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Lack of fashion history 'an advantage' for Belgium

In the world of fashion, Belgium is a force to be reckoned with, designer Cédric Charlier told the South China Morning Post . He argues that, while Paris is considered the epicentre of fashion, The country has given fashion some of its greatest talent in the past few decades, from Martin Margiela...

Dissecting the 'Expat Survey': community life

Judging by the way the findings of the Brussels-Europe Liaison Office's Survey about the Life of the International Community in Brussels were reported across various Belgian media, it is as if not one but several surveys took place. In what was a classic case of “glass half-full / half-empty”,...

Crèmerie de Linkebeek

Owners Jordan Greenwood and Laurence Duhot are concerned with maintaining tradition, which, when you own the oldest cheese shop in Brussels, means you have 108 years’ worth of history to handle.

The store has deep local roots. Occasional elderly clients come back and reminisce about having visited the store as a child with their grandparents. The current clientele are largely from the surrounding neighbourhood in the Flemish Triangle at the centre of Brussels.

Brussels considering London-style congestion charge

The Brussels Region is currently working on the possible introduction of a London-style congestion charge for cars in order to curb the capital’s traffic problems, De Morgen and Le Soir report. Initial tests suggest that a levy of €3 per day would reduce congestion by 11%. A consortium formed with...

Belgian among Greenpeace Shard climbing team

A 33-year-old Belgian woman was among the six Greenpeace activists who climbed the London’s 310 metre-tall Shard building yesterday, in protest against Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. Sabine Huyghe, from Ghent, was part of a team that also included Victoria Henry, 32 and Ali Garrigan...

Philippines and Belgium in trade, culture and immigration agreement

The Philippines and Belgium signed an agreement aimed at increasing bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade and investment, immigration and culture, writes the Global Nation Inquirer’s Matikas Santos . The Philippines-Belgium Joint Plan of Action (JPA) was signed by...

No interest in Belgian royal memorabilia

Commemorative objects featuring images of the Belgian royal family generate very little interest, least of all among tourists visiting Belgium, RTL News reported yesterday, having interviewed souvenir shop owners in the tourist districts of Brussels. Collectors of royal memorabilia do not seem to...

Celebrating Belgium in Brussels, Wisconsin

This weekend marks the annual celebration of Belgian Days, a festival of all things Belgian, taking place in… Brussels, Wisconsin, reports the Peninsula Pulse . That's because the Brussels area of Wisconsin’s Door County is the largest Belgian-American settlement in the US, even 150 years after the...

Culture beat – July 11

Roller coasters, halls of mirrors and coconut shies, not forgetting waffles, cotton candy and toffee apples – it can only mean Brussels’ Midi Fair , which stars this Friday and lasts until August 18. Today’s edition will be the 133 rd – that’s an awful amount of waffles, if think about it. Parking...

Summer@Seven

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