For those of you with the strength of character not to noodle around wasting your life on Twitter like me, and for those of who don't particularly notice what's on the sidebar here (and why would you, it never changes. I've been trying to persuade my children to do a new picture of me for about three years, but neither of them can be arsed, quite understandably), a public service announcement: I have started a new blog.
It is here, and it is supposed to assemble all the good stuff I occasionally get to do, or already know about and like, in Belgium.
I started thinking about doing this about 18 months ago, when I was deep in the throes of sweaty, paranoid anxiety that ate up all my reasoning faculties and left me never more than a bad day or a scary email away from deleting this blog. My thinking was: I wanted to do something that was lighter, less personal, something that I could still manage to write when I was mentally hunched in the dark hollow under my desk, rocking like an orphan in a gritty ITV drama serial. The paranoid anxiety receded slightly, eventually, and perhaps more significantly, I was far too stupid to actually make bloody Wordpress work, so it remained a fantasy, until now.
I'm not sure what kicked me into action: partly the major, terrifying, ongoing drying up of work that started this summer and partly an accumulation of little things that I wanted to talk about, but which didn't really fit here, I suppose. There was also some completely invaluable help from this lady, who I don't know at all other than through Twitter, and who nevertheless gave me some extremely generous help sorting out some technical bits and pieces I was too stupid to understand. Which I suppose shows that noodling around wasting your life on Twitter does have some fringe benefits.
Anyway, there it is. I certainly won't stop writing about Belgium - let alone writing at all - over here, but over there is a place for the more practical, factual stuff that didn't really work on these pages, since most of you don't live, and may indeed never have been to this peculiar country. If you do, someday, happen to visit however (a vanishingly unlikely event in most lives, I concede), do have a peek.