A new life
That was in early 2006, when the province of Antwerp and the non-profit organisation Strip Turnhout – which also organises an annual comic book festival, the oldest and biggest of its kind in Flanders and an award ceremony for the Flemish Culture Prize for Comic Books – expressed their wish to relaunch the magazine that had existed in the early ’80s, to inform the public about the developments in the flourishing Flemish comic book scene.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the new name for an old phenomenon, previously known as disappearing disease, spring dwindle or autumn collapse. The first published report dates back to 1869 in the US, and there were epidemics on the Isle of Wight in England between 1905 and 1919 in which 90% of the island’s bees died. The phenomenon is characterised by three main factors, all present at the same time: young bees have been left behind; there is plenty of food stocked; and the queen is still present.
“I only cycle when it’s nice outside,” he says, attaching the Velcro on his yellow reflector vest. “If it’s not, I take the car.”
Azakhnini, in fact, recently left his own bicycle with relatives in Morocco; the one he’s on now is a loaner from Brussels’ cycling organisation Pro Vélo. He likes to ride a bike but is used to the seaside in Morocco, where the climate is cycle-friendly.
They are not builders taking a break, nor tourists come to enjoy this quiet roof with a view. What they are is a band of handpicked vassals of a little-known organisation called Camelot, a Dutch firm that is colonising Europe at breakneck speed.
"I made a quick trip to Valencia, Spain, and got mugged," Grootaert wrote me, "my bag stolen from me with my passport and credit cards in it. I was thinking of asking you to lend me some quick funds that I can give back as soon as I get in." What an honour and a privilege to be invited into the inner circle of one of the beer industry's rising stars.
While consistently popular over the years, Flanders' love affair with swing has been on the noticeable up-and-up over the past decade. With swing parties regularly thrown by Radio Modern and websites like www.lindyweb.be, it's easy to find a spot with classic, upbeat jazz to dance to nearly any night of the week. But if you don't know your Charleston from your Balboa, then taking a class to learn the basics of this high-energy style of dance is a logical first step.
That’s the conclusion of MOB, the environmental commission for Brussels and surroundings, which has been running Operation Chlorophylle since 2006. (The name has nothing to do with photosynthesis, as you might expect, but with the main character in a comic strip by the late Raymond Macherot.)
"Come and meet Antwerp in the world, come and meet the world in Antwerp" is the flag this 15,000 square-metre building sails under, and you can find it in the very heart of the old port, Het Eilandje. The opening festival of the Museum aan de Stroom, or Museum on the Stream - Antwerp's long-awaited civic pride and joy - is from 13-16 May.
That’s why this month the East Flanders Chamber of Commerce has organised an English-language seminar addressing the topic. Held in Ghent, “Buying Property in Belgium” aims to help expats understand the necessary steps in becoming property owners.