– Artist Sharon Baker, 45, made a life-size model of her own body entirely out of bread for an exhibition in London’s Docklands last weekend. The 5ft 3in model weighed 36 kilos before it was baked at Brooklands College, Weybridge.- Edwards Bakery in Wigan sold blue and white pies ahead of Wigan FC’s Carling Cup Final against Mancheser United in its four shops last weekend. The traditional recipe included beef, potatoes, ham, turkey, carrot, and football-shaped onions for the pie, with blue pastry lid, created by using food dye. The bakery also made blue and white gingerbread men. The final score was 4-0 against Wigan.- Machinery manufacturer Polin is supplied through Brook Food, which is based in Minehead, Somerset, and not Farnham, as printed in last week’s edition. Brook is the sole UK agent for Polin in the UK and Ireland.- The Chancelor will give his Budget speech to Parliament on Wednesday March 22- Patisserie Valerie is to open its 12th shopby Easter, branded Valerie’s Tearoom, in London’s West End. Director Enzo Scalzo said a further two outlets will open in London in 2006.- Stoke-on-Trent bakery Traditional Oatcakes has taken orders from as far afield as Australia and the USA after putting the mixture for the oatcakes on sale on its website.
“Get Outside” this fall with stunning 360° Blue Ridge Mountain views, navigate the massive corn maze, scoop up the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an apple cider donut, and celebrate the bounties of the fall season. Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is the solution for “Getting Lost in Fun.” Open Thursdays & Fridays 1-6, Saturdays 10-10 and Sundays 10-6 until November 8th, plus Columbus day. Visit our website www.blueridgemountainmaze.com for more details! Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is a passion project for co-owners Kate & Hub Knott, who began their journey into agri-tainment 20 years ago outside of DC, with America’s very first organically grown corn maze and the DC areas #1 Corn Maze Fall Festival. The two share a love for all things nature & outdoors and are thrilled to finally bring their family business to their local Blue Ridge Mountain home. The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is not your “cookie cutter” style festival, it is totally unique and the down home feel makes it easy to become a fall tradition for families and adults of the region. Persuading guests to enter into a corn labyrinth has proven year after year to be a great way to encourage folks to spend quality time together by working to navigate the maze, and then celebrate with a cup of hot cider & a caramel apple after successfully completing it. Hub & Kate are so excited to bring their stellar fall festival to the mountains of Nelson County this year and couldn’t be happier with the positive response so far. It is clear that families truly need a place to be outside and play once more. With the tumultuous year we’ve all had, people are tired of being “corn-teened” and ready to burn off that pent up energy. There is a HUGE demand for safe and fun things to do. Being outside is the safest option for activities these days, and Blue Ridge Mountain Maze makes it easy to stay 6 feet apart. The event is 100% outside and is a safe & easy place to gather and social distance this fall, all while giving folks a break from being indoors all the time. For the first year in the new location, the theme of the maze is “Get Outside” to celebrate the mountains and encourage guests to take a break from day after day indoors. With its location at Wood Ridge Farm Brewery in Nelson County directly off RT 29, Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is conveniently located 30 minutes from Charlottesville, and 45 minutes from Lynchburg. It’s in the heart of the “Brew Ridge Trail,” home to several famous breweries and wineries, Monticello, Wintergreen Resort, the Blue Ridge Parkway, endless hiking, and Shenandoah National Park. It’s the perfect way to spend a fall day with an outing to a local brewery, then balance the fun for the family at the corn maze, get local pumpkins, and enjoy a farm view that is second to none. The Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is an all new fall festival to Central VA, filled to the brim with fall fun including a giant 5 acre corn maze, farm animals, giant slides, farm obstacle course, night mazes, private campfire rentals, a country store & a plethora of pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes! Come spend hours of fun OUTSIDE this fall and watch the fall colors come to life with our panoramic Blue Ridge Mountain views. Open weekends from September 26-November 8th, this 100% outdoor festival is worth adding to your covid-safe list of fun, family activities to do this fall. The corn maze itself is what usually draws the crowds out to the festival, but Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is more than just a walk through stalks. The courtyard is an all ages playground for anyone that wants to enjoy it. Giant slides made from huge culvert pipes, a full size farm obstacle course & a pumpkin slingshot are just a few of the activities in the courtyard to entertain for hours. Not to mention the farm animals, a country store filled with local products to purchase, and the option to rent a private campfire at the Saturday Night Maze. Is there anything better than roasting s’mores over a campfire on a cool autumn night with a sky full of stars? The festival has something for everyone, both day and night!
Enyimba FC-bound Super Eaglesâ€™ goalie, Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the Peoples Elephantsâ€™ 1st choice for next season, AOIFootball.com can exclusively report.Ezenwa, who has had a fantastic 2017 that saw him stand between the sticks for the senior national team in very important World Cup qualifying games, will however have serious contentions from current no.1 of Enyimba, Theophilus Afelokhai. The former youth international is seen as quality addition by the Peoplesâ€™ Elephant, especially in the goalkeeping department ahead of their continental onslaught next season in the CAF Confederations Cup and the 2017/2018 NPFL season.Barring any last minute changes, the former FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Sunshine Stars shot-stopper will be announced as a player of the Paul AIgbogun-tutored club.Ezenwa recently left FC Ifeanyi Ubah after the expiration of his contract and was also wanted by four-time champions, Kano Pillars and former NPFL winners, Rangers International.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Maybe there’s too much logic in that. Not nearly as much as there is in a case where Dodgers fans, including those suddenly stricken with the Think Blue-bola virus, will have to re-remember where Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network is located, as if those channels were ever on their radar in the first place.Unless you’re late to the 21st century, this may be another eye-rolling reminder about the branding business of sports re-networking, which does require an updated LinkedIn account to help crack the code. It’s a product-placement practice that has produced measurable results for empowered sports leagues that want to boost audiences for less-than-saturated TV networks — put an important live event on a less-than-familiar channel and force viewers to become proactive by ordering it up or, if you’re too late, miserably becoming reactive.Battle-weary Dodgers fans unfortunately already know the drill. In a season where there was plenty of angst-driven diplomacy surrounding the undistribution of the team’s SportsNet L.A. channel, the perceived punishment continues as the Dodgers are detoured to less-than-dazzling Fox Sports 1 (Game 1, 3:30 p.m. Friday) as well as the league-driven 24/7 outpost called the MLB Network (Game 2, 6:30 p.m. Saturday) for the start of this postseason.For starters, there’s not a clear win-win marketing strategy when viewers are asked to Google websites such as www.foxsports.com/find-fox-sports-1-on-your-tv or www.FindMLBNetworks.com when it comes to finding a major sport’s postseason presentation. This is the market, it’s always Vin-Vin — if you mess with the TV side, there’s always Vin Scully on the radio. And TV suffers the consequences of its own arrogant ways.FS1, which last year had the single-largest debut of a sports network by launching in 90 million homes, has hardly become habit forming even with this past regular-season MLB package added to occasional USC and UCLA college football games, NASCAR events and … is Regis Philbin still around? Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci are on the Dodgers-Cardinals series starting Friday, giving it that “Big Fox” attitude. But otherwise … Let’s just say, for the sake of a skewed-up argument, that Major League Baseball had a partnership with the Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Boomerang.It’s not a clown question, bro.In that scenario, what business would the league have in sending Southern California baseball fans to search for their team’s must-watch playoff games this weekend to one of those seemingly random outposts, instead of a place they’re far more comfortable locating without even looking at the buttons on the remote?Think of how tapping into a group of kids-centric channels could have a boomerang effect by boosting the 1-to-12 age demographic for the graying sport. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The MLB Network carried 26 regular-season games as well this season. As it did the past two postseasons, it grabbed two divisional playoff games again — including Monday’s Game 3 of the Washington-San Francisco NLDS.In a TV sports cable landscape, where the distribution of an ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT establish the top of the food chain at about 97 million homes, the added exposure of playoff games to the MLB Network menu has helped the channel bore its way into about 70 million homes, or 40 percent more than when it launched five years ago. In the last two years of adding playoff games, the MLB Network has increased 33 percent during the regular season, according to a league spokesman. The L.A. market, incidentally, has gone up 56 percent in that time as well.Yet even if the network is most likely available to everyone on some level here, there will be a good number who haven’t upgraded their cable, satellite or telco package and need to pony up now to get it, or be cut out.It’s taking #INeedMyDodgers to another level.And sorry, but the MLB Network isn’t going to do what Time Warner Cable felt it needed to do with SportsNet L.A. and create any kind of simulcast on a local, over-the-air channel to appease those feel marginalized at this point in the game.Yet if the MLB strategy is to ramp up its channel visibility like the NFL, NBA or even NHL has done in recent years, this not the same supply-and-demand quotient at work here.When the NBA playoffs come around, NBA TV can siphon off some of the abundance of first-round games as it has since 2003. The channel launched in 1999 crept up to 45 million homes by 2009 yet is still in only 58 million today. Charter Cable subscribers still don’t have access to it.The NHL Network is in only 43 million homes, unavailable to the U.S. markets until 2007. It has not only put playoff games on its channel to gain exposure, but it also did a deal with NBC that included its tag-along little brother, NBC Sports Net, as the main facilitator for games. Kings fans know all about the frustration involved in trying to find NBCSN during its first Stanley Cup run in 2012. The distribution demand increased, and you heard fewer complaints during the Kings’ second championship run last summer. As a result, NBCSN is in about 82 million homes.The NFL Network, launched in 2003, will only go so far as to put a Thursday night regular-season package on its plate. Playoffs? Unless there’s some expansion of games, there’s not enough inventory to justify not giving it all to the other network partners.The MLB has an inventory issue as well, even with this new wild-card addition. It’s just following suit, trying to make itself relevant and its channel produce more awareness. Even if it’s at the expense of some Dodgers fans uninterested in an upgrade.Come early Saturday evening, if the MLB Network isn’t locked and loaded on your system, there could be some outside-the-batters-box strategy involved.Oh, for the days of KDOC. Adult Swim, anyone?RECORD, PAUSE, DELETEGauging the media’s high- and low-level marks of the week, and what’s ahead:DODGERS, KLAC SYNC UP AGAINGood luck again trying to match up the call of Vin Scully’s voice on the first three and last three innings of the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts on KLAC-AM (570) during the playoffs. Charley Steiner and Rick Monday have, again, the middle three innings. The Dodgers announced this week, as had been expected, that they’d take a long-term renewal with KLAC-AM (570) — reported to be in the 10-year range — to continue as the team’s flagship station. With it came the clause that the Dodgers have “an equity position” with the radio platform provider and parent company iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel). That arrangement still has to be cleared by the MLB. Greg Ashlock, the president of iHeartMedia Southern California, said the deal also will result in “jointly produced new local programming” for KLAC, but that has yet to be decided. Ashlock said that he, too, read rumors that the Dodgers would be jumping the KLAC ship and possibly circle back to KABC-AM (790), which recently sign on with the Kings, “but given the mutually beneficial partnership that we’ve enjoyed over the last three years, I was confident that we would come to terms.”BLACKOUT RAGE OVER?Even with the Federal Communication Commission’s decision this week to abandon its endorsement of the NFL’s 40-year-old TV blackout policy as it pertains to the league not showing games in home markets when it did not sell out 72 hours prior to kickoff, don’t expect the league to change its policy any time soon. “The NFL has the right to enforce their current blackout rules and I suspect that they will continue to do so,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said. “I hope the NFL will seize this opportunity to repudiate blackouts.” Because of government red tape, the FCC’s voiding of the rule will not take effect until this season is nearly over. In addition, the NFL has contracts going on years ahead with networks about the archaic blackout provision — which includes San Diego having current lordship over the L.A. market to bring in Chargers games. As Keith Olbermann rightfully pointed out Tuesday on his ESPN show, the blackout rule not only continues to punish local fans who would never buy a ticket to a game in any circumstance, but “in some cases it killed local teams … it may in fact be the reason why the Rams first moved out of Los Angeles, and then out of Anaheim, and why the Raiders went back to Oakland (from L.A).” If anything, the blackout rule must also strengthen DirecTV’s recommitment to the “NFL Sunday Ticket” package, which was finally announced Wednesday and reported to be a $12 billion, eight-year commitment. That is also supposed to clear a path for AT&T’s $49 billion deal to buy DirecTV, which most predict will lead the lynchpin to DirecTV finally adding SportsNet L.A. and the Pac-12 Network.
Florida’s Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday morning over how much the Broward County School Board potentially owes the families of victims in the Parkland shooting.The state’s Sovereign Immunity Law places a limit on the amount that government agencies are required to pay in lawsuits.Meanwhile, the Broward County School Board believes their liability is capped at $300,000, as it considers the mass shooting to be “One Incident.”Attorneys for the victims argue that they are owed up to $200,000 each, because every shot was a separate incident.According to Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was one of the 17 individuals killed during the shooting, “It was no unfortunate incident. It was failure, failure, failure. My daughter is dead because of it.” He believes the Justices should rule for the larger liability, in part to show what he refers to as the District’s failure to secure its schools.The Justices have not indicated when they will decide on the issue.
:10 As you know, I am always talking to you about “Old School.” Why? Cause I’m old, that’s why! Yeah, I know. I look good for my age. People tell me that all the time …and you know what, they’re right. Anyway, back to something way more important than me. If you want that good old school feeling…I mean that early Sunday morning biscuits and gravy, grits in the deep pot, ham, bacon and sausage, hot cakes, scrambled eggs and coffee old school feeling, then all you have to do next Sunday is get your lazy butt out of the bed and walk through the warm beautiful, historic and welcoming doors of St. James AME Church on Lincoln Avenue. The Champions’ staff were invited guests to the churchmember, renown Pittsburgh actress and model Rita Gregory. The word was powerful, inspirational and yes…quick…(smile). The church family was warm and Ms. Hazel’s Kitchen is all that. Chicken, poke salad, greens, corn bread…oh lord, let me stop! And how about this, all the food is served by young people. You know, the kind of young good folks we’re proud of who far outweigh the bad. I’m talking about the kind we celebrate on the 6 p.m. evening news, not the ones we close the gate on the 11 p.m. news. You’ve heard enough. Visit St. James. Do it now…because I said so…and oh yeah, God says so too!:9 All I said was the Lakers would make the playoffs. That’s all I said…no, shut up.:8 You might as well get on the band wagon now. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are for real. Not only are they legit, but now the word comes that we got depth…back up baby. LET’S – GO – BUCS!:7 Here’s an “Overtime” sports bulletin for ya. And remember, you heard it here first. The Pittsburgh Old Timers won the National Championship yet again. Tom “Bum” Coates added to his legend by bringing home MVP honors…word is he hit 4—3s in a row to bring home the title…some say he’s still dropping 3s and the game has been over for two weeks. More info and a team photo next week.:6 Now look and listen, and trust me, this comes from the heart mmmaaannn. It’s possible you may have had a smarter coach in the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League, but none smarter than Richard Allen. And you may have more dedicated coaches, but none more so than Karen Hall. And it’s possible you may have had someone more committed to winning than Ringo Saunders, but I doubt it. And I guess you could have had a better dressed coach than Roland Slade, but you would have to look far and wide. And, if you’re going to try and tell me there was a better organized and fully equipped coach in the league than me…aka Bill Neal…forget about it. But, if you want to identify the one coach that brought all these attributes to the court…then that would be…yeah, you know it—LaVaughn “Meatball” Johnson. Stand up and be applauded! (Alright man, I told ya I would hook you up. Now quit calling me). Hey everybody, you know “ball” can’t see all that good so here’s the truth, but don’t tell him I told you. We all know the man who wears all those crowns is the godfather Eddie Jeffries “The King of the Gangsters” …the Rankin Gangsters that is, wore a shirt and tie—on—the—sidelines. C’mon man!!!:5 The Pens are in. Let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE!:4 All you need to know is the Steelers met all their needs. Linebacker, wide receiver, running back and safety…now we have to see if them dogs can hunt!:3 I’m just sayin’, what about O.J.?:2 Movie Review Time. Oh, shut up will ya! You wanna have some fun, go see The Big Wedding, a Simmi chick flick, but De Niro makes it man friendly I give it 3 ***. And if you got the guts to see Pain & Gain with the Rock and Mark Wahlberg, funny, intense, brutal, bloody and yes boys and girls, a true story. Now that didn’t hurt did it?:1 Hey, if you’re looking for a wonderful thing to do for Mothers’ Day, call Rita Gregory. No, I mean a Mothers’ Day good time. She’s hosting the Mothers Day / Celebrity Women’s Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, May 11, at St. James Church, 2 p.m. Tickets are only $30, honoring “20” of Pittsburgh’s outstanding women, and the special treat, the M.C. for the event is the legendary Debbie Norrell. Call the Champions at 412- 628-4856 to get a ticket while we still have them…fame—fashion—food and fun. It doesn’t get any better than that. And you know you can take that to the bank!:00 Kevin Cameron…I can’t hear you mmmaaannn!!!~ GAME OVER ~ BILL NEAL