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Martin Westlake has followed parallel careers as a civil servant and as an academic and has lived, studied, and worked in the UK, Italy, France, and Belgium. Since taking early retirement as a civil servant, he has been pursuing a new parallel career as an author of creative fiction. Westlake, who has British and Belgian nationality, is much interested in local history. He is currently seeking an agent for his first full-length creative history novel, Where Lies the Land, which starts in the Belgian Ardennes in August 1914 and ends in the Alberta Plains (Canada) in November 1918.

28 April 2021

The day a Spitfire landed on a Brussels roof top

Cities that have been at war bear all sorts of scars. Some are unavoidable and easily spotted – a gap, like a missing tooth, in a […]
26 April 2021

Bar and restaurant terraces to reopen in Belgium on 8th May

Following Friday’s Consultative Committee meeting and the consequent press conference held, the latest relaxations of the current Covid-19 restrictions in Belgium have been announced. Covering both […]
23 April 2021

New visitors’ experience of St Bavo’s Cathedral and Van Eyck Altarpiece in Ghent

St Bavo’s Cathedral has reopened its doors after years of renovation, welcoming visitors for a truly incredible experience. Not only have the panels of the famous […]
22 April 2021

Bookshops, essential social and cultural harbours in times of pandemic

During the last year the book industry and the bookselling sector have suffered and struggled for survival as many other economic and cultural sectors. But this […]
21 April 2021

Brussels Airlines thinks it is time to thank those everyday heroes

In tough times, tough people rise and transcend. The past year, so many people rolled up their sleeves and went above and beyond to help others. […]
21 April 2021

These are the best picnic spots in Brussels

Now that the restrictions concerning COVID-19 are slowly but surely getting lifted in Belgium, we can start to think about our social lives again. Which feels […]
19 April 2021

Reopening of Belgium’s terraces a first key step towards a full recovery of the hospitality sector

The long-awaited announcement that Belgium’s bars and restaurants can reopen their terraces from May 8th is enormously welcome. The phased reopening of crucial parts of Belgian […]
19 April 2021

Brussels Airlines prepares for gradual summer relaunch

With vaccination programs underway in many countries and demand for travel slowly starting to pick up for summer Brussels Airlines prepares its operations for a gradual […]
16 April 2021

The WWII sacrifices behind a grey plaque on a striking Schaerbeek building

On the corner of Avenue Eugène Plasky and rue du Saphir in Schaerbeek stands a distinctive house, built in 1930. It was designed by Belgian architect […]
15 April 2021

Belgian scientists successfully train dogs to detect Coronavirus

Belgian scientists have successfully trained six dogs to detect the coronavirus in humans, according to microbiologist Chris Callewaert at Ghent University, who spoke to the Flemish […]
14 April 2021

Belgium: Travel possible again from 19 April, terraces to open on 8 May

Belgium’s Consultative Committee today reached a compromise on the reopening of terraces on May 8th. As of Monday April 19th, schools are to reopen and travel […]
14 April 2021

Belgium has reached 2 million Covid-19 vaccines milestone

Three weeks ago Belgium reached 1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine administered, and yesterday it doubled this, according to the announcement at Tuesday morning’s joint press conference […]
13 April 2021

Spring in Belgium: 10 places you should visit

Spring is a beautiful season. Nature wakes up from a long sleep during the wintertime, the sun is shining again, flowers bloom, the sky is blue, […]
13 April 2021

Brussels–Berlin gets another new night train connection

Following the European Sleeper announcement of a new Brussels-Berlin night train, another new train service has now been announced by Belgian company Moonlight Express. The second […]
12 April 2021

Antwerp Airport sees business flights increase and prepares for restart

Antwerp Airport is seeing business flights and flight movements increase in the first quarter of 2021. From April 20, TUI fly will again fly from the […]
9 April 2021

High-risk groups for priority vaccination announced in Belgium

Authorities in Belgium have announced who will be considered a patient of high risk, which would then be used to determine who is granted priority to […]
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