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1. Rowena looked around Le Grand Place for a good bar, but there were so many and it was hard to choose. She decided to ask a local but just as she started to cross the road, a car raced down the street--nearly running her over. She watched in amazement as Belgium's most famous racing driver leaped out of the car and ran into the bar on the opposite side of the square. Which Belgian racing driver won the Le Mans 24 Hours race six times?
2. Rowena looked around for someone she could ask which bar was the best when she was distracted by the sound of singing. The chorus "Dominique.. ique... ique" sounded familiar but just as she was about to ask what it was, the singer stopped plucking her guitar and entered the bar. "Hmm," thought Rowena, "she was a nun and she's gone into that bar, it must be safe." Which Belgian nun sang 'Dominique'?
3. Rowena decided to risk it; she went into the bar and almost passed out from the smoke. "Don't they have rules against smoking in Belgium?" she cried, but that only seemed to make a middle-aged man in the corner puff even more strongly on his pipe. "My name is Maigret," he said, "I am a detective and will investigate your question as a matter of urgency." Which Belgian author brought us Inspector Maigret?
4. The smoke in the bar was making Rowena cough so much that the man sitting opposite her became concerned for her health. "Madame," he said, "my name is Jules Bordet and my work on immunity to diseases has led to my receiving the Nobel Prize. Your cough does not sound healthy, madame, and I wonder if you have pertussis?" Jules Bordet identified the cause of a disease that only affects humans, particularly children; what is the common name for 'pertussis'?
5. A man in the corner of the bar suddenly leaned forward and said that he had invented something that Monsieur Maigret might find invaluable when he had finished smoking his pipe and with that he put several ashtrays made of a hard plastic material on the table. "I recognise Bakelite" Rowena said, "it was invented in the early 20th century by... by... my memory is fading with age and I can't remember!" Who invented Bakelite?
6. Rowena noticed a sudden flurry of activity near the door of the bar. A young man rushed in apologising for his lateness, but he had to take the dog for a walk and realising how late he was he'd brought the dog with him. Rowena said that she couldn't see a dog, to which the young man replied that as the dog had first been seen in 1929 and was therefore very old, he'd tied him up outside. "My name is Tintin" he said but all Rowena wanted to know was the name of the dog. What was it?
7. Rowena realised that a man she hadn't noticed before was painting the walls of the back room with images of men wearing bowler hats, some with apples instead of faces. By the hearth there was a pair of feet without legs or a body, and in the corner a man was looking into the mirror only all he could see was the back of his own head! Rowena decided she needed to sit down; who was the Belgian surrealist artist that painted a pipe that was not a pipe?
8. Rowena sat down on what looked like a mushroom-shaped cushion. She very quickly stood up again when a small blue creature, wearing white pants and a white hat, started shouting that she was sitting on his house. Rowena thought she must have fallen asleep and woken up in a cartoon full of Belgians with blue skin. Who are the small blue Belgians whose houses are shaped like mushrooms?
9. Rowena woke from her daydream with a start when a man with a small moustache asked her a question. "Madame, I am Hercule Poirot and you look puzzled. May I be of assistance?" Rowena said that she was only puzzled to see so many famous Belgians in one bar, but there seemed to be one missing. Monsieur Poirot regarded her quizzically, then said "I will look into that but while I carry out my inquiries, please accept this glass of Kir with my compliments." Which ingredient of Kir was one of Hercule Poirot's favourite drinks?
10. Rowena could not wait any longer and started to leave the bar, waving goodbye to her new Belgian friends. No sooner had she opened the door than she bumped into someone who was in such a rush he dropped a whole variety of maps all over the floor. "I am sorry to be so late," he said, "but these maps are in such a state I couldn't even find the bar! I really should find a way of putting them altogether." Which Belgian was the first to use the term 'atlas' to describe a collection of maps?
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