• Maria Magdalena

    Material world

    31 Mar 2009 by
    The period between the 11th and 13th centuries was a golden age for Flanders. Thanks to the diligence of its weavers and the entrepreneurship of its merchants, Flemish cloth was renowned for its exceptionally high quality and was in great demand throughout Europe and beyond. The industry attracted wealthy Italian and Spanish merchants and bankers to the Flemish cities and financed the development of Ghent and Ypres, while turning Bruges into the busiest port in northern Europe. Yet in the 14th century the industry stagnated and by the early 15th century had declined to a fraction of its former glory.Full story
  • restaurant

    restaurant

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Centrally located in Ghent's historic Patershol district, De 3 Biggetjes (The 3 Little Pigs) serves haute cuisine at appealing prices. As proof, Chinese-born chef Ly Chi Cuong, former student of the famed Ter Groene Poorte school in Bruges, has earned the coveted Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide every year since 2003: a recommendation worth checking out.Full story
  • A History of Hair

    A whole story on the top of your head

    24 Mar 2009 by
    For those of you in dismay at the amount of crap you have to carry around – cell phones, Mp3 players, blackberries, laptops – you can rest assured it was no different 200 years ago than it is in the modern world. Full story
  • Roularta to publish more often as profits fall

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Publishing group Roulatra closed 2008 with profits down 13.7% to €13.8 million, with the magazine division showing especially poor results. The company’s reaction? More magazines! From June this year, the company’s flagship news magazine Knack will appear twice a week instead of once, on 18 occasions spread throughout the year. The same strategy will apply to the company’s French-speaking equivalent Le Vif-L’Express, starting in September. Full story
  • Jobs at risk in Antwerp

    Demand for diamonds in freefall

    24 Mar 2009 by Alan Hope
    Antwerp’s diamond industry is in near-collapse, with drops of up to 70% in trade, according to monthly figures from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), which represents the industry. Full story
  • Jobs at risk in Antwerp

    Demand for diamonds in freefall

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Antwerp’s diamond industry is in near-collapse, with drops of up to 70% in trade, according to monthly figures from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), which represents the industry. Full story
  • Tour of Flanders

    Tour de force

    24 Mar 2009 by
    The Tour of Flanders isn’t just one of the biggest races in the international cycling calendar, it’s also a major Belgian tradition. Almost one-fifth of the population is expected to see the race, either cheering along the course or watching it live on television.Full story
  • No more purple love

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Coalition governments are always difficult for those involved. Even though they belong to the majority, they cannot do as they please, as there is always the collation partner to take into account.  Still, some coalitions work better than others. Full story
  • News in Brief

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Road safety campaigner Luc Beaucourt has been caught speeding at 174 km/h by police at Lille near Antwerp. Beaucourt, an emergency room doctor who spent more than 20 years touring and lecturing on road safety, said he was “deeply ashamed”. -----Full story
  • Smart cameras learn to recognise pain

    24 Mar 2009 by
    This week a team of researchers from Leuven University (KUL) and the Catholic University College Kempen (KHK) in Geel will travel to Singapore to explain a new way of monitoring dementia patients which could revolutionise the way their experience of pain is treated. Full story

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