Empty chairs

Below the Burcht at Leiden:

… and on a Gent lamp post:

Faced with global warming, Dutch civic Canutes are off somewhere else contemplating amongst other engineering wonders the construction of (a) a great new channel to sea to prevent flooding from upstream on the major rivers, and (b) a megalopolis to the East to house the inhabitants of Amsterdam and the rest of the Randstad. Meanwhile, the Belgians, as ever, are preparing for civil war. Their chairs are prettier, though.

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