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Google honors 310 years anniversary of Hannah Glasse. Who is she?



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Today Google changed its logo in more than 20 countries to the “doodle” of a widely-recognized author of the popular culinary books of the 18th century, Hannah Glasse. As with many success stories, in the beginning both her achievements and her personality were not accepted. So here is her story.

The story of Hanna’s difficult path to success began on March 28, 1708, in London county. There are no documents proving who her mother was but they say that Glasse was the illegitimate and unwanted daughter of the widow of Irish descent, Hannah Reynolds and the rich gentleman Isaac Allgood. The mother of the girl (Mr. Allgood’s mistress) disappeared in an unknown direction as soon as the girl was six years old, leaving Hannah and her brothers to their father. Since the age of 6 Glass lived in her father’s estate where she was surrounded by luxury. She could afford to eat food that the middle class had never tried in those days.

Her father Isaac Allgood and his wife died suddenly in one year, when Hannah was 16. A little later the girl secretly married John Glasse. Together they had 11 children, only 5 of them survived. At the time of her children ‘s birth Hanna no longer had luxurious dinners and breakfasts served by servants. She couldn’t afford such life but the memory of these times kept living.

To be honest, in 1747, when Hannah began writing her book, she could not cook, but her analytical skills and creativity helped her to evaluate the “competitors market” and understand which direction she needs to move. And the thing is that ordinary people at that time did not have access to cook books. In the class society it was unheard of that cooks with world-wide names would write in “simple” language. They tried to make their books incomprehensible for simple people. Hannah quickly figured that out, and a little while later a book appeared with the title “The art of cookery made plain and easy” with a subtitle “which far exceeds anything of the kind ever yet published.”

Hannah then said that her book is not for the lords but for the lower servants, to whom the French terminology of “high-quality” and popular culinary books is alien and not clear. And the book instantly became a bestseller. A woman who didn’t know how to cook had created the first book about cooking in a “simple” language, although she herself understood almost nothing in cooking, this is a great success. Hannah became rich again and then invested all her money into … an atelier. Unfortunately, she went bankrupt by 1754. Her husband had died by that time and on paper all the property belonged to her eldest daughter, so the rights to this historical book were sold to pay her debts.

The author of “The art” was always considered to be “some lady”, at that time it was not accepted that a woman could write a book on cooking. The authorship was even ascribed to the botanist John Hill, but in 1938 the real authorship was proved. But despite these local scandals on the topic of women’s rights, in 1755 a book response to “The art of cookery” came out where Anne Cook criticized Hannah’s work for over the third of her book.

Meanwhile, Hannah managed to get into greater financial difficulties and even went to prison for debts for a month. But as soon as she was out of prison she began to work on a book called “Servants Directory”.

The “Directory” was not destined to be as popular as “The art”, as well as her last book “The Complete Confectioner”. Little is known about Hannah’s last years – this is a story that ended not with a thunder, but with a sob. The story ended but remained in people’s memory, albeit in a peculiar way. Hannah began writing the book to make the language understandable and clear to the dullest but in a few decades her language had already put the descendants at a dead end.


9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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