On a recent Monday night, a Beat poet recited Jack Kerouac’s “October in the Railroad Earth” in the Battery’s penthouse living room. The performance was a nod to San Francisco’s old-school creative class by way of nearby North Beach, and the occasion marked the second issue of Battery Candy, the new magazine for the private, members-only club. As a jazz band played and guests chatted in view of the Transamerica Pyramid, the poet was the lone throwback to a city that had once fostered rebellious cultural provocateurs. But around him was another generation of potential disruptors looking to make its mark. When Xochi and Michael Birch opened the Battery in 2013, their goal was to curate a community that inspired “forward-thinking minds” from a range of industries. The 58,000-square-foot private club in the Financial District was a place for them to escape the tech world after a successful foray. Having sold their social network, Bebo, to AOL for … [Read more...] about The Battery’s new charge: Four years later, is the city buying into the private club?
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Should you ever need cheering up, I can recommend 11am at Stanley Road primary in Oldham. That’s when lunch starts for the youngest children and it is pure excitement; the kind you used to have when horizons were short, days were long and nothing else needed bothering about. First comes the babble of voices, far bigger than the little bodies that follow, swaddled in plump anoraks despite the sun outside. They take crockery, these four- and five-year-olds who, back in September, didn’t know how to hold a knife and fork – and get down to the serious business of choosing. Behind the counter stands Sheena Fineran: black hat, big specs, magenta polo and, after 30 years as a dinner lady, in complete mastery of her domain. “When I started, it was lumpy mash. It was liver. It was cheap, fried, nasty food. “Today we’re the best.” Oldham’s school meals are high quality, wholesome and prize-winning. “What I see now – that’s … [Read more...] about The school that shows good food is not just for posh kids
Located in the heart of Hanoi, Navii Dental Care clinic is a highly trusted address for dental treatment and restoration of not only Vietnamese but also foreigners. What has made this dental center a fame under hostile competition due to mushrooming clinics for over the past 20 years? Convenient locations and modern facilities Location plays a vital role in the success of a business. Navii Dental centers are situated at the center of Hanoi: No. 42 Cua Dong Street, Hoan Kiem District and 36 Hoa Ma Street, Hai Ba Trung District. These are populated places that have become the destinations of most foreign tourists. Thus, Navii Dental clinic has got the key to access a great number of potential customers. Furthermore, the clinic has been investing on the latest dental technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to maintain the high quality of treatments and patients’ comfort. Sterile area of 32 m² eliminates the possibility of cross-contamination. Navii … [Read more...] about A visit to Hanoi’s biggest dental clinic – Navii Dental Care
Source: iStock Having regular conversations is the most significant thing you can do for your children’s development. This is the message of Dr. Dana Suskind’s important and clear-eyed new book, Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain. “No matter the language, the culture, the nuances of vocabulary, or the socioeconomic status, language is the element that helps develop the brain to its optimum potential,” writes Suskind, who is the founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative at the University of Chicago. Source: Dutton Since I have also written a book about the importance of language for children’s brains, it’s not surprising that I would champion this one. But this is a particularly opportune moment to be talking about the power of talk. In 1995, a landmark study by researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley uncovered the fact that, in the first three years of life, some children heard thirty million … [Read more...] about The Power of Talk