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King_Ghidra
13-10-2005, 17:13:46
http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1591361,00.html

Lovers of one of the anoraks' favourite parlour games - the challenge to name ten famous Belgians - will be delighted to learn that, in the tradition of London buses, two top 10 lists have come along at once.
Belgian television has decided to follow the success of BBC1's Great Britons series - which identified the top 10 Brits of all time - by running its own version.

There are two lists - one for French speakers living in Wallonia, in the southern half of the country, and another for Flemish speakers living in Flanders, in the north.

The new lists will also be particularly helpful to British diplomats in Belgium, who are given a handy card carrying the names of famous Belgians to make sure they don't get caught out on the cocktail party circuit. At the last count, there were only 15 names on the crib list


The Flemish station, VRT, is slightly behind its French rival, and will unveil its top 10 in a special programme later this month. However, its website includes a running order of how the list is looking.

Pascal Vyncke, a university student who uncovered a computer bug that messes up Javascript, is at the top.


:hmm: :lol:

fp
13-10-2005, 17:17:53
The greatest Flemish person ever is some nerdy hacker? :lol:

Nills Lagerbaak
13-10-2005, 17:18:00
Hmm, what about Jean Claude van Damme? Surely he must be one of the best known (contemporaries)

HelloKitty
13-10-2005, 17:32:15
JAMES ENSOR!!!

Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man

Before there were junk stores
Before there was junk
He lived with his mother and the torments of Christ
The world was transformed
A crowd gathered round
Pressed against his window so they could be the first

To meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Raise a glass and sit and stare
Understand the man

He lost all his friends
He didn't need his friends
He lived with his mother and repeated himself
The world has forgotten
The world moved along
The crowd at his window went back to their homes

Meet James Ensor
Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man

Drekkus
13-10-2005, 17:53:00
:lol: That is actually a game in britain, name famous belgians??

What about Mercator, Rubens and Simon Stevin? Or do they not count because belgium wasn't a country then?

Drekkus
13-10-2005, 18:01:38
Oh, Hugo Claus! And Herman Brusselmans!! Oh, and Sarah Bettens from K's Choice, where I got my location from.

And Marc Dutroux of course :D

Drekkus
13-10-2005, 18:03:48
More names here:

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_Belgen

Vincent
13-10-2005, 18:04:20
Dr. Evil and Hercule Poirot!

Vincent
13-10-2005, 18:07:11
and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Belgians

case closed

Venom
13-10-2005, 18:07:12
I've never heard of any of these people.

Vincent
13-10-2005, 18:07:37
You never heard of Dr. Evil?

Debaser
13-10-2005, 18:09:31
Tin Tin?

Gary
13-10-2005, 18:12:09
The Dutch seem to know a lot of Belgiums :hmm:

Probably all world famous in The Netherlands :)

Gary
13-10-2005, 18:13:42
Yay ! I've heard of Hergé :D

Charles Jean de la Vallée-Poussin's surname sounds familiar, as does Adolphe Sax's

John of Gaunt possibly.

Venom
13-10-2005, 18:15:00
Originally posted by Vincent
You never heard of Dr. Evil?

I thought you meant some other Dr Evil.

Vincent
13-10-2005, 18:24:40
RC?

Venom
13-10-2005, 18:49:55
He's a doctor?

mr.G
13-10-2005, 18:56:42
you are....the Bell's palsie specialist..damn right.

Venom
13-10-2005, 19:27:24
And I'm evil. So I'm Dr Evil? I definitely know me, but I don't think I'm from Belgium.

Lurker the Second
13-10-2005, 19:54:23
But you're not sure, are you?

Colon
13-10-2005, 21:41:28
I'm not in. :(

Venom
13-10-2005, 22:01:28
Originally posted by Lurker the Second
But you're not sure, are you?

Who can be sure about that? That's the kind of stigma that gets birth records burned or altered.

Drekkus
13-10-2005, 22:11:00
Originally posted by Gary
The Dutch seem to know a lot of Belgiums :hmm:

Probably all world famous in The Netherlands :) Flemish literature is the only foreign writing I can read.

Chris
13-10-2005, 23:00:51
Colon!

King leopold!

Er...ah....I'll get back to you.

Alexander's Horse
13-10-2005, 23:09:43
Waterloo

Gary
13-10-2005, 23:15:06
Quite, now name them :)

Asher
13-10-2005, 23:43:49
Only ones on the list I know are Dr. Evil, Audrey Hepburn (who doesn't count), Joseph Tilly (math).

On a side note, the Canadian list isn't any better: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_famous_Canadians

It is curious that the vast majority of criminals are French:
* Paul Bernardo (born 1964), murderer
* Edwin Alonzo Boyd, bank robber
* Marc Carbonneau, terrorist
* Jacques Cossette-Trudel, terrorist
* Louise Cossette-Trudel, terrorist
* Larry Fisher, murderer
* Karla Homolka, murderer (Mrs. Paul Bernardo)
* Jacques Lanctôt, FLQ Terrorist
* Yves Langlois, FLQ Terrorist
* Robert Latimer, ended the life of his 12-year-old disabled daughter
* Marc Lépine, killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989
* Bernard Lortie, FLQ Terrorist
* Denis Lortie, killed three people at the Quebec National Assembly in 1984
* Clifford Olson, serial child killer
* Paul Rose, terrorist
* Jacques Rose, terrorist
* Francis Simard, terrorist
* Colin Thatcher, murderer
* Inderjit Singh Reyat -- the alleged bomb-maker of the device that blew up Air India Flight 182, pleaded guilty to the murder of the 329 passengers in 2003

Asher
13-10-2005, 23:53:26
Yes, you can thank Canada for the zipper and for velcro. We are the most important country in the world.

Funko
14-10-2005, 09:15:08
Colon and Debaser.

zmama
14-10-2005, 09:20:58
Beer and chocolate

mr.G
14-10-2005, 09:40:04
Leo Nidas

Gary
14-10-2005, 09:46:36
Leo the Lion

Drekkus
14-10-2005, 10:42:55
Originally posted by mr.G
Leo Nidas I think he's actually dutch.

Funko
14-10-2005, 10:43:22
What's het difference?

Drekkus
14-10-2005, 10:51:49
They talk funny.

Funko
14-10-2005, 10:58:26
Er...

MrG is a belgian?

Tizzy
14-10-2005, 11:02:58
That would be infamous Belgians

Colon
14-10-2005, 12:35:30
Originally posted by Alexander's Horse
Waterloo

You silly, we all know Waterloo is in Germany.

Fistandantilus
14-10-2005, 12:48:36
Isn't Belgium part of Germany???

King_Ghidra
14-10-2005, 13:11:38
i'm sure they'll annexe it again soon

Venom
14-10-2005, 13:11:48
Shhhh, that's plan Fall Gelb 2.

mr.G
14-10-2005, 13:14:27
Originally posted by Funko
Er...

MrG is a belgian? jesjes i am a reserve belgian

amai amai

Drekkus
14-10-2005, 14:57:37
Originally posted by Venom
Shhhh, that's plan Fall Gelb 2. Fall Gelber

Venom
14-10-2005, 15:01:10
Whatever. I remembered enough of it.

Drekkus
14-10-2005, 15:11:34
Yellower

Vincent
14-10-2005, 19:19:03
Who wants a place full of dog shit!

Lazarus and the Gimp
14-10-2005, 19:29:52
Jacques Brel. Plastique Bertrand.

Koshko
14-10-2005, 21:56:16
The guy that invented waffles.