A penny for a show stopper

first_imgCharity by Sara Kreindler OFS Tuesday 21 –Saturday 25 October A Pembroke musical about financial crises? The irony got out of its seat and gave me a good slap round the face when I entered the theatre. Sara Kreindler, a loquacious Canadian studying at Pembroke, has written both the book and score for this show. Her talents composing are never thrown into question throughout the piece, but a plausible narrative unity is lacking here. The curtain opens on the meeting of a foreign aid charity. Its members are trying hopelessly to organise the most important event of the year, the Charity Ball. Conflict soon arises, as the committee splits into two, hurling abuse at each other through the camp medium of song. But ultimately, this is a story about that ol’ chestnut Love. More specifically, of Anita (Reina Hardy) and Ben (Richard Power). These two insecure, inexperienced souls refuse to admit their powerful attraction to one another, rendered paralysed by their shared fear of rejection. Anita worries that her strength and intelligence will alienate any man (how out-of-character for a girl to think that), whilst Ben contracts verbal dysentery when speaking to the opposite sex. Power plays Ben with an endearing humility and diffidence. Although his character is shy and unforthcoming, Power has a tremendous presence on stage, combining the naivety and ingenuousness of Jack Lemmon with the zeal and tenacity of a confident leading man. His voice is as strong as his acting, making him the highlight of this production. The relationship of Suzy and Trevor is explored, too. This is where my initial delight at the show turned to an uneasy dislike. Alice Shepherd, in the role of Suzy, lacked the necessary qualities to convince us of her character’s dissatisfaction with the sweet, but unexciting, Trevor. Suzy does not want her lover to be so thoughtful and caring. I began to cringe as Suzy launched into her lamenting “Why can’t you be wrong for me?” number; I’ve heard girls complain about guys being too sweet enough times without hearing it committed to music. Stop bloody complaining! Ahem. A bit about the staging. The OFS is set up in traverse, to accentuate the polarisation of the charity board: radicals against moderates, men against women. This opposition is achieved well, where many of the songs, whether politically- or ardently-driven, feature a tête-à-tête between man and woman. Christine Chung plays the femme fatale, Mavis, with seductive intensity that inveigles poor Trevor into her arms. And in ‘Farewell’, the intertwining of Anita and Ben’s vocals strongly suggests a gradual intimacy between the two. The music itself, however, is somewhat repetitious from song to song, with little stylistic variation. Vocally, the male leads outshone their female counterparts, most significantly, in their enunciation. Kreindler is very lyrically skilled, and the songs have a verbal playful quality. But on leaving the theatre, I was not sure what I had learnt from the show. Was the political element really necessary to drive the amorous plotline forward? Does charity really help us to change ourselves fundamentally? I was not convinced.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

Product news

first_imgTyrrell’s Potato Chips has launched a seasonal variety – Garden Herbs. The launch blends four classic herbs – basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano – to give “delicately balanced yet flavoursome” crisps.Tyrrells is also releasing regular seasonal favourite Summer Barbecue in time for the warmer weather.Tyrrells grows its own potatoes and turns them into crisps at its farm in Herefordshire. The crisps are packed in a 150g bag.[http://www.tyrrellspotatochips.co.uk]Darling Spuds has launched Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli crisps. The crisps are the fifth flavour in the range which also includes Sea Salt; Sea Salt and Modena Balsamic Vinegar; West Country Cheddar, Leek and Pink Peppercorns and Fire Roasted Jalapeño.RRP: 65p[http://www.darlingspuds.co.uk]== Cookies with a conscience ==BakeMark UK is extending its Better For You Cookie range with the introduction of two new variants. Launching this month, Strawberry & Yoghurt and Chocolate & Orange cookies have 65% less saturated fat than a standard milk chocolate cookie, have added fibre and 22% fewer calories. They are available in a bake-off format for retailers and foodservice outlets.The company has also added a range of American-style muffins to its bake-off range.RRP: n/a[http://www.bakemark.co.uk]== Pringles adds pocket pitch ==Procter & Gamble is rolling out two products this month – Pringles Pocket Pack and Pringles Rice Infusions Bite Size – to take advantage of the single-serve market. Rice Infusions Bite Size will be available in Cheese & Onion and Sweet BBQ Spare Rib flavours. The Pocket Pack will be launched in Original and Sour Cream & Onion flavours and promoted with a multimedia marketing campaign.RRP: 37p[http://www.pringles.co.uk]Paterson Arran has launched five new “dunking” bars under the Café Brontë has launched Ginger Snap, Fruit Shrewsbury, Oat & Raisin, Choc Chip & Orange and Double Choc Chip. Each 30g Dunking Bar comes individually wrapped in distinctive black packaging, with a clear window showcasing the product’s home-baked appeal.The bars are baked to a unique recipe and are GM-free. They are made from nut-free recipes and are suitable for vegetarians. They are available in mixed cases of 30 bars of each variety. The Café Brontë range is now available across the UK.RRP: n/a[http://www.paterson-arran.com]—-=== Campaigns ===== Our round-up of the latest ad campaigns, from Kit Kat to Cadbury ==== Kit Kat gets girly ==Kit Kat has hooked up with five-strong girl group Girls Aloud to promote its Senses chocolate bar. The link-up will see the band front a TV and print ad campaign for the wafer and praline chocolate bar. The campaign will include a full marketing programme including headline sponsorship of Girls Aloud’s Tangled Up tour in May and June.== Sporty move for Highland Spring ==Bottled water producer Highland Spring has teamed up with games giant Nintendo and tennis sensation Andy Murray to launch an on-pack promotion. From May 2008, consumers will have the chance to win Nintendo Wii games consoles, as well as join the tennis professional Andy Murray, for a Nintendo Wii tennis match in Roehampton.== Cadbury’s really trucking ==Cadbury has unveiled its latest ad campaign for Dairy Milk. Airport Trucks – the follow-up to the drumming gorilla – tells the story of the first-ever airport truck race in history. Queen’s anthem, Don’t Stop Me Now, accompanies the ad. Cadbury’s marketing director Phil Rumbol said: “The production is set to make unlikely stars out of the humble airport trucks.”last_img read more

Press release: British Embassy Seoul hosts UK Track Day

first_imgRelated articles “車부품 수요만 6조규모…영국서 기회 잡으세요” [2017.11.06 / Maeil Business] http://news.mk.co.kr/newsRead.php?year=2017&no=732665 영국이 전기차에 올인하는 이유 [2018.02.28 / Auto Times] http://autotimes.hankyung.com/apps/news.sub_view?nkey=201802271303441 미래차 집중한 영국, 일자리가 따라왔다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] http://news.joins.com/article/olink/22055726 세계 최경량차 맥라렌 ‘세나’…연구소는 英정부가 지었다 [2018.03.22 / JoongAng Ilbo] https://news.joins.com/article/22463866 £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge – development, design and manufacture of batteries for electric vehicles; this is particularly relevant to the supply chain £250 million Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) funding to be matched by industry 856,000 people employed across UK Automotive The automotive industry is a vital part of the UK economy accounting for more than £82 billion turnover and £20.2 billion value added. With some 186,000 people employed directly in manufacturing and in excess of 856,000 across the wider automotive industry, it accounts for 12.0% of total UK export of goods and invests £3.65 billion each year in automotive R&D. More than 30 manufacturers build in excess of 70 models of vehicle in the UK supported by 2,500 component providers and some of the world’s most skilled engineers. 6 of 10 Formula 1 teams have their HQ in the UK The UK government invests heavily in automotive research to further expertise in low-carbon propulsion, lightweight materials, and CAVs. In 2017 £1.2 billion were given by the UK government to automotive research funds (UK Government, 2017). UK now largest EU new car market for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017. Korea is UK Auto’s third biggest Asian export market, behind only China and Japan, as demand for British-built cars quadruples since 2010. Turned over £82 billion Invested £4 billion net capital Invested £3.65 billion in R&D Added £20.2 billion in value to the UK economy Exported products worth £44 billion, accounting for 12.8% of the UK’s total export goods On 4 September 2018 at Inje Speedium in Gangwon, the British Embassy Seoul’s Department for International Trade (DIT) team organised a UK Track Day to demonstrate the creativity, innovation and manufacturing capability of the British automotive industry. Iconic UK car brands including: Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus, and McLaren joined the event to show off some of their most impressive models.Speaking at the track day British Ambassador to South Korea, Simon Smith, said:“The UK automotive industry has grown at an unprecedented rate in recent years thanks to its rich heritage, the strength of UK design and commitment to continued innovation. The UK and South Korea already have a strong trading relationship in the automotive industry – Korea is the UK’s third largest Asian automotive export market – but there is so much more potential for growth. Far from a country that does not manufacture cars, we are one of the largest car manufacturers in Europe (1.6m cars produced in 2017) and a leader in autonomous and low-carbon vehicles. The iconic British car brands on show today emphasise everything that is great about British cars – style, performance and cutting edge technology.”The track day is part of the British Embassy’s ambitious ‘Automotive is GREAT’ campaign launched in Seoul in October 2017. The campaign aims to promote everything that makes the UK’s automotive industry such a powerhouse, while strengthening the partnership between the UK – Korea in the sector.100 senior representatives from leading UK automotive OEMs and the Korean Automobile Importers and Distributors Association attended the track day.The British Embassy’s DIT team provides support to Korean partners and investors who are interested in UK trade.  If you have any enquiries about possible automotive or other opportunities, you can contact the British Embassy Seoul’s DIT team here: [email protected] InformationThe UK is one of the largest automotive manufacturing countries in Europe producing 1.67m cars in 2017 and 8 of 10 UK built cars are exported to 160 countries worldwide. The UK government and industry are already leading innovation around the world through significant investments in future vehicles such as low-carbon vehicles, autonomous vehicles and connected cars.Some facts about UK Automotive Industry:center_img Automotive is GREAT:A long term, ambitious campaign started in 2017 to draw a thread from the UK’s current strengths in automotive production, design and strong UK brand presence in South Korea, to the UK as a country ahead of the curve in new automotive manufacturing and technology. We aim to show South Korea the UK’s strengths as a leader in the automobile industry to ultimately encourage stronger UK-Korea automotive links and trade.Department for International Trade role:The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. DIT is a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.UK Industrial Strategy- Sector Deal:As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Automotive Sector Deal was developed in 2017 and published in January 2018. The sector’s deal was among the first to be finalised, highlighting the collaborative approach industry and government are taking to ensure the UK remains a globally competitive place to design, engineer and manufacture vehicles. Key highlights from the deal are: 1.67m cars built in the UK in 2017. 1.33m cars manufactured for export in 2017- 8 out of 10 cars made in the UK are exported. The UK exports to over 160 markets worldwide. In 2017 the UK automotive manufacturing industry… £16 million Supplier Competitiveness Improvement programme – designed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of manufacturing supply chain companies Testing and Development of CAVs Deployment of infrastructure for testinglast_img read more

Warburtons acquires Giles Foods

first_imgWarburtons has acquired speciality bread and pastry manufacturer Giles Foods, as it looks to expand into new areas.It is the first acquisition by the fifth-generation bakery business, which was established in a grocery shop in 1876.A spokesperson for the firm said the acquisition represented “a great opportunity for business diversification and development”.Giles Foods – also a family-run business – produces unbranded baked goods, including garlic breads, dough balls, French and Italian breads, Danish pastries, tarts and buns, which are sold to retailers, restaurants, pub chains and catering companies.It produces 137 product lines, has 300 employees across two sites in Milton Keynes and Warminster, and an annual turnover of £26m.Warburtons will run Giles Foods as a separate business, with the current management team remaining in place.Jonathan Warburton, chairman and chief executive of Warburtons, said: “This agreement with Giles Foods underlines our continued commitment to growth, diversification and ultimately, creating quality products which we know people love.“As well as being a family-run business, Giles Foods has a strong track record in innovation and anticipating the tastes and demands of consumers. Alongside Warburtons, this will help us continue to work towards consolidating our position as one of the world’s best family food businesses.”David Rixon, managing director of Giles Foods, said: “There was an enormous amount of interest from a broad range of potential partners, but Warburtons, with its heritage and values, ultimately made the decision very straightforward. We are confident that becoming part of the Warburtons business will allow what Giles Foods has done for 35 years to evolve and grow.”last_img read more

Ginsters, Pukka and Maryland unveil NPD ahead of summer

first_imgSource: Chunk of DevonVegan Ploughman’s Pasty – Chunk of Devon Chunk of Devon is launching a Vegan Ploughman’s Pasty later this month.The savoury item is encased in a fake bacon, vegan cheese, apple and Branston’s pickle and said to “pack the same punch” as the bakery’s shortcrust Ploughman’s Pasty, which is also making a return this summer.“With the picnic season upon us and the promise of a staycation summer ahead, we were inspired to combine two classic English dishes to create our delectable new Ploughman’s Pasty range,” Simon Bryon-Edmund, Chunk of Devon director, said. Source: PukkaSausage, Leek & Cider Pie – PukkaHot pie brand Pukka has partnered with Westons Cider to create a limited-edition Sausage, Leek & Cider pie.Available now, the savoury snack is made with 144 layers of puff pastry, slices of pork sausage, diced leeks and apples and golden Stowford Press Cider gravy. The pie, which is on sale in Morrisons (rsp: £1.89/213g) is being sold in a summer-themed box illustrated with bunting and a pint of cider. The move follows a successful collaboration between Pukka and Marston’s last year.“Since adding Pedigree into our Steak & Ale recipe last year, retail sales have increased by 32% and we expect our tasty Sausage, Leek & Cider pie to be just as successful,” Rachel Cranston, head of marketing and innovation at Pukka, said. “We’re particularly confident because in our independently commissioned consumer research into how shoppers feel about certain flavour profiles, Sausage, Leek & Cider performed strongly – especially with our younger pie fans.” Source: GinstersPukka and Ginsters have collaborated with alcohol brands to create tipple-infused savouries.But they’re not the only bakery brands getting into the spirit ahead of the summer.A host of bakery NPD from snacks to biscuits has hit shelves in a bid to perk up picnic baskets.We select some of the hot picks below. Source: GinstersSmoky Steak & Guinness Slice – Ginsters Ginsters has also collaborated with an alcohol giant to pep up its savoury slices. The pasty maker has joined forces with Guinness to launch a Ginsters Smoky Steak & Guinness Slice.Developed by the brand’s Cornish-born head chef Chris Eden, the recipe contains 100% British farmed beef with potato, carrot, onion, swede, leek, chestnut mushrooms, black treacle, garlic and a measure of Guinness. The filling is said to be brought together with a rich smoked salt infused gravy and wrapped in Ginsters’ hallmark 80-layer puff pastry. The slice is available nationwide (rsp: £1.80).“We’re all looking for more excitement at the moment and lunch has become even more important in our day,” said Sam Mitchell, Ginsters’ managing director. “We know consumers are up for trying new things and looking for recipes with a difference. It’s our job to keep the category fresh and bring flavour-driven innovations to the aisle for shoppers.”center_img Source: Burton’s Biscuit CoHazelnutter – Burton’s Biscuit CoBurton’s Biscuit Co will be adding a hazelnut variant to its three-strong Maryland Kookie Crew range this month.The Hazelnutter, which has the strapline ‘Mine All Mine’, is described as a ‘perfect combination of roasted hazelnuts, chocolate dough and loads of chocolate chips’. The NPD joins the existing It’s Mint To Be and Jaffanator flavours.The new cookies will launch in Asda on March 24 and Tesco on April 22.“Packed with personality, the Kookie Crew range celebrates the fact that Maryland is synonymous with kookiness, different to any other biscuit and providing consumers with an opportunity to enjoy imaginative new flavour and texture combinations,” said Kate Needham, Burton’s Biscuit Co’s marketing director. Source: Pep & LekkerSeed Snacks – Pep & LekkerPep & Lekker’s five-strong Seed Snacks range has undergone a recipe revamp.The products, which sit between a cracker and savoury biscuit, have a ‘crunchier format’ and now contain olive oil instead of sunflower oil, as well as fewer chia seeds. Date syrup has also been added to two of the sweet offerings.The products are available in five flavours: Rosemary & Hemp Seed, Cumin & Linseed, Fennel & Chia Seed, Apple & Cinnamon and Cacao & Coconut (rsp: £1.90).“During Lockdown we were fortunate enough to procure honest, meaningful feedback from a handful of ‘leading light’ retailers impatient for us to take the next big step,” co-founder Susan Gafsen said. “The broad consensus was that whilst our gluten-free treats showcased seeds in a bold, versatile snacking light, our well-intentioned quest to tick every imaginable wellbeing tick box had unwittingly dented our mainstream appeal.”last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Announces Spring Tour 2017 Dates

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass have just revealed plans for a 17 date spring 2017 tour engagement, which will see the band travel across the country from March 9th through April 1st. The run will start at both South Carolina Music Farm venues (Columbia and Charleston x2), before heading through the Midwest and emerging on the West Coast.The band is already in the throes of a successful winter tour, after releasing their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted in the later part of 2016. You can see the band’s new tour schedule below, and head to their website for ticketing details. The pre sale for these new dates starts on Monday, January 23rd at 10 AM Pacific, with the general on-sale the following Friday, January 27th.Greensky Bluegrass Tour Dates3/9 – Music Farm Columbia – Columbia, SC3/10-11 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC3/12 – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN3/15 – The Canopy Club – Champaign, IL3/16 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO3/17 – Pabst / Riverside / Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI3/18 – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN3/21-22 – Belly Up, Aspen – Aspen, CO3/23 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT3/24 – The Wilma – Missoula, MT3/25 – The Pub Station – Billings, MT3/28 – Knitting Factory [Boise] – Boise, ID3/29 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR3/30 – Showbox Presents – Seattle, WA3/31 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR4/1 – WinterWonderGrass Festival – Olympic Valley, CAlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Newly Approved Funding for Business Development and Job Creation, Supporting More Than 560 Jobs

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Newly Approved Funding for Business Development and Job Creation, Supporting More Than 560 Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 24, 2017center_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced new project approvals through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) totaling more than $4 million in funding to support business development growth in Pennsylvania that will lead to the creation and retention of more than 560 jobs.“Working on behalf of the people, one of the greatest pleasures is to see a beneficial program come to fruition and serve the best interest of the commonwealth and the business community,” said Governor Wolf. “Today’s approvals reflect my administration’s commitment to making government work for everyone by providing funding that allows businesses and communities to achieve their advancement and expansion goals and further contribute to the state’s overall well-being.”Today’s approvals through the CFA mark the first investment made in the newly established Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) and a new approval for the successfully recapitalized Business in Our Sites program.Last year, Governor Wolf successfully secured funding through the reallocation of two fiscal years of funding from a previously underutilized program to develop the new the PIPE program. The program offers grants of up to $1 million per project in funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs.Today, the CFA approved funding for the first project through this program by awarding a $1 million grant to funding Domtar Paper Company LLC in Elk County for the installation of a three-mile pipeline to its paper mill facility in Johnsonburg Borough.Additionally, the CFA approved funding to support one Business in Our Sites project in Cambria County. A $3,026,352 BOS loan at 2 percent for 20 years was awarded to Green Diamond Services, LLC in Cambria County to assist with the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel site located in the City of Johnstown. It is anticipated that this project will result in the creation of 123 new, full-time jobs.For more information about the CFA, or to view a complete list of CFA-approved projects, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more