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Running for Retrak: Week 4

This week’s 20km training began in a snowy Bois de la Cambre and ended with a record-equalling distance and record-breaking whinging at the resultant aches, pains, coughs and sniffles. You wouldn’t catch Paula Radcliffe stopping every two minutes to blow her nose like that. Mind you, you wouldn’t...

Running for Retrak: Week 3

When you’re under strict instructions to vary the terrain of your training run, it seems there’s no better place to do it than Brussels: all those rain-slicked cobblestones and tramlines, all those cracked and uneven paving slabs, all those piles and piles of dog muck to avoid. And the hills! You...

Culture beat - February 20

Get in on the circus act, brush up on abstract art and witness an inter-generational stand-off in a contemporary German drama. Forget menagerie and think acrobatic, aerial or even digital as the annual contemporary circus festival Hors Piste sets up at Les Halles de Schaerbeek from Friday until...

The Irish Presidency: for stability, jobs and growth

The first six months of 2013 will be an exciting time for Ireland as we host the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will be a busy time, too, especially for Irish diplomats working in our Permanent Mission to the EU, but also for our embassy network including the Embassy of Ireland...

Foodie news from the capital

Dining car Don’t despair if you were one of the many disappointed diners unable to secure a seat on The Tram Experience this year. The Brusselicious gastronomic tram has been given the green light to continue its two-star culinary tour of the city in 2013 following a new agreement with STIB. The...

Belgian bubbles: Ruffus sparkling wines

The Leroy family are living proof that persistence, passion and exuberance can all successfully be bottled. The largest vineyard in Belgium and the main producer of sparkling wine has been winning awards and selling out since launching 10 years ago. Fourth-generation Binche wine merchant and...

12 Hours For Greece

12 Hours for Greece: a unique way to discover Greece, its culture, its food and its people!

Practice your Dutch

The organisation Bru-taal encourages foreign speakers to practice their Dutch through conversations with native speakers of this language.

20km Brussels for Retrak

Take part in the 20km of Brussels and help transform the lives of street children


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