• Smoking around Kids

    Ban on smoking in presence of children proposed

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Adults should be forbidden from smoking in the presence of children, even in their own homes, according to a proposal launched last week by Open-VLD senator Patrick Vankrunkelsven, who is a doctor. According to the senator, about 116,000 children in Flanders live in households where one or both parents smoke. “I know I’m bringing up a sensitive point,” he said. “But I think it’s the job of the government to protect those children. Smoking in an enclosed space in the presence of children should be outlawed, and there is one reason: because it is mortal.”Full story
  • Technopolis

    Weird science

    24 Mar 2009 by
    On a recent afternoon in Mechelen, a group of children on a school trip were soaking themselves with water, others were finding out how farting sounds are made, and even more were investigating how much snot the human nose makes in a day. It’s all in the name of learning, and it’s what keeps kids coming to Technopolis in ever-increasing numbers. Full story
  • Fashionista


    17 Mar 2009 by
    Last year was an exciting one for Antwerp shoppers, with the opening of Sien – the only boutique in Belgium that sells Proenza Schouler (next to designers like Emanuel Ungaro and Hussein Chalayan) – and the luxury fashion boutique LXP, where you can rent haute couture dresses for a night or a week. Full story
  • Darkness

    Welcoming the darkness

    17 Mar 2009 by
    When was the last time you simply stared up at the night sky and marvelled at the stars? On that remote Greek island a few years back? Probably not recently in Flanders, due to the problem of light pollution.Full story
  • Tyre tracks

    17 Mar 2009 by
    AchelOf all Flanders’ Trappist breweries, none is more remote than the Saint Benedictus Abbey of Achel, tucked away along the Belgian/Dutch border in Limburg province. The monastery owes its existence to this location, having been built in the 17th century in what was then the Bishopric of Liege when the Catholic mass was prohibited in the Netherlands. Today, cyclists benefit from its location: its remoteness makes for both quiet visits and beautiful riding.Full story
  • Etienne Vanackere

    From the air to the earth

    17 Mar 2009 by
    It’s not really fair to include the FAS Expo in a series of “weird museums” such as we are running this month. But it made the cut for two reasons. One: it is, shall we say, “quirky”. Two: it is impossible to find, and, once you do get there, you have to beg to be let in.Full story
  • Trucks off the road

    New harbour terminal will keep trucks off the road

    17 Mar 2009 by
    A new rail freight terminal being built at the port of Antwerp will take 600 trucks off the roads when it becomes operational in 2010, the consortium running it has claimed. Full story
  • Luc Everaert

    Country heading for recession

    17 Mar 2009 by
    The Belgian economy will shrink this year by 2.5%, according to forecasts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which warns that the country is heading for a “deep recession”. The federal budget deficit will go up to 4%, where it will remain until 2014. At the same time, unemployment will grow to almost 10%. Full story
  • Antwerp

    Living it up

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Leuven, Bruges and Hasselt are the best Flemish cities for quality of life, according to a wide-ranging survey of the region published last week. The Stadsmonitor (City Monitor) is a 300-page document analysing the finest details of life in Flanders’ cities, ranging from everything from amateur dramatics to truancy, from bag-snatching to parking policies. Full story
  • How Do You Like My Landscape?

    Let the party begin

    17 Mar 2009 by
    Antwerp city planners appear to have learned their lesson. Due to a lack of public input, their big Oosterweel viaduct plan that would have joined the left bank of the Scheldt with the Antwerp Ring is imploding. In order to avoid unexpected (and highly successful) public protest this time around, the city hired a communications strategy team for its Scheldt Quays project.Full story