• sfeer

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    These last remaining weeks of summer, many people start to complain of a certain aandoening - a condition known as festivalitis. De symptomen zijn - symptoms include - droge mond, vermoeidheid en hoofdpijn - dry mouth, exhaustion and headaches. Wat zou de oorzaak kunnen zijn? - What could be causing this? Well, my best friends know good and well that dit heb je jezelf aangedaan - this is entirely self-inflicted.Full story
  • The fishing tradition is "fading away, in full view of the public."

    Something fishy

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Christelle Dewaele handles the fish deftly, picking up mackerel, kingfish, sole with ease, all the while beckoning the meandering crowd to come a little closer. A fishmonger at Den Vistrap, an outdoor stall on the Visserskaai, or Fisherman's Quay, in Ostend, Dewaele has been hawking freshly caught fish since she married her fisherman husband five years ago. But knew she would end up in this stall, cleaning, weighing and selling fish, since she was a child.Full story
  • The Art Deco Veldstraat pool (Antwerp) reopened last spring

    Water babies

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Just about every town in Flanders has swimming facilities, and most have that little extra something, be it an elaborately decorated, Art Nouveau bath house, a scenic outdoor bathing spot or the world's deepest diving pool.Full story
  • Knokke Biennale: furniture byHannes Vanseveren, paintings by Fien Muller

    Playful in pink

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Jan Hoet Jr and his partner Delphine Bekaert returned home from this year's Venice Biennale and the Art Basel festival with an idea as to how they would use their new gallery space in Knokke this summer: they would organise their own biennale.Full story
  • The edgy, imperfect style of Ward Zwart

    Art Trek: The Sixth Generation

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Giving a new generation of graphic artists the opportunity to show their work to a larger audience is the goal of Art Trek, a unique annual concept launched by Antwerpenaar Eva Cardon. "We started Art Trek as an art show because we felt there was a void in the art landscape for young illustrators who don't work around conceptual art but prefer to draw," she explains. "I just felt there was something missing. So we decided to do our own exhibition, and it snowballed into an annual event."Full story
  • ETA provides the aircraft for DHL's remaining Zaventem operation

    Courier staff strike over sackings

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Staff at the air courier firm European Air Transport (EAT), a subsidiary of DHL, were this week ending their first week of strike action aimed at forcing management to come up with a social plan for 180 workers whose jobs are to disappear as a result of the parent company moving its European hub out of Brussels Airport.Full story
  • Authorities slower to respond to email

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Government authorities are more likely to respond to business-related questions put to them by phone than by email, according to a survey carried out by Unizo, the organisation representing the self-employed. Full story
  • Delhaize reveals show-stopping results

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Supermarket chain Delhaize last week delighted the stock market with the announcement that sales for the second quarter were up by 14.6% to a very respectable €5.1 billion. A large part of the rise is attributable to the rising dollar (Delhaize has a major American interest in the form of Food Lion), while Easter (which this year fell in the second quarter) and the American 4 July holiday are also responsible for a large part of the chain's good performance. Full story
  • Karel Vinck cleared of asbestos charges

    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Top Flemish businessman Karel Vinck has won his appeal in an asbestos-related court case being conducted in Catania, Italy. Vinck had been sentenced to three years suspended for failing to protect employees against the dangers of asbestos when he was manager of a factory in Sicily owned by Eternit, the roofing materials company, in the 1970s.Full story
  • Thirty percent of Flander's raw sewage goes straight into the rivers


    11 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Faeces, nitrates and salmonella. These are just some of the scary pollutants found in Belgian bathing water. In a recent survey by the European Commission, the Flemish coastline was found to be one of the dirtiest in Europe.Full story