first_imgI am always bemused by the fact that being seen as ’old fashioned’ is something of a slur, whilst using the word ’traditional’ is often a big plus. In that case, I wish we would return to ’traditional’ discipline and ’tradtitional’ mealtimes at least once a day. My Reverend godfather used to say that most education takes place around the dinner table. He said it was when you passed on your values to your children.I also love the ’tradition’ of fermenting bread, so the dough develops naturally at its own pace, giving full flavour. But i recognise that, in today’s mechanised times, there is an important role for good plant bread. In the past, those kitting out their bakeries often turned to APV but we have heard less and less about them in recent years.So I hope the acquisition of APV by private investors will herald a new opportunity for the company. Interestingly it is reverting to its ’traditional’ name, Baker Perkins, “a name that was familiar to customers in the last century”. Yes, many things were better last century, but it is very important to move forwards. A smart society, like a smart company, adapts and, even better, spearheads the new, while retaining the core values that made it a success in the past. In the case of Baker Perkins that name traditionally represented well-built bakery machinery that would last for years. I hope it will again.I always think bakery is a sector that evolves rather that making a dramatic overnight debut, like the iPod. It is certainly evolving in Tesco, where senior bakery buyer Andy Brocklehurst has revealed that the supermarket is to revamp its offer with a new range, signage and layout. Interestingly more space will be dedicated to wholemeal and seeded breads, a sector that Tesco has helpped develop with its focus on low GI. Speciality bread and cakes are also the focus of our FREE supplement this week, I hope you enjoy it.Meanwhile, Asda has launched a partnership between in-store bakeries, North Yorkshire Farmers and – wait for it- the RSPB. Yes, you read that correctly. The result will be bread that uses wheat from ’bird-friendly’ fields and encourages wildlife to flourish. What a great initiative! I hope it spreads.Finally this week, many congratulations to Michael Bell’s company for winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, a super accolade for a super person running a great firm.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Simon recently announced that he will embark on his final tour this spring. The legendary singer-songwriter will cap off his 50+ year touring career with Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour, a 30+ date international outing, hitting the United States, Canada, and Europe. Today, Paul Simon announced the final batch of dates for the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour that will culminate with three shows in the New York City area.The extended stay in NYC is a fitting way to close the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour, considering Simon played some of the most important shows of his career in the Big Apple, including the famed 1981 Concert in Central Park. On September 20 & 21, Paul Simon will take over Madison Square Garden. Then, on September 22, Simon has a final show TBA, though fans are speculating it will appropriately take place in Central Park as part of the annual Global Citizen Festival.In addition to the NYC dates, Paul Simon also added shows at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, Tampa’s Amalie Arena, Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center, Orlando’s Amway Center, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre, Washington, DC’s Capital One Arena, Newark’s Prudential Center (his hometown), and Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.Last month, Simon released a statement on his retirement that reads:I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, VincentN’guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.Once again, I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.For more information on tickets for Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, head to Paul Simon’s website.Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour (new dates in bold):May 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers ArenaMay 18 Seattle, WA @ Key ArenaMay 19 Portland, OR @ MODA CenterMay 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 25 Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaMay 27 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30 Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s GreenJune 1 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines ArenaJune 2 Houston, TX @ Toyota CenterJune 4 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin CenterJune 6 Chicago, IL @ United CenterJune 8 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterJune 10 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy CenterJune 12 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada CentreJune 13 Montreal, QC @ Bell CentreJune 15 Boston, MA @ TD GardenJune 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo CenterJune 19 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro ColiseumJune 20 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone ArenaJune 30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericcson GlobeJuly 1 Oslo, Norway @ SpectrumJuly 3 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal ArenaJuly 5 Antwerp, Belgium @ SporpaleisJuly 7 Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo DomeJuly 10 Manchester, UK @ Manchester ArenaJuly 11 Glasgow, UK @ SSE HydroJuly 13 Dublin, Ireland @ RDS ArenaJust 15 London, [email protected] Hyde Park (BST Festival)Sept 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterSept 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie ArenaSept 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T CenterSept 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway CenterSept 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis AmphitheatreSept 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One ArenaSept 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential CenterSept 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints ArenaSept 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 22 – New York, NY – TBAlast_img read more

first_imgWith pumpkins carved, painted, and in one case even completely covered in candy corn, Annenberg Hall resembled a scene straight out of “Harry Potter” thanks to the annual freshman pumpkin-carving contest.Throughout this week, the members of the Class of 2017 gathered in their entryways during study breaks to carve jack-o’-lanterns for the chance to earn bragging rights — and $75 toward a special study break — for being named the winner in one of four categories: “Most Funny,” “Most Scary,” “Most Creative,” and “Most Harvard.”“What this does is it once again reminds us of how creative the members of this Class of 2017 are,” said Dean of Freshman Thomas Dingman.The Boston Red Sox’ run to a World Series Championship influenced several of the entries, including the “GREENough Monster,” which was painted to resemble a baseball. Then there was the “David Gourdtiz a.k.a. Big Pumpi” from Pennypacker, a large Red Sox cap-wearing, bearded pumpkin designed to look like the Sox slugger.Some of the pumpkins took on a political tone, such as the “Zombie Romney.” The “Furlough Frights” entry from Hollis South wasn’t carved at all, but impaled with a note that read, “This pumpkin not carved because of government shutdown.”Many of the entries went far beyond the typical Halloween themes. Wigglesworth D entered the “Annenburger,” a pumpkin sliced in half, filled with patties, lettuce, and tomato, with the pumpkin seeds affixed to resemble a sesame-seed bun. This earned Wigglesworth D the “Most Creative” award. To bring the jack-o’-lantern into the 21st century, in place of the traditional candle one entry put an iPhone in the hollowed-out center, treating passersby to music.And with The Game less than a month away, the large Harvard Pumpkin feasting on the smaller Yale pumpkin from Stoughton North won the “Most Harvard” prize.“I think they all had a lot of fun doing this with their classmates,” Dingman said, making his way through the rows of pumpkins. “And the nice thing about this year is it’s also Freshman Parents Weekend, so their mothers and fathers can see their creativity firsthand.”last_img read more

first_imgLifeNews 31 October 2013A group of 16 states have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week that encourage the high court to reverse a federal appeals court decision overturning a ban the state of Arizona passed to ban abortions after 20 weeks because unborn children feel pain.The states are among the parties that filed briefs asking the high court to reverse a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision against an Arizona law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks. Arizona legislators enacted the law based on evidence that shows children experience pain beginning at least at that stage and that women can experience increased physical risk and significant psychological trauma from late-term abortions.Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are co-counsel in the case, Horne v. Isaacson, along with Arizona Solicitor General Robert Ellman, Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, John Eastman of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, and attorneys with Americans United for Life. Last month, Montgomery and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne petitioned the Supreme Court to hear the case.“Every innocent life deserves to be protected,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the increased risk of physical harm and tremendous psychological consequences that come with late-term abortions.”“As the numerous states and organizations who have filed briefs with the Supreme Court rightly argue, Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional,” added lead counsel John Eastman, director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and one of nearly 2,300 attorneys allied with Alliance Defending Freedom. “We hope the Supreme Court accepts this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on the ability of states to respond to new medical knowledge and safeguard women’s health.” read more