No, it’s not a Belgian joke: in Belgium you can send your email and have it delivered, registered, by a smelly man with a severe drinking problem, all for only €9.84. The business offering this innovative service, Certipost, is a joint venture between the dismal old state telecom and post businesses, Belgacom and De Post, and the press release gives a taste of what might go wrong. Since they try to prevent you going directly to the page concerned, go to Certipost’s entry page and look under Company Announcements for an item called Certipost pioneers hybrid registered mail. An English press release, right? Click on it and you get a Flemish release with an English title and the unsubstantiated assertion, “text also available in French.” Thankyou, Europe, and goodnight.
- Belgian pie
I reckon Gayle Tomlinson has let herself be suckered for the purposes of this story in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, passed
- E-commerce fack-up
Cart logic: Total price < 150€: you can have your paint delivered to you; you pay extra. Total price > 150€: you can
- In Belgium they speak Belgian, so in Catalonia…
Joan Camp thinks there’s a language called Belgian, and that it’s essentially the same as Flemish.
- Email pricing
The following pricelist was received from a spammer who thinks that a Taiwanese email address is worth 70 times as much
- Old Congolese joke
I’ve been translating quite a lot of elderly Flemish over the past few months. Here’s an excerpt from some manuscript memoirs