• Cheap chic

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Don’t think for a second that true fashion lovers will give up on their favourite designers just because there’s a recession. Full story
  • Tyre Tracks

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Tongeren   Tongeren is a well-preserved hilltop town in Limburg province and the oldest settlement in Belgium.  This was the area of Ambiorix, who won celebrated victories against Julius Caesar in the first century BC, and is commemorated by a splendid statue on the square in front of Tongeren’s famous basilica.Full story
  • Defending the coast

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Morcheeba must have visited the Flemish coast at some time. Their song “The Sea” could have been written in Blankenberge:   Flocking to the seaCrowds of people wait for meSea gulls scavengeSteal ice creamWorries vanishWithin my dreamFull story
  • Jazz meets classical

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Throughout musical history, from the Baroque period onwards at any rate, composers have been fascinated by the interplay between a single instrument and the orchestra, giving rise to the “concerto”. The word means “working together”, oddly because the main characteristic of the genre is that one of the instruments is not playing together with the rest. The soloist plays with the orchestra, but is not of the orchestra. Full story
  • Daan

    Doubt is his religion

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Daan (born Stuyven, but he dropped his surname with his first solo outing 10 years ago) receives me in his studio in Elsene, which is loaded with instruments: keyboards, a grand piano and, most impressively, nearly 70 guitars, neatly arranged, filling almost two walls. Full story
  • The week in business

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Air freight • CMB   CMB, one of Antwerp’s leading shipping groups, is beginning to reap the benefits from its diversification into air transport. Last year, it acquired ASL Aviation, the air freight activities of the French post office. CMB has subsequently transformed ASL’s fleet of seven Boeing 737 aircraft to carry freight during the night and passengers on daytime flights.      Full story
  • iphone

    End of bundling ban in sight

    28 Apr 2009 by
    The Belgian legal ban on product bundling – the practice whereby one product may only be obtained on purchase of another  – is breathing its last after a decision last week by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg that the ban breaches EU trade rules. Full story
  • Criminals “use banking crisis as smokescreen”

    28 Apr 2009 by
    Criminals are using the banking crisis as a smokescreen to cover up their illegal money-laundering activities, according to the head of the federal agency in charge of monitoring the financial sector. Jean-Claude Delepière, director-general of the Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (CFI), said that criminals have taken advantage of the increased number of account transactions caused by unease in the general public over the banking situation to cover up money laundering. Full story
  • Art cities and day trips only bright spot in tourism slump

    28 Apr 2009 by
    The slump in the Flemish tourism industry that started at the end of last year is likely to continue throughout 2009, according to industry forecasts. Full story
  • Mechelen

    Vision of a city

    28 Apr 2009 by
    This year marks the 450th anniversary of the archbishopric in Mechelen, an occasion the city is recognising by throwing a three-month cultural festival. Dubbed City Visions, the festival, which runs until 21 June, looks back at Mechelen's colourful history. But it also focuses on the future by shedding light on the numerous renovation projects in this marvellous little city that is often underrated by both tourists and locals alike.  Full story