU first, that's what the 2020 outlook was of our financial times, UK being smaller potatoes and easier to manhandle
  3. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    first off, apologies to the brexit discussion boffins for this slight sidetrack. You know Jack, reading that list I have to ask myself, with a big grin, how was it ever possible that I worked for this japanese company for nearly a quarter century... gosh, how I sinned against some of these rules ! But then we never got any rules, we had to find out what worked or not for ourselves and on advice of others, and the company was not positioning itself as japanese, the rule was "we are global, not japanese" and to illustrate that the co-founder and co-owner moved (before my time) to New York when they started their first US office. But yes, there is a load of truth in Lewis and those rules, however, that was mostly applicable when I started (end of 80's) and it did evolve noticeably over the next decades, to a point where I would say that although the overall first impression can be same, things have evolved. To remain with my snotty example, what I described was indeed early 90's , but a decade later when I was teaching, coaching a budding japanese engineer (part of the job, he rose through the ranks so job well done) he once mentioned that he also found this habit repulsive, that he used a handkerchief but out of sight, to avoid provoking the older generation. That's the way it goes overthere, small steps. In a Brexit vein, ever considered that some of what you say about the japanese mindset (the mere fact of bein on an island and the superiority feeling) could also be seen as similarities and at the base of Brexit ? some seriously wise professor should make a study about the consequences of being on an island
  4. Albatros

    Greta Rides Again?

    but, but, will Greta approve of the woodburner ? overhere the hardline enviro's are advocating a total ban on woodstoves and open fireplaces,so they'll be asking you : how dare you ?
  5. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    so here I was in one of my very first meetings in Tokyo, the guy sitting next to me was on and off doing this strong nose inhalations where you really hear the snot in his nose going down his throat, I found that utterly gross, others did the same ... but the day I pulled out my handkerchief while dining with the same lot and (head sideways) blew my nose I was gently told not to do that anymore as to them this was extremely inappropriate, so I asked what I should do ? "snort, like we do and you'll be all fine" ... well, if Lewis can't get something on us pesky Belugistani's, he's entirely correct keeping his hands off the japanese
  6. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    for the record, even if it is critical, my post was certainly not "anti Jack" other than this fighting myself, which seems to me your usual modus operandi when it's not halelujah Jack, no real problem, I'm at peace with myself. The observations you quote are not bang on, I'd just call them, as we say overhere (you might have an equivalent) : "he has heard the bell, but hasn't seen the clapper" ... meaning that it's more or less in good direction but nowhere really correct, again, it's generalisations and sometimes even factually incorrect (Brussels is not "in the middle of Flanders", and that's just one point, could give you more}. But again, not important. Yes, we're mongrels, but we know we are and that is a strength... don't let me start about my british ancestry :-) For giggles and grins, on a different note : O, the irony, the irony !!! Just watched the late news on the Beeb, yes us barbarians get to see that, imagine, and as is the last couple of days, totally incomprehensible to us (in)continentals was the main news about your Royal Crisis. Good golly, Harry &Meghan want to be normal, we can't have that, now can we ???? But in that 5 or more minutes report there was an interview with one or another uni professor, and to quote her (near literal, from memory) : " this is a turnpoint for the royal family, where they will align themselves more to the european royal families" Bloody ironical of course when Bojo and the likes want to disalign themselves from the continent, and the royals would be heading the opposite direction, rather funny, good on lizzy
  7. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    First off, having had decades of experience on a european (and worldwide) level professionally having talks, meetings, negotiations and even the odd big fight with hundreds if not thousands of people from all over the place, whenever I see graphs (or whatever you call them) like your Lewis things I get a bit weary. Are they wrong? not necessarily, as a basic guideline they have a use, but obviously these are generalisations, averages, middle of the road observations. For each country you showed there I can give you lots of examples where some of the people I had to deal with would rather fit the image, and others totally not, and no, there were no real majorities. But the problem is probably not Lewis himself, but the ones quoting and copying such graphs out of the context of the book, where I am 500% sure there must be disclaimers pointing at my previous lines, at least if the book and Lewis is worthwhile at all. The danger, and believe you me ... have been through this all too many times- is that this kind of info is typically used in those 2 day management seminars, where junior managers or wannabees are forced to soak this up like gospel, yes, gospel, instructed to them by the overpaid consultants, aka evangelists of the gospel ... and next these sorry inductees into the high church of whatever the gospel is named think that they have to apply it literally. And in a way that's what you're doing too dropping those graphs here, admittedly to a lesser extent than the evangelists. grin, end of rant ... just as a p.s. : if Lewis did not make a chart on Belgium it would be because either it's not important enough (can live with that, no problem) or , and that would be to his credit, or maybe just not, maybe because he understood that making a chart like that on this country would be like directing a stampede of elephants into a minefield ;-) ... don't forget this country is an historical concoction for which we should "thank" the brits , consisting of language and culturally very different groups, we are the border of the latin and german sphere, but even more, thinking that the flemish people would be like the Dutch, now that would be yet another big mistake, just ask yourself why we kicked them out ? ... and to really end, next you have these brussels types like me who don't fit in anywhere, I can fit in any of those graphs when it suits me, that's multicultural background and experience for you. bugger, I'm starting to sound like Jack, must detox pronto or dive into the vino presto ... choices, choices ...
  8. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    wow, umpteen posts on naval museums and nobody mentioned the Vasa museum in Stockholm ? 10 hail maries for y'all ! I still have this little paper stating following : Immigration act 1971, HD Form IS 120 , Notice of leave to enter the United Kingdom for nationals of EEC countries, YOU ARE HEREBY GIVEN LEAVE TO ENTER THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR SIX MONTHS ..... dates from the old times when this youngster was doing training stints on the Oostende - Dover ferries, happy days, but me thinks next time I go to the UK for fun and giggles I'll shove this under the nose of any official asking for an ID or passport
  9. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    a certain Monty Python skit comes to mind when reading your reaction, the meaning of life ... catholics ... readily available on the interwebs
  10. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    a bit more will be needed, maybe would be good to check her antecedents ? daughter to a previous minister-president of Nieder -Sachsen, one of the bundeslander, born in politics, check born and reared in Brussels, speaks her languages and knows the ways overhere, check studied at London school of Politics and Economics, knows the mudislandish sentiments,check Then studied medicine and completed the doctoral studies on this title : "C-reaktives Protein als diagnostischer Parameter zur Erfassung eines Amnioninfektionssyndroms bei vorzeitigem Blasensprung und therapeutischem Entspannungsbad in der Geburtsvorbereitung" ... you figure it out for yourself Wayne, but it has to do when the water breaks, not your regular dumb blonde huh ? check long career in German politics, twice overlooked for president, some controversy here and there but got out unscathed, check mother to 7 kids, she really [Pig grin] knows what it is to be fucked, and/or to fuck somebody [/pig grin], check (all excuses to @metoo members) on her appointment she decided to go and live, when she's there, in a tiny apartment inside the EU Berlaymont HQ, right next to her office, your real trooper, check of course she's not supawoman, but me thinks she's capable to chew on Boris and spit him out smiling, don't forget she's a kraut after all, she'll really do it with a smile.
  11. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    bis repitita placent but 5 times ? whatever got stuck in that keyboard must be strong stuff, an overdose of redtube perchance ? edit, for the non latin cognoscentii : it pleases (the gods) to repeat things
  12. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    time to decide if this "thou shalst not extend any negotiation period" is dropped on the table, me thinks that will be part of the EU ploy .... Boris wanting to use this timing restriction as leverage, EU returning the favour by holding off, prepare internally and next hold a gun against his cheesy head telling him "extend or be damned".
  13. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    grin, my good old chum, or rather not, plays his role : bad cop and overall loudmouth... but there is another "petit belge" who is much more instrumental, that is Didier Seeuws, unknown to most, his main task in the team is to keep the 27 aligned, sort of a euro chief whip, to stop the continuous trials of our cross channel neigbours to divide the 27 , and as such so far he has done a fantastic job, will be needed for the next year too.
  14. Albatros

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    on topic, a nice little analysis of brexit talks to come in the next year, from our local financial times, zest of the story is that most of the european treaties with other countries or regions are about alignment, not divergence, and that is what Bojo seems to want : being able to vastly diverge from EU rules while still cherry picking on the goodies of the EU ... there is no such scenario, and even less of a willingless to go along with this line of thought. Apart from that, clear that this self imposed 1 year timing is also intended by Bojo and his spin doctors as leverage towards the EU, "say chaps, you'll need to cave a bit or the year is through and then it's no deal" ... might turn out to be another shoot yourself in the foot exercise. Happy easter y'all, or noel bonanee as they quip overhere
  15. Albatros

    Le Maire Strait - Sputh

    bit off topic, but since you bring up that book.... couple of weeks ago went into our local chandler to see if there was the latest version of our inland waterways guide, no such luck, but hey ho, what was on display was that italian book, dunno which edition, so I asked the guy at the counter why on earth they had that book overhere ? "perfect Xmas gift for dreamers" and obviously it gives them more long distance street cred, you really should get your name on that cover ;-)