Posts tagged ‘belgium’

August 21, 2010

Bold as bronze: Art thieves strike in broad daylight

IT SEEMS THAT TO be an art thief these days, you don’t need brains. Boldness will do the trick just as well. That’s what the guards at an exhibition in the Belgian town of Bruges learned on Wednesday. As reported by the Belgian press yesterday, a man entered an exhibit of works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalì on the Belfried or city tower on the town’s Grand Market in broad daylight and made off with a fifty centimetre high and ten kilo heavy bronze statue. The figure was not equipped with an alarm. It seems that the two guards on duty were also in charge of selling tickets. Museum officials suspect that one of the thieves kept them distracted while the others popped the figure in a bag and headed for the door. The exhibition’s organizers place the value of “La Femme aux tiroirs” at 100,000 Euros ($127,000). The Bruges police hope…

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February 25, 2010

Euroskeptic wants Europe’s president “put out to grass”

European Council President Herman van Rompuy

LAST NOVEMBER, WHEN I wrote a post on the appointment of Herman van Rompuy as President of the European Council and the de facto first leader of united Europe, I made some ironic comments about the man’s… shall we say, aura. At least I was polite about it. The same cannot be said for right-wing European Parliament Member Nigel Farage of the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party, who really had a go at President van Rompuy at the man’s first official appearance today in front of the Brussels assembly. Farage started out by saying that when the Parliament set about appointing its first President last fall, he had been under the impression that the new leader was going to be “a giant global figure” and a “political leader for 500 million people” who would well deserve a higher salary than U.S. President Barack Obama. “But I’m afraid all we got was you,” Farage said to the pale, bespectacled Belgian bureaucrat…

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