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Public drinking ban after midnight in pedestrian zone

The City of Brussels has announced a ban on street drinking between midnight and 6.00 around the city's pedestrian zone. Mayor Philippe Close said the ban would take effect by the end of the year. Night shops will still be allowed to sell alcohol - and, unlike a similar ban around Place Flagey in...

80cm-long snake caught in Brussels restaurant

Staff at a central Brussels restaurant caught an 80cm-long snake on Tuesday. Firefighters were called out to the restaurant, which has not been named, at about 15.40, a spokesman for the fire brigade said. Staff had grabbed the non-venomous corn snake and placed it in a box. It is not clear whether...

Leuven leads the way for culture and creativity

Leuven i s the best-performing cultural and creative city in Belgium, according to a ranking published this week by the European Commission. It’s followed by Ghent, Antwerp and Kortrijk, all of which score higher in their size categories than Brussels. This second edition of the Cultural and...

Brussels castle sells for €2.6 million in public auction

If you have a few extra euros lying about, you might think about checking out the Biddit real estate site, which is run by Belgian’s notary association. A public auction this week on the site saw the Jolimont castle in Watermael-Boitsfort sell for €2.6 million. It’s a record price for a property on...

Volunteer for the CHS Helpline

The Community Help Service (CHS) is a non-profit organisation which provides English-speaking Mental Healthcare services to the international community of Belgium. One of these services is the CHS Helpline which is open 24/7.

Whatever their problem, callers to the Helpline are provided with emotional support and/or general information on an anonymous and confidential basis. 

It is because of dedicated volunteers that CHS is able to continue this service to the community.

Folio Society and First Edition hardback English Books for sale

Folio Society English books for sale in sets in slipcases or singles (Graham Greene, Hemingway, Joseph Conrad etc.) plus First Edition hardbacks (Le Carre, Graham Greene, etc.).  Too heavy to post, can organise to meet somewhere in the middle to deliver.  Please contact to receive the list.  Sheena King 071 875 573 or


Eddy Merckx out of intensive care after bike accident

Belgian cycling champion Eddy Merckx has been discharged from intensive care after a fall on his bike at the weekend. The 74-year-old was taken to hospital in Dendermonde on Sunday, reportedly suffering from a severe head injury. Merckx, a five-time Tour de France winner, has a history of heart...

Mayor Close defends police action during Extinction Rebellion protest

According to Brussels-City mayor Philippe Close (PS), the police aggression against protestors on Place des Palais on Saturday was “unfortunately necessary”. The protest “was not approved and yet was tolerated for a full four hours”. Close held an emergency meeting this morning with two city...

Brussels-City plans action against undeclared Airbnb listings

The City of Brussels is drawing up an action plan to limit the growth of undeclared Airbnb rentals in the city centre - and encourage more landlords to put their homes back on the traditional rental market. Brussels mayor Philippe Close and city councillor for urban planning Ans Persoons announced...

Ground floor in Small Luxurious Residence.

In a small luxurious residence in Uccle. 

Opposite to the Forest de Soignes.  Ground floor of 185M ² with large living room, dining room, American kitchen hyper equipped. 3 bedrooms including a master. 3 bathrooms. Very Nice and Private Terrace. South Facing.  and garden. Garage 2 cars. PEB E.  IPI Agent 506348