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  • Dizzy 16 Dec 2008 09:51:45 2,568 posts
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    Belgian beer is also filth, but incredibly high in alcohol content to make up for the poor taste.

    I should put you on ignore for that kind of bullshit. Did some Belgian dry bum your German ass?
  • otto Moderator 16 Dec 2008 10:12:39 49,298 posts
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    Out of interest, how many Brussels-based EGers do we actually have then?

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  • StarchildHypocrethes 16 Dec 2008 10:15:30 25,406 posts
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    Red Moose wrote:
    Belgian beer is also filth, but incredibly high in alcohol content to make up for the poor taste.
    Just wanted to add my own WTF to this retarded statement.
  • Dizzy 16 Dec 2008 10:32:25 2,568 posts
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    otto wrote:
    Out of interest, how many Brussels-based EGers do we actually have then?

    I am Leuven based... but since Belgiun is soooo small I fly around to every city to get my drinks ;)
  • otto Moderator 16 Dec 2008 10:34:30 49,298 posts
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    Great! I'm near Leuven too.

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  • easy_lee 16 Dec 2008 10:38:32 227 posts
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    I live in Bruges, hail from Antwerp though.
  • otto Moderator 16 Dec 2008 10:39:49 49,298 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    I thought you were back in england?
    It's complicated... the family has moved back to England but I still work over here, and we still own a house here, so I spend my weeks in Belgium and weekends in the UK.

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  • istandfreed 16 Dec 2008 10:52:49 2,386 posts
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    Just saw your post Dizzy, I sure we can arrange a trip to Leuven on one of our days, this is going to be fun. International geekmeet \o/
  • RetardStrong 16 Dec 2008 11:12:13 3,229 posts
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    I'm not in Brussels but I can be there in an hour or so :)

    edit: I don't know what kind of music you like but you might want to check out the Recyclart, there's usually something to do there ranging from small exhibitions to all sorts of 'underground' gigs and parties.
  • otto Moderator 16 Dec 2008 13:06:18 49,298 posts
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    istandfreed wrote:
    Just saw your post Dizzy, I sure we can arrange a trip to Leuven on one of our days, this is going to be fun. International geekmeet \o/
    You should, Leuven is great, I prefer it to Brussels tbh and I think it's a much nicer town than Ghent (and more 'authentic' than Disneyland, I mean Brugge). Top place to wander for a day - but try to get a local guide to find all the nice secret little corners. (And it's only fifteen minutes from Brussels by train.)

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  • daithi90 16 Dec 2008 13:10:30 3,283 posts
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    Otto, you work with the EU yeah?
  • otto Moderator 16 Dec 2008 13:13:03 49,298 posts
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    y

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 16 Dec 2008 18:44:29 12,740 posts
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    otto wrote:
    istandfreed wrote:
    Just saw your post Dizzy, I sure we can arrange a trip to Leuven on one of our days, this is going to be fun. International geekmeet \o/
    You should, Leuven is great, I prefer it to Brussels tbh and I think it's a much nicer town than Ghent (and more 'authentic' than Disneyland, I mean Brugge). Top place to wander for a day - but try to get a local guide to find all the nice secret little corners. (And it's only fifteen minutes from Brussels by train.)

    Heh, doing some evening working after training all day :-D This trip is going to be awesome!
  • daithi90 16 Dec 2008 18:46:31 3,283 posts
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    I really liked Antwerp when I wnet there for a day, and iirc it's not too far on the train from Brussels.
  • Dizzy 16 Dec 2008 20:10:34 2,568 posts
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    Ok we will have a EG meet up in a cafe in BXL or other city. Make a list of people who are interested and let us know :) I should be available on short notice. We can have a fist fight about consoles and Halo 3 ;)
  • agparrot 16 Dec 2008 20:21:12 11,903 posts
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    I once spent an excellently beer-powered night in the bar diagonally opposite the Pissing Baby statue. It was about, oh God, 14 or 15 years ago, and it was being run by a charming South Korean gentleman who was married to a charming American lady.

    Between them they spoke 6 or 7 languages, and I was with a gang that consisted of girls and boys from France, the Netherlands and Sweden and Wales, so we played fantastic language games, and didn't make it back to the Youth Hostel in time for the 11pm closedown, so ended up drinking Belgian Beer and trying to remember the name for peanuts in many languages.

    I *think*... it is all rather vague, now.
  • daithi90 16 Dec 2008 20:26:16 3,283 posts
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    Was it called Leonidas?
    I wasn't in any bars when I was there, but I just remember it cos I'd just seen 300.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 18 Dec 2008 11:24:49 12,740 posts
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    Argh, it's a pain in the arse finding cheap hotels :( That Royal Windsor is a five star! Any other recommendations?
  • BravoGolf Moderator 18 Dec 2008 11:30:06 12,740 posts
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    Question - how important is being central? Not sure what transport or taxi's are like, should I aim to be near the city centre or does it really matter?
  • otto Moderator 18 Dec 2008 11:34:58 49,298 posts
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    Depends what you mean by 'centre' - no you don't have to be right in the middle of town (in fact better not to be) but it's nice to be somewhere a bit lively. There are some good boutiquey hotels, not too pricey, in Ixelles, try around Avenue Brugmann and Place Stephanie, and up Avenue Louise.

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  • otto Moderator 18 Dec 2008 11:35:32 49,298 posts
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    I'm off for my office Christmas piss-up so if you can wait I'll do some drunken research this afternoon for you. ;)

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  • StarchildHypocrethes 18 Dec 2008 11:43:10 25,406 posts
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    We dumped the lone pansy in our group who couldn't stay up all night, in a hotel called The Mozart Hotel, I think. From what I remember it wasn't too expensive and was fairly central in location.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 18 Dec 2008 11:48:28 12,740 posts
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    otto wrote:
    I'm off for my office Christmas piss-up so if you can wait I'll do some drunken research this afternoon for you. ;)

    Awesome, would really appreciate that, thank you.
  • otto Moderator 18 Dec 2008 13:08:11 49,298 posts
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    woooooooooah fuck I am compLETEly pissed so I had enough trouble even finding the reply box and I've already had to correct like a million typos so if it can wait until tomorrow that would be cool :D:D:D

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  • Alastair 18 Dec 2008 13:17:12 15,422 posts
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    [Slip] wrote:
    I want to do Nemo 33 at some point next year along with chocolate and beer of course!

    I went to Nemo 33 earlier this year.
    It was pretty good fun, but the girl from work I went with ran out of air rather quickly. She only had about 120 bar when we started, so we didn't really spend too long underwater.
    The Thai restaurant that is also there has some pretty tasty food.
    Think you have to turn up with your own buddy.

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  • Alastair 18 Dec 2008 13:19:34 15,422 posts
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    otto wrote:
    Out of interest, how many Brussels-based EGers do we actually have then?

    Partial - the main site of my company is near Waterloo and I am out there pretty regularly.
    Not so helpful is that it's usually Mon and Tue when I am there..

    EDIT: Otto knows this already.

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  • otto Moderator 18 Dec 2008 13:24:31 49,298 posts
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    It's high time we did it again actually come to mention it Al

    (Well, starting January - tomorrow's last day in the office YAY)

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