By TheophileEscargot (Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:03:48 PM EST) Me, Belgium, conspiracy, MLP (all tags)

Also: Belgium travel advice sought, web.

So, if you remember the story: a while ago I tried to buy some trousers.

As so often happens, I couldn't fit into my previous 32'' waist.

I tried dieting, got back to my old weight, but it seemed middle-aged spread had still stopped me fitting in to trousers unstretched by my expanding belly.

Then last week, I ripped my favourite combats while moving a washing machine.

Decided to replace them, with exactly the same versions, only in the 34'' waist instead.

Now behold!

34'' waists are on the top, 32'' waists at the bottom Trousers closed

Trousers open


Yet you can see: the labels are different, but both pairs of combats are exactly the same size.

Guys, it's just as we've always suspected. THEY'RE MAKING THE TROUSERS SMALLER.

Having a quick holiday in Belgium for a few days, leaving tomorrow. Will be staying in Brussels: the plan is to use it as a base and make day trips.

Any travel advice on Belgium?

Didn't really have any preferences, so chose one of's "Top Secret Hotels" where they don't tell you what the hotel is until you've booked it. Managed to guess correctly which it was from the description, and TripAdviser seems to think it's fairly OK.

It's a market segmentation thing: the same hotel showed up on the search results under its real name, but at a slightly higher price. Will let you know if it's a disaster.

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Belgium by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:20:25 PM EST
First advice, you will have to leave operation thingumy diet behind.

IAWTP by Arbeit Macht Pie (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:15:09 AM EST
Big chip/pommes frites stand near the Atomium.
Millions of sauces. A must, even on a diet.

Oh, and lace. Buy some lace for your mum.

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belgium by 256 (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:35:08 PM EST
don't go.

it's the crappiest country in europe.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

That's a bit harsh by Phage (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:38:42 PM EST
It the most boring in Europe. On the plus !

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Excellent Beer by 256 (4.00 / 3) #4 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:40:31 PM EST
But here's a secret: there doesn't exist a Belgian beer that you can't buy in, for example, Holland.

The best thing about Belgium is that it's centrally located, so you can easily escape to better countries, provided you can navigate the web of lies that is the Belgian railway's customer service.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Only for the large breweries by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:09:15 AM EST
Smaller breweries and most of the trappist stuff is very localised. One of the best beers I had there was Waterloo which is only available in Waterloo, and even there it's hard to find. Easiest place to get it is at the restaurant by Napoleon's HQ.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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not sure this is true by 256 (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:19:55 AM EST
undoubtedly some are harder to get the further away you go, but Belgian beer has a pretty big following in Holland and they'll go to lengths to get small brewery products if they're good. There's one particular beer cafe in Amsterdam which has several pages of Belgian trappists on its menu.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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what about by Merekat (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 11:46:18 PM EST

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Never been by Phage (4.00 / 2) #6 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 12:07:36 AM EST
But...Banking ! and...errrmmm....Jam !

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I quite like Belgium by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 12:38:56 AM EST
We organise trips to Ostend and De Panne for the council estate I work on. It's not the most exciting place in the world, but it's laid back and friendly and has really cheap seafood. Plus it's nearby, which helps.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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I see your IR Infidel squirrels by Phage (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 12:12:17 AM EST
and raise you UV sex in Budgies !

Mort Subite by motty (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 01:08:57 AM EST
In Brussels you must go to the Mort Subite, if only to see the beer menu the thickness of a phonebook. Also I had thought that Loplop, the very central very bohemian very employed-me-to-play-there-three-times-a-week ten years ago place had closed down, but this page says it hasn't, though it may well bear no relation to the place I remember as it appears to have been redone and I suspect that Andy, once the fastest gun in Chelmsford, no longer has anything to do with it. (If he does, say hello for me).

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
Weather warning: It's shite. by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:16:18 AM EST
The weather is always shite.

What to recommend depends on what your interests are. Maybe you want to see Waterloo (Napoleon's HQ is a tourist area; there's barely a marker where Wellington mustered and nothing at all at Quatre Bras where the actual battle took place (it's a traffic intersection). Leuven is nice for a smaller old city. There's "Vier Water" not too far if you like lakeside walks and such (no swimming though).

If you can be more specific about what you want to do I'll tell you what I can. Sorry I never wrote the Belgium Diaries. Maybe I can if I can recover the primary text file. I think you have my number in case of Belgian emergency; if not PM me.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

The waterloo monument by Phage (4.00 / 1) #13 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:35:10 AM EST
Is Napoleon's camp ?

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That's where most of the action is. by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 02:42:37 AM EST
There's a monument and the fucking idiot Prince of Orange's memorial hill but Napoleon's is where all the cool kids hang out. I wanted to see where the actual battle took place: Quatre Bras. We drove around and around for more than an hour. Using historical maps we were able to pinpoint the location which is, as I said, currently a large intersection. Ignoring the trees the terrain matches the battlefield descriptions, but there's not a single marker or sign.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Don't miss the penguins! by BadDoggie (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 05:01:24 AM EST
Here. BG is busy roffling.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

Sorry! by Horatio Hellpop (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 11:32:24 AM EST
Those aren't action figures, as they lack action features. Nice miniature figurines, though.

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