Guy’s Journey round London’s Pubs Pt 1

Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead Heath Founded in 1582, this Inn is near Kenwood House, and is situated opposite an old toll gatehouse, creating an infamous bottleneck for modern-day traffic. Be careful on the northern side of the road, as you literally need to time your jump round to the entrance with the rate of cars coming behind you if you have walked up form Hampstead. Legenda...
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Early Music for the Festive Season

The churches, concert halls and music schools of this our city and Shire have much to offer in the way of early music during the festive season. These all include at least some pre 17th century music, sometimes amid a mixed programme. THUR 3 DEC, 7.30pm Mediaeval Baebes: Christmas Tour, Of Kings and Angels St James's Church, London http://www.mediaevalbaebes.com FRI 4 DEC, 7...
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Moroni – Masterworks of Renaissance Portraiture

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia   Last week I attended the Royal Academy of Art’s current exhibition of Giovanni Battista Moroni‘s work, which is heralded as “the first UK exhibition of this unsung genius of Renaissance portraiture”. It turned out to be a lovely gem of a show. The paintings’ colour, realism and composition were beautifully rendered, but it i...
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Icelandic Chicken: A Sage, Bacon & Bread-Encased Delight

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia   ~ One shall cut a young chicken in two and wrap about it whole leaves of salvia, and cut up in it bacon and add salt to suit the taste. Then cover that with dough and bake like bread in the oven.  ~   Chicken wrapped in dough, about to be baked.   Possibly the best use ever for fresh sage, I first ate this dish about 15 year...
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The Vikings are here!

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia       The British Museum’s first Viking exhibition in thirty years opened last week and after viewing it, I believe they have more than made up for the absence.   Rather than focusing exclusively on finds from the original lands of the Vikings, the exhibition explores the culture and technology that spanned severa...
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Court & Craft Considered

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia     Last Thursday, TRH Nasr ibn Isa & Eleanor Isabeau d'Autun, HE Robert of Canterbury and myself sojourned to the Courtauld Gallery for 'Court and Craft', a small but intense exhibition based around one particular artefact - a small, early C.14th bag made of brass, inlaid with gold and silver, and finely engraved wit...
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London’s Lost Jewels Explored

by Baronessa Lucrezia-Isabella di Freccia     Last Friday, TE Genevieve Rouge Maunche & Robert of Canterbury and I went on expedition with the Finds Research Group to the Museum of London’s Cheapside Hoard exhibition, “London’s Lost Jewels”. Before visiting the exhibition we were fortunate to be given two lectures & photo shows by members of the museum s...
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