Harrock n roll:
Would love to hear some other examples of Marollian insults if you have any more.
You don't set the bar very high when it comes to conversational gambits, do you? ;-)
Seriously, this is really interesting stuff, Why do Birds, so thank you for the info; the only bit that I'd heard before, but had forgotten, was the architek
insult. I think it was in the BD-themed pocket walking-guide which you can get at the Tourist Office and comic-shops in Brussels (and in English-language as well as French and Flemish editions!).
If you have ever walked through what is left of the Marolles (it is very picturesque, now gentrified, and there are some lovely shops and squares), you can see why: the Palais is just massive, and sitting on what amounts to a ledge looming over the houses now situated at the bottom of a masonry cliff.
To be fair, the Palais de Justice is quite a remarkable structure in its own right, even when only seen from the train as you enter the city, but more so close to. I don't have the guide to hand at the moment to furnish their names, but the building has been a great favourite with B.D. artists, and features in several albums.
But I would have been pretty annoyed with it going up if I lived below (or worse, in the bit they flattened...).
A visit to the puppet theatre is something I have always meant to do, so you have given me a reminder of that. Sadly my Dutch only runs to buying trying train tickets, food, and the odd drink when actually talking, but I can sort of follow conversations, and Flemish is about the same; still I wouldn't be up to following dialect...! Good luck if you try to learn it!