So it is with some mild sense of stupefaction that I have just come off the phone with a Belgian colleague who in the course of conversation informed me that nowadays, in Belgium, it's considered quite cool to be able to speak a properly Dutch Dutch. Because, even as we associate Flemish with a sense of joie de vivre and a certain je ne sais quoi-but-we-like-it, so they associate our way of talking and our accents with "a cosmopolitan outlook and success". Huh...fancy that!
Still, they don't think much of our lager. Neither do I.