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Deborah O’Donoghue is a British-Irish writer who has lived in the UK, France and Belgium. She has travelled all over the world and worked in car body repairs, in the best fish ‘n’ chip shop in Brighton, and been a gopher in a comedy club, as well as a teacher. She’s a past winner of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize. Her début novel, Sea of Bones, was published by Legend Press in 2019 and comes out in Germany in 2021. Follow Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.

29 July 2021

John Muir. Father of the National Parks

John Muir, known as the Father of the National Parks, lived all through Queen Victoria’s reign to the start of World War I. He emigrated aged […]
6 July 2021

Nur-Sultan celebrates 23 years as Kazakhstan’s capital

Today, Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan celebrates its 23rd anniversary. The young rapidly growing city sprung into existence around the small town of Akmola back in 1998. The […]
28 June 2021

Being named a UNESCO World Heritage site is meaningful, so is being removed

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes various sites that are designated as having “outstanding universal value” under the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural […]
25 June 2021

These people travelled to Antarctica, more than 1.000 years before the Europeans

Even though Antarctica has been present on the world for a long time now, the continent doesn’t cease to surprise us. There are still a lot […]
4 June 2021

Did you know that the longest railway line in China was built by Belgians?

It took more than seven years, from 1898 to 1905, to build the railway linking the north and south of China. The project, one of the […]
25 May 2021

Restored 1908 film shows Brussels as you’ve never seen it before

A Dutch Youtuber has restored and colorised a unique eight minute piece of footage filmed over a century ago in 1908, which shows the city of […]
21 May 2021

The Portuguese Queen who inspired the English peoples’ love of tea

We all know how the English love their tea. It’s the ultimate stereotype; an English person sat clutching their precious cup of tea, probably a biscuit […]
13 May 2021

This Indonesian tribe has the bluest eyes ever seen

An indigenous tribe in Indonesia looks very different from the stereotypes that sometimes exist in society, especially in the West. And the reason behind that difference […]
12 May 2021

What’s so fascinating about Robin Hood?

Crime fiction continues to be the world’s best-selling genre and there are reasons why. All stories help us understand the world and our relationship to it. […]
10 May 2021

Manneken-Pis offered a new costume to celebrate Europe Day

On the eve of Europe Day, celebrated every year on May 9, Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, and Stefaan De Rynck, Head of the Representation of […]
5 May 2021

A Belgian farmer has unintentionally moved the French border

A farmer in the municipality of Erquelinnes in Wallonia, Belgium, has accidentally redrawn the country’s border with France, making Belgium slightly bigger. 1. A moved stone […]
28 April 2021

30 years ago Metallica played in Moscow for 1.6 million people

It happened in Moscow in September of 1991, in the final days of the Soviet Union. The American rock band Metallica gave a concert in a […]
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 […]
24 April 2021

10 facts to know about Portugal’s Carnation Revolution

April 25: A Revolution started with music and ornamented with carnations… The carnation revolution that took place on April 25, 1974 impressed the world because violence […]
20 April 2021

The Timucua: Florida’s lost tribe

The Timucua tribe was Florida’s largest group of Native Americans, settled in the Northeast and North Central parts of what is now the Sunshine State. The […]
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 […]
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