Butterscotch Bakery’s new afternoon tea site

first_imgLondon-based Butterscotch Bakery is to open its second site in Marylebone, London, specialising in afternoon tea.Opening on 15 February, Butterscotch Tea Room will be located on James Street in Marylebone and split over two floors. The bottom floor will be a café space with footstools and window bench seating, while the top floor will be the bakery’s afternoon tea room, featuring white marble tables and handmade paper flower walls.Customers will be able to select from two afternoon tea options: Poppy Morning Tea and Jasmine Evening Tea. Poppy Morning Tea will offer customers mini smashed avocado on toast and toasted crumpets, while the Jasmine Evening Tea will include Bakewell Fizz Prosecco cocktails.The bakery will offer customers the opportunity to see the new site before the opening from 10-13 February.“I want people to feel like they can come to Butterscotch for a good time, whether it’s a cocktail and a slice of cake or a full-blown affair with all the trimmings,” said Butterscotch Bakery founder Bea Vo.Bea Vo originally founded Bea’s of Bloomsbury in 2008 and left the company in 2014 before launching Butterscotch online and later opening its first site in White City Place, London.last_img read more

When it comes to politics, what’s love got to do with it?

first_imgLove might not be all we need, but its lack is surely tearing us apart. That was the point made by Arthur C. Brooks, president of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, during a Wednesday evening discussion with James Bryant Conant University Professor Danielle Allen at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.Love’s potency cannot be underestimated, began Brooks, who is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at American Enterprise. Discussing the powerful effect of oxytocin — the “love molecule” — and its potential for treating heroin addiction, he moved on to talk about how love of another sort might be able to treat the toxicity of our current political situation.“Ninety-three percent of Americans hate how divided we’ve become in this country. It’s a love problem. People have stopped talking to relatives,” said Brooks, whose most recent book is “Love Your Enemies.”“We have a public policy crisis, but we have to be responsible for it,” he continued. Quoting his late mentor, James Q. Wilson, former Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard, Brooks said, “You really have to remember that public policy never affects people at more than the 5 percent margin of their lives.” When Brooks asked what made up the remainder, Wilson told him, “Mostly just love.”“If you believe the 5 percent and blow it up to 100 percent, you’re not going to be giving people what they need,” Brooks said. “The revolution doesn’t lie with institutions. The revolution lies within ourselves.”Love does not mean avoiding conflict, Brooks stressed, citing as an example part of AEI’s mission statement: “competition of ideas is essential to a free society.”“Competition: That means disagreement,” he said.Rather, he said what’s needed is loving disagreement that replaces contempt with respect, or, as the Dalai Lama once told him, “with warm-heartedness.”“Ninety-three percent of Americans hate how divided we’ve become in this country. It’s a love problem,” Arthur Brooks told his Kennedy School audience.Dissenting respectfully, or, as Brooks might have put it, with love, Allen argued that the times may be too dire for such restraint. Noting that in the political sphere, we may be facing “actual adversaries,” Allen, who directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, pointed out that, “Our conflicts are real and consequential, and the stakes of them are sometimes life-transforming.”She also called out Brooks’ use of the word “kumbaya,” both in his comments and his book, as shorthand for a faked feel-good camaraderie. “Your book focuses on the contempt we feel in 2019,” she said, citing the battles between red and blue. “But culture is a big, complicated thing that teaches us our moral orientation. Our language is a carrier of contempt. You used ‘kumbaya’ contemptuously. I hear that and I hear my culture being disrespected.” She then played a 1929 recording of a singer from Sea Island, Ga., performing the spiritual with reverence. Brooks accepted the correction.On several basic points, the two found common ground. Summing up Brooks’ argument, Allen noted that both sides must acknowledge a “deep shared moral consensus,” notably, concern for our country. The second step is to consider one’s adversary in terms of equality. Only then, she noted, would it be possible to “fight with love.”Brooks agreed, and, in response to a question about the value of protest, brought up the 2017 interaction between Hawk Newsome, president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and Donald Trump supporter Tommy E. Hodges Jr. at a pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., that Hodges had organized and Newsome came to protest. Spotting Newsome, who was wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt, Hodges offered him two minutes on stage to make his case. Newsome took him up on the offer and introduced himself by saying, “I’m Hawk Newsome, and I’m an American.”Brooks said that Newsome spent his short time focused on the patriotism that both sides share, saying, “This is America. When something’s not right, you can fix it.”“If we really want to make America great, we do it together,” he concluded, adding that The Washington Post reported that at Newsome’s words, “And then the crowd cheered.” It was, Brooks said, a perfect “statement of political love.”“They weren’t saying suddenly, ‘I’m on the other side,’” Brooks said. “They were saying, ‘I like this guy.’ So there’s hope.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Tina Fey’s Not Given Up on Mean Girls Musical & More

first_imgLindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams & Lacey Chabert in ‘Mean Girls'(Photo: Paramount Pictures) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Tina Fey’s Not Given Up on Mean Girls MusicalThe plastics are still coming! Tina Fey, along with her hubby, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin, have finally set some time aside to develop the Mean Girls tuner. “We’re working on the musical adaptation, and thanks to Ellie Kemper’s pregnancy, we have this whole summer to work on it,” Deadline reports Fey revealing at Tribeca. Kemper leads the eight-time Emmy winner’s hit Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. No updates on whether there’ll be a number called “Fetch.” We remain hopeful.Chilina Kennedy to Lead A Sign Of The Times ReadingInteresting—signs are this show could have legs. Later this month, Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Ryan Silverman (Side Show) and more will lead an industry-only staged presentation of A Sign Of The Times. The new ‘60’s musical, which will feature hit songs from the era including “I Know a Place” and “The Shoop Shoop Song,” is then headed to Goodspeed over the summer. Directed by Gabriel Barre and based on an original story by Richard Robin with a book by Bruce Vilanch, the show follows Cindy from Middle America to the swirl of Manhattan…No word yet on casting at Goodspeed.Tracy Letts & Debra Winger in Talks for The LoversLooks like two-time Tony winner Tracy Letts will star opposite stage and screen star Debra Winger in Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers. Deadline writes that the pair are likely to play a married couple who reconcile after they’ve taken on lovers in the comedy. Shooting is scheduled to start in May.It’s Official! Hamilton Bails Out HamiltonLin-Manuel Miranda’s stupendous smash Hamilton continues to blow us all away. After picking up every accolade going, including, most recently, the Pulitzer, there now comes the news that Hamilton, has, well, saved Alexander Hamilton. After the idea was floated that the ten-dollar founding father would be replaced by a woman, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has confirmed that he will now remain on the front of the aforementioned bill. Instead, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will no longer be in prime location on the $20 bill; he is set to be replaced by Civil War-era abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Expect to see the new notes by 2020. You might also be able to get tickets to a certain tuner at the Richard Rodgers Theatre by then. View Commentslast_img read more

Family of slain American model requests an independent autopsy

first_imgThe family of a slain American model from Queens, New York, say they will be seeking an independent autopsy once her body is returned to the U.S from Jamaica.Peggy Brunner, the aunt of Desiree Gibbon who was found dead in a lonely deserted off beaten path surrounded by bushes in Anchovy, a small northwestern Jamaican town.Throat slashedReports indicate her throat was slashed and her wrists bruised. Her body was found fully clothed but without her phone and a sandal on Nov. 26thby locals. On Tuesday her parents, Andrea and Gairy Gibbon, viewed their daughter’s dead body for the first time at Doyley’s Funeral Home in Westmoreland Parish, according to the NY Daily News and Brunner’s Go Fund Me Post.Brunner said her niece’s body may not be handed over and returned to the US this week, but she has started making funeral arrangements “…we are seeking an independent autopsy when she gets home.”Sought work in JamaicaThe 26-year-old aspiring model had reportedly traveled to Jamaica on Oct. 20, looking for work that she hoped would pay for film school in Europe and was staying at a hotel owned by her grandmother in Jamaica.Go Fund Me AccountThe family has so far raised over US$33,000 of their $40,000 Go Fund Me  goal for funeral expenses and to bring the body back to the U.S. Some 667 people donated the money in just 7 days.Police in Jamaica have so far made no arrests in the case. The U.S. State Department warns U.S. citizens that “violent crime is a serious problem throughout Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and Montego Bay.”The State Department especially warns travelers to beware of Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street and Hart Street in Montego Bay.(News Americas Now)last_img read more