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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND THE LATEST ON THE LURGY

I Said Face Down

COVID 19 Belgium – Situation Dire And Getting Worse

Belgium is a land of just over 11 million souls. As I write this, on Saturday 24th of October, the average daily new infection rate for the disease is over 10 thousand people a day. This means that 1 percent of the population is being infected in less than a 2 week period. You can read more about this in…

THIS LINK

Average daily infection rates are expected to breach 20 thousand before the end of next week. You can read about this in…

THIS LINK

One week ago, the new government imposed new measures to help curtail the spread of the virus. These included a return to home working for those that can, closing all bars and restaurants, imposing a curfew from midnight until 5am, banning the sale of alcohol after 8 pm and limiting everyone to having one close contact outside of their household.

As of 24th of October further measures have been imposed nationwide. These include professional sports games can still take place, but without an audience, amateur games for everyone over 18-years-old will be prohibited, games for youth up to 18 are also still allowed but only one person per family can attend, a maximum of 20% of students is allowed to be present in an auditorium or classroom and no more than 200 people are allowed at the same time in theatres, cinemas and concert halls. You can read more about this in…

THIS LINK

Even stricter measures are being enforced in Brussels and Wallonia. You can see more through the following two links.

BRUSSELS

WALLONIA

If anyone has friends or family in Belgium and they want to have an idea of how things are going where they live, you can follow the link below, scroll down the page, type in the name of their municipality and that will give you a figure for how many people have tested positive for the disease in that area over the last two weeks.

REGIONAL CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS IN BELGIUM

Personally, I am still in good health but am feeling very weary of all this. It feels like the virus is doing to Belgium what is happening in this GIF.

Everybody stay safe and do the best to protect yourselves and those around you

Prefectdt

TUESDAY’S TANTALIZING TUSHY – AND CYCLING ALONG THE RIVER OURTHE FROM DURBUY

What Light From Yonder Window Breaks

Image found at

CONTEMPORARY LIFE

With A Bicycle Along The River Ourthe

Above is the River Ourthe as it flows through Durbuy where once a watermill stood. From Durbuy there is a very good cycle path that runs along the river. I spent my last full day of holiday exploring the river and thought that I would show you some of the views that I saw.

There had not been much rain in August and September in Belgium and like most rivers, the Ourthe was a little low but still very pretty. Lets play “Spot The Little Devil” (my campervan), it is mostly hidden by a tree in this shot.

And on down the river, with my trusty folding steed.

That last view reminds me that I have to save my pennies for some sort of small river craft.

I broke off the trail at Bomal Sur Ourthe, in search of an ice cream and found this old building. Unfortunately it’s historic interior is no more. It is now for hire as holiday flats.

And that concludes my posting of holiday snaps from my September tour. I hope that you enjoyed them.

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND A VISIT TO DURBUY

Feel The Rage Of The Machine

Durbuy, Arguably The Smallest City In The World

I think that there will be other competitors to the title “World’s Smallest City”, It’s a bit like “England’s Oldest Pub”, there must be more than twenty of those. Durbuy is tiny though, if you judged it on size it would only count as a village. It is a beautiful little place to visit though, located on the banks of the River Ourthe with many tiny, ancient streets to explore.

There is a stately home in the city but this is not generally open to the public

And an amazing rock formation that has been turned into a feature, with the addition of a large pond and fountain

I finished my day of sauntering around this little burg with a visit to the topiary gardens

On Tuesday I will post the last of my holiday snaps that where taken as I explored the River Ourthe

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BELGIAN BUTT GOES GLOBAL – AND SOME ARTWORK I LIKE

Did You See This On Google Street View?

A Belgian guy “Jens Vrolijks” saw the Google Street View camera car whilst he was located at Bergstraat 1 in the municipality Meeuwen-Gruitrode in the Limburg province and decided to give it something fun to photograph. When interviewed about it he said “It is the best prank I have pulled this year”. The image appeared, like this on Google Street View for about a month but unfortunately has had the fun part blurred over now (shame). If you want to find out more about this prankster, try this link

BEST PRANK THIS YEAR

Some Nice Drawings That I Found

I was tootling around a search when I stumbled across a web page from what appears to be a defunct website. The rest of the site seems to have disappeared into the internet ether and the page seemed to be an isolated remnant. I hope that the artist has found a new home for the work but if this is not the case, it would be a shame for the images to be lost to all and so I thought that I would post a few on this blog. The above image is the only F/m example, the rest seem to be all M/m which is not normally my thing but I liked these.

There are a few more. If you like you can check them out through

THIS LINK

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND CORONAVIRUS BELGIUM UGH!

Preparing For The Caning

And Then The Caning

Covid 19 in Belgium A Brief Update

I have to admit that I feel a bit demoralised about this, at the moment. After an extended period of improving figures and falling infection rates, that lead to many welcome relaxations of restrictions, the past two weeks has seen a turn around. Right now the numbers are not huge but the percentages are bad, last I looked, infection rates where rising at an average of over 60 percent week on week. The reproduction rate (R rate) of the disease in Belgium has risen to about 1.4. As a result, the proposed phase 5 lifting of restriction, that where planned for the 1st of August, have been cancelled. The compulsory use of face masks has been extended to busy streets, markets and all other crowded places, indoors and out. Town mayors have been given the powers to add further restrictions in the areas under their jurisdiction, if they feel that it is necessary to do so. Lets hope these restrictions are enough to improve the situation.

Finally, the entire sea front and beaches of Belgium have been declared compulsory face mask zones. So for any women planning to go for a dip in the sea, on the Belgian coast, you might consider obtaining one of these.

Trikinies

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A REAL LIFE TORTURE CHAMBER FOUND ON THE DUTCH BELGIAN BORDER

And I am not talking about an archaeological find, this is a very modern set up.

In a raid by Dutch police, a warehouse was found to with seven cargo containers in it. Six of these where believed to be containment cells and one was set up as a torture chamber.

Although I think that I could have done a better job of converting a dentists chair to a piece of restraining furniture, it is still very scary that people are making things like this for real life use and not for fantasy play.

Here are some quotes from news sources

“Six suspects have been arrested after Dutch police discovered a secret “hell-like” prison with a torture chamber near the Belgian-Dutch border.”

“Officers raided the site at Wouwse Plantage on the Dutch-Belgian border”

“Six of the containers were intended as cells in which people could be tied up and one container was intended as a torture chamber”

“A search of the containers uncovered bags containing tools including hedge cutters, scalpels and pliers. The items “were likely intended to torture victims or at least put them under pressure”, the police said.”

If you would like to read more try the following links

The Brussels Times

CNN

The Guardian

And a video report of the raid

The fantasy of torture chambers is great but the real life version is scary and definitely not for me or you, I hope.

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