Adventure on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie

By Stuart Maconie

Everybody talks approximately 'Middle England'. occasionally they suggest anything undesirable, like a lynch mob of day-by-day Mail readers, and infrequently they suggest whatever stable, like a pint of ale in a sleepy Cotswold village in summer time twilight. yet simply the place and what's heart England? Stuart Maconie didn't understand both, so he packed his Thermos and sandwiches and trigger to discover out...

Is center England approximately culture and decency or closed minds and bigotry? Is it maypoles and evensong, or flooded industry cities and binge drinkers within the park? And is Slough fairly as undesirable as Ricky Gervais and John Betjeman make out? From Shakespeare to JK Rowling, Vaughan Williams to Craig David, William Morris to B&Q, Stuart Maconie leads the excursion, with lots of stop-offs for tea and scones, to find the reality.

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Jacob Hooij Kloveniersburgwal 10 T 020/624 3041. Mon 1–6pm, Tues–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm. In business at this address since 1778, this is a traditional homeopathic chemist P L A C E S The Old Centre city’s poshest pen shop, with an excellent selection of pens and writing accessories. German soldiers from shopping on the ground floor, where the store’s Jewish employees were concentrated, as they always had been, in the luxury goods section. Nowadays it’s good for clothes, accessories and kids’ stuff.

The rest of the house is similarly untouched, its original furnishings reminiscent of interiors by Vermeer or De Hooch. The Amstelkring Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 1–5pm. e7. A few metres north of the Oude Kerk is the clandestine Amstelkring, a former Catholic church, now one of Amsterdam’s most enjoyable museums. The Amstelkring – “Amstel Circle” – is named after the group of nineteenth-century historians who saved the building from demolition, but its proper name is Ons Lieve Heer Op Solder (“Our Dear Lord in the Attic”).

53 Ī THE OLD CENTRE ̆ Nieuwe Kerk Despite its name, Nieuwe Kerk is a fifteenthcentury Gothic affair that is now used for state occasions and exhibitions. 51 Ī THE OLD CENTRE ̄ Westerkerk Amsterdam is celebrated for its soaring church spires, and this is one of its most striking. 70 Ī THE GRACHTENGORDEL ̆ Oude Kerk Ancient Gothic church with fantastic sixteenth-century stained glass windows. 52 Ī THE OLD CENTRE Contents Ideas Food and drink 38 Dutch food ̄ Indonesian food traditionally tends Don’t leave Amsterdam without trying one of its Indonesian restaurants – the most positive legacy of its colonial past.

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