Winter squash

first_imgby Kaitlyn Goalenphotographs by Jillian ClarkFolks, we’ve turned pumpkins into the Miley Cyrus of autumn eating. Once upon a time, pumpkins were cherished totems of the season, embraced with fervor by children in costumes. And while vestiges of that innocence still exist, popping up each Halloween like a Hannah Montana rerun, it’s been all but swallowed up by a new image: “pumpkin spice.” Like Miley’s wagging tongue, pumpkin spice follows us from latte to doughnut to beer. The flavor is ubiquitous and over-the-top, and tastes nothing like the ingredient for which it’s named. And that’s the shame of it, because actual pumpkins and their winter squash ilk (all part of the Cucurbitaceae family), should be the centerpiece of your cooking this month. No need to wait until Thanksgiving: make a pumpkin pie this weekend (and give it a twist by using coconut milk instead of the stalwart evaporated milk, or by throwing sorghum into the filling instead of granulated sugar). Swap out the butternut squash in your favorite soup recipe for an heirloom like red kuri squash or Jarrahdale pumpkin.Or do as I do: Let the natural vessel-like nature of pumpkins and squash work to your advantage by stuffing them full of your favorite things and roasting them whole. I like to mix stale bread with whatever is left in my fridge (the ends of a cheese plate, for example, or the last of a package of bacon), stuff the mixture into a pumpkin (or, for individual portions, acorn squash), top the mixture with cream, and bake until the squash is tender and practically melting into a cheesy, molten center.My comparison ends here: Miley, under all the pageantry and gyrating, has a killer voice. Pumpkin spice, likewise, harkens back to a vegetable worth honoring. Let’s get back to the source.Stuffed Acorn SquashServes 4This recipe is very much a template that can be customized to your taste. Swap the cheese (blue cheese would be delicious), swap spinach for kale, or bacon for sausage. You could even swap the bread for partially cooked rice; it’ll resemble a gorgeous risotto after being roasted.2 small pumpkins or 4 acorn squashSea salt and freshly ground black pepper2 tablespoons olive oil1 shallot, minced4 garlic cloves, minced8 ounces button mushrooms, thinly sliced3 sprigs fresh thyme2 cups cubed day-old bread (such as sourdough or country loaf)1 ounce sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes1 ounce Gruyere, cut into small cubes1 ounce Fontina, cut into small cubes3 slices bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces and cooked until crispy (optional)1 cup spinach leaves, torn into bite-size pieces (optional)½ cup heavy creamPreheat the oven to 350°.Using a sharp knife, make a circular cut around the stems of each acorn squash (as if you were carving the top of a jack-o’-lantern). Remove the tops, and use a spoon to hollow out the squash, discarding the seeds and stringy fibers. Season the insides of the squash with salt and pepper, and set the squash inside a 13-by-9-inch rimmed baking pan.In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. When it shimmers, add the shallot and garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes, and add the mushrooms and thyme. Cook, stirring, until the mushrooms have shrunk in size and are cooked through, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.In a large bowl, combine the bread, cheese, bacon (if using), spinach (if using), and reserved mushrooms. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spoon the bread mixture into the squash cavities, pressing down gently to pack. Divide the cream between the four squash, pouring it slowly into the cavity, then replace the squash tops.Bake for 90 minutes to 2 hours, until the squash is tender when pierced with a knife. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.last_img read more

First love Classic films

first_imgA scene from The Happiest Millionaire. Courtesy Walt Disney Cameron HowardThe red Netflix envelope arrived in my mailbox on Duke’s East Campus, and I opened it back in my dorm room, which still bore the signs of recent, frenzied moving-in. The DVD was The Happiest Millionaire, a 1967 Disney musical starring Fred MacMurray as Anthony Drexel Biddle, the Philadelphia scion of a banking fortune. He’s an eccentric but very “happy millionaire” who runs a Bible and boxing school out of the stable, keeps alligators in the conservatory, and adores his eldest daughter Cordelia, played by Lesley Ann Warren.It’s a fun film marked by that peculiarly joyful but slightly sideways quality of Disney’s family films from that era, and it’s interesting to watch legends like MacMurray and Greer Garson, who plays Biddle’s wife, still dominating the screen decades after their careers began.As I sat there in my clunky wooden chair and matching desk in my tiny room, the experience took a surreal turn when Cordelia’s suitor, a young man by the name of Angier Buchanan Duke, and his mother, Sarah, entered the picture. Yes, those Dukes! Angier Duke was Benjamin Duke’s son and Washington Duke’s grandson, and he really did marry Cordelia Drexel Biddle. (In an odd turn of events, one of Cordelia’s brothers married Angier’s sister Mary, who was Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans’ mother, hence the various arrangements of Biddle/Duke names scattered around campus.)A scene from The Happiest Millionaire. Courtesy Walt Disney Studios.I thus had the strange experience of watching a (highly) fictionalized film based on the Duke family on Duke University’s campus in a dorm room three minutes away from the Biddle Music Building. To make it even weirder, I had visited the Sarah P. Duke Gardens just that afternoon. I hadn’t intended to start my college career with a classic movie about the Duke family, but it could not have been a more perfect choice.After all, I’d been a Duke fan years before I became a student. I was one of those toddlers decked out in Duke gear babbling cheers and flinging pom-poms at what I felt was “my” stadium long before I understood why. My love for old Hollywood goes back just as far; I grew up watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Bringing Up Baby instead of Full House and Saved by the Bell, and have adored classic movies for as long as I can remember.And I’m still utterly enthralled. It’s the glamour, the cleverness, the glorious style, and the subtlety (often due to a production code that kept things “clean”). It’s the virtuosic dancing, the rapid-fire dialogue, the amazing almost-but-not-quite British accents, the gorgeous costumes intended to astound, and that red lipstick that somehow never smudges. And it’s the stars, those idols of a nostalgic glamour preserved on glossy strips of celluloid. I love it all: the dreamlike musicals, timeless dramas, unsettling noirs, topsy-turvy screwballs, and tear-jerking melodramas – and how each one, whether it’s included in the canon or not, holds its own secrets and its own seedy and marvelous history.Sometimes films from the Golden Age can seem like slower, tamer, even painfully old-fashioned versions of today’s movies. But classic film is an art form with its own conventions, techniques, and aesthetics. The films are deceptively dense; each frame is packed with layer upon layer of choices, innovations, deliberate decisions, and miraculous mistakes that contribute to the fantastic shadows flashing by at 24 frames per second.But if the art of the films doesn’t grab you, the history might. Just like any artifact of a past age, these films are veritable time capsules inadvertently exposed to light. Old movies reproduce a certain moment in time, often without meaning to, though of course the “reality” they present is usually more beautiful, simpler, and far less chaotic than the real world has ever been.Courtesy Walt Disney Studios.It’s a cliché to bemoan “they don’t make ’em the way they used to!” but it’s entirely true. Hollywood functioned very differently then: The studios owned most of the theaters, almost everything was filmed on enormous backlots, and everyone, from the biggest stars to the carpenters and electricians, were under contract to a particular studio. The “dream factories” churned out movies from the teens to the fifties, and only began to crumble after the Supreme Court declared the massive studios in violation of anti-trust laws in 1948. It was this unbridled power that made classic Hollywood so extraordinary.Take Esther Williams. She was a national champion swimmer who was a favorite for the Olympics, but her life took an improbable turn when the 1940 Games were cancelled. MGM scouts were looking for an answer to Fox’s ice-skating sensation Sonja Henie, and decided a shapely swimmer would be just the thing. Williams was offered a contract (most actors had seven-year contracts with the studios) and MGM poured money into creating the “swimming musical,” building a massive pool complex inside a 32,000-square-foot soundstage, and turning a pretty nineteen-year-old into a glamorous movie star who captivated millions of moviegoers. For almost ten years, Williams topped the box office with her bright, sparkling movies featuring massive water extravaganzas that inspired the modern sport of synchronized swimming. The story of MGM’s mermaid verges on the absurd, but it could only have happened in the studio era during Hollywood’s Golden Age.Fortunately, these movies are undergoing something of a renaissance today. The DVD market, Turner Classic Movies, and companies like Netflix and ClassicFlix have made classic films available again. And theaters like Raleigh’s The Colony and The Cinema, Inc. and Durham’s Carolina Theatre turn screenings into events and recapture the magic of seeing these movies in their rightful place.As for me, I will always remember watching The Happiest Millionaire in my dorm room at Duke. I think of it every time I encounter the names Angier Duke or Biddle, and I smile at that weird, magical moment when Duke and classic Hollywood collided.last_img read more

The force is strong

first_imgDavid Wilmoth, 47, is a Lucas Enterprises-certified Darth Vader and a huge fan of the film series.photographs by Christer BergRaleighites have not been immune to the fervor surrounding the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest chapter in the galactic saga. With a temporary studio set up at the Marbles IMAX Theatre, intrepid photographer Christer Berg captured fans of all ages as they waited in line for the film’s premiere. He discovered the force is strong in the City of Oaks.Brothers Jacob Bosecker, 10, and Joshua Bosecker, 12, dressed as an Ewok and a Padawan, or young Jedi.Stan Mallard, 27, paid tribute to Yoda with his eared hat. He began watching Star Wars when he was three years old. “My dad raised me on Star Wars,” he says.Stephanie Smith, 29, transformed into a Christmas Princess Leia. She first saw Star Wars when she was 8 and now her boyfriend, Stan Mallard (above), has re-introduced the films to her.Deirdre Lewis, 21, who dressed as Princess Leia, has been a Star Wars fan “since four or five years old, watching it constantly on TV.” This was her first time seeing a Star Wars movie in a theater.Lloyd Wilmoth, 9, cloaked himself as Luke Skywalker, complete with light saber. Appropriately, his father, David Wilmoth, is Darth Vader (above).A fan for as long as he can remember, Gage Ward, 21, donned a Boba Fett hoodie.Imperial Staff Officer Katrina Andrews, 36, has been a big fan since she was a child.last_img read more

Best Local Biking

first_imgcourtesy Thinkstockby Mimi MontgomeryI’ve never had the best luck with cars. I actually consider mysself a good driver, but I seem to be a walking, breathing manifestation of an automotive Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will surely come barrelling toward me and usually in an extremely public setting. On my driving record we have: three failed driving tests; uprooted mailboxes; fender benders; countless keys locked behind closed car doors; an incident with a flying bug and an air conditioner (don’t ask); numerous expired registration tickets; several middle fingers administered by portly, aggressive older men who could clearly use a hug; confrontations with neighbor’s trash cans; dislodged door handles; and a brief run-in with a boulder that I still maintain was not my fault (it was a very ill-placed boulder).Considering my colorful automotive past, I was a little intrigued when I took my car into the shop to be repaired for a week (yes, you don’t have to ask – another fender bender). What would it be like to commute without a car in a city like Raleigh? I’ve often thought that the parameters of inside-the-beltline Raleigh were just small enough to be pretty conducive to getting around car-less. Sure, you may not want to walk everywhere, but most places are within a decent bike-ride’s distance, and they’ve already got all the painted bike lanes and sidewalks set up for you. It’s clearly a city that wants to be bike-friendly, so why aren’t there more Raleighites who travel by two wheels or two feet?It seems that most distances that people drive here are stretches that big-city dwellers would stoically walk or bike in a heartbeat. When I lived in Manhattan for a summer, I would walk 30 minutes to work every day in the kind of sun-beating heat that leaves you praying for a solar eclipse. I frequently showed up to work looking like I had just ended an eight-month sojourn in the Amazonian wilderness: I would stumble in everyday loaded down like an urban sherpa with my gym and work bags, sweating like a nervous pig in a steam room, and grimy head-to-toe with city sludge.It was either that or take the subway, which during that time of year was basically like submerging one’s self into the subterranean molten lava of the Earth’s core. In fact, I would have rather licked the concrete sidewalk in Times Square than spoon the subway passenger standing in front of me in that overcrowded, overheated catacomb. But the thing is, I couldn’t really complain. I was hardly alone in this endeavor; everyone did it. No one thought twice about a half-hour’s walk in the middle of summer to wherever you were going.Part of that has to do with practicality, yes – it’s extremely expensive to keep a car in a large city, much less grab a taxi everywhere. But I also think Manhattanites all know something that I didn’t fully realize until that summer: There’s a certain paradoxical stillness to commuting outdoors in a city, to finding yourself perfectly aware of and in contact with your surroundings. Traveling unencumbered from a car, I was forced to actively participate in the world around me, to see the Hare Krishnas chanting in Union Square, the Middle Eastern man selling bananas out of a cart on my corner, the woman who put fresh flowers out every morning in front of the local bodega. These were the talismans of my morning walks, my own personal New York souvenirs, the bits of life that ingrained themselves into my own existence – steadily, slowly – like water-worn grooves on a rock.At the risk of sounding like Thoreau on a Transcendentalist ramble, I will confess this: I am an American consumer through-and-through. I have the carbon footprint of a diesel 18-wheeler – there’s nothing better than hopping into my fuel-eating Jeep SUV, turning on the air conditioner full blast, drinking out of a plastic water bottle I probably won’t recycle, and emitting some serious greenhouse gases as I easily cruise to my next destination and the ozone layer slowly withers away above me. Of course I feel a bit guilty about this, but it’s the kind of guilt I feel when I don’t floss for a few days or purposefully “forget” to set the trash cans out before the garbage trucks come – a certain apathetic cringe and knowledge that I could do better, while ultimately allowing sloth convenience to reign.So, when my most recent car misadventure forced me to revert to my ancestral state as a weary bi-ped traveler, I got strangely excited. This would be kind of fun, I thought, my mind racing: There I’d be, biking to work on a beautiful spring day on a cute beach cruiser with an adorable little basket, wearing some sort of chic ensemble like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. As you’ve probably already guessed, that’s not how it panned out. Since I don’t own a bike of my own, I borrowed my roommate’s, who is a small, lithe girl about four inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than I am. When I hopped on her bike, it groaned like an old Grand Canyon pack donkey resigned to the fact that it had to take another obese person on a trail ride. The bike sagged to the ground and my knees were practically up to my ears as I took off, low-rider style, down my street.I tried to practice some Zen mindfulness as I cruised down Brooks Avenue onto Hillsborough Street, doing my best to take in the spring morning and the sights around me. Look – there was a beautiful collection of spring flowers, and some pretty birds perched in that tree, and was that an early morning dew I felt softly misting my face? No – that was sweat. A massive quantity of sweat, spurting from my pores like a ruptured water pipe.As I cruised by the N.C. State belltower, the cars beside me slowed down to get a good look at the girl in the highly-bike-inappropriate summer sandals wobbling on a bike clearly made for an undersized toddler. It became apparent that even though there are lanes specifically denoted for bike riders on Hillsborough, the majority of Raleigh drivers are still confused and frustrated by bike riders. Many cars veered too close into my lane or just lurked slowly behind me, unsure of what to do. Honestly, the way some people stared, you’d think I’d decided to ride a unicycle topless through morning traffic.One of the good things about this commute, though, was that I gained some major street cred with the Raleigh hipsters. As I got closer to downtown, they began springing up like mushrooms in the grass after a rainstorm, easily identified by their rolled-up jeans, purposefully nerdy glasses, canvas NPR tote bags, sustainably sourced coffee cups, and Bernie 2016 campaign stickers. As I passed by on my eco-friendly steed, they gave me a cool, vaguely visible nod as if to say, “Right on, man. You’re one of us,” before whooshing off toward whichever local start-up or alternative coffee shop lay on the distant horizon. If they had seen me in my Jeep, they probably would have given me a withering glance and mentally condemned me for driving something not fueled by hemp-seed oil or recycled kombucha.My embrace by the hipster subculture aside, by the time I got to work, my knees were aching like a geriatric and I looked like I had just emerged from a swamp, with enough perspiration covering me for three grown men combined. And I still had to bike home at the end of the day!Was it worth it? Yes and no. Raleigh is definitely a bike-able city, although I wouldn’t necessarily call it bike-friendly. Sure, you can get around where you want to on a bike if need be, and there are a good number of painted bike lanes and sidewalks for your use, but I would say bike transportation is nowhere near an expected or accepted norm.But maybe it should be – ridiculousness follows me like an ever-persistent shadow, sure, but there was a stretch of time on my commute where things seemed to fall into place (however briefly). As I rode past the North Carolina Democratic Party building, that old, white house sitting full of history and charm, and down along the various shops and businesses that line Hillsborough Street, I had that feeling of shimmering, full joy that comes from knowing you’re exactly where you need to be when you need to be. We live in a great city, full of life, vibrancy, new things, and kind, interesting people, and getting to see it from a new perspective reminded me of that all over again.Outside of a car, you simply catch things you wouldn’t otherwise. For better or worse (for my own well-being and that of the city of Raleigh), I’m sure I have some more bike rides ahead of me. If you happen to pass me on the open road, give me a honk – I’ll be the grown adult with training wheels and a padded crash suit.last_img read more

Style bosses

first_imgShelby Vanhoy of Pretty in the Pines. Photo courtesy of Shelby VanhoyThe Triangle’s fashion bloggersby Mimi MontgomeryIn The Age of the Smartphone, where social media and viral hits reign supreme, blogging has evolved from a solo, diary-like activity into a lucrative field that allows tech-savvy entrepreneurs to create their own online communities-slash-marketplaces, right from their own homes. Here in the Triangle, style bloggers in particular have a growing toehold. A primarily female-dominated pool, these locals are showcasing their own takes on the fashion, beauty, decor, health, and lifestyle worlds, and contributing to the innovative spirit of the Triangle. This is “a place that just naturally fosters creativity,” says Molly Stillman, Still Being Molly blogger and founder of the Triangle Fashion, Beauty, Food, and Lifestyle Bloggers group (TriFABB), a community of 160 bloggers begun in 2012. The many startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs’ groups that pepper RTP and downtown Raleigh and Durham make for fertile ground, she says. The Triangle is also a place where female blogging entrepreneurs forge friendships and encourage each other. “It’s a really supportive community where a lot of people want to collaborate together, because when you win, I win,” says Meghan Grant of Holly Springs, the blogger behind I’m Fixin’ To and co-founder of the Raleigh Blog Society. “It’s good for both of us.”Meghan Grant of I’m Fixin’ To (both photos above) tries to keep her posts real and fun. “I don’t take myself seriously.” Em Grey Photography With reaches near and far, these women are redefining what it means to be an entrepreneur in the 21st century. Their work may come with a steep learning curve and many late nights, but bringing a dose of style to the Triangle is what they love – and increasingly, it’s a real business, too.Not just a hobby Many of these local bloggers started their sites as sideline hobbies or creative outlets. Working in corporate jobs, they wanted an open space to share their stylish ideas and their writing. “When I was growing up, I used to change outfits like, three times a day, and I always used to have to put on a party dress,” says Angela Keeley-White of Raleigh, who works full-time for a financial planning and investment company and started her style blog Head to Toe Chic in 2011. So she decided to turn that passion into a side gig, writing posts filled with outfit inspirations, style tips, and eye-catching photography. When Raleighite Shelby Vanhoy was rejected from dental school, she took a hard look at her passions and felt the need for more creativity in her life. “I was thinking, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’” she says. “I’ve always had an interest in photography, travel, style…” So in 2014, she bought a camera and starting her blog Pretty in the Pines, which led to her current job managing marketing for Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.Amy Loochtan of Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins says blogging is a “legit career.” Photo courtesy of Amy Loochton Keeley-White and Vanhoy are not alone. What started as an outside hobby for many of these women has quickly become a second career. When they leave full- and part-time jobs at the end of the day, they head home to another one, where they create editorial calendars, schedule and write posts, organize photo shoots, edit photo batches, monitor site traffic, respond to readers, and negotiate brand campaigns and sponsored posts. Angela Keeley-White of Head to Toe Chic; Em Grey Photography “It comes across as so glamorous,” says Chapel Hill’s Lauren Steele of LC Steele. She’s talking about the stylish photography spreads and Instagram posts bloggers are known for. But for the Mississippi native who balances her blog with her job at a legal consulting business, it’s hard work, too. “You don’t see 90 percent of the time it took,” she says. “It is way more time-consuming than people give it credit for.” It’s her job, she says, to make it look easy.Angela Keeley-White’s Head to Toe Chic was mentioned in InStyle magazine. Vanhoy agrees: “It’s like a 12-hour day, every day.” But it pays off: The popularity of these blogs is a testament to the consumer demand for the women’s content. “So far, it’s really been worth it,” she says. “The people you meet, the community you grow, the opportunities you get – it correlates with how hard you’re working.” Brave new world For a successful style blogger, business opportunities can be vast. With the advent of content monetization platforms such as, bloggers can share their outfit details via Instagram, where followers who have “liked” their post will receive an email complete with links to purchase each pictured item. For each piece purchased from a email, the blogger receives a commission. Global companies have picked up on the wide reach of these digital influencers, as well. “As brands begin to trust the influence of bloggers and see the results, social media is becoming much more monetizable for the influencers,” says Jamie Meares, blogger behind the popular i suwannee and founder of Furbish Studio. “It’s created this Wild West effect on blogging – now you can actually make a business out of sharing the things that you love.” Triangle style bloggers are doing just that, negotiating paid contracts with brands to create sponsored product posts. These women have worked with national corporations such as Coca-Cola, J. Jill, Shopbop, Whole Foods, Anthropologie, Henri Bendel, Toyota, Target, Anne Taylor, and Rent the Runway, to name a few, as well as local companies like Cameron Village and The Fearrington House Inn. Using their social clout as an advertising platform makes sense: Each of these women have followers by the many-thousands. “People now understand the value of bringing eyeballs to the page,” says Steele. “I’ve watched social media become so much more integrated in everything. If you have 200,000 followers, you can look at a company and say, ‘Hey, I can basically fill a football stadium for you. How much is that worth?’”Lauren Steele of LC Steele balances her blog with her job at a legal consulting business. Photo by Anna Goodson Apparently a lot. “It’s a legit career,” says Durham-based Amy Loochtan of Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins. “People are flabbergasted by that … Some people think blogging is just taking some pictures of your outfit, putting them online; but it is so much more than that.” Of course, with the meteoric rise of outlets like Instagram and Snapchat, content is moving more toward the social media side, and anyone with an iPhone can try to become a blogger. That can put pressure on longtime bloggers to keep content fresh and readership levels up. After all, that’s where the money is – brands want to work with sites that consistently post original material and reach the widest demographic possible. “Now you have to be out there on all social media channels and keep up with the latest trends,” says Keeley-White. There’s also a fine line between the virtual and actual worlds, especially when personal style is the focus of a business. After a while, life can seem like just a series of potential Instagram posts. “That’s one of the biggest things that bloggers struggle with – missing out on life because of social media,” says Loochtan. “It’s a hard balance to know when to unplug.” Along with separating the personal from private, local style bloggers say they work hard to strike the right chord between stylish escapism and relatability. Because most have longtime readers who feel a virtual kinship to them, they want to maintain those relationships with the relatable voice of an old girlfriend. So in addition to the glamour, local bloggers are also careful to include affordable fashion and DIY projects that appeal to the everyday woman. “I try to be real with my readers,” says Grant. “The style posts are really pretty and they do really well, (but) if you’re behind the scenes with me on a shoot, I don’t take myself seriously … For me, it is really fun.” Bringing it home While these women may work with global companies and have followers across the world, they’re committed to using their brands to promote North Carolina, too. Keeping it local is just part of their spin on things: Many stage photo shoots at local spots like the Boylan Bridge, American Tobacco Campus, and the Leslie-Alford-Mims house; they showcase pieces from local boutiques and clothing lines; they partner with nearby restaurants and businesses; and they provide travel guides to N.C. destinations.Shelby Vanhoy of Pretty in the Pines says the 12-hour days are worth it. “The people you meet, the community you grow, the opportunities you get – it correlates with how hard you’re working.” Photo courtesy of Shelby Vanhoy Vanhoy recently partnered with the Outer Banks for a sponsored, weeklong trip along the coast, documenting her vacation on social media and her blog, and Grant started a blog travel series on eastern North Carolina, focusing on places to eat, shop, and visit while passing through. “People get stuck in the bubble of the Triangle,” she says. “It’s sad to see towns that were thriving when I was little become ghost towns.” It’s her way of using her online presence to benefit the local places she loves. Like her peers, Grant has come to realize that a significant online presence can be a powerful tool, both in terms of business opportunities and simply creating a brand that people love. “Life can be complicated and it can be so cluttered,” says Steele. “I just like to keep things as simple, classic, and elegant as I possibly can.” It’s a lot of work to make things look so good, but it’s worth it, says Loochtan. “You make time for what you love.”FALL PICKS“Big sweaters and ponchos layered over a thin turtleneck, booties, and changing up accessories and shoes for fall colors.” –Shelby Vanhoy, Pretty in the Pines“(It’s) cowboy boots, riding boots, lots of dresses and skirts. I would not be caught dead in a T-shirt and jeans at a football game. That is where you step out and you show up.” –Meghan Grant, I’m Fixin’ To           “(I’m) all about layering with blazers and military jackets. And of course, ankle boots. And fun scarves … a bunch of light layers.” –Angela Keeley-White, Head to Toe Chic“Leather jackets, over-the knee-boots, and blanket scarves … (they’re) an affordable and chic way to make a statement with an outfit, plus they are really warm.”-Lauren Steele, LC Steele“A good bootie, black blazer, (and a) really great pair of jeans. If you feel good in it, you’re going to look good.” –Amy Loochtan, Coffee Beans and Bobby Pinslast_img read more

Gigs G Wesley Williams

first_img‘Strictly fun and fellowship’ Every Sunday, you’ll find Williams at Hayes Barton Baptist Church. He taught Sunday school for 60 years and is a pillar of the community there. “Wesley is the consummate optimist. He sees the best in everyone. He loves Raleigh and has invested his life here,” says Dr. David Hailey, the church’s pastor. “Wesley has also been our ‘poet laureate’ at HBBC. He has graced us on numerous occasions with his poetry. I would love to have a church full of members like Wesley Williams.” Two decades into retirement, Williams stays busy having fun with the boys. He’s a longtime member of the Old Raleigh Boys, which meets annually in February at Carolina Country Club. “I wrote the original Old Raleigh Boys creed, and I give some remarks and read the creed at each meeting,” he says. Also at the Carolina Country Club, he meets the 50 other members of the Good Ol’ Boys Club monthly, as he has for the past 38 years. And then there’s The Wake County Chitlin Club. Perhaps Williams’ most unconventional membership is as director of the group founded by former North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture and then Governor Kerr Scott in 1948. The all-male club meets annually for chitlins (pig innards) at the Toot-N-Tell in Garner. “I’m head of the CIA, which is the Chitlin Intelligence Agency. It’s strictly fun and fellowship,” he says. As the oldest member of the club, Williams was even named most revered member in 2015 by Rufus Edmisten, former North Carolina Secretary of State and Attorney General.With his many accomplishments and almost a century certainly well-lived, one thing is clear – Williams loves Raleigh, and wants everyone he meets to love it too. His best piece of advice for Raleighites, both old and new? “Be very grateful that you’re here.” Pride in PlaceRaleigh’s longtime social orchestrator extraordinaireby Catherine Currinphotographs by Madeline GrayG. Wesley Williams spent much of his life in a house on Hargett Street, just a few blocks east from Moore Square. From that downtown Raleigh post, he has watched the city go up around him and endure many cultural seasons. At 97, his mind remains sharp, and Williams’s historical account is one brimming with firsthand experience. “I was born near Raleigh, and I’ve lived here for 97 years. I’ve seen it grow tremendously, and it’s just a wonderful city that’s going to keep on growing.” Williams has had a hand in Raleigh’s growth through some 70 years of service to the city, both in his career and through volunteer efforts. Nowadays, Williams has moved slightly northwest, off of Glen Eden Drive, and his time is spent in more social clubs than civic, but it’s all still rooted in an effusive passion for hometown. “I love Raleigh, I’m crazy about it. I’ve never been officially given the title, but many people refer to me as ‘Mr. Raleigh.’”Work-life balance Williams was born near the music pavilion at Walnut Creek, an area that back then was vast farmland. Facing financial hardships, the Williams family traded in their farm and settled on the edge – now in the midst – of downtown Raleigh. Williams entered the workforce at age 17: His first venture was founding the Young Business Men’s Club in 1937. He eventually moved on to the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association, where he was executive director for 50 years. There, Williams says he discovered fulfilling work. “It was not only a job, it was a great pleasure. I had an important part in helping to build Raleigh.” Before his retirement in 1990, Williams made strides in Raleigh’s development, including overseeing planning committees for downtown’s first parking decks and the evolution of Fayetteville Street. Meanwhile, he organized and directed 46 Raleigh Christmas parades, he says, and rode on the firetruck concluding each one. He recalls the busy five decades fondly. “I’m sure that nobody in Raleigh has participated in more groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings than I have.” Not only was he a pioneer for Raleigh’s infrastructure, Williams was instrumental in integrating restaurants during the civil rights movement. He says it’s what he’s most proud of. “One of the greatest things I’ve ever been able to do is to play a major role when we were having all the trouble with segregation.” He worked with the Merchants Association and North Carolina Sen. John Winters to integrate S&W Cafeteria, formerly on the corner of Fayetteville and Davie streets. The S&W decision effectively began a domino effect throughout the city. Ever seeking fulfilling work, Williams is also one of the most decorated members of Civitan International, he says. He served the Raleigh chapter in several capacities, from chaplain to district governor and then president. He was also vice president of the greater International club. His son, John Williams, says he’s received countless awards for his hard work with the group. For instance, with the club, he helped found Hilltop Home, a center near downtown assisting children with developmental and medical disabilities.last_img read more

New thinking at the right time

first_img“Universal credit is demonstrably affecting tenants in the period of transition between benefits and universal credit. Indeed 73 per cent of tenants on universal credit are in arrears, compared with about 24 per cent of those on traditional benefits. As an organisation, we would really call on a rethink of universal credit and more support for tenants in any period of transition.”John McLean“We’ve devised a strategy that is about creating a new culture and a new business,” Fitzsimons says, “under the guidance of a combined then refreshed board”. Radius recently recruited six new board members in open competition and has taken on an ‘apprentice’ board member for the first time as part of her course. Aside from board restructuring, Radius has integrated staff and modernised their terms and conditions, integrated systems, drafted a new suite of policies, developed its Community Investment Programme and introduced new working practices including mobile working. “A big issue for the previous boards was a natural reluctance to give up the names, identities and values of the legacy organisations they had been loyal to for many years,” Fitzsimons explains. “Finding a new name and logo and marketing materials was facilitated by outside consultants and was much less traumatic than I expected. I think we’re at the stage now where everybody has forgotten their previous organisations and we’re all just focusing on the progression of Radius Housing.”Building the futureTalking about Radius means talking about the future of social housing and Fitzsimons, a planner by profession, is excited about a future that includes the regeneration of a number of mixed-use schemes and the rebranding of the company’s 24-hour telecare service, now named Radius Connect 24. This is “the backbone of the care and support side of the business” that serves Radius’s own tenants and residents and those of other affiliated housing organisations.“Keeping people in their own homes is very important,” McLean says as he details a plan for Radius to invest millions of pounds over the next five years in modernising existing stock. It was the desire to keep people in their own homes long-term that led to Radius taking the “difficult decision” to evacuate 56 apartments in their Russell Court apartment block in Belfast last summer due to safety concerns. In a post-Grenfell world, McLean explains that Radius “had no hesitation in first and foremost putting the safety and wellbeing of its tenants first” and says that the process of rehousing the tenants affected has gone “as well as it could have in the circumstances”.  “For many Russell Court had been home for 30 years or more. It was with great regret we vacated Block B. However we agreed that every practical effort would be made to house people in their area of choice.”The next five years, covered by the company’s five-year corporate plan, includes the challenging goal of building 2,000 new units. “Last year [2018], we had a very successful year delivering over 500 units on the ground,” McLean reveals. These proposed 2,000 units include the 244 progressing at Visteon, as well as mixed-use and mixed-tenure sites at Hope Street in Belfast and the former St. Patrick’s Barracks site in Ballymena, projects that could yield up to 450 new homes. A Radius private subsidiary, Tealstone, has been set up to develop the private housing side of the business mainly in mixed tenure schemes.With housing sites becoming scarcer, land values rising and planning processes becoming more complicated, Fitzsimons calls on Northern Ireland’s councils to “bring forward Local Development Plans which not only encourage mixed tenure, but actively encourage sustainable communities with a shared ethos where people of all backgrounds can live together in mutual respect”.“It is a people-led approach across all parts of Radius, from tenants to staff, that allows us to effectively do the work with which we have been tasked,” McLean explains. “The key to unlocking and achieving all our goals is to empower and enable our staff to use all their creativity to make a difference,” he concludes.Diana FitzsimonsDiana Fitzsimons was chair of Fold Housing Association for four years and has been chair of Radius Housing since its inception following the merger of Fold and Helm Housing Associations. She holds an MA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Town Planning from QUB. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She has worked as a planning officer for government; as a Senior Lecturer in planning at Ulster University; as a Principal Commissioner with the Planning Appeals Commission; as an English Planning Inspector; and as a planning consultant serving as Office Director with the UK consultancy Turley Associates.She lives in Jordanstown and is currently a Belfast Harbour Commissioner, Visiting Professor at UU, a Council member of the International Federation for Housing and Planning and mother of four grown up sons. Her interests outside of work include family and foreign travel.John McLeanJohn McLean was appointed Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association in June 2005 and has served as Chief Executive of Radius Housing since Fold’s merger with Helm. He is also Chief Executive of Fold Ireland, an approved housing body based in Dublin. He has just completed four years as Vice Chair of the NI Federation of Housing and remains a board member with them. John is a chartered engineer and a graduate of Queens and Ulster Universities and BIFHE.He previously held commercial director posts with NIE, the Tyco Group and the Rotary Group. He has worked in manufacturing and contracting sectors, overseas and in the UK. John was awarded an OBE in 2016 for his services to the local social housing sector. After a post-merger transitional year, Radius Housing entered 2019 equipped with a new five-year corporate strategy to further its aim of making a positive difference in Northern Ireland by providing the best possible housing, care and support while building neighbourhoods and empowering communities. Odrán Waldron met with Chairperson Diana Fitzsimons and Chief Executive John McLean to discuss Radius’s plans for its 33,000 customers as well as its ambitious future development plans.In opening, Diana Fitzsimons sets out her vision for the housing association: “On our housing side of the business our focus has been primarily on providing a decent home for people who need one,” she says from Radius’s head office on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. “Increasingly we have sought to create well designed neighbourhoods for people to live in, with all the facilities necessary for a healthy life, and to help support the development of communities. A good neighbourhood includes a mix of house types and tenures, open spaces, children’s play areas, facilities to walk and cycle, community facilities, possibly small shops and services, and ideally some employment uses easily accessible to our tenants.“This is our plan for the large Visteon regeneration site near the M1 motorway in Belfast which will provide 244 homes, some social rented, some co-owned and some private for sale, plus open spaces and a community centre and will also facilitate 60,000sq ft of employment uses. We created a Community Investment Team with the purpose of supporting tenants and creating sustainable communities.” In Visteon and at other new developments, they have been liaising with local schools, churches and other local community groups to make sure in-coming tenants and home owners feel part of their new surroundings.McLean adds an example of a scheme of 200 homes recently completed in Rathgill, Bangor, the association’s first project to include private-for-sale homes, where they retained the surrounding wetlands for leisure use and built both a playpark and retail units. “We aim to expand our offering where we can get a project of critical mass,” he says, “we want to make a difference to these communities.”“It’s unfortunate that social housing is still largely segregated. If people lived and worked and were educated together, it would form a firm base for achieving so much more together.”Diana FitzsimonsFitzsimons mentions the hubs in Radius’s larger housing schemes that provide practical support, advice clinics, childminding and other interventions for tenants. “We introduced a pilot financial support scheme with a Credit Union in the north west, to give tenants a real alternative to door step lenders. Signposting towards training and employment opportunities has taken on a new dimension following the inception of welfare reform where a steady livelihood can allow residents to feel they can be more active participants in their community.” Radius’s Community Investment Team also ensures that apprenticeships and placement opportunities are not only made available but are also worthwhile, both within Radius and its supplier companies.Another example of a recent community initiative is Radius’s role in the Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP), a €1.1 million cross-border initiative aimed at promoting good relations across housing associations in Northern Ireland and within border regions, funded by the EU’s Peace IV Programme. Over 1,000 residents from 40 neighbourhoods have taken part in the initiative since its launch in 2018.Shared futures and mixed tenure housingRadius currently operates five schemes under the ‘Together: Building a United Community’ (TBUC) programme, with tenants from both sides of the community and overseas. There are a variety of activities arranged by Radius’s housing staff to build good relations. McLean says that the five schemes have been a success and Radius has been told of neighbours sharing equipment and supporting each other with children at school. Something, he says, has “knitted together those communities that would otherwise have been thrown in quite cold together”.Fitzsimons also talks about the importance of keeping Belfast city centre non-sectarian. Traditionally the city centre has always been a “neutral” place and it is important that it is kept this way given the Council’s drive for a substantial apartment building programme. A separate social housing waiting list for the city centre has been mooted by NIHE so that people who do not wish to live in segregated housing can be catered for in the city centre, but this requires legislation. “We see our sheltered tenants and residents of supported housing living comfortably in integrated communities and likewise our staff have no such divisions”, she observes. “It’s unfortunate that social housing is still largely segregated. If people lived and worked and were educated together, it would form a firm base for achieving so much more together.”Radius is also keen to promote mixed-tenure schemes, blending private home owners and social housing renters together, along with those in shared equity schemes where they part rent and part buy a home.  McLean says that the key to attracting buyers and lowering the stigma of social housing is in good design: “It shouldn’t be that when one drives by a site, one can say ‘that’s a social housing development’.  Social housing should be indistinguishable from the private housing”.Fitzsimons points out that Radius’s success with mixed tenure schemes has undermined the argument that private housing cannot include an element of social housing due to the impact on sale prices. “Private house builders have always claimed that they wouldn’t be able to sell their private houses if they had to include some social housing, but we actually found the reverse. We’ve put private housing in our social housing schemes and they’re selling very well indeed. We have a long waiting list for the private homes at the Visteon site despite the fact that these are pepper potted throughout the scheme.”The new world of welfare reformWhat McLean calls the new world of welfare reform is a world where almost three in every four social housing tenants who are transitioning from benefits to universal credit are not able to pay their rent on time. He welcomes the freeze on the further rollout of the programme.  “Universal credit is demonstrably affecting tenants in the period of transition between benefits and universal credit. Indeed 73 per cent of tenants on universal credit are in arrears, compared with about 24 per cent of those on traditional benefits. As an organisation, we would really call on a rethink of universal credit and more support for tenants in any period of transition,” he says.  “It’s important we don’t forget that even a minor change in a person’s circumstance will result in an automatic transition to universal credit.” McLean also supports an extension to the mitigation of bedroom tax, saying that the change will cost Radius and the sector many millions of pounds in lost revenue if tenants cannot pay.Fitzsimons adds that most people don’t realise that a housing association’s development programme is roughly 50 per cent grant aided, with the other 50 per cent privately raised in much the same way as any other business, through bank lending etc. At present Radius has loans totalling £150 million with plans to double this figure within five years. Charges to tenants such as the delayed bedroom tax affects how they get into arrears and this affects the cash flow of associations such as Radius. “Less cash will simply mean fewer social houses being built by associations and that is completely contrary to what the government claims to want i.e. more social housing to meet increasing need.”McLean points to the added impact of Brexit on the most vulnerable: “Regardless of whether we have a hard or soft Brexit, our tenants are being impacted.” From a starting point where Northern Ireland already had the highest levels of fuel poverty in the UK, energy, fuel and food prices have jumped significantly in the last 12 months. Their financial hardship is only compounded by welfare reforms. “In the past Stormont has served the interests of local vulnerable people well with parties working together to support them and we managed to secure sensible but vital changes to welfare reforms,” McLean says. “However, in the current political vacuum there is great uncertainty”.    Merging safelyRadius came into being following the merger of Fold and Helm Housing Associations, a process that Fitzsimons has said “has progressed particularly well” under the astute leadership of the CEO. She also credits the work done by the senior team prior to the merger, with the support of the board. That work in planning people and systems changes meant that employees were “ready for day one in April 2017” to continue service to tenants and those customers on the care side of the business. A considerable amount of consulting was undertaken pre-merger – with customers, stakeholders and employees – as some people do not adapt well to change and needed to be brought on board with the new possibilities and the new vision.last_img read more

Green Goddess Dressing Recipe from Locals Oyster Bar

first_imgIngredients: 1 cup sour cream3/4 cup Duke’s Mayo 1 cup buttermilk2 lemons (zest one & juice one)1 ounce chives2 ounces dill stems2 ounces parsley stems 1/2 teaspoon black pepper1 1/2 teaspoons salt1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon onion powder1/2 cup bottarga (can be substituted with 1 1/2 tablespoon of fish sauce) Bottarga Wedge Salad at Locals Oyster Bar Place all herbs and buttermilk into a blender and process until smooth. Mix all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour herb and buttermilk mixture into your mixing bowl and fold into your dressing.last_img read more

Beverly Hills Couple Meet Prince Charles At Health Facility Opening

first_imgBeverly Hills couple Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Christine Chiu have made their philanthropic mark across the pond – alongside Prince Charles, the Chiu’s opened The Prince’s Foundation Chiu Integrated Health Programme at the Dumfries House on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the town of Cumnock, Scotland.Dr. Gabriel Chiu and Christine Chiu Meet Prince CharlesCredit/Copyright: Jen Betts“When Prince Charles invited us to become involved with his vision at Dumfries House, it was a very compelling opportunity to not only help the community, but to see how much good could be done with the full arsenal of traditional, holistic, herbal, homeopathic, and naturopathic medicines and therapies,” says Dr. Chiu, an advocate for alternative treatments alongside traditional medicine.The facility provides holistic health and wellbeing services to the areas surrounding Dumfries House – one of the most deprived regions in the U.K. – with the project demonstrating the Chiu Family’s longstanding commitment to health causes and support of The Princes Foundation.Starting in early autumn 2018, began accepting patients to multi-week programs addressing the five most pressing health needs of the East Ayrshire community: pre-diabetes and obesity, depression and low level mental health issues, young single mothers requiring support and advice on parenting, isolation of the elderly, and women’s health issues. Determined by a steering group of mostly National Health Service professionals in 2015, the new center seeks to complement local services in the areas of primary and tertiary care.Founders of Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, Inc. and the Anti-Aging Institute of Regenerative Medicine in Beverly Hills, the Chius are active philanthropists in the areas of health, human services, and the arts. This marks their first major philanthropic endeavor in the U.K. The center’s East and West treatment rooms are named for their six month-old son, Gabriel Christian Chiu III, so that, in the words of his parents, “He will one day realize the importance of giving – both the duty and the pleasure of enriching others’ lives for the betterment of our collective future.”Copyright ©2019Look to the Starslast_img read more

Manchester Uniteds De Gea to Return to Action against Liverpool

Rabat – After having been relegated to the stands by Manchester United’s Manager Louis van Gaal, David de Gea is set to play the match against Liverpool on Saturday.According to daily Telegraph, manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly ready to give him another chance with the first-team — starting next Saturday against their great rivals.The 24-year-old has not played this season yet as a result of the highly-publicized transfer talks with Real Madrid. Earlier this month there were even reports that he was put to train with United’s reserves. In previous statements, Van Gaal has said all along that he was expecting to review the situation when the transfer window closed if the goalkeeper was still at the club.Meanwhile now that De Geawill allegedly remain at Old Trafford for the entire season, multiple media reports agree he will be reintroduced smoothly into Louis van Gaal’s plans.Former England defender Stuart Pearce said Louis van Gaal should immediately bring David De Geaback to the Manchester United’s starting lineup.“He needs to rekindle the form he showed last year and push Manchester United up the league,” Pearce told talk SPORT.“I think for all concerned now, put De Gea back in the team, get him playing football“, he pointed out.The Spanish goalkeeper’s proposed move to Real Madrid collapsed at the last minute Monday night following a breakdown in communication between the two clubs.A previous report by the Mirror said De Gea will be forced to spend the remaining nine months of his contract at Old Trafford as the United are adamant to deny his move to Real Madrid during the winter transfer window in January.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Pippa Middletons wedding day Duchess of Cambridges sister marries fiancé James Matthews

first_imgCarole Middleton and her son JamesCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth The big day begins A couple arrive The Duchess, who eschewed a formal role herself, marshalled her children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and their six companions in front of the world’s cameras, shushing the noisiest and laughing as they larked about on the church steps. At one point Prince George seemed overexcited to the verge of tears before being firmly settled by his mother.Guests included the Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry, who attended the church ceremony without his girlfriend Meghan Markle after much speculation that she would accompany him. Miss Markle, who is in London, is thought to have attended the private evening reception instead, although she avoided cameras. Pippa Middleton is escorted by her father Michael Middleton Oh dear! Storm clouds gathering at #StMarksChurch #Englefield for #PippaMiddleton #PippasWedding— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) May 20, 2017 The first sight of Princes William and Harry… but so far no sign of Meghan Markle.Will she go in a different way to avoid attention? Or was she never invited?We think she’ll be there.Also, so far the Duchess of Cambridge hasn’t arrived – we saw her leaving London with the Duke earlier and caught a glimpse of her hat. The groom’s brother Spencer Matthews, star of Made in Chelsea, was best man and welcomed attendees, accompanied by Pippa’s brother James Middleton. Pippa Middleton and James Matthews smile for the cameras  The happy couple are married!Wedding bells have just rang out, with supporters peering through the trees and hoping to document the exit of the bride and groom on their phones. Prince George waves as he leaves in a carCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 11:14AMMore Federer Another guest  Credit: Stephen Lock / i-Images Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Serena Hood from Vogue arrives with her husbandCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, stands with her son Prince George as she looks across at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their weddingCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth 9:19AMVillagers tight-lipped about the details Soooooooo, now the dust has settled from the ceremony and we know all about the dress and the pageboys and bridesmaids and all that, there is one thing that hasn’t been answered:  where is Harry’s squeeze?We didn’t see Meghan Markle arriving at the church, and we haven’t seen her leave.So far it’s the slightly awkward elephant in the room.Did she attend wedding? Will she make it to the reception?What on earth is going on?Helen Horton digs deep here. Some wonderful hats on display Pippa Middleton in her dressCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Pippa Middleton and James Matthews smile for the cameras  11:39AMHere’s Carole A hour before the ceremony and the first arrivals are turning up.Can’t blame them for being early, can you? The happy coupleCredit:Flynet Pictures  12:58AMParty is going well She said of the bride:She stood and waved and looked just lovely. As all brides do, they glow, no matter how expensive their dress is.She looked absolutely beautiful.The 68-year-old, whose daughter and son married at the same church, said the bride and groom looked “very happy” as they waved to the small crowd gathered on the church green.As the doors opened, the bells started and it was just brilliant.There were about six little ones, well-behaved, and they all stood on the porch and it was lovely.(Prince) George was waving, (Princess) Charlotte was waving and Kate stooped next to them.I just love it. I think it’s so good for the village, so good for the country, and it just gives it a happy mood and we need a happy mood.There’s so much sadness in the world, so much nastiness. And to have something like this just gives the county a little bit of a lift up.It just put a buzz in the community.She said she marvelled at the dresses and said:All I hope is that they bought from British brands.The dresses were magnificent but the heels – I wonder how they’re going to walk in those.Princess Beatrice was there, Roger Federer was there. It was beautiful.(I came) Just to say ‘I was here’. 10:59AMDonna Air arrives The brothers side-by-side And here’s a lovely image, the Duchess of Cambridge adjusting her sister’s dress on her wedding day: The Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William 11:18PMA beautiful spitfire flyby greeted guests at sunset Pippa Guests arriving at the wedding 1:02PMWhere is Meghan Markle? Prince William, left, and his brother Prince HarryCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Pippa looks backCredit: JUSTIN TALLIS Roger and his wife Mirka The mother of the bride with her son James: The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel has been speaking to some of the locals who have been given a prime viewing spot:Three hundred people who either live in Englefield or work on the estate are lining up to be shown into a pen which has been created on the lawn in front of the church – a token of thanks from the estate for all the upheaval.Michelle Cooke, who works as a teaching assistant in the local primary school, has brought her 10-year-old son George with her. “We’re hoping to have a good view,” she says. “It’s so exciting to have this happening in our village. My son is hoping to see Prince Harry, he’s a big Harry fan!” 4:11PMJust married! James Matthews and Pippa Middleton drive into BuckleburyCredit: Geoff Pugh We saw him tweeting when he left the house, but now Pippa’s Uncle Gary has arrived. He is with his daughter Tallulah, meaning she obviously isn’t a bridesmaid.  Brilliant couple who gave everyone time and attention – this is the 1st ever E-Type ever made btw— Gary Goldsmith (@garygoldsmith65) May 20, 2017 The long arm of the lawCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Donna AirCredit: Geoff Pugh Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arrive If you think he’s sticking two fingers up you’re wrong – it’s threeCredit: JUSTIN TALLIS Maria Borrallo walks to the churchCredit: JUSTIN TALLIS 7:05PMPippa’s Uncle Gary has praised the “brilliant couple” Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Eleanor Steafel, sadly without an invite for the ceremony, is outside the church:Many locals have been left disappointed as the bridal party drove straight from the main house to the church without going past the waiting crowd of well wishers. One Englefield resident told me: “Its just a shame she hasn’t come past. If you way to be in the public eye, and you’ve broadcasted the wedding around the world, people should be able to see more of it.”Another resident told me that though she only lives a few minutes away, she wasn’t issued with a wristband and was devastated not to be allowed in the pen where locals were allowed to watch from.”It’s a bit mean really,” she said. “I didn’t realise I needed a wristband otherwise I’d have called up first and asked for one.” Pippa’s uncle, Uncle Gary, is on the way too.And he’s been tweeting: Pippa Middleton arrives for her weddingCredit: Kirsty Wigglesworth 11:11AMPrincess Eugenie arrives Princess Eugenie arrives for the weddingCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth 11:08AMGroom and Spencer Matthews alert Serena Hood from Vogue arrives with her husband 10:36AMThe first arrivals Eleanor Steafel says:The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister arrived at St Mark’s Church in a vintage, open top Rolls Royce, just in time to pose for a few pictures before the heavens opened. Looking radiant in her Giles Deacon dress, with her father Michael holding her arm, Pippa has just walked down the little path into the 12th century church, where she was met at the door by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.  A woman from Glasgow has traveled all the way down to Berkshire for the wedding.She telephoned Harriet, wife of Nick Wynne-Jones, the priest at St Mark’s church to ask for the time of the service.She was told that it was a private event, but the woman did not take no for an answer.She informed Harriet Wynne-Jones that she had already booked herself into a hotel and would be attending the event.Will she cause even more of a stir than Spencer Matthews? 4:56AMGames of  ping pong with Roger Federer Some of the male guests were sporting some loud tartan, possibly because the Matthews family owns an estate in Scotland.Serena Hood, executive fashion editor at Vogue, looked fabulous in a high-neck blue maxi dress with a white box clutch and gold heels.And the page boys and flower girls looked adorable in their cream and gold ensembles.   Another guest  11:07PMThe newly weds chose royal favourite ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country’ as one of the hymns Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews 11:46AMPrince George and Princess Charlotte The lace is a big hit”It’s simple and pretty,” says David Emanuel, host and creative director of Say Yes to the Dress UK, who also designed Princess Diana’s wedding dress. “I predicted it would be soft and pretty and very English, which it is.””I love the lace, it looks so clean, so pristine, she looked immaculate,” agrees couture designer Edwing D’Angelo.It’s a little bit sexy – but not too much”I think the capped sleeves and delicate v-back show her arms, without being too over the top. It really emphasises her waist,” says Peta Hunt, editor-at-large, You & Your Wedding Magazine.”She’s got the key hole back detail which is how to show a bit of skin without being too much,” agrees bridalwear designer Charlotte Balbier. “I believe if you’re going to show off the back detail then you must go high at the front, and she’s done that. I love the high neck, that’s my favourite part.”The dress totally suits the setting”Because it’s an English country wedding, she went for soft and pretty,” explains Emanuel.”It’s a very English girl’s dress, for the classic English wedding,” agrees Hunt. “It’s a really appropriate dress for that venue and the fact she’s having a country garden reception.”Hunt thought that the pearl-embellished tulle veil, which was designed by legendary milliner Stephen Jones, flowed beautifully.”It’s Britishness at its best, which is what we needed. She didn’t want loads of sparkle, I’m glad she stuck to her roots.”Giles Deacon was an excellent choice”Looking at the dress, she was obviously looking for a romantic feel and I think [Giles Deacon] gave her that with this dress. I absolutely love his work, it was a great choice,” D’Angelo says.Emanuel thinks that the choice of a fashion-forward designer like Deacon over more mainstream or traditional names means Pippa is showing off her fashion credentials.”In his past, he’s worked for big fashion houses and then he went into ready to wear and now he’s doing couture…he’s relatively new on the scene.”Pippa is going to be a trend-setter”I’m sure we’re going to get lots of girls following her lead with this dress,” Hunt says. “It’s an easy look for us all to emulate. It is what most girls dream of looking like, I feel.” Guests arrive in Scottish garbCredit:AP Photo/Tim Ireland Now the dust has settled, let’s find out what the villagers thought of Pippa’s big day.Englefield resident Elizabeth Mary Reeves sported a silver wristband with the wedding date 20.05.17 printed on, given exclusively to locals who were let into the private church grounds to get a better look. Pippa Middleton and her new husband James MatthewsCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 11:26AMCarole Middleton wears pink Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, stands with her daughter Princess Charlotte, bottom left 1:14PMSomething old? The Rev Nick Wynne-Jones, who is the church’s resident priest, officiated. The couple’s hymns included Be Thou My Vision, Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken and I Vow To Thee, My Country. The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel has just caught a glimpse of the mother of the bride.She says:The mother of the bride has just arrived. Carole Middleton is wearing pale pink. Well here is the post wedding picture we’ve all been waiting for, the embrace:  I hear #PrinceHarry & #MeghanMarkle have arrived at Pippa’s evening reception at Bucklebury… & there may be pix… #pippaswedding— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) May 20, 2017 As requested – Baby girl in Mary Katrantzou & Edwina Ibbotson hat with Sophie Hulme bag & Dior shoes – thanks all plus the team @Selfridges— Gary Goldsmith (@garygoldsmith65) May 20, 2017 Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride on SaturdayCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leaveCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images Prince William, right, talks to James Middleton after the wedding Spencer Matthews, left, gestures as he stands with James Middleton, right, and Donna AirCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth The guests are all filing away now and making the journey to Bucklebury for the reception.Eleanor Steafel collared bellringer Geoffrey Eastlake outside. He said:We thought it went very well. There were eight of us in there altogether.It was lovely. We weren’t nervous at all, we often do weddings. Gary Goldsmith afterwards praised the “brilliant couple” who he confirmed “gave everyone time and attention” despite the demands of being in the spotlight. Members of the public arrive ahead of the wedding 11:01AMBREAKING NEWS: Federer arrives Meghan Markle did not attend Pippa’s church service but there are rumours she may attend the evening celebrations. The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her daughter Britain's princess Charlotte, a bridesmaid James Middleton’s girlfriend Donna Air arrived in what looked suspiciously like an ivory dress to the wedding, a faux pas. However, it could be called pale yellow to avoid embarrassment.Prince William and Prince Harry looked typically dapper in their morning suits. Media ahead of the weddingCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire 1:39AMPrince Harry drives Meghan Markle to the party Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (L) and his wife MirkaCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 8:55AMA Scottish gate-crasher? 4:46AMDetails emerging of menu  Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride on Saturday Doesn’t he look dapper. Spencer Matthews brother of James Matthews, greets Donna Air An eclectic guest list included ITV broadcaster Tom Bradby, Vogue executive fashion director Serena Hood, and Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.As the ceremony neared, two vintage Jaguar Mk IV cars pulled up to cheers, with the Duchess of Cambridge and the eight youngest members of the party inside.Joining Prince George as page boy were Casimir Tatos, Pippa’s godson and the son of Ari and Marie-Sophie Tatos, Edward Sebire, the son of one of James Matthews’s friends and business associates, and William Ward. Prince George waves as he leaves in a car Rumours have been swirling for months, but today it was finally revealed that Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress was designed by British fashion designer Giles Deacon.The Duchess of Cambridge’s sister wore a high neck, cap-sleeved ivory gown with a corseted bodice and bespoke lace detailing to marry financier James Matthews, 41, at St Mark’s Church Englefield, Buckinghamshire.Crowds at the church thought she looked ravishing, but what do fashion’s finest think? We asked three bridalwear experts for their verdicts… The pageboys and bridesmaids 10:02AM’I want to see Prince Harry!’ The couple’s hymns reportedly  included Be Thou My Vision; Glorious Things Of Thee Are Spoken, and I Vow To Thee, My Country.The readings included Love Is An Adventure by Pierre Tielhard du Chardin, read by Pippa’s brother James and Spencer Matthews read a passage from the Paulo Coelho novel, The Alchemist. Spectators waved as the wedding party wandered up towards the private Englefield House, led by Mr and Mrs Matthews.Guests file out of the church as Pippa and James, having tied the knot, greet members of the public: At Englefield House guests heard speeches and saw the cutting of the wedding cake. After toasts, Mr Matthews drove his new wife into the sunset – or at least to their reception – in an E-type Jaguar convertible, waving as well-wishers cheered from the side of the road.  Luckily, they have a very posh and fancy gazebo to hide in, a monstrous glass-and-steel contraption imported from Belgium.It even has a covered decking so if one of the wedding guests sneak out for a cheeky fag, the drizzle won’t make them damp. The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel reports that celebrity Geordie Donna Air has just arrived, minus James Middleton.He will presumably will be walking down from the main house with the family.There was some speculation that Donna Air would miss out on an invite because of a “no ring no bring” policy – but that is obviously not the case (unless she’s crashing the wedding, of course). Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge Gary Goldsmith and his daughter  Meghan Markle made it to the reception thanks to Prince Harry, who was seen driving her into the Middletons’ Berkshire estate after reportedly collecting her from Kensington Palace. The dress! Pippa MiddletonCredit:Kirsty Wigglesworth The Duchess of Cambridge helping her sister Pippa Middleton with her train 9:57AMThe big day begins! Duchess heads to her sister’s wedding 9:07PMIs Meghan Markle at the evening celebrations? The event has been dubbed the society wedding of the yearCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Security is understandably tight ahead of the event, if only to keep back all the royal fans.The wedding is of course a very private affair. The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughter Some wonderful hats on displayCredit: Stephen Lock / i-Images Roger Federer has just arrived with his wife Mirka.Your correspondent is very excited about this.He looks ace. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank arriveCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark’s ChurchCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth James Middleton, brother of the bride, walks with his mother Carole MiddletonCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images The service is well under way now and we assume it is all going to plan. But we will find out in the next few minutes…Will that wedding bell ring? Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, stands with her daughter Princess Charlotte, bottom leftCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Word is seeping out of what was on offer for the guests at the reception.The Daily Mail is reporting that guests were sipping £75 a bottle sparking wine from  Sussex vineyard Nyetimber as well as feasting on  £40,000 worth of caviar, reportedly donated by a Russian millionaire.Meanwhile the Mirror is suggesting that they were drinking champagne and eating  haggis, lamb, serrano ham and parmesan. According to the Mail guests were even able to play ping pong with former Wimbledon champion  Roger Federer.  The Mirror, meanwhile says that there was a ban on mobile phones at the party to prevent footage of the festivities being leaked out. Another guest rocks up Pippa Middleton and James Matthews smile for the cameras Credit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth The Duchess of Cambridge with her daughterCredit: James Veyseycenter_img For locals, the day began early when residents with special wristbands were invited into a pen on the church lawns. Tennis ace Roger Federer was cheered as he walked with his wife, Mirka, while Middleton uncle Gary Goldsmith waved to the assembled press with his daughter Tallulah. He later praised the “brilliant couple” who he confirmed “gave everyone time and attention”. James Middleton, brother of the bride, walks with his mother Carole Middleton Another guest rocks upCredit: James Whatling Photography A stream of Range Rovers, BMWs and Mercedes Benz cars are now offloading more and more fashionable guests adorned with fascinator hats. Outside St Mark’s Church in EnglefieldCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire The event has been dubbed the society wedding of the year 9:26PMSpitfire displays greets evening guests to the wedding We’ve had the weather update from the Met Office (see below) but now The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel puts her weathergirl hat on from the scene.Here’s the outlook:It had been a glorious sunny morning in Berkshire, perfect for an English country wedding. But the grey clouds are coming in and it’s looking like the wedding party might be getting a little wet when they arrive in an hour’s time. Pippa Middleton in her dress After the ceremony, which lasted nearly an hour, the new Mr and Mrs Matthews emerged as bells rang out just before 12.30pm.Kate continued her role as big sister and marshalled the young bridesmaids and page boys into the classic cars that had brought them to the church as guests filed out and walked to nearby Englefield House. The tennis ace and his wife MirkaCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 11:23AMWilliam and Harry – but no Meghan A Spitfire performs a flypast at the wedding reception at the Middleton estate tonight to celebrate the marriage of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews. Credit:Flynet Pictures  Gary Goldsmith and his daughter Credit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images The blushing brideCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images The Duchess of Cambridge helping her sister Pippa Middleton with her trainCredit:SAMIR HUSSEIN/WIREIMAGE/CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES Media ahead of the wedding The church path at Englefield, Berks, was turned into something of a catwalk, as guests walked in front of Royal-watchers, curious locals and the cameras. Maria Borrallo walks to the church Pippa Middleton dazzles in lace dress by Giles DeaconGuests tuck into foie gras at Pippa’s ‘two-tier’ wedding In pictures: All the celebrities and royal guests Meghan Markle driven to the reception by Prince Harry’Sssh’: Duchess keeps the children in lineIs this Pippa Middleton’s honeymoon hotel?​Most stylish looks from Pippa’s weddingWho is James Matthews, Pippa’s husband?It had been designed with military precision, with several heirs to the throne on the guest list, the cream of high society in attendance and a picture perfect English country setting.Add a stroke of luck with sunny weather, a brood of adorable bridesmaids and page boys, and a kiss for the camera, and Pippa Middleton and James Matthews’s wedding went off as smoothly as could be.The bride, wearing a Giles Deacon gown, beamed to the waiting world on the arm of her new husband, with a troupe of eight excitable youngsters stealing the show under the watchful eye of a discreet Duchess of Cambridge. Pippa looks back The dress! Pippa Middleton Pippa Middleton is escorted by her father Michael MiddletonCredit: JUSTIN TALLIS Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince HarryCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have been pictured heading out from Kensington Palace and on their way to her sister’s wedding.Look closely, and you can see Kate’s hat. 10:55AMDing dong get ready for the wedding bells The big day Guests arriving at the weddingCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince HarryCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage Donna Air Swiss tennis player Roger Federer (L) and his wife Mirka 3:28PMWhat the experts thought of Pippa’s dress The tennis ace and his wife Mirka 9:43PMMeghan Markle managed to avoid the hour and a half security queue Spencer Matthews, center, stands at the entrance of St Mark’s ChurchCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool 10:08AMHello, hello, what’s going on here then? Organisers and villagers have remained staunchly tight-lipped about the details of the society wedding of the year in the build-up and the finer points of the event have been a closely-guarded secret.Reports suggest it will be a lavish affair with a nod to the groom’s Scottish connections included in his outfit, entertainment and the food.According to the Daily Mail, the menu will include haggis canapes, Scottish lamb and whisky while there will also be a piper and a Spitfire flypast. Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark's Church The men in morning suitsCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images They’ve arrived!Groom James Middleton and Made in Chelsea badboy, and we presume Best Man, Spencer Matthews are at the church on time.Spencer, of course, has a cheeky grin on his face. The Telegraph’s Eleanor Steafel is at the church as excitement builds:A small crowd of well wishers is gathering just down the hill from St Mark’s Church, where in a couple of hours Pippa Middleton will marry James Matthews.Kourtney Coleman has travelled all the way from the United States with her mother Joanne Kloser in the hope of catching a glimpse of the bride and her royal guests.”We were supposed to be here in March and our plans changed and when I realised when the wedding was going to be, we planned the whole trip around it,” says Kourtney.”I was on the streets for her sister’s wedding, so I just had to be here. We love all the royals. We just love Pippa.”My mother actually named her dog after Pippa. And my dog is named after George. I hope we get to see them!”David and Meryl Evans have travelled here today from West Wales to see the spectacle.”We were coming to the area on holiday and when we put the address into Google, we realised this was where the wedding would be taking place, so we thought we have to go!” says Meryl.”I hope we see something, I want to see Prince Harry!” Guests arrive in Scottish garb Spencer Matthews, center, stands at the entrance of St Mark's Church 8:24AMSpencer Matthews has been warned not to play pranks We are due to start our live-stream of the event shortly, but before then let’s indulge ourselves with a few questions (all of which we will find out the answers too soon). What will Meghan Markle wear to Pippa’s wedding?What will Pippa’s wedding ring look like?What will Carole Middleton wear to Pippa’s wedding?Is this Pippa Middleton’s honeymoon hotel?And finally, what will Spencer Matthews be up to??? Prince William, right, talks to James Middleton after the weddingCredit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Prince George and Princess Charlotte of CambridgeCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage She’s kept us all waiting – as is tradition – but now is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.Here she is, the bride:  Carole Middleton and her son James Members of the public arrive ahead of the weddingCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire 11:04PMBride’s father joked ‘I’ve lost two daughters now…but to great men’ The latter’s partner, Donna Air, was in attendance, while Spencer’s girlfriend Vogue Williams was omitted, although her spokesman confirmed she “wishes Pippa and James all the best on their special day”.Although the event was private, well-wishers travelled from as far afield as America to see the newlyweds and their Royal guests in the flesh. And it’s kicking off, first arrivals at Pippa’s wedding, waving to the media. Let the fun begin #PippaMiddleton— Lama Hasan (@LamaHasan) May 20, 2017 12:50PMAnd they’re off 11:52AMPippa’s amazing dress The first royalty arrive in the shape of Princess Eugenie: James Matthews and Pippa Middleton drive into Bucklebury We know this because a source has told E! News that Pippa Middleton has warned him off any funny business.The source informed the celebrity news site that Mr Matthews can be “a loose cannon, especially with no one on his arm.” They said he is known for “acting single” on nights out, and James’ wedding is “no exception.””She doesn’t want Spencer acting up during the day and has him warned to keep an eye on the booze,” they explained “Strictly no pranks. He was planning to write ‘LAD’ on the bottom of James’ shoes!” Meghan Markle, said to be at the evening do, managed to escape the heavy security imposed on other guests who spent an hour and a half being checked by security staff in Bucklebury Village Hall before being driven to the manor.  Spencer Matthews, left, gestures as he stands with James Middleton, right, and Donna Air Spencer Matthews, of Made In Chelsea love-rat fame, and the brother of the groom, will be one to watch at this wedding.He is known for his enjoyment of ‘hilarious’ pranks and generally being the centre of attention, so it is no surprise he has reportedly been told to keep shtum today by no other than P-Middy herself. Princess Eugenie arrives for the wedding More details on the wedding have just been released.The bridesmaids are Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French, Avia Horner and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The pageboys are Casimir Tatos, Edward Sebire, William Ward and Prince George.All wore bespoke outfits by Pepa & Co.The bridal bouquet, made by Lavender Green, included peony, sweetpea, asilbe, freesia, waxflower, green bell and alchemilla mollis. Mother-of-the-bride Carol Middleton appeared to co-ordinate with Kate and wore head to toe pale pink. The jacket is by Catherine Walker&Co.Princess Eugenie looked elegant in a navy prom-style dress with subtle shoulder cut-out detailing and got extra fashion points for a statement Anya Hindmarch “crisp packet clutch” bag. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, stands with her son Prince George as she looks across at Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their wedding Roger and his wife MirkaCredit: James Whatling A spokeswoman for event organisers Fait Accompli said: “There is no comment on the wedding detail, it is a private event.”And a spokeswoman for Table Talk, who are reportedly catering for the event, said: “I’m afraid we are not allowed to comment.”Security is expected to be tight with several senior royals attending, guarded as usual by Scotland Yard royalty protection officers. 3:35PMWas the bride upstaged? A resounding ‘no’ Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge adjusts the dress of Pippa Middleton Spencer Matthews pictured enjoying his famous wit at the Oxford Union Credit: Roger Askew/REX/Shutterstock A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are not prepared to discuss matters of security.”The details of Miss Middleton’s wedding gown have also been a tightly-held secret, with the names of a number of designers being put forward by royal-watchers from Amanda Wakeley and Jenny Packham to Oscar De La Renta, Giles Deacon and Alexander McQueen.Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, who is the church’s resident priest, is expected to officiate at the wedding.A woman who answered his phone on Friday said he would not be able to talk about it because he had “signed a no comment contract”.As an Anglican church, St Mark’s must open its doors to parishioners as weddings are deemed to be public events under Church of England guidelines.The legal advisory commission of the General Synod published its guidance on celebrity marriages in April this year, when it said: “A marriage is a public ceremony which at the least all parishioners (including those whose names are on the electoral roll) are entitled to attend.”This was regardless of whether those who lived in the parish were Anglican or not, it added.Ian Southall, manager of the Englefield Social Club on the Englefield Estate, said the village had been busy with people making arrangements for the big day, many of whom included the world’s media.The feedback I’m getting is just, it’s happening.Apart from all the extra traffic it’s not going to affect me personally.I think a few people will go up (to the service).I saw lots of people around the church, I presume a lot of people were press.He added he did not think the wedding party would be dropping in for a dram of whisky from the club’s stock of single malts.They are not coming into the club, the club is getting used for something but I cannot really commentWe’ve been asked not to speak to the press, I don’t know why because we don’t know anything.With the Middleton family home just a few miles away in the village of Bucklebury, the couple and their guests will not have far to travel for the reception, which is reportedly being staged in the grounds of the property.Deliveries of equipment and goods have also been seen going into the substantial house, with reports claiming the family have spent tens of thousands of pounds on a glass marquee and upmarket portable toilets for guests. The groom’s brother and best man Spencer Matthews, greeted guests at the church entrance. His blue waistcoat and orange tie combination was a nice touch.Tennis star Roger Federer and his wife Mirka were on the guest list too. Pippa Middleton and James Matthews smile for the cameras Credit:AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth The pageboys and bridesmaidsCredit: Max Mumby A guest arrives in a kiltCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images The long arm of the law The Duchess of Cambridge stands with her daughter Britain’s princess Charlotte, a bridesmaidCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images As guests finally arrived for the evening at around 8.30 pm, a WW2 Spitfire plane circled the manor before descending from the sky in dizzying loops and spins. It took off just in time, as the sun was going down and rain started to pour. The final guests were rushing to the gate to escape the weather.There are rumours Meghan Markle has been spotted outside Bucklebury home with Prince Harry. However, she was not among the guest forced to go through the security cordon.Other guests arriving to celebrate the newlyweds at the Middleton Manor included English tennis star Tim Herman and Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer.TV personalities Tom Bradby and Ben Fogle were also present, as well as Conservativee MP Richard Benyon, whose private estate played host to the couple. Spencer Matthews brother of James Matthews, greets Donna AirCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage Pippa’s father Michael Middleton apparently joked in his speech that he had now “lost both his daughters…but to great men”.  The happy couple, with James at the wheel, drive off to the reception at the Middleton mansion in a E-Type Jaguar.  Meanwhile, the nanny to Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Maria Borrallo, is there in uniform: The readings included Love Is An Adventure by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, read by Pippa’s brother James while Spencer Matthews read a passage from Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist. 12:05PM’People should be able to see more of it’ Giles Deacon said:I was thrilled to work with Pippa on her wedding dress. The dress is constructed with a cap sleeve, high neckline and features a corseted bodice with draping to the front and a heart-shaped detail at the back.The bespoke silk cotton lace was hand appliqued to create an illusion of the dress having ‘no seams’.The lace bodice is embroidered with pearl detailing over an organza and tulle underskirt, which has payer upon layer to enable a floor sweeping movement.It’s a privilege to show the craftsmanship that my team produces in London and a real testament to Pippa’s support of British fashion. The men in morning suits Outside St Mark's Church in Englefield The picture may remind you of the famous one taken at the Duchess’ wedding, at which Pippa Middleton wore a very striking dress. The happy couple 11:41AMHere comes the bride! 10:16AMUncle Gary on the way Princess Charlotte of CambridgeCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage Proud Dad x off we go— Gary Goldsmith (@garygoldsmith65) May 20, 2017 If you think he's sticking two fingers up you're wrong - it's three And finally, this:  Some of the first guests arriveCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images Some of the first guests arrive Prince George waves goodbyeCredit:JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images 10:13AMGrey clouds coming in A guest arrives in a kilt 12:31PMSpeak now or forever hold your peace The Sun is reporting that a  band can heard going through its repertoire which includes jazz renditions of Call on Me by Eric Prydz and The White Stripes Seven Nation Army.The paper adds that best man Spencer Matthews, the younger brother of groom James, could be heard earning rounds of applause and laughs for his best man’s speech which took place at the late hour of 11pm. The bride looked spectacular in a Giles Deacon dress, but what were the high profile guests wearing?The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended the service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire, along with best man Spencer Matthews, of course best known for appearing on Made in Chelsea. Surprisingly, Prince Harry’s girlfriend actress Meghan Markle didn’t attend the service.Kate Middleton looked understated but stunning in a blush pink, long sleeved Alexander McQueen dress (the designer she chose for her own wedding gown). Bridesmaids were Princess Charlotte, Pippa’s goddaughter Countess Philippa Hoyos, Lily French, and Avia Horner, daughter of James’ colleague financier Edward Horner and Lady Emily Compton. A couple arriveCredit: Stephen Lock / i-Images Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge adjusts the dress of Pippa MiddletonCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage The Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince The brothers side-by-sideCredit:Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage The blushing bride Pippa wore a bespoke veil made by milliner Stephen Jones, of tulle with a degrade of embroidered pearls. She also wore a tiara by Robinson Pelham, and ivory stain pumps by Manolo Blahnik with pearl detailing.Caroline Leaper, The Telegraph’s fashion news and features editor, gives her verdict here. Our jewellery expert Sarah Royce-Greensill has noticed Pippa Middleton is wearing the Robinson Pelham diamond earrings she wore when she was a bridesmaid at the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011. 11:02AMUncle Gary and Tallulah Prince George waves goodbye 1:52PMView from the villagers 10:23AMThe unanswered questions And following the bride, the rest of the wedding party, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte: 10:32AM’It’s so exciting’ 1:10PMThe kiss Prince William, left, and his brother Prince Harry Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry 12:38PMDing dong! We have a wedding Spencer Matthews pictured enjoying his famous wit at the Oxford Union  With the ceremony over, the wedding party move on to the reception in Bucklebury.Prince George waves goodbye:  Good morning everyone. We are up bright and early to write about the event of the year.It’s a beautiful day for a wedding – but not for long.According to the Met Office, it’s set to rain later, so let’s hope the Royals and celebrities invited to the wedding remembered to bring a brolly or their painstakingly-styled hair is set to be ruined. 8:06AMWeather to put a dampener on nuptials  Pippa Middleton and her new husband James Matthews leave The guests are flooding in now, and include Serena Hood, Executive Fashion Editor at BritishVogue, and her financier Peregrine: Pippa Middleton arrives for her weddinglast_img read more

British doctors trial simple gut operation that cures or controls diabetes

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The increased number of people with diabetes has been linked to rising levels of obesity A simple gut operation that sees a plastic film inserted into the stomach could cure or control diabetes, British doctors have found.Patients taking part in trials at King’s College Hospital and University College Hospital in London and City Hospital in Birmingham found their diabetes had disappeared or become much milder after the operations.Francesco Rubino, professor of metabolic surgery at King’s, told The Sunday Times: “About 50 per cent of patients are diabetes-free after these procedures. Treatment costs £10 billion a year – about 10 per cent of the NHS budget. That figure is expected to rise to 17 per cent if the numbers suffering from the condition his five million, as is predicted, by 2025.The increased number of people with the disease has been linked to rising levels of obesity.Between 1993 and 2010 the proportion of obese people in the UK went from 13 per cent to 26 per cent for men and from 16 per cent to 26 per cent for women. Type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to obesity, is one of Britain’s biggest health problems and affects about four million people.center_img “The effect was immediate,” said Midmer, who weighed 20 stone and was on insulin when the trial started. I stopped feeling hungry, I ate much smaller meals and I lost 4½ stone.” The increased number of people with diabetes has been linked to rising levels of obesityCredit:Anthony Devlin/PA Wire “The remaining people demonstrate big improvements of blood sugar control and can drastically reduce their dependence on insulin or other medication.”In many patients, blood sugar levels go back to normal within days, long before declines in fat levels or weight.”The treatments stem from a new view of the causes of diabetes, a condition in which there is too much glucose in the blood.Diabetes has previously been blamed on the pancreas not secreting enough insulin, the hormone that controls glucose levels – but Rubino and his colleagues believe the gut is the key player.Andrea Midmer, 59, a nurse, took part in the trial, in which a plastic liner or “endobarrier” was fitted into her stomach to stop the walls of her upper gut coming into contact with the food she ate.last_img read more

Letter The PPPC has no generational conflict nor has it ever

Dear Editor,I have noted the statements by the Prime Minister Nagamootoo in the Guyana Chronicle with some amusement, where he expresses solidarity and mounts, in his view, a defense of older comrades and leaders of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – comrades he claims are the ones who former President Bharrat Jagdeo wants to push out of the Party. Does he believe that we are suffering from such short memories?Moses Nagamootoo has always been the chameleon, much to the amusement of some of the older heads of the PPP who have known him all too well…unfortunately. He waxes and wanes, drifts wherever the winds blow and dances to the piper’s call once his objective of personal aggrandizement is met.Nagamootoo believes that we have forgotten how he has vilified the entire PPP and its leaders, calling the PPP “racist,” “fascist”, “fat cats”, to name a few, at  sittings in the National Assembly and at other public forum.  Now he is pretending to ‘defend’ the older leaders of the PPP as a means to target once again his nemesis, Bharrat Jagdeo.  His obsession with Jagdeo is understandable as he knows he is no match, nor could he ever be, with Jagdeo, or, in fact any of several leaders of the PPP.Instead, he should be more concerned about whether his party, the AFC, will survive the 2020 elections and whether it will be able to attract support to maintain its seats, or any seat for that matter. Surely he recognises that he is the one who will be pushed out; these are his ‘swan song’ months as Prime MinisterNagamootoo’s legacy in Guyana’s history will be one of the ‘whipping boy’ of the APNU to attack the Parliamentary Opposition with vile lies. Any time an assault has to be made on the PPP, it is Nagamootoo who is sent in by APNU to do its dirty work. It is he who was sent to the estates after the dismissal of 5000 sugar workers to try to convince them that sugar wasn’t dead, and that the government cared. His usefulness to the APNU, however, will grow thin despite his loyal gymnastics.No truer were the words written by our national poet, Martin Carter, that “the mouth is muzzled by the hand that feeds it”. Thus, his recent public foray to appear to defend the older leaders of the PPP is nothing but “classic” Nagamootoo – nakedly opportunistic, deceptive and self-serving.Nevertheless as an older member of the PPP leadership, and, in fact, the most senior female leader, I have no fear of being pushed aside by Jagdeo or anyone else. As a member of successive PPP/C administrations, I have been a constant and honestly served my government and the nation to the best of my ability.As a member of the PPP/C Parliamentary Opposition, l continue to serve and to carry my responsibilities with dignity and integrity. Yes, I am proud to be a part of the older leaders who have served and continue to loyally serve our party and nation.My work continues to be hectic and challenging, and, I watch with admiration other leaders like Dr. Roger Luncheon, Clinton Collymore, and former Prime Minister Sam Hinds, selflessly contribute their time, energy, experience and love to the Guyanese people from all walks of life who are suffering in these trying APNU/AFC times.I believe that my role will keep changing as long as I have life; I am morally bound to help to groom and nurture the younger leaders of the party to be courageous, principled and resilient in the struggles of the future to regain our threatened democracy and save our nation from its spiraling decline under the APNU/AFC regime.My sense of duty to the younger leaders is bolstered by the fact that in the 1970s older leaders of the party gave me, a young woman in her twenties, the guidance and opportunities to grow and be elevated in the PPP. Just as in 1997, the party gave its support to young Bharrat Jagdeo to be the successor to Mrs Janet Jagan after those elections.The PPP/C has no generational conflict, nor has it ever had. It began with youthful leaders in 1950 and have never been afraid of young people, but instead have embraced them and pushed them up, not out. They only have to work hard and serve with energy and courage, those that are “spent” – whether old and young – will not make it to the top.Every PPPC government from 1992 to 2015 has been characterized by young Ministers in the late 20s and those who were middle aged who brought experience to the table.Maybe Nagamootoo is reflecting on the generational gap that exists in his government’s administration where the very male senior citizens of urban upper middle class extraction reign supreme.I do not need any Nagamootoo to defend my survival in the PPP, and, in fact, no one should. One’s inherent political instinct would tell you if you listened that he remains a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MP,PPP Executive and Central Committee Member Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMoses Nagamootoo for President – PPP threatens to expose his closet of skeletonsSeptember 8, 2014In “Politics”Nagamootoo, Ramkarran practicing ‘vengeance politics’ to get back at PPP/C – says RoheeAugust 4, 2016In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Misreading…November 12, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Motorcyclist killed in singlevehicle incident in Mayo

first_imgA MOTORCYCLIST HAS died in a single-vehicle incident in Mayo earlier this morning.The incident occurred four miles outside Crossmolina at around midday.The motorcyclist, a 54-year-old female, was seriously injured in the incident and was pronounced dead at the scene.Gardaí from Ballina are investigating the incident, but initial reports suggest that the vehicle may have lost control.The N59 Crossmolina to Belmullet Road is currently closed to facilitate a forensic examination and diversions are in place.Witnesses are asked to contact Ballina Garda station 096 20560, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.last_img read more

Le succès social des enfants en bas âge lié à leurs gènes

first_imgLe succès social des enfants en bas âge lié à leurs gènes ?Publiant leurs travaux mercredi 16 janvier dans la revue Child Development, des chercheurs québécois suggèrent que chez les enfants des petites classes, le bagage génétique joue un rôle important dans l’intégration d’un individu dans le groupe – ou dans son rejet.   Dans une classe ou une cour de récréation, tous les enfants n’ont pas le même statut : certains sont bien acceptés et intégrés, d’autres rejetés ou victimes de brimades. D’après l’étude qu’ils ont menée, Michel Boivin et son équipe de chercheurs en psychologie de l’Université Laval (Québec) estiment qu’environ 73 % de cette variabilité aurait des fondements génétiques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Se penchant sur le cas de 800 paires de jumeaux – dont 40 % de ‘vrais’ jumeaux et 60 % de ‘faux’ -, les chercheurs ont, grâce à des entretiens avec ces enfants eux-mêmes, leurs camarades de classe et leurs professeurs, évalué la ‘popularité’ et le niveau d’intégration (individuels) de chacun de ces jumeaux, ceci  à trois étapes précises de leur parcours scolaire : maternelle, 1ère et 4ème année de primaire.Résultats : les vrais jumeaux (dits monozygotes) sont nettement plus susceptibles que les faux (dits dizygotes) d’avoir l’un et l’autre le même ‘statut social’ (accepté, rejeté, chahuté…). À gènes identiques, statut identique, suggèrent donc les psychologues de Laval. Mais chez les enfants, quelles sont les caractéristiques qui plaisent ou déplaisent ainsi aux autres ?Il semble que cela varie avec l’âge, disent les chercheurs, qui publieront une autre étude à ce sujet. Dans les petites classes (comme c’est le cas dans cette étude), ce sont l’agressivité et l’impulsivité qui seraient mal perçues par la majorité des enfants. Tandis qu’au-delà de ces âges, ce sont au contraire la timidité et l’introversion qui déclencheraient le rejet.Le 18 janvier 2013 à 16:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

2 students arrested after gun found in South Dade Senior High School

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Two students have been arrested, Thursday, suspected of bringing a gun to South Dade Senior High School, which is located in Homestead.According to school board officials, a school employee found an unspent bullet on the ground in his classroom. He then notified school administrators who contacted Miami-Dade Schools Police.Officials conducted a search of the campus and found an unloaded weapon inside a jacket that had been thrown in a trash bin.After further investigation, police said that two students were in possession of that firearm, earlier in the day.Both students, one being identified as 18-year-old James Martin Jr., have since been arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.The school was on lockdown for two hours while police conducted their investigation.“I didn’t really see much other than the security guard picking up the jacket and taking the kid that had the gun,” said student Christian Montalvo. “I heard that the teacher found the bullet, and he called the security guards and they came, searched the bathroom.” Parents were shocked and distressed upon hearing the news. One even broke into tears. “You hear it all the time but when it hits close to home like this, it’s very shocking,” said Rick Riera.7News spoke to Meco Hawkins, the mother of Martin Jr. She said the police have the wrong person.Hawkins believes that since her son was due to appear in court for an unrelated reason on Friday, he was wrongly blamed by school officials for bringing the gun.“I just got off the phone with Mr. Miller, assistant principal,” said Hawkins. “He stated that a bullet was found on the floor. A gun was found in somebody else’s jacket. I feel like they just put two and two together, and my son was already going to court tomorrow, so they just arrest my son, and that’s not right.”Both Martin Jr. and the other student, who is also at least 18 years old, are scheduled to make court appearances, Friday.This is the second school disruption this week for South Dade. It was also the subject of a social media threat Monday. However, officials noted, the two incidents are not related.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Budget Session Live Before Railway Budget Jaitley Blames Congress For Poor Condition

first_img5:04 pm: Rajya Sabha unaninomously passed a bill on the National Institute of Design on the first day of the Budget Session. 4:00 pm: Members of Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party stage a walkout in Rajya Sabha in protest of Jaitley’s statement on price rise and rail fare hike. TMC leader Derek O’Brien had walked out earlier. 3:30 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says that price rise is because of poor supply.3:20 pm: Jaitley speaks in Rajya Sabha, says that the government is ready to debate on price rise, lambasts UPA government for not taking strong decisions. Blames Congress for leaving railways in a poor condition; defends rail fare hike. Jaitley says the NDA government inherited the Railways from the UPA with ₹30,000 crore loss. 2:10 pm: The first day of the Budget Session came to a standstill with the Lok Sabha being adjourned for the day amid protests over price rise both inside and outside the Parliament. According to news channels, the parties did not agree to debate on the price rise without a vote. 12:45 pm: NCP leader Praful Patel asks the Modi government to clarify its stand on the new poverty definition, following the report by the Rangarajan panel that pushed poverty line to ₹32 per day in rural areas and ₹47 in urban areas. 12:10 pm: Budget session in Lok Sabha adjourned again till 2 pm.12:06 pm: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says she will not allow adjournment motion over price rise, pushes for debate.12:05 pm: JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav attacks Modi government over price rise.12:00 pm: Speaker congratulates the Indian Space Research Organisation for its recent space mission, congratulates sports persons including badminton player Saina Nehwal and snooker player Pankaj Advani.11:45 am: While Lok Sabha is adjourned, Congress attacks Modi government for price rise, rail fare hike in Rajya Sabha. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Trinamool Congress Leader Derek O’Brian oppose rail fare hike.11:30 am: The chaos over price rise continued in the first hour of the Budget session with members also storming into the well of the Parliament. The Budget Session is adjourned till noon.11:15 am: Ruckus ensues in Lok Sabha over the issue of price rise. Even as Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan assured that farmers would get befenifts from ethanol blending, there was shouting and chaos in the House.First question of the question hour – Ethanol Blending in Petrol11:00 am: The Budget Session begins in Parliament.10:45 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meet Modi in Parliament.10:35 am: Opposition demands debate on price rise on Day 1 of Budget Session10:30 am : Even before the Budget Session begins, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress are sparring over the issue of Leader of Opposition. The BJP is reported to have called the Congress “power hungry”. However, Naidu was reported saying that the issue of LoP was not discussed in the all-party meet.10:10 am: All party meet ends.9:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Parliament House to attend his first Budget Session.9:15 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu convenes all-party meeting ahead of the first day of the Budget Session on Monday.The Narendra Modi government that took office on 26 May begins its first Budget Session on Monday, where issues of price rise and rail fare hike are likely to be discussed. The session begins in light of high inflation, fiscal deficit and rising fuel prices. The government will present its Railway Budget on Tuesday, followed by the Economic Survey on Wednesday, and the much-awaited Union Budget on Thursday.last_img read more

SSC equivalent exams to be deferred for DNCC bypolls

first_img.Authorities may defer secondary school certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations for the mayoral by-elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation expected to be held in late February 2018.The election commission’s acting secretary, Helal Uddin Ahmed, held a meeting with the representatives of the Dhaka Education Board and of Madrasa and Technical education boards at the commission secretariat on Tuesday to the end.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the representatives of the education boards said they have given their consent for deferment of the two papers of the SSC and equivalent exams scheduled to be held on 24 and 25 February to facilitate holding of the by-polls.SSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 were scheduled to begin on 2 February and continue until 26 February.The officials said the authorities will defer the exams once the commission announces the schedule for the civic polls.The EC’s acting secretary said the commission is mulling announcing the election schedule in the second week of January and holding the by-polls in the third week of February.The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November.Apart from holding by-polls to the mayoral post, the commission has also decided that elections will be held to the councillor posts and six special councillor posts reserved for woman for the 18 new DNCC wards and to the same number of councillor and special councillor posts for the 18 new Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) wards the same day.last_img read more

UN chief to brief Security Council on Myanmar on Thursday

first_imgAntonio GuterresUnited Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will publicly brief the Security Council on Thursday on violence in Myanmar, which he has described as ethnic cleansing, after seven countries on the 15-member body requested the meeting.Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, Egypt, Senegal, and Kazakhstan requested the meeting.In preparation for Thursday’s public meeting, the council will be briefed behind closed doors on Tuesday by U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman, diplomats said.Some 436,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since Aug. 25, when attacks by Rohingya militants triggered a military crackdown.U.S. President Donald Trump wants the U.N. Security Council to take “strong and swift action” to end the violence, Vice President Mike Pence said last Wednesday.The council has already met twice behind closed doors since the Rohingya crisis began and earlier this month issued an informal statement to the press condemning the situation and urging Myanmar authorities to end the violence.Diplomats say the Security Council could consider adopting a formal statement if the situation does not improve, but China and Russia are unlikely to agree to stronger action that would require the adoption of a resolution they could veto.A Security Council resolution would need nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France.Myanmar said earlier this month it was negotiating with veto powers China and Russia to ensure Myanmar would be protected from any Security Council action.last_img read more