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Professor Koen Lamberts: a Belgian academic in Britain

Professor Koen Lamberts is a cognitive psychologist with an extensive track record in experimental and theoretical research on human perception and memory. He is currently deputy vice-chancellor and provost of Warwick University. In January 2014, he will take up the post of new vice-chancellor at...

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Belgian stock exchange to become beer temple

Brussels’ Bourse building, Belgium’s former stock exchange, is to become a place of pilgrimage for beer lovers, it was announced yesterday. The ‘Temple to Belgian Beer’ project finds a use for the grand 19th century building near the Grand’ Place, which is fronted by Corinthian columns and...

Belgian scientist awarded ‘Nobel Prize for food and agriculture’

The Belgian plant scientist Marc Van Montagu has been awarded the 2013 World Food Prize, jointly with the American scientists Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley, reports the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIT) . This was announced in Washington DC on Wednesday by the US Secretary of State...

UK keeps close watch on imminent bpost float

Belgium’s national post service yesterday priced its forthcoming float at €14.50 a share, in a closely watched initial public offering ahead of the UK’s Royal Mail float next year, writes City A.M.’s Michael Bow . Bpost, which is 50.1 per cent owned by the government, saw minority owner CVC Capital...

Beached whale in Greenwich is Belgian art stunt

A whale found beached on the shores of Greenwich has turned out to be a stunt from a Belgian arts collective, reports the Evening Standard’s Louise Jury . However they won’t be getting a visit from Greenpeace any day soon as the whale is made from fibreglass. The 17-metre specimen is an...

Trappist brewery under threat from quarry expansion

Production at one of the world's eight remaining Trappist breweries is again under threat, this time from the expansion of a limestone quarry which will cut off their water supply, writes The Independent’s Charlotte McDonald-Gibson . The monks who brew Rochefort beer at the Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy...

Culture beat – June 20

Storm clouds may be hovering, but nevertheless the Summer solstice means it is the annual and 29 th edition of the free music bonanza Fête de la Musique this weekend, June 21 to 23. No fewer than 700 concerts in 55 towns and cities around the two regions are programmed, with every musical genre...

Legal drinking age ‘could be raised to 18’

The federal government is considering banning the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18,Flemish broadcaster VTM claimed yesterday. At the moment, anyone can order a glass of beer or wine in a Belgian cafe from the age of 16. For spirits, such as vodka or whisky, the Belgian legal age is 18...

Eurotunnel accused of overcharging

The European Commission has said that passengers travelling through the Channel Tunnel are being overcharged, BBC Business News reports. The EC said both passengers and freight services are paying over the odds for using the track through the tunnel, which is operated by Eurotunnel. Eurotunnel is a...

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