• Performance soup

    25 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    In many ways, Kaaitheater is as typically "Brussels" as you can get.Full story
  • The average family doctor in Belgium does 2,500 consultations a year

    GP shortage hits Limburg hardest

    25 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    One in four municipalities in Flanders is suffering a shortage of family doctors, with the situation wors in Limburg province, according to figures published last week by the medical insurance agency Riziv. Across Belgium, Limburg is beaten only by Luxembourg province, where there is a shortage in 90% of all communes. In the country as a whole, 166 of the total of 589 municipalities have too few doctors - one in three.Full story
  • Face of Flanders

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Last week, a proposal published in De Morgen, as well as in a number of Antwerp media, encouraged Flanders to impose a boycott on mussels and oysters from Zeeland. This rather unlikely idea would be in retaliation for Dutch recalcitrance over the issue of dredging the sea channel known as the Western Scheldt. Full story
  • bite

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Believe it or not, Monday is one of my favourite days of the week. That's the afternoon I head over to my local bio shop to pick up my weekly vegetable pack.Full story
  • Worlds Inside, Outside

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Flemish photographer Nele Van Canneyt has been capturing her surroundings on film for more than 10 years. Tired of the grey tones in her native Ghent, she started travelling the world in search of vibrant colours and meaningful compositions. She succeeding beautifully: her work burst with life and longing. Full story
  • Koen Gevaert has made ready-made meals 40% of the company’s production

    A natural conclusion

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Natuurvlees Dobbelaere is changing people's ideas about bio products. Most people in Belgium associate organic food shops with vegetarianism, but this wholesale meat supplier is slowly altering this misperception as they produce more than 50 organic meals for organic supermarkets and small shop all over Flanders.Full story
  • tyre tracks

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    This is a great ride to take with a bathing suit and towel in your bag. You could even make it the basis of a summer day trip from Brussels: just take a bike on the train to Ostend, and in a short ride you're on the beach and away from the crowds, pedalling until the water seems nicest for a swim.Full story
  • Splendour in the plants

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    If you, like me, are having a hard time giving up on the idea that you are still on holiday, try easing yourself back into the daily grind slowly by becoming a tourist in your own country for the rest of August. There are plenty of castles to get lost in and towers to climb in Flanders, but perhaps my best day this month was spent at Meise Botanical Garden.Full story
  • Stage fright: Marilou Mermans


    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    It must have sounded like the perfect pitch. Three septuagenarians (Claire, Magda, Lutgard) revive the successful girl group they had almost half a century earlier. The motor behind the project is Sid (Jan Van Looveren), Claire's prodigal son who for years has been trying to get a break as an rhythm & blues musician. And indeed, Meisjes (called The Over the Hill Band in English) could have been a heart-warming tragicomedy. Full story
  • Among other things, the Brigittines Festival is infamous for its on-stage nudity

    The embodiment of the odd

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Les Brigittines' International Festival has always been weird, but this year they are truly owning it. The festival's theme, announced proudly on the cover of the programme and website, is inescapable: "Gezichten van het Vreemde", or "Strange Faces". Consider yourself warned.Full story