• Harrods ahoy

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Londoners will soon be able to sample the finest food that Flanders can offer in a major presentation organised at Harrods.Full story
  • RIP Vandenbroucke

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Frank Vandenbroucke, the former cycling champion who died on 12 October in suspicious circumstances in a hotel in Senegal (see Flanders Today, last week), was buried at the weekend in his home town of Ploegsteert. The funeral had been announced by the family as a private affair, but a large crowd turned up on the day and was able to watch proceedings on a giant screen outside the church. The coffin was brought to the church from a nearby café, which is run by VDB’s mother Chantal. Numerous well-known faces from the world of cycling were present for the ceremony. The photo shows VDB’s eldest daughter, Cameron, who spoke during the service. His other daughter, Margaux, as well as his ex-wife Sarah Pinacci, were not present.Full story
  • Assets up, debt down

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    And now the good news: despite the ongoing economic crisis, the assets of the average Belgian are increasing, according to figures from the National Bank. At the end of June, the total assets owned privately amounted to €802.5bn, or about €21bn more than three months previously. That comes to a total, on average, of about €75,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.Full story
  • The doctrine

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Political scientists talk about politicians all the time, but it rarely works the other way around. There is one political scientist, though, that has Flemish politicians talking: Bart Maddens, the inventor of the so-called Maddens Doctrine, recently published in his book Omfloerst separatism? (Veiled Separatism?)Full story
  • Zoo lions to move to new home, with access for neighbours

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    Construction work started last week on a new enclosure for the lions at Antwerp Zoo. The new home, to be completed in 2011, will include an artificial canyon landscape, a watercourse (to separate lions from the public) and furry little creatures running around hoping not to be eaten.Full story
  • News in brief

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    If you want to sell records to gays and lesbians, make sure your song has a good dose of kitsch and camp, according to research carried out by communications masters’ student Katrien Vangaelen at the Catholic University of Leuven. Gays like not only work by fellow gays such as Paul De Leeuw and Yasmine, Vangaelen found, but also work with a certain “Eurovision aspect,” as well as songs which address their own experiences.Full story
  • More people are becoming homeless for non-payment of rent

    Rent and power costs bring headaches to poor

    27 Oct 2009 by a a
    An increasing number of Flemish families are having trouble paying essential bills like rent and electricity, according to figures produced for the first time by the Flemish Union of Cities and Municipalities (VVSG). At the end of 2008, 65,855 households applied for aid from the local social help agencies (OCMW) after being unable to pay their power bills. By the end of September this year, the figure had risen to 74,737 and was expected to exceed 80,000 by the end of 2009.Full story
  • K3

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Ten years ago, the three Ks met for the first time: Karen, Kristel and Kathleen were brought together to form K3 (say “ka-dree”), Flanders’ answer to the Spice Girls. Ever since, K3 has ruled the world of kleuterpop – toddler pop – in Flanders and the Netherlands with titles such as “Oma’s aan de top” – “Granny’s at the Top” – and “Jongens zijn gek” – “Boys are crazy”.Full story
  • Face of Flanders — Andy Garcia

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    Andy Garcia looks so like a movie star, you almost think he’s putting you on. With round sunglasses, a beret, velvet jacket and smoking a cigar (Cuban), he seems as if he should be lounging poolside in Hollywood rather than sitting on the chilly banks of a canal in downtown Ghent.Full story
  • Graindelavoix

    21 Oct 2009 by Alan Hope
    They had it coming: after winning a spate of awards for previous recordings, Flemish early music ensemble Graindelavoix has been elected Young Ensemble of the Year by the Belgian Musical Press Union. The singers’ collective, founded in 1999 by Flemish ethnomusicologist Björn Schmelzer, will receive the prize on 28 October after a concert that will unveil their latest repertoire: a series of yet unrecorded songs from the 16th century, devoted to Mary Magdalene.Full story

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