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We meet James Brincat, who is Area Chief Ranger for Parks Victoria, looking after a number of sites on Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung Country: his remit includes Point Cook Coastal Park, Werribee River Park and Werribee Park, all about 30km south-west of Melbourne.

But it’s the 25 hectares of formally laid-out gardens, parkland and productive areas around Werribee Mansion that is where the horticulture happens and that’s what he loves.

The Victorian State Rose Garden is a major feature – the 5,000 roses are tended by a dedicated team of about 60-70 volunteers who come out each week to prune, weed and care for the plants – as well as meeting up and having a cuppa. “This place is one of the largest community hubs in Werribee,” James says. That is due in no small part to his open, friendly leadership.

James admits as a kid he had ADHD and this hyperactivity and lack of focus meant he got into some mischief. But he always loved plants and his family encouraged this. “Horticulture changed everything for me,” he says.

He studied horticulture after school and worked at Fitzroy Gardens, in charge of the hydrangeas. Next he moved to the Dandenong Ranges Gardens for what was to become Parks Victoria.

At the newly restored glasshouse at Werribee Park a new display has been installed that cleverly creates a tropical look using large-leafed non-tropical plants and ferns.

At Werribee Park he has fostered a number of community projects, launching a language-learning program for Karen refugees that evolved into a huge community-garden-style vegetable patch. It also led to a traineeship program that has given a positive direction to the lives of several young people in the area, including refugees. “I do love to pass on that horticultural knowledge to the next generation,” he says.

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Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin has quit social media – here’s what happened

Monday, 5th October 2020, 1:30 pm

Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 1:38 pm
The virtual cooking masterclass suffered from a host of technical difficulties (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Saturday Kitchen chef James Martin has quit social media after receiving backlash for his virtual cookalong event that was branded a “disaster” by attendees.

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The This Morning chef says that he has been the target of “vile abuse” by those angry that they had experienced technical issues during the sold-out cooking masterclass.

What happened?

Martin held a virtual cookery class on Saturday 3 October, which invited fans and foodies to create a three course meal alongside Martin during the 90-minute experience.

The menu was set to consist of a start of halloumi with chilli jam, a main course of chicken saute with vinegar and pilaf rice, and a dessert of a raspberry tart.

Tickets for the event had launched at 10am on Friday 11 September, and cost cookery fans £35 for the virtual masterclass – not including the individual cost for ingredients.

However, many attendees were left frustrated after technical issues left their screens frozen or unable to connect to the event.

Some of those who attended the event called it “a chaotic shambles” and a “complete disaster”, with many commenting that Martin moved through the cooking instructions too quickly.

Others questioned if the event itself was even live, stating that it was “clearly pre-recorded”.

What has James Martin said?

Taking to Twitter, the chef explained that he would be taking a break from social media following the online abuse he received after the show.

In a thread of tweets, Martin wrote: “Having seen some of the comments posted online regarding last night’s cook along and the anger towards me given the technical issues that the production team were having, I would like to apologise again for this and I will be chasing up with Live Nation, the production company IT team and all the people they hired, to find out the problem.

“Having said that, this is a small comfort to some of you online who are quite rightly angry at me. I promise I will be speaking to them tomorrow, I wasn’t involved in the IT side of things and know little about it, but will get all the issues raised and sorted as much as I possibly can immediately.

“It’s unfortunate they didn’t use my team that makes the Saturday show to do this but, as you can imagine, it was all out of my hands.

“To the rest of you who had a good night, thank you, but due to the large amount of vile comments posted directly towards me, this will be my last post as I will be taking a break from posting personally and all social media for the foreseeable future.”

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It’s James Deakin versus licensed interior designers this time

The TV host offended some designers for working with an unlicensed decorator and then asking: ‘Do you really require a license or law for choosing fabrics, colors, and furniture?

Sometimes, there comes a necessary—if a little aggressive—conversation that shines a spotlight on a long brewing issue. Social media has certainly accelerated how we’ve pushed certain topics to the fore. 

The hot topic issue of the coming week—James Deakin being called out for working with a “decorator” instead of a licensed interior designer. He is certainly not the first person to do that, but as one of the more famous personalities, many designers felt it was an affront and an endorsement to hire non-licensed interior decorators.  

On Sunday, Oct. 4,  the TV host on Facebook defended his decision to work with YouTube vlogger Elle Uy, who has recently rounded up her followers to 700,000 strong, on his place.

Elle is not a licensed interior decorator, but is well known on YouTube and in social media for her budget decorating tips. 

James’ first post was of him sharing a photo of his living area, where he shared that Elle was helping him choose the valance for his curtains.

A poster, who shared Deakin’s post, but whose name has been blurred, reposted this post with this caption: “When someone like James Deakin promotes unlicensed practitioners, we should do something about it.”

Another one also wrote about how this “blatantly disregards the profession,” coming from a long line of what they perceive as attacks due to publications publishing DIY stories of home renovations this quarantine and how this can come off as saying that interior designers are not essential. One post ends with, “Our collective voices need to be heard. There is a law for interior design. RA 10350.”

RA 10350 is an act to regulate and modernize the practice of interior design in the country. 

This irked Deakins enough that he shared the posts and then gave a lengthy reply: 

“So I’ve just been called out in an interior design group by a licensed interior designer who demands something be done about me using an unlicensed decorator to help me arrange my furniture and hang prints on the wall…. This is targeted toward my decorator, a very popular online personality Elle Uy, who has been doing budget makeovers on her YouTube channel and presumably stealing all the love away from this person and her exclusive circle of entitlement.”

He continued: “The licensed designer waxed sentimental about the years of study she has done and pontificates about how these backyard internet decorators have no business telling people where to put their sofa or what colors they should choose, and feels very strongly that they should be called out.  She also cites the law, RA 10350, and wields it like a weapon to protect this sacred space that only people who have studied for can enjoy and share with others—for a price.”

Deakins then praised unlicensed “backyard, internet decorators”:

“To all those backyard,

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The season just changed, and so did the decor at Raquel Leviss and James Kennedy’s Los Angeles apartment. The Vanderpump Rules couple, who live together with their pooch Graham Cracker, have been showing off their progress as they deck out their house for fall. And by now, the space looks about as autumnal as a pumpkin spice latte tastes. 

In her Instagram Stories, Raquel has been sharing the decor installation —and it’s clear that she and James are feeling the Halloween spirit. The duo has an illuminated pumpkin and miniature witch cauldrons along the windowsill in their living room, and a corner table by their TV has a spooky little ghost and another prop pumpkin. 

Elsewhere, a trio of owls hovers over a “Trick or Treat” sign, and yet another pumpkin-themed installation features a glass and ceramic version of the festive gourd. (There’s also a sign that reads: “Pumpkin Patch.”) And finally, new string lights on the bedroom ceiling will make Halloween night glow spookily bright. 

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James Garfield, shot by an assassin, died after White House doctors lied about his recovery

Six weeks later, Garfield was dead. He was 49.

During the summer of 1881, almost 140 years before President Trump acknowledged misleading Americans about the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, the White House fed anxious Americans a daily diet of misleading medical bulletins about Garfield’s condition. The stream of unduly sunny reports came from doctors whose failure to understand basic principles of treating infected wounds would have tragic consequences. With some exceptions, their rose-colored pronouncements were credulously accepted by the press.

The multiple daily reports on Garfield’s condition “became part of everyday life,” even if much of the information was unreliable, according to Richard Menke, a professor at the University of Georgia who has written in the journal Critical Inquiry about the press coverage of Garfield’s struggle to survive. “In fact,” he wrote, “the bulletins were fraudulently optimistic, intended perhaps to reassure Garfield, who often had the newspapers read to him and thus joined the mass audience for his own story.”

With the bulletins distributed nationwide by telegraph, published in the nation’s newspapers and followed closely by the public, the story of Garfield’s fight to survive could be considered “America’s first live media event,” Menke wrote.

Garfield’s ordeal began July 2. Accompanied by Secretary of State James G. Blaine, Garfield departed the Executive Mansion that morning for the Baltimore and Potomac train station (located where the National Gallery of Art now stands) to embark on a summer sojourn to his alma mater, Williams College in Massachusetts, and his home in Mentor, Ohio. Several Cabinet secretaries, including Robert Todd Lincoln, the secretary of war and son of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, planned to travel with Garfield as far as New York and were already at the station, according to the New York Times.

President Garfield never boarded the train.

Charles Guiteau, a delusional gunman who fancied himself an orator and Republican insider, waited for Garfield at the train station. Guiteau fired twice at the president with a .44 caliber pistol, grazing Garfield’s right arm and hitting him on the right side near the 11th rib, according to an account of the shooting and Garfield’s medical treatment by Stewart A. Fish in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

At the train station, D.W. Bliss, Garfield’s personal physician, searched for the bullet lodged in Garfield, first with an unsterilized probe and then by sticking his finger deep into the wound, historian Candice Millard has written. Conscious but vomiting, Garfield was taken back to the White House.

The earliest reports on Garfield’s condition varied dramatically. On July 3, under the headline “THE PRESIDENT ALIVE AND BETTER,” the Washington Evening Star published a White House bulletin reporting that Garfield “rested quietly and awakened refreshed” and that the president’s “improved condition gives additional hope of his gradual recovery.”

Only hours later the prognosis turned grim. A bulletin issued at 10:30 p.m. characterizing Garfield’s condition as “less favorable” led the Tribune to report the following day that “the gravest apprehensions were excited.” Guiteau, the newspaper

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St. James Hotel has new feel with Scarlet Kitchen and Bar

“The planning took several months,” said Marilyne Bouteiller, director of sales and marketing for the St. Jame Hotel. “A year ago we worked on the outside patio and expanded it. This year we did the inside.”

The area for the new restaurant used to be The Veranda Restaurant. In addition to physical work and a new name, the restaurant also has a new menu, according to Bouteiller.

The Scarlet Kitchen and Bar occupies the space formerly known as the Veranda Restaurant. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

The Scarlet Kitchen and Bar occupies the space formerly known as the Veranda Restaurant. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

“We did a rebranding,” Bouteiller said. “We renamed the restaurant. We kept some of the staples that people liked in the past, but we have a brand new menu with more local food.”

Jennifer Olson, director of food and beverage at the St. James Hotel, said, “The menu is influenced by regional cuisine and sourced with local ingredients. Our culinary team recreated community-inspired family recipes with a modern twist for guests to truly experience a taste of southern Minnesota.”

Bouteiller said that using local family recipes adds a fun element to the dining experience.

“When you look at the menu, there is a story behind every dish,” she said. “We are training our waiters and servers to understand those stories, so they can be explained to the consumer.”

The indoor space of the Scarlet Kitchen and Bar opened July 13. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

The indoor space of the Scarlet Kitchen and Bar opened July 13. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

The Scarlet Kitchen and Bar kept some of the Veranda Restaurant’s best features including the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mississippi River. The new design also incorporates Red Wing history with a tabletop made from Red Wing Pottery, and leather accents from the hotel’s parent company, Red Wing Shoes.

“Scarlet interprets the city of Red Wing,” Olson said, “magnifying the town’s unique history and allure through design elements.”

A hallway near the new restaurant has been converted into an archive room. In addition to photos and stories from the history of the St. James Hotel, it features items and stories from Red Wing Shoes, The Sheldon Theatre, the arts and pottery, and the Mississippi River.

“The theme of the room is what made Red Wing over the years,” Bouteiller said.

Following guidelines from the State of Minnesota, the St. James Hotel has enhanced cleaning procedures for all parts of the building. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

Following guidelines from the State of Minnesota, the St. James Hotel has enhanced cleaning procedures for all parts of the building. Photo courtesy of St. James Hotel

The interior renovation began in December 2019, the restaurant’s outside patio opened on July 1. The inside portion of the Scarlet Kitchen and Bar opened on July 13.

The 67-room St. James Hotel has been independently owned and operated by Red Wing Shoe Co. since 1977. The building features 17,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a coffee shop, a hair salon, a flower shop, a medi-spa, and a clothing store. In 2019, the hotel received the “Best Small Historic Hotel” award from Historic Hotels of America, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Bouteiller said the entire staff is happy to have the Scarlet Kitchen

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James McColley, former summer camp employee at Westfield YMCA, accused of photographing 5 female counselors and volunteers changing in bathroom

A former employee at a Western Massachusetts summer camp was charged last week with secretly recording multiple female staffers while they were changing in a bathroom, according to police.

James McColley, who worked at Camp Shepard at the YMCA of Greater Westfield, has been accused of recording five counselors and volunteers while they were undressing in late July and early August, authorities said.

The victims’ ages ranged from 14 to 22 years old, according to court records from Westfield District Court.

He was arraigned Friday afternoon from jail at the Ludlow House of Correction on 15 charges, including both misdemeanor and felony sexual surveillance, unlawful secret recording, posing a child for sexual photographs and possessing child pornography, officials said.

The 20-year-old Longmeadow man was expected to be released on $10,000 personal surety and is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing in October, Westfield Police Capt. Michael McCabe told MassLive.

Officers investigated a report on Aug. 3 that McColley used his phone to record a camp counselor while she was changing inside a women’s bathroom out of her bathing suit into dry clothes, according to court records.

While changing her clothes, the counselor looked toward the ceiling and saw a cell phone with the camera pointed at her, police said.

McColley had allegedly reached over the wall from the men’s bathroom into the women’s bathroom with the phone in his hand, according to authorities.

On the same day, McColley agreed to speak with Westfield police officers but later called to say he would not be coming, court records said.

Police received a warrant to seize McColley’s iPhone, but the suspect refused to come to the door or to talk with authorities. His mother gave investigators the phone, which was processed a day later by Massachusetts State Police, according to officials.

Through processing the phone and interviewing witnesses and victims, authorities learned McColley had allegedly taken several photographs and videos of five different girls or women in states of undress. Three were older than 18, and two were not, court records said.

The images were taken without the female staffers’ consent in the same bathroom where they expected privacy, police noted.

It was later discovered that McColley searched how to make photo albums password-protected on the iPhone after he was allegedly caught photographing the counselor on Aug. 3, according to authorities.


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