Archaic business

May 19th, 2016 | By | Category: International

Chatting with a woman sat beside him in a language I did not understand, perhaps it was Flemish, the man took out his phone and keyed in a number. A few seconds passed, he spoke in the language he had been using and then began to dictate a letter in English. Perhaps he assumed that English was not readily comprehended by those sitting around, though that seemed unlikely in Brussels Airport; more likely he was unconcerned at the thought that anyone might overhear him.

The letter was sternly worded. It …