October 12th, 2005

plane feet

poetic weather

I'm off to Belgium for the night and while the weather in Antwerp is easy to find, I had to look harder for a site that covers Kontich. www.accuweather.com finds it and offers very deailed forecasts, but the phrasing reminds me of the spam I got this morning that I felt called up to declaim in Shakespearian style, whereupon the nonsense proved to have a lovely rhythm. So is "Times of clouds and sun with a shower" what the Met Office is asking weather forecasters to avoid?
full steam ahead


By Eurostar to Brussels where it's a little too dark to see much as we drive to Antwerp but I remember all the statues - it seems like one on every other corner. The bollards glow an eerie orange and giant heads of TinTin and Snowy stare from an office block by the station and there's a huge canal in the middle of the road. Cobbles at speed!

Lunch on the 38th floor of the Gherkin was lovely - the rain didn't spoil the view but I don't know if the photos will come out. I was told off by the doorman for taking a snap of the porch - does a group of 12 women coming out of the building really look like a security risk?
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full steam ahead

Completely unrealistic

After dinner I went for a quick stroll around the plein to look for the Australian Ice Cream shop - tragically closed - and to look at the cathedral - ditto. Very dramatic and the new camera seems to do rather nicely at night shots. And looking in the window of a gift shop - as I do - I spotted a triptych of 'hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil'. But this was three cats, siamese at that. Preposterous!

Also odd: the sculptures in the lobby by one Avi Kenan (www.avikenan.com). A dancer smothered by her shawl and the flounces of her skirt, a horse swathed in the rider's cloak, a Buddha draped by a cloth. There's a lot of movement, some lovely lines but also something ludicrous - think a horse having a fight with a rug.

Possibly because I registered for a Hilton card to get the surmiles I'm in an executive room the size of our lounge with free mineral water and lavendar water body oil!

Introduced more people to the immortal phrase from an old Future magazine, the bathos of Swindon. Bed now as we have a horribly early start.
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