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16 May 2006 @ 06:47 pm
Today in Metro; The Dutch have the best drinking water in Europe!

I do love these little nonsensical competitions. Especially so close to the Eurovision songfestival.

This saterday we'll be able to go; Oh allright, we sucked, but hey, we still have the best drinking water!

They should award something to every participating country. Let's see... Italy can have... the best tomato sauce. Belgium the most right winged extremist party. Brittian the best sci-fi. Israel the nicest doors...   
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16 May 2006 @ 03:21 pm
Haven't had time yet to do fact checking and a bit of indepth research (this will follow though), but I've been hearing Tony Blair's on his way out. What have you heard about this?
 
 
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Dumdadum. Here's two very diverse queeries for someone to sink their teeth into. Feel free to jump on the one of your choice. 

1) What's your favorite Euroflick? 

2) What's your stance on Turkey's potential membership?
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14 May 2006 @ 12:34 pm

That at present Europe has 25 member states?

That even though the European Parlement is basically a democratic institute, you can't follow their debates, unless you go to Brussels where there is a single room, with direct a television feed. And that this is because the Union has so many citizens (about 475 million) that they're afraid that they wouldn't be able to get anything done if people actually knew what they were working on!?!

That the job off bossing about the Council of Europe,  (not to be confused with the European Council, which is the council of ministers) switches to another member state every half year? And that the average citizen tends to have no clue who's right now? (Right now it's Austria, in July it'll switch to Finland) They'll be changing this odd little policy soon. Seems like a plan eh?

That the EU is what allows us to travel abroad without any fuss or move to another European country? Well, that you probably did know. But it's one of my favourite perks.




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14 May 2006 @ 10:56 am

Just in case you were not aware of this, you can now download the European Anthem as a ringtone at www.eu.nl and possibly an Eu site in your chosen language as well! 

Have Beethoven’s ‘Ode an die Freude’ (ode to peace) coming out of your cellphone next may ninth! (Day of Europe) Yes I know it's a bit late to start about this now, but it's okay to take a bit of time to prepare yourself for this wonderful holiday... er... shouldn't we get a day of on may ninth? National governments just don't care I tell ya! *sob*

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14 May 2006 @ 12:46 am

Just to set the mood some more. The next rant about fun things to do in Europe will be about England.

Hadrians Wall path. 82 miles. A 134 kilometers. (I know, on a metric scale the Brits seem like wimps, but those are LOCAL miles!!!! I have learned the hard way, that LOCAL miles hold no relation whatsoever to normal standardized distances. And on that note; when a kindly local informs you after you've done the first half of the walk (starting from Newcastle), that it's all downhill from there, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! In fact there will still be quite a few parts where the path goes uphill! So that'll be figuratively speaking then?)

If my BOLD letters left you wondering where the fun part is gonna come in,

 
 
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13 May 2006 @ 11:52 pm
To proof that we are more then just a bunch of capitalist pigs joined at the hip, the EU is always trying to protect the little people and their quaint little ways. 

Following this line of thought, someone, at some point  realized, that even though there are entire forests in Finland being cut down because we can't decide on a common administrative language already, that Europe in fact has even more Languages then just the National ones (Something that was of course obvious to anyone that ever tried to make do with jumbled Spanish in o.a. Barcelona).

To get to the bottom of this the Manifest of regional and minority languages was established, which a bunch of countries then signed.
In a nutshell; Once a country has acknowledged a minority language within it's borders, this language and it's speakers get certain rights, to protect and nurture it. Meaning, media rights, schooling, yada yada.

 
 
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