Living in neighbouring countries with close historical ties, the people of the United Kingdom and Belgium have shared over the past decennia many moments of good fortune and happiness, but occasionally also moments of adversity and misfortune. The shared prosperity generated by close economic ties that go back centuries in time is a case in point, as is the strong solidarity demonstrated at both sides of the Channel during times of upheaval. The many commemorations we both continue to celebrate remain to this day a powerful testimony of these bonds in times of prosperity and adversity.
Over the course of last year, it had become clear that the former TLS Contact Visa Application Centre did not meet modern day standards any more. An alternative location for a more suited and modern VAC was found at the Ram Quarter, a new urban development project that converted an old industrial site (the Young’s brewery) in Wandsworth into a residential & shopping zone. Planning and building works on the new VAC started in 2019 and continued all through 2020, delayed of course by the outbreak of the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Vous avez besoin d’un nouveau passeport dans les mois à venir et vous souhaitez faire enregistrer vos données biométriques lors de la visite du Flying Kit à Edimbourg? La visite de représentants de l’Ambassade de Belgique avec le Flying Kit aura lieu les 25 et 26 mars 2020 au Consulat honoraire : 2 West Street, Penicuik EH26 9DL.
Dr Lise Uytterhoeven is Senior Lecturer and Head of Learning and Teaching at London Studio Centre. In September, she was appointed to the role of Director of Dance Studies for London Contemporary Dance School at The Place, a position she will take up as from January next year.
Shortly before the 85th annual Belgian military parade on 13th July, two Belgian warships arrived via the river Thames in London. The Belgian frigate BNS Louise-Marie and the Belgian minehunter BNS Lobelia moored alongside HMS Belfast, the former British Royal Navy Town-class light cruiser, on the Thames to celebrate the Britain-Belgium defense relationship. We had the opportunity to ask the commanders of the vessels a few questions.
Belgian footballer TESSA WULLAERT was born in Tielt in 1993. She currently plays as a striker for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. Her previous clubs include Zulte Waregem, Anderlecht, Standard Liège and VfL Wolfsburg. She moved to the UK a year ago. Last month, we met her in London where she was invited at a debate on the future of women’s football. In the interview below, Tessa talks about her football journey and determination to stand up for what she believes in.