What’s Hot and What’s Not from the World Cup Quarter-finals

first_imgJacob Whitehead reflects on the good, the bad and the downright ugly from the weekend’s last-eight ties On the attack: Henry Slade breaks against Australia (Getty Images,) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Their triumphs over Ireland – the number one team in the world for a brief period a few weeks ago – and a Scottish side scrapping for survival were achieved by playing a swashbuckling style, which revealed their core skills to be as good as any side on the planet. Joseph’s team showed coherency, courage and class.Welsh super-sub Tomos WilliamsTomos Williams’s fast feet shone in Wales’ win over Fiji, but the replacement scrum-half made an even bigger impact on Sunday against France. Not content with stepping five defenders in a space the size of a garden shed, his crowning glory came with five minutes of the game remaining.France struggled with seven men in the scrum after Sebastien Vahaamahina’s sending off and the otherwise impressive Charles Ollivon was forced to fill in at the back in a vital scrum. He tried to corral the ball from the base but was immediately set upon by the rabid Williams.Fast feet: Tomos Williams tries to outfox the French defence (Getty Images)The ball popped out like a champagne cork and Wales duly celebrated Ross Moriarty’s try, putting them into their third World Cup semi-final.Gareth Davies has an iron-cast grip on the No 9 shirt, but if Wales are down on the scoreboard again, don’t discount Warren Gatland putting his in-form back-up on early – and expect him to make an impact.New Zealand’s Mo’unga-Barrett combinationBack in early August, in the last round of the Rugby Championship, New Zealand fell to their joint-record loss, a 47-26 defeat by a rampant Australia. They had drawn the game before with South Africa and questions about the All Black back-line were flying around the streets of Auckland and Wellington.These games were significant because they marked the first time Crusaders fly-half Richie Mo’unga had combined with Beauden Barrett, World Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Barrett – one of the most dynamic fly-halves the game has ever seen – was moved to full-back to accommodate Mo’unga. It was a big call, and one that didn’t seem to work for the majority of the summer, but it has clicked this World Cup. Excellent against South Africa, the pair were sumptuous in New Zealand’s 46-14 win over Ireland.Mo’unga was a puppet-master extraordinaire, driving the All Blacks around the field to set Barrett free in dangerous areas. His range of kicking is simply wonderful and seems to have removed the yoke from Barrett, who is looking more dangerous than ever in his free role. England watch out.WHAT’S NOTJoe Schmidt’s All Blacks coaching chancesA year ago Ireland seemed to be the best team in world rugby. They were Grand Slam champions having humbled England at Twickenham, had won an away Test series in Australia and defeated New Zealand in Dublin.When in December Steve Hansen announced he’d step down as New Zealand coach after the World Cup, Joe Schmidt was one of the first names on observers’ lips. Schmidt himself had announced he’d leave Ireland after the World Cup and it seemed a marriage made in heaven.Two wise men: Coaches Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt (Getty Images)However, Ireland’s stuttering Six Nations, shock loss to Japan and cataclysmic defeat by New Zealand has taken just a little shine of Schmidt’s reign. To put it bluntly, will a team with such a habit of winning as the All Blacks take what now represents a chance on Schmidt?Surely assistant Ian Foster, in the New Zealand set-up for seven years, or Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, who has now won three straight Super Rugby titles, are now the favourites for the job.Schmidt has done an incredible job over his six years in charge of Ireland. He has taken Irish rugby to places it has never been before. But after this loss, it is hard to know what the future holds for him.France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina Some red cards are forgiven quickly, if not forgotten. Ask Sam Warburton, who was sent off against France in an eerily reversed version of Sunday’s game back in 2011.Rugby is a physical and fast game. It is inevitable that high tackles will sometimes arise from instinctive reaction, tip tackles may happen from a loss of balance and tackles in the air could result from a momentary loss of concentration.But other red cards, like Sebastien Vahaamahina’s moment of madness on Aaron Wainwright, are unforgivable. It was violent, dangerous and unnecessary.Seeing red: Sebastien Vahaamahina after being sent off in the quarter-final (Getty Images)Vahaamahina may have thought his year had reached a trough when he threw a madcap pass to George North to seal France’s defeat against Wales in the Six Nations. This is a far deeper ditch.He will be remembered in the footnotes of World Cup trivia for his thuggish act. His team-mates defended valiantly, but ultimately Vahaamahina’s absence was to blame for the final Welsh try.Australia’s old guardAustralia never looked like a side capable of winning this World Cup, but there are a few glimmers of hope they can take from the tournament. Their scrummaging is the best it’s been in 20 years, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi look genuinely world-class, and Jordan Petaia provided a glimpse of the future with his poise (and wonderful shoulder sway). These are the things Australia need to hold on to.However, their early exit provides them with the opportunity to scrap a lot of the rest. This tournament appeared to be a goodbye to Australia’s ageing half-backs, with the Wallabies never able to pick a consistent combination from Nic White, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua.Bowing out: David Pocock said he would retire from Test rugby after RWC 2019 (Getty Images)It will be tough saying goodbye to David Pocock, but at least Australia have a readymade leader waiting in the wings, in the form of charismatic Australia U20 captain Fraser McReight.McReight is just one of an extremely talented group currently emerging at the Queensland Reds, under the tutelage of Brad Thorn.Scrum-half Tate McDermott will likely become the incumbent of the famous Australia No 9 shirt, but the most exciting of the current crop is full-back Isaac Lucas, who shone in this year’s World U20 Championship. It’s likely to be a long rebuilding project, but if they can find a fly-half, watch out in 2023. What’s Hot and What’s Not from the World Cup Quarter-finalsJacob Whitehead reflects on the good, the bad and the downright ugly from the weekend’s last-eight tiesWHAT’S HOTEngland’s ‘injured’ contingentThe vultures were circling Eddie Jones before England’s quarter-final against Australia kicked off. “Why drop form man George Ford?!” they cried. “Marler is better scrum ballast than Vunipola!” they insisted.However, both Henry Slade and Mako Vunipola were key men in England’s 40-16 triumph. Slade’s intercept, sprint and brilliantly judged grubber set up Jonny May’s second try, while Vunipola made 18 tackles – the second most in the England team.Round of applause: Mako Vunipola impressed on his return from injury (Getty Images)The two had both returned from injury lay-offs. Vunipola hadn’t played all tournament and Slade looked slightly off the boil against Tonga.Yet on Saturday in Oita, Jones’s bold selection ploy was vindicated entirely. Aside from his try assist, Slade largely kept dangerman Samu Kerevi quiet and Australia’s scrum, excellent for most of the World Cup, could not make inroads against England’s pack.With Slade and Vunipola reintegrated into the match-day 23, could we see fellow long-term absentee Jack Nowell play a role in the remainder of the tournament?Japan coach Jamie Joseph Japan’s performances lit up the tournament. Their results against Ireland and Scotland ensured they could not only leave filled with pride but with the knowledge they’ve smashed the glass ceiling often placed on Tier Two nations.Bearing this in mind, it could be argued that Jamie Joseph has done an even more impressive job than Eddie Jones in 2015. Four years ago there was no pressure on the Brave Blossoms, this year the world was watching. Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Video: HOD president speaks at immigration reform prayer service

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Video: HOD president speaks at immigration reform prayer service [Episcopal News Service] House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings offered the benediction at the close of an Oct. 8 prayer service in Washington, D.C., as part of the Church World Service Summit on Immigration, Oct. 7-8. Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Faith & Politics, Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Video center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Refugees Migration & Resettlement, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Immigration, Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA President of the House of Deputies, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service By Lynette WilsonPosted Oct 9, 2013 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Otama Beach House / David Berridge Architect

first_img “COPY” 2009 Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/232351/otama-beach-house-david-berridge-architect Clipboard Otama Beach House / David Berridge ArchitectSave this projectSaveOtama Beach House / David Berridge Architect New Zealand Otama Beach House / David Berridge Architect ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/232351/otama-beach-house-david-berridge-architect Clipboard CopyHouses•Coromandel, New Zealand Photographscenter_img Architects: David Berridge Architect Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Projects ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:   Patrick ReynoldsText description provided by the architects. This beach house is intended to create a place where the New York based architect can reconnect with his New Zealand roots and bring back to his homeland an aesthetic and way of living that combines what he has experienced in the 30 years away and what he still remembers from his beach orientated upbringing. Save this picture!©  Patrick ReynoldsRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsThe site, located on the knuckle of the bend in the road, is pie-shaped and tapers as it slopes up the hillside from the road. This limited the building envelope Therefore, in developing the design care was taken to minimize the size of the rooms and to develop an efficient, flexible living space that connects readily to the outdoor areas. It was important to maximize the views, both seaward over the reserve across the road, and up the back of the site to the hill that dominates the Otama settlement. Save this picture!planThe architect, used to living in the tight quarters, used the same dimensions of their living/dining space in their midtown Manhattan apartment and then to ease the transition from the city to the beach used the exact same layout and detailing as his NYC kitchen. However here the transition to the outside is the essence of the beach experience so the living space is surrounded on three sides by decking. Save this picture!©  Patrick ReynoldsBoth because of cost and the reluctance to use urban materials the exterior wood elements are rough sawn lumber with the horizontal screens using standard farm fencing battens. Save this picture!©  Patrick ReynoldsA minimal amount of site work was done to eliminate the need for any retaining walls etc and other than the development of natural contoured walkways the site is as undeveloped as possible and has been planted out with native grasses, shrubs and trees.Project gallerySee allShow lessMagic Plan App: Making Floor Plans on Your PhoneArticlesNational Mall Winning Design Proposal for Union Square / Gustafson Guthrie Nichol + …Articles Share CopyAbout this officeDavid Berridge ArchitectOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCoromandelHousesNew ZealandPublished on May 08, 2012Cite: “Otama Beach House / David Berridge Architect” 08 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!©  Patrick Reynolds+ 31 Sharelast_img read more

“They’re arresting me” – Egyptian blogger’s last post

first_img News May 23, 2018 “They’re arresting me” – Egyptian blogger’s last post EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet News to go further EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsInternet Wael Abbas Receive email alerts “They are in the process of arresting me,” Wael Abbas posted at 5 a.m. today. His worried friends have been posting messages of support on social networks ever since but no one has obtained any direct news of Abbas, who is well known for documenting police brutality in Egypt on his blog, his YouTube channel and social networks. According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), a Cairo-based NGO, he was taken blindfolded to an unknown location by police, who showed no warrant and prevented him from contacting a lawyer. They seized computers, smartphones and books during the raid on his home. “The Egyptian authorities are responsible for Wael Abbas’s safety,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “They must guarantee his physical and psychological integrity and must quickly provide information about his current status. Our concern about his abduction is all the greater after the recent arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of several Egyptian bloggers.” In recent months, Abbas has been the target of online harassment by pro-government troll armies, which managed to get his Twitter account closed for good. This is not the first time that the security services have harassed him. He was accused of jeopardizing national security under President Hosni Mubarak, who was deposed in 2011. At least 33 journalists, citizen-journalists and bloggers are currently detained in Egypt, most of them provisionally. Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the Egyptian authorities that they are responsible for the fate of Wael Abbas, a leading Egyptian journalist, blogger and activist who reported at dawn today on Facebook that he was being arrested at his home. His family has had no news of him since then. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Help by sharing this information center_img Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Organisation February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt February 6, 2021 Find out more News News January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Freedom of information loses champion in Mexico

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say December 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of information loses champion in Mexico News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn of journalist Mike O’Connor’s death on 29 December in Mexico City, where he represented the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Aged 67, he died of a heart attack in the apartment he shared with his wife Tracy Wilkinson, the Los Angeles Times’ Mexico City bureau chief.“We pay tribute to Mike O’Connor’s commitment to defending freedom of information in Mexico and to his constant work on behalf of journalists and human rights defenders in that country, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his CPJ colleagues, his wife and his family,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. A former war reporter for NPR, CBS News, The New York Times and other news organizations, O’Connor had been the CPJ’s representative in Mexico, one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists, since 2009. His many reports and articles helped to shed light on the difficulties and dangers of reporting in Mexico and of covering drug trafficking and the cartel wars in particular.Photo : elgratuito.com.mx 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico Receive email alerts Reportscenter_img May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation News May 13, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

EU to ease travel restrictions

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsEU to ease travel restrictionsBy admin – April 19, 2010 611 Advertisement Previous article‘Not an inch’ says Clare, but Green councillor disagreesNext articleBrothers charged over death threat admin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Email THE Council of EU Transport Ministers is expected to approve an interim, European-wide response to the airspace restrictions arising from the volcanic ash cloud. The response will ease restrictions, and this will facilitate the commencement of limited operations from 0500 local time tomorrow, based on ash proliferation assessments.The response to be confirmed by the Ministers later this evening includes:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A “limited No-Fly zone” including buffered area;In low contaminated areas, States should allow airlines to operate, fully supported by shared data, including advice from the scientific community (meteo, volcanic ash proliferation etc.) including safety assessments, supported by tests  under the oversight of the competent Safety Authorities;In non-contaminated airspace: no restrictions.The IAA will continue to work with neighbouring air traffic service providers and with the airlines to implement this response.Irish airspace restrictions will continue until 0500 local time, Tuesday 20th April 2010. At that time the IAA expects to reinstate some air traffic services on a phased basis. The IAA stresses that this is not a return to full service. Normal operations are not expected to be in place for up to three or four days.The IAA will continue to monitor both volcanic activity and meteorological information and will advise the public on any developments. It is now up to airports and airlines to decide how best to use this opportunity. Passengers should contact their airlines to find out how this will affect their travel plans. Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Funding applications now open for Limerick City of Culture 2014

first_imgTwitter NewsFunding applications now open for Limerick City of Culture 2014By Staff Reporter – September 9, 2013 676 Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Printcenter_img Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City of Culture 2014 is inviting cultural groups to apply for funding opportunities as the historic year approaches.Applications are welcome from the 350 groups who submitted proposals earlier this year but other interested parties can also apply.Artistic Director Karl Wallace believes this is a chance for cultural groups to collaborate with each other and create project ideas for 2014.“This is a tremendous opportunity for cultural groups, Limerick is a hub of creativity and artistic excellence and there is a range of creative work that has gone untapped here for many years,” says Karl.“Limerick is a fantastic urban city and we really need to highlight its brilliance and beauty in 2014 and beyond. Limerick has been given the tools to draw together our indigenous creativity and love of the arts. This city can showcase what it has to offer on a national stage, highlighting the talents of our county,” he added.Interested parties should act fast as the submission deadline for funding is only three weeks away, closing at midnight Monday, September 30th 2013.The ‘Made in Limerick’ application packs are now available to download on the website, www.limerickcityofculture.ie, and applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] Culture Team will also be holding free clinics at Culture House, No. 2 Pery Square on the 12th, 18th and 20th of September for anyone who needs help or advice on their funding application and further details on the clinics will be announced on the website.For more information contact [email protected] Funding applications now open for Limerick City of Culture 2014 (Online) | Limerick Post Newswrite. Facebook Email Previous articleTop International Artists to Perform at Limerick Jazz FestivalNext articleDirect intervention needed in St. Mary’s Park dispute Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Pair of USU Aggies Track & Field Stars To Compete at Junior Outdoor Championships

first_img Tags: Christian Sonnenberg/Jordan Brandt/USATF Junior Outdoor Championships/USU Track and Field FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBLOOMINGTON, Ind.-This weekend, Utah State track and field standouts Jordan Brandt and Christian Sonnenberg will compete at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Hayes Track at the Haugh Complex of Bloomington, Ind.Brandt, a sophomore-to-be out of Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah, will compete in the women’s 400-meter hurdles and Sonnenberg, a sophomore-to-be out of Fussa, Japan, will compete in the men’s discus throw.The championships will run from Friday-Sunday June 15-17 and will serve as Team USATF’s selection event for the 2018 IAAF World U-20 championships in Tampere, Finland July 10-15. June 14, 2018 /Sports News – Local Pair of USU Aggies Track & Field Stars To Compete at Junior Outdoor Championships Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Help by Donating to Annual Food Drive in Ocean City

first_img“Food is Love, Share Some Love,” says the Ocean City Board of Realtors as it announces its annual Food Drive, running now through Feb. 28.The Realtors Community Service “Valentine’s Month” Project aims to collect food for the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard. Monetary donations as well as ShopRite gift cards will also be collected for needy families.Donations can be dropped off at the Board of Realtor’s Office, 405 22nd  Street, or call (609) 399-0128 for pick-up service. Here are some items needed by the Cupboard: microwaveable Spaghetti O’s, lasagna, meatballs & spaghetti, ravioli, canned meats (corn beef hash, Spam, Dinty Moore stew, etc.) jelly, peanut butter, juice, tomato pasta sauce (26 oz), canned beans, liquid laundry detergent (48 oz), dish detergent, paper towels. For more information, call Vicki Heebner (609) 399-0128 or email [email protected]last_img read more

The toast of Paris

first_imgRue des Martyrs is a typical Parisian commercial street, sloping up towards the Sacré Coeur and within walking distance of the Gare du Nord station. Constant queues outside Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Arnaud Delmontel, on the ground floor of a sumptuous late 19th-century building, are hardly surprising. Its proud owner Mr Delmontel, aged 37, has been voted Best Baker in Paris 2006 by the selective Pudlow Guide and has won a coveted Champérard award. Following stints at prestigious establishments in Paris, Chicago and London, this local celebrity has spent the past seven years luring chic customers to his store, with specialities such as the traditional golden-crusted Baguette Renaissance, made with Guérande salt. As a change from croissants and pains au chocolat, Mr Delmontel also offers innovative delicacies, such as the Dacquoise – a biscuit created with coconut and pineapple chutney.“Most French bakers are not designers. They churn out the same cakes or forms of bread all the time,” he says. “I like to take established products and add my own twist.” His Black Forest gateau is a lighter, more refined version of the popular classic, in the shape of a leaf. Each gateau is unique, decorated with a different arabesque motif, representing the leaf’s veins. Costing E34 (£22) it serves between six and eight people. “Before, when I worked for other companies, there was no opportunity to express myself. Now, as my own boss, I can stretch my imagination,” says Mr Delmontel.His flair is reflected in a kitsch cake, the Choco’miss, (right) inspired by Japanese-style cartoon characters. Made with a mixture of raspberry cream and dark chocolate, Mr Delmontel sells around 300 of the cakes each month and, at a retail price of E5.50 (£3) each, it clearly pays to be adventurous. In the relatively short time he has been in business, Mr Delmontel has built up a staff of 24, divided between his two shops. He also runs a catering and consultancy business and is working on a new venture in Spain. Yet his sights are also firmly set across the Channel. “Britain has imported many big French chefs but not many patissiers,” he says. “I would love to find a partnership opportunity in London.”It seems that, in the UK, Arnaud Delmontel will be a name to look out for. – Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Arnaud Delmontel, 39 rue des Martyrs and 57 rue Damrémont, Paris.last_img read more