Pinkmans Bakery in Bristol has been rescued out of administration in a pre-pack deal.The business, which scratch-bakes products including sourdough loaves and pizza, opened its doors on the city’s Park Street around two years ago.Administrators Begbies Traynor, who were appointed last week, said “significant amounts” of share capital had gone into the business as a start-up, but added it continued to be under-funded.“The business faced a number of difficulties, as is not untypical for a company of this sort,” said joint administrator Simon Haskew, adding Pinkmans had not been generating the revenue needed to cover costs.The business has been sold to Natural Baking Ltd, which is owned and controlled by a minority shareholder of Pinkmans Bakery Limited.“We were quickly able to advise that administration and a subsequent sale was the best course of action, and we are very pleased to have been able to secure the jobs of the employees,” said Haskew.“We’ve been able to get the business to a point where it can face the future with a much greater degree of confidence.”Pinkmans was co-founded in 2015 by Steven Whibley, who previously ran Le Pain Quotidien in London.Speaking to British Baker at the time, Whibley said: “We decided to open on Park Street because, although Bristol has a number of great bakeries, there was nobody baking on what we see as Bristol’s most iconic street.”
The Brooklands Bakery, previously part of the Euphorium bakery business owned by Tesco, is facing closure.Samworth Brothers, which acquired the bakery in autumn 2016, is consulting with staff over plans to close the site in Weybridge, Surrey.Samworth acquired the trade and assets of Euphorium (North London) Ltd, which it renamed The Brooklands Bakery, in October 2016. The business made a loss of £1.4m in the period from then to 31 December 2016, according to documents filed at Companies House.“With regret we have decided to begin a formal consultation process with our staff regarding the potential closure of The Brooklands Bakery,” a spokesperson told British Baker.“Despite significant financial investment and the best efforts of the team at Brooklands, the business continues to be loss-making and this is not sustainable in the long term.”Tesco took a share in the Euphorium business, which included two manufacturing sites and high street bakeries, in 2012, and acquired the remainder in 2015. Euphorium concessions were opened in a number of Tesco stores.The supermarket giant sold the business in 2016 and converted its Euphorium concessions to in-store bakeries. Samworths took on the Weybridge site, while BTC Investments acquired Euphorium’s Islington factory and the associated high street artisan bakeries.BTC, which also operates the Soho Coffee chain, currently has six Euphorium sites, but intends to develop the business as a leading artisan retail bakery, patisserie and coffee brand.As reported in the 2018 Bakery Market Report (available free of charge to British Baker subscribers here), an investment programme of refits to its existing stores and the opening of new outlets is planned.
Bassist extraordinaire Thundercat has officially released his new album! Titled Drunk, Thundercat’s new album is a 23-track offering that fuses elements of funk, soul, hip hop, electronica, and jazz. It’s a mind-bending new release that engages from the first tracks and never lets go.The album features a number of collaborators, including Flying Lotus, Sounwave, Louis Cole, Zack Sekoff, Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Mono/Poly, Taylor Graves, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar featured Thundercat on his recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, helping to propel the bassist into the public eye. It’s nice to see the two continue to exchange musical ideas through collaborative efforts.The album is ultimately steeped in the roots of jazz fusion, but to call something “jazz fusion” is to leave the door particularly open ended. Tracks like “Uh Uh” particularly show off Thundercat’s technical skill as a bassist, but others air on the side of an intentional weirdness – perhaps due to the numerous electronica producers that Thundercat tapped for the release. His oddball style is seen heavily on “A Fan’s Mail,” where Thundercat says, “it’s cool to be a cat,” and proceeds to meow repeatedly on the track. Despite the weirdness, however, Drunk never loses its groove, maintaining a toe-tapping, head-bobbing pace on every song.Thundercat also sings lead on a majority of the tracks, giving Drunk an overall-soulful vibe with his high-register crooning. That vibe is only enhanced on the song “Show You the Way,” with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins joining Thundercat for a one-of-a-kind contribution. That song is followed by “Walk On By,” which starts with a long soul introduction before introducing a verse from Kendrick Lamar. Lamar’s contribution certainly stands out in the soulful track, though its definitely a slower pace than much of Lamar’s own music. Other songs, including “Drink Dat” with Taylor Graves and Wiz Khalifa, also fall into that slowed down soul hip hop style.All in all, Drunk is an expression of Thundercat’s flare for the unusual, marked by top notch production and execution. At times, the album seems to be pulling in all directions, but it’s anchored with the unmistakeable soul-drenched style that is Thundercat. Listen to the new album below and check it out for yourself!
Photo: Capacity Images Load remaining images Phish drummer Jon Fishman is currently on tour with Portland, Maine rockers, The Mallett Brothers Band. The Mallett Brothers and Fishman first collaborated in 2016 to help raise awareness for Bernie Sanders’ run for president, then again twice last year–including at the re-opening of Fishman’s Lincolnville General Store back in November. Given that Fishman rarely tours outside Phish–at least as compared to Trey Anastasio or Mike Gordon–the run has generated plenty of buzz since it kicked off with a performance at Matunuck, Rhode Island’s Ocean Mist.On Thursday night, April 12th, the Mallett Brothers Band and Fishman hit the beloved Williamsburg, New York venue, Brooklyn Bowl, with Parsonsfield and Escaper. Luckily for us, our friends at nugs.tv and Relix captured the entire performance, with the Mallett Brothers Band’s entire set streamed via the Relix YouTube channel. You can watch the full video of the show below. Also, don’t miss checking out a gallery of photos from the night, courtesy of Chris Capaci (Capacity Images).[Video: Relix]The Mallett Brothers Band Featuring Jon Fishman Upcoming Tour Dates:April 14 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground%April 15 – Norfolk, CT- Infinity Hall%April 17 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of IndependentsApril 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music HallApril 21 – Somerville, MA – ONCE% – with Peoples Blues of RichmondView All Tour DatesPhoto: The Mallett Brothers with Jon Fishman | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/12/2018 | Credit: Capacity Images
“Harvard Shorts” is not stock market lingo, nor abbreviated pants for wearing on a treadmill. It’s a new University-wide digital movie contest, sponsored by the Division of Humanities. Inspiration came from the ubiquity of video productions in academic life, their aesthetic possibilities, and their potential for enriching scholarship.The contest is a search for what organizers call “polished, coherent, and enjoyable” three-minute explorations of teaching and research.There are five categories: scholarly serials; scholarly shorts; shorts on the topic “Why are the arts and humanities important?”; course or departmental trailers; and shorts on novel ways to use library resources. Prizes range from $500 to $750. The top films will be screened April 24.All submissions must be free of copyright restrictions. The rules for movie-making technology are flexible — even PowerPoint is eligible — and organizers will hold training seminars for novices. All current Harvard faculty, students, and staff, alone or in teams, are eligible. Submissions, due between March 15 and April 9, must be submitted online. The voting is online too, between April 16 and 23.For more details, go to the Harvard Shorts Web site. You also can follow the contest on Twitter: #HarvardShorts. If you have questions, contact the contest organizers at [email protected]— Corydon IrelandIf you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]
Breakfast with Mugabe officially opens on January 12. The off-Broadway transfer, directed by David Shookoff, will play a limited engagement through March 2 at The Lion Theatre (at Theatre Row). The show previously appeared at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Written by Fraser Grace, the production is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who was severely depressed, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. Breakfast with Mugabe explores the tension between contemporary ideas and ancient beliefs and the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators. The cast features Ezra Barnes, Michael Rogers, Rosalyn Coleman and Che Ayende. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Related Shows Breakfast With Mugabe View Comments The Breakfast with Mugabe creative team includes set design by Lee Savage, costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Joyce Liao and sound design by Colin Whitely.
The Legend of Georgia McBride Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 11, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now available to see Dave Thomas Brown, who recently appeared off-Broadway in the musical adaptation of Heathers, in Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride. Directed by Mike Donahue, the New York premiere will begin performances at off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on August 20.The Legend of Georgia McBride follows Casey (Brown), a broke Elvis impersonator in the Florida Panhandle, who, in order to help his pregnant wife, turns to the world of drag.The cast will also include Wayne Duvall as Eddie, Matt McGrath as Tracy, Keith Nobbs as Rexy/Jason and Afton C. Williamson as Jo.The MCC production is scheduled to officially open on September 9 and run through October 4. Related Shows
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia tobacco farmers’ share of money from a 1998 tobacco settlement that compensates states for smoking-related health problems will be late — if it comes at all.About 300 farmers and industry representatives met to discuss this and other tobacco issues at a meeting Dec. 21 at the University of Georgia’s Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga.Since 1999, Phase II checks have been issued on Dec. 30. They usually arrive in the mailboxes of eligible U.S. farmers or quota owners by the first of the year. But not this year, said Lamar DeLoach, president of the Tobacco Growers Association of Georgia.These payments from tobacco companies are intended to offset farmers’ income losses to reduced U.S. tobacco consumption stemming from the Master Settlement Agreement that awarded states $206 billion. The companies agreed to pay U.S. farmers and quota owners $5.15 billion over 12 years.The tobacco companies say they should no longer be required to pay farmers this money, since legislation signed Oct. 22 by President George Bush signaled the end of the Depression-era U.S. tobacco quota program.The companies will pay about $10 billion in compensation to U.S. farmers for the end of this program, something most farmers wanted.A North Carolina business court is expected to rule on the Phase II money case later this week. An appeal is expected regardless of the ruling. The appeal could take three months to six months to resolve, said Donnie Smith, executive director of the Georgia Tobacco Community Development Board, which oversees the distribution of the money in Georgia.Either way, Smith said, payments will be, at the least, delayed.”We know this situation puts tobacco growers and quota owners in a difficult situation,” Smith said. He noted that many farmers depend on the money to make payments on equipment, supplies, loans or taxes.Georgia’s 2004 Phase II payment would be about $25 million, he said.Language in the national settlement says tobacco companies can reduce their Phase II payments by any amount taxed against them in order to make other payments to farmers and quota owners, said J. Michael Moore, a tobacco agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.The money that will go to farmers and quota owners for the end of the tobacco program can be considered this type of tax.But when does the federal program end? The bill that abolishes the program doesn’t take effect until June 30, 2005. Tobacco companies haven’t paid any money to farmers or quota owners for the end of the program, yet, DeLoach said.The companies should be made to pay their 2004 Phase II payment, DeLoach said.”It seems pretty cut-and-dried to me,” he said.The companies have paid three-quarters of the 2004 Phase II money. It sits now in a trust held by JPMorgan Chase Bank.
Raising a flock of backyard chickens ensures that you have a steady supply of fresh eggs. But if you plan to sell those eggs, Georgia law requires the eggs be candled.“Candling is the age-old method of looking inside an egg — without breaking it open — and figuring out what’s going on inside,” said Brian Maddy, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Troup County. “In the days before electricity, candles were used to illuminate the eggs.”Farmers initially candled eggs to determine if a viable embryo was inside and to check the development of the baby chick, he said.The procedure also helps farmers determine the quality of the eggs for human consumption. The amount of air inside the shell indicates the egg’s freshness. Looking at the egg’s air cell, the yolk and the albumen, or egg white, determines whether the egg should be graded AA, A, B or inedible.“Small poultry flocks have become very popular in Georgia, and some backyard farmers are very interested in supplementing their income by selling farm-fresh eggs,” Maddy said.To be sold, all chicken eggs must be evaluated by a certified grader and appropriately packaged and labeled in accordance with the Georgia Egg Law and Georgia Food Act. To sell eggs to a grocery store, bakery or restaurant, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDOA) must license the farmer’s candling facility. The no-cost, lifetime certificate is obtained by passing both written and hands-on candling examinations.Experts with the GDOA teach classes on egg candling and local UGA Extension offices often host these classes. Four egg candling classes have been scheduled by GDOA in July: Friday, July 15, in Spalding County; Monday, July 25, in Bibb County; and Wednesday, July 27, in Walker County and Lowndes County. For more information, contact Bradley Brown at (770) 535-5955 or Hayley Pitts at (229) 386-3489 at the GDOA.
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trailby Scott JurekScott Jurek is one of the world’s most accomplished ultrarunners (fueled entirely by a vegan diet), and in 2015, he attempted to set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. Just a week into his run, he sustained a quadriceps muscle tear that nearly shattered his record-setting dreams. But never bet against the champ. Jurek finds a way to push through injury in one of the most demanding and transcendent efforts of his life.Pipeline tree-felling begins in Nelson CountyAtlantic Coast Pipeline construction began in Nelson County last month near Wintergreen Resort, where crews began clearcutting along the 600-mile route. The pipeline also received permission to begin cutting trees along the pipeline route through national forest lands in West Virginia and Virginia.Moonlight MadnessDon’t feel like waking up for another early-morning road race? Toe the starting line of the Moonlight Madness 10K and run trails by the light of the moon. Race begins at 9 p.m. on May 26 at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, W.Va.Nooga’s 11-year-old Climbing ChampA Chattanoogan cemented his claim as one of the nation’s best young climbers in February by winning his class in USA Climbing’s 2018 Bouldering Youth National Championship. Hugo Hoyer, then 10, was one of six members of the High Point Chattanooga team to qualify for the national tournament. He’d finished third in the same competition in 2017 and third at USA Climbing’s Sport & Speed Youth National Championships in 2016 in Kennesaw, Georgia.Hoyer’s parents, both climbers, have encouraged him to climb since his playground days. A couple of years ago, they scouted climbing cities around the country before eventually relocating from Hoyer’s childhood home in Queens, New York, to Chattanooga.New A.T. Hall of FameA new class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees will be honored this month at a ceremony in Pennsylvania. The eighth class of A.T. hall of famers includes the late photographer George Masa, a Japanese immigrant who lived in Asheville, N.C., in the early twentieth century. Masa’s influential images of the mountains and ardent conservation efforts are credited with helping with the foundation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another regional inductee—Bob Peoples—is the owner of the Kincora Hostel, just off the trail in Hampton, Tenn. In addition to his hiker hospitality, Peoples is also known for his tireless trail maintenance efforts. Along with Masa and Peoples, two more inductees, William Kemsley and Liz Levers will be inducted during the annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs on May 4.Runners Find Puppies on Barkley Marathons CourseBack in March, two runners training on the course of the infamous Barkley Marathons, a grueling 100-mile slog in the backcountry of Tennessee’s remote Frozen Head State Park, found an abandoned litter of black lab puppies. According to Runner’s World, Ashley Blake and Joshua Scott were running on a trail when they heard noise in the nearby woods and surprisingly discovered five puppies huddled together trying to stay warm in near-freezing temperatures. After contacting a ranger station, the runners carried the puppies to safety, and the litter was eventually brought to Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. With the pups on his mind, Scott went to the shelter soon after the rescue and decided to adopt one of them. He named him Barkley.Fastest Race in AshevilleFor the past decade, some of the best runners in Asheville have gathered each week for a fast, flat training run along the French Broad River that finishes at the Wedge, an iconic brewery in the River Arts District. This legendary training run has grown into a 10K race on May 5—and it’s not just for fast folks. It’s a kid- and family-friendly event, and all youth runners under 17 get a 40% discount. The race benefits Girls on the Run WNC. Learn more at:ashevillerunningcollective.comRock Stars in VirginiaThe first-ever RockStar VA challenged mountain bikers to tackle 270 miles of dirt or gravel from Harrisonburg (ROCKtown) to Roanoke (STAR City). The multi-day bikepacking event began April 7 and included snow, rain, and sub-freezing temperatures on the first day. Of the 35 registered riders, only 9 finished (one rider was still on the course as of press date). Barry Croker won the trail route in 3 days, 19 hours, and 27 minutes. Croker has been racing mountain bikes since the early 90s and was the first to ride the Massunutten Ring solo. The 40-year-old rider is an active duty Air Force engineer with six children. David Landis took the gravel title in 1 day, 17 hours, and 45 minutes, and Jonathan Hicks and Dustin Welch completed the gravel ride on singlespeeds.