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family christmas in namur

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm still catching up with the Christmas posts. Stuart and I went to our friend Manoelle's mum's house up on the hill in Namur (south of Brussels). We'd spent Christmas there once before, which was the first time they'd ever had any non-family guests at Christmas, so on both visits we felt very honoured to be there. That's Mano's mum (Bonne-Mamy to the grandchildren) in the middle.

I could understand a good bit of the French, but couldn't remember words to say much, so I was a bit of a conversational bore at the table, while happily tucking into my salmon mousse. (New year's resolution: practice French!) But a couple of the granddaughters were drawing after dinner, so I joined in, and ending up sketching the whole family:

Nineteen of us at dinner, that was no mean feat!

Noam got a bit obsessed with putting a certain box on everyone's head, so here we are, posing with the box:

Interesting links:
Thanks to _w_o_o_d_ for flagging this great looking new comic by Kris Dresen, She Said.

And I liked this article pointed out by Woodrow Phoenix about Lady Gaga: There’s a limit to how subversive a blonde skinny white pop star can be.


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Jan. 1st, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
You're welcome ! (man it feels weird when you link to my LJ. I haven't made an actual post in there for so Long ! I blame Twitter. And laziness, let's be honest.

I'm going for a vacation to Italy starting next week, then I'll visit the Angoulême Festival, and then I was thinking I'd stay in Paris for a week, but now I'm considering spending a few days in London... I haven't been in London for... Oh my Gods, 10 years ? And I've beens several times in Paris... But I also have friends in Paris I'd like to visit... Anyway if I do go to London, do you want to meet for tea, lunch or anything ? (and can you recommend a nice place to stay ?)
Jan. 1st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm going to Angoulême, too! (With ellenlindner, Stephen Betts and tozocomic.) Maybe we can see you there! But yes, I'd love to meet up in London, I'll e-mail you. :)
Jan. 1st, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
We'll probably meet in Angoulême, then. Are you going over there "as authors" ? Will you be signing books ?

I'm still not sure about London, mind you, but it's really tempting.
Jan. 1st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I won't be doing any signings since my book doesn't come out til autumn this year at the earliest. But I'll be spreading the word about the DFC Library. I think we'll try to do something much punchier next year, when we have at least six of the books out, including mine.

Just sent an e-mail to the hotmail account on your profile, couldn't find your address in my inbox, so hope that's the one. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
so cool! Thanks for teh Belgium updates :-)
Jan. 11th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Merci pour ces jolis croquis de la famille.
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