Month: March 2014

Our future

The human race is fascinated with its evolution. We dig out ancient skeletal bones buried in the ground, give our ancestors names such as Homo Erectus or Homo Habilis and construct the DNA genome from a Neanderthal toe bone in order to understand how we differ from them. We do all this to understand how we were, how we are, and perhaps most importantly, how we will be. However, although biology certainly plays a significant part in giving us a glimpse into our evolutionary future, I believe our future can also, and perhaps increasingly so, be seen in science fiction.


Threatened house

A flash of lightning got rid of the dark
Long enough for the sickly man to see
More aloe vera would be needed to
Soothe the wounds of his beautiful house.

Grass and tree tops are pointed to the door,
The cold wind batters the fragile window,
And the man knows it will not take long before
The rumble of thunder will break the sky

And clouds will release their cargo of rain
On the red bricks, roof and rest of the house.

Though the man shakes his fist up to the sky,

He cowers in fear

for this Putin storm.

Sunglasses out, off to Cambridge

Rejoice, spring has arrived! Melancholic winter has fled from our gardens and is now replaced by skirts, barbeque, and laughter. A group of friends and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to go visit Cambridge last Sunday, which is only an hour by train from London. Clouds were nowhere to be seen and temperature was already comfortably high when we arrived at 10 in the morning. I did not quite know what to expect as we walked towards the historic centre of the city, as I had deliberately decided not to research Cambridge on the Internet before going. In all my naïvity, I thought its historic centre would look similar to other historic centres in cities such as Bruges or Ghent. To my surprise, however, this was not the case at all, as Cambridge proved to be very different. Rather than being a city, Cambridge is a town that fully revolves around its well renowned university. The University of Cambridge ranks as one of best universities in the world, and has influential alumni ranging from 16-century-poet John Donne to mathematical genius Stephen Hawking. Founded in 1209, it is the third-oldest surviving university, behind the University of Bologna and the University of Oxford, Cambridge’s rival since the very beginning. Cambridge is an incredibly beautiful university town steeped in history.


Pathetic Europe

The financial and economic crisis has caused quite some damage around the world. Jobs were lost, wealth was lost, and money fled to wherever it seemed safe. Six years after the start of the crisis, many parts of the world have recovered from the damage done. The emerging economies were swift in their recovery and is now being followed by an American economy that is gathering pace as well. Only one “global” player stays behind and seems incredibly slow in its recovery: the European Union.

4 questions on work

March. Along with the reappearance of beautiful, cloudless skies and warm sun comes the realization that time has been flying by. It seems like yesterday when I arrived in London, but it was the 24th of September, now more than five months ago. I have nine weeks left in London before I go back to Belgium and then move to Shanghai for the second chapter in what has already been a very exciting year. However, all of this also means graduation and the frightening entry into the workforce is coming closer and closer. I say frightening, because the impending deadline of graduation brings difficult questions that merit a blog post. Thus without further ado, I present to you the questions that go through my mind every time I apply for a job: