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Martin Banks has been a journalist for over 40 years, working in Brussels since 2001 where he has covered EU politics, initially for European Voice and more recently for The Parliament Magazine plus a raft of other titles. He also writes about other topics including culture and travel. Prior to coming to Belgium he had worked in regional (including a 6 year stint as Chief Reporter for the 2nd biggest selling regional in the UK) and national journalism in the UK since 1980.

9 November 2022

TV series Peaky Blinders helps put Birmingham on the map

The huge TV hit Peaky Blinders and the Commonwealth Games are not typical “bedfellows”. One is all about a notorious gang of criminals who wreak havoc […]
8 November 2022

Brussels wants to bring back the former ‘grandeur’ of central avenues

The redevelopment of an iconic building in the centre of Brussels, on the corner of Place de la Bourse and Boulevard Anspach, had been granted the […]
4 November 2022

The harsh honest truth of Anselm Kiefer in Venice

Going to the Venice for the Biennale is a conversation between the now and a thousand years of yesterday. The exhibition by Anselm Kiefer at the […]
3 November 2022

Travel companies celebrate 60 years of James Bond with themed tours

The James Bond franchise celebrated its 60th anniversary on 5 October, the first film in the series coming out in 1962. Needless to say, the occasion […]
3 November 2022

These are the 5 sustainable architects of the year

Sustainability is the buzz-word of the moment and not without reason. With a planet that’s rapidly changing and a climate that’s warming up even faster, we […]
3 November 2022

Tallest building in the EU completed in Warsaw

The tallest building in the EU, called the Varso Tower, has just been completed in Warsaw by Foster + Partners. Part of HB Reavis’ Varso Place […]
3 November 2022

Winter Wonders will be back in Brussels from 25 November

The 21st edition of Brussels’ Winter Wonders (Plaisirs d’Hiver) will take place from November 25th, 2022 to January 1st, 2023. According to the publication “Best Christmas […]
2 November 2022

This small Italian airport is now Europe’s largest outdoor concert venue

The landscape close to an airport in Italy has been transformed into Europe’s largest concert venue: the RCF Arena. With a capacity with up to 100,000 […]
1 November 2022

World’s tallest Shiva statue inaugurated in Rajasthan

The tallest statue of Shiva ever built has been inaugurated in the town of Nathdwara, Rajsamand city, in India’s northern state of Rajasthan. The statue, called […]
1 November 2022

Braga to host UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network Annual Conference in 2024

The Portuguese city of Braga has been selected as the Host City of the XVI UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Conference in 2024. The announcement […]
31 October 2022

Piet Mondrian painting has been hanging upside down for 75 years

© Mondian/Holtzman Trust Painted in 1941, the artwork was first put on display at New York’s MoMA in 1945. In 1980, it was moved to the […]
31 October 2022

5 unique religious sites in Kazakhstan

Many people have crossed Kazakhstan’s land over time, each bringing their culture. Their heritage is still present in the country today, where diverse cultures and religions […]
25 October 2022

“Bond in Motion” exhibition arrives in Brussels to mark 60 years of James Bond films

For the first time in Belgium, the “Bond in Motion” exhibition will welcome visitors at the Brussels Expo from December 9th, 2022 until 14th of May, […]
17 October 2022

Netflix with ads to launch in November

To the horror of most of its users, the famous online streaming platform Netflix announced a while ago it would be introducing ads. The nightmare comes […]
13 October 2022

A Swiss company is building ultra-luxury bunkers for the rich

Swiss company Oppidum is building “ultra-luxury” bunkers under the houses of the richest people. The firm specialises in building strongholds for the wealthy, but has recently […]
13 October 2022

Museum Night Fever is back in Brussels

The 15th edition of Museum Night Fever returns to Brussels on Saturday 22nd of October 2022 from 7pm to 1am. This is the largest edition ever […]
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