• Blankenberge “stalker”goes to prison

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A Blankenberge man who sent 132 emails to the city council over a period of more than four years has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined €1,100 by a court in Bruges. The judge ruled that the correspondence was tantamount to stalking. He also made new law by ruling that a body such as the council - a legal person - could be considered equivalent to a natural person, and thus be eligible to be stalked.Full story
  • 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
  • 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
  • The tapestry blockbuster of the age


    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    More than three hundred years ago, an extraordinary order was placed with the Brussels atelier of Judecos de Vos, the renowned tapestry manufacturer and court weaver of France's King Louis XIV. The order, for the princely sum of 40,000 Italian scudi,was to produce a set of 29 hangings for the St John's Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital of Valletta.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
  • dinosaurs

    Dinosaurs roam Antwerp

    3 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The series won six Emmys, three BAFTA awards and was seen by a worldwide audience of 700 million. Walking with Dinosaurs, first broadcast on BBC back in 1999, set out to create the most accurate portrayal of prehistoric animals ever seen on the screen.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
  • Photo (c) Sean Prior/Shutterstock

    At your fingertips

    1 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The hot topic of this election season, in the Flemish papers at least, is not the economy or the idea of Guantanamo Bay prisoners coming to Sint-Gillis. It’s the story of how a middle-aged woman, who happens to be the sister of the finance minister and the public prosecutor of Liège, expressed her political views on her Facebook page. As it happens, she supports the party of her brother, which nobody was allowed to know until now (and which no-one surely could have guessed). Full story
  • blokken

    26 May 2009 by Alan Hope
    There's a downside to everything. Take being a student: for many, it's the first time away from home surrounded by thousands of people your own age and no school teachers telling you what to do but only distant lecturers. And the freedom to study when you like. But there's the rub. You've managed to attend enough lectures, but looming ahead are the exams. Full story