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Bottoms up in Belgium: Seeking the High Points of the Low Land
Bottoms up in Belgium: Seeking the High Points of the Low Land
by Alec Le Sueur
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Bottoms up - raise your glasses too!, 14 April 2014
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Excellent, witty, pithy guide of his life in Belgium from a Brit who moved there and married a Belgian woman.


Time Out Lisbon 5th edition
Time Out Lisbon 5th edition
by Time Out Guides Ltd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Lisbon the Navigator, 7 Mar 2014
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Excellent, well set-out guide which covers all the areas of information I need for my trip to Lisbon in March 2014.
Good maps and street index. Good restaurant and café tips.


Stabat Mater
Stabat Mater
Price: £12.01

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondergul rendition of an unfairly-neglected work, 11 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Stabat Mater (Audio CD)
Superb singing as one would expect from Collegium Vocale under St. Philippe de Herreweghe.
This work deserves to be heard more often - buy this CD and hear why.


The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent
The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent
by Matthew Rice
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Potteries: the land that time forgot, 5 Jan 2011
It takes an outsider to write a book such as this, looking for and finding the treasures of the Potteries which seemingly go unseen by the inhabitants themselves. The description of the "Six Towns" is excellent and the colour drawings (no photos) beautifully evocative, making the reader want to explore. The author is married to the owner of a pottery but the endpaper states that they live in Oxford and Norwich: in other words, as far away from Stoke-on-Trent as possible! A "must" for every exile such as me and a "must" for anyone with an interest in industrial archaeology.


The Paul van Nevel & the Huelgas Ensemble Collection
The Paul van Nevel & the Huelgas Ensemble Collection

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Labyrinth, 29 July 2010
"A Secret Labyrinth" is a compilation of the first 15 CDs released in 1990-1998 by the Belgian-based Huelgas Ensemble. Huelgas is a choral group of around 20 unaccompanied singers, specialising in Early Music (Middle Ages to Renaissance), mainly religious themes, written by obscure or unknown composers such as Agricola, Riquafort and Ciprio de Rore. The Ensemble sings under the mercurial baton of Paul van Nevel, a leading interpreter and historian of Early Music.
Whether as an introduction to Early Music, or to journey further, this compilation is a "must", at a very competitive price.A Secret Labyrinth
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The Clatter of Forks and Spoons: Honest, Happy Food
The Clatter of Forks and Spoons: Honest, Happy Food
by Richard Corrigan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encourage Mr. Corrigan, 2 Feb 2009
"The Clatter of Forks and Spoons: Honest, Happy Food" sums up top Irish chef Richard Corrigan's attitude to food in general, and life in a wider context.

His happy, self-sufficient Irish farmhouse upbringing gave him the building blocks for the treatment of food in his restaurants in Dublin and London. (As someone fortunate enough to eat at his new restaurant, Corrigan's in Mayfair, in December 2008, I can report it is a triumph of simple food prepared, cooked and served extremely well, without fuss at very reasonable prices.)

Another cook book in a field already overladen with the genre? Yes, and thank you for it! It is as much philosophy as recipes, well-illustrated with grainy photos; a book which will give pleasure both to the cook and the comsumer who is more interested in consumption than preparation.


100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die!
100 Belgian Beers to Try Before You Die!
by Tim Webb
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beer book which has found its time and niche, 2 Dec 2008
"100 Belgian beers to try before you die" is at once opinionated, witty, informative and one of the best books on beer (Belgian or not) published for several years.

The format is easy on the eye, with the beers well described; sometimes there are as many as five beers from the same brewery (Cantillon in Brussels and Dupont in Hainault take the honours here), while the new-brewer-on-the-block, the Senne Brewery, is represented by their three best beers - an astonishing achievement for a new brewery which has only brewed for two years.

Listings of UK and USA beer importers, and information on visiting Belgian breweries are all helpful. The "head of the glass" for me is the stunning photography: not the photos of bottles and other "easy" shots, which anyone with a digital camera can take these days, but the really atmospheric double-page "action" photos of the interiors of La Porte Noire, Moeder Lambic and Deliriumcafé in Brussels: photos of the very highest quality, taken in specialist "temples of beer" of equally high quality.

Beer fans with long (or out-dated) memories will look in vain for commercial or industrial beers. Hence no beers from the people who put the Grim into Grimbergen, nor the highway Brigands, while In-Bev is, of course, not at all listed as they gave up brewing beer a long time ago.
Authors Joris Pattyn and Tim Webb have shown that there is life after Leffe, and the reader will surely be encouraged to order NOT their usual beer, but one of the hundred beers recommended in this book - maybe a beer fresh, hoppy, spritzy and full-flavoured; words which well describe the book itself.


All Belgian Beers
All Belgian Beers
by Hilde Deweer
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of body, but no head and no soul, 19 Nov 2008
This review is from: All Belgian Beers (Hardcover)
This book is a big, scholarly tome - which is at once its advantage (for beer geeks) but also its disadvantage for anyone trying to find out the real character of these beers.

The author, it is said here in Belgian beer circles, is not herself a beer-drinker, which is surely a disadvantage in writing such a book. She has no track record or profile on the Belgian beer scene (books, magazine articles, TV ...) and it reads like a dry academic treatise. There is no pleasure in this book, however worthy her intentions.

To really understand the character and flavour of the best Belgian beers, the book "100 Belgian beers to try before you die" by Joris Pattyn and Tim Webb (also sold by Amazon) is essential reading and much more user-friendly, lavishly-illustrated, and written by beer-lovers who ... are just that.


Three Tenors: Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti In Concert [1990] [DVD] [2000]
Three Tenors: Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti In Concert [1990] [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Josť Carreras
Price: £9.99

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody slept that night at the Caracalla Baths ...., 7 Sep 2004
This was the first appearance by the "Three Tenors" - Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Placido Domingo - and was to lead to many more such "gala" nights in the next ten years. Yet it was purely by chance that BBC TV soccer commentator Gerald Sinstadt, looking for suitable music to introduce the BBC's 1990 World Cup coverage in Italy, decided on Puccini's "Nessum Dorma", in the version sung by Pavarotti. This inspired choice led to the concept of the "Three Tenors" concerts.
In his youth, the big man was a soccer player, and played in goal for Modena before choosing a singing career. All three singers are self-confessed soccer fanatics.
However, Carreras was recovering from leukemia and had not been expected to sing again. He had no money and it's an open secret that this concert was to help get him back on his feet. The three tenors came together at the Caracalla Baths, an open-air site just outside Rome, and gave a performance which was as joyful and vibrant as the 1990 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina had been limp and turgid.
Old and new favourites, operatic and musical (including the soccer anthem "You'll Never Walk Alone" from 'Carousel'), Italian and Neopolitan songs under the baton of Zubin Mehta - this concert lit the blue touchpaper and we've been admiring the "Three Tenors" ever since. Sound quality is better on later versions but that is to be expected.
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