It's Out | Zine Magazine 2.0 | Oct Issue 2015Click the squares below to get into this sexless, iconic, Paraprosdokian issue
This month our deep fried “Fish and Chips for the Soul magazine” reports from a place where there is ‘no sex in the city’.
New Chairman's Corner Oct 2015Britsoc Chairman
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Britsoc AdvertiserBenjamin Arthur | British Photographer
British Society Christmas BallIconic Britain Theme
Remembrance Ceremony AmsterdamSat 7 Nov 10:30
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The Untruth Is Out ThereThe Xpat Files
Paraprosdokians of the MonthWhere there’s a will, I want to be in it.
Britsoc AdvertiserThe International School of Amsterdam
Giggle of the monthRu 'avin a giggle m8?
Texel Island Discs Oct 2015Sand, Surf and Song
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A postcard from...Cape Verde in SA
No Sex in the CityAmsterdam
Contributed by Carol Moore
So, after living for a number of years in Amsterdam, predominantly being single, I thought it high time to conquer the fears and go forth and meet the eligible bachelors of Amsterdam.Read More
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Last of the flying Vulcan bomberBritish Planes
A Brief History. British Club of The HagueBritish Clubs
By John Richardson.
We expats are usually only here in the Netherlands for a short period, and some of us make this our home, but nonetheless we all leave a brief footprint in the sands of time.Read More
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Welcome to the British Language Training Centre located in the heart of Amsterdam
Your centre of choice for English and Dutch courses as well as Cambridge Examinations, Business English, International Legal English, International Financial English and Teaching English (TEFL) qualification coursesRead More
Beth's Book BlogOct 2015
Zine Reader of the MonthDave Raleigh from AngloInfo
Britsoc AdvertiserKingsalmarkt World Famous Foodstore & Britsoc Sponsor
Cooking Coach Oct 2015Apple Crumble
Food from the SupermarketSugar and Spice and …!
The Netherlands is a major food producer, processor and trader, and there are many food products on Dutch supermarket shelves that look ordinary, but turn out to have an interesting background, or to be unexpectedly different from their UK counterparts.Read Me
Mulanje Mission ConcertIn aid of the Mulanje Mission Hospital
50 Shades of BrownBok Beer is Here
Before you ask, this is not the more colourful sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey.Read Me Before you ask, this is not the more colourful sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. It's an introduction to the seasonal specials that are produced every spring and autumn by the brewers in the Netherlands. Also to a lesser extent by the Belgian and other brewers around the world. I have to confess that the original plan was to visit the Bokbierfestival in Amsterdam. This plan went astray at the hands of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. Drinking bokbier whilst supporting South Africa seemed so appropriate. With a dose of hindsight, this was not the ideal platform while planning to attend a beer festival.Bock beer is a strong lager originating in Germany way back in the 14th century. It was originally a dark, malty and lightly hopped ale brewed in the Hanseatic town of Einbeck. This style was then adopted by the Bavarian brewers of Munich in the 17th century, who adapted the style to the new lager style of brewing to make the new beer an early hybrid. Einbeck was pronounced ‘Ein bock’ by the Bavarian locals (a billy goat in German), and the beer ended up being called simply a bock.To this day, bok beers are produced around the world, usually linked to the season or religious festivals such as Easter and Xmas. This is again linked to tradition. Bavarian monks drank bok beers as a source of nutrition during periods of fasting. Knowing this does open up the possibilities of (yet another) new diet for people to try if they tire of eating what a caveman would have eaten, or avoiding carbohydrates at all costs. Our focus is naturally on the beers brewed in the Netherlands, as they are relatively easy to find.Every autumn, the bars and shops start to feature these delicious brown beers that vary in strength (% alcohol) from an almost refreshing 6% to a slightly worrying 11.5% (Imperial Dubbelbok from Brouwerij Emelisse). The supermarkets seem to stock an increasingly broad selection of beers these days, so you can find a rich selection of bokbiers in your local Albert Hein. All the big players are represented this year (even Heineken join the party with their Tarwebok), but the refreshing news is that more and more of the smaller breweries are now getting supermarket shelf space.The highlights of 2015 to date have been the beers from Brouwerij ‘tIJ (IJbok), the Bok from the Jopen Brouwerij, and the Brand Bok. Brand are making a good range at the moment, which also includes a tasty IPA. This leaves me to declare that the Best of the Boks so far in 2015 has been the La Chouffe Bok 6666. This is well worth looking for and an excellent beer, as could be expected from the team at Brasserie D’Achouffe. It has a fresh, fruity nose with a lovely roundness, and it's not so strong (6.666% alcohol) by the usual standards of the brewers.
Time to celebrate - Come and join us!Food and drink
Revd Dr Lance StoneChurch and Theology
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