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My Likes and Dislikes

I like :

I do not like:

🙂 Agriculture

🙂 Applied arts

🙂 Architecture

🙂 Astronomy and simple naked-eye observation of the sky

🙂 Auto-grill restaurants (like this)

🙂 Aviation (piloting myself, planes, airport infrastructure, virtual aviation,..)

🙂 Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer, Romanian, Hungarian, Qawwali, Persian, Indian traditional music

🙂 Bass and octavist voices

🙂 Bedtime stories told to kids

🙂 Being relaxed and unconcerned about life  

🙂 Belfries of Begium and Northern France

🙂 Belgian Azerty keyboard layout

🙂 Belgian cafés and taverns that serve that excellent steak-frites-salade with pepper sauce and those splendid pancakes with butter and brown sugar

🙂 Belgian waffles with sugar powder

🙂 Belgium

🙂 Beretta 92 and its 9mm Parabellum Lugers  

🙂 Blood collection campaigns  

🙂 Bloomberg terminals

🙂 BMW 3 Touring in its E46 version: it was the best ever design in car-making history. Maybe only challenged by this

🙂 Bread  

🙂 Business trips to nice destinations

🙂 Candies: Cola-Fröschli, Nimm2, PEZ and Werther's Original

🙂 Cantor singing 

🙂 Car-wash stations

🙂 Carnaval (pre-Lent) in Europe


🙂 Change, progress, evolution

🙂 Checklists

🙂 Cheese

🙂 Cinema theatres

🙂 Cleaning the swimming pool

🙂 Comradeship, brother-/sisterhood, solidarity, ethical concept of the 36 hidden lamedvavniks

🙂 Competitiveness in everything

🙂 Computer technologies 

🙂 Computers (both desktops and laptops) rather than mobile devices  

🙂 Contrast shower hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold-hot-cold

🙂 Corsican polyphonic singing 

🙂 Cosmopolitanism and globalism

🙂 Critical thinking and independence of judgement

🙂 Crossing borders

🙂 Cultural and linguistic diversity

🙂 Debit and credit cards, electronic payment systems 

🙂 Deciphering what the others had ciphered

🙂 Depeche Mode 

🙂 Dialects and minority languages

🙂 Dicitencello vuje sung by Gianni Conte

🙂 Diesel engines 

🙂 Direct democracy and referenda

🙂 Diversity

🙂 Driving cars

🙂 Efficiency: optimisation of processes, bringing order and logic to things 

🙂 Elections 

🙂 Elohay sung by Ofra Haza in this specific version. This is definitely the best song in the world.

🙂 Email powered by IMAP 

🙂 Euro

🙂 Europe from Knossos to the Baltic Sea, from Terespol to Lisbon — the best place in the world

🙂 European Union in its original 1/1/1993 form: common European identity of citizens (Europeanism) + Single Market  with its Four Freedoms for EU citizens + widest economic and social integration among EU members. And nothing else — we need united Europe, not eurocrats. 

🙂 Esthetics of Misnagdim Judaism and the Trident Latin Rite of Roman Catholicism

🙂 Fantasies

🙂 Feminine beauty

🙂 Films La vita è bella, Les Intouchables, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Forrest Gump, The Pokrovsky Gate, Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob 

🙂 Fireplaces in houses

🙂 Flags

🙂 Flemish kleinkunst

🙂 Folklore

🙂 Fooling around

🙂 Freedom of all kind, pro-choice in everything

🙂 Fruit

🙂 FTP protocol

🙂 Functionality

🙂 Gasoline stations

🙂 Google Earth software 

🙂 Graphic design 

🙂 Gulyás and Vlaamse stoverij; also beef bouguignon is not bad

🙂 Heated seats in cars

🙂 Heating systems in houses (gas, mazout)

🙂 History of the world

🙂 Hot and really hot weather, incl. the heat waves

🙂 Hugging my kids 

🙂 Huis Istas restaurant, the best in the world.  

🙂 Humour

🙂 Ikea

🙂 Independence

🙂 Indian-Pakistani food. The best in class is Rajpoute in Ornex.

🙂 Individualism

🙂 Infographics

🙂 Intelligent, educated people of culture

🙂 Internet

🙂 Keeping others' secrets

🙂 Kriek and other fruity beer

🙂 Language textbooks edited in the Soviet Union with their structure, academic approach and no typos. 

🙂 Langues pour tous series 

🙂 Learning new things: a new word, a new language, a new culture, a new concept, a new keyboard shortcut — anything new!

🙂 Lebanese & Israeli food (humus, falafel, meze, etc.)

🙂 Lebkuchen, kaneelbrood and mint-flavoured pryaniks

🙂 Letter 'e' 

🙂 Libertarian philosophy

🙂 LibreOffice for its incredible functionality and open-source philosophy

🙂 Life 

🙂 Linear tax system, the fairest one

🙂 Linguistics: learning and comparing languages of different groups

🙂 Linux for its incredible functionality and open-source philosophy

🙂 Listening twenty times in a row the piece of music I've fallen in love with

🙂 Literature

🙂 Logistics and transportation

🙂 Manual gearbox in cars

🙂 Mashed potatoes impregnated with lots of gravy 

🙂 Matzah, Finn Crisp and Wasa

🙂 Measuring equipment 

🙂 Mediterranean Sea, Mediterranean diet, Mediterranean culture

🙂 Mezzo-soprano voice

🙂 Microsoft Excel and LibreOffice Calc

🙂 Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

🙂 Microsoft FrontPage

🙂 Minimalism in the Japanese Muji style

🙂 Modern hotels 

🙂 Money because it gives freedom

🙂 Monochrome displays (LCD) in watches and other devices

🙂 Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox

🙂 Multiculturalism 

🙂 Music (listening, singing, playing)

🙂 My ID Card

🙂 Neapolitan songs (like this)

🙂 New houses, new buildings, new blocks

🙂 Night

🙂 Odours of sea, pitch, coffee, freshly mown grass and baked bread, pinales, pencils, new cars, hay, McDonald's and BBQ, cigarettes, most of female perfumes, rain, tar, chewing gum, jelly bears, petrol and railway sleepers impregnated in creosote

🙂 Openness of mind and breadth of vision 

🙂 Opera (I mean art, not the browser)

🙂 Other side of the pillow

🙂 Owning less 

🙂 Pale Blue Dot philosophy 

🙂 Pan pizzas at Pizza Hut

🙂 Paper pocket-size spiral-fixed agendas

🙂 Paper towels instead of hand dryers or towels in public toilets

🙂 Pasta with lots of parmesan, a hint of gruyère and some green pesto sauce 

🙂 Pentel automatic pencils P205 and P207

🙂 People with no complexes

🙂 Pepper

🙂 Pepsi-cola

🙂 Physicalism and materialism

🙂 Physics

🙂 Pizza Napoletana with anchovy and capers 

🙂 Plain vanilla ice-cream

🙂 Planetaria

🙂 Polite, calm and responsible car drivers

🙂 Politics

🙂 Polyot torte

🙂 Post offices

🙂 Privacy: enjoying mine and respecting others'

🙂 Professionalism

🙂 Putting my own boots back on after skiing 

🙂 Quark and Quarkkuchen (German version of cheesecake)

🙂 Radio

🙂 Rädli cookie from Migros

🙂 Railway and its infrastructure

🙂 Rain storms

🙂 Rainfall shower

🙂 Rear-wheel driven station wagons

🙂 Reason

🙂 Recognising the objects on the ground when my plane is landing

🙂 Renting things rather than owning them 

🙂 Rollerball pens

🙂 Rome

🙂 Sandwich poulet andalou or poulet bressan  

🙂 Sangria 

🙂 Schokoplätzchen

🙂 Serbo-Croatian gajica alphabet used for romanising Russian. Čajkovskij, not Chaykovsky, Hrušćov, not Khrushchev or Khrouchtchev. All other transcription systems suck.
🙂 Shawarma aka döner kebap aka gyros

🙂 Ships and boats 

🙂 Simplicity in life, in communication, in behaviour, in nutrition — but not in thinking

🙂 Sirop de Liège

🙂 Sitting on a sunny side on restaurants' terraces

🙂 Smoking cigarettes

🙂 Soap rather than shower gel (best of all was the unique Russian tar soap

🙂 Southern countries

🙂 Speculoos spread made by Lotus

🙂 Split-flap displays

🙂 Spontaneous parties and moments of joy when we want it to be a holiday, not the calendar

🙂 Spring

🙂 Starting something new

🙂 Stationery 

🙂 Statistics

🙂 Summer

🙂 Supermarkets Coop, Colruyt, Mercadona

🙂 Swiss electricity sockets — the best solution in the world

🙂 Swiss francs excepting all centime coins 

🙂 Switzerland's model of individual responsibility 

🙂 Symbols and signs of all kind: seals of arms, license plates, military insignia, currency signs, emoji.

🙂 Synthetism in languages (morpheme-driven languages) 

🙂 Teaching kids

🙂 Tennis (playing myself, but not watching the others if I don't know them personally)

🙂 Tiger Balm

🙂 Touching the steering wheel of my car 

🙂 Typographic fonts (typefaces)

🙂 Unipers, or even more precisely UN-2012 standard for romanisation of Persian 

🙂 Vertical days order in calendars (Tuesday must be above Wednesday)

🙂 Village of Overijse 

🙂 Waffle cones without ice-cream inside

🙂 Water, sea and islands

🙂 When I have less than one hour to fly and the aircraft is about to start descending in a few minutes

🙂 When I realise the headache is completely gone  الحَمْدُ للهِ

🙂 When today is the last day of bad weather 

🙂 White nights in St.-Petersburg (before 24/2/2022)

🙂 Wikipedia 

🙂 Years 1970s and 1980s on the both sides of the Iron Curtain

🙂 Yiddish civilisation: màme-lošn, klezmer music, Ashkenazi pronunciation of Hebrew 

😡 AirBNB  

😡 Alto clef 

😡 Announcements in airplanes other than those coming from the pilots

😡 Answering machines, voicemail

😡 Assimil 

😡 Autumn

😡 Ballet

😡 Bed-sheets used in place of blanket covers

😡 Big brands  

😡 Birthdays of adult people and their expectation I should remember the date when I can hardly remember mine.

😡 Black-box opaque systems, iPhone style, when you get the final result without understanding or controlling the process

😡 Call centres 

😡 Caviar, sturgeon. Also salmon and other "high-end" red-body fish

😡 Christmas rush 

😡 Censorship and self-censorship

😡 Cigars 

😡 Clichés and stereotypes

😡 Comme il faut 

😡 Conformism in behaviour and judgement

😡 Converse-style plimsoll keds

😡 Cooking and barbecuing

😡 Cuff links 

😡 Date formats where months precede days

😡 Desserts (excepting 🙂 crème brûlée)

😡 Discrimination of all kind

😡 Disguising for Halloween and Éscalade

😡 Disneyland

😡 Dogmatism, all sorts of it  

😡 Doing housework; ironing is the worst, second worst is sorting the washed dishes out of the dishwasher

😡 Driving on the left side 

😡 Driving with lights in daytime

😡 Fashion. Do you really need to be told by the strange guy you don't know what colour or cut you must like today? 

😡 Fax

😡 Fences

😡 Fervent ecologist / feminist / WWFist / <any>ist militarism for show

😡 Filet américain aka steak tartare

😡 Fixed-width fonts 

😡 Flea markets

😡 Football cups. I will never understand the mechanism of this mass madness about 11 guys that 99.99% of supporters have never met and will never meet. They play, they enjoy, they win, they lose, it's their game, their fun and their emotions — why should I care about all this?..

😡 Furniture shops if it's not Ikea

😡 Gastronomy, haute cuisine

😡 Governments 

😡 Grammarly

😡 Hard liquors, alcohol culture

😡 Heavy websites

😡 Herd behaviour: bandwagon effect, stampedes at Apple Stores, etc. 

😡 High-wing monoplanes

😡 Hiking, camping without hot water and 230V, all this КСП-culture

😡 Inkjet printers 

😡 Insects

😡 Labels glued on fresh fruit

😡 Lack of hygiene 

😡 Landscape paper position 

😡 Liquorice

😡 Lying to kids about Santa, death or anything else  

😡 Manipulating children with religious, national or any other labelling. Adults can label themselves as they want, but kids must be left alone.

😡 Marriage as a legal regime

😡 Marriage photos

😡 Mass culture, pop culture, idols, concerts of stars that "must" be seen in person when they come to my town 

😡 Microsoft Office monopoly in people's minds

😡 Microsoft Windows

😡 Middle Ages in Europe 

😡 Mistakes in the mother tongue

😡 Mooing when descanting

😡 Moscow 

😡 Mountain bikes

😡 Mountains

😡 Nation-wide holidays  Who really needs Whit Monday to be non-working today?

😡 Nervous, noisy and aggressive people 

😡 Noise of a vacuum cleaner

😡 Obscurantism of all kind

😡 Oenology 

😡 Okroshka, dressed herring salad, pancakes with caviar and "meat à la française" are the worst elements of the Russian cuisine

😡 Organic farming, organic certification and the Organic Religion 

😡 Overeating 

😡 Patriotism: all those motherlands, hands on the heart, pledges of allegiance etc.

😡 Pets and animals in general

😡 Political correctness : a bald man is "bald" and not "folicullarly challenged"

😡 Posing when making photos, mandatory happinness. 'Chee-e-e-se!' is the worst phrase a human can ever pronounce.

😡 Postulates : hot weather ⇒ rosé wine, Christmas ⇒ bûche de Noël, expensive ⇒ good, rare ⇒ good, offended ⇒ right, etc. 

😡 Pronouncing [k] in Latin syllables ce and ci 

😡 Pseudoscience: astrology, homeopathy, esotericism, paranormality, horoscopes, "previous lives", biorhythms, auras, "guiding hand", dowsing, feng-shui, the Bermuda triangle, "face on Mars" and legion others

😡 Pyjamas worn outside the bedroom

😡 Racism and sexism, disgusting in all their forms. I think that even counting (like this or this) the percentage of men and women in a corporation or the number of White/Black/You-Name-It people in a government is a form of racism/sexism. I don't care at all about who is deemed what colour. I am not interested in the molecules of eumelanin in other people's skin. I don't want to count others and don't want to be counted for any reason.

😡 Raw milk

😡 Receiving gifts

😡 Religions 

😡 Roads made of paving stones

😡 Salad dressings

😡 Secret services 

😡 Shellfish: crayfish, oysters, mussels and other seafood  

😡 Short winter days

😡 Slow Internet connection

😡 Smithery

😡 Snobism

😡 Snow excepting the first snowfall of the season 

😡 So-called "nations", "national states", "territorial integrity" — there is nothing sacred in it, it's just a temporary political convention that must never become a source of pride or violence. 

😡 So-called "VIP", "luxury", "exclusive", "elite" products and services

😡 Social media and their concept of artificial social life, false sentiment of inclusion and meaningfulness, non-lived emotions and window-dressed picture of an imaginary pseudolife made of photoshopped pictures.

😡 Socialism, communism and other leftist ideas, all those Che Guevara T-shirts and Venceremos romantism. Test yourself, are you a Commie by chance?

😡 Soft bread without crust and sandwiches made of it 

😡 Splash 

😡 Sporty outfit, especially in women 

😡 Stained glass

😡 Standing, status 

😡 Statism, nationalism, chauvinism; cults of authority, of state unity, of personality. Test yourself, are you a McCarthyist by chance?

😡 Stupid prohibitions (Why can't I wear a bike helmet in a supermarket or drink my bottle of water in an airport terminal?) 

😡 Sundays

😡 Superstitions

😡 Sushi

😡 Tattoos and piercing

😡 Tenor voices

😡 Tick marks on X-axis with bar charts

😡 Times New Roman and Courrier New typefaces

😡 Touchiness and extreme susceptibility to presumed offence in people

😡 Traditions and especially traditionalism

😡 Transports Publics Genevois (tpg):  terrible traffic schemes, dogmatic approach, ignorance of the basic principles of urban connectivity, unusable website

😡 Tribalism : family trees, dusty personal belongings of a fourth cousin, boring stories about glorious ancestors, but especially that false idea that our behaviour and mentality are pre-determined by our blood rather than shaped by our environment, education and self-making

😡 Two or more music sources playing simultaneously

😡 Umbrellas

😡 Universal suffrage in its actual form, this concept should be revisited and totally reinvented.

😡 Videos in portrait mode (vertical)

😡 Watching sports without participating, supporting sport teams without being their member or a good friend of a player

😡 We Are the World, We Are the Children song and a sickly-sweet smile that usually accompanies its awful performance 

😡 Wearing no tie when wearing a strict business suit

😡 When they lick their fingers while eating and when they eat with their fingers 

😡 Wicker chairs and objects 

😡 Wind stronger than 5 knots

😡 Winter

😡 YouTube videos consisting of a slideshow of moving photos

😡 Zoos

This list is far from being exhaustive. I didn't include antonyms of what has already been mentioned on the opposite side. Individuals are not included. Items are sorted alphabetically and not by importance.

© A. Kobzar, 1996 — onward. Last update: November 2023.    Made in the EU Hosted in the EU.
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