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Belgian Football Player Suffers Horrific Leg Break During Match


Marcin Waselewski, a defender for the Belgian football club Anderlecht, had his leg broken (and that may be an understatement) by Axel Witsel during a match against Belgian club Standard Liège on Sunday.

This is certainly one of the worst sports injuries I've ever seen (not for the squeamish). He'll be out for a year (at least).


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The Sound of Spontaneous Musical Theatre


I guess this is Antwerp, Belgium's answer to Improv Everywhere.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Artist Condemned for Mocking European Union with Stereotypes


An art installation commissioned by the Czech Republic, current holders of the EU Presidency, has angered some and amused others for its satirical representations of various nations in the European Union. The artwork, which shows the various nations arranged on a blue grid and is set to "go life" (become animatronic with noises) later this week:

Sculpture_2The Daily Mail reports: "France's map is emblazoned with the word GREVE! (French for strike) in red, a reference to its frequent industrial disputes, Romania is a Dracula theme park after its most famous fictional character and Sweden is a do-it-yourself IKEA furniture flatpack. Controversially, Britain has been deliberately left off the map entirely in an apparent jibe at our euroscepticism. Bulgaria is represented as the floor of a toilet, Lithuania features five men in army uniforms urinating on Russia and Greece is on fire - a reference to the violent riots that have blighted the country in recent weeks. Austria is represented as a nuclear power station, Estonia is pictured with a hammer and sickle and Luxembourg is made of Nazi gold with a 'For Sale' sign sticking out of it. The Netherlands is depicted as a sea with minarets rising from the waves, in an apparent reference to simmering religious tensions that culminated in the murder of Dutch film director and Islam critic Theo van Gogh by a Muslim militant in 2004. Poland, one of Europe's most religious nations, has priests waving a rainbow flag - a symbol of pride for gay communities. The decision to leave Britain off the air-fix style map was taken by the British artist Khalid Asadi who sought to highlight Britain's uncertain relations with the EU by cutting it out altogether. However, his official explanation was more baffling. 'This improvement of exactness means that its individual selective sieve can cover the so-called objective sieve,' said Mr Asadi. Lorraine Mullally, director of Open Europe, said Britain was fortunate to have escaped a far more embarrassing national stereotype such as pregnant teenagers, drunken louts vomiting in the street or football hooligans."

The installation is on display outside the EU headquarters in Brussels, and was condemned by the Czech government after they learned the artist, David Cerny, had also lied about its creation:

"The work, entitled 'Entropa', was mean to be the joint work of artists representing each EU member country. However in yet another bizarre twist today, the Czech artist who had the original idea - David Cerny, famed for painting a Soviet tank pink - admitted today that he had duped the EU into thinking artists from each country had contributed. The reality was, he admitted, that all of the sculptures had been done by himself and a friend."

Eurostar Skinhead Pissing Ad a Tempest in a Teacup?


A new ad for the Eurostar train intended to lure tourists from Belgium to London is creating controversy over its rough vs. refined theme. The ad depicts a skinhead painted with the St. George's Cross pissing in a teacup.

The Guardian reports: "The ads are placed on street corners and designed so that passers by see the urinating yobbo first. As they progress around the corner, they see his chosen receptacle. London is so close - especially by Eurostar - is the rationale, and yet so full of surprises."

The ad doesn't bother me but I'm sure The Queen would likely disapprove. In any case, that's some good aim.


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