• A little bit of spring in February

    17 Feb 2010 by a a
    Every heard of a plant that creates brilliant flowers in the middle of winter, even a winter like this one? We hadn’t, so when we got wind of a winter flower festival in Kalmthout, we decided to investigate.Full story
  • an active week

    17 Feb 2010 by a a
    Make a movieFull story
  • Put on your lab coat

    17 Feb 2010 by a a
    You would not be able to read this article if it weren’t for Johann Carolus, the man who invented the first newspaper in 1605. If you’re reading this online, it is thanks to Tim Berners-Lee, who developed the internet in 1990.Full story
  • More than meets the eye

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Photographic reproductions, such as you see on this page, don’t do Stefan Annerel’s work justice. Sure, pictures capture the vibrant colours and intricate structure, but these are works that have to be encountered face-toface to truly appreciate their dazzling beauty and hidden depths. For lack of a better word, they have to be experienced.Full story
  • FILM REVIEW

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    “The Flemish Brigitte Bardot” blared the headline in Het Nieuwsblad a few weeks ago above an interview with Elle- June Henrard. Although the resemblance essentially stops at the lips, Henrard (pictured) is indeed a beautiful young woman, snatched out of secondary school to play the role of a teenager lured into the world of high-class prostitution.Full story
  • Don Carlos

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The longest and blackest of Verdi’s operas, Don Carlos is also the only one with a – partly – Flemish plot. It’s 1559, and the Low Countries are smarting under Spanish rule. Don Carlos, the son of King Philip II of Spain, has just met and fallen in love with the woman he is to marry, the French king’s daughter Elisabeth de Valois. When Philip decides to keep Elisabeth for himself, Carlos turns political and existential rebel and joins the cause of the oppressed Flemings.Full story
  • Get your Aalst on

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Where better to celebrate the few days before Lent than in Aalst – the small Flemish city with the big Carnival reputation. The celebrations date back, in fact, to mediaeval times, but the parades, events and parties as we know them today are this year being organised for the 82nd time. From 14 to 16 February, Aalst paints a picture of tradition, folklore, political takedowns, cross-dressing and a whole lot of beer.Full story
  • School for life

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Living within earshot of a school playground may not be the ideal location for many people, but the town of Brasschaat in Antwerp province is going one further: the new buildings for the Mariaburg school will include not only classrooms, a playground and a gym, but also a crèche and 26 apartments.Full story
  • Your roving roller derby reporter, Courtney Davis

    Go go, roller girl!

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    As I strap on my knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and helmet, I get the sensation I'm readying for battle. In many ways, this isn't too far from the truth. I'm dressing for roller derby practice.Full story
  • FACE OF FLANDERS: Michael Jackson

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The late lamented King of Pop isn’t known for his association with the Low Countries, so it’s curious to find an entire population of fans who want to become him. Last week saw the end of one TV show devoted to Jackson wannabes, and there’s another one on the way. When Michael sang “You are not alone”, he couldn’t have imagined how true those words were.Full story

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