Category: General

Museum Prisnenhof – Enlightening Exhibition, Delft, Netherlands

All right, let’s talk about the Prinsenhof. This translates as ‘Court of the Prince’. It was built in the Middle Ages originally intended to be a monastery. Later it served as the home of William the Silent, a prominent figure in Dutch Politics. William of Orange, as he is more commonly known,  was the “main leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648) and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581.” (Wikipedia) Interestingly, William of Orange was murdered in this building. The bullet holes from the...

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Stads-Koffyhuis – Outstanding Lunch, Delft, Holland

After being inspired by the Pieter de Hooch exhibition at the Prisenhof museum, the gang and I took lunch at Stads Koffyhuis (which is as fun to pronounce as it is to write). This place is situated on one of Delft’s more picturesque canals. We were granted the finest table with a view of the canal. Koffyhuis is renown for its award winning sandwiches, having won best sandwich in Holland for several non-consecutive years. Firstly let me tell you about this cup of coffee. The Delft Leut, containing hot milk, strong espresso and milk foam, served in a tall...

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The Twisted Barrel – Top Ale Brewery & Tap House, Fargo Village, Coventry

One doesn’t go to Coventry as often as they should. This exceptional city is close to my heart and home to many hidden wonderful. One such gem is Fargo Village. Tucked away in a dangerous part of town, this creative hub hosts some of the most exceptional drinkeries in town. Twisted Barrel Ale exists to create great tasting beer for great people. Our working brewery at FarGo Village opens it’s doors to the public each week to bring you the freshest, most local beer in Coventry. Fargo Village Stepping in, one can see to their left a set of...

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The Merchant House – Marlborough’s Only Museum

There are a lot of cultured people living in Marlborough. Half of them can even spell the name of their home town. But this culture, this vast knowledge of art and which regional wine is most delectable with their Waitrose Essential Slab Of Expensive Meat, this exacting other-worldy insight into just the right shade of red trousers to wear, is external. There is only one museum in Marlborough, the Merchant House. Matthew and I had the expensive pleasure of visiting it with his delightful friend Amber. Thomas Bayly, a silk mercer and prominent Marlborough citizen (twice Mayor), ran his...

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The Royal Scam – Steely Dan, AOTM October 2019

Rolling Stones Magazine cleverly point out that The Royal Scam’s tracks, with the exception of ‘The Fez’, concern escape from some recently committed crime or other. The subject of outlaws drug dealers and cheaters is rich for exploration and Steely Dan do so immaculately. This was one of the most enjoyable albums of the month to date. The sheer variety and innovative sound which expanded on an already great roster of albums (this being their fifth) created something truly special. But the Dan’s outlaws are also moral ones, guilt-ridden over comparatively minor sins. (Last time out, remember, Katy’s chief...

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