Terry tops the lot

first_imgThe Celebration Cake Maker of the Year certificate and picture of Terry Tang with Joanna Lumley, which was taken on the night of the Baking Industry Awards 2007, proudly hangs on the wall of the bakery shop. It is placed on the right-hand side of a nine-foot wedding cake, decorated with over 6,000 crystals.”We were so proud to have won the award,” says Carol, Terry’s wife and business partner. “It was a stunning night.”After winning Celebration Cake Maker of the Year, award sponsor Renshaw sent out press releases to the local newspapers. “A big spread appeared in Mersey World, which read ’A local baker wins national award’,” she says. “You would not believe the amount of people who came in saying: ’We’ve seen you in the newspaper’. Terry even received an email from an old friend whom he hadn’t spoken to for over 30 years, and people were coming up to him in the street saying: ’You’re the feller that won that award’.”== from stonemasonry to cakes ==Before Terry Tang’s was set up, Terry was a stonemason for most of his life. But in a dramatic turn of events, he swapped his mallet and chisel for a packet of icing sugar. “The first cake I decorated was for my daughter. I was recreating a brown teddy bear, which was taken from a cut-out in the Radio Times. Before long, friends and family started asking me to decorate cakes for all sorts of occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries.”When I was laid off from stonemasonary in the 1990s, I had a mixture of people asking me to decorate cakes and pave driveways. I decided that my hands were getting too rough, so I decided to make a living out of decorating cakes.”== winning cake ==Terry’s winning cake was decorated with icing sugar models of children. Chunks of the cake were missing, designed to look like the children were eating the cake base: “I knew I was on a winner with this. It’s like nothing I’ve ever designed before,” he says.Every cake made at Terry Tang’s is designed individually. During a consultation, customers look round the cakes on display at the shop or flick through a catalogue of photographs to choose whatever style, colour, or theme they desire, ranging from traditional to novelty cakes. Themes can include anything from hobbies and seasons to seashells, safaris, flying unicorns or even black lacy corsets. “I’ve just decorated a Playboy Bunny cake for glamour model and Celebrity Big Brother star Danielle Lloyd,” says Terry. “It features a naked icing sugar model of her lying on the top of the cake and edible photograph transfers of her posing around the sides.”The celebration cakes are sent all over the UK, to Europe and even as far as Jamaica. A five-tier wedding cake was delivered to South Africa. “The funniest delivery was sent to Benidorm,” explains Terry. “I made a cake in the shape of a lady’s basque. The chest area was made using two balls of flesh-coloured icing sugar, with a black corset over the top. When the cake went through the X-ray at the airport, all you could see were the two big lumps. The security staff were like, ’What’s that?’ and pushed a skewer inside one of the lumps to check what was inside!”== eccentricity the norm ==The Tangs are no strangers to eccentric cakes, having made ’sconehenge’ from scones, a wedding cake in Everton’s football club colours, and a dragon, which was decorated with over 3,000 scales. But one of the most bizarre orders was for a seven-tier, cream and roses wedding cake, to be the centrepiece of an Irish travellers’ wedding, broadcast on Sky One in 2006. It was filmed as part of a series called Great British Weddings and the camera crew went to Liverpool to film the Tangs making the cake.”It was the strangest wedding I’ve ever seen,” says Terry. “I had to go up on the day to set up the nine-foot, £1,500 wedding cake. The bride arrived in the same glass pumpkin carriage used by glamour model Jordan, pulled by four white plumed horses and complete with two footmen dressed in gold.”Terry Tang’s wedding cake range offers a variety of flavours and fillings, including fruit, chocolate, sponge, carrot, orange, lemon and even banoffee. The fruit cakes, laced with brandy, are made three months in advance, to allow the cake to mature. Carol says that because she makes such a wide variety of cake bases every day, the next step could be introducing a café element to the shop: “The number of people who just come in and nose around the shop is unbelievable,” says Carol. “It would be nice if we could serve them coffee and cake. At the end of the day, we have to make the bases anyway, so we could just make a little bit extra.”last_img read more

Senate meeting discusses future of Campus Dining, Club Coordination Council updates, passes first two constitutional amendments of the academic year

first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate assembled Thursday evening to hear from presentations on the future updates on Campus Dining and Club Coordination Council (CCC), and passed the first two constitution amendments of the school year. Elizabeth Prater | The Observer Senate gathered Thursday to discuss matters regarding dining and club funding. The executive cabinet also provided an update regarding Title IX policies and procedures that affect the campus community.The meeting commenced with an executive announcement providing an update on Title IX procedures and policies. On Wednesday, representatives of senate met as a committee and approved the October 2020 draft for procedure resolving concerns of discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. They will be presenting this information to a number of different University bodies and are working to get as much feedback as possible to finalize the procedure. The senate also acknowledged Abby Wolfe, director of University Policy, for her work on this procedure.Chris Abayasinghe, senior director of Campus Dining and Auxiliary Programs, returned to the senate meeting after presenting a few weeks previously to provide some updates on the campus dining experience.“We have had a significant focus on individually serving each of your meals versus having them pre-packaged,” Abayasinghe said, acknowledging some of the requests made by students during the fall semester.Cheryl Bauer, director of Sourcing and Sustainability, hinted at some things to look forward to at the dining hall.“We are looking at more things to bring in and opportunities for you to experiment with,” she said. “Next month is vegan month in the U.S., so we might be having something there that is surprising.”Additionally, Bauer explained that they are looking forward to expanding opportunities in self-service. Something to anticipate next semester includes the possibility of cereals and overall steps to bring back normalcy in the dining halls, she said.Luis Alberganti, director of residential dining, also revealed that somewhere around the next weekend for Halloween, they are planning a “Spooktacular” event.Afterwards, Ricardo Pozas Garza, (CCC) president, gave a presentation on funding in the Student Union Club. He gave a comprehensive analysis of how CCC is getting involved with clubs on campus, particularly in the allocation of funds.The request for Student Union club funding, $2.4 million, are high compared to the available resources, $371 thousand. As such, the CCC has developed a system to cutting and sorting club asks in order to provide the necessary resources to student organizations.Spring Allocation is the time in which 92% of Student Union funding for clubs is directly allocated, so it is vital that the CCC effectively gauges an effective method to provide for on-campus groups. However, there are additional difficulties this year as a consequence of COVID-19.“First of all, we see the club activities and programming are significantly down this semester,” Pozas Garza said. “Revenues and expenditures are also significantly down.”Nevertheless, with the help of the virtual activity fair this semester, many organizations were able to “recruit members exceptionally better than [CCC] feared.”In addition, the CCC holds semesterly information meetings (CIMS) to share important information with clubs. Pozas Garza reported that 271 clubs attended this fall’s CIMS.The CCC Committee on Club Consulting (C6) is an initiative that CCC is putting together in order to increase their impact on campus.“Essentially, the CCC has been very reactive instead of proactive, in terms of helping clubs out,” Pozas Garza said. “What we should be doing is being more proactive and more engaging. We need to access what their needs are and help them work through those needs.”Pozas Garza said he was excited about their first major project, the Notre Dame Disabilities Club Forum, which features organizations such as Special Olympics of Notre Dame (SOND), Access-ABLE and others.Finally, the meeting ended by passing the first two constitutional amendments of the school year. Chief of staff Aaron Benavides introduced SO2021-12, which was to “essentially abolish the executive programming board and establish the executive committee.”After a fellow senate member raised a point of debate on the order.“At the end of the day, what the executive committee is all about is Student Union cohesion and bringing together the different organizations so that we can work together to serve the student body,” Benavides responded.SO2021-12 was passed, alongside SO2021-13, an order to amend the Constitution of the undergraduate student body to revise article VIII, which outlines the operational procedures of the CCC.last_img read more

Injectable drug seen as potential treatment for flu, both seasonal and avian

first_imgOct 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Recent tests suggest that an antiviral drug given by intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) injection could eventually serve as another weapon against influenza, according to results presented at a conference last week.In animal studies, peramivir improved survival in mice and ferrets infected with H5N1 avian flu, according to a news release from BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc., Birmingham, Ala., which is developing the drug. The results were presented Sep 30 at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.In addition, in phase 1 clinical studies, IV and IM doses of peramivir produced high blood levels of the drug in human volunteers without causing any adverse events, according to Dr. Charles E. Bugg, PhD, chairman and chief executive of BioCryst.The clinical studies “showed you can achieve high blood levels in humans safely,” Bugg told CIDRAP News in an interview today. The combination of those results with the animal studies is promising, he said.Peramivir is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the licensed antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu), and zanamivir (Relenza). Oseltamivir is an oral drug, while zanamivir is inhaled as a powder. Many countries have stockpiled oseltamivir on the assumption that it will help if the H5N1 virus sparks a pandemic.BioCryst started developing peramivir in 1998 in partnership with Johnson and Johnson, Bugg said. Early studies showed the drug inhibited flu viruses effectively, but when taken orally, its bioavailability was very low, which prompted Johnson and Johnson to pull out of the program.Because injectable peramivir looked promising in animals, the program was resurrected with help from the National Institutes of Health about a year ago, Bugg said. He explained that the company is developing an IV formulation intended for hospital patients and an IM formulation for outpatients.In the animal studies, four groups of mice were infected with an H5N1 virus and then were treated with either a single IM injection of peramvir, five daily IM injections, oral oseltamivir for 5 days, or an IM placebo injection daily for 5 days, according to the news release. The single-injection group had a 70% survival rate and the five-injection group a 80% survival rate, compared with 36% for the placebo group and 70% for the oseltamivir group.In the ferret experiment, one group received a daily IM injection for 5 days, while a second group received an IM placebo daily for 5 days. Eighty-six percent of the treated group survived, versus 43% of the placebo group, according to the news release.Bugg said treatment was started an hour after the animals were infected with the virus. He said additional studies will involve longer time lapses between exposure and the start of treatment.Results of the clinical studies were presented by flu expert Frederick Hayden, MD, of the University of Virginia. Three groups of volunteers received different IV doses of peramivir, and a fourth group received increasing IM doses once a day for 3 days, the company release said. “Preliminary safety results indicate that in the four studies, all doses were well-tolerated with no adverse laboratory events or ECG findings reported,” the statement said.”I think peramivir looks very promising,” said Hayden, as quoted in a Sep 29 Bloomberg News report. “It’s proven to have very good activity in single doses.”In an interview, Hayden told Bloomberg that injecting peramivir into the bloodstream or into muscle can produce blood levels 100 times higher than those seen with oral oseltamivir, now considered the most promising treatment for H5N1 infection.Last January the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave injectable peramivir fast-track status for regulatory approval, according to BioCryst. But Bugg said it would take at least several more years to gain FDA approval.”We’ll do a clinical trial this flu season, and then two more next season,” he said. “We’re looking at several more years.” He said the company will be meeting with the FDA soon to review the program and may have a better idea of the timeline after that.Bugg said plans also call for testing the drug in human H5N1 patients at sites in Thailand and Vietnam and also to make it available in Turkey, which had human cases early this year.”We’ll be trying to collect data from H5N1-infected patients in Southeast Asia in collaboration with the World Health Organization,” he said. “We’ll be on the front line to capture H5N1 if it occurs. But realistically we won’t have enough [patients] for a meaningful statistical analysis.”In a Sep 29 Reuters report, Bugg said peramivir is easier to make than Tamiflu. One Swiss manufacturer can make 1 metric ton of the drug in a month, enough to treat an estimated 8 million people, he said.See also:Oct 2 BioCryst release on peramivirhttp://investor.shareholder.com/biocryst/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=213054last_img read more