- Created: 13 December 2016 13 December 2016
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Back in the Autumn I was invited to a lovely lunch at the Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell to meet the elegant José Rallo of Donnafugata wines in Siciliy. We tasted six wines from the portfolio, pairing each with a different course.
These are wines of character and there is no one better to present them than José. If you watch the video below you can see that we were serenaded as we tasted.
- Created: 11 December 2016 11 December 2016
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William Blake – mystic visionary, strainer against social convention and author of the leading contender for an English national anthem. A new film, Blake in Sussex, will explore his relationship with landscape, his personal life and his visions. The film makers are Matt Wilmshurst and Tim Day and InDulwich spoke to Matt.
“There is so much to tell about the Blakes,” he says. “Catherine was hugely important to him and without her he may not have survived and flourished”. These two Londoners left their home in Lambeth to spend three years in rural Felpham, near the Sussex coast.
- Created: 09 December 2016 09 December 2016
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“A vicar walks into a pub” sounds like the first line of a joke but this vicar is Revd. David Stephenson and he’s here to build a tradition. For the second year in a row, he’s going to taste the first pint of Sweet Baby Jesus. The pub is the Bullfinch Brewery tap room and the beer is a festive stout made with a whole Christmas pudding and lots of cocoa.
David had just celebrated ten years at All Saints church in West Dulwich and we reckon he had earned his pint. We had two questions. Did the beer hit the spot and what did he make of calling it Sweet Baby Jesus?
- Created: 06 December 2016 06 December 2016
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Australian psychologists recently warned that telling children that Father Christmas brings them presents could cause them to distrust their parents. Pity then, the Icelandic child who is told to put a shoe in the window to receive presents from not one but thirteen visitors. Pity too the parents expected to come up with thirteen gifts before the main event on Christmas Eve. Might this explain why Iceland has the highest use of anti-depressants among OECD countries?
- Created: 04 December 2016 04 December 2016
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Herne Hill’s The 12 Free Films of Christmas kicks off in earnest today. They had a practice run yesterday, showing Dinner For One, a Christmas staple in Germany and several other countries. If you fancy one, just turn up. No tickets, no booking, just first come, first served.
- Created: 02 December 2016 02 December 2016
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In June 2017 Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first major UK exhibition of watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856- 1925), since 1918.
- Created: 30 November 2016 30 November 2016
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I was twelve when the BBC screened The Signalman as its Christmas ghost story and was hooked on the concept. This was my first exposure to this BBC tradition and the Beeb’s first Charles Dickens adaptation, following a run of MR James tales.
These programmes were an echo of the Victorian tradition of fireside ghost stories, best known of which is A Christmas Carol. A goodly chunk of InDulwich’s audience will have read it and seen film versions with Alastair Sim, George C Scott and the Muppets. I reread it last Christmas and then stumbled across it’s much less well known follow up, The Chimes.
- Created: 30 November 2016 30 November 2016
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“Leather.. not fur!”
Life throws up unusual invitations on a regular basis. Last week it was a rap concert in a palace, this week it’s a meeting of the cocktail cognoscenti at the salubrious basement hangout, The Worship Street Whistling Shop in Central London.
This meeting of minds was arranged to sample the merits of South Africa’s newly released premium Cruxland Gin.
- Created: 29 November 2016 29 November 2016
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By Guest Reviewer, Professor Jason Box in Copenhagen
Our Guest Beer is Professor Jason Box, based in Copenhagen and studying the A-Z of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS). Professor Box has been reporting that the GrIS is currently beyond its’ "threshold of sustainability" and is losing ice mass due to global warming at a ferocious rate.
- Created: 27 November 2016 27 November 2016
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Marrakech sits at the feet of the High Atlas mountains, whose snow capped peaks form a natural border between this rich agricultural corner of Africa and the Sahara desert that spreads to the south, imposing itself firstly in the form of rocky arid tinted red Mars like landscape, and eventually giving way to vast sand dunes, only navigable by the ancient Berber and Sahrawi peoples.
Marrakech - the madness
- Created: 14 November 2016 14 November 2016
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On a walk from Guildford to Silent Pool, I discovered that Pewley Down had been donated to Guildford by Friary Brewery. The land had been earmarked for development but in 1920 the brewery decided it should remain a public space and dedicated it to the memory of those who died in World War One. Friary Brewery is long gone but its legacy remains. Perhaps other businesses might be inspired.
- Created: 11 November 2016 11 November 2016
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Autumn demands a comfort beer and Parkin Brown Ale from Bullfinch Brewery fits the bill. First, InDulwich earned its pint by interviewing the affable owner, Ryan Mclean about all things craft beer. In this first clip, he talks about how Bullfinch came to be.
- Created: 08 November 2016 08 November 2016
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Lucian of Samosata’s True History is a delirious read, with nary a true word in it. InDulwich has an interest in beer and wine (as well as literature) and Lucian’s story includes a cracker of a wine tale. But first, he makes a confession; “because I had no matter of verity to employ my pen in (for nothing hath befallen me worth the writing), I turned my style to untruths”. It seems the 2nd century has something in common with the 21st.