• dichter

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Change is in the air. Perhaps it’s the season – leaves turning, clocks changing – that makes people leave or change. The Belgian prime minister is one who seems to be on the move: Herman Van Rompuy, the quieter of the two political brothers, the financial wizard always dressed in boring brown, always two steps out of the limelight.Full story
  • Peter Scholliers won Flanders’ Culture Prize for food culture last year

    Trusting the hands that feed you

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    When it comes to food in Belgium, it’s easy enough to rattle off ingredients (endive, chocolate, beer) and typical dishes (waterzooi, stoemp, frietjes). But to understand what goes on in the background, look no further than Peter Scholliers.Full story
  • Champion cyclist De Fauw commits suicide

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Belgian multiple-champion cyclist Dimitri De Fauw last week committed suicide following years of depression over a fatal accident in a race and over the fallout from doping allegations he made against teammates.Full story
  • Peaceful steadiness

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    So, our prime minister Herman Van Rompuy (who might become president of the European Council) is the great unknown in Europe. In this country, though, he is not exactly the new kid on the block.Full story
  • Cooking the classics

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Some foods are not meant to be made at home but purchased at a store or restaurant. In my mind, sushi, sausage and Belgian chocolates belong to this category. And yet last week I found myself wrist deep in melted chocolate as I attempted to make my very own truffles, at home, from scratch.Full story
  • Farming in crisis

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    When European dairy farmers staged their liquid protests in late September, dumping 25 million litres of milk on fields and on roads, Flemish farmers chose a more softly-softly style of demonstration. They handed out 10,000 litres of milk, 300 kilos of meat, five tonnes of vegetables and 2,500 eggs for free.Full story
  • National flu vaccine campaign starts

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The national vaccination campaign against flu virus A/H1N1 began last weekend with the inoculation of “priority groups” – pregnant women in the second or third trimester, women undergoing fertility therapy, parents of babies under six months, the chronically sick and workers in education, child care and health care. For the time being, these groups are the only ones who will be vaccinated, in a campaign led by doctors and costing €125 million.Full story
  • GM pulls out of Opel sale

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Unions at Opel Antwerp have vowed to keep on fighting for the survival of their factory, following the dramatic turn of events last week in which General Motors (GM), owner of Opel, withdrew from the sale of the car manufacturer to Magna.Full story
  • Four separate groups can play at the same time at the new gaming console

    Brave new library

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Gone are the days when a library was a place where you could borrow books, look up an encyclopaedia or glance through the newspaper in total silence, under the constant surveillance of a spinster with better hearing than a bat who ate children for breakfast. Nowadays it’s all CDs and computers and DVDs – and now even computer games you can play right there in the middle of the library itself.Full story
  • Tennis players suspended for one year

    11 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Top Flemish tennis players Xavier Malisse and Yanina Wickmayer have been suspended from play for one year by the Flemish Doping Tribunal (VDT). The two players were accused of what Wickmayer’s spokesman Rudi Kuyl called “administrative errors”.Full story

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