In any discussion of Shakespeare, we have all come to inevitably expect the immediate worship of everything he produced. We are inclined to replace what previous generations may have termed “poor” or “problematic” with terms such as ‘experimental’. Sadly, I do not feel that I can use such a term when speaking of Timon of Athens. I felt too often during the performance that the play’s events lacked the unity one would expect: the two reversals of fortune happen so closely together that the audience barely has time to understand the significance of either or to appreciate the themes that are developed in each. The uneasy feeling that the play consists of a series of events without an organising narrative is constantly at the forefront of the audience’s consciousness.Indeed the central theme is the poisonous nature of money and the contrast between material reality and the idealistic world of the mind and spirit. Timon’s mistake is in essence that he trusts in the intangible bonds that he shares with his “friends” when these bonds are in fact based on his money and thus have a real existence in the world, subject to the transient nature of existence. The transcendent and eternal, commonly represented by love, are almost entirely rejected in this play by the constant association of the values and ideas of civilization with the material world through money. Even romantic love itself, constantly made into a transcendent reality within art, only appears in the guise of prostitutes. In a Marxist sense, the supposedly eternal values and concepts are projected by mankind onto the world, stemming from his material situation.However, the play fails to develop this theme properly by giving it a true contrast: Apemantus merely accepts the world as a spectator and fails to change it, arriving to mock and ridicule it, but never to truly challenge it. “I am sick of this false world” indicates the depths of despair that Timon feels in the essentially meaningless world, and seems to represent the world as intrinsically false. Moreover, the nightmarish view of Alcibiades, namely that “Soldiers should brook as little wrongs as gods”, has too much brutality and personal pride about it to be appreciated as a viable option. Apart from the lone character of Flavius, whose relationship with Timon is consistently underdeveloped, there is little humanity to be taken from the play.Though I thought the attempt to use a very meagre set with very few props was admirable, the play failed to pull it off: the use of a plastic Sainsbury’s bakery tub as some sort of treasure chest was a step too far. In terms of acting, Nakul Krishna captured the resonances of the language very well, whilst the others occasionally had a moment of excellence, but mostly managed to pass it off fairly well. In short I would only advise you to see this play if you have a desire to see everything Shakespeare ever produced or have a specific penchant for it.
45 YEARS — Mrs. Donna’s 4 year old class with the Division of Recreation Young Children’s Program began a great school celebrating 45 years and counting! From left to right are Areebah, Elijah, Alivia, Sophia, Dax, Emma, Logan, Genevieve, Aiden, Ayaan, and Mrs.Donna Killmer ×
Fox 29 TV Host Bob Kelly has a blast with fans at Ocean City’s Oves Restaurant Thursday morning during his live show “Town Takeover.” By Maddy VitaleOves Restaurant at 4th and the Boardwalk in Ocean City offered more than just homemade apple cider doughnuts and scrumptious pancakes Thursday morning. The eatery also offered live entertainment, thanks to Bob Kelly, a TV host with Fox 29, whose news team selected Ocean City to highlight in the show “Town Takeover,” which is part of “Good Day Philadelphia.”From 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Kelly joked with patrons and passersby who stopped by for some laughter and fun. Bob was a hit with the crowd when he slipped into his mermaid costume from Bowfish Kids.The segment, which was aptly called “Shore Town Takeover,” also had live on-air spots with Kelly featuring local sports teams, businesses, city organizations and pageant queens. To see the segment with the mermaids courtesy Fox 29 visit: http://www.fox29.com/good-day-videos/347596092-videoJilly’s Candy Factory, Johnson’s Popcorn and Bowfish Kids were just some of the businesses highlighted.Members of the Ocean City High School Boys and Girls Crew teams, the Ocean City High School Red Raiders Football team, Boy Scouts, the Ocean City Historical Museum, Miss Ocean City Miss Ocean City Madison Leigh Kennelly, Junior Miss Ocean City Hope Aita and Little Miss Ocean City Ginger Mumman.Local sports teams including the Ocean City High School Girls and Boys Crew teams were on air.Kelly pumped up the morning crowd with shout outs to Ocean City. Sometimes he would even yell out “Bam” in between spots, which inevitably led to giggles.Noah Stevens, 11, of Ocean City who is a member Ocean City’s Youth Athletic Association All-Star baseball team.He nibbled on a cinnamon doughnut before getting to meet Kelly and going on-air along with some of his teammates. Noah said it was really cool to meet Kelly and watch the show.Noah Stevens, 11, of Ocean City, with Bob Kelly, said the show was cool.“His coach told us about this, and we came over,” said Noah’s mom Sandy Stevens.Donna Oves, of the landmark restaurant, said this is the second year Fox 29 came out to the restaurant for a show. Oves, who is also vice president of the Ocean City High School Crew Boosters, said it is a great thing the station does for the community.“They really showcase some of the local sports teams, businesses, groups and city organizations,” she said.Businesses including Jilly’s Candy Factory were featured on the show.Jim Swift, an assistant crew coach, was on air with his teams. He said the show was a lot of fun.The best part of the show appeared to be a spot featuring Bowfish Kids, a boutique on Asbury Avenue, where employees use their creativity to transform kids into mermaids complete with makeup, lots of glitter and even flippers.Kelly slipped on a mermaid suit. After a few minutes Kelly settled into a mermaid chair with kids and some Bowfish staff for the segment. Bob Kelly appeared to have a lot of fun in the broadcast.But when the sun created a shadow the “set” had to be turned in the opposite direction.Kelly asked how he could get up with the flipper on. He was told to hop, and he did to a crowd of people laughing.Fox 29 photojournalist George Roach has been working with Kelly for a long time. He said “Town Takeover” is one of their favorite shows because they really get to see special slices of life in the communities.Bob Kelly attempts to see over an Ocean City High School Red Raider Football player.“It gives a town an opportunity to highlight people and groups,” Roach said. “We bring this morning show here and you see these little kids in mermaid costumes. They can look at the segment years later and it will bring back memories.”Sisters Angelina Vallely and Isabella, of Quakertown, P.a., were on vacation with their family in Ocean City.“Their grandmother is an avid watcher of Bob Kelly,” said mom Jaime Vallely. “We had to come down and see the show.”Angelina even asked Kelly a question. “I asked if he had ever been to Quakertown,” she said with a wide smile. Bob Kelly listens to Quakertown, P.a., resident Angelina Vallely’s question.Bob Kelly offers a doughnut to this little girl.Beth Bowman, a trustee on the board of the Ocean City Historical Museum, takes the mic.Bob Kelly asks Beth Bowman a little bit about the Ocean City Historical Museum.Bob Kelly poses with Angelina Vallely and her sister Isabella.The spectators and people who were featured on the program had lots of fun at Oves Restaurant Thursday morning.Bob went for a ride on the boardwalk with some of our local celebrities: http://www.fox29.com/good-day-videos/347587052-video Then he closed out the morning with the following:http://www.fox29.com/good-day-videos/347626263-video
Renshaw, host of the Cake Zone at Bakers’ Fair Autumn next month, will be creating a range of Christmas and Halloween-themed bakery goods.As part of the event, which takes place on Sunday, 7 October, at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, the bakery ingredients manufacturer will be showcasing a range of its products to make cakes, biscuits and bakery goods at its ‘Halloween fun and Christmas festivities’ stand.This will include eyeball cake pops, Halloween cupcakes, a graveyard traybake with Halloween characters, caramel and chocolate web cupcakes, a tear-and-share Rudolph cake, novelty melted snowman biscuits and novelty sandwich shortbread wreaths.Renshaw will be decorating products using its range of coatings, ready-to-roll icing and injectable caramel.Nicola Hemming, business development manager and technical sales manager at Renshaw, said: “We will be creating a Christmas cake display to inspire all skills sets that visit the show. This will include ideas that incorporate colours from the Renshaw Professional range and techniques.“The Cake Zone will also act as a sugarcraft surgery to answer any questions visitors may have. We will also be demonstrating how to make simple Christmas trees and snowflakes from Renshaw modelling paste.”
Troubled supermarket giant Tesco is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for overstating profits by £250m.The company revealed the accounting irregularity last week and launched its own investigation via Deloitte.Tesco said it would “continue to co-operate fully with the FCA and other relevant authorities considering this matter”.The supermarket has suspended four executives in connection with its accounting problems, including its UK managing director Chris Bush.Commenting on the overstating last week, Dave Lewis, group chief executive, said: “We have uncovered a serious issue and have responded accordingly. The chairman and I have acted quickly to establish a comprehensive independent investigation.“The board, my colleagues, our customers and I expect Tesco to operate with integrity and transparency and we will take decisive action as the results of the investigation become clear.”Tesco has had a torrid time of late, with falling sales, the installation of a new chief executive and a shares fall following its admission on profits.The Financial Reporting Council, the accountancy watchdog, and the Serious Fraud Office are also understood to be monitoring events at the group.
Baking entrepreneur David Powell has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship at the London South Bank University (LSBU). Powell himself graduated from the LSBU Bakery School in 1977 with a diploma in baking science. The school now has state-of-the-art facilities including a new demonstration bakery and is now offering a Masters in baking technology.After graduating at the top of his year, Powell was granted freedom of the Company of Worshipful Bakers, an honour that paves the way to becoming a Freeman of the City of London.He began his career in retail bakeries before joining a Belgian ingredients company and going on to work for well-known baker Piero Scacco as technical director. Following that, Powell began his own business named David Powell Bakeries, specialising in muffins. He secured contracts with major chains as well as supplying speciality breads and other products to companies including Waitrose, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.Powell said: “The National Bakery School shaped my career, and there’s still an urgent need for the kind of education it provides, with that solid grounding in scientific principles. Of course, bakers need practical skills. But you’ve got to have that scientific knowledge if you want to keep innovating and moving forward.”Earlier this month Powell received the Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry Award at British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards 2014 in recognition of his achievements.
Morrisons has released a spoof video of ’the Queen’ as it prepares to launch its own value version of the Patron’s Lunch ahead of her official 90th birthday. The film clip, which shows a royal impersonator shopping in a Ma’am-orrisons store and scanning her shopping to the soundtrack of God Save the Queen, forms part of the retailer’s celebratory activities, which include a special £1.25 lunch menu, comprising a sandwich, freshly made scone and unlimited tea, to be served in its cafés on 11 and 12 June.Royal-themed baked goods, including an Elizabeth Sponge (rsp: £3) – a ten inch triple layer cake containing fresh cream and raspberry jam and a Clarence the Corgi Cake (rsp: £5) – a hand rolled chocolate sponge topped with sugar decorations, milk chocolate and caramel flavour curls, are also being sold. “Millions of people are on a budget, but want to take part in this special occasion, so we’ll be doing our bit to bring people together in our cafés and celebrate the 90th birthday of our longest-serving monarch,” Morrisons spokesman Andy Atkinson said.The Queen turned 90 on 21 April, but her official birthday falls on 11 June.Last month, Tesco launched a ‘collector’s piece’ commemorative tin of buttery shortbread petticoat tails at a cost of £4.
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In the latest installment of NPR Music’s iconic Tiny Desk concert series, The Roots appear for a rare performance outside of their weekly gig as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum hip-hop icons deliver an original tune “It Ain’t Fair”, written for the soundtrack of Detroit. Backed by The Roots, vocalist Bilal Oliver and emcee Black Thought help paint the picture of Detroit in 1967 in support of the film’s message.“‘It Ain’t Fair’ was designed to emphasize the importance of social justice through the prism of late-sixties Detroit, which means many things culturally and politically, and also certain things musically,”explains The Roots drummer and producer Questlove in a press release. “Music has the power to express both anguish and hope.”Watch The Roots perform their original “It Ain’t Fair” for NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series below:
Read Full Story Thanks to an effort that began more than a decade ago, bioengineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has finally taken root.In fact, with new faculty members, a cross-cutting University institute in biologically inspired engineering, the launch of an undergraduate concentration (and a graduate degree program in the wings), bioengineering is indeed blooming.Find out more about the exciting interface of biology and engineering, and catch up on the latest news from SEAS in the winter 2011 issue of Topics.