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.

13 September 2023

Dragons are “stars” of a new show in Belgium this autumn

An exciting new show is set to “breathe fire” into autumn for its Belgian audience. “Night of the Dragons” (La Nuit des Dragons) is the name […]
6 September 2023

Belgian train station turns into dance club for one night

Dancing the night away while enjoying a great drink is not something we usually tend to associate with a train station. Nonetheless, that’s exactly what you’ll […]
30 August 2023

World’s artists converge on Brussels for latest Cirque du Soleil spectacular

An old favourite is heading back to Brussels this autumn. Cirque du Soleil is back under the big top from September with its latest offering: “Kurios […]
24 August 2023

Brussels nightclub and Focking Sober to promote alcohol and drug free partying

A new concept has emerged in Brussels, where duo Ethelle and Victoria have created the “Focking Sober” collective to promote partying hard without any alcohol and […]
9 August 2023

“Bubble Planet Experience” is Brussels’ newest attraction

Looking for an escape from the ordinary, a departure from the humdrum of everyday life? Brussels’ latest attraction – the enchanting “Bubble Planet Experience” – might […]
21 July 2023

Fake Venice. The copies of Venice around the world

The bridges, the canals, the gongolas, the elegant facades reflecting in the water… No wonder why everybody wants to copy Venice, Italy. Although the charm of […]
14 June 2023

American cities are getting ready for the 2024 total solar eclipse

Next year’s total solar eclipse is already prompting Americans and other travellers to organize their trip to witness the celestial event. After the total solar eclipse […]
8 June 2023

What cities do billionaires like to live in?

Three thirds of the world’s billionaires live in just 15 countries around the world and almost one third live in only 16 cities around the world, […]
11 May 2023

What do retirees like to do for fun?

“I can’t wait to retire” is not a rarely heard statement. After working for so long, many people look forward to the peace and quiet of […]
18 April 2023

Europe’s horniest countries revealed

When going on a holiday abroad, we all have our priorities. Maybe you’re a culture fanatic who likes to visit at least three museums a day, […]
3 April 2023

Chinese colleges urge students to take romantic spring break

Students across nine colleges in China are being given extra vacation time this spring to “fall in love”. China celebrates a one-day national holiday on 5 […]
13 March 2023

Brussels bus 48 with “mysterious destination” goes viral on Twitter

A Brussels bus has made a buzz on social networks after Twitter user John Hyphen shared a message with dubious information. Hyphen’s post asserted that the […]
9 February 2023

5 green spots around Brussels for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day

What to do for Valentine? It’s a question many of us will have to answer in the upcoming days, with February 14th just around the corner. […]
8 February 2023

5 Valentine’s Day activities to try out in Brussels

In just a few days’ time, we’ll be celebrating the most romantic day of the year. Even though Valentine might seem like a commercial feast to […]
8 February 2023

The world’s biggest speed dating event will take place in Brussels amid Valentine’s Day

If you’re single, there are certain days in the year which can feel a little weird or awkward. Take Christmas for example: each and every year, […]
24 January 2023

How to make extra money for your holidays?

It’s mid-January and that means that most of us are struggling a little, financially. Maybe you’re not in real money trouble, at least we hope so, […]