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Thursday, April 15, 2021

#NHLPeachy @NHL @Scotiabank Fan Vote Now Open To Determine 32nd Virtual GWC Team Name

Fans Can Cast Ballot to Name of Eighth Team Competing in Scotia NHL® North Division for 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship

Vote Here; Twitter Poll Will Remain Open Through Sunday, April 18

 Hockey fans everywhere have the opportunity to virtually step into an NHL team owner’s shoes as the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the opening of the 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship™ (GWC) Scotiabank Fan Vote.

In a new twist to the NHL’s annual competition played on EA SPORTS™ NHL®21, fans have the chance to name the 32nd team that will compete for this season in the Scotia NHL® North Division of the GWC North American Club Championship. Fans can vote for their favorite team name on Twitter from April 14-18, with the winner being revealed live on Tuesday, April 20 during the NHL’s weekly Twitch stream with GWC broadcast voice Arda Ocal. The results will also be published on the NHL’s social platforms.

Fans can choose from one of the following four team names: Chel North, NHL One Timers, The Great Eighth and Top Chelf.

"Scotiabank is committed to opening up the game of hockey so that future generations of players and gamers from diverse backgrounds see themselves in the sport," said Mike Tasevski, Vice President of Global Sponsorship at Scotiabank. "As the official Bank of the NHL Gaming World Championship, we are excited to be a part of this fun and unique opportunity to engage the global hockey gaming community and continue introducing new fans to the game we all love."

Scotiabank has been a Canadian partner of the NHL Gaming World Championship since the tournament’s inception in 2018. They have been supportive in grassroots gaming initiatives and last year sponsored a five-part content series called ‘Learn to Chel’ – which featured popular NHL gaming personalities teaching beginners how to play the EA SPORTS™ NHL® video game title. Episodes are available here.

In addition to voting, players can register to compete for their share of the $100,000 prize pool and a chance to represent this new team or any of the other 31 NHL teams. Registration for the 2021 NHL Gaming World Championship™ is now open. Eligible players can sign up at as well as find all tournament information, including format changes, schedules, rules and regulations, and prize pool allocation. Tournament matches will be streamed on the NHL’s Twitch channel.

NHL and the NHL Shield are registered trademarks and NHL Gaming World Championship name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. © NHL 2021. All Rights Reserved.


A Peachy's Pick Since 2012 and #Best #Spanish #Restaurant in #Manhattan, El Pote Espanol #ElPote #ElPoteEspanol Since 1977 by New Owners Nicolas Ahuatl and Juan Costa Spring 2021 #WhomYouKnow #PeachysPicks @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan

Owner Nicholas Ahuatl with the El Pote namesake wine and Paella Marinera
It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and you know that by now!!!
Sadly, the circumstances in Manhattan have made it more challenging than ever for small business owners here, especially restaurant owners.  Peachy's Picks as a column is changing dramatically as many places have closed.  Only the strong have survived this long and it is up to you, readers, to keep them going!
Your first clue for going to El Pote is the fact that we have been going since 2012. 
Your second clue to go there is that it has been around since 1977.
And the third clue, and the third time's a charm, is they have their own wine.  Yes, check out the label.  How many restaurants have their own wine?  Not that many once you leave Manhattan!  And not that many in Manhattan either.  And even fewer now!
So, of course we began with this gorgeous Rioja which you also must sip for success in vino.  If you are an El Pote veteran connoisseur like Peachy, you know that originally Jose (whom we were delighted to see dining here also when we were) and the late great Enrique originated this venue in tribute to their native Spain.  This is authentically Spanish and classy.  
El Pote is the only place anywhere where you can get proper Gambas al Ajillo: shrimp in garlic sauce.  It is excellent.  Seared and seasoned spectacularly, these winners are a total must for your El Pote experience.  Their flavor is sheer genius and even if you think you don't like garlic you will adore them.  Below meet Caracoles: snails in butter sauce for those that are adventurous diners.  
El Pote was last featured last fall:
The soup selection is ridiculously amazing, or EPATANT Poirot would say.  If you said who is Poirot what planet are you living on and join us in Agatha Christie worship.  (Executive Producers and Casting Directors Peachy has an idea where she will play Poirette?!?  The future is Irish female, n'est pas?)  Every soup on the menu is off the charts fantastic and Jose the original chef learned these recipes when he cooked for the entire Spanish navy.  Perhaps next time if we go on a hot day we will opt for gaspacho but today Peachy continues her love of Sopa De Ajo.
The fragrance alone is intoxicating and a sensory experience not to be beat.  Fragrant, exquisite garlic soup is in a class by itself.   Also, you cannot find it anywhere else.  Though there is not a salad selection on the menu, you should know that the Avocado salad is a nutritional delicious balance to everything else you order; it is a beacon of freshness and dressed to the nines lightly.
Under the Carnes section, we opted for a nice spring dish: Pollo Al Ajillo.  Chicken sauteed with lemon and garlic announces simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and Peachy the garlic monster delicately devoured it.  There are over a dozen meat entrees to choose from so certainly there is something for everyone.
The crowing achievement however is the Paella.
This trip we decided to have the seafood paella which is formally known as Paella Marinera.  It even has a lobster which absolutely puts it in a class by itself.  If you are also a seafood enthusiast you can equate this dish with heaven where Enrique is now.  The depth of seafood variety and flavor has been perfected over 44 years but of course the seafood itself is super fresh.  Scallops, shrimp, lobster, mussels, and clams all shine in this wondrous splendor.
Paella Marinera Glamour Shots

El Pote continues to Earn Our Highest Recommendation.


#Politics Mike Pompeo kicks off Equity for Africa summit at Liberty University, outlines Judeo-Christian values in building a better world

In his keynote address to kick off the Equity for Africa summit, a three-day conference hosted by the Liberty University School of Business and powered by the Standing for Freedom Center, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognized faith principles as the propellant for economic growth across Africa.

The faith-based forum is assembling major government, business, and faith leaders from America and Africa to share visions of making Africa a more prosperous, secure, and flourishing continent. (Go to the event website to watch the livestream and view panel discussions and participants.)

“Every African, and indeed every human, wants the same basic things,” Pompeo said in his address from Liberty University’s campus on Tuesday night. “They want freedom and the ability to take care of their families, and they all understand that there’s very little that is more noble than the dignity that comes with a job and opportunity to work and to deliver on behalf of their families and community. And Africans who get the opportunity to do so are obviously better, and their nation more prosperous and secure.”

“We want to make sure that we’re doing all we can do to bring these groups together — to build our nations and our businesses around a set of faith-based principles that will strengthen the economies in African nations,” he added.

Before becoming the 70th U.S. Secretary of State, Pompeo served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under the Trump Administration. He represented Kansas’ 4th congressional district from 2011-17.

Pompeo recognized the growing threats in Africa, including terrorist regimes and communism.

“Communism and socialism have failed every place they have been tried,” he said. “I hope that African nations will see that these failed socialist experiments should be of the past, and we should move forward to a new future based on a set of basic principles. … I’m supremely confident that together we can make the world better and make America better. And here, we are here to work on ways to make Africa stronger, more prosperous, and secure.”

In his closing, Pompeo gleaned from the parable of the talents from Matthew 25.

“Everyone out here has talents. None of us should hide them. We should each use them for their manifest purpose and for the good of both America and for the African people,” he said. “If we do that, we will find economic growth, we will find security growth, and we will all find spiritual growth. This should always be the ideal for which we strive.”

Panel participants include former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and President of Hobby Lobby and Chairman of the Board of Museum of the Bible Steve and Jackie Green. African panel participants will include President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, former President of Malawi and first female president in Africa Joyce Banda, and Nigerian billionaire Folorunso Alakija.


Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the world’s premier Christian university, one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the nation, and the largest university in Virginia. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 700 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. Over 450 programs are offered online. Utilizing its world-class infrastructure and Christian faculty, Liberty’s mission is to Train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.


#LondonPeachy #ReadThis @LondonBookFair The London Book Fair moves online for 2021

The Online Book Fair by LBF to run in June, with full-scale in-person event postponed to 2022

The London Book Fair 2021 will go ahead as a digital only event, creating opportunities for the publishing industry to meet online, following the impact of the global pandemic. The in-person format will return next year to its usual Spring dates of April 5-7 2022.

The Online Book Fair will bookend the month of June, with conferences taking place the week of the 7th, and a further series of flagship digital events running at the end of June. The focus will be to shine a spotlight on key areas of the fair, creating the opportunity for a larger global audience than ever before to come together in a flexible way to do business, network, learn, and share ideas. More information on the digital event will be released in coming weeks, including options for exhibitors and visitors, as well as details around the content programme, which will address themes relevant to publishers, booksellers, authors, the rights community and more.

Andy Ventris, Director at The London Book Fair said: “It is with sadness that we postpone the in-person London Book Fair for 2021. Over the last few months, we have explored every scenario for this year’s fair with our exhibitors, stakeholders and Advisory Board. Given the complex challenges and constraints of the global pandemic, we wanted to give as much notice as possible to exhibitors and attendees while making the best possible decision for the publishing industry. With the continued uncertainty around international travel and vaccination rollouts, it has become apparent that an in-person fair for 2021 would not be able to offer the full value to participants that we want to deliver.

“We are deeply committed to delivering a digital event in June that offers real value and flexibility, and to broaden the reach of the fair to the widest possible international audience. The Online Book Fair will provide the industry with a dynamic digital programme packed with content and opportunities to make new connections.

“We want to do whatever we can to support the international publishing trade as we transition to a post-pandemic environment and The Online Book Fair will allow us to that this year, but we look forward to celebrating the resilience and creativity of our industry with you all in-person at the 2022 fair in London.”

All contracted exhibitors for 2021 will have options to choose from regarding their 2021 investment. For maximum trade visibility, exhibitors can put a portion of this year’s investment into participating in The Online Book Fair and rolling over the remainder into 2022, when it can be then topped up as appropriate. Alternatively, exhibitors may decide to roll over their entire investment into the physical 2022 event with a price freeze applied.

Visitors will be able to access The Online Book Fair free of charge.

The LBF sales team will be in touch directly with exhibitors to discuss their exact requirements and the opportunities across The Online Book Fair.

Submissions to the Insights Seminar Programme have been kept open given the announcement. For more information, click here.

Registration will open for visitors and press in coming weeks; attendees can register interest here.

LBF will return to its usual Spring dates on April 5-7 2022.

The LBF team are working hard to get everything organised for our 2021 offering, and we will share more information over the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep an eye on our LBF Hub for the latest industry news.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

#WestCoastPeachy #MovietimeinManhattan @TheAcademy STREET CLOSURES FOR 93RD OSCARS®

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of the 93rd Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Alameda Street between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and 1st Street, Los Angeles Street between Alameda Street and 1st Street, and intersecting streets will be closed beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, April 25, and will remain closed until 4 a.m. on Monday, April 26. The 101 Freeway off-ramp and on-ramps at Los Angeles Street will also be closed during this period.

Between Sunday, April 4, and Oscar Sunday, April 25, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods. Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available at

Union Station will remain open to transit riders throughout this period, and riders will be able to access all bus, rail, Metrolink, Amtrak and private transportation providers, along with vendors. Olvera Street merchants and area churches will remain accessible to the public.

The Academy is working in partnership with community organizations and the city to conduct outreach on the ground to ensure minimal disruption to all residents in the area.

The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and international locations via satellite, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.



#NHLPeachy @NHL Transactions Completed Prior To NHL Trade Deadline

NHL clubs made 17 trades involving 26 players today prior to the 3 p.m., ET, trade deadline. Following is a list of the transactions:

Anaheim traded D Ben Hutton to Toronto for Toronto’s 5th-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Anaheim traded D Jani Hakanpaa and its 6th-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to Carolina for D Haydn Fleury.

Calgary traded C Sam Bennett and its 6th-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to Florida for LW Emil Heineman and Florida’s 2nd-round pick in 2022.

Chicago traded C Matthew Highmore to Vancouver for C Adam Gaudette.

Chicago traded C Carl Soderberg to Colorado for C Josh Dickinson and RW Ryder Rolston.

Chicago traded C Mattias Janmark to San Jose for D Nick DeSimone; San Jose traded Janmark to Vegas for Buffalo's 5th-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft (previously acquired); and Chicago traded DeSimone and Chicago's 5th-round pick in 2022 to Vegas for Vegas' 2nd-round pick in 2021 and 3rd-round pick in 2022.

Chicago traded D Madison Bowey and its 5th-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft to Vancouver for Vancouver's 4th-round pick in 2021.

Detroit traded RW Anthony Mantha to Washington for LW Jakub Vrana, RW Richard Panik, Washington's 1st-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and 2nd-round pick in 2022.

New Jersey traded D Dmitry Kulikov to Edmonton for a conditional pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Ottawa traded D Erik Gudbranson to Nashville for D Brandon Fortunato and Nashville's 7th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Philadelphia traded D Erik Gustafsson to Montreal for St. Louis' 7th-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft (previously acquired).

Philadelphia traded LW Michael Raffl to Washington for Vegas’ 5th-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft (previously acquired).

San Jose traded D Fredrik Claesson to Tampa Bay for G Magnus Chrona.

San Jose traded C Antti Suomela to Toronto for LW Alexander Barabanov.

Vancouver traded D Jordie Benn to Winnipeg for Winnipeg’s 6th-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Trade Deadline Activity Since 1979-80

Season Date Trades Players

1979-80 March 11, 1980 3 5

1980-81 March 10, 1981 12 21

1981-82 March 9, 1982 5 11

1982-83 March 8, 1983 1 1

1983-84 March 6, 1984 2 3

1984-85 March 12, 1985 4 7

1985-86 March 11, 1986 8 14

1986-87 March 10, 1987 5 9

1987-88 March 8, 1988 8 12

1988-89 March 7, 1989 9 21

1989-90 March 6, 1990 10 17

1990-91 March 5, 1991 14 33

1991-92 March 10, 1992 11 22

1992-93 March 22, 1993 9 15

1993-94 March 21, 1994 18 35

1994-95 April 7, 1995 19 32

1995-96 March 20, 1996 13 21

1996-97 March 18, 1997 18 35

1997-98 March 24, 1998 19 38

1998-99 March 23, 1999 21 30

1999-00 March 14, 2000 12 23

2000-01 March 13, 2001 17 31

2001-02 March 19, 2002 17 35

2002-03 March 11, 2003 24 46

2003-04 March 9, 2004 20 32

2005-06 March 9, 2006 25 40

2006-07 February 27, 2007 25 44

2007-08 February 26, 2008 25 45

2008-09 March 4, 2009 22 47

2009-10 March 3, 2010 31 55

2010-11 February 28, 2011 16 35

2011-12 February 27, 2012 16 32

2012-13 April 3, 2013 17 30

2013-14 March 5, 2014 20 38

2014-15 March 2, 2015 24 43

2015-16 February 29, 2016 19 37

2016-17 March 1, 2017 18 33

2017-18 February 26, 2018 18 37

2018-19 February 25, 2019 20 32

2019-20 February 24, 2020 32 55

2020-21 April 12, 2021 17 26


Monday, April 12, 2021

#ReadThis @AgathaChristie @HarperCollins @Morrow_PB #CardsontheTable by #AgathaChristie #Fourteenth #14 #HerculePoirot #Mystery

oooh how we LOVE a good game of cards!
If this is your first time here, you ought to know that Agatha Christie is the perfect solution to covid-stay-at-home entertainment.  Protagonist and champion of the utilization of the little grey cells to their highest potential, the one and only Hercule Poirot has achieved another victory in a plot only Agatha knows and you will NEVER guess.

Everyone that reads us absolutely loves a great party and there are rien de soirees during this horrid covid lockdown.  While you still wait for the ones in reality to happen, take a trip inbetween these pages for a virtual card party that turns just deadly.  You do not need to know how to play bridge to appreciate this tale.  

Psychology is central to peeling the layers off this onion of a plot, and Hastings in the foreword is SADLY MISTAKEN.  It is quite obvious why it is one of Poirot's favorites!

You'll meet Mr. Shaitana, whom we believe would be a staunch supporter of Whom You Know as he "collects only the very best." (p. 5)  And one knows, the best are the ones who have gotten away with it!  A colorful character, Mr. Shaitana invites Poirot among others to his smashing Park Lane flat where the human tigers will be uncaged and dining!  Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Haven't they heard it's bad form to murder one's host?  On page 15 you'll discover that all that is old is new again; note this is published in 1937:

"'You should go to civilization, not to the wilds for that,' said Despard.  'In the modern laboratory, for instance.  Cultures of innocent-looking germs that will produce bona fide diseases.'"

Murder is a habit.  Play fair.  Read Agatha Christie!  Poirot will greatly improve your mystery thought-process and also sharpen your questioning skills through his stellar example.

Play your trump card and crack open this winner!

Cards on the Table is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know.

Previously on Whom You Know, Agatha has been lauded:

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Murder on the Links

Poirot Investigates

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The Big Four

The Mystery of the Blue Train

Peril at End House

Lord Edgware Dies

Murder on the Orient Express

Three Act Tragedy

and we took a break from only him and did him with others in Midwinter Murder

and returned to only him with Death in the Clouds

The ABC Murders

Murder in Mesopotamia

About the Author
Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time and in any language, outsold only in the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She is the author of eighty crime novels and short-story collections, around thirty plays, two memoirs, and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott

She first tried her hand at detective fiction while working in a hospital dispensary during World War I, creating the now-legendary Hercule Prior with her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. In 1930, Miss Jane Marple made her first full-length novel appearance in The Murder at the Vicarage, quickly becoming another beloved and enduring character to rival Poirot's popularity. Additional series characters include the husband-and wife crime-fighting team of Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, private investigator Parker Pyne, and Scotland Yard detectives Superintendent Battle and Inspector Japp.

Many of Christie's novels and short stories were adapted into plays, films, and television series. The Mousetrap opened in 1952 and is the longest running play in history. Academy Award-nominated actor and director Kenneth Branagh helmed the acclaimed major motion picture Murder on the Orient Express in 2017 and its sequel, Death on the Nile, starring in both films as the Belgian detective. On the small screen Poirot has been most memorably portrayed by David Suchet, and Miss Marple by Joan Hickson and subsequently Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie.

Christie was first married to Archibald Christie and then to archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan, whom she accompanied on expeditions to countries that would also serve as the settings for many of her novels. In 1971 she achieved one of Britain's highest honors when she was made a Dame of the British Empire. She died in 1976 at the age of eighty-five. The one-hundred-year anniversary of Agatha Christie stories and the debut of Hercule Poirot was celebrated around the world in 2020. Whom You Know will never stop celebrating it!




The National Gallery has today (8 April 2021) announced six shortlisted design teams in its search for a partner to work with it on a suite of capital projects to mark its Bicentenary. An initial phase of work will be completed in 2024, to mark the Gallery’s 200th year.

The shortlisted teams are:

Asif Khan with AKT II, Atelier Ten, Bureau Veritas, Donald Insall Associates, Donald Hyslop, Gillespies, Joseph Henry, Kenya Hara, and Plan A Consultants
Caruso St John Architects with Arup, Alan Baxter, muf architecture/art and Alliance CDM
David Chipperfield Architects with Publica, Expedition, Atelier Ten, iM2 and Plan A Consultants
David Kohn Architects with Max Fordham, Price & Myers, Purcell and Todd Longstaffe‐Gowan
Selldorf Architects with Purcell, Vogt Landscape Architects, Arup and AEA Consulting
Witherford Watson Mann Architects with Price and Myers, Max Fordham, Grant Associates, Purcell and David Eagle Ltd

The shortlist has been drawn from an impressive pool of submissions from highly talented UK and international architect-led teams. In addition to members of the executive team and Trustees of the National Gallery, several independent panellists are advising on the selection process, which is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants. These are Edwin Heathcote, Architecture Critic and Author: leading structural engineer Jane Wernick CBE FREng: and Ben Bolgar, Senior Design Director for the Prince’s Foundation. The extremely high quality of the submissions led the panel to increase the number of design teams shortlisted from the originally envisaged five, to six.

Following an open call launched in February 2021, the next steps will require the shortlisted teams to submit an initial tender, attend negotiation workshops, submit a final tender and then be interviewed by the selection panel. No design work will be required, and some expenses will be paid to the shortlisted teams. An appointment is expected to be made in July 2021.

Commenting on the announcement of the shortlisted teams, Director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: ‘We were impressed and delighted with the high quality of the submissions we received. It was not an easy task to reach the shortlist, but we are confident that we have chosen six teams that will produce a range of different approaches to excite and inspire us.

This is a significant moment in the development of the National Gallery as we look forward to the recovery of our arts and cultural institutions, our city and our country. It is important that we choose a team who we can work with collaboratively and that shares our vision for the future. I’m looking forward to the next phase of the selection process.’

Paul Gray, Chief Operating Officer of the National Gallery, added: ‘We thank everyone who submitted for the NG200 Project. From these six shortlisted teams, we are looking for demonstrable and exceptional design talent as well as the creativity to respond sensitively to the heritage and context of the Sainsbury Wing. We have identified teams that we know will offer exciting and inspiring visions, and we look forward to working with the winning team to unlock the potential of the spaces within the Sainsbury Wing and the public realm.’

NG200 will celebrate 200 years since the National Gallery’s foundation in 1824, programming a series of inspirational exhibitions and outreach around the country and around the world. The celebration will also include the completion of an initial phase of works to its Trafalgar Square buildings to improve the ‘welcome’ it provides to the millions of visitors it receives each year.

The brief for the project includes sensitive interventions to the Grade I listed Sainsbury Wing to reconfigure the ground- floor entrance and upgrade the visitor amenities, creating new spaces that will provide a welcome experience befitting a world-class institution and that meets the expectations of 21st-century visitors.

A new Research Centre will support the Gallery’s vision of becoming a world leader in research into historic painting, and communicate the Gallery’s work as a global thought leader by creating a powerful resource for studies into art history, digital humanities, conservation, and heritage science. It will be a resource for everyone interested in studying art, from students to international academics.

The successful team will also be asked to reimagine the public realm immediately outside the Sainsbury Wing and along the northern edge of Trafalgar Square to improve the presence of the building in its context and create a more attractive and enjoyable setting for visitors and the public.

Underpinning the brief is the desire to create healthy, sustainable, and accessible spaces and an environment that is open and inclusive where visitors can relax as they plan their visit to one of the world’s finest art collections. Following a year of unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19, the National Gallery wants to build on its strength, inventiveness, and relevance to play a vital role in the nation’s recovery story.

More information about the design team selection process including the full brief can be found here:

The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation’s collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the late 13th to the early 20th century. The collection includes works by Bellini, Cézanne, Degas, Leonardo, Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rubens, Titian, Turner, Van Dyck, Van Gogh and Velázquez. The Gallery’s key objectives are to enhance the collection, care for the collection and provide the best possible access to visitors. Admission free. More at

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Information on shortlisted teams

Asif Khan

Asif Khan with AKT II, Atelier Ten, Bureau Veritas, Donald Insall Associates, Donald Hyslop, Gillespies, Joseph Henry, Kenya Hara, and Plan A Consultants
We have assembled a highly experienced team of innovators, experts, and dear friends of the National Gallery to collaborate and deliver a new beginning for this sensitive site on its 200th Birthday.

Our team is led by Asif Khan Ltd., the award-winning London architecture office who have been working on the Museum of London and Dubai Expo public realm for the past four years; globally renowned graphic designer and visual communicator Kenya Hara; award‐winning structural engineers AKTII; innovative environmental engineers Atelier 10; landscape architects Gillespies; historic building architects Donald Insall Associates; and courageous urban practitioners Joseph Henry and Donald Hyslop.

We sincerely believe that our team will bring the exact mix of diversity, respect and freshness that this old friend needs to help it into the next century.

Caruso St John

Caruso St John Architects with Arup, Alan Baxter, muf architecture/art and Alliance CDM
Since its foundation in 1990, Caruso St John Architects has been pursuing an architecture that is rooted in place. The practice resists the thin‐skinned abstraction that characterises much global architecture in favour of buildings that are perceived slowly over time and that have an emotional content. Its work is enriched by an ongoing dialogue with the European city and with history —that of architecture, art, and culture more widely. Caruso St John’s approach brings an intensity to the built work and ensures the rigorous construction quality for which the practice is renowned. The result is an architecture that is considered, meaningful and enduring.

David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield with Publica, Expedition, Atelier Ten, iM2 and Plan A Consultants
David Chipperfield Architects (DCA) has brought together an experienced and award‐winning London‐based team with the collective expertise to meet the ambitions and specific challenges of the NG200 Project. Led by architects and heritage experts DCA, the team includes urban design and public realm specialists Publica; Expedition and Atelier Ten structural and services engineers; Principal Designer iM2; and Plan A design managers. The team shares a common spirit of partnership, collaboration, and design excellence.

Over the last 35 years DCA has been widely celebrated for its cultural projects such as Museo Jumex in Mexico City and James‐Simon‐Galerie in Berlin as well as its sensitive work with historic and listed buildings, including masterplans for Museum Island in Berlin and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The practice has a proven track record with the restoration and re‐use of modern landmarks such as Mies van der Rohe’s Neue Nationalgalerie.

David Kohn
David Kohn Architects with Max Fordham, Price & Myers, Purcell and Todd Longstaffe‐Gowan
David Kohn Architects has a reputation for arts and education projects. Gallery projects have included the V&A Photography Centre, refurbishment of the ICA, a restaurant for the Royal Academy, and spaces for Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Collaborations with artists have included A Room for London with Fiona Banner RA, The Salvator Mundi Experience with Simon Fujiwara and Ickworth House with Pablo Bronstein.
The practice is currently working on new campuses for New College Oxford and the University of Hasselt, Belgium, and new market halls for Birmingham City. The proposed team are successfully collaborating on these projects but also bring skills specific to the NG200 Project. In particular, Purcell has worked with the National Gallery for 30 years and have an unrivalled knowledge of the estate. David Kohn has recently written about Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and their influence on his practice, in the Architectural Design special issue, Multiform.


Selldorf Architects with Purcell, Vogt Landscape Architects, Arup and AEA Consulting

The team of Selldorf Architects, Purcell, Vogt, Arup and AEA bring extensive experience in the sensitive updating of museums and other historically significant buildings in important public contexts. Lead designer Selldorf Architects is currently working on the $160 million expansion and renovation of The Frick Collection in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Founded in 1947, Purcell is the largest UK practice working in the field of historic buildings. Vogt was the designer for the public realm of Tate Modern and is one of the leading voices in landscape architecture today. Arup is unparalleled in their technical creativity and were the original Structure and MEP engineers of the Sainsbury Wing. AEA Consulting is a global firm setting the standard in strategy and planning for cultural and creative industries. The team is committed to world‐class, place‐making architecture and urban design that is sustainable and future‐forward.

Witherford Watson Mann

Witherford Watson Mann Architects with Price and Myers, Max Fordham, Grant Associates, Purcell and David Eagle Ltd

Witherford Watson Mann Architects are specialists in the transformation of cultural heritage. RIBA Stirling Prize winners in 2013 and shortlisted for the award in 2019 for their work at Astley Castle and Nevill Holt Opera, their designs for the Grade I listed Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House and Clare College, Cambridge are currently under construction. Their team includes Price & Myers, structural engineers and Max Fordham, services engineers, longstanding collaborators of the practice and substantial contributors to their award‐winning projects; Grant Associates, landscape architects whose work ranges from the discreet urban landscape at Accordia, Cambridge to the flamboyant Gardens by the Bay in Singapore; Purcell, deeply experienced in the field of historic buildings, who have delivered sensitive and creative projects for the National Gallery, the British Museum, and the V&A; and by David Eagle, CDM advisor amongst others to Argent at Kings Cross and Woolwich Creative District.

Selection Panel

The selection panel is comprised of:
Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director, The National Gallery
Lord Hall of Birkenhead CBE, Chair of Trustees, The National Gallery
Malcolm Reading RIBA, Chairman, Malcom Reading Consultants
David Marks, Trustee, The National Gallery
Tonya Nelson, Trustee, The National Gallery
Jane Wernick CBE FREng, Director eHRW
Edwin Heathcote, Architecture and Design critic and author
Ben Bolgar, Senior Design Director, Prince’s Foundation


#NHLPeachy @NHL @NHLNetwork Plans Wall-to-Wall Coverage of 2021 NHL Trade Deadline

Bruce Boudreau, Elliotte Friedman, Stu Grimson, E.J. Hradek, Brian Lawton and Kevin Weekes Part of NHL Tonight Coverage

Part Three of Kevin Weekes’ Exclusive Interview with Henrik Lundqvist Airs on NHL Now Today at 4 p.m. ET; Watch Part One and Part Two Here and Here

 NHL Network™ announced it will air nine consecutive hours of live NHL Trade Deadline™ coverage on Monday, April 12. NHL Tonight™ will begin the coverage at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a simulcast of Sportsnet’s Hockey Central at 12 p.m. ET, and concluding with a five-hour NHL Tonight™ at 2 p.m. ET. Live reports, updates and analysis from hosts Jamison Coyle and Tony Luftman, insider Elliotte Friedman, and analysts Bruce Boudreau, Stu Grimson, E.J. Hradek, Brian Lawton and Kevin Weekes will be featured throughout the day. Trade Deadline content will be highlighted across NHL Network’s social media platforms on Monday, including clips from NHL Tonight.

In addition to its NHL Trade Deadline coverage, NHL Network’s robust live game schedule, including four NHL Network Showcase™ presented by SAP telecasts will air throughout the rest of April. Stephen Nelson and Kevin Weekes will call two NHL Network Showcase presented by SAP games this weekend, beginning with the Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m. ET. NHL Network’s game schedule through April is available here, and the NHL Network Showcase presented by SAP schedule is available here and below. Every game, which is subject to change, will be available in the U.S. except in the home markets of the two featured teams.

Part three of Henrik Lundqvist’s exclusive interview with former New York Rangers teammate and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes will air today, April 8 on NHL Now at 4 p.m. ET. The first two parts of the interview can be seen here and here. For the first time, Lundqvist, whose 459 wins rank sixth all-time in NHL history, discusses in vivid detail his past year, including his mindset following open-heart surgery and what the future holds for him in hockey.

NHL Network Showcase Presented by SAP Telecasts



(all times ET)



Saturday, April 10

2 p.m.

Florida Panthers at Dallas Stars

Stephen Nelson and Kevin Weekes

Sunday, April 11

2 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers

Stephen Nelson and Kevin Weekes

Saturday, April 17

12:30 p.m.

Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

Stephen Nelson and Mike Rupp

Saturday, April 24

12:30 p.m.

New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins

Stephen Nelson and Kevin Weekes

* all matches and times are subject to change.

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