• Ostend, Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp offer multiple personalities to film location scouts

    Say goodbye to Hollywood

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    Picture it: A man in a trench coat slips a secret spy film into your pocket, then jumps from the end of an Ostend pier. Next, you’re met by a man on a gloomy bridge in Bruges, who whispers cryptic warnings before disappearing into a thick fog. You take to the canals and are chased by foreign agents into Ghent’s harbour before hitching a ride to Antwerp where you find yourself hurrying across Central Station to jump through the closing doors of a train to…Full story
  • Royal Belgian Film Archive

    Picture palace

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    A film museum in Brussels that is bright, airy, up-to-date and comfortable? This is going to take some getting used to. But when Cinematek opens its doors for the first time this weekend, there won’t be many people saying that they preferred the old building.Full story
  • KBC CEO Andre Bergen

    Flanders steps in to save KBC

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    The Flemish government last week stepped in to bail out Leuven-based bank KBC with an immediate injection of €2 billion and a €1.5 billion contingency should the bank need it. The move had an immediate effect on the market, with the bank’s share price jumping by almost 50% in one day.Full story
  • A scene from Van vlees en bloed

    VRT puts pressure on independent producers

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    A stalemate in contract negotiations between the Flemish public broadcaster VRT and one of its principal suppliers of programmes is a symptom of the crisis in the sector, which is expected to lead to a 13% job loss in independent production houses by this summer.   The VRT has asked Woestijnvis, which produces current hits such as Van vlees en bloed and De slimste mens ter wereld, as well as long-running favourites such as Man bijt hond, to review some of the terms of its existing contract, which runs until 2011. Neither side would discuss details, but the issue is costs: the public broadcaster wants to save €100 million by 2011. Part of that would come from a reduction of 10% in the cost of independent productions.Full story
  • Christine Van den Wyngaert, professor elected

    Antwerp professor elected to International Court

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    Belgian jurist Christine Van den Wyngaert was last week elected to the post of judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Van den Wyngaert was one of 21 candidates for six vacant positions on the bench and was elected by representatives of the 108 countries that have ratified the treaty founding the court. “It was a very emotional moment,” she said. “While I was watching Obama explain his dream on TV, my own dream came true.”Full story
  • 7,000 people silent march in Sint-Gillis Dendermonde

    Dendermonde killer on suicide watch

    28 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    The 20-year-old man accused of killing two babies and a child minder at the Fabeltjesland (“Fairy Tale Land”) crèche in Sint-Gillis near Dendermonde was refusing food in Bruges prison this week and maintaining his silence in the face of investigators’ questions. He has been placed on suicide watch at the prison, and was due to appear before a judge as Flanders Today went to press to determine whether he is sane enough to stand trial on three charges of murder and 12 of attempted murder.Full story
  • The Emperor's right-hand man

    21 Jan 2009 by Flanders Today
    Scroll down the many lists of "Famous Belgians" on the internet and the name of Father Ferdinand Verbiest is frequently nowhere to be seen. His absence is a travesty, because Verbiest's achievements should see him firmly established in the top 20Full story
  • Whisky for Guinness

    21 Jan 2009 by Robyn Boyle
    World's tallest man, largest Easter egg hunt, most people dressed as Smurfs. There are countless ways to stake a claim in Guinness World Records. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of creative inspiration, such as when eight years ago a Swede had the idea to set a new record by organising the largest ever whisky tasting. What ensued was a gathering of no less than 1,221 people in Stockholm, with each participant imbibing five kinds of whisky.Full story
  • Liquid heaven

    21 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    It’s been cold. We don’t have to tell you, right? It’s been so cold, you haven’t even wanted to leave the house to trundle to work or run errands or pick up the kids from school. But you must.Full story
  • Yasmine times three

    21 Jan 2009 by Ad Min
    Yasmine never does a job by half. On 1 February in a show that is already sold out, the artist launches a unique, three-dimensional project: it's a tour, it's a book, and it's a CD. This celebration of Yasmine's literary heroes is aptly called Yasmine houdt woord (Yasmine Keeps Her Word)Full story