Blog 2018

11 September 2018

Confonted by an act of serious mansplaining from physiotherapist No. 2 I am given to understand that exercise is important. The argument cumulates in a rethoric question and an all-encompassing answer: ‘So what exactly did we do back then as apes? Well, there you go, we were hanging in trees!’

Which brings me to the experience with physiotherapist No. 1 back in April who sported Diesel gloves fresh from the gas station before touching his patients.

25 August 2018

Saw the musical ‘Kinky Boots’ in London’s West End Adelphi Theatre. PA Charlotte was not around but will most likely be very jealous.

23 August 2018

Once again my name has been used in a very interesting fashion: I was called Magritte, so obviously I have entered the absurd space. And then I run into someone sporting a t-shirt stating “I am Elvis Presley”. He did not look like him at all but that might be the trick after all. Do I resemble Magritte?

18 July 2018

Summertime Blues: It would appear that I am not everybody’s darling but everybody’s back-up.

7 and 8 July 2018

In Brussels for the first time in three years. And how things have changed! Boulevard Anspach is no longer a major thoroughfare but more and more a pedestrian area. The restaurant “Et Qui Va Promener Le Chien?” does not exist anymore, my favourite glass eye vendor has given up, too and so has the most interesting taxidermist and the walking cane vendor next door. Some inner city waste land has been used together with half a newspaper’s headquarter building to build a huge modern hotel – while the nearby old fashioned, 1850-ies stylish former Hotel Astoria still waits for better days, renovation and possibly reopening.

22 May 2018

At the moment I am slightly stressed out: I go to the garage instead of the canteen and wonder why there is no smell of food. I try to apply lipstick but miss my lips by about 2 centimeters. The only thing that really cheered me up was a small girl sporting a hat with an elk and a print that said: Oh Deer!

12 May 2018

‘To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.’ — Leonard Bernstein

7 May 2018

Excuses that – albeit true – will not get you far (can equally range in the category ‘first world problems’): I was in the midst of doing my taxes when the wireless mouse ran out of battery.

4 May 2018

Preparing for Brexit: A Marmite sixpack was delivered to me today by special courier. One never knows what the future brings, or infact will not bring all too easily to Eruope anymore…

25 April 2018

I wanted to share my random collection of t-shirt prints. Whenever I spot someone with an idiosyncratic t-shirt print, I tend to take a note. So here we go – and yes, you may guess which one I like best!

‘Whatever is good for the soul do that!’
‘Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.’
‘I used to be schizophrenic but now we are better’
‘My favorite exercise is smiling’
‘Klimt loved Kebab’

21 April 2018

‘The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.’ — Diana Vreeland

20 April 2018

I can only encourage everyone to listen to Stephen Fry’s Great Leap Years. It is marvelous and thought provoking. The second episode has been put online.

19 April 2018

Things one tends to omit much too easily: I saw a lady with a fabric bag today. The bag had a print with the following bold tag line: ‘Have you hugged your HR person today?’ I am afraid I haven’t. Neither the finance person or anyone else really, especially at work come to think of it. I would also think that the bag has been printed before “mee too”.

18 April 2018

On trying to change your life just a little bit: I had this favorite Internet radio station, ‘Martini in the Morning’. I somehow gave up on it but I still miss their ‘Sinatra at Six’ special. Now a gin blog – yes I know, I know – reminds me of ‘Gin for Breakfast’. I quote: ‘your inner voice screams out for juniper, but your dignified state tells you now is not the time. Now is always the time.’

9 January 2018

Honestly if you would ask me, even when it it most likely honest, I could not recommend the following quote as a guiding principle for a person in HR: The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw

1 January 2018

Broken Muses wishes a Happy New Year 2018!


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