It is very urban it parts and some of it is very brutal architecture, but they're pretty good at urban renewal schemes. I live 10 klicks out, but still loads of canals and water ways. I'm closer to the centre of Delft. Wassenaar is the best area around The Hague, and that was our prime location for buying a house, but at the time, there was nothing on the market in the price range we were looking for. We did find one ideal place, but the owner was just looking to rent.
There's quite a few more aesthetically pleasing than that dour looking place. But since you can't smoke in them anymore, buy drinks, or treat as a place to socialize - that was well before Covid - they're basically the equivalent of place where you pick-up your methadone prescription. Rather clinical with cubicles.
It has a lot of character, as do the smaller student/cathedral based cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam unless you live there is just a good shopping center with trimmings of gimmicky tourist traps and the red light district. Looks very nice mind you. The Hague has great restaurants if you're very in on the places to go, lots of rubbish ones too. Crap bars and pubs. Delft is much better on that front, lots of back alley places with music themed nights. Studenty in good way, loads of American students.The center of Delft is nice. Been there once for a conference. One evening event, was at this mediveal place, where we had to eat with our fingers. Westerners don't really have any grasp of how that concept works, when sharing food. Most disgusting evening ever.
Are you going on safari?
the big five game of urban protestors: Antifa, BLM, Russian Dissidents, Neo-Nazis, Village Green Preservation Societies.
A variation of get off my lawn!I actually thought you'd approve of Village Green Preservation Societies - ensuring the continuance of idyllic English village life and all that.
Totally off-topic, but that reminds me of a rather famous English court case involving cricket - Miller -v- Jackson:
It's particularly notable for its simple, precise and beautifully descriptive opening paragraph, written by Lord Denning:
In summertime village cricket is the delight of everyone. Nearly every village has its own cricket field where the young men play and the old men watch. In the village of Lintz in County Durham they have their own ground, where they have played these last seventy years. They tend it well. The wicket area is well rolled and mown. The outfield is kept short. It has a good club-house for the players and seats for the onlookers. The village team play there on Saturdays and Sundays. They belong to a league, competing with the neighbouring villages. On other evenings after work they practice while the light lasts. Yet now after these 70 years a Judge of the High Court has ordered that they must not play there anymore, He has issued an injunction to stop them. He has done it at the instance of a newcomer who is no lover of cricket. This newcomer has built, or has had built for him, a house on the edge of the cricket ground which four years ago was a field where cattle grazed. The animals did not mind the cricket. But now this adjoining field has been turned into a housing estate. The newcomer bought one of the houses on the edge of the cricket ground. No doubt the open space was a selling point. Now he complains that, when a batsman hits a six, the ball has been known to land in his garden or on or near his house. His wife has got so upset about it that they always go out at weekends. They do not go into the garden when cricket is being played. They say that this is intolerable. So they asked the Judge to stop the cricket being played. And the Judge, I am sorry to say, feels that the cricket must be stopped: with the consequences, I suppose, that the Lintz cricket-club will disappear. The cricket ground will be turned to some other use. I expect for more houses or a factory. The young men will turn to other things instead of cricket. The whole village will be much the poorer. And all this because of a newcomer who has just bought a house there next to the cricket ground.
Who won the case?
This is one of those strange stereotypes that have no relation to reality but continually do the rounds...We might talk about soap and showers next.
That will be mysterious to the English.
I bought a Bodum Melior goose neck kettle for my pour-over coffee.
How do you prefer to make your coffee, gentlemen?
i got into all the pour over shit and aeropress and french press and different techniques. in the end i went back to drip. i grind my beans and measure my water levels but otherwise the rest of it turned into too much of a pain in the ass.I bought a Bodum Melior goose neck kettle for my pour-over coffee.
How do you prefer to make your coffee, gentlemen?
I like that. Wear it in good health.Decided to ring the last drop out of the T&A sale, and got this officer linen shirt:
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€115 and as a summer shirt, it must have been hanging around lost in the inventory since before this winter.
T&A are a beaut for all of sudden turning up new stuff at sale prices after the sale has kind of ended.
N&F left twill denim jacket. Found the link here. Peoples need to check good deals posted here.
Mate, I am collecting bespoke leather jackets. Nothing we do here has any basis in common sense