• John Vermeulen

    Face of Flanders

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    It’s a fact of life in book circles that genre writers – those who deal with science fiction, crime, romance and so on – are generally looked down on by those of a more literary persuasion. For those lofty types, John Vermeulen, who died last week at age 68, must have been a nightmare.Full story
  • Survival of the smartest

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    At first glance, an art gallery in Antwerp, a corner shop in Elsene and a new restaurant in Evere do not have much in common. But, when it comes to their attitudes towards surviving the recession, similarities emerge that shed light on what is making and breaking small businesses during the economic crisis.Full story
  • Monumental

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    Have you ever wondered what lies behind the tall gates of that castle, just outside of town? Or what happened in that old abbey, years and years ago?Full story
  • Barbecue brigade

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    Barbecue. One simple word conjures up so many positive associations – warm weather, the company of friends and, of course, great food. Gathered around the fire, searing and smoking our dinner on it ... perhaps we’re satisfying some primordial instinct.Full story
  • Feroze Khan, owner of Bikram Yoga College, with another instructor and a student

    The heat is on

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    Ever thought of what it would be like to do your daily routine of yoga in a sauna?Full story
  • Faces of war

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    “Nobody wants to be confronted with horrible suffering; I run from it, too,” says Brussels artist Virginie Cornet. “So my images witness the horror of the Great War, but they don’t shock.” Her photographic collages at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces in Brussels shows mutilated soldiers of the First World War through poetic but powerful images.Full story
  • Testing the teachers

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    As the children of Flanders go back to school, they can expect to be met by teachers with plenty of professional experience, most of it gained in their current school, but with lower academic qualifications than their counterparts in other countries. The teacher will be a woman in more than twothirds of cases, and her class will be unusually small. She will have modern ideas but use mainly oldfashioned techniques.Full story
  • She's having a baby

    2 Sep 2009 by Alan Hope
    Getting married or buying a home: these are life’s big-ticket items. But it is having a baby that can be the most daunting. With no tests to pass or loans to apply for, one can easily become a parent. Lack of experience doesn’t seem to stop us. Add being in another country with different cultural and logistical approaches to pregnancy and birth, and it can be downright scary.Full story
  • bite

    25 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Sometimes a meal is about much more than food. At Pelgrom on Pelgrimstraat in the centre of Antwerp, for instance, it's all about atmosphere.Full story
  • Marc Raynaert no longer owns Oud Huis Himschoot

    The art of bread

    25 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Decades of baking bread in the small basement of the Oud Huis Himschoot means that merely entering the shop is to be overwhelmed by an entrancing smell. Combine that with the sight of golden loaves on old wooden racks tucked into a historic building on one of Ghent's most picturesque squares, and it's easy to see why this is a favourite bakery of both locals and tourists alike. Full story