• Patershof, Mechelen

    Between heaven and earth

    10 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    When you step into the Martin's Patershof, you'll find ever-changing holograms of stained glass windows on the floor. It's a clever bit of modernity in this Mechelen hotel, which is brand new and 140 years old at the same time.Full story
  • Professor Kenny De Meirleir

    Face of Flanders – Kenny De Meirleir

    10 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    It's taken 20 years to get here, but a simple test that involves peeing in a cup could make a world of difference to tens of thousands of people, thanks to Professor Kenny De Meirleir of the Brussels Free University (VUB). Full story
  • bij

    10 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    After a hard day in the fields, the labourer has earned his rest. Even more so for office workers with gardens after three days of cutting hedges and trimming lawns. So I rest my weary limbs and pick up a paper to flick through.Full story
  • Worlds of Myth

    The story catcher

    10 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Peter Verhelst has been a bright star in the Flemish literary scene for many years now. Although some readers find his poetic and often sensual language inaccessible, this novelist, poet and playwright stirs up strong emotions in fans of Dutch-language literature.Full story
  • The bagels of Brussels


    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Few people have the audacity to complain about Belgium's bakeries: between the croissants, baguettes and wide variety of sweetened delicacies, little is left to be desired. But there are surely many American expats - and undoubtedly every New Yorker - huddling behind closed doors lamenting a couple of key baked goods missing from their Belgian diet.Full story
  • "A Wheat Field for the City"

    Secret gardens

    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Ten internationally renowned landscape architects have created oases of green within the city of Kortrijk. It's a great idea, and all the gardens can be visited by following a pleasant walking route through the city. The map is part of a free guidebook available from the tourist office in English, Dutch or French.Full story
  • Ray Chen takes his show on the road

    Culture News

    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The three top winners of this year's Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, which this year featured violinists, will tour Flanders this month with deFilharmonie, beginning with a concert in Hasselt on 11 June. The gruelling competition was won by 20-year-old Ray Chen from Australia. Belgium's finalist, Lorenzo Gatto, came second, with Moldavian Ilian Gârnet third. From Hasselt, the three will move on to Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Mons and Bruges, before the final concert at Bozar in Brussels on 16 June. www.cmireb.be  Full story
  • A woman’s touch

    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    In 856, the king of the West Frankish Empire, Charles the Bald, gave his 12-year-old daughter Judith in marriage to the King of Wessex, who was about 56. Two years later, the Anglo-Saxon king died, and Judith married his son, the new king. This marriage was considered sacrilege and annulled, but it didn't really matter, because this husband soon died, too.Full story
  • De Lijn

    Half as many passengers for De Lijn

    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Flemish public transport authority De Lijn has overestimated the number of passengers using its services by 100%, according to researchers from the University of Leuven. According to De Lijn, in its annual report released last week, the authority provided the equivalent of 508 million journeys last year. But the Leuven research suggests that the numbers used by De Lijn to estimate the number of users are wildly inaccurate.Full story
  • Clean-up begins at asbestos blackspot

    9 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The removal of asbestos from polluted industrial sites in Flanders is being undertaken on a scale not seen anywhere else, according to the agency in charge, the Flemish Public Waste Products Agency (OVAM). Last week OVAM began recycling 25,000 tonnes of waste, half of it asbestos, from the site in Mol of the former Balmatt Industries, a cement manufacturer that went bust in 1998. Full story