• Flemish designer wows Amsterdam with tribute to Fabiola

    28 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    A fashion designer from Genk last week took the Amsterdam fashion world by storm with a collection inspired by the clothes worn in 1958 by Queen Fabiola. Ann Boogaerts, aged 23, won the G-Star Raw Talent Award, worth €10,000 and the chance to appear at New York Fashion Week in September. Full story
  • News in Brief

    28 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    A 12-metre inflatable duck travelling through Limburg has been seriously damaged by stormy weather. The duck is an artwork by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, and was moored in Hasselt during June and early July (photo). However on its first stop on a tour of Limburg, in Genk, it suffered severe damage after it was picked up by a gust of wind and thrown 50m. "We're going to have him repaired and then get him on his way as quickly as possible," said Ann Vanderheyden of art centre Z33. Full story
  • The Antwerp branch could close as early as March

    Government gives up on Opel Antwerp

    28 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Flanders' minister-president Kris Peeters last weekend appeared to abandon hope of a rescue for Opel Antwerp, after Magna, the Austrian-Canadian company seen as the last chance of a solution, revealed plans to close the plant. Magna would shut the factory in March next year if its takeover bid is successful, according to a confidential report leaked to the Austrian business weekly Format. Full story
  • Diamond in the rough

    28 Jul 2009 by Flanders Today
    They say diamonds are forever. True enough, the value of diamonds isn't prone to depreciation. But what if the economy surrounding the diamond market collapses? Nothing is as strong as diamond. So, could something as sturdy as the diamond industry suffer? Could Antwerp's world famous diamond district take a hit? It could. And it has.  Full story
  • Officers patrol the perimeter. Security was tightened at other prisons

    “Top gangsters” make helicopter jailbreak

    28 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Three men described as "top gangsters" escaped last Thursday in a spectacular helicopter jailbreak from Bruges prison - just hours after the justice minister, kitted out in full prison officer's uniform, had made an official visit to the jail.Full story
  • vegetariër

    22 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Cooking for a family would be relatively simple if everyone ate what was put in front of them. More and more families are having to cope with one or more wayward members who have become vegetariërs - vegetarians. If you're really unlucky, then you'll have another child who demands meat every day. Daily, there are concerns about cross-contamination - worries about veggie burgers that too closely resemble meat and which stock cubes ended up in the soup.Full story
  • Sports

    22 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    It may not go down too well with the English, but there is compelling evidence that their national summer sport was, in fact, invented in Flanders.Full story
  • Hasselt

    The capital of taste

    22 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    Ever since last year's immensely popular television series De Smaak van de Keyser, which followed the lives of three generations of women in a jenever distillery in Hasselt, this little, bubbly city has been re-discovered by the Flemish.  Full story
  • Warm below the storm

    22 Jul 2009 by Lisa Bradshaw
    Blankenberge hosts the mysterious and fantastical seascapes of Frans MasereelFull story
  • Ride ‘em Flemish cowboys

    22 Jul 2009 by Alan Hope
    There is a concept in robotics, developed by Masahiro Mori in the 1970s, known as the "uncanny valley", which says that the more a robot increases its likeness to a human, the more positive and empathetic the reaction of the onlooker. Until, that is, the likeness becomes almost complete, at which point the reaction suddenly becomes one of fear and revulsion. Full story