Thursday, January 29, 2009

It has been how long?

  Wow we made it through our 1st year.  As we settle in here in Belgium and become accustom to the customs we have neglected our pour blog, sad.   However,  with the new year we are going to commit to posting more.  We may not always be posting about Belgium, the Beer(me) and the Chocolate(Jane) have a few adventures in the works.  As well, we have our up coming 20k of Brussels at the end of May, fun!  I have already started training and Jane will be starting soon too.  Where else to display our training progress but our lonely blog. 

We are looking forward to an interesting year full of adventure.  We extend our best wishes to everyone in this year of the OX.


Thursday, January 15, 2009



The design is that of a brand new set of model or puzzle pieces each, "lampoons the socially activist art that balances on the verge between would-be controversial attacks on national character and undisturbing decoration of an official space".  

Austria, a known opponent of atomic energy, is a green field dominated by nuclear power plant cooling towers

A view from under Entropa

United Kingdom, known for its Euroscepticism and relative isolation from the Continent, is "included" as missing piece (an empty space) at the top-left of the work

Sweden does not have an outline, but is represented as a large Ikea-style self-assembly furniture box, containing Gripen fighter planes

Spain is covered entirely in concrete, with a concrete mixer situated near the Basque country

Slovakia is depicted as a Hungarian sausage (or a human body tighten by Hungarian tricolour)

Slovenia is shown as a rock engraved with the words first tourists came here 1213

Motto for 2009 in French

Motto in English


Romania is a Dracula-style theme park

Poland has a piece with priests erecting the rainbow flag of the Gay rights movement, in the style of the U.S. soldiers raising the Stars and Stripes at Iwo Jima.
Portugal is shown as a wooden cutting board with three pieces of meat in the shape of its former colonies of BrazilAngola, and Mozambique

 Netherlands has disappeared under the sea with only a several minarets still visible; the piece is supposed to emit the singing of muezzins

A closer look at Entropa

Luxembourg is displayed as a gold nugget with "For Sale" tag[7]
Malta is a tiny island with its prehistoric dwarf elephant as its only decoration

The lower left hand corner

Lithuania has the Brussels landmark of Manneken Pis urinating on its eastern neighbours

Latvia is shown as covered with mountains, in contrast to its actual flat landscape

Italy is depicted as a football pitch whereupon the North and the South of the country play against each other, with moving players holding their balls in the "strategic position"

Ireland is depicted as a brown bog with bagpipes protruding from Northern Ireland; the bagpipes play music every five minutes

Hungary features an Atomium made of its common agricultural products melons and Hungarian sausages, based on a floor of peppers

Greece is depicted as a forest that is entirely burned, possibly representing the 2007 Greek forest fires and the 2008 civil unrest in Greece.

Germany is a series of interlocking autobahns, described as "somewhat resembling a swastika", though that is not universally accepted. The cars move along the roads.

France is draped in a "GRÈVE!" ("STRIKE!") banner

The Floor

Finland is depicted as a wooden floor and an [apparently drunk] male with a rifle, imagining various animals 

Estonia is presented with a hammer and sickle-styled power tools, the country has considered a ban on Communist symbols

Denmark is a face depicted in Lego bricks, reminiscent of the cartoon controversy

 Czech Republic's own piece is an LED display, which flashes controversial quotations by Czech President Václav Klaus

Cyprus is jigsawed (cut) in half

The Crowd


Bulgaria is depicted by a series of connected "Turkish" squat toilets

Belgium is presented as a half-full box of half-eaten Praline chocolates

Captions curtisy of Wikipedia