Friday, October 03, 2003

"Quiz question. Guess which European Prime Minister is staying at our hotel," said Europe correspondent Tim Franks to the BBC press corps gathered in the bar.

"A very miserable one?," I offered.

It transpires that none other than the Belgian premier, Guy Verhofstadt, is staying in Room 6. He was obviously attracted by the 70s porno chic of the establishment.

"Is he the one who looks like Harry Potter?" I asked.

"No," Tim replied tartly. "That's Jan Pieter Balkenende and he's Dutch, not Belgian. Guy Verhofstadt is the goofy looking one with crap teeth."

Belgium's finances must be very tight indeed if their prime minister is forced to stay in the same hotel as us.


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