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RAF hero honoured in Belgium

A war hero from Strourport, Worcestershire who was on board a plane shot down over Belgium during the Second World War will be remembered at a special event to mark 70 years since the incident, writes the Shuttle’s William Tomaney . Sergeant Arthur Beard was a navigator on the Halifax JD371, which...

Dead nice: the Ixelles cemetery neighbourhood

The cemetery in Ixelles dates back to 1877, which makes it one of the oldest in Brussels. Known for its many stately tombs, it serves as a final resting place for many of the commune’s influential inhabitants, such as scientist Ernest Solvay, Nobel Prize winner Jules Bordet and Frederic Neuhaus,...

Visit Britain, you’re invited!

Nothing comes more to mind in August than holidays. So before I depart, happy but exhausted, for my annual holiday, allow me to focus on Belgian tourism across the Channel. One of the great pleasures of being Ambassador is that people can’t wait to tell me in glowing terms about their stay in the...

Police accused of homophobic violence outside Brussels Summer Festival

Police in Brussels have received an official complaint for serious homophobic offences committed by police officers on Friday night outside the Brussels Summer Festival, a police spokesperson has confirmed. Two gay men said on their Facebook pages that they had been verbally abused and beaten up by...

Belgian teenager identified as Hannah Smith cyberbully

A 16-year-old boy from Tongeren, Limburg province has been identified as one of the trolls who sent taunts to Hannah Smith the day before she died, writes the Daily Mail’s Nick Fagge . Hannah’s father, David Smith, said he had seen evidence the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was...

Twice as many cases of extortion

More than 5,600 complaints for extortion were lodged with the Belgian police last year, compared to 2,858 in 2011, Het Belang van Limburg and De Gazet van Antwerpen report today. “This increase is significant," says Kaatje Natens, spokeswoman of the Federal Police, who partly blames the rise on the...

Melbourne University dean receives Belgian honour

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, has been made a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium for services to engineering and science, writes the Melbourne Engineer’s Annie Rahilly . The honour was conferred by the Belgian ambassador to...

Wiggins continues comeback today in Belgium

The 2012 Tour de France winner and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins will be the star name on the start line of the Eneco Tour, which begins in Koksijde on the Belgium coast today, reports SuperSport . Fresh from his return from injury and illness at the Tour of Poland, which ended a week ago,...

Going green: Hotel Verviers

While the town of Verviers once blazed a trail as an international wool manufacturer, a luxury hotel is continuing the tradition of technological innovation as Belgium’s only hotel to be heated by geothermal energy. The four-star Hôtel Verviers approaches its third anniversary with plenty to...

Culture beat - August 9

Pierce Brosnan’s non-Bond filmography can be a tad surprising, taking in a sci-fi spoof (Mars Attacks!) and an Abba-based musical (Mamma Mia!), which earned him a Golden Raspberry, chiefly for his ‘interesting’ singing voice. Bless. Love Is All You Need , a Danish rom-com directed by the Oscar-...

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