On the subject of Belgium

On the subject of Belgium

Postby Forrest » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:20 am

I've always regarded Belgium as a pretty boring place. Bruges is nice enough and they make some decent chocolate. But my question is this - can anyone name a famous Belgian? I reckon the most famous Belgian was Hercule Poirot, and he wasn't even real!
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby anders » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:57 pm

Really Forrest, I thought this 'name a famous Belgian' was a Farage/xenophobic english thing. How about Lukaku, Hazard. Rubens. Eddie Merckz. Mercator. Herge. Van Dyck. Magritte come to mind. Plus a more recent medical scientist but the name escapes me....(that's more a point about my memory than about the memorability of the Belgies).



Tho as now be obvious, I spent a number of holidays in & around Belgium! ;)


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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby I.J » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:25 pm

Audrey Hepburn is quite famous tbf.
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby Shug » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:33 am

Oscar worthy actor Jean Claude Van Damme
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby Jambojim52 » Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:04 am

I went to Belgium once do I count?
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby HC. » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:53 am

The guy who wrote Tin Tin was Belgian, I think.
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby Forrest » Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:44 am

anders wrote:Really Forrest, I thought this 'name a famous Belgian' was a Farage/xenophobic english thing. How about Lukaku, Hazard. Rubens. Eddie Merckz. Mercator. Herge. Van Dyck. Magritte come to mind. Plus a more recent medical scientist but the name escapes me....(that's more a point about my memory than about the memorability of the Belgies).



Tho as now be obvious, I spent a number of holidays in & around Belgium! ;)


Has this been a national conversation? I'm excluding current sportsmen. I hadn't heard of Merckz until last week when we were talking at work - maybe I'm just from the wrong era for him / ignorant of cycling. Never heard of van Dyck either. Rubens, Magritte, Herge, Mercator - good shouts. I should've got van Damme though.

Audrey Hepburn is one we found out (disbelievingly) last week too.
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Re: On the subject of Belgium

Postby anders » Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:08 pm

And....Bradley Wiggins!


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