“Relax before your flight,” suggests the Dublin Airport Web-site section on lounges. It’s such a welcoming invitation that some Dubliners, with no pubs currently open and pulling pints for them, decided that the flight part was optional and focused instead on the bit about relaxing. Booking cheap one-way tickets to Gatwick, a thirsty group was recently able to settle in for a few rounds at the airport lounges—deemed essential businesses—according to The Times of London. Then, instead of boarding the flight to the U.K., they walked home. The Dublin Airport Authority is investigating.
Belgium has never been easy to unify. Think Walloons vs. Flemings, three official languages, and a complicated political system that has left the country without a real government since June (not nearly as long as the United States, but still). Now, however, the nation has been brought together by a little windmill shortbread biscuit known as the speculoo, essentially Belgium’s national cookie. When Lotus Bakeries announced that the word “speculoo” would be dropped from the biscuit’s packaging in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands as part of an effort to gather the global brand under the “Biscoff” banner, the reaction was united, multi-lingual, and harsh—save-the-speculoo Facebook groups were formed, angry and despairing tweets launched, and the Lotus C.E.O. was roundly reproached. “Belgium doesn’t really have a deeply rooted identity or culture that is shared by us all,” Julie Haspeslagh, a marketing strategist, explained to Euronews. “So I guess when we dohave something like speculoos, we can react emotionally to it.” Lotus now says that while the Biscoff branding will remain, the phrase “original speculoos” will appear on the packaging for the three countries where it seems to matter very, very much.