Bettys Craft Bakery in Harrogate has received consent to create a celebration cake for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.Confectioners at the bakery are enlisting the help of local schoolchildren to inspire its design.Budding bakers and creatives from primary and junior schools across Yorkshire are being invited to send in their ideas to Bettys, which may be used in the creation of a four-tier, hexagonal cake.Those whose designs are used in some way will be invited to the bakery to see them brought to life when the cake is created.Bettys has previously made cakes for the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.
Tomorrow (Friday, April 28th, 2017), Twiddle will release PLUMP: Chapter 2, their follow-up to 2015’s PLUMP: Chapter 1. Since Chapter 1‘s release, the Vermont jammers have toured extensively, headlining clubs across the country and earning slots at some of the jam scene’s most prestigious festivals. Following the release of their new LP, the quartet looks forward to a summer of festival appearances, including Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, and Camp Bisco as well as their own homegrown Vermont events Frendly Gathering (June 29-July 1) and Tumble Down in Vermont (July 28-29).Watch Twiddle Welcome Keller Williams For “Best Feeling” Cover At LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]As the band (drummer Brook Jordan, bassist Zdenek Gubb, keyboardist Ryan Dempsey, and guitarist Mihali Savoulidis) embarks on this new “chapter,” we caught up with them to bend their ears about their summer PLUMPtivites:Live For Live Music: The new record (PLUMP Chapter 2) is about to be released; I know that must be exciting! Given how much Twiddle is known as a live band, are there challenges to capturing that live energy and spirit in the studio?Twiddle: It depends on what you’re going for. Some bands try and recreate their live sound in the studio and some bands don’t. With PLUMP, we were trying to lay somewhere between where we knew it would translate in a live environment and also have a recognizable studio quality during the listening experience. Having the ability to bring in horn, string, and lap steel players for the studio was something we can’t do live every show so having that added energy captured for the record is a real treat for us and our fans.L4LM: Several songs on the new album (such as “Juggernaut”) seem to have a different musical style that what we usually hear from you. What sorts of influences did you and the band have? Do you have a favorite track?Zdenek Gubb: I think the band prides themselves in crossing from one genre to the next, whether throughout a show, or even within a singular song. “Juggernaut” is probably one of our favorites. All four of us have our own separate influences, and that probably lends to the band’s multi-genre component.L4LM: Now that you’ve played the songs off of PLUMP Chapter 1 for a while, how have they changed?Mihali Savoulidis: All of our songs evolve and develop in the live sphere. Some more than others of course. If you dig deep enough, you can probably pinpoint some jams that ultimately became permanent parts of a song. Many Chapter 1 songs have become jam vehicles, too, so who knows how these songs could continue to ebb and flow in different directions.L4LM: Your fan base seems to be growing very quickly and Twiddle are now touring more than ever. What do you think were the best strides you made together last year?Brook Jordan: Tumble Down was incredible. Throwing our own two-day event in such a beautiful place like Waterfront Park in Burlington was super cool. Aside from that, PLUMP was the most important thing we did, in terms of making strides. Taken as a whole, there is a lot of music we are really proud of.L4LM: I’m sure you’re excited about the many festival bills you’re on for this summer including your own Tumble Down Festival (July 28-29). Which festivals are you most looking forward to as a fan of music?Brook Jordan: Frendly Gathering is always one of our favorites. This year we’re hosting Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Charles Bradley, Madaila, and a lot more. We’ve been playing Frendly since year one, and there is nothing better than getting to enjoy and experience an entire festival. It’s so rare to actually spend time with friends or family at a cool festival, because the band is usually on a tight schedule. Also, like Tumble Down, Frendly allows us to invite the Twiddle family up to our home state of Vermont.[photo by Daniel Ojeda]
Where will our highly educated tourism workers work?At the international congress “Tourism and Hotel Industry” held in April in Opatija, a professor from the Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality was not satisfied with my presentation. I talked about the natural growth of family micro-entrepreneurship in tourism from rooms and apartments to small family hotels. I highlighted the difference between the approach of large hotel systems and small family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism. Large systems are classified as industry, they are managed by financial funds and the main measure of success is the profit rate. These funds draw profits to the extreme, and then resell the real estate and go to a new location. Such an industry does not differ significantly from the oil industry. Tourism is more than that though. Especially in Croatia. Tourism is an export market “at home” for domestic agricultural products. Tourism provides a livelihood for tens of thousands of people in areas that have no other economic activities. Tourism is the strongest lever to stop depopulation in rural areas. But that professor asked the question: “Where will my students work when you are against big hotel systems? Will Grandma Manda hire them in private accommodation?”Coincidentally, the congress was held in one of the hotels of the often mentioned company in Opatija, which is an example of inhuman treatment of employees. In that hotel we got bottled import water for refreshments. What I replied then received its confirmation, unfortunately, not even two months after the congress. I said that students will unfortunately not work in large hotel systems because they are based on seasonal workers due to high net wage payments and reduced wage costs. A young man who does not have a permanent job is not creditworthy so he cannot get a housing loan. If he cannot provide housing and if he does not have a stable income then he cannot plan a family. If he cannot live independently of his work and create a family then there is no future for him in such an environment. This is exactly what is happening in the company where the congress was held. The company is otherwise doing great business. It makes an exceptional profit. So exceptional that the CEO was rewarded with a fantastic severance pay. This company does not provide a livelihood for the local population, does not buy local products, does not invest in the quality of service, customer satisfaction and loyalty. It does not contribute to the reputation of a tourist destination. She manages the real estate she acquired through the famous Croatian model of transformation and privatization. The professor’s students will not work in it.We learn from Grandma MandeWhy do I think that “Babi Mandi” should be recognized for what she did for Croatian tourism?”Baba Manda “raised the professor’s students to begin with and paid for their education from their modest income. She preserved her ancestry, arranged surplus housing, and boldly stepped into entrepreneurial waters. In doing so, it pays for utility services and utility contributions, residence tax and membership fees, income tax, all on the basis of personal property that it did not acquire through conversion and privatization. “Baba Manda” has a garden in the garden of seasonal fruits and vegetables consumed by its guests. She sends them to the neighbors for wine, to the godmother for cheese with a friend to a restaurant. He personally welcomes each guest and is at his disposal whenever he needs it. The guests highly appreciate “Babu Mandu”, they awarded her the status of the best host in the world with an average rating of 9 out of 10 possible, based on 100 reviews in a competition of 000 countries. “Baba Manda “employs, seasonally,” domestic help “. Based on the spent working hours for cleaning, tidying up, washing, ironing, arranging the yard and similar jobs, “Baba Manda” seasonally employs 170.000 people. But that’s not all. “Baba manda” will in a few years, when she will no longer be able to manage her real estate alone and with help at home, entrust the same to one of the real estate management agencies. One of them, based in Opatija, manages 800 properties and employs a large number of employees. Finally, “Baba Manda” will give her children studying at the “Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management” the opportunity to upgrade an existing house and turn it into a boarding house, and then perhaps a family hotel. If Croatian laws allow it, and the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development together with the Ministry of Tourism encourages. And that’s where the professor’s students will be employed. Permanently. But they will have to know all the jobs in the hotel business from tidying up the rooms to cooking and serving, marketing and sales. This is how young hoteliers in Austria learn. When they learn all the jobs in the hotel then they can work on various departments and jobs as needed by the job. And they have better job prospects. That “Grandma Manda” is a strong woman. Excellent economist, hotelier, employer, planner. Our guests appreciate it. We should appreciate her more, too.A good household rests on a good housewifeThe underestimating tone with which women, housewives are emphasized, is often heard from people who have reached their high positions precisely thanks to their parents, especially mothers. Members of parliament, ministers, professors and directors often want to move away from their roots. It’s as if they’re ashamed of the environment in which they grew up. It is beneath their honor to tell them that their mother educated them with two apartments that she took care of on her own, received guests, cleaned and washed. And a father who in his spare time built, repaired, upgraded. Even if your parents were also engaged in agriculture – where will you be more embarrassed !? It is no wonder that in some statements, the Minister himself emphasizes accommodation in the household as something that is sanitary suspicious. As if we were all raised in the trash, with the negligence of our parents, as if we grew up on spoiled food… Our people, our wives, housewives are hardworking, industrious, tidy. In our homes, good food is cooked from good ingredients. Our friends eat with us at the same table the best food we eat. They drink the wine we drink too. They pour our olive oil, treat themselves to homemade tomatoes from the garden. It is an excellent basis for building a quality hotel industry. Slowly and persistently. Step by step. The way the Austrians did it.The allure of moneyPope Francis often surprises us with sharp jokes, so he stated that today’s humanity is increasingly worshiping the god of money. “Dio denaro” has great appeal. “When you came to the center of the world economy, the part of money and non-human, which is a first of terrorism. A terrorism of the base against the humanities “… When money is placed at the center of the world economy, not man, it is already the first act of terrorism directed against humanity. So says Pope Francis. Of course you have to make a living from something. Of course money is important. But giving up your roots, your family, “babe Mande” for money, is not good. It is not good when key people in important positions lose their sense of humanity, when at all costs they want to be part of a social elite that has matured on the powers of money. Money can buy everything, say those who use money to solve all problems and relationships in society. However, money cannot buy happiness and health. Instead of serving the “god of money”, important people in positions should be competent to help with their knowledge the people from whom they originated. Help “their paradise”, improve their knowledge, help them grow on the basis of their efforts, acquired property, knowledge, loyal guests. There are so few of us in this beautiful country that, thanks to food, water, nature, tourism, we could all really live well without having to leave our homeland. “Baba Manda” showed us the way. This path is called the New Economy, a circular economy in which the sharing economy has already occupied the tourism sector globally. The old profit-driven economy at all costs has already exhausted all resources on earth. It is time to go back to some of the core values we knew as children and then push them somewhere deep inside us in this neoliberal capitalist carousel. In the following, we will talk about just that. The title can be “From Baba Manda to the Circular Economy”.Author: Nedo Pinezić www.nedopinezic.comIf you want to think out loud, get in touch [email protected] Only through argumentative and constructive discussion can we grow and develop as a society, a profession and as individuals.
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