Mud, mirth and beyond

first_imgEver wondered what goes on in those bits of the festival that are rarely shown on TV? Months ago you were up at three in the morning to buy your one festival ticket. You bought all you needed for a weekend camping (one tent, two wellies, and a lot of baby wipes); you set up tent well away from the portaloo and made your way down to the main stage. So there you are with a crowd of expectant faces when Lucie Silvas appears. Disaster! You throw your hands up in frustration, scream with consternation and turn away in disgust. But wait. What do you see but a whole world of other stalls and stands? You’ve found the festival beyond the music.Of course not everyone must go through this strange but comforting ritual to discover the background delights of festivals. Most see them as they walk in, or read about it in the programme, or wake up with a hangover and only one sock in the middle of a circus. But sooner or later everyone comes to explore the other side.And it’s not just a set of empty diversions for those who got corporate tickets, or lost. The other attractions are what give a festival its colour and complexion. After all, they all have big bands, stages, fences, crowds and even bigger security guards. They all make lots of money, though they do give it to different people (Oxfam, Greenpeace and Richard Branson invariably). It’s what they have going on around all this that makes each festival individual and unique.The hippy granddaddy of the festival is, of course, Glastonbury. Originating, no doubt, in ancient times, Glastonbury has long been a centre of the slightly weird to the downright barmy. And the festival, while centering around the music, has a truly awesome amount of space devoted to every form of performing art imaginable, and a few beyond that.There are traditional and folk music acts, circuses, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, burger salesmen, hippy priests, and old women who will sell you homemade cookies at competitive prices. In the vast fields devoted to the great, the random, and the odd, you can discover unique politics, philosophies and religions. You can bask in the ludicrous, the self indulgent and the crazy. You can marvel at the talents, abilities and skills on display. You can wonder at why a man taught himself to juggle twelve balls at a time in a perspex box. Truly it is a celebration of the limits of mind, body and soul.As the first of the many fresh-faced festivals, the V Festival is the trendy, easy going, well off, new liberal, middle-class, mud-hating, blow-up sofa bringing place to be on one weekend in mid-August. Not as extensive as Glastonbury, the other side of the V festival is dominated by the absolute basics – food and beer.That’s not to say there aren’t a couple of smaller stages devoted to the up-and-coming or down-and-leaving bands of the day (where else are you likely to see a woman in a heart-shaped hat playing a xylophone?). Their funfair provides endless fun to the drunk and bored, and very reasonable prices if you happen to have lots of disposable income cluttering up your bank account.The skateboarders add a youthful edge (especially if you grew up in the late 1980s) and the padding and armour they wear just adds to the sense of danger and risk, when they stand about doing nothing all day. So, maybe not enlightenment but certainly a lightening of the wallet is the order of the day at V.And finally, the grown-up anarchist rocker enjoying his weekend before being an IT consultant again is the Leeds/Reading chaos. Here can be found plenty of stages, plenty of alcohol and plenty of weirdly, wonderfully and woefully dressed rock fans. Beer riots and tent fires are not unknown. Sporting takes the form of the bottle throw, the fifty metre crowd surf and the classic mud wrestling. All in good spirits (and bad lagers), Reading and Leeds festival-goers have a focus beyond that of the common man.And so, as we reflect on the past festival season and our brief tour, it seems Lucie Silvas has done us a great favour. Exploring the other side of festivals can be more than a way to pass the time, it can be an exploration of the true essence of a festival – get a load of people in a field and let them act like the music-loving crazy people that they are.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

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CSM rolls out American sweet bakery mixes range

first_imgCSM Bakery Solutions has launched a new range of American sweet bakery mixes, including muffins, brownies and doughnuts.Launched under CSM’s Henry & Henry brand, first introduced in 1889, the ‘Original American Sweets’ range is described as “easy to use and versatile” for bakers, cafes and caterers looking to create classic American baked treats.The mixes (see full list below), require the addition of eggs, oil and water and are multi-purpose so can be used to create cupcakes, loaf cakes and tray bakes.The move follows increased demand for USA specialities such as doughnuts and brownies, which have grown hugely in popularity in the UK in recent years, according to CSM.“American treats are hugely popular within the UK and we hope our new range will help cafes, caterers and bakers to create an indulgent range of treats with minimal effort,” said Margarethe Schneeweis, category marketing leader, pastry mixes Europe at CSM.“Our point of sale kits are available for each of the mixes as part of a promotional offer, including recipe booklets, tulip muffin cases, loaf cake and round cake cases and muffins picks so businesses can make the most of the delicious range and drive sales.”The full range comprises:American Muffin and Cake Mixes in plain and darkAmerican Plain Muffin & Cake Mix (15kg)American Dark Muffin & Cake Mix (15kg)American Toffee Cake Mix (10kg)American Brownie (10kg)American Donut 50 (16kg)American Icings – Milk, Dark and White (5kg)Chocolate Chunks – Milk, Dark and White (5kg)last_img read more

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San Carlos City holds service caravans in remote villages

first_imgIt supports the whole-of-nation approachembodied in Executive Order 70, which formed the National Task Force to EndLocal Communist Armed Conflict, and led to the adoption of a National PeaceFramework.(With a report from PNA/PN) Mayor Renato Gustilo led the holding ofthe immersion activity in Barangay Codcod on Feb. 22, which came after thelaunching of the RSCP through a service caravan in the village on Feb. 3. According to Local Government OperationsOfficer Steve Yap, the DILG will also lobby for the funding of the identifiedprojects. “This is the right time to air yoursentiments to the government so it can act especially on the projects for thedevelopment of your community,” the mayor said to some 200 participants fromvarious sub-villages during the gathering. It was also attended byrepresentatives of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He also assured the residents that the citygovernment will support these projects and allocate funds with assistance fromthe provincial and the national governments. The people just need to be patientand trust them. The RCSP was formulated to strengthenits forerunner, the Community Support Program (CSP), which was an initiative ofthe military, and also to initiate efforts driven mainly by the localgovernment. San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo leads the immersion activity in Barangay Codcod on Feb. 22. He said to some 200 participants from various sitios/puroks that it was the right time to air their sentiments to the government so that it can act, especially for the project development of the community. SAN CARLOS CITY LGU Among the concerns and needs raised bythe community were farm-to-market roads, electrification, water supply, healthcenter facility and the benefits for senior citizens.center_img For his part, Codcod village head DaniloLastimoso expressed his appreciation to both the city government and the DILGfor conducting the immersion activity. The city government also brought theservice caravan to Barangay Guadalupe on Feb.12, in Barangay Buluangan on Feb.10, and it was also held in Barangay Nataban on Feb. 7. BACOLOD City – The city of San Carlos,located in the northern part of Negros Occidental, recently conducted a seriesof service caravans in remote villages for the implementation of the RetooledCommunity Support Program (RSCP). “Only the government has the capacity tohelp solve the problems in (your) community, not the armed group of rebels,” headded. It gave assurance to the people that thegovernment is serious in its commitment to bring change and to include them inthe development process, he said. On Jan. 21, the Negros Occidentalprovincial government launched the “Serbisyo Negrosanon” to implement the RCSPwith a caravan of services hosted by the municipality of Isabela.last_img read more

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Can Man Utd shift Mou’s blues versus Spurs?

first_imgSimply, “No,” was his answer to one question. “I don’t analyse with you my players,” he fired back to another.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was once again in no mood to talk to the media this week. The open section of his press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur lasted less than five minutes.Last weekend’s hapless 3-2 defeat at Brighton captured the mood around Old Trafford; be it cause or effect – most likely a little of both – smiles are very much at a premium on one half of Manchester right now. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho, still furious at his club’s lack of activity in the transfer window, has kicked off his customary third-season blues nice and early.Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, has complained little after his side became the first in Premier League history not to make a single signing in the summer transfer window.The moods in the respective camps ahead of Monday’s clash were summed up neatly when each manager was asked about the other.”For every single manager who is younger than him, he was an inspiration,” said Pochettino. “He is an unbelievable manager.”When asked about his opposite number, Mourinho simply replied, “I’m not going to comment.”Sure 27082018But at least his side’s recent record against Spurs provides some at the club a reason for some rare optimism. The Red Devils have won 21 of their 26 home Premier League games against Spurs (D3 L2), winning each of the last four without conceding a goal.Indeed, Spurs have won just nine points in 26 trips away at Manchester United in the Premier League (W2 D3 L21) and lost more away matches at Old Trafford (21) than any team has lost away from home at a stadium in the competition’s history.Pochettino will be desperate to arrest that record, however, as he seeks out his 200th win as a manager – 123 of which have arrived at Tottenham.After winning his first seven managerial encounters with Pochettino in league competition between September 2010 and December 2014, Mourinho has only been successful twice in his last six league games against the Argentine (W2 D1 L3).And, since taking over at United ahead of the 2016-17 Premier League season, Mourinho has guided his team to 153 points – 16 fewer than opponents Pochettino’s Spurs.History, then, is most certainly in Mourinho’s favour; but can his players overcome the solemn, increasingly divisive atmosphere their manager is ostensibly instilling all around them? Or is it all just another one of Mou’s tricks?Either way, the stakes are high. The pressure is on.The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Manchester City FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

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