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thousands of poppies at the Menin Gate on Remembrance Day. Photograph: David Bagnall/Alamy Take me there: Ieper, Flanders Why go? Next week sees the start of a long-running series of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the First World War.
a dearth of water, trees, visible life. It is often the scene setting of stillness, loneliness and singularity. With close attention, however, life springs forth in a multi-layered, geographically scattered history.
In the past several weeks, @Homer_Marijuana has really come into its own. Also known as Marijuana Simpson , the Twitter account poses the question: "what if Homer Simpson smoked weed?"...Marijuana Simpson (@Homer_Marijuana) July 2, 2014 At first
The EU leaders will meet June 26 in Ypres, a Belgian town located in the Flemish province of West Flanders, for a commemoration ceremony to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the WWI, Xinhua quoted the agenda unveiled by the EU as saying. During
Commission for Relief in Belgium, by Floris Jespers, part of the exhibition at the M-Museum. Photograph Stanford, Hoover Institution, Stanford University/De Wit With commemorations to mark the centenary of the start of the first world war now under
A peasant is not a disparaging word in Flanders, it simply means a provincial, someone for whom Brussels will forever remain some dubious place of perdition situated abroad. Born in 1970 in the town of Mortsel, province of Antwerp, Bart De Wever is
Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Ruppo submitted on Monday the resignation of his cabinet to King Phillippe. Di Ruppo, whose government will have a caretaker capacity until a new administration is formed, saw his Socialists being defeated by the
Sunday for a new national parliament, amid fears that a fresh political stalemate may be in the making for the fissured country. The last federal elections in 2010 left Belgium without a government for a world-record 541 days, because of a rift
Like the poppies, and perhaps a trip to the cemetery and quiet prayers for the fallen and maybe a nod to Lt...There are still some who know about McCrae and what the poppies mean...He knows. "I was out with the poppies the other day at Union Station,"
The families enjoying Ostend's beaches last weekend did not seem overly concerned about Belgium's potential political meltdown just a week away. Some sipped from beer cans emblazoned with the national football team one of the few things uniting the