Sunday, October 30, 2005
Eat Like A Roman
Another good book on Italian food from my friend Maureen Fant, who lives in Rome and writes about Italian restaurants and food for the New York Times.
To buy the book, click here.
Prince Charles on 60 Minutes Tonight
“What I’ve tried to do is to put my money where my mouth is as much as I can. … by actually creating models on the ground," he says, gesturing to the buildings of Poundbury, a village he has developed that is built of native or recycled materials where people of all income levels live side by side.
Poundbury is just one project of dozens the prince oversees in his many functions that also include being a philanthropist, ambassador, an advocate for minorities and the underprivileged, as well as a spokesman — indeed, a symbol — of tradition. It all comes with the territory says Prince Charles, a duty to his country that he describes for Kroft: “I would list it as worrying about this country and its inhabitants. That’s my particular duty. And I find myself born into this particular position. I am determined to make the most of it.”
Prince Charles Wins Vincent Scully Prize
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Building Museum today announces it will present the Vincent Scully Prize to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The award recognizes The Prince's long-standing interest in the built environment and commitment to creating urban areas with human scale. (continued)
The November 3, 2005 ceremony at the National Building Museum will feature a talk by His Royal Highness and will be part of the first official visit to the U.S. by both Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
"Through his speeches, publications and charitable foundations, The Prince of Wales has articulated the need for balanced growth of cities, promoted traditional town planning, and elevated public awareness of architecture," said Scully Prize Jury Chairman David Schwarz. "The National Building Museum is honored to present His Royal Highness with the Vincent Scully Prize."
The Vincent Scully Prize was established in 1999 to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. The Prize ceremony will include a tribute by former Scully Prize recipient Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, followed by the presentation of the Prize by Vincent Scully and a talk by The Prince of Wales. National Building Museum guests will be attending the free event, which is sold out.
In addition to advocacy on behalf of the built environment, The Prince of Wales has established charities that support work related to the built environment. The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment teaches the principles of traditional urban design as key to creating healthy and prosperous communities that improve the quality of people's lives. The Foundation is involved in approximately 20 projects ranging from regeneration, to urban extensions, and brownfield developments. These projects create living examples of sustainable communities and educate professionals through practice-based learning. The Prince's Regeneration Trust promotes the rescue and regeneration of redundant buildings of historic and architectural importance.
The Prince's School of Traditional Arts aims to teach arts and crafts skills which have profound roots in all the major faith traditions, and offers courses such as geometry, Islamic architecture, icon painting, tilemaking, Islimi/Arabesque, stained glass, and mosaic craft.
In conjunction with the Prize ceremony, the National Building Museum
will present two public exhibitions organized by The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment and The Prince's School of
Traditional Arts. Both exhibitions, located in second-floor galleries,
will be open to guests attending the ceremony and then to the public
from November 5, 2005 through January 8, 2006. The Foundation's
exhibition, titled Civitas: Traditional Urbanism in Contemporary
Practice, considers the principles underpinning the traditional
urbanism movement by showcasing 17 groundbreaking examples of urban
development from around the world. The exhibition illustrates the
challenges, solutions, and methodologies of these projects, and how
they can provide the key to turning government policy for future
developments into the reality of flourishing settlements. The second
exhibition, A Building Tradition: The Work of the Prince's School of
Traditional Arts, presents
exemplary works created by students, alumni, and staff of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts. The School's curriculum includes courses in geometry, Islamic architecture, icon painting, tilemaking, Islimi/Arabesque, stained glass, and mosaic craft.
The National Building Museum established the Vincent Scully Prize in 1999 to honor Professor Scully's work and extend his legacy. Scully is the Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami. He was the first prize recipient and has been followed by Jane Jacobs, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and His Highness the Aga Khan. The Prince of Wales is the sixth recipient. A jury composed of Chairman David Schwarz, Carolyn Brody, chair of the Museum's Board of Trustees, Robert Peck, Samina Quraeshi, and Robert A. M. Stern selects prize laureates.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2005, the National Building Museum is America's premier cultural institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and planning. Chartered by Congress in 1980 and open to the public since 1985, the Museum has become a vital forum for exchanging ideas and information about the built environment through its exhibitions, education programs, and publications. The Museum is located at 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. Museum Shop. Cafe. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit http://www.nbm.org.
SOURCE National Building Museum
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A Right Royal Makeover
Long considered ineffectual and eccentric, Prince Charles hopes to change his image - and the world. Next stop: a high-profile trip to the U.S.
By J.F.O. MCALLISTER / LONDON
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005
We all know Prince Charles. Long-serving apprentice to the British throne; sidles through walkabouts with an anxious grin; royally messed up his marriage to Diana; lives high off the British taxpayer while he rails against modern architecture; talks to his plants. Ineffectual, eccentric, emotionally stunted. Oh, and maybe he'll step aside to let his dreamboat son William become the next King?
Charles, who says he is "one of those people who feel very strongly and deeply about things," strongly and deeply resents that image and the newspapers who promote it. His staff is laboring to change it. An important front in that campaign opens this week, when he and his old flame (and new wife) Camilla fly to the U.S. for their first big official outing as a married couple. They will attend a seminar on youth enterprise at the U.N., see President Bush for a fancy White House dinner, probably inspect clean-up work in New Orleans and visit organic farms near San Francisco. No remark, no camera angle that can be nailed down in advance has been left to chance, but the tabloids sending their reporters on his plane (at $11,000 apiece) are on high gaffe alert. Will Charles, who asked 12 years ago, "How can any realistic person not take the threat of global warming seriously?" and intends to raise the issue privately with Bush, signal the slightest flicker of frustration with the President in public? Will someone, somewhere hold up a sign that implies that Yanks prefer Diana to Camilla?
Like all caricatures, the view of Charles as not quite connected with the world holds some truth. Yet it is also fair to say that within the cocoon of royalty, and despite the disorder that dominated his personal life during his marriage to Diana, he has created a role for himself of such scope that if he were a commoner, you would call it a remarkable and successful career. Over time he has figured out how to use the powers of his position to give practical outlet to a wide range of passionate convictions about how to improve the world.
After listening to a probation official on the radio, he decided in 1976 to put his $14,800 Navy severance pay toward helping down-and-out young people. From that modest start his Prince's Trust has become the country's largest foundation helping youth in need; it's given money and advice to more than 60,000 young people to help them start their own businesses. As a kind of charitable entrepreneur, Charles runs 15 other foundations, all but two his own brainchildren, that raise over $190 million per year, employ 1,400 and attract 10,000 volunteers, making his the biggest multipurpose philanthropy in Britain.
Charles' goals are not exactly radical, but neither are they blandly inoffensive. He promotes organic farming, alternative medicine and urban planning reforms to make communities more livable. He wants business to be more environmentally and socially conscious. Many of his charities use his stature to bring together people at loggerheads, such as ceos and environmental activists, or take the high and mighty to places like prisons and drug clinics they would never otherwise see. And he also views himself as a gadfly in chief, bringing attention to neglected ideas and people. Bob Geldof, the rough-hewn rock star and businessman whose contempt for formality is acute, enthuses about Prince Charles: "He does a lot, he's hugely underappreciated. He takes the side of the people over what the newspapers and the biens pensants want. I have a lot of time for him. He kicks up a fuss."
There's more: Charles' preoccupations are often prescient. Organic farming was marginal to the point of ridicule when he first started converting his Gloucestershire farm 20 years ago; David Wilson, the manager, said "even within his own organization, people felt it was dangerous, wacky, could be shot down." Now 4% of British farmland has gone organic and the food company Charles formed to provide a market for organic produce, Duchy Originals, had sales last year of $70 million (all profits to his charities). His attacks on soulless modern architecture have resonated with the public - Poundbury, a model village he developed using traditional materials and modern ideas about mixing rich and poor, is popular with residents - and alongside the work of others, may have influenced politicians. Hank Dittmar, head of the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, says Charles' conviction that cities should be built to human scale with an emphasis on livability "has become government policy. I'm not sure he gets much credit for it."
Long before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Charles was calling on the West to engage with Islam. "The degree of misunderstanding between the Islamic and Western worlds remains dangerously high, and ... the need for the two to live and work together in our increasingly interdependent world has never been greater," he said in 1993. Even alternative medicine can now be obtained on the National Health Service. "He is always pushing the boundaries, he wants to go further," says farm manager Wilson. "And he takes a very long view."
His communications director, Paddy Harverson, says Charles "works ferociously hard." Last year he had 501 public engagements and wrote 2,300 letters. He never eats lunch (but likes an evening martini, straight up). The directors of his charities receive regular calls (no e-mails, he doesn't use a computer) and notes they call "black spiders" because of his handwriting. "The interest he takes in whether these charities make a difference is intense," says Polly Courtice, co-director of his Business and the Environment Programme. And he gets stuck into the details. "If he had time he would take care of the pigs," says Wilson.
What drives Charles? In an essay he wrote in 2002 he said he had "come to realize that my entire life so far has been motivated by a desire to heal - to heal the dismembered landscape and the poisoned soil; the cruelly shattered townscape, where harmony has been replaced by cacophony; to heal the divisions between intuitive and rational thought, between mind and body, and soul." Like him or not, he is the only member of the royal family in a century who would have been able to string that sentence together and know what the words meant.
His ambition is huge; but there is also a sense among those who know him that the Prince himself may long for some healing. One old friend says "he started out an old soul" whose quest for social and spiritual harmony has roots in the fact that "he has always been lonely, and anxious about life." A more recent associate confirms he is often "concerned and full of worry" - which can spill over into petulance, evident earlier this year when he called royal reporters "bloody people" under his breath, or described a black female employee who requested training for promotion as "so PC it frightens me rigid." A more enduring source of anger, says the associate, is that Charles "remembers the ridicule he took for his ideas from people who now take credit for them." Princes are allowed to be both passionate and petulant. Constitutional monarchs are best if boringly bland. Tristram Hunt, a historian at Queen Mary College, London, thinks Charles has already strayed beyond propriety by frequently lobbying ministers with his ideas and letting some of his disagreements with government policy - over genetically modified food, for example - become obvious. As King, says Hunt, "I'm skeptical he'll suddenly be able to throw away his beliefs." Harverson says his boss "fully understands he can't be a campaigner as King." When on the throne, Charles' charities will be run by others. "He will be a symbol of national unity and continuity."
Camilla will help. Friends say his marriage has calmed him down. Polls show two-thirds of the public approve of the union (though a similar proportion still don't want her to be Queen). He has modernized his office and pays income tax voluntarily. His focus on what we will hand down to future generations makes him an environmental activist, but a constitutional conservative. So it may be that when the time comes, Charles will retreat into a decorum as impervious and uninspiring as his mother's. Which may help explain why he is a workaholic now. The clock is ticking - and Charles is an old soul in a hurry.
What do they have in common?
They all want to be architects.
Katrina Commission Newsletter
eNewsletter from the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal
Friday, October 28, 2005
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, JIM BARKSDALE
When Governor Barbour asked me to chair the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal, I promised him we would have a report of recommendations completed by the end of this year. As you can imagine, we’ve been working quickly, but thoughtfully, to fulfill this commitment.
As I have said before, our overall mission is to give local leaders on the Gulf Coast and South Mississippi access to ideas and information that will help them decide what their town, county, and region will look like in the future. After all, the final decisions on implementation will almost exclusively be made by local officials and private investors, not by Jackson or Washington, D.C.
I want to begin giving you an update of our activities, and also to let you know about upcoming events for you to participate to help build a better Mississippi.
In mid-October, the Governor’s Commission hosted the Mississippi Renewal Forum. This weeklong, intense, collaborative planning session on the Gulf Coastincluded local officials, community leaders, and community planners from around Mississippi and across the country. The purpose of this event was to find out what citizens cherish most about their individual communities, the region’s architectural traditions, and their hopes for the future.
By all accounts, this Renewal Forum exceeded our expectations. I agree with the Governor’s statement that this event “has been everything I hoped it would be and far, far more.” Included in this eNewsletter is a link to the presentations made at the Renewal Forum. I hope you will take time to review these impressive presentations and ideas. You will see more detailed plans in the coming weeks. The ideas that emerge from the Commission’s work are merely tools for local communities. The Commission will assemble ideas and resources. Local communities will decide what works best for them.
Following this planning session, we’re now in the process of hosting a series of town hall meetings in eight communities to continue gathering information and receiving much-needed input from citizens.
Included in this eNewsletter is a list of these upcoming town hall meetings. They are open to the public and I hope you will plan on attending one of these important events. Please encourage your family, neighbors, and local leaders in your community to attend with you.
Also included in this eNewsletter is a summary of the Governor’s Commission, its structure, areas of focus, membership, links to recent news articles, and information about how to contact us. Thank you for your interest in the Governor’s Commission.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION
The Governor’s Commission is comprised of several different committees. Two types of committees will do most of the Commission’s work:
County/Regional committees—These committees will convene in open, town hall-type meetings to ensure that the public can provide input and ideas.
Issue committees—These committees will meet to consider issue- specific areas including infrastructure, finance, economic development, agriculture and forestry, tourism, defense and government contracting, small business/entrepreneurship, education, health and human services, and faith-based and non-governmental organizations. There are also advisory committees made up of state, federal and local office-holders and elected officials. For a complete description of the Issue committees, their leadership, and specific area of focus, click here:
The Governor’s Commission also includes members from across the state, primarily from South Mississippi. For a complete list of the membership, click here:
PRESENTATIONS FROM THE RENEWAL FORUM
The following is a link to the presentations made at the Mississippi Renewal Forum. They should not be considered comprehensive and are subject to change as the work of community presentations, public comments, and town hall meetings proceeds.
UPCOMING TOWN HALL MEETINGS
(All Town Hall Meetings are open to the public. Please make plans to attend one of the following meetings in your community.)
PEARL RIVER COUNTY
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Pearl River Community College, Poplarville
JONES & COVINGTON COUNTIES
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Ellisville Boulevard, Laurel
SCOTT, SIMPSON, SMITH & JASPER COUNTIES
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
New Fire Station
200 Eureka Street, Taylorsville
HANCOCK COUNTY (NORTH)
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
6:30 – 8:00 PM
North Central Elementary School
HANCOCK COUNTY (CENTRAL)
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Diamondhead Community Center
LAMAR, PERRY & FORREST COUNTIES
Monday, November 14, 2005
Lake Terrace Convention Center
One Convention Place, Hattiesburg
GREENE & WAYNE COUNTIES
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Wayne County Library
1103A Mississippi Drive, Waynesboro
NEWTON, CLARKE & LAUDERDALE COUNTIES
Monday, November 21, 2005
1901 Front Street, Meridian
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GOVERNOR’S COMMISSION CONTACT INFORMATION
Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal
800 Woodlands Parkway, Suite 200
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Katrina Commentary from City Comforts
Here's the list
NEW YORK -- There are 206 players potentially eligible for free agency. Eligible players may file through Nov. 10 (c-club option for 2006; p-player option for 2006; m-mutual option for 2006). Players in bold have filed for free agency (through Oct. 28):
BALTIMORE (7) ...
NEW YORK (13) -- Kevin Brown, rhp; Alan Embree, lhp; John Flaherty, c; Tom Gordon, rhp; Matt Lawton, of; Al Leiter, lhp; c-Tino Martinez, 1b; Ramiro Mendoza, rhp; Felix Rodriguez, rhp; Rey Sanchez, ss; Ruben Sierra, dh; c-Tanyon Sturtze, rhp; Bernie Williams, of.
FLORIDA (13) -- c-Antonio Alfonseca, rhp; A.J. Burnett, rhp; Jeff Conine, of; Damion Easley, 2b; Juan Encarnacion, of; Alex Gonzalez, ss; Lenny Harris, dh; Todd Jones, rhp; Jim Mecir, rhp; Brian Moehler, rhp; Mike Mordecai, 3b; Paul Quantrill, rhp; Ismael Valdez, rhp.
NEW YORK (12) -- Marlon Anderson, 1b; Miguel Cairo, 2b; Mike DiFelice, c; Danny Graves, rhp; c-Felix Heredia, lhp; Roberto Hernandez, rhp; c-Braden Looper, rhp; c-Doug Mientkiewicz, 1b; Jose Offerman, 1b; Mike Piazza, c; Steve Trachsel, rhp; Gerald Williams, of.
ST. LOUIS (11) -- Einar Diaz, c; Cal Eldred, rhp; Mark Grudzielanek, 2b; John Mabry, of; Matt Morris, rhp; Abraham Nunez, 3b; Al Reyes, rhp; Reggie Sanders, of; c-Jeff Suppan, rhp; Julian Tavarez, rhp; m-Larry Walker, of.
SAN DIEGO (12) -- Manny Alexander, 2b; Pedro Astacio, rhp; Robert Fick, c; Brian Giles, of; Chris Hammond, lhp; Ramon Hernandez , c; Trevor Hoffman, rhp; Damian Jackson, of; Joe Randa, 3b; Rudy Seanez, rhp; Mark Sweeney, 1b; c-Eric Young, of.