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NEW AT THE THEATRE| A MODERN CLASSIC
Theatre Review: Copenhagen
"This production of Copenhagen was delayed twice by lockdowns, which explains why both Polly Findlay and Emma Howlett are credited as directors. But such difficulties have not wearied this modern classic, nor the years condemned it," says Melissa Blease.
As Copenhagen kicks off its stint at Theatre Royal Bath, running until 26 June, we head along to see the long-anticipated production for ourselves.
Image: Malcolm Sinclair as Niels Bohr – Photo credit Nobby Clark
OUR JUNE ISSUE | IS OUT AND ABOUT
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As always, there's a collection of great reading by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bath's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy this month's magazine.
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At last Germany has banished its albatross. Liebfraumilch, the dirty blip in Germany's illustrious winemaking career, has had its day. A fleet of young, innovative German winemakers have spent the last 20 years re-polishing Germany's crown and have restored the country to its former winemaking glory. And their secret weapon – Riesling. Adored for its versatility and vibrant acidity. Germany has a Riesling to suit all tastebuds. Look to the grey slate soils of the vineyards of the Mosel Valley for a dramatic contrast between refreshing mineral wines and an explosion of fruit blossom and honey aromas; turn your attention to Pfalz for drier, stylish and complex wines.
Riesling Unplugged – Weingut Tesch
This is a well-defined Riesling with wonderful minerality. A real expression of the Tesch vineyard where wines are not aged in oak. Winegrower Martin Tesch - a great rock music fan, says that a good Riesling needs no amplification - hence the "Unplugged" naming. £14.95
An inviting blend of lemon and crushed stone aromas. Firm palate on the right side of steely, with lemon pulp and a hint of residual sugar, moderate alcohol (12%) and a very refreshing finish. A great dry Riesling – sehr gut! £17.50
Grosses Gewächs Pechstein – Reichsrat von Buhl
Absolutely delicious. This vineyard's topsoil contains loose basalt scree weathered from the Pechsteinkopf – in ancient times an active volcano. The basalt content helps ensure perfect ripening of the fruit. Drink 2020-2030. £45
Cooking with Alcohol by Susannah and Aaron Rickard
The recently published book Cooking with Alcohol is all about how to use alcohol as an ingredient in everyday cooking. Written and photographed by Bathonians Susannah and Aaron Rickard, the contents have been developed in their kitchen over the last five years, resulting in more than 100 recipes with alcohol as the key ingredient.
This book isn’t full of luxury foods, and it isn’t about consuming large amounts of alcohol. The focus is on finding enjoyment through sharing innovative and delicious food with loved ones, whether that’s midweek Sticky Cider Sausages with Mustard Mash or treating your friends to a plateful of Coconut Rum and Raspberry Cupcakes. And there are plenty of recipes for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
Here are two of the delicious recipes from the book.
Serves 4 — Prep time 5 minutes — Cook time 35 minutes
This simple pasta dish is full of flavour, and a great one to add to your repertoire. When alcohol is added to a tomato-based sauce, rather than dominating the dish, it actually enhances the other flavours in a rather magical way. Alcohol is volatile, meaning that it evaporates easily, carrying aroma compounds to our noses. This enhances our perception of the rich, herby and slightly spicy flavours of the dish without a long cooking time.
Make sure to use good quality canned tomatoes for the best possible results. We’ve added rosemary and thyme to accentuate the herbal notes from the gin - you could substitute these for soft herbs like basil or tarragon, adding them towards the end of cooking to retain the fresh flavour.
100ml gin 2 white onions - finely chopped 2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes (or 800g tomato passata) 2 cloves of garlic - peeled, and crushed or finely chopped 1⁄2 tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp dried rosemary 1 tsp dried thyme 350g pasta 40g parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve - finely grated Olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Large saucepan Medium saucepan Blender
Put a large pan of salted water on to boil, for the pasta.
Heat a good splash of olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the onions are very soft and beginning to brown.
While the onions cook, pour the cans of chopped tomatoes into a blender together with the gin and 1⁄2 tsp salt. Blend for a few moments until fairly smooth but still with a bit of texture. Alternatively, if you’re using tomato passata, combine it with the gin and 1⁄2 tsp salt in a large bowl.
When the onions are soft, stir in the garlic, chilli flakes, rosemary and thyme, and cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the blended tomato and gin mixture and then put the lid on. Turn the heat down and simmer for 20 minutes until slightly thickened.
Once the pan of water is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to pack instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and return it to the pan.
When the tomato sauce has had its 20 minutes, stir it through the pasta along with the grated parmesan. Sprinkle with extra parmesan, freshly ground black pepper and flaked sea salt to serve.
This is a dessert for a special occasion, luxurious and with a hint of sparkle. Panna cotta contains very few ingredients, and this means that any flavourings really have the chance to shine. Prosecco has floral aromas of honeysuckle, peach and pear, which are delightfully softened in cream for a lightly fruity finish.
Despite its sweetness, prosecco is mildly acidic, and when acid is added to cream it thickens it. This means that the prosecco helps to set the panna cotta, so very little gelatine is needed to get the perfect panna cotta wobble. Serve with a glass of bubbly, and a few fresh raspberries to contrast with the rich cream.
100ml prosecco 300ml double (heavy) cream 100g caster sugar 5g gelatine powder Vegetable or sunflower oil Fresh raspberries to serve
4 ramekins, coffee cups or panna cotta moulds Kitchen roll Small saucepan Whisk
Put a few drops of vegetable or sunflower oil into 4 ramekins or small coffee cups, then wipe it around with a piece of kitchen roll to lightly grease the inside.
Heat the cream, sugar and prosecco together in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is almost boiling.
Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle the gelatine powder over the hot liquid. Whisk well for 2-3 minutes, ensuring that the gelatine is completely dissolved (if it hasn’t dissolved, return the pan to the heat for a moment and keep whisking to make sure it dissolves completely, but making sure not to boil it as the gelatin won’t set this way).
Divide the mixture between the ramekins and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight to set.
Before serving, dip the base of each ramekin into hot water for a few minutes to loosen the panna cotta. Run a knife around the edge of each panna cotta and then invert onto a plate. Serve the panna cotta by itself, or with a handful of fresh raspberries.
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FASHION |LULULEMON NEW SEASON
Swift Speed High-Rise Tight
The Swift Speed Tight (new this season!) is made from supportive Luxtreme™ fabric, which is sweat-wicking, with four-way stretch, and feels cool to the touch. Its inseam-free construction helps eliminate friction points from a runner's stride, and it has secure pockets to keep essentials close, yet out of the way. The added Lycra® fibre provides stretch and shape retention, and the continuous drawcord offers the perfect fit so you can feel closer to your run. £108
Wunder Train Long Line Bra
New this year, this bra is powered by highly breathable Everlux™, lululemon's fastest drying fabric, and combines support and coverage so you can breeze through hot, sweaty workouts. Made with added Lycra® fibre, it provides stretch and shape retention, and the high neck provides coverage so you can workout distraction-free. £58
Take Form Yoga Mat
lululemon's new Take Form Yoga Mat is designed with cutting-edge technology to help improve alignment for a more focused yoga practice. Featuring 3D zoned cushioning designed to enhance sensory perception alongside visual and tactile alignment cues. It is also built with natural, sustainably sourced FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified rubber material. £108
Started in 1927, by an Italian Count and a group of car enthusiasts in the town of Brescia, Northern Italy — the Mille Miglia is a 1,000 mile, open road rally circuit in Northern Italy, and apart from the Second World War, the race took place every year until 1957.
The race was always hotly contended, and famously Sterling Moss won in his Mercedes in 1955 with a record time of just over 10 hours – it was also gruelling and notoriously perilous – and due to increasing accidents and fatalities (drivers and spectators), the event was pulled in 1957.
The Mille Miglia was revived in 1977 but this time, more of a grand tour for well-healed gentlemen and a 1000 mile parade of classic racers and vintage cars, although to this day many playboy drivers would still enjoy a rush of competitive adrenalin.
Luxury brand Chopard has long been associated with the Mille Miglia as principal sponsor, and every year it creates a new timepiece to celebrate the event and all drivers are given one as a trophy for their endurance.
Here’s the Mille Miglia GTS automatic by Chopard. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case featuring a striking ‘1000 Miglia’ arrow design at the date marker, taken from the red road signs used along the route.
It is a simple, uncluttered face with easy to read hands and batons powered by the self-winding Chopard movement and a rubber watch strap that is more than a passing nod to Dunlop tyre treads of the 1960s. It’s pretty cool with a great backstory and a lovely acquisition for any classic car enthusiast, playboy, or just someone who appreciates a great modern classic. £5,050. Find out more at Mallory.
Main image: 1955 Mille Miglia winners Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in Mercedes 300 SLR. Image: Wikicommons
L'OCCITANE |FATHER'S DAY GIFTS
Men’s Travel Set
For the one who’s on the go! With hopefully a summer of lifting restrictions and an array of places that can now be visited, gift your loved one with the L’OCCITANE Men’s Travel Collection; a handy pouch for them to take on adventures, alongside travel essentials from the zesty Cap Cedrat Collection and a nourishing Shea Hand Cream for use after all that hand sanitising.
Gift Contains: Cap Cedrat Soap 50g, Shea Hand Cream 10ml, Cap Cedrat Aftershave Cream Gel 30ml, Cap Cedrat Shower Gel 75ml.
A widowed new dad copes with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter.
Based on the 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin and starring comedian Kevin Hart, Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd, and Deborah Ayorinde, this is not one to miss.
In After Love, Mary Hussain (Joanna Scanlan), who converted to Islam when she married and is now in her early 60s, lives quietly with her husband Ahmed. Following his unexpected death, she suddenly finds herself a widow. A day after the burial, she discovers that Ahmed had a secret life just 21 miles away from their Dover home, across the Channel in Calais. The shocking discovery compels her to go there to find out more, and as she grapples with her shattered sense of identity, her search for understanding has surprising consequences.
An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Sauces, Shapes, Recipes by Rachel Roddy
In An A-Z of Pasta, Rachel Roddy, Guardian food columnist and author of award-winning cookbooks Five Quarters and Two Kitchens, recounts all that she has learned about pasta, its history and how to best cook with it, since moving to Italy in 2005.
It is, as she writes, a “long, twisted story,” which she doesn’t unravel in a chronological fashion, instead interspersing 100 pasta recipes with short essays that allow the meaning of each pasta and its region (sometimes historical, sometimes more personal) to take shape.
She takes us from A, anelli, to Z, ziti, with wonderfully simple recipes such as white ragù with pork, aubergine, and fennel, to a ‘midsummer’ pasta, to ruote with gorgonzola, sage and walnuts. We learn of how linguine is named after its resemblance to lingua, a tongue; how bigoli, a shape typical of the Veneto region, was first mentioned in a twelfth-century rhyme.
As those who love Rachel’s work already will know, the draw is as much to her warm, easy writing style as it is to her recipes – and the story of pasta is the perfect tale for her to demonstrate her gift as storyteller.
Kinfolk has been now been around for a decade and this month it publishes its 40th issue. Showcasing offset lithography, long-form articles with full bleed photography on quality coated and uncoated papers, Kinfolk is arguably the defining indie magazine although there’s a view that it’s now rather clichéd or a parody of the upwardly mobile Portland ‘slow living’ idea that birthed it. We’ve always been impressed by the quality and finesse of this handsome publication, especially since its relocation to Copenhagen in 2015, but the publisher has in any case redesigned it to coincide with the anniversary and selected ‘the future’ as the theme for the issue. £14.99
Bowood's Woodland Garden reopens for six-week season
The Woodland Garden season has been extended until Sunday 20 June, due to the inclement weather in April/May having slowed down some of the blooming.
Whereas the annual season normally lasts six weeks, this year it will run to a total of eight – making it the longest Woodland Garden season to date. The closing date extension also means that for the first time ever, an outing to the 30-acre Woodland Garden can be served up as a Father's Day treat.
Previously the highest number of visitors welcomed was 14,500 in 1985. At the six week stage of this season, 11,152 visitors had already been welcomed so Bowood may well set a further record this year on that score, thanks to the added fortnight and this week's hot weather set to draw people outside. The colours will be glorious, there are lots of shady spots and benches, as well as refreshments from the Nosh Box.
Within the western corner of the Bowood Estate, the Woodland Garden is located just off the A342 (the road to Devizes). Open daily from 11am-6pm (last admissions at 5pm), entrance is priced at £7.50 per adult (aged 17 and over), £6.50 per young adult (13-16) and £6.50 per senior (60+) while admission for children 12 and under is free of charge. Dogs on leads are very welcome. Access to the Woodland Garden is complimentary for Season Ticket Holders. For more details, visit: bowood.org
EXPLORE | AN IMMERSIVE FOREST INSTALLATION
Digital Playground, Bath Fringe Festival
Dates: 21 – 27 June (all day)
Location: 17 – 18 Milsom Street
An immersive, walk-through forest installation of oversized, robotic flowers and hanging gardens. These biologically inspired, plant infused, robotic sculptures react to audience movements and behaviours with creative digital programming, representing our relationship with the environment and exploring possibilities of technological innovation to aid ecological sustainability.
Let The Music Play Again, The Art Cohort, 18 June – 3 July
The Art Cohort is an award-winning Artspace championing emerging art and artists, showcases work from local artists and makers and runs art classes and workshops in its learning space.
Let the Music Play Again is a new exhibition by illustrator and designer Sarah Hawkins. Following on from over a year of no live music, gigs or concerts, this art exhibition highlights musicians and the relaunch of communal creativity in person. The idea is to make a mark and reclaim what has been stolen from musicians this last year. Music sparks emotion, brings life, makes memories and provides connection. It is a universal language and an art form that has human interaction at its core.
Sarah Hawkins specialises in continuous line drawings as well as exploring the use of ink and digital design within her work. Drawn from her love of music and people, Let the Music Play Again will showcase Sarah’s illustrations of musicians from the likes of Miles Davis and Bob Dylan to Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys. Selected illustration prints from the exhibition will be available to purchase at The Art Cohort.
Image: Miles Davis, ink illustration by Sarah Hawkins
MUSIC | EXCITING NEW EVENTS
Bath Philharmonia announce live performances
We've all been living with uncertainty for quite some time but Bath Philharmonia are incredibly excited to announce two new live and definitely happening Summer concerts to help you escape into a world of sublime orchestral music.
Superstar saxophonist Jess Gillam is taking a one night break from her current tour to perform an evocative programme of English music and piano genius Melvyn Tan brings not just one but TWO Mozart piano concertos.
On 1 July, Jess Gillam will perform music from her current album TIME including Luke Howard's evocative 'Dappled Light' and Will Gregory's 'Orbit' interspersed by a canvas of exquisite string music written by Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Purcell and performed by Bath Phil.
On 8 July, Melvyn Tan two of his favourite Mozart Piano Concertos, No. 23 and No. 21 (widely known as the Elvira Madigan concerto).
These are socially-distanced and Covid-secure events.
What more could you want from Thursday evenings at the start of July?
Team Bath Tennis duo Liam Broady and Samantha Murray Sharan will be taking to the famous grass courts at Wimbledon again this summer after being named among the initial wild cards for the 2021 tournament.
Broady, who is coached by David Sammel, will be making his fourth appearance in the men’s singles draw at SW19 having made the second round in 2015. He also faced Andy Murray and Milos Raonic in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Murray Sharan – coached by Ian MacDonald at the Team Bath Sports Training Village – played in the women’s singles at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2014, taking on Maria Sharapova on Court 1 on her last appearance.
Both have been given doubles wild cards too, with Murray Sharan partnering Naiktha Bains and Broady teaming up with Ryan Peniston – the latter duo are competing at Queen’s Club this week. teambath.com/tennis
There's more good sporting news as University of Bath student Max Ojomoh and alumnus Miles Reid are now training with the senior England Rugby Squad for the first time as preparations begin for the summer series. Matrix Sporting Scholar Orlando Bailey has also been selected in the England U20 squad for the 2021 Six Nations Championship taking place in Cardiff later this month, while fellow first year students Alex Clayton and Zac Giannini are in the Scotland and Wales squad respectively.
Urban ecologist Professor David Goode looks back at our modern-day connection with the environment, assesses how nature in recent years has become more centre stage, and explains why this is meaningful for the future.
No sooner have the Great Western’s shiny new trains returned to service after the sorting out of those niggling safety issues than it’s been announced that track upgrades near Temple Meads mean that services between Bath and Bristol are going to be disrupted. Roads around Bath will already be affected by the closure of Cleveland Bridge, so rail replacement services planned for August will find it more difficult than ever getting into and out of the city.
It could all have been so different if the decision to sever Bath’s other rail link with Bristol hadn’t been taken in the 1960s. Opened by the Midland Railway in 1869, this ran through Weston, Bitton, Warmley and Mangotsfield, and at one time trains terminated not at Temple Meads but at a station called St Philip’s, near Old Market. Some services also ran direct to Clifton via a loop line north of the city. Had the line survived, it would have been one of the most valuable transport links in the area, and in a sense it still is, for, while part of it has been resurrected as the Avon Valley Railway, much of the trackbed is now the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. This postcard from around 1905 shows the station at Weston when it was around 40 years old, with the stationmaster and a porter posing for the camera in a lull between trains. Although trains between Bath Green Park and Bristol were not withdrawn until 1966, Weston station closed as early as 1953, but the building – on Ashley Avenue – still survives.
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This two bedroom apartment can be found on the second floor of this unique, grade II listed building overlooking the river Avon, and is conveniently located near Bath Spa train station and the city centre is a short walk just across the river. On entering the apartment, the hallway gives access to all rooms. The well-proportioned living area offers duel aspect, creating a light and airy space with full length glass doors overlooking the river. The kitchen has a range of both wall and base units with ample space for appliances. Directly off the living room through the hallway, there are two bedrooms; one double with fitted wardrobe and benefits from duel aspect, and one single bedroom with a large storage cupboard. The shower room has a walk in shower cubicle, wash hand basin, WC, and is fully tiled. There is a gated designated parking space allocated to the front of the building, and this property is offered with no onward chain. Asking price £330,000