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AA Gill & British Pubs

In Books, Food, UK by tony3 Comments

Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  1 December 2020 AA Gill & British Pubs AA Gill & Jeffrey Steingarten Two wonderful food writers are the late AA Gill, UK and Jeffrey Steingarten, USA. Both have a unique voice and have brought something special to ‘foodie’ writing. Both writers have created a persona, which whilst probably not true adds something immeasurable to …

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Johannes Vermeer Paintings

In Travel, Art, The Netherlands by tony2 Comments

Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  13 April 2020  Johannes Vermeer Paintings (1632-1675) Personal Background In my last article International Peasant Foods, I spoke of a trip from Canada down through Mexico and South America, which included two-and-a half weeks in New York. From this article and the one on Winnipeg food you may have gathered that I was a conventional …

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The Second Coming WB Yeats

In The rest, Books, Ireland by tony1 Comment

Featured Image: WB Yeats, Poetry Foundation from Chicago History Museum    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 February 2018 The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats — a muse on literature Prologue Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death. Horseman, pass by! Epitaph on Yeats grave, Drumcliff, County Sligo When I was living in Derry, I stopped at Yeats’ grave …

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Bosch 500th Centenary Exhibition, The Prado 2016

In Travel, Art, Spain by tonyLeave a Comment

   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  4 November 2016  The two 500th year Bosch Exhibitions in the Netherlands and Spain Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius, Noordbrabants Museum, Den Bosch, Netherlands from 13 February to 8 May 2016. Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition, Museo del Prado, Madrid from 31 May to 11 September 2016. Introduction, controversy and a little spite We’ve got to take …

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Dog Story

In The rest, Travel, UK by tony4 Comments

Featured image: Jack, Dukie and Denise    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  20 September 2016 Doggie Tails Original title, which I much prefer. House-sitting, Buckinghamshire, UK Setting The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment in South East England. We were house-sitters in two locations here in Buckinghamshire during the summer of 2014. The first place we spent one week, had a …

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AirBNB Adventures 1: Italy & Sicily 2012

In Travel, Italy by tony2 Comments

Featured image: View of Ortygia Island, the historical centre of Syracuse, Sicily    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  25 May 2016 AirBNB Adventure 1: Florence to Syracuse, Italy & Sicily 2012 Introduction In thinking about this series, I decided to contact all my previous AirBNB hosts to ask whether they were still active and wanted to be identified specifically or …

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Giulia Enders, Gut

In The rest, Germany, Books by tony2 Comments

   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 21 February 2016 Introduction Giulia Enders Gut: the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ 2015. Enders honesty about herself in the beginning of her Foreward is astonishing and endearing. I was born by caesarean section, she says and goes on to say that she couldn’t breast feed and was lactose intolerant until the age …

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Postcard from The Rock of Cashel

In Travel, Ireland by tonyLeave a Comment

Featured image: The Rock of Cashel, Old Tower, 1101    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  24 January 2016 Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Vienna, Lake Tabourie, Tongariro Crossing, Tupare Garden. The Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland Introduction We left the fancy penthouse, we’d stayed in for two nights on the Quayside in Dublin and headed West on 18 September 2014. Cashel …

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Luhmühlen Horse Trials 2014

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Featured image: Lucinda Fredericks AUS Flying Finish, Jump 5 ICE-VIBE Oxer, Luhmühlen 2014    Breadtag Sagas ©: Authors Denise & Tony,  25 November 2015    Luhmühlen CCI**** Three-Day Event 12-15 June, 2014    Introduction to the sport    Having covered an esoteric sport in Addicted to Sumo too a few weeks ago, Tony thought it was time to cover another: also …

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What travel costs 6: Dubrovnik, Croatia

In Croatia, Travel by tony2 Comments

Featured photo: Old City of Dubrovnik, walls & Lokrum Island    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  26 August 2015    This is the second country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our holiday to Croatia immediately on quitting Germany. Adria Adventure, Dubrovnik and the …

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What travel costs 5: Germany

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Featured photo: Newly sown field near Großenkneten    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  15 August 2015    This is the first country breakdown of our trip to Europe from 22 April to 6 December 2014. What travel costs 4 covered the whole trip. The current article covers our house-sitting in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) from 25 April to 28 June 2014. …

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What travel costs 4: eight months in Europe

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 30 July 2015    Trip to Europe, April to December 2014. Background Denise and I travelled to Europe on 22 April 2014 and returned on the evening of 6 December. Our trip in Europe lasted just less than 8 months (226 days). One of the reasons for going was to undertake some house-sitting internationally and to …

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Hieronymus Bosch painter, 1450-1516

In Art, The Netherlands by tony1 Comment

    The featured image is The Garden of Earthly Delights 1500-05 Triptych: Central panel 220×195 cm; wings each 220×97 cm, Madrid    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  7 July 2015     Introduction and biography    My interest in Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516) is primarily as an artist. I have used his grotesque human beings, nightmare visions, strange beasts and creatures of evil …

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Postcard from Vienna: Michaelerplatz sculpture

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   Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  28 June 2015 Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Rock of Cashel, Lake Tabourie, Tongariro Crossing, Tupare Garden. Trip to Europe 7 September to 8 December 2007    Going back to Vienna in 2007 seems like a time capsule to me, and it’s not long ago. I’d read John Irving’s first novel Setting free the bears years …

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British Food — an appraisal of the middle

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    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony  May 2015    Trip to the UK 16 July to 16 September 2014    In Britain or in far-flung outposts around the world in what either used to be the British Empire or in countries influenced by Britain, one meets the British. And when the conversation turns to food, the Brits inevitably bore you about how …