From October 2002 till October 2009, I lived and worked in London where I started this blog so my family and friends in Belgium were able to know what I was doing in London (although they didn't follow the blog).
In October 2009, I returned to Belgium (forced by circumstances) and now I live in Brussels, capital of Europe. I finally start to get used to my life back in Belgium, the country where I was born but I never really loved.
Of course, what could be expected by extremists is they want to ignore this as they want to exclude themselves from society and thus further anger the population that is already angry after terrorist attacks such as in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, London but mainly in Muslim countries. But some women continue to wear them because they fear men who want to show their dominance and thus may beat them when they show their face in public while the burqa may even hide the scars already on their face. Indeed, the burqa is intended to oppress women. And while Amnesty International and lefties defend the right of women to wear a burqa in the West, they demand other countries halt this because they know it oppresses women. Instead of defending this right, they should explain to these women and their husbands that times changed as the have been terrorist attacks by Muslims and thus today people are afraid and therefore everyone must show their face; if they refuse to explain this than they are equally guilty to the rise of extreme right. Thus, as some may refuse to stop wearing a burqa and police seems unwilling to enforce this law (as they may fear retaliation), a newspaper is telling people to make citizen's arrests whereby we can expect troubles so police will be forced to act, maybe by arresting those who try to arrests the woman in burqa so they can be used as victims of policemen and lefties who defend the wrong side. Each time the same. And yes, violence by non Muslims starts to increase and probably will further increase when people no longer accept we must accept we return to middle ages when religions ruled and suppressed persons.
No masks allowed for safety reasons
Still, it should be a law not focused on what Muslim women wear but to stop anyone from wearing face-covering clothing unless for medical reasons such as a bandage or to prevent that police and army persons can be recognised during certain actions to prevent retaliation by criminals. Indeed, it isn't normal that people don't show their face, whether Muslim women or demonstrators or criminals or any other person. Target a group of people inside society and they become angry while general laws and well explained is more likely to be accepted by most people.
In contrast, I'm not against headscarves as they can be very beautiful, as long as the face is not covered. Otherwise also nuns should no longer be allowed to wear their headscarves. And, when women can't cover their hair, what about hats and caps, mainly used by boys and men? Indeed, equality for everyone. And thus some say we can't wear religious symbols such as headscarves or crosses while most people who wear them do this for beauty reasons and not for religion.
PM May's plan to allow immigration based on skills and wealth was to be expected. After the two golden decades that started under PM Major and continued under PM Blair, the decline continues. Under these two PMs, people from poorer areas were stimulated to follow higher education and to achieve this major investments were done in education in general, including new schools.
Also major investments at universities resulted in collaborations with overseas universities, many foreigners (including from poorer countries) moving to the UK and top research.
Also free healthcare via the NHS whereby major investments resulted in good equipped (new) hospitals, good healthcare professionals and reduced waiting times.
Also a house for everyone was promoted and thus people could buy a property, improve it and sell it naturally more expensive to buy a larger house and repeat the above. This resulted in more expensive and now difficult to buy properties, certainly when houses and flats were sold…
Former USA President Barack Obama hit the hammer on the nail when he spoke at a Democrats fundraiser event. Democrats should stop mourning the loss of the presidential elections 2016 and start to say what they may do when in power. Analyse why then Mr and now President Donald Trump won the elections and find solutions that are better and include almost everyone in society. Otherwise, those "who are" today will be those "who were" tomorrow as the recent N.Y. democratic elections demonstrated when the main candidate lost from an inexperienced "socialist" Democrat. Still, whatever solution, some people will have none of them except the most extreme.
Therefore, politicians should stop to listen to and talk with almost exclusively only (multi)millionaires and billionaires to hear their solutions, i.e. more tax reductions for the rich to stimulate the economy and more penalties for those who don't work, including seriously ill people. Those wealthy have eve…
As usual in May, Belgium Pride took place in Brussels. Indeed, as you notice, in Brussels Pride is early, but again, just like last year we were lucky with the weather: sunny although a little cold (but then, what do you expect in Belgium in early May?). Pride was quite fun. I met up with Kurt and Jethro and we had a nice day. I wore something different from what I normally wear: a pink shirt with green bow tie. It suited me although I say it myself but otherwise I would have worn it.
Of course, there were many people, and some of them were interesting: either in drag, with strange clothes or bare chest. Unfortunately, most were in ordinary clothes: t-shirt and jeans, not worth taking pictures off. I show a small selection of the people. Excuse me the strange way of placing the photo's but I mostly can't place them in the position I would prefer them to be. I was lucky to be able to dance with a few of these people. I also spoke with two guys having fun, one from Israel, the o…