Merton don heads Booker

first_imgA former drug and gambling addict has been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize by a committee chaired by Merton’s Professor of English, John Carey. DBC Pierre scooped arguably the most sought-after prize for English Literature with his first novel, Vernon God Little. The book, which describes a Texan high school massacre, was described by Carey as a “coruscating black comedy reflecting our alarm but also our fascination with America”. The judges voted four to one in favour of Pierre’s book. Carey insisted it was the quality of the novel rather than the author’s private life which captivated the judges. He commented, “The language is extremely vivid, most inventive, it’s extremely exciting and very funny”. DBC Pierre or ‘Dirty But Clean Peter’ is formerly known as Peter Finlay, but took on the pseudonym to hide his colourful past. He recently confessed to betraying his friends to fuel his drug and gambling addictions, running up huge debts in the process.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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New Lights to Brighten 34th Street Gateway

first_imgLights hang now from temporary electric poles and cords and often burn out or don’t work. By MADDY VITALEWhen the trees along the 34th Street entryway into Ocean City shine with classic holiday lights, people agree it leaves a good impression.But when the lights burn out or are off in spots, the feeling while traveling into the city’s south end could be a bit lackluster.That is where City Councilman Bob Barr and residents in the Fourth Ward come in. Since taking office in 2016, Barr has worked with his constituents to ask for, and get, aesthetic improvements in the area that runs from the foot of the 34th Street bridge to West Avenue. The main one being year-round lights.The problem, however, is the infrastructure cannot sustain the lights year-round.“Sometimes the lights go out or just don’t operate. A new permanent infrastructure will allow the lights to be on year-round and the lights will be nicer, brighter, and energy efficient,” Barr said in a phone interview Saturday. City Council passed a resolution at Thursday’s meeting to go out to bid for the installation of electrical infrastructure to create the right system to keep the white lights on.Barr said he hopes the bidding process moves swiftly.“We have to see when we get the bids back. I’m hoping it moves as quickly as possible,” he said. “Everything will stay the same but nicer, brighter, permanent lights will replace the ones there now.”The LED lights will be illuminated year-round and will enhance the entryway, Barr pointed out.Year-round lights will replace holiday lights that burn out because the current infrastructure cannot sustain them.Mayor Jay Gillian addressed the issue in his weekly message posted Friday on the city’s website.“Council also approved a resolution to seek bids on bringing permanent electrical infrastructure to Roosevelt Boulevard at the 34th Street gateway to Ocean City,” Gillian said. “That will create reliable electrical service for the lights in the trees along the roadway. This started as a holiday display, but the decorations were popular enough the residents and guests have asked that they be lit year-round.”But the lights are only the first step in a long list of proposed upgrades to dramatically improve the area that visitors see first when they make their way over the 34th Street bridge into the south end of the city.Barr remarked about some of the items in the grass median strip lining the roadway.“We would like to see the clutter cleared up,” he said. “There are different signs for different things up there. The county puts out signs and there are other signs. I thought signs should be put up in a more thoughtful way. It is sort of haphazard right now.” Councilman Bob Barr looks out on traffic traveling on 34th Street in February 2018.last_img read more

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Baker wins Pie Awards

first_imgWalkers Charnwood Bakery was awarded the Supreme Champion title for its pork, chicken and ham creation, at the British Pie Awards, held recently.Produced for Waitrose, the pie was awarded first place in the cold savoury category, before also being crowned Supreme Champion.Leicester-based Walkers Charnwood also won the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie category, with its pie for Tesco; the pork pie category, for its Large Pork Pie, made for Henry Walker; and the Presenter’s Choice award, for its Gala Slicing Pie, produced for Sainsbury’s.St Mary’s Church in Melton Mowbray saw more than 700 products entered for judging, around 200 more than for the inaugural British Pie Awards last year.Boghall Butchers, based in Bathgate, took home the award for the best fish pie, for its Cod with White Wine creation, as well as champion vegetarian pie for its Vegetarian Haggis Pie.The top hot savoury pie was won by Devilish Desserts, with its Steak and Ale Pie; and the winner of the Steak and Kidney Pie category was Peter’s Food Service.For further details, including a full list of the winners visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk.last_img read more

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Man, 18, critically hurt in crash at Ireland & Myrtle Roads in South Bend

first_img Man, 18, critically hurt in crash at Ireland & Myrtle Roads in South Bend Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 6, 2020 0 405 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Facebook (95.3 MNC) An 18-year-old South Bend man was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash at Ireland and Myrtle Roads.The collision happened just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, when police say a truck, pulling a camper, collided with a Chrysler, striking the driver’s door and injuring the teenager.The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators. WhatsApp Previous articleGov. Whitmer issues congratulations to Joe BidenNext articleVote of “no confidence” in Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins fails, virus spikes on campus Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalNews Twitterlast_img read more

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John Mayer Thanks Fan For Unlimited Dead & Co Devotion During Solo Show [Video]

first_imgAfter wrapping up his finest tour to date with Dead & Company this summer, John Mayer is back on the road continuing his The Search For Everything World Tour in promotion of his recently released solo album of the same name. While Mayer has switched gears and is tapping back into his more mainstream pop sensibilities, the guitarist and singer/songwriter continues to prove that he’s cognizant of the fact that he now serves as an ambassador for the Grateful Dead. Over the weekend, Mayer teased Grateful Dead tunes at all three of his concerts in the Northeast. During last night’s performance at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, he continued this theme, teasing “China Cat Sunflower” and later showing some serious love to a dedicated Dead & Company fan.John Mayer Teases “Fire On The Mountain” In Hartford [Audio]Mayer teased “China Cat Sunflower” during “Something Like Olivia”, a song off his 2012 release Born and Raised, which came as the third song of the night during the show-opening full-band portion of the evening. While the tease may not have been recognized by all the attendees at his solo concert, it was a subtle nod of acknowledgment to any new fans he might have picked up through time spent with Dead & Company. However, a truly special moment came during the banter right before his set-closing rendition of “Why Georgia”, when Mayer took the time to individually acknowledge and thank a fan who he’s seen at every single Dead & Company show.After thanking the audience at large for “making my music feel like usable music.” After catching a t-shirt a fan threw to him on the stage, John pointed out a member of the crowd, saying, “I’d actually like to thank this gentleman right here in the headband. This gentleman has been at every Dead & Company show. He’s been to every show—not almost every show. There’s maybe four or five people that I saw at every show, and I’ll tell you something: I’ve looked to you at times when I wasn’t sure that I really knew what was going to come next or whether I was on the right part of the guitar neck or whether I was making any sense at all, and this gentleman would just go like this [pumps fist in the air]. He would bring me right back to the confidence to continue sort of exploring and searching. What a great surprise to see you, and I just want to thank you. I want you to follow me around in life!”You can check out a video of this sweet shout out and his “China Cat Sunflower” tease in “Something Like Olivia” below, courtesy of ShoestringRacer.“Why Georgia” This special moment isn’t been the first time that John Mayer has acknowledged Grateful Dead fans during this leg of his tour, though it was his first thank-you to a specific individual. Earlier in August, Mayer gave a hilarious shout-out to the men in the audience—most of whom can be assumed to be fans of the Grateful Dead or his trio over his work as a pop artist—at his show at PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte in the middle of “Your Body Is Wonderland.” During his cheeky interlude during the lady-oriented song, which you can listen to below, courtesy of NSL, Mayer said, “Guys, we’re halfway through the song. I’m speaking to the men only for a moment. Men, we’ve made it halfway through, it’s almost over. All the guys with Grateful Dead shirts, all the guys who want to hear the Trio and don’t know what to do with their gaze…Don’t know what to look at during the song lest I look up and make eye contact with them. Fifty percent of the song is over. Hang in there!”[Photo: Carol Spagnuola; H/T: Jambase] “Something Like Olivia” and “Who Says”last_img read more

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Leslie Odom Jr. on Unique Techniques for Procuring Hamilton Tix

first_img View Comments Related Shows Leslie Odom Jr. is currently killing it (sorry, couldn’t resist) as Aaron Burr in Hamilton and on November 16 he stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to chat about starring in Broadway’s latest megahit. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s tuner “asks everything of you every single night,” says Odom Jr. “When we reach the end it’s a miracle.” He also had some fascinating tidbits he’d discovered about Cabaret icons Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli after their visits to the production; one is one of the world’s best blaggers, the other is all about the medical marijuana! Check out below to find out all; the show, as you all know by now, is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Hamilton Leslie Odom Jr. Star Files from $149.00last_img read more

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Dry Corn Good for Cows

first_imgFarmers in parts of Georgia have given up on their corn. With hardly any rain for weeks, there’s little chance their fields will produce enough grain for harvest. A University of Georgia expert said some of the farmers may consider harvesting the plants themselves. “Many fields of dryland (nonirrigated) corn didn’t get enough rain at an especially critical stage for optimum grain formation,” said Robert Stewart , an animal scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Some of these fields are being zeroed out for insurance.” Crop losses could be costly. The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service last week listed 12 percent of the state corn crop, about 70,000 acres, in “very poor” condition. Average yields on that many acres would bring farmers about $23 million. But Stewart said the corn plants can be good feed for the farmers’ cattle. “Drought-stressed corn has a surprisingly high nutrient content,” he said. “The total digestible nutrients will be slightly reduced. But protein will likely be higher than normal corn for silage. The nutrient content will be similar to small grain silage.” Stewart tells farmers they can let their cattle graze the corn if it’s fenced in adequately and has a water source. But he said farmers should first test the corn for nitrate content. “Drought-stressed corn is prone to accumulate nitrate,” he said. “Green-chopped corn or grazed corn could be dangerous.” Even if nitrate levels permit grazing, Stewart tells farmers to let cows have a fill of hay before turning them onto corn. He advises them to limit-graze corn for two to four hours a day for the first week. Probably the best way to use the corn, Stewart said, is to harvest it for silage. That’s especially true if farmers need to try growing a second crop on the land. Silage is finely chopped plant fodder stored in an airtight place and allowed to ferment into a succulent winter feed for cattle. If the farmers don’t have a silo or a trench or bunker for storing silage, Stewart tells them to use their imagination in designing a homemade structure. “The important thing is to pile the mass with the least surface area possible,” he said. “Cover it with plastic. Sealing is important.” Stewart tells growers to store the silage in fields where the cattle will be, with a temporary fence around it. “Then when it’s needed, remove the fence and let the cows eat their way through the stack.” Even for corn harvested for silage, farmers should test the corn for nitrate. “Fortunately, the ensiling process removes 50 percent of the existing nitrate,” Stewart said. The nitrate level needs to be no higher than 5,000 ppm for pregnant cows or 10,000 ppm for any cattle.last_img read more

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Are you spending too much on pet food?

first_img 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Anderson Heather Anderson covers consumer financial news for CUInsight.com, offering readers tips on budgeting, setting and achieving financial goals, and developing a healthy relationship with money. She is co-founder of … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details We all love our fur babies, and want them to be healthy. That’s probably why petfoodindustry.com reported the U.S. pet food market is projected to reach $27 billion in 2018, marking a 4.4% increase over last year.The site credited online and premium food sales for the increase, driven by the humanization of pets, a bond that defines the contemporary relationship people have with companion animals. Pet owners think of their pets as members of the family, and want them to eat the same “clean” foods that they do.Some premium pet foods are so expensive, pet owners might pay as much for their pet’s food as they do their own. Is it worth it?Surprisingly, the answer may not be found in the label.According to a blog post on the topic from Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University, the term “premium” is merely a marketing term that means manufacturers have created a product that provides “tangible or imaginary surplus value” at a higher price than typical products. That means the premium pet food you’re feeding your cat or dog might be better than average . . . or, just perceived to be that way. There are no standards required for pet food manufacturers to advertise their product in a way that will justify a higher price.Some foods may promote current trends, such as no grains, byproducts or GMO ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they have superior quality control standards or even attention to nutritional value. The manufacturer may just be using these ingredients to justify the higher cost, and the food might not even be better for your food, the blog said.The conclusion? Just because your veterinarian recommends a food (especially if he or she sells it – which probably means a mark up) or the pet food is marketed as premium, that doesn’t mean it’s worth the extra cost or healthier for your pet. Instead, first decide what your realistic budget is for pet food. Then, research the best food available that fits your budget. Instead of focusing on current food trends, pay attention to the manufacturer’s recall history, quality control ratings and overall track record. This strategy will ensure your pet food purchase is a good value, rather than something with a snazzy package.last_img read more

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10,000 tree seedlings set for planting

first_imgThese barangays are Alimono, Jaguimitan andSalngan, according to Mitzi Peñaflorida, senior environmental managementspecialist of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO). The tree seedlings – which include narra,jackfruit, cacao, kamagong, mahogany, Palawan cherry, among others – would beplanted on either side of the road traversing the three barangays. ILOILO – Some 10,000 tree seedlings would beplanted in three barangays of Passi City on Sept. 28, the 20th Pista saKakahuyan of the provincial government. The tree planting was originally scheduled onJune 22 in Barangay Pangilihan, Janiuay town but was postponed due to inclementweather. The PRDP road project is some 28 kilometersand serves 4,080 households in the villages of Imbang Grande, Talongonan,Jaguimitan, Salngan, Alimono, Magdungao, Tagubong, Agtabo, Dalicanan, andGemumua Agahon. center_img Peñaflorida said the tree planting would coveran estimated 11.5 kilometers of road.The three barangays chosen for the activity are near the biggest PhilippineRural Development Project (PRDP)-funded road project in the Visayas – theImbang Grande-Tagubong-Gemumua Agahon-Agtabo farm-to-market road. Saturday’s tree planting would have anestimated 1,000 participants from the provincial government, schools,government agencies, and volunteers. The 20th Pista sa Kakahuyan tree planting ispart of then governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s regreening program called Actionfor Re-greening and Transformation for Climate Change Adaptation (Art for CCA).His successor, son and namesake Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., deemed it wise tocontinue the Art of CCA./PNlast_img read more

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