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29th Nov 2007, 10:36
Two items from the news....is there a connection?

The first is in Flemish or Dutch, I don't speak a word of either, but the headline can only be "Dozens of Chickens Dumped in a Park in Brussels", and the text seems to say that this was after they were all denied boarding on a flight to Ethiopia.

Duizenden kuikens gedumpt in parken Brussel

Donderdag 29 november 2007 - BRUSSEL - Ongeveer vijfduizend kuikens zijn de afgelopen dagen achtergelaten in dozen in Brusselse parken. Het onfortuinlijke pluimvee mocht niet mee aan boord van een vliegtuig naar EthiopiŽ.
Medewerkers van de luchthaven Zaventem bij Brussel hebben vervolgens de dieren mee naar huis genomen, maar het thuisfront was daar in veel gevallen kennelijk niet blij mee.

De vogelbescherming in BelgiŽ heeft de voorbije dagen steeds meer meldingen gekregen van dozen vol met kuikens die waren achtergelaten in Brusselse parken.

De vogelbescherming heeft intussen opvanggezinnen voor een groot aantal kuikens gevonden, maar ook andere dierenopvangcentra bij de zuiderburen zijn er blij mee: daar dienen de ontheemde kuikens als voer voor de slangen.

The second comes from the Guardian...

Calypso band taken for terrorists sues Ryanair
∑ Passenger raised concerns about group's behaviour
∑ Musicians escorted off flight after 'rising tensions'
A blind calypso musician and his band who were escorted off a plane as suspected terrorists after a passenger claimed to have seen him reading a newspaper are suing Ryanair for about £1,000 each.
The passenger told the pilot of the Sardinia-Stansted flight that he was concerned about the behaviour of Michael Toussaint and four other members of the Caribbean Steel International Orchestra, a court heard. He claimed to be a psychology lecturer from London University and said he had noticed the group in "high spirits" in the terminal building, but that they had sat separately and quietly on board. He also believed Toussaint, who was wearing dark glasses, could have been feigning blindness, the court was told.

Why has the industry started denying boarding to chickens and calypso bands? Is this a new campaign in the war on terror?

I think we should be told.

And why is the band's claim so moderate? Do they need a good lawyer?

29th Nov 2007, 10:49
Calypso 'n Chickens

Think I've got a recipie for that somewhere.

Aye Calypso
The places you've been to
The things that you've shown us
The stories you tell
Aye Calypso
I sing to your spirit
The men who have served you
So long and so well

29th Nov 2007, 10:51
Why do the Belgiques say "5 dozen chickens" - why not 60?

29th Nov 2007, 11:28
It's five thousand, not five dozen.

The Flying Pram
29th Nov 2007, 12:18
On line translation services leave rather a lot to be desired, but "BabelFish" came up with this:

Thursday 29 November 2007 - BRUSSELS - approximately five thousand kuikens the previous days have been left behind in boxes in parks of Brussels. The onfortuinlijke bird could not to border of a plane to Ethiopia.

Employees of the airport Zaventem at Brussels have vervolgens taken the animals to house, but the thuisfront was with that in many cases kennelijk not glad. The bird protection in Belgium has more and more got the past days reports of boxes full with kuikens which had been left behind in parks of Brussels. Bird protection host families for a large number of have meanwhile found kuikens, but animal shelters also other at the zuiderburen are gladly: there the displaced person kuikens serve as fodder for the snakes

29th Nov 2007, 12:50
Just realised Babelfish wrote the manual for my microwave!

29th Nov 2007, 13:14
I'll have a stab at this, but I learnt my Dutch from Joop Klepzeiker books.

Thousands of chickens dumped in Brussels parks

29 Nov 07 - About 5000 chickens have been dumped in Brussels parks in recent days. The unfortunate birds weren't allowed on a flight to Ethiopia.

Workers at Brussels' Zaventem Airport took the birds home, but it appears that in many cases 'er at 'ome was not happy with this.

The Belgian bird protection service has received reports of boxes full of chickens being left in Brussels parks.

The Belgian bird protection service has found adopters for many chickens, but other animal reception centres of our southern neighbours are happy: the chickens are being used as snake food.

29th Nov 2007, 13:37
If you want a Belgian news story in English, go to a German news site.


29th Nov 2007, 13:49
New-hatched chicks can live for about 24 hours without being given food or water. If there is a delay in shipping them that means the time in transit goes beyond 24 hours then they are routinely destroyed, yes, since it is impractical to feed and water thousands of chicks packed in cartons.

I used to be in the chicken-smuggling business back in the States, once upon a time.

Here I guess it is just the human-interest element of some kind-hearted soul turning them loose in the middle of Brussels that makes this news.

tony draper
29th Nov 2007, 14:17
Hmmm, would cut down delays at Heathrow if they did that to human travellers.