On the hunt for Xmas card artists

first_imgCalifornia Raisins has teamed up with the Bakers’ Benevolent Society to search for a budding artist in the baking industry to create the society’s charity Christmas card.It is looking for two of the best designs, which stand to win a first prize of £1,000 and second prize of £500. The card must combine a bakery and Christmas theme and can be humorous or traditional.The competition is open to bakers and other industry members over 16 years old. Send artwork as an illustration, computer design or photograph by 6 August.Call Dee Cassey on 020 8741 8513 to register your entry.last_img read more


A Grain of S.A.L.T.: Southern Appalachian Loop Trail Almost Reality

first_imgClick here to see larger view of map.Accessibility to public lands in the Southern Appalachians has improved the lives of millions, myself included. After eight years of calling this region my home, I’ve grown physically, mentally and spiritually stronger with access to nearby trails. Not only do these paths lead to improved health, but they also help to protect the environment and foster economic growth.Now, a new 350-mile trail circuit could benefit the health of both the people and the economy of the region. The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, a western North Carolina land trust, is working to protect and make public the final link of the Southern Appalachian Loop Trail (SALT).In the summer of 2012, I had the privilege of thru-hiking SALT, which incorporates sections of the Foothills, Bartram, Appalachian, Mountains-to-Sea and other regional trails. I chose to start the SALT from Jones Gap State Park in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area of South Carolina. I hiked in a clockwise direction towards Georgia along the Foothills Trail, which is unparalleled in its lushness and abundance of waterfalls cascading down from the Blue Ridge Escarpment. This section is deceptively rugged and remote, but swimming holes and wildflowers more than make up for its adversity.After crossing the wild and scenic Chattooga River into Georgia, the SALT hops onto the Bartram Trail and follows in the 240-year-old footsteps of famous naturalist William Bartram as it leaves the foothills and ascends ever higher into the balds of the Nantahala Mountains. Along the way, hikers find convenient provisions in Clayton, Ga. and across the state line in Franklin, N.C. Soon, the route joins up with the popular Appalachian Trail and continues north into the international biosphere reserve of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.From Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in Tennessee, the SALT leaves the A.T. for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and heads eastward down into Cherokee, N.C., which provides another resupply opportunity and immersion into a culture that precedes all others in calling this land home. The trail once again scrapes the clouds at over 6,000’ in elevation amid the high coniferous forests of the Great Balsams.A right-hand turn on the renowned Art Loeb Trail brings the sojourner to the Bracken Mountain Trail and through the blossoming outdoor city of Brevard, N.C. After a short road walk through the French Broad River valley, the SALT enters into the woods of DuPont State Recreational Forest and makes its way towards a final ascent of the Blue Wall. Here, nearly a stone’s throw away from the finish at Jones Gap State Park, public access comes to a screeching halt.It’s disheartening to think that such a perfect loop could be blocked by such a small section of privately owned land. Fortunately, the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has been pursuing the conservation and public access of natural land between DuPont and the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area to enable a connecting trail. When this project is complete, the Southern Appalachians will be blessed with another wilderness corridor and long-distance hiking adventure.Ready to hit the Trail?1. Choose your own TerminusAs a loop, you have a choice of where to start and finish this trek. If leaving your vehicle for multiple days, seek out a safe parking location in a state park or town as opposed to a remote location. Make sure to check in with officials before tromping off into the woods.2. Research your ResupplyTowns are spaced out as far as 100+ miles, so it’s important to have your resupply strategy dialed. The Southern Appalachian Loop Trail utilizes large portions of the Foothills, Bartram, Appalachian and Mountains-to-Sea trails. To learn more about these sections and to pick up maps, or guidebooks, visit the following websites: foothillstrail.org, gabartramtrail.org, ncbartramtrail.org, appalachiantrail.org and ncmst.org. Also, you can check out the data sheet used for my 2012 trek here: goo.gl/3mQUBD3. Help Finish the LoopHelp make this route a reality by joining the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, making a donation, and/or volunteering to build trail.Bonus ChallengeGot some pep in your step? The fastest known time for this route is 9 days and 8 hours. Do you have what it takes to lower this time?EXPLORE THE MISSING LINKJoin CMLC on a hike up to the Blue Ridge Escarpment and into South Carolina along the proposed route on Sunday, January 19th. For more info, visit carolinamountain.org.last_img read more


When design tells the story of a hotel

first_imgIf you are in tourism and hotel business, you are aware that decorating your hotel is an important part of the whole offer, if not the most important today when we talk about better guests and the extension of the tourist offer. Of course, the hotel or accommodation is not a motive for arrival, but a tourist destination, but the design in every form and sense of the word gives strong and unforgettable emotions and experiences, all beautifully wrapped in a story that you tell and deliver to your guests.What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?To clarify the power and importance of design, I will only mention the Bujr Al Arab Hotel, an icon of Dubai as perhaps the best branded designer hotel bearing the destination brand.But we don’t have to go far from our coast, you all know the story of Hotel Lone, the first design hotel in Croatia, ie a hotel where design was the main word in all aspects of construction. As architects would say, the profit of a free hand of an investor is the holy grail and dream of every architect, designer…One of the architectural studios in Croatia that has attracted attention with its works is certainly Studio UP, led by a duo Tome Plejić and Lee Pelivan, and with his associates Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić they shape some of the most original domestic hotel and hostel spaces and environments.Their story in tourism and joint cooperation begins with the hostel Goli i Bosi, where in a very short time they turned an abandoned department store in the center of Split into one of the best hostels in the world (awarded by Virtual Tourist visitors), and then professional awards and inclusion in various reviews, even in Japan.And interestingly one of the key factors for the success and recognition of the profession, a factor you certainly don’t think about nor will come to mind first, was the phenomenal signaling. Yes, signaling. It was the signalization in the Goli i Bosi hostel that played the role of a tourist guide, so the guests learned everything about Split and the people of Split on the walk to their room.Photo: Studio UP / Family hotel Amarin, design: Damir Gamulin, copywriting: Nenad Vukusic Seboarchitecture: Studio UP – Lea Pelivan, Toma Pleic, landscape architecture: Ksenija Jurčić DiminićSo recently in Studio UP, in cooperation with Damir Gamulin and Nenad Vukušić, they delighted the profession with their new signaling solution at the award ceremony for the best design works, where their solution for the Amarin Hotel won the Grand Prize. Croatian Design Society.By the way, the Grand Prize of the Croatian Design Society (HDD) is awarded to a project or initiative that, according to the International Jury, has significantly marked the last two years in Croatian design with its quality, innovation, complexity or clear and strong message.Thus, according to the HDD, the spatial graphics and signalization of the Hotel Amarin is an outstanding example of an integrated architectural and design solution. Horizontal and vertical signalization emerge from the form of space and create its rich, contemporary character. The multisensory system of content interpretation encourages the creative (emotional) response of each guest. With the interaction between the elements of the interior and exterior, the whole building becomes a large playground, which is the most valuable feature of this unique family hotel.As Nenad Vukušić, one of the creatives hiding from this signalization, points out, the client imagined the Amarin Hotel as a family hotel, and we turned it into a playground and adventure for young and old, together or separately. “Every step through the hotel is turned into a game, whether you are at the reception, where a large net overlooking the pool, on a hill from which you need to watch the starry sky or in your room, which is a whole big mosaic game for all ages. “Vukusic points out.Photo: Goli i Bosi design hostel”Everything in these projects is put in order to create an experience, which is reduced to one sentence that guests will later be able to take home: I was in a hotel that is a tour guide inside or I was in a hotel that was very fun and colorful, the kids enjoyed or I finally learned how to say Š, as in whoosh – each of these sentences is just the beginning of a conversation in which some guests will remember every detail of the interior – and some will just remember how great they had.”Says Vukušić.It is precisely design that brings added value to every project, and although on bright examples in the past years, it is still insufficiently present in the branding of Croatian tourism. On the other hand, it is through design that we can create attractiveness and differential to the competition, because we cannot impress quality guests with luxury, but with design and a unique story we certainly do. The modern tourist wants to see something authentic, original and creative.And last but not least, design is a tool for telling stories, and it gives a complete picture, ie an unforgettable overall experience. Concrete in itself does not have a story, but if we refine it through a story, ie design, then even ordinary gray and dull concrete comes to life and begins to tell a story.And that this is so, says another great project to which Vukušić drew my attention, where he also in collaboration with Stuid UP, told the story of the wind (wind), Bol and the Mediterranean. This is the Vitar Hotel in Bol, which, as Vukušić points out, is on the trail of concrete poetry, where sound images of Bol formed by the wind and the island are written on the walls, teaching foreigners how to pronounce our palaces by translating the same images.”The lyrics here are the image as well as the sound. Every detail is thought out and created for photography. “Said Vukusic.They are much more than ordinary dormitories to the hotel, they are interpreters and narrators of the authentic story that the hotel tells, from the whole brand, concept and design of the entire space. Every letter, color, object… has its own why and how. Of course, if we want to talk about quality tourism with added value and guests of higher purchasing power, then certainly in the approach to the construction and decoration of the hotel, one of the first bases must be design in every form.So let’s start over. What’s your story? What story is your hotel telling?Attachment:Explore a little deeper how design shaped these great travel storiesHotel Amarin, RovinjLifestyle hotel Vitar, Bol Goli and Bosi design hostellast_img read more


Columbus man charged with Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon

first_imgColumbus, IN—Monday evening,  Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of a subject firing a shotgun toward a vehicle leaving the residence.The suspect, Brian Andrew Hoover, 44, Columbus, then fled the residence. However, a short time later, with the assistance of a BCSO K9 and the Columbus Fire Department’s drone, Hoover was apprehended and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and was charged on an allegation of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm.last_img