On a street in the Nottinghamshire town of Arnold, there is a Liberal club, a Labour club and a Conservative club, all within a five-minute walk of one another. But how much do the people who patronise these establishments actually care about politics?There's an intense silence among the members of Arnold's Balfour Conservative Club as the president calls out numbers. That's because Wednesday night is bingo night - and bingo night is taken seriously. Certainly more seriously than politics.In the lull between the rounds, 82-year-old Shirley Wilmot, who has always voted Labour, says she's never really thought about the club's Conservative connections."I'm a member of the Liberal club and the Labour club as well," she says. "But this is my favourite because it's so friendly."I go to the Liberal on a Saturday because they have two artists on, here on the Wednesday for the bingo and the Labour club on Sunday for the dinner. They're not political places."Just down the road at the Arnold … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Are political clubs still political?
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GARY LINEKER has hailed Son Heung-Min's stunning solo strike against Burnley as the "goal of the season." The South Korean star ran the length of the field before slotting a cool finish beyond Burnley stopper Nick Pope to put a rampant Spurs 3-0 up before half-time in their Premier League clash. The goal, which was Son's 10th of the season, saw the 27-year-old skip past a number of challenges and leave a desperate Burnley defence in his wake. Such was the pace with which he broke, Son covered 80 yards in just 12 seconds as he made a case to close the betting on the goal of the season award. Lineker was quick to praise the goal as he took to twitter to declare he felt it deserved to be heralded as one of the finest solo strikes of all time.Wow. Son has just scored one of the greatest individual goals you’re ever likely to see. Goal of the season, me thinks.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 7, 2019 The former Spurs forward was far from alone in his praise of Son's … [Read more...] about Gary Lineker hails Son Heung-Min after Spurs star scores “goal of the season” against Burnley
MOST of the time they couldn't be more respectable - whether they're on the school run, doing the weekly shop or hosting kids' sleepovers. But as many of us will know, mum gatherings aren't always sedate coffee mornings or playdates. A recent study showed only 44 per cent of mums regularly take time out from mum duties to recharge their batteries with girls weekends away. From letting go of the pressures of being a mum to feeling the need to make the most of every second without their little ones, three mums tell Sun Online why weekends away with their pals are wilder than ever before...'We ended up in Amsterdam eating space cakes on a £500 bender' Care Worker Hayley Yeatman, 51, is married with three kids. She lives in Yorkshire. Hayley says: "My twin sister and I were due to go and visit our mum in Belgium.She’s lived there for yonks and as we don’t see each other often we decided to go together. Except we never got as far as the Belgian border. Instead at the … [Read more...] about The mums who cause booze-fuelled mayhem on their weekends away with £500 benders and ‘liquid cocaine’ cocktails
The Polish government has bought a world-famous art collection, including a rare Leonardo da Vinci painting, for a fraction of its market value.The Czartoryski collection was sold for €100m ($105m; £85m) despite being estimated at about €2bn.It includes Rembrandt and Renoir works, and Leonardo's Lady with an Ermine.The head of the Czartoryski family, which owned the collection, said it was a "donation", but the board of its foundation resigned in protest.The Czartoryski Foundation's management board said it was not consulted about the sale, which was negotiated between Poland's culture ministry and Adam Karol Czartoryski, a descendent of Princess Izabela Czartoryska, who founded the collection in 1802.Mr Czartoryski, the foundation's head, said he was following his ancestors who "always worked for the Polish nation"."I felt like making a donation and that's my choice," he said.The collection is made up of about 86,000 artefacts, as well as 250,000 manuscripts and … [Read more...] about Poland secures bargain deal for Leonardo da Vinci and other works
A French scientist has revealed a major new discovery about one of Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings, shedding new light on his techniques.Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine.Until now, it was thought the 500-year-old painting had always included the ceremonial animal.Mr Cotte has shown the artist painted one portrait without the ermine and two with different versions of the fur.Leonardo experts have described the new findings as "thrilling" and said the discovery raises new questions about the painting's history.The Lady with an Ermine is a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, a young woman in the Milanese court who was mistress to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan.'Changing his mind'It is believed to have been painted between 1489 and 1490.The Duke was Leonardo's main patron during his 18 years in the city, and he was nicknamed "the white ermine".Mr Cotte, who is a co-founder of Lumiere Technology in … [Read more...] about Leonardo Da Vinci ‘painted three Ermine portraits’