Despite turning 80 on Tuesday, Mary Berry is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the cookery writer – who boasts 70 cookbooks and has a new TV show and cookbook Absolute Favourites out now, as well as being a judge of The Great British Bake Off – has said that appearing on the nation's most popular baking programme is a "doddle".The Telegraph at the newspaper's reader event just days ahead of her birthday. … [Read more...] about Mary Berry says ‘The Bake Off for me is an absolute doddle’ as she turns 80
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Guy Garvey,The Briton's Protection, Castlefield, Manchester I don't drink as a rule, but one proud little abode cowering in the shadow of the monstrosity that is the Beetham Tower is a lovely little old Manchester boozer. Because at the end of Bridgewater Street facing Bridgewater Hall, looking proudly incongruous and surrounded by red-brick new-builds, is a beautiful old pub called the Briton's Protection. You never know who you'll find in there. You're as likely to see the entire brass section of the Halle Orchestra running across the road at the interval for a swift pint as you are a room full of drunken retired policemen. Or a handful of conceptual artists arguing passionately about literally nothing, as you are the Gay Classic Cars Society, the Peterloo Massacre Memorial Trust, a handful of Coronation Street stars or some very drunk musicians. The one thing that everybody who uses the Briton's has in common is that they like a drink and they like a chunner. … [Read more...] about What’s your perfect pub?
Succession With two seasons under its belt, Succession has already become one of HBO’s most popular new series. Waystar Royco is a global media and hospitality empire headed up by the cut-throat and cruel Logan Roy. As he reaches retirement age and suffers a health setback, he must look to his rich and entitled children to find a successor. But who of his four children, from the arrogant playboy to the power-hungry and visionary addict, is really ready and deserving? The question of who will take over hovers above every episode as the company, Logan, and the Roy family engage in dirty tactics, flaunt their wealth, and find themselves constantly embroiled in controversy. The series won an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. … [Read more...] about The 16 best shows on HBO Max right now
Kupchan and Ikenberry teamed up recently in a very smart op-ed titled “Global Distancing” in The Washington Post. They write that “traditionally, a catastrophe like this — something that touches everyone — triggers an ordering moment in international politics. Nations should be aligning their efforts to develop a vaccine, contain the disease, produce and allocate medical equipment, and stabilize the global economy. They should be strengthening the World Health Organization (WHO). But nothing of the sort is happening. Countries are competing for, and hoarding, medical equipment as they engage in a biotech arms race to find a vaccine. They are closing their borders and scapegoating foreigners. The United States is treating the WHO like a punching bag.” They go on to write that the United States, Russia, India and China are all essentially derelict in their roles as leading global stakeholders and are doing little to converge together in response to the … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don’t have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities
19 million digitised pages: Not only has Rekhta Foundation scheduled music and poetry for lockdown, it has also collated Urdu couplets on loneliness and social distancing; penned a poet’s perspective of the world after coronavirus, and pulled out of library the brilliant story on Plague & Quarantine by Rajinder Singh Bedi. And if these are not enough, one can rummage through 40,000 ghazals, 26,000 shers and 7,500 nazms spanning eight centuries available on rekhta.org. Or, leaf through 19 million pages of Urdu literature that Rekhta has digitised so far. If one were to read them the entire stack of 19 million pages without blinking and at a statistical 65 pages an hour rate - it would take 33 years and 36 days. Hopefully, the lockdown will not last that long! … [Read more...] about Beat lockdown blues: Set 8 pm reminder for RekhtaLive music and poetry