If you follow my blog, you may remember I posted something on a bold theft of a van Gogh painting last year? A few months later, this sad news was followed by another post about art theft. This time, works were stolen from an Almshouse in Leerdam.
Sotheby’s had expected Scène de Rue à Montmartre to sell for roughly 5 million euro? Van Gogh’s scene of a street in Montmartre, painted in 1887, fetched 13 million euros.
Ever visited Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon? If you are a Shakespeare fan or English lit student, this is a must-visit place. Shakespeare was baptised, married and buried in this church. Now, there is even more reason to pay a visit.
In 2015, I wrote a post after having seen a deeply moving “Since Maggie went Away”. This play was written by Jacqueline Nolan, who based it on personal experiences and recently uncovered Irish family history.
Yes, of course any season is The Food Season. Or at least, if you’re a tiny bit to awesomely deep into food, from cooking to eating. You are? Oh good, then I’d like to point you towards a series of interesting online events.
Last year, Canadian walkers discovered an interesting object along the shore of a lake in British Columbia. The object was so interesting, they contacted an archaeologist. Soon, more archaeologists and experts studied the fascinating discovery.
He collected some impressive titles, including King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, King of France. When young, he was not just his mother’s favourite. He was also a bit of a rebel, calling himself “a little Huguenot” and apparently “even bit the nose off a statue of Saint Paul”.
Most people remember the Stasi from films or books as the nasty security service of East Germany, or the DDR. But the Stasi not only spied. It also carried out ‘projects’ like Aktion Licht: looting and confiscating valuables from East German banks.
Archaeologists who partly unearthed a Roman take-away in Pompeii in 2019, have shared more information as they continue to work on the spot. This “snack bar” is not unique, for Pompeii had over one hundred of them. What does delight archaeologists: the shop is fairly complete and unlike at other ‘take-away’ shops, its frescoes are preserved.
Dutch media reported, wrecks and remains of ships which may have been part of a Spanish fleet were recently discovered. The wrecks were discovered near Hoorn, in the Markermeer. This artificial lake was once part of the Dutch Zuiderzee, which in turn was connected to the North sea.