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Belgian chocolatiers seek praline protection

Belgian chocolate makers believe their pralines should have similar protection to that enjoyed by French champagne or Parma ham, writes Reuters’ Philip Blenkinsop . They want the term ‘Belgian chocolate’ to be their exclusive preserve and also want to crack down on foreign rivals dressing up their...

Belgian Chesterfield fans in charity hospice ride

Belgium-based supporters of Chesterfield Football Club are planning to travel to the Spireites’ last home match of the season with a sponsored bike ride to support the Derbyshire Times’ Ashgate Hospice £25,000 Appeal, the paper reports . The five Belgian Spireites are determined to use pedal power...

Back to the wall: set the right tone in your home

Having collaborated for seven years with US lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, Melañio Gomez knows a thing or two about interior design. The internationally renowned stylist/art director/set designer gets busy with your walls. In terms of colour, what’s in and what’s out for painting? Antique rose,...

Running for Retrak: Week 7

This month I discovered the joys of the 5km Parkrun , something I touched on in an earlier post . A couple of weeks ago while in England, I joined the run in Braunstone – and was overwhelmed by the camaraderie and athleticism on show. From my prime position at the back of the field, I could admire...

Half of prescription drugs cheaper as of Monday

Half of prescription drugs on sale in Belgium will be cheaper as of April 1, sometimes by as much as 70%, report Le Soir, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad. It is the consequence of a general price decrease of 1.95% agreed by the federal government at the end of last year, acting on a proposal from...

Brussels shortlisted for Green Capital award

Brussels, Glasgow, Bristol and Ljubljana have been chosen to proceed to the next stage of the European Green Capital 2015 Award, organised by the European Commission. The prize goes to a different city every year in recognition of its environmental performance. The four cities have been shortlisted...

BNP Paribas Fortis to close 150 branches in savings drive

BNP Paribas’s Belgian arm plans to save an annual €300 million over the next three years by cutting its workforce by about 10% and closing 150 branches, writes Reuters’ Philip Blenkinsop . BNP Paribas Fortis said customers were making greater use of the internet for banking and needed less face-to-...

UK businessman cons Belgian police – and the UN

A businessman from Somerset is on trial in London for selling bogus drug, bomb and corpse detectors to law enforcement and defence forces all over the world, including three police forces in Belgium. Jim McCormick, 56, sold what he claimed to be high-tech devices to the police forces of Geel,...

Wage attachments because of debt on the increase

More than 11,600 Belgians with outstanding debts had their wages withheld last year – an increase of 40% compared to the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008, Het Belang van Limburg and De Gazet van Antwerpen report today. “It is mostly landlords, hospitals and telephone operators who claim...

Terborght

Less than 10 years after opening Terborght, chef Lesley De Vlieger has become a household name on the Belgian food scene, and the restaurant’s location – in the ‘castle belt’ south-west of the capital – makes it equally accessible to Brusselers as it does to suburban bons vivants.

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