“It’s like a Cronut. At first you think ‘Why?’, but then a bakery mash-up can be a thing of pure genius”

first_imgFormer Great British Bake Off contestant Cathryn Dresser gives her view the show’s new line-upThe presenters for Channel 4’s version of The Great British Bake Off have been announced (see p7) – and it came as a bit of a shock.Obviously all the emails I sent to the producers of the show, suggesting I would be a great new presenter went straight into the junk folder! I had also hoped to see one of my gloriously talented Bake Off pals, such as John Whaite or Edd Kimber, in the mix, but this was not to be. But that aside, I love this new line-up – it means a totally fresh, new, vibrant hope for what Bake Off will become.I love that it will have a shake-up and am excited to see what it’s all going to be like. It’s like a Cronut – at first you may have thought ‘What? Why?’ But then you realise a bakery mash-up can be a thing of pure genius.Stepping into Mary’s perfectly polished shoes is Prue Leith, which I am thrilled about. She was the perfect judge on The Great British Menu, has all of the experience and seemed balanced and measured in her opinions and comments, much like our beloved Mary.Prue also did a great job of keeping Matthew Fort and Oliver Peyton in check in that role, which bodes well for a banter-filled rapport with Mr Hollywood – a silver vixen to rival the silver fox! Prue makes perfect sense and I love this choice without even needing to see it.Sandy Toksvig and Noel Fielding are our new presenters. Mel and Sue (and Mary) feel utterly irreplaceable, so let’s try not to see it like this.I am excited about this new duo presenting my favourite show. Sandy has her own version of the dry, smart wit we all adored in Sue, and Noel has the zany, hilarious charm of Mel. I’m a big Noel fan!I’m not expecting the pair to be like Mel and Sue and, to be honest, I’m not expecting to love them even nearly as much – at least at first – but for me all the factors that could equal the perfect combination are there.These choices may seem unusual but could tap all the things we love about the magnificent three who are no longer there.All we can do now is wait like an overly-anxious Bake Off baker peering into the oven waiting to see if the meringue is perfect, or whether it’s a weepy mess.Personally, I have every faith it will be simply delicious – ready, steady, bake!last_img read more

Mackay sorry for ‘text banter’

first_img The League Managers’ Association issued a statement on Mackay’s behalf which read: “If Malky has caused any offence by these two isolated matters he would wish to sincerely apologise.” The LMA claims the club searched more than 10,000 private text messages and found two from Mackay that were “with the benefit of hindsight, very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures”. The statement added: “These were…sent in private at a time Malky felt under great pressure and when he was letting off steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter. “The LMA does not condone in any way any potential breach of equal opportunities laws but would also point out that out of over 10,000 text messages and 70,000 documents produced over a long period of time it may not be a complete surprise that some inappropriate comments can sometimes be made by employees, like Malky, working under great pressure in highly charged situations.” However, Mackay was said to be “very concerned about seriously inaccurate and misleading reports” in the media. The statement continued: “It has never been alleged that he wrote any homophobic or sexist messages and he has confirmed he did not do so. “Further, there are incorrect and damaging suggestions that he sent a whole host of offensive and unpleasant messages that are simply not true and which give a grossly distorted and unfair view of Malky’s involvement in this matter. ”Malky finds it strange that these matters were only raised with the FA and in the media now, eight months after his employment ended and the day before he was reported as being offered the opportunity to become manager of Crystal Palace FC. The former Cardiff boss and Iain Moody are alleged to have shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts when the latter was head of recruitment at the club. The pair were sacked by the club last season and the Welsh club have sent a dossier to the Football Association alleging misconduct. Malky Mackay has apologised for sending text messages he admits were “disrespectful of other cultures” – but claims they were “part of friendly text banter”. ”Malky cannot of course comment on the nature of any conduct or communications alleged to have been made by others. ”Malky has said that he will be fully co-operating with any FA investigation and that he looks forward to putting the record straight thereafter.” Press Association Sport understands Cardiff’s sending of the dossier to the FA was not deliberately timed to have any effect on Mackay’s candidacy for the Crystal Palace job. Meanwhile, Moody resigned as sporting director of Crystal Palace on Thursday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Audio: Moving America Forward rally

first_imgExcerpts from the Moving America Forward rally, held on the campus of the University of Southern California on Friday, October 22nd, 2010.Audio courtesy of KXSC student radio AM 1560.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown:Democratic senatorial candidate Barbara Boxer:President Barack Obama (part 1):President Barack Obama (part 2):last_img

NBA trade deadline: Wizards send Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis

first_imgParker has been in and out of the Bulls’ rotation recently and the team had reportedly been looking to move him. The fifth-year veteran signed a one-year, $20 million deal with the Bulls this summer. The contract also includes a $20 million team option for next season.Portis had spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Bulls. He’s tallying career highs in points (14.1) and rebounds (7.3) per game in 2018-19. OFFICIAL: we’ve finalized a trade with the Wizards.Full details: https://t.co/rg5bmMTGJw— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 7, 2019Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in late January the team was “not trading” Porter. But, star guard John Wall ruptured his left Achilles tendon earlier this week while recovering from a December heel surgery. He’s expected to be out for most of next season. Porter has averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game this season. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range.Porter has two seasons — which includes a player option in 2020-21 — remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017. Otto Porter Jr. is heading to Chicago.The Wizards have agreed to send the 25-year-old forward to the Bulls, the teams announced Wednesday. Washington will receive forwards Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, along with a second-round pick, in the deal.last_img read more