Technical thinking

first_imgThe Peebles Hydro Hotel was the setting for the Scottish Association of Master Bakers’ (SAMB) ‘James Scott’ technical sessions, held on 29 May. Presentations ranged from the art of pulled sugar modelling to staff recruitment and new bakery investment. In the first session, Ian McInally, lecturer in catering studies from the department of food at Glasgow Metropolitan College, gave a short description of pulled sugar and its range of applications. He also gave several demonstrations, including finishing off a basket of fruit with further pieces of ‘blown’ sugar fruit, a pulled sugar ribbon and some pulled sugar flowers. In addition, he constructed a swan and added it to a display of orchids on a piece of driftwood.Canada tripThe SAMB’s 40 Group study tour to Vancouver, which took place in October last year, was the subject of the second session. Campbell’s Bakery’s Iain Campbell described the group’s trip, which included bakery visits and social events in Vancouver, the culmination of 18 months planning.JobCentre Plus external relationship manager Linda Prattis gave delegates advice on staff recruitment in the third session of the day, including how to make job application form layouts and advertisements more appealing and how local job centres can help with sourcing new employees. She also touched on the funding available for employing certain classes of unemployed people and the employment of people with disabilities.Moving storiesIn the day’s final session, Gordon McGhee of McGhee’s Bakery in Glasgow; George Stevenson of Mathiesons, Falkirk; Alan Stuart of Stuarts of Buckhaven; and Alan Marr of Aulds (Food), Inchinnan, participated in a session entitled ‘We Invested in New Bakeries’. McGhee and Stuart described how they found sites, planned and built from scratch bakeries to suit their individual product range, volume, production and distribution requirements. Stevenson described how Mathiesons sourced a suitable existing building and discussed the pros and cons of converting it into a bakery to meet all its storage, production quality control, distribution and food safety requirements. And Marr discussed the fire that completely destroyed its desserts facility in Inchinnan, and the speed at which it resumed production in temporary premises. Within eight weeks, the company had constructed a 25,000sq ft semi-permanent, fully air-conditioned factory at Inchinnan.last_img read more


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made Out Of Old Gadgets

first_imgHost cities always try to put their own special twist on things when it comes to designing Olympic medals. For Tokyo, that twist is to make them out of people’s old, unwanted gadgets.You’re probably well aware of the fact that electronics contain all kinds of valuable metals. The Olympic Committee is challenging Japanese residents to recycle eight tons of old electronics. They’re hopeful that amount will yield enough gold to produce the 5,000 medals they’ll need to award winners at both the Olympic and Paralympic games.They don’t need as much gold to make that many medals as you might thing. The gold medals handed out at the Rio games, for example, used roughly .2 ounces of gold. If they use a similar composition for Tokyo, they’ll only need about 62 pounds of gold.Image: WikipediaFormer Olympic decathlete and world-record holder Ashton Eaton told Japan Times, “when an athlete at Tokyo wins a medal, the weight of it will not be from the gold, silver or bronze; it will be the weight of a nation.” Medals made from recycled electronics already sound cool, but Eaton makes it sound downright badass.Mobile giant NTT Docomo will be placing collection boxes in 2400 of its stores, and organizers estimate that they’ll need millions of phones to hit their 8-ton goal. Other collection centers will be set up so that locals can drop off other electronics, too.Old motherboards and CPUs will no doubt be welcome contributions, especially older ones. Gold tended to be used a lot less sparingly back in the day of 386 and 486 PCs, so they’ll hit their goal a whole lot quicker if people have vintage computing hardware they can part with.last_img read more