Just been to Antwerp for a pretty good conference on inter modal freight. Antwerp is a much nicer city than Brussels, but gosh it is so dusty and dirty! All the buildings are shabby and the total lack of cleanliness is quite depressing. Brussels is also pretty grubby, I do wonder if it is a Belgian trait? A Belgian colleague did once suggest that the Belgians spend their money inside the home and not outside. Mind you, many British cities are not much better.
I have been watching the excellent Ghost in the Shell 2nd GIG, and now I am on a Thalys train watching the first series of the Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.