• What matters

    25 Nov 2009 by Flanders Today
    There’s a feverish excitement at the entrance to the grand marquee outside Bruges station as hundreds of punters wait for the doors to open on this year’s ice sculpture show, featuring the lovable Ice Age movie characters. But I’m here to see something with a little less commercial appeal.Full story
  • Godfried-Willem Raes, composer, musician and robot orchestra builder

    Orchestrations

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    After two years of publishing Flanders Today, none of the extraordinary things people do in Flanders surprises us anymore. Until now.Full story
  • No dominant players in media market

    25 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The Flemish media market has no overall dominant player threatening competition, according to the annual report of the Flemish media regulator, VRM.Full story
  • The sick building

    25 Nov 2009 by Flanders Today
    There’s nothing like a good grey and rainy day to bring out all the unutterable glumness of the Joseph Lemaire Sanatorium in Tombeek. The only reason I took the trouble to find the place (not easy) and to ignore the warning not to enter it was because an eminent body of international architects – the venerable World Monuments Fund – has concluded that this wreck of a building is worth salvaging. It has in fact been listed for the year 2010 as “One of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.”Full story
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra has got a bit of everything up its sleeve for its children’s concerts in Brussels this month – special lighting effects, ghosts and even a sorcerer with magic potions. So if the classical music alone isn’t enough to keep the kids’ attention, then these other attractions, all related to the music in one way or another, should be.Full story
  • Quotas for women in the boardroom

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Belgian businesses need to make way for more women in top positions, according to Christian-Democrat (CD&V) senator Sabine de Bethune (pictured), who last week proposed the introduction of a quota system. Of the 258 directors currently in Bel20 quoted companies, only 23 are women, or 9%.Full story
  • A typical cycle path in Flanders is not separated from the road

    Calls for action after a spate of road deaths

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    The government has promised measures to make the roads safer for both cyclists and pedestrians after a series of tragic accidents over the past week in which a total of five young people were killed by speeding drivers. The first accident of the week involved a young man who ran into a group of four teenage cyclists. One of the young women, Laetitia Vandevelde, 18, was killed immediately, while Lauren De Cleyn, 17, died shortly after being taken to hospital. A third, 18-year-old Emilie Leus, died at the weekend of her injuries.Full story
  • Quickenborne calls for telecoms transparency

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Telecommunications companies need to make their bills more transparent and simpler to understand, according to telecoms minister Vincent Van Quickenborne, introducing a number of new measures last week.Full story
  • What if?

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    Some quotes by former prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene (Christian Democrat, CD&V) are legendary. “We will solve this problem when it arises,” was one of them. “I will not answer hypothetical questions,” is another one. Both have become classics of “Wetstraatees” – the slang spoken in the Wetstraat (the Brussels street at the political heart of this country).Full story
  • Judge’s ruling is “censorship”, claims VTM

    18 Nov 2009 by Alan Hope
    A judge last week ordered TV station VTM to pull a Telefacts documentary after a complaint that the film contained images obtained illegally. The court ruling was described by the channel’s director of information, Eric Goens as “a form of preventive censorship that is in conflict with the constitutional right to freedom of the press”.  Full story

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