I owe you the Manneken. You hunger for the Manneken. DO NOT DESPAIR. HE IS HERE.
Here are some lovely Manneken outfits I discovered at the new Mannekmuseum (that is not its name).
Interesting foreign outfits
Terrifying Belgian ones
Excuse me, you have a church on your head
Pared down Céline style chic courtesy of Estonia:
And Ireland? Really? Is this the best you can do?
Manneken Daniel O'Donnell
I also got to meet the man who is the Official City of Brussels Manneken Pis Dresser. He is the thirteenth official to hold this office and, quite surprisingly to me, he was a normal human man. The Manneken Pis has a Manneken Pis Dresser outfit, which is meta, but also pleasing.
Here are some other Manneken Pis outfits that are not all on display: urologist, condom, welder, donkey wrangler, Japanese firefighter, chimney sweep, Romanian shepherd, cleaning lady and pêcheur de crevettes à cheval. God, I love this country.
Condom (crocheted) might be my favourite, btw:
The need to protest is sadly undiminished so we went again this weekend. I got L on banner making duty:
My friend P's banner was excellent:
But I think these guys stole my heart:
I have started my new advanced Dutch class. Almost in the class is better than me and one girl is so good I don't even understand why she's taking lessons. Obviously, this is making me absolutely furious and determined to keep up. We have been talking about child rearing (opvoeding) for two weeks and there is one really dark, funny woman who keeps telling us how awful her children are in broken Dutch. I want her to be my friend.
Even though it was terrifying, I made chocolate chip brioches with my 10 kilos of chocolate chips (not all of them, that would be silly) at the weekend. The dough was a thing of utter terror and would not rise or do anything a dough should, nevertheless, it did somehow become brioche, eventually. I have bought fresh yeast and watched Richard Bertinet do dough magic and I am ready to try again this weekend with a better recipe, because apparently I need to get even fatter.
I don't think I have anything else to relate, except that I accidentally drank a Korean alcopop on Saturday night and am still regretting it. I really will update the reading page soon, that is a (craven, empty) promise.
Did you read Zoe Williams on dogs? It really made me laugh. I bet the comments are a fright.
30% still dressed like a mime
15% nose spots
15% super late payment rage
10% Working my way through an amazing care package of Dairy Milk and Walkers Cheese & Onion
10% on a minor administrative roll
10% THE SUN! WARMTH! Oh, it's gone now
10% Literally henpecked