Sint-Jans-Molenbeek perambulation

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 08.31.40It is undeniable, writes Dalrymple, that Britain has ‘more unattractive people than any other country in Europe’. Yet parts of the Continent are not far behind. The sides of the roads in Belgium, for instance, are

a rubbish tip. This cannot have been for lack of money to clear…up: the Belgian economy is…50 per cent government expenditure. Nor can it have been the result of…ignorance: the Belgians are…much better educated than the British…it could only have been because …Belgians…regard their country as a…dustbin.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 08.32.44Visiting Brussels, our man perambulates in the as-yet-largely-ungentrified Sint-Jans-Molenbeek quarter, where many Moroccans and Turks reside. Being a properly urban area, it does not dishearten in the way the Paris banlieues do, he finds.

Alphonse Vandenpeereboomstraat, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek

A peek at Molenbeek: section of Alphonse Vandenpeereboomstraat, Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, in what Conrad called ‘the sepulchral city’

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