• Group housing schemes

    Shared lives

    7 Apr 2009 by
    Flanders is bursting at the seams. Its population density already stands at a chock-a-block 456 inhabitants per square kilometre. In other words, we are more squashed together than people in Japan (339 per sq km) or India (336 per sq km). Full story
  • Patati Patata

    No textbook needed

    31 Mar 2009 by
    “Every time I try to speak Dutch, they just switch to (insert any other language here).” For many who have tried their hand at learning a bit of the local language in Belgium, this scenario sounds all too familiar. Although ‘any other language’ is an exaggeration, it is meant as a ‘hats off’ to the incomparable language skills of most native Dutch speakers. What they don’t realise, though, while accommodating others by showing off their polyglottism, is that they are in fact discouraging people who might otherwise be willing to learn to speak Dutch with fluency.Full story
  • Flanders

    These routes are made for walking

    31 Mar 2009 by
    What comes to mind when you think of long-distance footpaths? The Pennine Way in England? El Camino de Santiago in Spain? France’s vast network of Grandes Randonnées?Full story
  • De Markten

    Nostalgia is the new black

    31 Mar 2009 by
    With global warming, jittery banks and pension funds threatening to collapse, you might wonder what a retired life will look like in the future. What will we do? What will we wear? Will chewing gum still be an option? Given the choice, rather than being miserable at home, why not head down to somewhere like De Markten in Brussels, where you can plunge into a genuinely feelgood retro dance event. Hell, why wait?Full story
  • The Call of the Weird

    31 Mar 2009 by
    To quote the late Hunter S. Thompson, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”. Somewhere along the way, the “weird” also get offered a slot on the bill of the annual Domino festival at the Ancienne Belgique.Full story
  • Jaco Van Dormael's Mr Nobody takes a trip through time

    It's alive!

    31 Mar 2009 by
    Dreams and nightmares from all over the world converge on Brussels in April for the 27th international festival of fantastic film. There are spine-tingling Asian horror films, bawdy American B-movies and European films that blur the lines between art-house and grind-house. Oh, and the dead will rise up and walk the streets, but that's only on April 11.Full story
  • Lotte Heijtenis as Jes

    New Flemish drama puts Brussels in the spotlight

    31 Mar 2009 by
    Flemish commercial TV station VTM is celebrating its 20th anniversary year in style, by going from strength to strength in the ratings. Last year they launched the concept of the TV-novel with Sara, followed into this year by LouisLouise, the story of a man who wakes up as a woman and the adjustments he has to make. There’s another one of those coming along shortly once the present run is done. There’s also a new series of Mijn Restaurant which is pulling in more than 800,000 viewers for its twice-weekly episodes. Full story
  • 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


    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