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Brunch With Sherlock Holmes

 
Last year, our party of four visited the charming town of Saarbrücken. There is more to come about our stay in Saarland and discovering the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Völklinger Hütte, but for now let’s concentrate on our breakfast with Sherlock Holmes…

I am sure the girls would have loved for Benedict Cumberbatch to join us, but even without his presence, our brunch at the Baker Street Criminal Pub was a very enjoyable experience.

Upon our arrival, we were ushered into the Adventure Salon. Decorated in a colonial style, the room serves as a small museum for the collection of Saarbrücken explorer Heinz Rox Schulz. Admiring his mementoes and photos, we certainly wished we had travelled the world with him… There are also a bar area and another two spacious, interesting rooms in the pub. In the delightful tearoom, you are most likely to order cakes or scones with clotted cream. As for the quite gentlemanly Dr. Watson’s Club, complete with comfortable leather sofas, it is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of sherry or a drop of whisky.

The service was very efficient and friendly. There was plenty to choose from the traditional Full English Breakfast buffet and the homemade soda bread and scones were delicious.

The Baker Street Pub is definitely an address worth remembering, which we will do during our next visit in Saarbrücken.
 
 
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Frankfurt Book Fair 2016

 
At the end of October I attended the Frankfurt Book Fair for the fourth time and spent a wonderful two days there. Unfortunately, I had very little time to plan my visit beforehand but simply wandering around the various exhibition halls is always a pleasure. Thousands and thousands of books beautifully arranged on shelves and tables, inviting the passerby to enter their own magical universe. I especially love the owl shelf from Ullstein Verlag, so pretty! It is like coming across an old friend every year. So many different countries and cultures are represented, huge publishing houses and niche ones, all bound by the same passion. Bestsellers are neighbours to cookery books, graceful art publications in one alley and mangas in the next, there is something catching the visitor’s attention at every corner. Books are only on sale on Sunday, the last day of the fair. As I always go there during the week I sadly come home empty handed… Well, not quite. I collect reading samples for Second Daughter, brochures, pretty postcards and other bits and pieces. Once home I can look at new releases and decide what to buy next.

This year I did have an opportunity to buy books, though. The Guest of Honour was the Netherlands and Flanders, and in their Pavilion I found a selection by authors from the two countries. I picked two, in German of course, as I cannot speak a word of Dutch. I am looking forward to reading them and discovering these authors new to me.

There is a plethora of talks to choose from and I spent for example a couple of hours in front of the Amazon stage. First were two German self-published writers describing what they do to promote their work and answering the questions of aspiring authors. And second, a presentation from Amazon Publishing Germany, given by Janine Pelosi, the company’s Marketing Manager. I found this especially interesting, but it will be the subject of another post on Of Lens And Pen, my writing and photography website.

The two days flew by and I came home with aching feet but a happy heart. Bring on the 2017 edition!
 
Frankfurt Book Fair 2016
 
Ende Oktober besuchte ich zum vierten Mal die Frankfurter Buchmesse und verbrachte dort zwei wunderschöne Tage. Leider hatte ich dieses Jahr vorher sehr wenig Zeit, meinen Besuch zu planen, aber einfach durch die verschiedenen Messehallen zu wandern macht schon Spaß. Tausende und tausende Bücher, schön auf Regalen und Tischen arrangiert, die den Passanten einladen, in ihr eigenes, magisches Universum einzutreten. Ich liebe besonders das Eule-Regal vom Ullstein Verlag, sehr süß! Es ist wie jedes Jahr einen alten Freund zu treffen. Zahlreiche verschiedene Länder und Kulturen sind vertreten, riesige und Nischen-Verlage, alle durch die gleiche Leidenschaft verbunden. Bestseller sind Nachbarn von Kochbüchern, anmutige Kunstpublikationen in einem Gang und Mangas im nächsten… An jeder Ecke gibt es etwas, das den Besucher begeistert. Die Bücher können nur am Sonntag, dem letzten Tag der Messe, verkaufen werden. Da ich immer in der Woche hingehe, komme ich leider mit leeren Händen nach Hause… Aber nicht ganz. Ich sammele Leseproben für meine Tochter, Broschüren, hübsche Postkarten und Krimskrams. Daheim kann ich dann die neuen Veröffentlichungen anschauen und meine nächsten Käufe planen.

Dieses Jahr hatte ich allerdings die Gelegenheit, Bücher zu kaufen. Der Ehrengast waren Flandern und die Niederlande gemeinsam und in diesem Pavillon fand ich eine Auswahl von Autoren dieser beiden Länder. Ich habe mich für zwei entschieden, natürlich auf Deutsch, da ich kein Wort niederländisch sprechen kann. Ich freue mich schon, die beiden Bücher zu lesen und diese mir neuen Autoren zu entdecken.

Selbstverständlich gibt es auch eine Menge Vorträge. Zum Beispiel habe ich ein paar Stunden vor der Amazon Bühne verbracht. Erst kamen zwei selbst veröffentlichte Deutsche Autoren; sie beschrieben, was sie tun, um ihre Bücher zu bewerben und beantworteten die Fragen von aufstrebenden Autoren. Dann folgte eine Präsentation von Amazon Publishing Deutschland von Janine Pelosi, die Marketing Managerin der Firma. Diese fand ich besonders interessant, aber das wird das Thema eines separaten Posts auf Of Lens And Pen sein, meiner Website über das Schreiben und die Fotografie.

Die zwei Tage vergingen sehr schnell und ich kam mit schmerzenden Füßen aber einem fröhlichem Herzen nach Hause. Bis 2017!
 
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Music Review |
Jericho Summer |
Night Train

 
Each summer, I am looking for the perfect album to listen to while driving around in my Fiat 500 convertible. I have just found this year’s winner: Night Train, the debut album of Southern country rock band Jericho Summer.

Jericho Summer is husband and wife team Jay Zeffin and Vanessa Joy. They were both working in the music business when they met in 1997 and I encourage you to read their interesting bio on the official website! Their current adventure started back in 2012, when Jay contacted his old producer with new material as well as songs produced over the years. The pair then managed to get on board musicians such as bass player Marco Mendoza (currently touring with The Dead Daisies), Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses and Double Grammy Winner Albert Lee.

I am always interested to hear the story behind the song and asked Vanessa and Jay for some anecdotes to share with my readers. For example, Bitchin With A Woman has a double meaning; it is about not arguing but also about both parties thinking they are right. No Regrets is very personal, with Jay reminiscing about his shared life with his wife and still being together despite all the tough times. Finally, Lonely Town is about when the couple met in the UK, getting married and leaving behind the small town Vanessa was from. Lonely Town reminds me of country rock band Blackberry Smoke and is my personal favourite.

The album is a well-balanced mix of rock numbers and ballads. It contains eleven songs and when Jericho Summer said there would be no “filler tracks”, they meant it. Two videos will support the promotion of the album, Bitchin With A Woman in August and Running Free in November. A great deal of care also went into the unusual and atmospheric album cover, and one cannot help wonder how far that train is going to take Vanessa and Jay.

Night Train is the album country enthusiasts will love and rock fans will go for. The release date is August 12th and it can be pre-ordered on iTunes and Amazon.
 
 
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JERICHO SUMMER

Jay Zeffin – Rhythm guitar, Writer, Composer, Producer, Lead & Harmony Vocals
Vanessa Joy – Lead vocals, Harmony Vocals, Writer, & Vocal Arrangements
Richard Fortus – Lead Guitar
Albert Lee – Lead Guitar
Marco Mendoza – Bass Guitar
Rodders Godders – Rythm Guitar
Brett Morgan – Drums
Tom Tyson – Bass Guitar, Producer
John Marcangelo – Drums and Piano
Stuart Duncan – Fiddle
Alan Hawkshaw – Pianist
Guy Lancaster – Hammond Organ
Pete Mahyer – Sound Engineer / Mastering Enginner
 
 
TRACK LISTING

Night Train
100 Times Again
Bitchin With A Woman
Does It Matter
Lonely Town
Good One Comin On
Red Neck Cousin
No Regrets
Coming Home
Live For The Moment
Running Free
 
 
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Organic Box Delivered To Your Door

 
This is a service we recently signed up for and we are big fans. Every Wednesday, an organic box filled with fresh vegetables, onions, eggs and a loaf of bread is being delivered to our door. All contents have been cultivated or made in our region.

What do we get? It is a surprise, although you can let the shop now if food allergies or personal preferences mean that some veggies have to be left out. I love the fact that you have to get creative and compose your meals with what you find in the box. For example, a whole celeriac was once part of the delivery. I had always bought part of one before, to add to a soup. I started flicking through some cookbooks and decided to try an Ottolenghi recipe called “Celeriac and Lentils with Hazelnuts and Mint“. The salad was a huge success. With the other half I prepared a puree, served with grilled salmon and carrots. Very nice too.

As for the bread, you can either pick which one you want or opt for a rotation of the (many) sorts available. We chose the second option to discover new flavours and the bread keeps significantly longer than shop-bought.

Going on holiday is not a problem, a quick email and there will be no box waiting for you. When I am not home, we have an agreement about a dropping off place out of the rain, sun, etc. Should you wish for specific vegetables, not need some products one week or want to add something from the online shop, again an email will do the trick.

Supporting local farms and businesses as well as cooking with very fresh, seasonal vegetables? A winning combination, if you ask me.

 
 
Weekly Organic Box delivered to your doorOrganic Box with vegetables, onions, eggs and bread