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Welsh war memorial unveiled in West Flanders

A permanent memorial to the Welsh soldiers who died in the First World War was unveiled at the weekend in Langemark, West Flanders, by the Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones. The memorial ( pictured ), designed by sculptor Lee Odishow, depicts a bronze dragon atop a stone plinth, made from stone...

Food donation costs money in Belgium

Merchants who want to donate food to charity have to pay value-added tax (VAT) on it, which makes it cheaper to throw it away. Since last year, donation to food banks is free, but the surpluses of small neighbourhood shops are often not large enough for the food banks. The Neutral Syndicate for the...

Culture beat – August 15

For an aerial view of the spectacular Turkish-themed floral carpet gracing the Grand‘Place, head to the balcony of the city hall from Friday to Sunday (August 15-17). Access is from 9.00-23.00 and tickets cost €5 (free for under 10s). Alternatively, viewing is free on ground level in the medieval...

Defour highest paid player in Belgium

Belgian international footballer Steven Defour yesterday signed a five-year contract with RSC Anderlecht. In the end it was not PSV Eindhoven, but the Belgian club that pulled the 25-year-old center midfielder away from FC Porto for €6 million (potentially rising to €6.5 million including fees)...

Mayors request return to previous flight plan

A group of 26 mayors of the Flemish municipalities around Brussels have joined together to call on the Flemish and federal governments to find a solution to the problem of aircraft noise. The mayors fear that a ruling by a court at the end of last month will lead to an increase in the numbers of...

Belgian athletes campaign for Special Olympics

A trio of top Belgian athletes has launched a remarkable publicity campaign in support of the Special Olympics. The campaign involves photos of footballer Kevin De Bruyne, sprinter Kim Gevaert and table-tennis player Jean-Michel Saive, doctored to give each of them the distinct appearance of...

Train-related incidents down slightly

Incidents involving Belgium’s train network last year required 59,838 police and Securail (railway police) interventions. This is a slight decrease compared to 2012, when there were 62,804 police and Securail interventions recorded, reports Belga news agency based on figures from national railway...

Tom Waes to represent UNICEF Belgium

Belgian television celebrity Tom Waes is the new volunteer ambassador for UNICEF Belgium. He was appointed by the organisation’s Board of Directors for a period of two years. Waes joins fellow Belgian celebrities Axelle Red, Helmut Lotti and Tatiana Silva as volunteer ambassadors for the...

Become a Brussels socialite

How to meet new people in Brussels and have a little fun while you’re at it In spite of its packed events calendar and large expat population, Brussels can be a lonely place to live if you do not know where or how to meet new friends (this all while managing a busy work schedule). Below are some...

Belgian celebs remember Robin Williams

Both cycling legend Eddy Merckx and film director Stijn Coninx spoke yesterday about their personal relationships with American actor Robin Williams ( pictured ), whose death on Monday at his home in the San Francisco Bay Area is believed to be a suicide. “He was a great supporter of Lance...

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