Reflections on my academic year at the College of Europe in Brugge (Bruges) Belgium in 1967/68
It would be nice to think that every promotion compiled a year book at the end of every year containing a selectionn of photos and perhaps recollections. Perhaps they do.
WHEN 14% = 17%
On Saturday, 18 November 1967, sterling was devalued by 14% from $2.80 to $2.40. Although rumours of impending devaluation had been widespread in the press, including in Europe and the United States, the announcement by the Labour government headed by Harold Wilson administered a severe shock to international confidence and to domestic opinion in the UK.
SECTIONED & CERTIFIED
I just came across this documentation from 1967/8 and thought it worth including in my reflections on my year in the College.
We weren't long arrived in Brugge when a trip was organised to the Assises Nationales (Ard-Fheis) of the Gaullist party in Lille. This was the French town in which de Gaulle had been born and it was only an hour's drive from Brugge.
This was an era when you brought your harp (guitar) to the party.
ODDS & ENDS
This was the Bavarian Embassy in Bonn. Well that's how people described it, I suspect half in jest but wholly in earnest.
This post is just a short atmosphere piece. The photos are from my year at the College in 1967/8 and are from the Brugge/Damme area.
LE GRAND BAL
Professor Istvan B F Kormoss, was a Hungarian who came to the College of Europe as a student after WWII.
In early 1968 we set off, from the College of Europe in Brugge, on a study trip which took in Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Bonn and Köln.
I really don't know where to start with this post.
VAN BRUGGE NAAR DAMME
So what happened after I came down from the Brugge Mountain with my tablets of stone (Certificat d'Études Européennes).
That's Peter, my German teacher. That football accident put paid to my aspirations to rival Goethe in my own lifetime.
The linguistic requirement for studying in the College of Europe, which operated in two languages - English and French, was to be fluent in one and have a working knowledge of the other.
Suddenly the College was overrun with Bulgarians - in native dress and with music and dance to capture your soul.
DO UNTO OTHERS
This is now the Hotel Navarra on Sint-Jakobstraat in Brugge (Bruges) but then, fifty years ago, it was the College of Europe's student residence.
In the decade of commemorations, we are still within the centenary of WWI. It is also the 50th anniversary of my visit to Flanders Fields from the College of Europe in 1968.
HOLY BLOOD PROCESSION
My 1964 guidebook tells me that the Procession of the Holy Blood takes place in Brugge every year on the first Monday following the 2nd of May. Wikipedia tells me it takes place on Ascension Day. Perhaps one is wrong or the day has changed since my time.
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