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Brussels: Politics, Architecture, Beer & Smurfs

Blogger Erik describes his trip to Brussels over Christmas.

Gothic rock and how many guitars did Eric Clapton give away?

Brussels lies at the crossroad of the Germanic culture from the north and the Romance of the south, and the architecture is a testament to the ever-changing guardians over the centuries of war. The gothic Main Square with the Townhouse and the nearby buildings, one of them housing a Hard Rock Cafe, express the quintessence of the style. Let's call it gothic rock.

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Super Bowl or Six Nations? The Best Places to Watch Both in London

Hot dogs vs beef pies. Budweiser vs ale. There is an eternal battle of cultures between the US and UK, and this weekend we can add another to the list- American football vs rugby.

On Sunday night, it is of course the Super Bowl, but before then the Six Nations kicks-off on Saturday afternoon. Luckily for everyone involved, they don't clash, so you don't need to choose between two of the biggest sporting events from either side of the pond.

Instead, embrace both, choose a couple of venues and enjoy an unbeatable sporting weekend. To help you out, we've gathered together some of the best venues in London for you to watch at.

Super Bowl XLVIII

Sunday 2nd February, UK kick-off 11.25pm

Ok so it is on a Sunday night and doesn't start until almost midnight, but it is only once a year. Prepare for raucous, boozy, foody fun.

Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes

Where? Tavistock Hotel, Bedford Way, WC1H
When? 7pm-4am
Tickets £8 in advance - More Here 

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And the Person of the Year 2013 Is…

Last week we asked you who you thought was the Person of the Year in 2013. ForeignStudents.com writer Erik created a shortlist of eight names and we asked you to vote. The response was great and there were two clear frontrunners from the very beginning. On the very final day of voting, Angela Merkel was just pipped to the post by our winner... Malala Yousafzai.

Here Erik Redli takes a look at the very worthy winner.

Malala Yousafzai: Person of the Year 2013

Most kids would probably prefer it if the government banned school and some wouldn't even mind too much if the buildings exploded. Last year, a 15-years old student in Tennessee even set his teacher on fire. Most pupils don't recognize the value of compulsory, free education. Actually, school should not teach, but show how to learn.

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The 5 Films Tipped for Oscars Glory

The Golden Globes kicked off the movie awards season yesterday as part of the long build up to the Oscars on 2nd March. Often seen as a marker for the films likely to do well at the Academy Awards, we've gathered together five of the favourites for the big awards.

12 Years a Slave

Tipped for:  - Best Film (favourite)
   - Best Director - Steve McQueen (second favourite)
   - Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor (favourite)
   - Best Supporting Actor - Michael Fassbender (second favourite)
   - Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o (favourite)
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Blue Monday: 7 Reasons Today is the Most Depressing Day of the Year

Today (Monday 6th January) has been dubbed Blue Monday after research has placed it as the most depressing day of 2014. We think we know why...

 

1. Christmas tree graveyards

You leave the house and the first thing you see is stacks of sad looking Christmas trees thrown out on the street. A brutal way to realise the Festive season is well and truly over.

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