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Luke Haines - "Rock And Roll Animals"

Having previously released concept albums about seventies German terrorism and British wrestling, Luke Haines is clearly no stranger to off-kilter ideas. His new album, however, may take even his most ardent followers by surprise: Rock And Roll Animals is a psychedelic tale for adults and children set in Walton On Thames, narrated by Nighty Night’s Julia Davis and featuring, as main characters, rock’n’roll pioneer Gene Vincent, pub rock legend Nick Lowe and Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey. Only here they are, respectively, a cat, a badger and a fox. But of course.

Police watchdog slams handling of anti-terrorist data

Nobody within the police forces has an overview of the data in the possession of the different services in terms of terrorism and extremism, according to the findings of a report by the P Committee, published in Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen. In an 11-page report, the police watchdog openly...

Brussels Indian turns waste into wealth

Brussels-based Indian businessman intends to be India’s first ‘waste billionaire’, reports Business Line . So confident is Paresh Parekh, founder of a waste management company, of his ambitious plans that he would “create one million jobs and clean up India”, he told the paper’s Virendra Pandit. “...

Smurfs’ European adventure shuns home country

The beloved blue creatures are one of Belgium's biggest exports - but when it came to planning a sequel to The Smurfs, producers decided to set the new film an hour away from Brussels - in the French capital, Paris, writes BBC News’ Emma Jones . The first film, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Hank...

'Men in Lycra' cycle to Belgium for charity

Three Lycra-clad cyclists are preparing to pedal two gruelling rides for charity – tackling a Texan desert and a 150km-a-day slog from London to Brussels, writes Matt Reason . The trio will take on the 565km journey from England to Belgium on September 25, but before that, two of the intrepid team...

Prince Amedeo 'among world’s most eligible bachelors'

Belgium’s Prince Amedeo, the son of princess Astrid and archduke Lorenz of Austria, ranks among the world’s most eligible bachelor princes, according to The Independent . “ The heir to the House of Austria-Este is reputed to be serious, thoughtful and ambitious,” writes Alice-Azania Jarvis in an...

Dissecting the 'Expat Survey': Brussels services

The recent no-holds-barred demolition job by Brussels-based French journalist Jean Quatremer about the quality (or lack thereof) of services in Brussels caused a stir among the capital's politicians. Whether what hurt more was the - apparent - cold-heartedness of the Libération correspondent's...

Royal stipends come with strict code of conduct

The recent reform of the stipend system for members of the royal family includes a code of conduct for their recipients - Albert, Fabiola, Astrid (pictured) and Laurent, Le Soir and De Standaard report. The bill, signed by the eight political parties involved in the most recent State reform, was...

Detailed information boards for Brussels taxi users

Brussels’ 136 taxi ranks will soon be equipped with boards providing users with information on fares, and drivers’ obligations as well as telephone numbers for booking a taxi. In addition, the information provided inside taxis will be more complete, thanks to the mandatory posting of rates, basic...

TB forces Brussels authorities to open sanatorium

A sanatorium will soon open at Brussels’ Saint-Pierre hospital, based on the model of ‘convalescent homes’ and sanatoriums that existed until the 80s , De Standaard reports today . The authorities have taken a series of measures aimed at fighting against tuberculosis. TB cases are on the rise in...

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