Monthly Archives: May 2008

Little blue men As the Smurfs turn 50, Renée Cordes reports on the everlasting appeal of the little blue creatures made in Belgium What do you call a group of 100 adorable blue-skinned fellows, each measuring three apples tall and living in mushroom houses in the middle of the forest? The […]

Little Blue Men

Our pick of restaurants, hotels and events from the cities of Belgium BED DOWN The Pand Hotel16 Pandreijte, Bruges In this most romantic of Belgian cities it’s hard to find a more appropriate place to stay than the Pand Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in a renovated 18th-century carriage house. […]

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BELGIAN BROWSER Belgium’s cities have plenty of attractions for travellers to take in. Here’s our pick of hotels, restaurants and events TEXT GARY HILLS EATING OUT Brasserie de l’Alliance400 Rue Alphonse Allard, Braine l’Alleud L’Alliance has quickly built a reputation for its robust Belgian-French menu with healthy-sized portions of classic meat, […]

Belgian Browser

The Essential Guide to Africa. Part 2. Updated 2020. IVORY COAST ABIDJAN Population (Ivory Coast): 17,655,000Currency: CFA francAverage temp. (May-Jun): 26.5ºC COUNTRY CODE FOR IVORY COAST +225 Abidjan’s skyscrapers and modern infrastructure used to be legendary in West Africa, and the city’s reputation for riches attracted thousands of immigrants from across the region. Today, […]

Essential Africa. Part 2

Youthful enterprise They may be young, but the staff at Nairobi-based Shinda are showing what the kids are really capable of, as Victoria Averill discovers The cacophony of downtown Nairobi pours through the 15th floor window of Corner House as 18-year-old Benson Osinyo perches on a stool and adds the finishing touches […]

Youthful Enterprise

Business Browser Every issue we review businesses, products and meet people behind key organisations across our network. ORGANISATION TO KNOW SAFARICOM is the largest telecommunications company in Kenya with close to 10m subscribers, or 80% of the country’s mobile market. Incorporated in 1997, it is also the most profitable company […]

Business Browser

SOS Children’s Villages SOS Children’s Villages – giving children hope SOS Children’s Villages is a worldwide social development NGO set up by Austrian doctor Herman Gmeiner just after the Second World War Its aim is to help children orphaned by war, famine or disease, as well as children whose parents […]


Would You Put Your BABY on the Catwalk? Damon Syson and his daughter Ava negotiate the dog-eat-dog world of baby modelling After a series of successful campaigns for top high street stores, my daughter Ava has just terminated her modelling career. We phoned her agency and told them she was resigning. […]

Baby Modelling

Doing it for Kids Planning a holiday in Africa with the kids in tow? Kate Thomas seeks out the best places for family fun There was a time when holidays with children were limited to family resorts in the Med but, as Africa develops, there are plenty of exciting and safe options […]

Doing it the for kids

Knowledge is Power As educational initiatives spring up all over Africa, Daniel Kalinaki looks at the impact they are having and what they still have to achieve It’s a bright Monday morning in Busia, eastern Uganda, and Philemon Ouma is on his way to school. Although the 15-year-old is only in primary […]

Knowledge is power