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It’s the end of the year, but not the end of the world.

Here’s the end of the year. Time for doing this meme.

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before? Pilates. Investigating for writing a new kind of articles.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don’t know if I kept my resolutions. All I know is that I’m leaving 2011 with more maturity.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No

5. What countries did you visit? Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Italy, Czech Republic.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? Mutual love. And peace.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? February 10: the day my editor announced he was leaving my newsroom. My professional world felt apart.

July 14: The day I learned B. went on holiday in the South of France, in his property, with his (ex)-wife.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Managing to get a public speech thanks to my blog.

9. What was your biggest failure? Failing to forget about B.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Yes.

11. What was the best thing you bought? A citrus press.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Silvio Berlusconi, for quitting for good politics.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Silvio Berlusconi, Nicolas Sarkozy, the whole interim Belgian government, politicians in general who just blame everything but are unable to come with a solution to solve this crisis.

14. Where did most of your money go? travels.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Going to the opera. The Prince concert too.

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?

Viva Italia! And viva the protesters around the world!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

Happier. Neither thinner nor fatter. Richer.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

With my family and my sister’s chihuahua. I offered to my sister a infrared thermometer and she spent the day taking my family temperature, including her and her dog. On our way back to home, she wanted to be tested for alcohol, but we didn’t see the police on the road. She only wanted to have her picture with an alcohol test.

21. Did you fall in love in 2011?


23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No.

24. What was the best book you read? Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? The Joy Formidable

26. What did you want and get? A nice wedding for my sister.

27. What did you want and not get? I wanted to have B. back in my life.

28. What was your favorite film of this year? Bridesmaids.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?


30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?  Finding the right man. But that would have been the cherry on top of my cake.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

There’s improvement.

32. What kept you sane? My friends and family.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? L. Zingales.

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The debt crisis.

35. Who did you miss? my former editor.

36. Who was the best new person you met? M., my cousin’s girlfriend.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

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Childhood memories

Recently, one of my friends sent me an email asking me to describe five childhood terrors I had. I promised to her I would reply to this, but only on my blog. So I can pass this annoying tag to the blogosphere 👿

Here it goes.

  1. I was afraid of the dark. I couldn’t sleep without my many teddy bears because I thought they would protect me against evil forces. Also, my mom had to let a little light on in my bedroom.    
  2. Sleeping Beauty terrified me when I was little. In fact, I was afraid of Maleficent. She reminds me of my chief editor…
  3. Likewise, I hated the E.T. movie. I remember going to the cinema with my dad when I was 4, and I basically cried and screamed during the movie until my dad had enough and took us out of the cinema. (how to embarrass your parents in public…)
  4. Santa Claus crept me out until I understand there was a man underneath and that his beard was a fake, to my great pleasure.

       5.And finally, I couldn’t watch Thriller. Back then, I was afraid of the monster Michael Jackson turned into in the music video. His looks now just leaves me speechless…

So, here’s now my pleasure to tag some people. Ellis, Cricket, Shae, WIGSF, WishBoNE (I know you like it) and DDTD, do me a favor.

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Meme pas peur*

* a play on the word meme associated with fear (absence of it, in fact)

Last Spartan asked me to post six random things about me. Très cher, I’ve already done my task a few months ago. But anyway, I will do this one, with a twist however. Here are the new rules:

  1. Describe your desk at the office or at home
  2. Put a picture of it if you can
  3. Explain why you sort it (or don’t)
  4. Tag other people

OK. I couldn’t take a picture of mine, because right now, we’re in the middle of a reorganization of the newsroom, and my desk looks like this.

Usually, it looks more like this.

No, it’s not true, it’s a little bit more tidy than that. But generally, I’m ashamed to let my contacts see it because it’s not tidy at all to my eyes. I feel a little bit like Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, when she let Dr. Burke see her apartment for the first time.

You can find on my desk: numerous newspapers, mainly the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Le Soir and mine plus piles of magazines like The Economist, many dictionaries (one for English, the other for Dutch, another one for synonyms, and one for grammar), tons of notebooks and printed documents, lots of ballpoint pens, some books about economics and various objects I received from my press trips. Among them, there are treasure of stupid and useless gifts, like this one:

A part of the four collectibles I received when those two companies merged last year. When we got it, a banker who was sitting next to me looked at it with horror and told me he thought the bear was fornicating with something (then he realized it was a bull).

And this other one:

This picture was given to me and the other journalists in the room when we visited Oulu in Finland. There are so many things happening there that when our plane touched down at the local airport, a journalist and a photographer from the local newspaper were waiting for our arrival. Thanks to them, I’m a celebrity now (there was an article about us with a picture showing my hair in that newspaper)… Each time I get visitors at my desk, people just can’t help asking who’s this guy on this picture, and I reply that he’s my Finnish lover.

So, why don’t I sort my desk? Well, because I don’t have time for that.

Even if I changed the rules, this is still a tag, so it has to be passed. Cricket, Last Spartan (retour d’ascenseur), WishBoNE, Raindreamer, E., WISGF and DDTD, it’s your turn.

PS: this article gave me the inspiration for this tag…

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I stole this meme from WIGSF. Hope he doesn’t mind… Here it goes

My roommate and I once … too long to explain. A hint: he once played his Dr. McSteamy

Never in my life have I eaten horse. Eeeewwwwwww

High school was full of hopes and promises.

When I am nervous I bite my nails (which happens all the time)

My hair is brown.

When I was 5 I was desperate because my sister was born, and I knew I would never be the spoiled and sole child in the family… That would explain why I started to terrorize my classmates at that tender age.

By this time next year I will be biting my nails

I have a hard time understanding … mathematics

You know I like you if I do want to see you again/ talk to you

My ideal breakfast is to have time taking it…

If you visit my hometown you’ll be desperate. It has recently been elected the ugliest city in the world. Just for that, I’m proud of it.

If you spend the night at my house, you have to be invited and promise to do some cleaning… It will be necessary.

My favourite blond is Maynard with a blond wig

My favourite brunette is Maynard with a brown wig

The animal I would like to see flying is an elephant. I would love to see a real Horton, that would be fun. Maybe he would hatch the egg…

I shouldn’t eat chocolate

Last night I couldn’t sleep. Too much worries

I’ve been told I look like Brenda, in Beverly Hills 90210. Yep, that sucks.

If I could have any car it would be a mini cooper. The coolest car on earth, but not reliable at all. Maybe I should ask for a mini cooper and a garage mechanic.

If it’s a tag, it should be passed, so DDTD (even if I know you don’t like tags), WishBoNe, Raindreamer and Cricket, it’s your turn. Don’t thank me for that…

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The fantastic four

One of my friends sent me a meme consisting in answering those questions below. It was due for over two months, so here it is.

  1. Four jobs I had in my life:
    1. banker
    2. journalist
    3. TV assistant
    4. Camp monitor
  2. Four films I could watch over and over again
    • Chungking Express
    • Amelie
    • Brazil
    • The pillow book
  3. Four places where I lived
    • Brussels
    • San Francisco
    • Manila
    • Namur
  4. Four TV shows that I watch
    • Grey’s anatomy
    • Sex and the City
    • CSI
    • House
  5. Four places where I went on vacation
    • Firenze
    • Chamonix
    • Zurich
    • New York
  6. Four internet sites I always visit
  7. Four dishes/food I couldn’t eat
    • cucumber
    • guts, feet, tongues,…
    • fennel
    • Bergamote tea
  8. Four dishes that I like
    • cookies
    • spaghetti alla bolognese
    • risotto
    • sushi
  9. Four places where I want to be right now
    • London (where someone I really miss lives)
    • Dublin
    • Paris
    • Near my man
  10. Four people that will take this tag

→ whoever wants to take this meme

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The best things in life are free…

DDTD wants to know six unimportant things about me. OK, here we go.

  1. My favorite movie when I was a kid was the Three Caballeros. No other child in my school or my neighborhood knew this movie, and one even pretended it didn’t exist, that is was just my imagination. Idiot. There was one character that particularly intrigued me: the aracuan

    And also, the cold-blooded penguin named Pablo

  2. I need an addition to my ipod
  3. If I wasn’t a journalist, I would take care of baby orangutans in Indonesia. Boycott palm oil!!!!!
    baby orangutan
  4. I don’ t like coffee as a drink but if it’s an ingredient in a dessert recipe (in the tiramisu for example), it will do.
    Gosh, I’m hungry now.
  5. I was a big fan of the New Kids On The Block when I was eleven. Here’s their masterpiece.

    Luckily, we don’t hear them anymore. Let’s hope they won’t reunite like the Spice Girls.
  6. I’m a chocoholic, and a sweet tooth, for the happiness of my dentist.

So, my task is done. I have to pass the tag to six other people now. WIGSF, whoknowswhy, Raindreamer, Stiletto, WishBoNe and Axinia, what are the unimportant things about you?

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Fake plastic trees

Whatigotsofar came with a Christmas meme, and I just stole it. You’re into the Christmas spirit or you’re not  🙂 the grinch
There it goes.

  1. What do you really want for Christmas but you know nobody will get it for you?
  2. Geez, that’s difficult. I would say MJK if I was silly. More seriously, a Santa Claus.

  3. What do you not want for Christmas but you know that somebody will get it for you?
  4. The traditional Christmas Party of my newsroom. But I have the sentiment it would change dramatically this year from the past events.

  5. When do you open your gifts (Christmas eve or Christmas morning)?
  6. If you have the chance to travel the country like me to visit your family on this period, you would say every day from the Christmas eve to the end of the year.

  7. Do you prefer gifts wrapped or in gift bags?
  8. Wrapped. It’s always a pleasure to contemplate the wrapping technique of my family (if they wrapped the gifts themselves)

  9. Did you regift anything this year?
  10. Yes, it’s my speciality. Remember than what doesn’t please you could make the happiness of someone else. It applies for partners too.

  11. What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
  12. sorry, it’s in French

  13. What’s your favourite Christmas TV special?
  14. It’s not really a Christmas TV Special, but it’s often broadcasted on Christmas.

  15. Do you like egg nog?
  16. Eeeeewwwwww.

  17. Real tree or fake tree, which do you prefer?
  18. Fake trees. Mine looks a little bit like this.
    pisa tower

  19. Would you actually use one of those fireplace DVDs if you don’t have a fireplace?
  20. Certainly not.

  21. Are you sick of Christmas music yet?
  22. I have a very selective ear.

  23. Are you getting up early to wait in line to do some Boxing Day shopping (Canada’s equivalent to Black Friday)
  24. No.

  25. When was the last time you sat on Santa’s lap?
  26. Santa used to terrify me when I was a little kid. So, never. It was best for both parties, because I was a terrible child, and God knows what I could have done to him.

So, if this is a tag, it has to be passed. Raindreamer, Liz, DDTD, Whoknowswhy, WishBoNe, shae and Cricket, be my guests.

Oh, and Merry Christmas to you.