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Belgians Just Don’t Speak the Same Language

JEZUS-EIK, Belgium—Rudi Coel scowled at the sight of the Thai restaurant advertising "Takeaway." "We’re in Flanders, so that should say ‘Meenemengerechten,’ " said the 50-year-old social worker, using the proper Dutch word. The euro zone is in turmoil, and Belgium’s heavy government debts are drawing comparisons with those of Greece. But the main issue before […]

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Poetry Friday

SUMMER SONG Wanderer moon smiling a faintly ironical smile at this brilliant, dew-moistened summer morning,— a detached sleepily indifferent smile, a wanderer’s smile,— if I should buy a shirt your color and put on a necktie sky-blue where would they carry me?   — William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963), American poet and inspiration to many […]