It’s great to be a Belgian !

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Brexit ? We Are Prepared !

To be armed against the pending economic crisis, we have turned our living room into a classy cinema! Cockporn …uh popcorn is poppin in the microwave, coke served by the gallon and Bruce Willis is inserted in the blue ray player!image

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Getting ready for my next exhibition – 10x15s in oil

Cats are a powerful, dynamic  motive. For these small paintings I’ve used oils, water paint, spray paint, sand and pigment powders; on heavy, structured paper.


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All is quiet on our farm

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Listening to Van Morrison on the flight from Shanghai to Frankfurt

Morrison’s music has never been much on my radar, but a few weeks ago I picked up this cd in a second-hand store. Enjoyable to sweeten the time on my twelve hour flight from China to Frankfurt.

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Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe


Lexical Distance Network Among the Major Languages of Europe

This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe.

The size of each circle represents the number of speakers for that language. Circles of the same color belong to the same language group. All the groups except for Finno-Ugric (in yellow) are in turn members of the Indo-European language family.

English is a member of the Germanic group (blue) within the Indo-European family. But thanks to 1066, William of Normandy, and all that, about 75% of the modern English vocabulary comes from French and Latin (ie the Romance languages, in orange) rather than Germanic sources. As a result, English (a Germanic language) and French (a Romance language) are actually closer to each other in lexical terms than Romanian (a Romance language) and French.

So why is English still considered a Germanic language? Two reasons. First, the most frequently used 80%…

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Who is this man ?!

Recognize him?

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