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Sunday 13 June 2010
Belgians are going to the polls today in general elections that are widely seen as a vote on an orderly break-up of a country where 6.5 million Dutch and four million French-speakers are locked in a quarrelsome union.
Saturday 12 June 2010
The flag tugs at the wrought-iron balcony railing as if to reach out to the other tricolore across the road.
Friday 23 April 2010
Thursday 22 April 2010
A fierce row over suburban flight by French speakers into officially Flemish-speaking towns near Brussels is threatening to topple the Belgian Government.
Saturday 06 March 2010
Saturday 27 February 2010
Something To Declare: Ferry to Flanders; expert Rome; music on the Danube; Italy's transport strikes
Saturday 13 February 2010
Wednesday 30 December 2009
One of the more entertaining business rumbles of this year has unfolded over at the BBC following the return to work after maternity leave of the corporation's economics editor, Stephanie Flanders. Her return put her head-to-head every day in a battle of the blogs with the Beeb's high-profile business editor, Robert Peston. And at first she proved far less popular. Still, their final pre-Christmas blogs show there has been a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of the two. Peston's festive missive attracted 120-odd comments, while Flanders got more than 150. Game on for 2010, then.
Saturday 26 December 2009
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Monday 16 November 2009
Back in the early 1970s Stackridge were what the more discerning listener moved on to when they had finished with Lindisfarne. Like the Geordie folk-rockers, Stackridge had an air of feisty provincialism – they emerged from the Bath/Bristol area – and were not lacking in fiddles and flutes. But they were less earnest and more whimsical.
Saturday 14 November 2009
Wednesday 11 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
Techno has acquired a reputation somewhere between Eurotrash and Madchester in recent years in the UK, but Ghent's annual I Love Techno festival is proof that neither the music nor the fans are as naff or as addled as either of these connotations unfairly suggest.
Monday 09 November 2009
Some fragile petals recovered from the diary of a First World War soldier are thought to be the oldest Remembrance poppies in Britain.
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