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Mayor Renaat Landuyt could well have had Colin Farrell’s inept assassin Ray in mind when he decided that the medieval city of Bruges should be a little more discerning about how it is portrayed on celluloid.

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If Bruges is the grand old aunt of Belgium with its lace shops, quaint canals and quiet afternoons sipping tea in medieval squares, then Antwerp is surely the hip young cousin. Students in edgy fashions traverse the pedestrianised streets on vintage bicycles. Hipsters congregate at the city’s many concept stores or understated bars of bare wood and strong beer.

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Hugo Claus: Acclaimed author whose work was marked by intelligence and passion

Though often a controversial figure, the Flemish writer, director and graphic artist Hugo Claus was rarely overtly political. His sympathies were with the underdog, but he never descended to agitprop. Claus was the recipient of seven state prizes in Belgium and in 1986 was awarded the prestigious Prize for Dutch Literature. Harry Mulisch, the only other living writer in Dutch to be tipped for the Nobel Prize, called Claus "a great figure", while the poet Remco Campert described him as "the greatest writer of my generation".

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