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ZINE Magazine 2.0 | Fish and Chips for the Soul | Oct Issue 2015

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It's Out | Zine Magazine 2.0 | Oct Issue 2015
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This month our deep fried “Fish and Chips for the Soul magazine” reports from a place where there is ‘no sex in the city’.

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New Chairman's Corner Oct 2015

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Dear members,

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Britsoc has a new chairman

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Britsoc has a new chairman

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Benjamin Arthur | British Photographer
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Benjamin Arthur | The British Photographer in Amsterdam

WEDDINGS  | CORPORATE EVENTS | PORTRAITS  | PARTIES | WALKABOUTS | CHILDREN’S  PORTRAITS | EVENTS | FINE ARTRead More
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British Society Christmas Ball

Iconic Britain Theme
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Iconic Britain

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Remembrance Ceremony Amsterdam

Sat 7 Nov 10:30
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It's 70 years since the end of WW2

Join Britsoc to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.Read More
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The British School in The Netherlands - Britsoc Sponsors
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The British School in The Netherlands

Located in the heart of the Netherlands, we are now one of the largest and most successful international schools in Europe.

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The Untruth Is Out There

The Xpat Files
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It’s A Conspiracy!!

By Andy Symmonds (we think)Read More
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Paraprosdokians of the Month

Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
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Paraprosdokians of the Month

By Alison SmithRead More
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The International School of Amsterdam
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Setting the stage to excite and develop young minds

At ISA, we believe that great facilities can set the stage for great learning.Read More
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Giggle of the month

Ru 'avin a giggle m8?
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Sniggerisms

By Alison SmithRead More
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Texel Island Discs Oct 2015

Sand, Surf and Song
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Texel Island discs

Marooned for eternity on Texel Island, Nick Nugent chooses his favourite 10 discs to take with him to keep sane.

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Amsterdam International Community School | Britsoc Sponsor
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Amsterdam International Community School (AICS)

The Amsterdam International Community School is a Dutch International Primary and Secondary School offering international education in English.Read More
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A postcard from...

Cape Verde in SA
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Cape Verde

By Dee Bodle

My experience of Cape Verde in September this year was that the beaches are out-of this world.

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No Sex in the City

Amsterdam
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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. 

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The British School of Amsterdam - Britsoc Sponsors
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Small classes and personal attention. At the British School of Amsterdam we get to know each and every student. Read More
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Last of the flying Vulcan bomber

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THE LAST OF...The Flying Vulcan Bomber

By Dee Bodle
The last flying Vulcan bomber is causing quite a stir in the UK as it will take to the skies for the final time this month.
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A Brief History. British Club of The Hague

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By John Richardson

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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.

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British Language Training Centre | Britsoc Sponsor
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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 courses

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Beth's Book Blog

Oct 2015
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Salman Rushdie’s Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-eight Nights is a fanciful tale set in the past and the future.

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Zine Reader of the Month

Dave Raleigh from AngloInfo
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 Welcome to Reader of the Month, a new series that asks our readers top contribute their reactions to the new Zine 2.0 Read More
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Taste Life!

Kingsalmarkt, the world-famous foodstore!

We are known for our wide range of products from countries all over the world. ‘Taste life’ is what we call that. Read More
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Cooking Coach Oct 2015

Apple Crumble
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This is one of those recipes, that although very simple, never loses its charm.  In fact the simplicity is what I love about the crumble.

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Food from the Supermarket

Sugar and Spice and …!
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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.

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Mulanje Mission Concert

In aid of the Mulanje Mission Hospital
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Featuring the wonderfully entertaining Ricky Ross from legendary Scottish band Deacon Blue

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50 Shades of Brown

Bok Beer is Here
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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.
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Time to celebrate - Come and join us!

Food and drink
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It's that time of year again.... Join us on 6th of November as we sample new Champagnes and dance the night away!

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Revd Dr Lance Stone

Church and Theology
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As the (not so) new minister of the English Reformed Church situated in the Begijnhof in the centre of Amsterdam, I'm delighted to introduce myself to Britsoc.

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