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Thursday, December 14, 2006
We are not amused......
Maybe the Belgians aren't, but I sure as hell am. This is hilarious! A state funded TV station in Flanders ran a fake documentary piece, apparently worthy of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" (or Stephen Colbert), showing the King and Queen of Belgium fleeing the country after Flanders announced its independence.
More than 2,000 callers jammed the switchboard at RTBF. Belgian diplomats around the world called authorities back home to find out whether the country's federal system had indeed collapsed.

"Embassies and ambassadors who were worried asked what they had to tell their capitals," said the chairwoman of the Senate, Anne-Marie Lizin. "This fiction was seen as a reality, and it created a catastrophic image of the country."
If you've ever been to Beligium, you appreciate the familial dysfunction of the Dutch-speaking Flanders in the North always niggling and poking at the French-speaking Wallonia of the South.

I didn't know April Fool's Day came in December!
posted by Broadsheet @ 5:42 PM  
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