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first_imgBako trophy winnerTameside College recently held its annual Food Studies Competitions, which included a bakery category this year sponsored by Bako North Western. In a live contest, students were asked to make a set of four gingerbread houses, showcasing their talent in front of a panel judges. Fara Aziz was judged winner of the Bako Challenge Trophy.Calorie scheme faltersOnly five of the 21 foodservice businesses, including Pret A Manger, which trialled calorie labelling at point of choice have confirmed they will continue with the scheme. A consultation by the Food Standards Agency, Provision of calorie labelling at point of choice in catering outlets, which ran from 3 December 2009 to 11 March 2010, was designed to develop recommendations for displaying calorie information in foodservice outlets. More details on www.bakeryinfo.co.uk.Age divide on coffeeA generational divide exists in UK coffee consumption, said a poll by YouGov SixthSense. It found that 83% of over-55s drank a cup of instant coffee in the last month, compared to 67% of 18- to 24-year-olds. Younger generations are more likely to choose alternatives such as a cappuccino (43%), a latte (39%) and an americano (22%).Irish man passes onFormer baking industry worker Jim Humphries sadly died in Dublin, recently. For much of his career, he was a sales manager in bakery ingredients for Cork-based firm Dowdall O’Mahony, now part of Kraft Foods. He was committed to the Institute of Irish Bakers and was closely involved with the National Bakery School, a tradition continued in the family by one of his two sons, Robert, who is currently teaching there.last_img read more

Mass honors D’Arcy’s life

first_imgThe Notre Dame community will commemorate the life of Bishop Emeritus John D’Arcy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend at a Mass today in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University Spokesman Dennis Brown announced in an email Tuesday. University President Fr. John Jenkins will preside over the 5:15 p.m. service. Theology professor John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, will deliver a eulogy for D’Arcy. D’Arcy, who passed away Sunday, visited Notre Dame often during his tenure as bishop to celebrate Mass, ordain Holy Cross priests and deacons and administer the Sacrament of Confirmation for members of the University community. He received the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, CSC, award in 2003 for his service to Notre Dame and the Congregation of Holy Cross.last_img read more

12 Things Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Of Mice and Men

first_imgYou probably know it as the novella you had to read for ninth grade English class, but John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men also has a storied stage history. Another chapter gets written on April 16, when a new Broadway revival opens at the Longacre Theatre. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production stars James Franco as George and Chris O’Dowd as Lennie, two friends and migrant workers whose quest for the American dream takes a hard turn. Let’s learn more about this American classic! Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz. …But the Dog Ate His Homework “After two months of fooling around, my new work is really going and that makes me very happy—kind of an excitement like that you get near a dynamo from breathing pure oxygen,” Steinbeck wrote to a friend in 1936. Steinbeck probably wasn’t so stoked when his Irish Setter ate nearly half the manuscript. The author had two months to recreate the missing parts. Star Files …But No One’s Messing with the Dialogue For stage and screen stars James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester (Curley’s Wife), who are all making their Broadway debuts, the new production is a learning experience. “[With new plays], there are usually rewrites on the fly because new dynamics are found while putting the scenes on their feet,” Franco wrote in his column for Vice.com. “With a classic play—especially if the writer is dead, like John Steinbeck is dead—it’s the opposite. The words are holy; do NOT fug with them!” Wanna Work with James Franco? Ask! When Director Anna D. Shapiro (a Tony winner for August: Osage County) first approached Franco to star in Of Mice and Men, he was definitely interested. “[The play] gives us everything about life in a compact little parable,” he explained. “Work, friendship, love, jealousy, violence, death, loneliness, everything is there. It’s the ultimate dramatic bromance and something that has lived in my heart from the first time I read it for Mrs. Paugh’s ninth grade English class.” But sadly, Hollywood’s notorious project juggler was unavailable. Shapiro tried again a few years later, their schedules aligned, and soon, Of Mice and Men was on its way back to Broadway. Related Shows Steinbeck Wrote What He Knew Growing up in the agricultural region of Salinas Valley, CA, young John frequently observed the field hands in their shacks. Later, Steinbeck worked as a ranch hand on local ranches. The experiences and people of rural California affected him and found their way into his writing. Of Mice and Men is set in—you guessed it—Salinas Valley. The Revivals and Remakes Mounted The play-novella inspired an opera by Carlisle Floyd in 1970, which was later performed by the New York City Opera in 1983. The play returned to Broadway in 1974 with James Earl Jones playing Lennie. Two TV movies were followed, paving the way for the 1992 feature film with Gary Sinise (who also directed) as George and John Malkovich as Lennie. Adapted by Horton Foote, the film was a labor of love: A 16-year-old Sinise had cried when he first saw the play on a class trip to Minneapolis, and he and Malkovich subsequently starred in a production together at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1980. Mice Was a Hit After 207 performances, Of Mice and Men headed to Los Angeles in 1939, with Lon Chaney Jr. assuming the role of Lennie. That same year, Cheney Jr. and Burgess Meredith starred in the Aaron Copland-scored movie, which received an Oscar nod for Best Picture. Steinbeck Enlisted Help… With the help of playwright George S. Kaufman (You Can’t Take it with You), Steinbeck expanded the role of Curley’s wife—the character deliberately does not have a name—to “add more of a love interest and to enhance the melodrama,” according to The New York Times. The novel and the play both debuted in 1937, during the Great Depression. See Of Mice and Men, opening April 16 at the Longacre Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Of Mice and Men Steinbeck Was a Multitasker While writing Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck, covered the tough lives of the migrant workers who flocked to California during harvest times. The resulting journalism, a series of articles for The San Francisco News in 1936 (“The Harvest Gypsies”), provided the inspiration for Steinbeck’s classic 1940 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Of Mice and Men Became a Hot Title Before it became a rite of public school education, Of Mice and Men was a critical success and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Steinbeck became an international name, touring England, Russia, Ireland and Sweden. Chris O’Dowd James Franco A Play Was Always In the Cards Steinbeck described Of Mice and Men as a “play-novelette,” a form of his own invention. Basically, it’s a short novel with “the sparseness of language and description of a play.” As soon he finished the book, Steinbeck began working on the script. View Comments Lennie & George Might Be Funnier Steinbeck’s play isn’t exactly a comedy, but the two best friends have their moments in the new revival. “Anna has said a few times, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen that [line] done in that way before,’” Franco told The New York Times. “It’s not like [O’Dowd and I are] cracking jokes—it’s not like Steinbeck is Chris Rock—but it’s fun.” …But He Skipped Out on Opening Night The play opened at the Music Box Theater in November 1937, featuring stage and screen stars Wallace Ford as George and Broderick Crawford as Lennie—the production won the New York Drama Critic Circle Award. Steinbeck, however, wasn’t there for opening night; he was living in an Oklahoma migrant camp while researching The Grapes of Wrath.last_img read more

Conte wants Blues fans to recreate Wembley noise

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte has urged Chelsea fans to recreate the atmosphere from Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final victory over Tottenham when Southampton visit Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.A Blues win over the Saints would stretch their Premier League lead to seven points and put the pressure back on second-placed Spurs, who are away to Crystal Palace on Wednesday.“On Tuesday I want our supporters to help the players on the pitch,” Conte said.“I want this a lot because it is a really important for us. We need our fans in the same way like against Tottenham when they pushed a lot.”See also:Pochettino insists Spurs will ‘move on’Chelsea v Tottenham player ratingsExperience will help Ake and Batshuayi – ConteChelsea’s Wembley triumph over Spurs – in picturesChelsea must ‘exploit’ their win over Tottenham, says ConteFixtures give Spurs an advantage – ConteCahill in line for Chelsea return’No sign’ of new Hazard deal   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hills celebrate Durga Puja steeped in tradition

first_imgDarjeeling: While there are complaints of tradition being diluted amidst the glamour and glitter of the big budget Durga Pujas, the 104-year-old Durga Puja organised at Nripendra Narayan Bengali Hindu Hall (NNBHH) in the Queen of Hills still clings on to the charm of the yesteryears.There is no theme in the Puja nor the dazzling lights but the true essence of the festival has been handed over through the generations and is still preserved with fervour. It has the “Probashi pujo” flavour of course. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe NNBHH has a rich history and was built during the British Raj, located in Chandmari, the then Indian portion of the town below the Market Square in Darjeeling. From 1914, the Durga Puja started in the temple, hosted by the local Bengali populace.Famous names like Swami Vivekananda, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan, Sister Nivedita, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Acharya J C Bose and great revolutionary Bagha-Jatin had all paid visits to this hall. It is said that even K L Saigal, the legendary singer, had once offered pushpanjali during the Durga Puja. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFrom pushpanjali to bhog and aarti, everything is steeped in tradition — preserved religiously through the ages. No pandal is erected for the Puja and the idol is placed at the main altar of the temple belonging to the NNBHH.During the days of the British Raj, the idol used to be brought in from Krishnanagar by train to Siliguri. From Siliguri, it used to be brought to Darjeeling by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, having two engines, one in the front and the other in the rear. From the early 50s, the image is being brought from Siliguri. The style of the image has been kept the same as in the earlier days, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesh and Kartik are all part of a single structure known as the ekchala thakur with daker saaj.In the old days, plays used to be staged throughout the night. The ladies were not supposed to come out in the open. A special ladies’ gallery had been constructed for them with a net in front. The ladies, with long drawn “ghomtas” used to watch the plays from here.Hurried plays and cultural programmes are still being staged after the sandhya aarti. However, with each passing year, this too is becoming a next to impossible task with the thinning Bengali population.”This is one of the oldest Pujas of North Bengal, however, year after year it is becoming a herculean task to organise and maintain the standards owing to manpower shortage. But we try our best with whatever resources and manpower is available,” stated Sadhan Mitra, the organiser.In Kurseong, the Puja organised by Rajrajeshwari Bengali Association has a rich history in the backdrop. Rai Bahadur Sashi Bhusan Dey had started a tuberculosis sanatorium at Kurseong, in the memory of his late son who died from this disease.The most famous Durga Puja in Kalimpong is organised by Kalimpong Milani Club founded in 1929.last_img read more