Cartoons from the weekend

Monday, 28 February 2011

Marec KBK
The sketch is by Marec, resident cartoonist of Het Nieuwsblad who normally does politics. But the weekend racing is front page news in Belgium. The scene depicts Tom Boonen and Philippe Gilbert as Belgian dunces who lost out and both are thinking “we’ve got ears after all”.

Like most jokes, when you have to explain them the funny side vanishes. Oortjes is Dutch for ears and also earpieces, the race radios. The two have donkey ears, a reference is also to Kuurne, home of Sunday’s race where the locals are strangely known as donkeys. A donkey is a regular feature of the podium every year. Welcome to Belgium.

Omloop Feest

Cycling isn’t just making the front page cartoon. It’s fulling almost every page. One Belgian reader kindly emailed full details of how a single newspaper had 20 pages of post-race analysis – including the spread above – covering everything from marauding Dutchmen to the women’s race. I’d said that English-language coverage is very good but of course nothing compares to the Belgian media in March and April. 20 pages!

Still, sometimes you don’t need cartoons to make people laugh. The image below is from twitter and yes, that’s Mark Cavendish.

El Water Pistolero

Still, I think Cavendish had the last laugh this weekend. Playing family guy is fine by me. Whilst Cav was playing Pistolero with his girlfriend’s son, it was AndrĂ© Greipel who misfired after apparently touching wheels with team mate Marcel Sieberg, forcing him to slow momentarily and this cost him a result in Kuurne.

Rick February 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

20 pages on two semi-classics? I’m emigrating to Belgium.

gildasd March 1, 2011 at 2:13 am

That’s only one paper, and no belgian won…

The Inner Ring March 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

Yes, gildasd, if Boonen had outsprinted Gilbert…

Starr March 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

And of those 20 pages, probably a couple were dedicated to the local amateur scene.

gildasd March 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

And we have a soap on TV called “De Ronde” that takes place during and on the Tour of Flanders…

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