Saturday, April 25, 2015


Coldplay with Square One. From the 2005 album X&Y.

Ten years ago already. Frikkin' unbelievable.

Heart with Barracuda.

The Wilson sisters are blistering idiots but they did produce some good material.

Slaap wel.



A chilling video, courtesy our friends at Gates of Vienna:

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Of course, that was "only" the main event. Decades before 1915, there had already been severe pogroms against Turkish Armenians. And between 1913 and 1922-1923, an estimated 350,000 Greeks lost their lives too at the hands of Turkish henchmen, an episode which culminated in the sack of Smyrna:

But the world doesn't learn. As if to emphasize this point, the "president" of the supposedly mightiest nation on Earth just caved in to Sultan Erdogan in refusing to label the massacre of around 1,5 million Armenians what it is... a full-fledged genocide.


Monday, April 20, 2015


From the I want to emigrate to the Ross Ice Shelf Department:

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A screenshot from Het Laatste Nieuws Online, Monday, April 20,2015.

Chiro is the biggest youth movement in Flanders and Brussels, with around 100,000 members. The name Chiro simply combines the Greek characters chi (χ) and rho (ρ), being the first characters of Christos, the Greek form of Christ.

Somewhere in the mid-seventies, as a ten-year old, I was briefly a member.

Ten years later, I was a chiro leader myself, again for a short time span - only two years. The 'squad' entrusted to me accounted for about fifteen boys aged between 8 and 12 - boys in that timeframe were/are called 'Rakkers'.

Well - in the Year of Our Lord 2015, it has come to this [translation of the above article]:

Chiro Flanders from now on publishes its hiring ads stipulating they are open for men (m), women (v) and persons not counting themselves to one of these sexes (x). "A conscious and logical choice", says Chiro Flanders.

Chiro is currently looking for an educational staffer (m/v/x) in Antwerp. It's a conscious and logical choice to also mention the 'x', says Merijn Van de Gehuchte of Chiro Flanders to VRT News.

"We see that gender roles in society change: it's not anymore solely about man or woman. As Chiro we would like to reach out to everybody and thus we find it only normal that we also mention the 'x' ".

For crying out loud!!! Back in Outlaw's days we only knew two species! That was, a.) them MALES. They have Balls. Used to, anyway:

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and b.) Them FEMALES. They have bigger, um, you see what I mean:

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Mr Van de Gehuchte, ANYONE who cannot identify as either a.) or b.) has NO BUSINESS in a youth movement in the first place. I have young children myself, and if they were Chiro members, they'd go to camp during summer. I would definitely NOT want them to sleep under one and the same canvas with a being who's got trouble to identify his or her sex. And having read your nonsensical drivel, I'm certainly not going to encourage them to join this year.

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This was Outlaw Mike, reporting from the Biggest Open Air Funny Farm in the Solar System, aka Europe.


PS: okay ladies, if you think Outlaw's second pic is not representative enough, how about this? Conservative sweetie Katie Pavlich:

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Sunday, April 19, 2015


Actually, that day was Sunday, April 12, but posting our England pics came first. Well, Spring has definitely arrived, and as per usual I answer the call of the Ardennes.

Julien Van Remoortere has written a gazillion of walking guides covering the entire country, and I've got several. For this walk, I picked a simple, not very demanding one around an area covering the village of Beausaint and the town of La Roche. I started in Beausaint. The village doesn't offer that much, but upon letting the last houses behind me, I thought this panorama was worth a pic. I suppose the gash in the hills over there is a quarry.

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If memory serves, if I'd keep walking this track I would arrive after some four or five kloms in the village of Halleux - walked there two years ago. However - I'm actually at a crossroads here - I took a track to the left.

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Coming across a small stream, the Ri de Bronze. View downstream...

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And upstream...

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Walking further down a wooded valley which would eventually lead me to the centre of La Roche. The cyclists in the distance are but two of around five I saw during the walk. What the heck are people doing these days when the weather is glorious?

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The centre of La Roche, with the ruins of its feudal castle:

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And if you want to know what the area looks like from its ramparts, follow this link.

After climbing Corumont, a 390 m high hill/ridge outside La Roche, I came upon this nice view. The village over there is Cielle. Pic taken from a spot where parapentes launch.

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View of the same valley a little bit further. If you follow this valley you arrive in the village of Marcourt, where, if you climb the hill flank opposite the village, you are rewarded with a magnificent view from the Saint Thibaut Chapel.

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Almost back in Beausaint. In that copse of wood over there, there's a cross on a concrete pedestal.

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