Back to the Future with a New 19th Century Beer at Bokrijk

It is renowned as Belgium’s best open air museum but now Bokrijk could soon be known for something else: its very own beer. The reason is that the historic Limburg attraction has launched a new beer which is only available at the famous visitor attraction, located in Belgium’s eastern most province. Called “Wildeman”, a 9% strength beer…

What is mineral wool and what are the health concerns? 

Mineral Wool

Concerns have been growing about the health risks of mineral wool (also known as Man-made Vitreous Fibres (MMVF), or by the brand name Rockwool).  A report was published last year that summarised these concerns in terms of health risks to homeowners and those working to install, remove or dispose of mineral wool as an insulation…

Too Much Stress on Holiday? Hang Loose and Take a Ferry.

The overwhelming stress of travelling with children is taking the enjoyment out of holidays for Britain’s parents, as 44% claim it has put them off booking a holiday entirely. In 2018, families with young children went on an average of four holidays, with half being taken abroad. But holidays abroad require a lot of forward…

Loganair Announces New Brussels Service

Scottish regional airline, Loganair has announced it will commence scheduled services from East Midlands Airport, introducing two new routes to Brussels and Inverness, this autumn. Starting on September 2, the airline will begin an early morning and afternoon rotation to Brussels between Monday and Thursday as well as afternoon services on Friday and Sunday. It…

Eurotunnel Upgrades Rolling Stock

Eurotunnel has signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation to renovate nine “PAX” Shuttles. Composed of 254 wagons, each 800-meter long shuttle is made up for passengers’ vehicles with passengers remaining in their vehicles during the 35- minute Channel crossing. In the 25-year period since the opening of the Channel Tunnel, the shuttles have each travelled…

Russia Wastes No Time in Attacking Ukraine after the Presidential Election

The President of the Russian Federation has issued  a decree  offering a simplified procedure for acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This is quite clearly a blatant interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine, and a…

Ukraine Demands Release of Illegally Detained Ships and Servicemen

Black Sea in 2019

Ukraine filed a request in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“ITLOS”) last week seeking provisional relief against the Russian Federation.  The Request seeks the release of the three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen unlawfully seized by the Russian Federation in the Black Sea on 25 November 2018. Under the…

Towards a More Ethical Financial Sector

A major EU vote and a direct call to action from investors with assets worth $1.7 trillion signals the start of a transformation of the financial sector – which could help in delivering on the Paris climate agreement, and prevent human rights abuses. Last week saw historic moves from across both politics and industry, which…

450th Anniversary of Pieter Bruegel Marked By Exhibition in Bokrijk

Are you a fan of Pieter Bruegel, the famous Flemish artist? If so, a new exhibition at a Belgian open air museum will be just for you. 2019 marks the 450th anniversary that Pieter Bruegel the Elder died and to mark the occasion, the Bokrijk open-air Museum near Genk is organising an international exhibition entitled…