From the wonderful Manneken Pics:

Somebody in Brussels, ostensibly from DG Installation Art and Scaffolding, commissioned a large waterfall that you spells out words to sit on Schuman roundabout and advertise something.

On careful examination, we think it spells "Maritime". To purchase your next maritime, please contact fisheries commissioner Joe Borg.


Suggestions are being voiced in the Berlaymont about the relationship between Joe Borg and commissioner for the environment, Stavros Dimas. Things are looking rocky.

When asked by a Christmas Islander (obviously) whether he "coordinate[s] with Joe Borg on issues" and if he sees "the importance of closer links with Joe Borg?", Stavros Dimas replied with a terse "the communication is good," leaving everybody to suspect otherwise.

Perhaps we'll see the commission's most follicaly challenged men go head to shiny head sometime soon?


And the biggest thanks this week goes to Eliab at England Expects for drawing our attention to a young President Barroso proclaiming "This act is the symptom of the crisis of the bourgeois Education System!"

Rough translation:

“I believe that the proposal approved today, in this plenary, on the applicants to the first year [in university] and presented by the revolutionary students’ commission, is an entirely fair proposal. It is a proposal aiming on the right direction of the combat, made within a revolutionary structure. It demands to the governmental authorities the immediate admission of the students and stresses the lawfulness of this admission. We have to take into consideration that the issue of the “students’civic service” had already been discussed last year [1975]. The Education and Research Ministery, lets call it as such, is supporting the “students’ civic service” act. This act is the symptom of the crisis of the bourgeois Education System! This act is entirely wrong, anti-proletarian and anti-popular! It throws students against workers and workers against students.”


  1. Anonymous // 11:16 PM  

    According to the new Lisbon treaty, English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

    As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".

    In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy.

    The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

    There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20% shorter.

    In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

    Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling.

    Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.

    By the 4th yer people wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".

    During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and after ziz fifz yer, ve vil hav a reil sensibl rite n styl.

    Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech oza. Ze drem of a united urop vil finali kum tru.

    Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst plas.

    If zis mad you smil, pleas pas on to oza pepl.