On a commuter bus, Adam Hansen is discussing the odd page numbering of his newspaper with the old couple sitting across from him. I’m sitting in the double seat behind the old couple, also facing Hansen. The bus driver, also in his late 50’s, chimes in. Hansen, holding his paper, is turning the pages back and forth, still puzzled about the numbering, while the three people around him are making a mess of trying to explain a Belgian newspaper to Adam Hansen.
I explain that the page number is on the upper left corner of every page, and that the column on the right-hand side of every right-hand page tells you what’s coming up on the next two pages. Every little headline having page and column number next to it.
Disclaimer : Belgian newspapers aren’t at all designed in this way.
They are just like normal newspapers.