Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March Networking Events by Expatica @ Espace53, Brussels

This is a great way to meet other internationals living and working in Europe’s capital, enjoy a drink or meal in a majestic building and welcome the weekend.
Expatica would like to invite you to join us for some fun – every Friday in March, after work. Everything you could want to start your weekend well is on hand. Eat, drink, dance, chat, flirt and network – what ever takes your fancy!

Dates: Fridays 6, 13, 20 and 27 March 2009

Location: Espace53 (Autoworld Museum), 11 Parc du Cinquantenaire, 1000 Brussels

Espace53 is located inside the historic buildings of the Autoworld Museum at Parc Cinquantenaire. Parking is fantastic; Merode and Schuman metro stations are but a short walk away.

For more information, please contact:
Chalks Corriette
Sales and Community Development
Expatica Belgium
GSM: 0478.48.20.23

Source: Expatica

St Patrick's Day Parade Brussels 15 March 2009

The first Saint Patrick's Day parade in Brussels was held on Sunday 15 March 2009,
leaving from Parc Cinquantenaire.

Lead By : Parade Grand Marshall, Ghent District Highlanders Pipe Band, Parade “Celtic Queen” and her escort “Charlemagne, Lord Protector”.

Parade Theme : “Green in Europe and Growing”

Photographer Margarita Tuch followed the bands and the face-painters.

Source: Expatica

Monday, March 23, 2009

Flanders Today - FREE English Newspaper in Belgium

No longer are we dependent on the weekly magazine "The Bulletin" for a view on Belgian life in English.

Flanders Today is a weekly newspaper with a wide variety of interesting news items and "What's on" listings across Flanders.

Even better, the newspaper is sent free of charge to anyone in the 27 countries of the European Union. Residents of other countries can subscribe to a weekly ezine.

If you want to receive this weekly newspaper FREE OF CHARGE just send an email to

Night of Darkness - Nacht van de Duisternis 28 March 2009

Light pollution is the adverse effect of excessive and inappropriate artificial light. It brightens the night sky so that stars are invisiable. City children grow up under a hazy orange night sky and few can identify the constellations.

In 2008, 23,000 participated in the annual "Nacht van de Duisternis" across 109 municipalities. Street lighting can be reduced, spotlights on monuments and buildings can be turned off. Many of the big illuminated advertisements are already switched off at night as more and more municipalities take light pollution seriously.

Earth Hour starts at 20h30 when the World Wildlife Fund is hoping that one billion people will turn their lights off for one hour. This would send a strong signal to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

In 2007, Earth Hour began in Sydney when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched their lights off for just one hour. In 2008, 50 million people participated. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome's Colliseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square, new York all plunged into darkness.

In Flanders some places are running special presentations about astronomy or events associated with darkness eg Aalter (presentation on astronomical photography), Beveren-Maas (family treasure hunt by torch light in Cortewalle Casdtle), Bruges (guided darkness walks), Deenderleeuw (evening concert in the candlelit town square), Genk (Planetarium), Gent (Armand Pien Astronomical Observatory), Grimbergen (lecture on light pollution), Kortrijk (guided walks), Rumst (talk on local bats and owls with a country walk and Westerlo(guided walks in the dark). Full details on:

Source: Flanders Today, 18 March 2008

Taalverdediging - Dutch Translations of Common English Business Terms

The militant organization Taalverdediging (Language Defence) have issued a list of good Dutch alternatives for common English terms used in business. Some examples:

baseline - achterlijn
cash cow - omzetdrijver
customer - service klantendienst (not a translation of customer, actually customer service)
database - gegevensbank
e-mail - e-post
feasibility study - haalbaarheidsonderzoek
hard disk - vaste schijf
homepage - thuispagina
input - inbreng
interface - raakvlak
junk mail - plaagpost
screensaver - schermbeveiliger
spreadsheet - rekenblad
trademark - handelsmerk

Source: Flanders Today, 18 March 2009