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The Second Coming WB Yeats

In Books, The rest, 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

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 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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Doggie Tails 1

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Featured image: Jack, Dukie and Denise    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  20 September 2016 Doggie Tails 1 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 short break, and then looked …

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AirBNB Adventures 1: Italy & Sicily 2012

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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

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 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

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Featured image: The Rock of Cashel, Old Tower, 1101    Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony,  24 January 2015 (Other Postcards are from: Boudhanath Stupa, Dubai, Vienna, Lake Tabourie.) 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 is a …

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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

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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

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 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.) 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 ago …

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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 …

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House-sitting in northern Germany: Where we live

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       Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 14 May 2014   Trip: Europe, April to December 2014. House-sitting near Großenkneten in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), April to June 2014.     Our house is a typical German two-family house, with both upstairs and downstairs. The house is relatively modern with an older section somewhere downstairs. The plan and construction (red brick) …

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Our first house-sitting assignment with strangers

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 Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony 14 May 2014    Trip: Europe, April to December 2014. House-sitting near Großenkneten in Lower Saxony or Niedersachsen, April to June 2014.    Today is Sunday. We arrived two weeks ago. Settling into Lower Saxony near Großenkneten has been a strange experience. We’d had a couple of days in Paris and in Hamburg before …