Visiting Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds

Mention the word “Belgium” to many and they will still immediately think of two things: frites and beer. Well, two of the country’s most iconic symbols have now been “adopted” by a couple of towns in England – Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. Businessman Rene van den Oort has opened a “Belgian-style” bar, serving speciality Belgian beers, in Bury St Edmunds while a…

Want to improve patient outcomes? Start thinking smaller

Andrew Vorenberg

People recovering from cancer and other types of surgery are being urged to consider a  “simple, tried-and-true” remedy …. chewing gum. Leading physician Andrew J. Vorenberg says “space-age technology” can help but so too can something like gum. “That”, he says, “is because the chewing reflex stimulates the gut and gets the digestive tract moving again,…

Take a trip down Memory Lane at fine Brussels Restaurant

Le Petit Pont

Being able to eat out now, especially without mask wearing and “social distancing”, after all the disruption and turmoil caused by the health pandemic is a real delight. But it’s all the more pleasurable when you come across a place that can boast not just good food but an equally wonderful ambience and décor. One…

Who is Keir Starmer?

Sir Keir Starmer

Lawyer or leader? That’s the question being posed about Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party in the UK. Actually, to be more accurate it is a question asked recently by the country’s PM Boris Johnson, himself under current intense scrutiny about a range of issues, not least of which are the lockdown parties…

Author seeks to shed fresh light on President’s controversial son

Hunter Biden

Earlier this month, President Biden organised a much-publicised conference on “democracy”. It was an event he’d promised on the presidential campaign trail.  The aims were highly laudable, not least as the meeting with the heads of state of Australia, India and Japan was to ensure that “the way in which technology is designed, developed, governed and…

British owner inspires new chapter of historic Belgian football club

Union de Saint Gilles

Whisper it quietly but a quite remarkable sporting story is unfolding in Belgium. At the end of last season, Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, one of the most historic clubs in the country, located in one of Brussels’ 19 communes, was promoted to the top tier of Belgian football. Amazingly, it now stands proudly on top of…

From “Fixer” to top chef – that’s Thierry Vanholsbeek

Momo La Crevette

Thierry Vanholsbeek is arguably the “Mr Fixit” of Belgium cuisine. If there is a problem that needs sorting at a new or relaunched restaurant, the well-connected Thierry is your man. Thierry has forged a career moving around the country trying to provide that much-needed spark to a new business culinary venture. It was Thierry who…

Classic Hearse Is Not Just for Halloween

Some might see it as a dying trade but passion for classic hearses is very much alive and kicking. The funeral car is, of course, normally associated with sad and sorrowful occasions when we bid a final farewell to loved ones. But have you ever wondered what happens to these vehicles when they themselves come…