Yes those Belgian posts are magnificent - striking pieces of street furniture. High quality design, materials and light emitted.
On a related issue, just looking at the images from London over the past few days, it's finally struck me as to what gives London its established mature appearance. I could never pinpoint it exactly till now, obviously aside from its architecture - it is the street furniture. Every single lamppost, sign pole, traffic signal, railing and bollard is painted black - every
last one in the city centre. It is extraordinary, not so much that everything is black as a colour, but the fact that care and attention, not to mention plain hard cash, is put into making the city's furniture look well.
When one considers the galvanised rubbish that litters our capital, one can only laugh at the idea of authorities here being obliged to do the same. At least things are gradually improving with traffic signal posts in the centre being replaced with the brushed steel finish, even if they are a drop in the ocean.
As for the bollards on Grafton St you mention Brian, if you are ever there in the early morning you will see how they come into effect with pedestrians using the sides of the street, while vehicular traffic takes over the centre - till 10.30