Taylor Swift is sleek and chic as she drops by NYC


Taylor Swift looked sleek and chic on Wednesday afternoon as she dropped by a music studio in New York City.

The singer-songwriter, 33 — who is currently on her Eras Tour — was captured exiting a chauffeured vehicle with an attentive bodyguard in tow.

She modeled a black sleeveless dress that she cinched at the waist with a black leather belt.

The Fearless hitmaker strolled the sidewalk in black Anine Bing slide sandals and hid her blue eyes behind large Anine Bing sunglasses.

Swift’s golden hair was swept up in a bun and she brought along her essentials in a brown purse.

Music maker: Taylor Swift looked sleek and chic on Wednesday afternoon as she dropped by a music studio in New York City

Music maker: Taylor Swift looked sleek and chic on Wednesday afternoon as she dropped by a music studio in New York City

At the ready: The singer-songwriter, 33 — who is currently on her Eras Tour — was captured exiting a chauffeured vehicle with an attentive bodyguard in tow

At the ready: The singer-songwriter, 33 — who is currently on her Eras Tour — was captured exiting a chauffeured vehicle with an attentive bodyguard in tow

She accessorized her stylish look with a gold necklace and threw on her signature red lip for a pop of bold color.

Swift has been hitting the studio in NYC in recent weeks — including with Healy just last week — to work on her next album. 

She and the 1975 frontman sparked dating rumors in early May following her shock split from boyfriend of six years, Joe Alwyn. 

Healy has made a number of appearances in the audience at Swift’s Eras Tour stops across the United States. He also performed with the Anti-Hero singer’s opening act Phoebe Bridgers on three occasions.

The pair have been friends since 2015 but DailyMail.com obtained the first photos of Swift and Healy since the romance news broke this month.

They’ve since been seen ‘kissing’ and holding hands in public.

Earlier this week, The Sun claimed that Healy is planning on moving into the Grammy Award-winner’s New York City abode just weeks into their relationship.

But for now, the rumored couple are enjoying some time apart as Healy fled to the United Kingdom this past weekend to perform at Radio 1’s Big Weekend with his band.

During the gig, Healy teased the crowd about their relationship status.

Sleek: She modeled a black sleeveless dress that she cinched at the waist with a black leather belt

Sleek: She modeled a black sleeveless dress that she cinched at the waist with a black leather belt

Shady lady: The Fearless hitmaker strolled the sidewalk in black Anine Bing slide sandals and hid her blue eyes behind large Anine Bing sunglasses

Shady lady: The Fearless hitmaker strolled the sidewalk in black Anine Bing slide sandals and hid her blue eyes behind large Anine Bing sunglasses

Signature lip: She accessorized her stylish look with a gold necklace and threw on her signature red lip for a pop of bold color

Signature lip: She accessorized her stylish look with a gold necklace and threw on her signature red lip for a pop of bold color

‘Is it all a bit? Is it sincere? Will he ever address it? All of these questions and more will be ignored in the next hour. Ladies and gentleman, this is The 1975,’ he said into the microphone.

Swift has also alluded to the romance while on stage.

At her concert in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday, May 21, she told her fans that she’s ‘never been this happy in my life’ and that things finally ‘make sense’ to her.

‘It’s insane. I kind of just feel like telling you, that I don’t know, that just … I’ve never been this happy in my life in all aspects of my life ever before,’ the Pennsylvania native began.

‘And I just want to thank you for being a part of that. It’s not just the tour, like, I don’t know, my life finally feels like it makes sense.’

She went on to play the song Question, which she said ‘brings me a lot of happy memories.’

Though Swift appears smitten with the British heartthrob, her fans have voiced their concerns over Healy’s behavior and controversial past.

Most recently, he was slammed for the seemingly racist remarks he made about rapper Ice Spice — who collaborated with Swift on a new remix of her song Karma — in February.

They were said during an appearance on the Adam Friedland Show podcast, where he claimed to the hosts that he’d tried to reach out to Ice Spice via Instagram.

All love: Actress Keke Palmer took to her Instagram on Wednesday to voice her love for Taylor's new Karma remix featuring rapper Ice Spice

All love: Actress Keke Palmer took to her Instagram on Wednesday to voice her love for Taylor’s new Karma remix featuring rapper Ice Spice

After watching Keke's passionate clip, Swift took to the comment section

After watching Keke’s passionate clip, Swift took to the comment section

Karma: Taylor brought Ice Spice, 23, to the stage at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey to perform their collaboration of Karma live at her concert last Friday night

Karma: Taylor brought Ice Spice, 23, to the stage at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey to perform their collaboration of Karma live at her concert last Friday night 

Healy along with Friedland and co-host Nick Mullen then appeared to confuse the rapper’s heritage by referring to her as Inuit and Chinese, imitating and mocking the accents of each.

Also during the episode, he admitted to watching hardcore pornography that shows women ‘being brutalized.’

The episode was eventually wiped from Spotify due to backlash and Healy apologized for taking his jokes ‘too far’ and expressed his admiration for the rising star.

Ice Spice, 23, joined Swift on stage during her Eras Tour stop in New Jersey over the weekend to debut their Karma remix live for fans at Metlife Stadium.

Addressing the crowd, Swift gushed over Ice Spice and admitted that she’s never ‘been around an artist who’s so prepared and curious and focused on what she wants.’

As to how their collaboration came to light, Swift explained that she reached out to the hitmaker after listening to her music ‘pretty much exclusively.’

They then wasted no time getting into the studio to record the track.

Actress Keke Palmer took to her Instagram on Wednesday to voice her love for the remix — which earned an affectionate comment from Swift, herself.

The True Jackson, VP star filmed herself in the front seat of her car as she preached about not ‘worry[ing] about your enemies’ and believing in Karma. 

New man: Along with working on new music, Swift is rumored to be dating The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy

The sparked romance rumors earlier this month

New man: Along with working on new music, Swift is said to be dating The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy. They sparked romance rumors earlier this month

They've since been seen 'kissing' and holding hands in public (pictured on May 11)

They’ve since been seen ‘kissing’ and holding hands in public (pictured on May 11)

It comes shortly after her shock split from boyfriend of six years, Joe Alwyn; seen in 2019

It comes shortly after her shock split from boyfriend of six years, Joe Alwyn; seen in 2019

‘It’s always going to be miss Swift’s lyricism for me. It’s always some fluffy vibes with weighted a** sentiment,’ she captioned the post.

She particularly loved the lyric ‘Karma is my boyfriend on the weekend.’

After watching Keke’s passionate clip, Swift took to the comment section.

‘Omg I love u so much,’ the Back To December singer wrote. 

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West Tisbury: Lullaby video, Tom Thatcher, Music


Cool days and cool nights. Trees are mostly leafed out, leaves already darkening in color, and obscuring the view as they blow across my windows. I’m still writing upstairs in my aerie that reminds me of a treehouse I had as a child, a dogwood tree outside our dining room where I read, wrote, drew, and felt invisible.

Paul Karasik told me a story about a piece of music he couldn’t get out of his head. He heard “The Dream Passes by the Windows” a Ukrainian lullaby, sung at a Martha’s Vineyard Community Chorus concert. Being an artist and doing what artists do, he went home and made a six-panel comic, turning the musical experience into a visual one. His wife, Marsha Winsryg, suggested combining the two. Paul asked chorus director Bill Peek, who asked the original trio, Molly Conole, Jenny Friedman, and Jessica Sanseverino, to record their performance. It was made into a video that can be seen at

thenation.com/article/world/a-ukrainian-lullaby. Please take a look at this moving and beautifully composed video.

I am sad to report the passing of Tom Thatcher on May 20. I can picture Tom wearing a jacket, an ironed shirt, a bow tie. He was the somewhat formal sort of gentleman that I grew up with, of dress and manners, like my father and others of that generation. He was knowledgeable about art, music, books, Island history, an interesting conversational partner, someone I was always happy to see. He was often at the library or concerts. His eyes crinkled up when he smiled. I can’t believe that he was 96; he retained a boyishness that was endearing.

I knew of Tom before I ever met him. I can’t remember who took me to see his daffodil-filled field on South Road the first spring I lived on the Island. When I met Mike, I heard stories about Tom and his Martha’s Vineyard Pottery in one of Dan’l Manter’s outbuildings, a place he and other neighborhood kids frequented.

“He was so good to us kids. He always let us play with the clay and make things,” said Hannah Beecher, Mike’s cousin. We have two pieces of pottery that Mike made — an ashtray and a tile, both with a spouting whale swimming through the waves.

Condolences, too, to the family and friends of Sally Segall, who died on May 16. I didn’t know Sally that well, but ran into her and her husband, Marshall, often at the library. She was part of West Tisbury.

The annual “Remembering the Rosenthals” concert by Music Street Musicians at the West Tisbury library is Saturday, June 3, at 4 pm. The program will include Baroque, French, Argentinian, and Hollywood movie music. On Monday, June 5, the monthly wellness clinic will meet from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, including blood pressure and other screenings, health counseling, and health news. It’s free, and all are welcome.

The Neighborhood Convention will meet on Tuesday, June 6, at 11 am, at the Chilmark Community Church. Deborah Medders will speak about “From Restriction to Empowerment.”

I have been lucky enough to have tours of two friends’ gardens. Mike and I had breakfast at Sandy and Jim Turner’s last Sunday. After we ate, Sandy and I headed outside to see everything. She has a mostly shade garden in the woods, conditions similar to mine just up the road. Her rhododendrons haven’t wintered over well, so she has replaced them with different varieties of viburnums and Japanese maples, to a spectacular result. All are underplanted with ferns, ajuga, hellebores, astilbes, sweet woodruff, and incorporate the native oaks, sheep laurel, and ferns into her design. It’s lovely.

On Friday afternoon, Betty Haynes and I were invited to Julia Humphrey’s for lunch, a rhododendron walk, and to meet her visiting friend, Clay Dilworth. Most of Julia’s rhododendrons were planted in the 1970s, and are tall and well-established. They line her driveway, continue along the edge of her woods, and enclose her yard in a froth of white and pink. It was warm enough to eat outside, allowing extra time to enjoy the view. And the company. Clay was full of stories about her long friendship with Julia, her life in New York, and her recent move to the mountains of North Carolina.

After these many years living on the Vineyard, and after all my complaints about the rampant number of ticks this year, I suppose it was inevitable that I would eventually get Lyme, and I did. It was a surprise, as I tend to be casual about taking ticks off, wiping the spot with alcohol, and that’s that.

Mike didn’t wake me Sunday morning, just left a note saying he had an itchy rash and went to the ER. I hadn’t woken him Saturday night when I saw an itchy rash on my arm, planning to show it to him in the morning. We could have gone together.

As it turned out, he has Lyme, looked at my arm, and thought I should go, too. So I did. The woman at the admitting desk, the nurse leading me to the same room, the gentleman taking my information, and the ER doctor all laughed at me arriving with the same complaint. “I just saw your husband,” they said, one after another. I came home with doxycycline and instructions to stay out of the sun. Doesn’t it seem ridiculous to live here and have to be bundled up in long clothes, wary of being outside because of ticks?

If you have any West Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Hermine Hull, hermine.hull@gmail.com.


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Apple Launches Music Classical App on Android,


San Francisco, May 31 : Apple Music Classical app is now available for Android users, which they can download from the Google Play Store. Apple Music and Apple Music Classical are two separate iPhone apps. The key difference between the two apps is how Apple Music Classical handles metadata.

Apple Music and Apple Music Classical for Android now have the same distinctions, according to 9to5Mac. Users can gain access to Apple Music Classical by subscribing to Apple Music or Apple One. The app includes ad-free classical music recordings with up to 192 kHz / 24-bit lossless audio, as well as thousands of recordings that support spatial audio. Apple iPhone 15 Series To Get Surprisingly Radical Specs Changes As per Latest Speculations; Here’s All Known Details.

There are currently over 5 million tracks and over 50 million data points with data attributes of 20,000+ composers, 115,000+ unique works, and 350,000+ movements available on the app. Apple purchased the classical music streaming service Primephonic in 2021 and announced plans to launch a classical music app in the future.

Apple Music Classical first appeared on the iPhone in March this year. Notably, the app’s Android release precedes the release of an optimised app for iPad and Mac. ChatGPT-Drafted Content Is Not To Be Used in Court, Orders US Federal Judge to Lawyers.

Meanwhile, Apple has announced that it will be shutting down the ‘My Photo Stream’ service on July 26, meaning users who are still using this feature will need to migrate to iCloud Photos before that date.

My Photo Stream is a free service that uploads the last 30 days of images (up to 1,000) to iCloud, making them accessible on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 31, 2023 11:55 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).

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» Decorated music executive, alum elected chair of


SCHENECTADY — A longtime music industry executive and Union College graduate has been elected chair of the school’s Board of Trustees.

Julie Greifer Swidler has been selected to succeed chair Robert Bertagna, who will continue to serve on the council.

Swidler, who graduated from Union in 1979, is currently the executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel for Sony Music Entertainment, a position she has held for the past decade and a half.

During her decorated career as a music industry executive, Swidler has received the Grammy Foundation’s ELI Service Award in 2016 and the President’s Award from Music.Biz for Outstanding Executive Achievement in 2022.

Swidler joined the Union board in 2015 and became vice chair in the spring of 2022. She was elected to her new role on May 13.

“Higher education is expected to face many challenges over the next decade, from a demographic cliff to financial headwinds,” Swidler noted in a statement. “My top priority is to support President David Harris, the board and the rest of the Union community as we face these challenges and come up with solutions to move from strength to strength for our long-term sustainability.”

Swidler studied political science at Union, then went on to earn a degree from New York City’s Cardozo Law School.

During her time as a student at the Schenectady school, Swidler ran the Union College Coffee House and was a member of the Speakers Forum and the College Conduct Committee.

“I look forward to working with Julie,” Harris said in a statement. “Her devotion to Union, combined with her professional experience as a leader in a highly dynamic industry, make her well suited to lead Union’s next steps.”

Swidler, a New York City resident, serves as a vice chair of the board of the T.J. Martell Foundation, which funds medical research to find cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

“The Board of Trustees chose Julie as the next chair because she is a leader of high principles, strong intellect and deep experience, as well as for her ability to create consensus,” Bertagna said in a statement. “Julie is also highly dedicated to Union College and will be a great partner for President Harris. I am looking forward to supporting Julie in her new role and working with her on a host of new and continuing initiatives.”

Contact Ted Remsnyder at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @TedRemsnyder.


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A foreign language has become a compulsory exam



1. English is included in the list of compulsory exams for graduates of secondary schools in Turkmenistan. Early foreign language, as a subject of a narrow profile, was chosen by the graduates themselves. Compulsory state final exams are also native language and literature, algebra and the beginning of analysis, social science. The fifth exam is profile. Let us remind that more than 82 thousand young Turkmen citizens graduated from schools in the country this year.

2. Hero of Turkmenistan cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko is preparing to break the record for the duration of his stay in space. In October 2023, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, as well as NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, will travel on the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft to the International Space Station and spend almost a year on it. Thus, Oleg Kononenko can become the first person who has been in space for a total of more than 1000 days.

3. About 500 representatives of Turkmenistan will have the opportunity this year to study free of charge in the best universities in Russia. Of these, 355 quotas will be allocated for bachelor’s and specialist’s programs, 79 quotas for master’s programs, and 33 places for postgraduate and residency programs. The results of the selection within the quota established by the Government of the Russian Federation for the 2023/24 academic year are published on the official telegram channel of the Russian House in Ashgabat.

4. On June 3, in honor of the 210th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian Embassy in Ashgabat, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, will organize a concert “VERDI”. The work of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is one of the greatest achievements of the world opera art. He created 26 operas, among which the most popular are “Un ballo in Maschera”, “Rigoletto”, “Il trovatore”, “La traviata”. His last operas “Aida”, “Othello” and “Falstaff” became the pinnacle of the composer’s work. The State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan conducted by Rasul Klychev will perform on the stage of the National Music and Drama Theater named after Magtymguly. The concert starts at 19:00. Free admission.

5. From the Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Care, funds are constantly allocated for various operations on children in the relevant medical institutions of the capital and velayats of Turkmenistan. More than 100 children have already undergone surgical treatment, more than 50 have undergone a medical examination and are provided with various necessary medical supplies. On the eve of the International Children’s Day, at the Scientific and Clinical Center for Maternal and Child Health, the International Cardiology Center of the DMMC, Turkmen specialists performed cardiosurgical, orthopedic and neurosurgical operations on 13 small patients from Ashgabat and the velayats of the country.


6. Designed and built in China, the large jet airliner C919 made its first flight. The cabin of the first Chinese passenger aircraft is designed for 164 passengers. The C919 was created by the China Commercial Aviation Corporation as an alternative to the foreign narrow-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Comac plans to produce up to 150 C919 aircraft per year.

7. A powerful typhoon “Mawar” is approaching the south of Japan. Now the typhoon is located southeast of the Japanese Islands, the wind speed is 45 meters per second, with gusts up to 60 meters. By the end of the week, the typhoon should hit the country’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa. The typhoon is moving at a fairly low speed, so it is expected that the bad weather in the area will drag on. The authorities and the population are preparing for squally winds and prolonged precipitation.


8. The draw for the 2024 AFC Futsal Cup Qualifiers will be held on June 22 at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The broadcast will start at 12:00 Ashgabat time. According to the results of the draw, 31 teams will be divided into 8 groups. The winners in each group, as well as the top 7 runners-up, will qualify for the Asian Futsal Cup Finals. Qualifying matches will be held from October 7 to 11.

9. Argentinean manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken over the job at “Chelsea”. The 51 years old has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend for another season. He will begin his new position on July 1. Pochettino’s last job was at “PSG”, which he left last summer. “Chelsea” finished 12th in the Premier League with 44 points in the 2022/2023 season. Since April, the team has been temporarily led by Frank Lampard.

10. Adrian Ebersbach, a 17 years old footballer from “Rapid” Bucharest, played in the matches for the national team of Turkmenistan at the championship of the Central Asian Football Association among the youth teams under 20. The CAFA-2023 championship matches were held from May 21 to 28 in Tajikistan. In addition to the national teams of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, the teams of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Iran took part in the tournament. At the age of 13, Ebersbach moved to Turkmenistan, where he played for the Ashgabat team “Altyn Tach”. At the age of 14, the football player moved to Romania and now plays for the “Rapid” youth team.

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‘I just want to glorify God’


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Granger Smith is ready to trade his concert venues for a church podium.

The country musician and Texas A&M University graduate announced via Instagram last month that his “Like a River” tour, which continues Thursday at Elizabeth, Colorado, and comes to a close at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on Aug. 25-26, will be his last. Those Fort Worth dates mark his only stops in Texas on the farewell tour.

“I just want to glorify God the best way that I can,” he wrote. “I want to learn and grow and serve my local church and allow my pastors to equip and affirm those next steps. Lord willing, I want to be used to help people find their purpose.”

The “Backroad Song” singer, who first attended Texas A&M in 1998 and later returned to get his degree after signing a record deal, is ready to switch gears after 24 years of touring and feels a “strong desire to pursue ministry.” He explained to fans that “this doesn’t mean I’m going to start a church or a crusade or a revival” but that alongside his family, he intends to serve his local church outside of Austin.

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Smith explained that reading Mark 8 from the Bible compelled him to leave country music behind, saying “Jesus says if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

“That form of self-denial is something I’m just not doing,” he continued in a video on Instagram. “And country music, when I get up on a stage and just need glorification and need praise. And if I don’t get it, then that means my career is not doing well. And so I’d work harder for that. I can’t reconcile those two things, y’all. I can’t, I can’t.”

“This is a new passion, a new focus, a new direction that I believe is going to allow me to focus more on individual people and their lives,” he told People magazine. “Which is ultimately why I started music touring in the very beginning. This is an even more micro-focused position in that. I’m not going anywhere.”

Smith, 43, has been studying for a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and said he hopes to “have the pastors and elders pour into me and disciple me and teach me as I sit under their wise teaching, and then Lord willing, one day they can affirm me into the next steps of what that might look like to glorify God best from my platform.”

The announcement comes nearly four years after Smith’s 3-year-old son, River, died in a drowning accident. The “Like a River” tour was named in his son’s honor.

Smith said in addition to devoting much of his time to his studies since stepping back from the spotlight, he’s been penning a memoir, “Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache,” detailing the emotional journey he’s navigated while grieving his son.

The “Happens Like That” singer told People that when he turned in his manuscript, he called his wife, Amber Bartlett, and said, “‘Well, there’s no stopping it now.'”

“There’s things in here that are extremely vulnerable. It’s very personal. But the overwhelming feeling was that if my story could help others, then it’s worth it, then it matters.”

Smith’s memoir hits shelves Aug. 1.

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May 29, 2023 – Nedfest Family Reunion, Veterans


Listen in as we hear Kris McFarland tell us about the upcoming Nedfest Family Reunion. We hear from Leon Poel about services offered to Veterans across the peaks. Music mentions, a story by Maryann Rosen about Memorial Day, and Dango interviews Amy Fortunato about her children’s book, “Horsing Around in the Town of Gold Hill.”

Be sure and check out the art, writing and other offering from Amy Fortunato in Gold Hill.


NEDFEST FAMILY REUNION ANNOUNCED!!! – Check out the website HERE. Check the event on FACEBOOK HERE.

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Lady Hampshire review; Lady Hampshire Camperdown


Parramatta Road is pumping again, with local acts, comfort food and all-round nostalgic revelry at this refurbished inner west pub.

Lenny Ann Low

Going to a pub to see a live band has been a tenuous option in Sydney hotels in recent years. COVID put the kibosh on it temporarily, but NIMBYism, ever-rampant in areas anchored by old pubs joyously heaving with late-night bands playing to sweaty patrons clutching schooners beside the wooden bar, dribbled it away significantly.

The Lady Hampshire, built in 1911, and originally called the Old Hampshire, restores such revelry. Sandwiched between a kebab shop and a camping store, and five minutes walk from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s former Camperdown council home where his love of live bands blossomed, it offers a nostalgic return to sticky carpeted, body jostling, ear-thumping music revels into the wee hours.

It is also serving excellent food. Tender, kicky salt-and-pepper wings, juicy, crunchy chicken schnitzel, roast chicken with herby jus and buttery mash and “thrice cooked” wedges with a crispness worthy of medals. There are four kinds of satiating burger, steak with luxuriant peppercorn sauce, orecchiette with fat broccolini daubed in chilli and lemon and a sticky date pudding lashed with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.

The sticky date pudding comes with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.
The sticky date pudding comes with a salted Guinness butterscotch sauce.Rhett Wyman

The Lady Hampshire’s head chef, Brendan King, formerly at Baba’s Place, Fish Shop and Fsh Mkt, and brought in by the pub’s new operator Public Hospitality Group, says nothing is pre-battered, pre-cooked or swiftly defrosted minutes before it reaches your plate.

“Pubs sometimes have a reputation for putting out low-quality food,” King says.

“I wanted to take extra care and consideration because, when you’re at the pub, you might have a couple of drinks and not necessarily be aware of what you’re eating

“I’ve always been taught that every single thing that goes on a plate really matters. Every element needs to be right and perfect.”

King, who grew up around Stanmore and moved into a food career after studying film and radio, does not like a long menu. There are five snacks, six mains, or “counter meals”, four burgers, six sides and two desserts.

On this chilly Wednesday evening, under outdoor heaters and fairy lights in the beer garden, we sit on wooden bench tables made from recycled timber and savour King’s samosa spring rolls, half roast chicken and mash, Guinness shepherd’s pie and sticky date pudding.

The cosy beer garden.
The cosy beer garden.Rhett Wyman

All overshadow average pub fare without being not overcomplicated or niche dishes.

King’s silky mashed potato and mushed peas are as luscious as the accompanying blistered-skin roast chicken. The Guinness pie, topped with a lattice of grilled potato mash coronets is rich, filling and testament to the dark stout flavours King adores after he first tasted the beer as an 18-year-old.

Do not leave without meeting the, also Guinness-laced, sticky date pudding. Gleaming in a pond of salted stouty butterscotch and malt ice-cream, it is the pub’s crowning dessert glory. Although there is also pavlova with kiwi fruit, cream and lemon myrtle oil that some fellow diners fought over.

Or drink a cold beer, one of 16 Australian and European wine varieties, or five other royally named cocktails (Charles, Beatrice, Elizabeth, Louis or Anne) while sitting on a cushioned bar-stool under the gaze of Peter Garrett, Olivia Newton-John, Kath and Kim, Cathy Freeman, Adam Goodes and Steve Irwin in artist Scott Marsh’s wall murals.

The Guinness shepherd’s pie.
The Guinness shepherd’s pie.Rhett Wyman

Live bands play from Wednesday to Saturday, a hopefully unthreatened program given the pub’s late-night licence, and, if you visit on Tuesday, the “curry and cans” night means a curry, borne of King’s longtime love of Indian food, and can of beer for $20.

It’s also worth giving the decor a close look, the work of former Tsubi designer George Gorrow. There are black-and-white chequered floors, nautical wall lamps, a band room lined with Persian carpets and a wall stuck with beer mats, as if years of flinging fluid-soaked cardboard circles have created a brewery icon mural.

On live gig nights, King offers a late-night menu with all the snacks, burgers and desserts served in takeaway containers. So you can eat salted cod croquettes with gentleman’s relish or beautifully crumbed barramundi slipped between tartare, American cheese and pickles on a buoyant hamburger bun while cutting a rug to loud music in a 112-year-old pub heaving with perspiring locals and culinary lovers.

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Vibe: Revamped inner west pub with live music

Go-to dish: Sticky date Guinness pudding with salted Guinness butterscotch and malt ice-cream

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Jewish Heritage Month shines spotlight on Winnipeg


Jewish people have had a major influence on the Winnipeg music scene, from big bands to rock and roll, and historians gathered at Temple Shaloam to take a look back for Jewish Heritage Month.

Stan Carbone of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada says these figures shaped a century of local music.

“Today we are dedicating the program to the contributions Jews have made to the music industry in Winnipeg most specifically jazz, rock, and folk music,” Carbone said.

“This is one of the areas in which Jews were given the opportunity to join the mainstream of Canadian society because there were a lot of professions and activities that were closed to them.”

And many of the names are familiar to these historians who actually knew some of them personally, however many go by different names now.

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“Musicians in a lot of cases had to change their names in order to get work in non-Jewish bands,” says Owen Clark, music historian.

Clark says he thinks it’s good for young musicians to know what the Jewish artists did and how they laid the groundwork.

“I think it’s important to know what went on in our city, especially for young musicians who are trying to make a living at doing this in this age of technology,” Clark said.

There was plenty of work to be had at the jazz clubs and dance halls including the legendary Club Morocco which stood on Portage Avenue until it was destroyed by fire last year.

And while that part of history is now lost, its influence is still felt by Winnipeg musicians today.

“I worked with so many of the Jewish musicians and so many of them were mentors to me and as you grow you mentor others, so it’s a long-term thing. Historical knowledge and musical knowledge is constantly passed down to the next generation,” said Clark.

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And with stats suggesting hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, Carbone says it’s more important than ever to ensure this history is preserved and shared.

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“Education is really the best way — the most important vehicle when it comes to combating antisemitism. To make people realize that this community has been here from day one.”

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BROWNSVILLE, Tenn.—A popular festival returns to a local city…bringing the blues.

We take a look at the fun… and dive deeper into its history.

The Exit 56 Blues Festival kicked off today in Brownsville. This is a two-day festival that celebrates the legacy of the country blues in the hometown of blues pioneers Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon, and Yank Rachell.

There are many activities for everyone to enjoy, including blues performances all weekend, where many people were in attendance enjoying the music and welcoming atmosphere. There also are car shows where many unique cars will be on display for people to view, and there is also great food available both days.

Executive Director for the Delta Heritage Center, Sonia Outlaw-Clark explains that the inspiration behind this festival is wanting to bring back a tradition from a past blues festival from the 90’s that died out.

“We thought with our music history that we have here at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, we had to carry on that tradition of presenting blues music in Brownsville, Tennessee, so the Exit 56 Blues Fest was born,” Outlaw-Clark said.

This festival has been going on strong for 13 years now offering years of joy and entertainment. Outlaw-Clark thanks everyone for coming out to the first day of the festival, and also thanks the people that made this festival possible.

“It feels really great to have everyone here, all of these people sitting out bringing their lawn chairs, sitting out in our lawn and listening to all of the great music. To see all ages out there enjoying the festivities is really great,” Outlaw-Clark said.

Outlaw-Clark also says that as a native of the community, it feels really special to be able to be at the festival. This is something that fills the community of Brownsville with pride and gives them the opportunity to showcase what Brownsville and Haywood county is all about. The music heritage is a big part of their history. This also keeps the memory alive and shares the history with the next generations.

Day two of the music fest will begin Sunday, featuring a “Women in Blues Showcase.” The first performance kicks off at 10 in the morning.

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