5 More Weird Laws In Belgium

6. Belgium allows the personal possession of cannabis

Although Belgium historically had a strict stance towards all drugs, Belgium relaxed their laws on the personal possession of cannabis in 2003. Now in Belgium it is legal to possess up to 3g of cannabis. Recent comments have hinted at stricter policies but will likely mostly affect smoking in public, while possession continues to still be technically legal.

7. The Belgian King can mobilize troops in independent Congo

Although the Congo declared independence in 1960, the Belgian King can by law mobilize the ‘Belgian-Congo’ military and take any necessary means to protect the country in a war, or even implement proactive measures in times of peace. Naturally, this is a law that has not been invoked much in the past few decades.

8. ‘GAS’: a ban on civil and social practices

The biggest source of Belgium’s weird laws is the Communal Administrative Sanctions (Gemeentelijke Administratieve Sancties, or GAS). These were a number of relatively minor laws, with fines up to €250. Introduced in 1999, they gave local authorities the power to address petty nuisances. A number of municipalities used GAS to cover their civic duty, like restricting children’s games for safety reasons.

9. Dogs and oxen can propel army vehicles

Several of Belgians weird laws revolve around the pursuit of advancing technology. One such law dating to 1939 concerns the military, which dictates that ‘beasts of burden (horses, oxen, dogs, etc.)’ can be requisitioned for any vehicles employed by the army. Although, perhaps that wouldn’t be useful if a drone runs out of fuel.

10. You can keep your last cow, pig, goats, sheep, and chickens

Belgian law provides a list of items that a bailiff cannot seize. Although a handy list, it includes some outdated elements such as livestock and one month’s worth of livestock feed. It is yet to be seen if this law would safeguard the chickens and pork fillets in your freezer.

Villarreal 2 Arsenal 1

Nicolas Pepe’s second-half penalty gave Arsenal renewed hope of reaching the Europa League final despite a semi-final first-leg loss at Villarreal as both sides finished with 10 men. With the Gunners trailing 2-0 and a man down following Dani Ceballos’ sending off, Pepe stepped up and fired home a precious away goal from the spot after Bukayo Saka had been tripped in the box. It means Mikel Arteta’s side go into next Thursday’s second leg with genuine hope of reaching a second Europa League final in three seasons and with the potential of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

They appeared to be sinking without trace when Manu Trigueros fired in an early low, angled drive for the home side before Raul Albiol slammed home at the back post following Gerard Moreno’s flick-on from a corner. Ceballos’ red card with 30 minutes left, courtesy of a second booking for standing on the boot of Daniel Parejo, looked to have sealed their fate. But Bernd Leno produced two good saves to keep the home side at bay before Pepe – playing as a false nine – had his say. Villarreal may still have fancied their chances of scoring again, but this was hampered when they too were reduced to 10 men, as Etienne Capoue shown a second yellow for a late tackle on Saka.

The ‘Yellow Submarine’, managed by ex-Gunners Unai Emery, will go into the second leg on top, but facing the prospect that just one unanswered concession will send them out. Defeat in this tie would likely prompt a new level of soul-searching at the club, who currently sit 10th in the Premier League and need to triumph in this competition to extend their record of appearing in continental competition to 26 successive seasons. It could have been even better for the Gunners, but substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was denied by a fine save from Geronimo Rulli, leaving Pepe’s goal as their sole reward.

Current Restrictions In The State

Kerala has announced that the state will not see a total lockdown, but strict restrictions will remain in place to control Covid spread. The Kerala government will press ahead with restrictions on non-essential activities and weekend curfews to curb the spread of coronavirus, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Monday after a virtual all-party meeting earlier in the day. The political party representatives unanimously agreed that no celebrations or victory processions should be allowed on May 2, when the state counts its votes of the recently held Assembly elections.

Only officials in charge of counting, counting agents of political parties and journalists will have access to counting centres across the state. It will be mandatory for such persons to either take two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine or carry a negative RT-PCR result certificate obtained within 72 hours to get access to the counting centres. General public will not be allowed near the counting premises. Meanwhile, the 9 pm-5 am night curfews and the weekend curfews, during which only essential activities will be allowed, shall continue, the CM added. Public transport will carry on unhindered. For private transport during curfews, people will have to state reasons for stepping out.

Cinema theatres, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, clubs, swimming pools, tourism parks, bars and outlets selling foreign liquor will be temporarily shut down across the state. Religious places, especially mosques during the ongoing Ramzan, must control crowds to less than 50 at a time. The faithful should be advised to bring their own mats for prayers and use pipe-water to wash hands and feet instead of common tanks. Government offices will function with 50% of staff capacity. No more than 50 people can attend weddings while the same for funerals is 20. All such functions shall be held after registering on the Covid-19 jagratha portal.

6 Things I Just Can’t Handle 

6 things you just can’t handle 

  1. Sitting in a van/big vehicle and going through a narrow lane with shops/stalls and people walking about. I always feel that we are going to hit someone and they will end up in a hospital or, worse, dead.
  2. Waking up really early. There should be a law against that. 8 am is ok. 7 or 7:30 am is alright if absolutely needed. But anything earlier than that should be criminalized.
  3. Holier than thou people. The overtly religious people and I will never mix. But the ones who think they are extremely special because they have a “personal relationship” are the worst. Keep thy religion to thine asshole!
  4. Bullies who try and showcase their might just because they are bigger and have numbers against a small number of people.
  5. Parents who think that their children are theirs to control even after a certain age. They want to control what you do in life, what you study and what career path they should take. And yeah also, control who they will sleep with. Yuck!
  6. Political bullshit. Those who do all kinds of nonsense and then pretend that they are angels in disguise.

High Five

The high five is a hand gesture that occurs when two people simultaneously raise one hand each, about head-high, and push, slide, or slap the flat of their palm against the flat palm of the other person. The gesture is often preceded verbally by a phrase like “Gimme five!” or “High five!” Thursday, 15 April was considered as National High Five Day in the US.

Lamont Sleets had been reluctantly put in touch with the holiday’s founders, and he explained that his father, Lamont Sleets Sr., served in Vietnam in the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry — a unit nicknamed The Five. The men of The Five often gathered at the Sleets home when Lamont Jr. was a toddler. They’d blow through the front door doing their signature greeting: arm straight up, five fingers spread, grunting “Five.” Lamont Jr. loved to jump up and slap his tiny palms against their larger ones. “Hi, Five!” he’d yell, unable to keep all their names straight. Years later, Sleets started high-fiving his Murray State teammates, and when the Racers played away games, other teams followed

However in the era of Covid-19 how do you celebrate a day like this or any day that you want to do a high five with someone. An air five is a variation where the hands of the participants never actually touch, needing only line of sight to make the gesture. It has an advantage for participants who are otherwise too far apart to achieve physical contact at the moment of the gesture. And in the time of the pandemic, you do do that too!

10 Things I Love About You

10 things you love most about your significant other

Let me tell you first that I am single and do not have a significant other. But I dream at night, wishing I had that woman who would be my partner in life. Anyways, this is what I love about the woman of my dreams.

  • She seems to understand my needs and adjusts and does little things for me without me asking (and ofcourse I do that for her too)
  • She seems to take an interest in my hobbies. She may not share my enthusiasm but she tries to help out and even looks for ways to contribute.
  • She has been convinced about the greatness, awesomeness and the history of Star Trek and other science fiction franchises. Again, she may not share my enthusiasm but she has taken to understand some (if not all) of it and has her inputs.
  • She loves animals like dogs and cats. Bunnies, deer etc as well. She cries when an animal dies even if it is in a movie and seeing one hurt in real life is too much for her to taken.
  • She does not however share my love & fascination for horror movies. She might watch some movies with me but too much blood, gore, body horror and she will say “ok that’s me done for the night” and walk away from the tv room.
  • She is dedicated to her family and does everything with them in mind. The food she buys or prepares at home is with her loved ones in mind. What they like, the way they like it and what would delight them.
  • She likes it simple yet elegant. The lightest of make up touches and a little lipstick because she is beautiful naturally. No gaudy makeup on for this one.
  • She can be as casual in clothing as they come – t shirts, blouses, sweatshirts or hoodies at home with jeans but for a party, function or just a night out visiting friends, she can look really classy and elegant in a nice dress.
  • She is loyal to a fault, supporting and motivating her family & friends.
  • She is beautiful and lovely inside and out.


Spotify Owner Wants To Buy Arsenal

Daniel Ek, the Spotify billionaire wants to buy Arsenal. The Swedish entrepreneur has caused a stir by publicly stating he is interested in buying the club from the Kroenke family. The name Daniel Ek was thrust into the headlines over the weekend after the Spotify founder went public with his interest in buying Arsenal. Ek timed his approach perfectly, with the Gunners’ fanbase in uproar following Arsenal’s involvement in the controversial European Super League plans.

Arsenal fans have been one of many groups to voice their unhappiness with their club’s ownership and decision to become a founding member of the Super League. Although the plans, which were fronted by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli, fell apart within 48 hours last week after widespread and united opposition from the football world, that hasn’t stopped fans from protesting. Several thousand Arsenal fans have protested outside the Emirates Stadium over the weekend, calling for the Kroenke family to sell the club.

The protests were followed by a tweet on Friday night from Ek, which has caused quite the stir. He wrote: “As a kid growing up, I’ve cheered for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.” According to the Daily Telegraph, Ek has joined forces with Arsenal legends Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp to try and oust Stan Kroenke from the club.

Ek is a 38-year-old Swedish entrepreneur, primarily known for founding music streaming service Spotify. Born in Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm, in 1983, he has been a prolific businessman in the technology sector since the age of 13.

5 Weird Laws In Belgium

1. Gambling at a home poker game is illegal in Belgium

The Belgian laws restricting games of chance mean that prohibitions apply to commercial contests, sweepstakes, lotteries, and even private poker games. These games require a license from the Kansspelcommissie or no-one wins any financial gain. A law from 1851 gives the Belgian National Lottery a monopoly on all lottery and scratch card games.

2. No night-time police raids

A Belgian law prohibits police raids for eight hours each night – between 9pm and 5am – unless in specific circumstances. Some media sources claim this 1969 Belgian statute is what led to the escape of one of the Paris bombers living in Belgium; Belgian authorities had to wait until the morning to conduct a raid. This law initially banned night police raids on private homes as a civilian consideration to safeguard family privacy – but a Belgian law that recent terrorism events have shown needs an urgent review.

3. You can drive straight into oncoming traffic

A driver who wants to turn into a road typically has right of way unless otherwise indicated. This means that if you’re driving on a highway and a car approaches from a small country road to your right, you must slow down and let them in. There were talks in recent years, however, about abolishing this rule. For cyclists, in certain one-way streets, they can ride in both directions if indicated by a traffic sign, even when car traffic is only one-way.

4. The Belgian flag is unconstitutional by law

Today’s Belgian tricolor flag of black, yellow, and red contradicts the Belgian Constitution. The Constitution states the ‘Belgian Nation adopts red, yellow and black for its colors’. Belgium’s colors are based on the coat of arms of the Duchy of Brabant: a golden lion with a red tongue and claws on a black field.

The original Belgian flag did indeed go through a few shuffles after the Belgian revolution of 1830, starting out as red over yellow over black, with horizontal lines rather than today’s vertical ones, but later was rotated with a changed color order for various reasons (one including to distance itself from the horizontal Dutch flag and align more with the vertical French one). What didn’t happen, however, was an update of the draft Constitution, leading to almost two centuries of a constitution contradiction.

5. No Dutch royals on the throne

The Dutch were banished forever from holding public authority in Belgium. A decree in 1830 debarred members of the House of Orange-Nassau (the Dutch royal family). Implemented after the rule of Dutch King Willem I between 1815 and 1830, some say the Belgian revolutionaries found Willem’s rule less than satisfactory. As such, the law bans the Dutch royal family from holding the throne, any position in the public sector, or standing for elections in Belgium. As the law has constitutional status, abolishing it is a difficult process.

Caramel Popcorn Recipe

Ingredient Checklist
1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 quarts popped popcorn


Step 1
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.

Step 2
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.

Step 3
Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces.

Your favorite Beach quotes

An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.

Yes, yes it does. Although you’re technically not by an ocean, the gulf breezes have the same effect. Take a few moments to stop and notice how it feels against your skin. Breathe in deeply and then exhale slowly. Ahhh, instant relaxation.

We dream in colors borrowed from the sea.

What are your dreams filled with? Calm, relaxing coastal colors? Happy blues and greens? Indeed, coastal waters provide inspiration for life and dreams.

Happiness is a day at the beach.

Simple but true. Life is just better at the beach. Everything is better at the beach! With no where to go and no where to be, a day at the beach is just what you need.

The waves of the sea help me get back to me.

There’s something calming and reassuring about the steady lapping of the waves. The back and forth of the tide-pulled waters can be soothing to the soul. Take some time out to just be.

May you always have a shell in your pocket and sand in your shoes.

This is the perfect beach anthem. Let’s raise a glass to the beach and toast to it beauty and benefits. Cheers!

Prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas for April

Golden Shepherd – A Gorgeous Mix

The beautiful Golden Shepherd is what happens when you cross two of the most popular dogs in the world. The intelligent and working German Shepherd is mated with the loyal and loving Golden Retriever to make a loveable mix. I mean, just look at this cutie?

As this breed is a hybrid dog, it is not recognized by any major Kennel Club. However, they have been registered by the International Designer Canine Registry since 2009. The German Shepherd can be either the dam or sire for a Golden Shepherd puppy. Suited to very active homes, the Golden Shepherd is happiest with upwards of 60 minutes exercise per day.

With both parents being historic workers, this mix loves being busy. If it’s not physical exercise they thrive with mental stimulation. Brain games are a must! Their high intelligence means they pick up tricks super-fast and will love playing treasure hunts or hide and seek with the kids. Your mixed breed dog may be more German Shepherd than Golden, or vice versa, when it comes to their temperament.

Generally, the Golden Shepherd is affectionate, playful, smart and sociable. Yet, it is possible that they could inherit the more protective nature from their Shepherd parent – so they might be a perfect watchdog. Early socialization is essential in warding off particularly wary behavior from an overly protective dog. Being super-athletic and trainable, this dog thrives in sports like chase, agility and flyball. On the whole, the Golden Shepherd is a people-pleaser who learns new tricks incredibly quickly. Like their Golden Retriever cousin, the Golden Shepherd is generally suited to most families, providing they have experience of large breeds.

Like its parents, the Golden Shepherd will have a double coat; a coarse outer guard layer and a downy undercoat to keep them warm. They will have two major blow outs per year, but, realistically your home will always be full of dog hair. You may want to rethink having any black clothing in your closet. Golden Shepherds don’t tolerate being left alone for long periods. Being a super-loyal companion, they don’t understand why you would want to leave them. They can become anxious and destructive; they may bark and howl.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation is a 2004 American military science fiction horror television film directed by Phil Tippett and starring Richard Burgi, Lawrence Monoson, and Colleen Porch. It is a sequel to Starship Troopers (1997) and the second installment of the Starship Troopers film series. The film premiered on Encore Action on April 24, 2004 and was released on DVD and VHS on June 1, 2004. It was followed by the direct-to-video sequel Starship Troopers 3: Marauder in 2008.

Arsenal 0 Everton 1

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said the Toffees “are back” after a howler from Arsenal’s Bernd Leno gifted his side a crucial win in their bid for a Champions League place. The Merseysiders had failed to win in six games in all competitions but moved to within three points of the top four with a victory which was achieved amid a backdrop of protest. Over 1,000 Arsenal supporters gathered outside Emirates Stadium to show their anger about owner Stan Kroenke’s role in the failed European Super League.

The goal came when Everton forward Richarlison tried to roll a pass across the six-yard box. Leno should have scooped it up, but the ball slipped through the Arsenal keeper’s hands, hitting his leg on the way in. That was a rare moment of goalmouth action on the night as Everton won at Arsenal in the league for the first time since 1996. Gylfi Sigurdsson came closest before that when his 30-yard free-kick hit the bar. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the second half after Richarlison nicked Dani Ceballos – but it was overturned by the video assistant referee for a Nicolas Pepe offside in the build-up. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said: “We were the better team but there are certain decisions that we can’t control.

Gabriel Martinelli almost saved Arsenal in injury time but Jordan Pickford kept out his shot. Leno also came up for a late corner but could not make amends for his costly error. Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League now rely on winning this year’s Europa League – they sit nine points behind the European places in the Premier League, while the first leg of their Europa League semi-final is at Villarreal on Thursday. They were without forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because of injury and illness on Friday night and had to arrive at the ground early to avoid the protests.