If you have five minutes spare, take a look at the Woordentest, or Words Test, a language game designed by researchers at Ghent University. The concept is simple: You’re shown word after word and asked whether it’s a real Dutch word or not. If you’re not happy with your score, just play again. There are 75,000 test words available.
“Every time you think about 1913, you immediately think about 1914,” says Joost Vandommele. Indeed. The start of the First World War not only wiped out the immediate memories of the events in Ghent in 1913, it wiped them out of the collective historical consciousness. “There are people in Ghent now who’ve never even heard of the World’s Fair,” says Vandommele.
About 800,000 fans are expected to head out to cheer on the 208 starters – in 26 teams of eight – whatever the conditions. Indeed, the Ronde has always been associated with terrible weather, and the driving rain, wind and hail have been responsible for helping define the race’s identity.
The contest is organised by Brouwland, a company that specialises in the provision of equipment and materials for the brewing, winemaking and liqueur industries, as well as offering kits for home brewers.
“We’re going in search of the best brewer who does it as a hobby. Professional brewers are not allowed to enter,” explains Stijn Michiels, marketing manager at Brouwland. “The winning team gets 500 litres of their own beer, brewed by a professional brewery. That’s a way of saying thanks to everyone who helped them along the way with a party.”
Three years ago, Sihame El Kaouakibi (pictured) resolved to take street culture off the streets. With an initial grant of €20,000 from Antwerp city council, she organised a series of dirt-cheap summer dance workshops that eventually grew into
Mieke Van Hecke Director-general, Flemish Secretariat
of Catholic Education (VSKO)
As director-general of the VSKO, Mieke Van Hecke is one of the most influential figures in Flemish education, with the organisation representing 64% of primary schools and 75% of secondary schools in Flanders, as well as boarding schools, centres for adult education and university colleges.
Previously, none. But now there’s Collecto, and it’s fulfilling an increasingly important role. Ever more party people and night workers are discovering the advantages of this city-run taxi service, such as fixed prices and flexibility. Last year was the second record year in a row for Collecto, with nearly 116,700 users.
Almost four centuries have passed since the trial, and the idea has become generally accepted that Galilei was a true martyr of science, prosecuted by the Inquisition and, according to many historians, even tortured. Some say that it was not only Galilei who stood trial, but science in general.
At the programme’s annual forum last month, Flemish tourism minister Geert Bourgeois announced that 2012 had been a record year: About 105,000 people went on a trip in Flanders for one or more days thanks to the centre’s intervention. In 2001, the year it began, only 752 people benefited from the service, which was then limited to holidays provided by local social service agencies, such as summer or weekend camps.
Leonidas George Kestekides was a Greek-born chocolatier in New York in the early 20th century. As part of the Greek-American delegation to the 1910 World Fair in Brussels, Leonidas presented his range of chocolate, patisserie, ice cream and sorbets to the fair’s 13 million visitors. The bronze medal he won there marked the beginning of the world-famous brand bearing his name, known for high-quality chocolates at affordable prices.