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Talking to Festival Director Geoff Thompson, we cover the effects of Covid-19 on the film industry, languages from the British Isles and jam making! Geoff Thompson moved from Dublin to Luxembourg over 30 years ago. In that time, amongst many other things, he set up the British and Irish Film Festival. Now in its 12th year, we reflect on how Covid a…
 
Cédric Gantzer from CGDIS talks to Lisa Burke about the emergency services in Luxembourg, what they do and how to help. Have you heard of CGDIS? Perhaps the summer floods brought this acronym to the fore. It stands for Corps Grand-Ducal d'Incendie et de Secours; Luxembourg Fire and Rescue Corps. Cédric Gantzer, Chef de département for the Director …
 
Chatting with Tim Pauly from the Luxembourg Police, we learn how to protect ourselves and our homes from criminals, from burglary to cyber crime. Tim Pauly, a First Commissaire with the Grand Duchy's Police Department, has worked as a police officer for 20 years: the first fifteen in uniform as a patrol officer and the last five in the national pre…
 
PISA is a show which explores science and history across Luxembourg, now available in English on RTL Today. Olivier Catani co-presents PISA with Joseph Rodesch. Together they probe how things work, the research taking place in Luxembourg and explain various historical sites across the country. Olivier has been working with RTL for 15 years. Alongsi…
 
School holidays can be the perfect time to explore activities such as science clubs and centres in Luxembourg. Joseph Rodesch, more commonly known as 'Mr. Science', and Dr. Michèle Weber talk us through what's on offer to engage young minds with science in Luxembourg. The Natural History Museum in Luxembourg is a great place to start, offering work…
 
"We have no immediate say on house prices, except for public affordable housing" says Mike Mathias, Premier Conseiller for Deputee Henri Kox Housing is an issue that straddles many ministries. Mike Mathias explains the jigsaw to us, and where the Ministry of Housing fits; what they can achieve. He also explains the two arms of housing: capital mark…
 
Speaking with Sandrine de Vuyst from ING Bank, Lisa continues her housing mini-series. When looking at the house or apartment prices in Luxembourg, normally one also needs to consider a mortgage. Have you ever wondered what a bank looks for when you apply? Well, Sandrine de Vuyst, Head of Retail and Private Banking at ING, discusses just that. It's…
 
Peter Kleijnenburg and Karin Waringo talk about the loss of Luxembourg's architectural heritage. Peter Kleijnenburg set up the facebook group "Luxembourg Under Destruction - Mir wëllen hale wat mir hunn" in 2019 after witnessing so many beautiful homes being demolished. Prior to that, he had started taking photos in 2014 of the destruction. Karin W…
 
Jacques Vandivinit, Director of Fonds du Logement, one of the largest social housing initiatives in Luxembourg talks about who can apply & what they offer. If you don't already own a home anywhere else in the world, if you are registered to live in Luxembourg, and if your income is low, you can apply for social housing with Fonds du Logement. They …
 
Continuing our series on housing, here we discuss the net return to the investor after all the costs and taxes have been considered. The four major drivers for understanding the Luxembourg Buy-to-Let market are: - Gross rental yield (not very high) - Property appreciation (has been very high - will it continue apace?) - Leverage the use of your dep…
 
We've seen house prices suddenly hike year on year since 2018. Why? Will this trend continue? What are the effects of COVID on the housing market? From 2010 to 2017, there was a price rise of 4.5 to 5%. Since 2018 it's been 10-15% per annum. Why? Well, we try to figure that out in this discussion. Then, we've also had COVID where one might think th…
 
Tackling one of the most topical subjects in Luxembourg - the housing market. In my first podcast of this mini-series, we discuss how to buy a home. Why buy in Luxembourg? Over the last decade, house prices in Luxembourg have soared. It's been an incredibly dynamic market. Lucky for you if you bought before 2018, but since then the percentage incre…
 
Pia Libicka-Regulska, Martyna Adamska and Gosia Kramer join Lisa to celebrate the centenary of formal relations between Poland and Luxembourg. It might surprise you to learn that Luxembourg is actually the third-largest direct investor in Poland, with over €24 billion invested in 2019, and commercial exchange exceeded €750 million. I’m joined by th…
 
Esmée Chengapen, Sophie Seale + Drew Puxty lend their expert thoughts to the roots of addiction, necessary compassion for healing + lack of support in Lux Esmée Chengapen, Sophie Seale + Drew Puxty lend their expert thoughts to the roots of addiction, to view it with 'soft eyes and a compassionate heart', and how Luxembourg can't serve the need for…
 
Professor Dr Ulf Nehrbass, CEO of the Luxembourg Institute of Health, discusses new ways of thinking about disease and medical research. Ulf Nehrbass has become a relatively famous scientific face in Luxembourg due to his role as an advisor to the government on COVID-19 strategies. We touch on COVID in this conversation, but recognising a general e…
 
David Bernstein, Elisabeth Bloxam & Caroline Mirkes were all recent Fulbright alumnae to / from Luxembourg. They share their transformative experiences. If you go through the who’s who of Luxembourg’s heavy-hitters and glitterati, there will be a number who were Fulbright Scholars to America. This cultural and educational scholarship offers strong …
 
LuxAI, a spin-off company from the University of Luxembourg, design social robots to help families with autistic children. Here, Lisa talks to co-founder Dr. Aida Nazarikhorram and John McCahill. Dr. Aida Nazarikhorram and her husband created LuxAI in 2016 to merge her medical experience with his AI and robotics knowledge. They had come to Luxembou…
 
Sacred Heart University Luxembourg opened in 1991. Offering part-time evening classes and full-time MBAs with internships. The ethos is to serve its students future plans and Luxembourg's desire to retain talent. Antoine Rech, Head of Campus of the Luxembourg branch of Sacred Heart University (USA), talks to Lisa Burke about what an MBA means, and …
 
Aged between 12 + 18? Have an idea you want to share with the world? TEDxLuxembourgCity is launching an Education arm and wants one special speaker! Dirk Daenen is back again, now working with the Ministry of Education, to bring TEDxLuxembourgCityEducation to life and is looking for a student aged 12-18 to be on stage with their idea. If you are a …
 
Today, we’re concluding our long-running focus on Luxembourg before the Grand Duchy. We’ll look at life in the early County of Luxembourg; delve into how Luxembourg was governed at the local level; and explore whether the 18th century really was a Golden Age for Luxembourg. We hope you enjoy the podcast.…
 
Dr Salima Aarab talks about the family's role in eating disorders, why they're starting earlier and how Luxembourg is growing to support these concerns. Last week I spoke with Diana Reid, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and Claudia de Boer, a psychologist and psychotherapist. On listening to that podcast, Dr. Salima Aarab contacted me as she w…
 
Here at the Luxembourg History Podcast, we never want to upset you... but welcome to the penultimate episode of our first series. Today, we’re taking a look at the Habsburg Dukes and Duchesses of Luxembourg. We’ll cover how Luxembourg fell into Habsburg hands; how the Spanish Habsburgs suffered terribly from inbreeding; and how the Austrian Habsbur…
 
The global pandemic has seen a rise in eating disorders being diagnosed and there's no clinic in Luxembourg to treat people. Speaking with Diana Reid, a registered dietitian nutritionist, and Claudia de Boer, a psychologist and psychotherapist, we discuss the complex variety of eating disorders and how we can help either ourselves or those we care …
 
The nickname 'Gibraltar of the North' doesn't sound all that impressive these days, but back in the 18th century... ...it was about as fine a compliment as you could possibly give. Today on the LHP, we’re seeking to explain why Luxembourg became such a strategically important military fortress in early modern history. We’ll look into the origins of…
 
We discuss the European Baccalaureate and Lycee Michel Lucius. The European Baccalaureate is now offered by more state schools than the two European Schools. What is the EB? We also focus on the more established Lycee Michel Lucius and their path to iGCSEs and 'A' levels. In this second episode focusing on secondary education choices in Luxembourg,…
 
Rare disease affects more people than cancer and AIDS combined - 300 million people worldwide, 30,000 in Luxembourg. Rare Disease Day is 28 February and unites a global community of families and organisations affected by and focused on how to help those with rare disease and their caregivers. I spoke with Cristol O’Loughlin, Founder & CEO of ANGEL …
 
Anyone else like the sound of Luxembourg ruling Europe? At the LHP, we certainly do. That's right - today, we’re looking at the dramatic rise and fall of the House of Luxembourg. We’ll examine how the orphaned Henry VII ended up becoming Holy Roman Emperor, how the House reached its apogee of power under Charles IV, and how it all fell apart during…
 
Lisa explores the difference between 'A' levels and the IB diploma programme, plus the years leading up to that. Education is always of concern to parents. When we move from country to country, educational choices can become more confusing. Choosing a secondary school with / for your children at the age or 10 or 11 is not easy given the variance in…
 
Today, we’re going right back to the start, to explore medieval Luxembourg. We'll investigate Luxembourg before Luxembourg, hear about some of the myths surrounding the founding of the castle in 963, and tell some of the more interesting stories of the early County of Luxembourg.
 
With so many organisations to join, why consider joining the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg? Chairman Daniel Eischen and council-member Darren Robinson talk about the British Chamber of Commerce for Luxembourg's (BCC's) diversity, need for constant evolution and the value of its network. With Brexit-related business issues an increasing…
 
And other stories from Cécile Somers-Lee: translator, voice-over artist, writer and poet. A doyenne of the advertising sphere of IP Luxembourg, Cécile Somers-Lee chews the cud with Lisa Burke where they discuss all sorts from a burning baby's bottom to voice being the conduit for the soul!
 
Today, after a series of episodes on Luxembourg's most famous emigrants, we’re turning the tables and looking at the story of immigration to Luxembourg. We’ll look at the first modern wave of immigration in the late 19th century, hear aboutIt the arrival of the Portuguese in the 1970s, and delve into government statistics to find out more about rec…
 
Lawyer Vincent Wellens talks to Lisa about 'Accidental Americans' and how it fits into a bigger picture of differences in data protection between countries Some Europeans born in the U.S. but with no further ties there are finding it hard to open bank accounts and get mortgages in Europe due to a tax law President Obama brought into force in 2010 c…
 
Today, we’re returning to Chicago, to continue our study of the impact of Luxembourg’s emigrants to the United States. We’ll be looking in depth at the lives of four individuals of Luxembourgish descent: a police officer, a rabbi, a tennis player, and the man behind US Flag Day.
 
The National Young Scientists (Jonk Fuerscher) competition is now open (ages 11-21) so get your entries in before 12 February! The Young Scientists Foundation Luxembourg is entering its 50th year. A great way to get involved in the scientific method of rational thinking is to enter this competition, where everyone is a winner! Even though the title…
 
Today, we’re exploring a new theme, focusing on the history of Luxembourgish emigration. We’ll look at why in the 19th century, Luxembourgers left the Grand Duchy in great numbers; how their expeditions to South America largely failed; and how many did eventually come to settle in the United States, creating a Luxembourg-American community which ex…
 
CEO of Luxembourg For Finance, Nicolas Mackel, chats to Lisa Burke about the importance of the financial sector here. Nicolas Mackel, a career diplomat, has temporarily side-stepped (for the last 7 years) into running Luxembourg for Finance, which serves the financial sector of Luxembourg. In this conversation he talks about the importance of the f…
 
Florence Lemeer-Wintgens and Solveig Ellefsen are two ladies who dared to career hop 'mid-life. Florence Lemeer-Wintgens and Solveig Ellefsen swopped from working as executive PAs to something completely different 'mid-life', but something much more aligned with what fulfilled them. The curve-balls of life hit most of us at some point. Apart from t…
 
This week's episode of The Oatcast blows the lid off one of the world's most massive and longest-running conspiracies. Music in this episode by Kevin MacLeod and Purple Planet. Thanks to Josh Oudendijk, Andy and John Nicol, and everyone else who lent their voices to this weeks episode. Do you know anything about the mysteriously missing oat histori…
 
Today, we’re concluding our look at Luxembourg and the Second World War. We’ll look at how Luxembourg was liberated, zoom in on the events of Liberation Day in the outskirts of the capital, and hear how parts of Luxembourg were re-occupied by the Nazis during the Battle of the Bulge.
 
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