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On Being Boring

I moved from London to Brussels with my husband nearly 10 years ago. When I told people we were moving, the news was greeted with bemusement: why did we want to move to a city that was possibly the most boring place on earth? Ten years later and I can honestly say that I've had more fun here than I ever did living in London. It might not be the most exciting city in the world but it is a fantastic place to live. It is full of hidden treasures that you probably never get to see as a tourist: wonderful shops, amazing food, great museums and galleries, beautiful architecture, a forest (yes, a whole forest), and so much more... And if that doesn't convince you, well, get on a train and you could be in Paris, Amsterdam, Cologne or, yes, London in no more than a couple of hours... Which other city can you say that about?

Hidden Talent

Blog every day in May, day 27 (nearly there!!!): What are you good at that nobody knows about? Tell us all about it.

I asked Amélie about this this morning. She said “I think you’re really good at drawing and I think you’re really good at writing”. Well, after the last 26 days, I’m sure many of you will disagree with the later. As for the former, I suppose I’m alright at drawing but I also know many many people who are far far better at it than me. It sucks to be surrounded by so much talent. No but really.

So, hidden talents… Hmm… I’m not sure there’s much about me which is really hidden. Most people know most everything there is to know about me. But let’s try to think about this a little bit…

1) I used to be really really good at learning stuff off by heart – which is how come I used to do really really well at exams despite understanding very little. I also used to be really really good at concentrating. Oh you may laugh but that’s an increasingly rare talent!

2) Now, my main talent appears to be in forgetting the things I used to know off by heart. I’m seriously getting more and more stupid by the day. Fortunately, Hanno – my wonderfully spongey husband – keeps on absorbing more and more knowledge. So at least some kind of equilibrium is being maintained.

3) Sarcasm – I reign in just how sarcastic I want to be most of the time because I know how easily sarcasm can be misconstrued as plain old rudeness (although, mind you, I probably would just be being plain old rude a lot of the time). So I have to control my natural urge for sarcasm. Which must make my ability to self-censure another hidden talent.

4) Stubbornness. Can I call being stubborn a talent? No? Well I’m going to anyway. Because I’m stubborn! But you can call it being strong willed, tenacious or determined if you want.

And that’s it I think. My many other amazing talents are plain for everyone to see.

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