One of the New Nordic movement’s first feats was to help to transform Scandinavia from a land of herring cured in lye to the gastronomic centre of the world. In 2000, Claus Meyer, then a TV chef and one of Denmark’s most recognisable faces, had been appointed by the Social Democratic government to overhaul the country’s poor culinary reputation. He led a committee to create a special quality label for the best Danish food producers to apply for, in the manner of France’s Label Rouge system, which certifies the quality of foods such as Bresse chicken and Bayonne ham. But at the next election, in 2001, the Social Democrats fell, the initiative was scrapped and Meyer was dismissed. “I realised when the committee was demolished that working towards a better food culture was not wanted in parliament anymore,” Meyer told me. “I found that so crazy.” … [Read more...] about What Noma did next: how the ‘New Nordic’ is reshaping the food world
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We also asked about its new developments, such as Dale Moor View in Rossendale, Lancashire, where all the homes are leasehold. In a statement, it says: “At Taylor Wimpey the vast majority of our houses are sold on a freehold basis. However, in a small number of developments, predominantly in regions of the country where it is common practice in the market, we sell houses on a leasehold basis. Throughout any sale process, customers are fully informed of the ownership structure of the home. If a customer is interested in such a property, the sales team advises them whether the property is being sold on a leasehold basis.” … [Read more...] about The new-builds catching house buyers in a leasehold property trap
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It is quite thrilling, not least because banning things runs so contrary to the American idea. More than 23bn plastic bags are used in New York each year, and the planet is dying, but even so, the Bag Waste Reduction Law is so muscular, so big government, that no one can quite believe it is happening. There are a few workarounds. You will still be able to buy paper bags, for 5c each, but stores aren’t required to provide them. And some supermarkets are offering reusable plastic bags. (To qualify as “reusable”, a bag has to be able to carry 22lbs over a distance of 175 feet, which it is pleasing to imagine the bag police trying to test and enforce). … [Read more...] about Is there anything more Un-American than New York’s plastic bag ban?
I used to send voice notes to my best friend every day to offload my worries, and once they were out in the open, they didn't seem as weighty as before. This is a great way of having a two-way conversation with a baby in hand. … [Read more...] about Struggling to cope with being a new parent? Expert who’s worked with royalty reveals why you should make a ‘happy playlist’ and take early maternity leave