• 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
  • hoop

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    We've all dreamed a dream in times gone by. Some of you may have longed to join Buzz Lightyear, for instance, on his way to infinity and beyond. Yet all of us in Flanders are rooted to mother earth, little more than mobile trees. Full story
  • In pieces (c) Herman Sorgeloos

    Falling to pieces

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    On 4 June, Rosas will show Brussels what happens when a Japanese-born dancer with 25 years under her belt decides to collaborate with a UK-based performance artist with no dance training whatsoever.Full story
  • New ferry links Zeebrugge with Scotland

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A new ferry service between Flanders and Scotland began last week, nine months after the demise of the Superfast link that had operated for six years. Full story
  • (c) Jan de Nul

    Building a new future

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Jan de Nul Group hit the headlines recently when its dredging ship, the Pompei, was seized by Somali pirates. The dredger, or stone carrier, was on its way to Durban from Dubai when it was captured off the coast of East Africa, north of the Seychelles, on 18 April. As Flanders Today goes to press, the Pompei remains anchored of the Somali coast while negotiations for its release continue. 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
  • Proximus (c) Reuters

    Record €66 million fine for Proximus

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Telecoms giant Belgacom last week suffered its second major blow in a week, with the announcement that the Competition Council is to carry out an "informal" investigation of a demand sent by the company to its suppliers calling for price cuts of at least 20%. Earlier in the week, daughter company Proximus, the mobile phone operator, had received the biggest fine ever handed out in a competition case. The company will appeal the €66.3 million fine, given by the Council as a result of abuse of a dominant market position. Full story
  • Michiel Vanderweert

    Face of Flanders – Michiel Vandeweert

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The big Flemish name in Germany these days is not big at all. He's about a metre 10, weighs around 15 kilos, and he's bald, even though he's not yet 11.Full story
  • Election posters (c) Belga

    Election focus

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The campaign for the regional elections has not inflamed great passions amongst the electorate. Even the main players seem merely to be going through the motions. What happens after the elections may prove more interesting than what went before.Full story