• Blankenberge “stalker”goes to prison

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A Blankenberge man who sent 132 emails to the city council over a period of more than four years has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined €1,100 by a court in Bruges. The judge ruled that the correspondence was tantamount to stalking. He also made new law by ruling that a body such as the council - a legal person - could be considered equivalent to a natural person, and thus be eligible to be stalked.Full story
  • The Trondheim lift

    Kunstberg bike-lift first of many

    3 Jun 2009 by Ad Min
    The Kunstberg in central Brussels is to be equipped with a bike-lift from mid-September to help cyclists tackle the steep incline, it was announced last week. Full story
  • Verboden te zuchten

    The return of Alex Stockman

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The news that Alex Stockman is shooting his second feature film means that he can finally be removed from the long list of Flemish cinema's missing-in-action. After an impressive debut in 2000 with Verboden te zuchten, he seemed to vanish, only to pop up again in 2003 as one of the producers of Tom Barman's excellent Anywhere the Wind Blows. (Speaking of which, where is his second film?)Full story
  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The final line of Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning classic Sunset Blvd. is legendary. This at-the-time revolutionary film portrays Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s as a shadowy, hypocrisy-ridden world inhabited by an army of wannabe's and has-beens. Full story
  • dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs roam Antwerp

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The series won six Emmys, three BAFTA awards and was seen by a worldwide audience of 700 million. Walking with Dinosaurs, first broadcast on BBC back in 1999, set out to create the most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the screen.Full story
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    At your fingertips

    1 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The hot topic of this election season, in the Flemish papers at least, is not the economy or the idea of Guantanamo Bay prisoners coming to Sint-Gillis. It’s the story of how a middle-aged woman, who happens to be the sister of the finance minister and the public prosecutor of Liège, expressed her political views on her Facebook page. As it happens, she supports the party of her brother, which nobody was allowed to know until now (and which no-one surely could have guessed). Full story
  • blokken

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    There's a downside to everything. Take being a student: for many, it's the first time away from home surrounded by thousands of people your own age and no school teachers telling you what to do but only distant lecturers. And the freedom to study when you like. But there's the rub. You've managed to attend enough lectures, but looming ahead are the exams. Full story
  • Cafe Spotlight

    Cafe spotlight

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    It's bold, it's beautiful, and it's sadly often overlooked by the non-theatre-going crowd (shame on you). De Foyer is situated on the first floor of the Bourla theatre in the heart of Antwerp and is a majestic café that still exudes all the style and elegance of the theatre's heyday. Full story
  • Scheherazade

    Meeting Monsieur Magritte

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Magritte Museum, which opened this week in Brussels, has a difficult balancing act to perform. It wants to get away from the clichés of one of the world's best know Surrealists - the apples in place of faces, the men in bowler hats - and explore the full range of the Belgian artist's heritage. Yet it also aspires to be a tourist attraction that will put Brussels on the map, in which case it needs to give the postcard-buying public what it wants. Full story
  • The Ferraris Atlas

    Hey, there’s my house!

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Royal Library of Belgium at the foot of Kunstberg near Brussels' Central Station is well worth a visit these days. In the small bookshop is an enormous lectern holding one of the largest books you will have ever seen. Full story