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Migrations, Tate Britain, review

imageFrom the New English Art Club in the 1890s to the Young British Artists a century later – and with the Newlyn, Camden Town, Vorticist, Bloomsbury, Kitchen Sink, Euston Road, St Ives and school of London painters in between – let’s face it: even those of us who love British art have to admit that most of it is pretty second rate.

Since the 18th century, this country has produced only a handful of world-class portrait and landscape painters, and two animal painters of genius. Apart from that – and a unique tradition of Romantic and visionary art passed down from William Blake to the Pre-Raphaelites – our gift to the world has largely consisted of warmed-over reactions to French, Italian and American ideas, inflected with a British accent. Migrations at Tate Britain adds a further twist of the knife by showing that whatever vitality British painting has ever had depended on the presence here of foreign-born artists. (more…)

Wenger eyes Champions League despite Bolton draw

imageArsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal can still finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for next season’s Champions League, despite a disappointing goalless draw at Bolton.
But the Gunners boss said every match between now and the end of the season will be like a “cup final” for his side after Wednesday’s setback.

Robin van Persie twice hit the woodwork as Arsenal wasted a host of chances against struggling Bolton, the draw at least ending a run of three consecutive defeats for the Gunners and ensuring Wenger did not lose four straight league games for the first time in his 16 years as the London club’s manager. (more…)

John Atkinson Grimshaw, Guildhall and Richard Green Galleries, review

imageJohn Atkinson Grimshaw upset fellow artists by working from photographs, but he’s stirring for all that, says Richard Dorment.

The difference between good art and bad isn’t always as clear-cut as we’d like to think. Consider the case of the Victorian view painter John Atkinson Grimshaw, born in Leeds in 1836. (more…)

Grindr founder created straight dating app Blendr ‘for his mum’

imageJoel Simkhai, a softly spoken American, launched Blendr this week “to help people make friends based on their mutual interests”.

Whereas Grindr allows customers to scout for potential homosexual liaisons based on their location, Mr Simkhai says Blendr is intended to help users of any sexual orientation to forge friendships with people who share their interests or hobbies, such as knitting.

“’Friendship’ is not a euphemism,” he said. “We are matching people based on their interests. We’ll help you find people who have that specialist interest in your vicinity, whether it’s hiking, or knitting, so you can do that activity together. Alternatively it may be about practicing a language or looking for friends in your ethnic group,” he said. (more…)

Learn English to get a job or lose benefits, says Cameron

imageUnemployed people who cannot speak English will be forced to learn the language or risk losing their benefits, David Cameron said yesterday.

The Prime Minister said that he and Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, were to target the 70,000 people who cannot get a job because of a language barrier.

On a visit to Brixton in south London, Mr Cameron said: “We are getting rid of the old idea that you can get your welfare without conditions being put on that. (more…)

Libya: Nick Clegg defends David Cameron for going on holiday

Nick Clegg has defended David Cameron’s decision to resume his summer holiday even though the Libyan crisis remains unresolved.

The Deputy Prime Minister spoke after taking the Prime Minister’s place as chairman of the National Security Committee dealing with Libya.

Mr Cameron is now on holiday in Cornwall – his third week of holiday this summer – with his family.

He returned to London on Monday morning, before resuming his holiday again yesterday morning.

Earlier this month, he also cut short an Italian holiday to return to work to respond to rioting in London and other English cities. (more…)

Art market: record total for a Latin American sale

imageSotheby’s achieved a record total for a Latin American art sale last week, in which Colombian Fernando Botero saw a record $1.2 million (£727,000) paid for a bronze sculpture of a man on a horse.

The Greek art market appears to have taken a bashing as the country continues to wrestle with economic tragedy. A Greek art sale at Sotheby’s this month saw less than half the lots sell, making just £2.4 million when between £4.6 million and £7 million had been expected. (more…)

David Cameron plays waiter to Samantha in Tuscany

In David Cameron’s Big Society everyone is encouraged to do things for themselves.

st full day of his summer holiday – an Italian waitress he had asked for coffee told him to get it himself.

Mr Cameron, 44, had to act as waiter to his wife, Samantha, 40, on Sunday when they went unrecognised in a cafe during a public walkabout at the start of their two-week Tuscan break.

The Prime Minister had placed his order for two cappuccinos and another coffee inside at the Dolcenero cafe in the town of Montevarchi. (more…)

Boris Johnson tells George Osborne to cut National Insurance and 50p tax

Boris Johnson has urged the Chancellor George Osborne to cut National Insurance to boost economic growth after official figures showed the economy stagnating. image

The Mayor of London said a cut in taxes, including the scrapping of the 50p higher income tax rate, was essential to encourage entrepreneurs and “send a signal” that Britain was “open for business”.

His demand came amid growing pressure on George Osborne to develop new policies to boost economic growth. The Daily Telegraph disclosed that there was impatience among No 10 advisers, who wanted the Treasury to be more imaginative in kick-starting the economy. The Chancellor said yesterday that there was underlying growth in the economy and that the Treasury’s tactics had “provided stability in a very unstable world”. (more…)

David Cameron’s Big Issue: growing up in his brother’s shadow

The prime minister guest-edits the magazine sold by homeless
people, and writes about his childhood in one of its columns
imageDavid Cameron has admitted that he lived in the shadow of his older brother when he was a teenager, but has advised others in the same boat not to worry and that “you’ll find your own feet in your own way”.
The prime minister’s advice comes in the latest edition of the Big Issue, which he agreed to guest-edit because the magazine’s ethos was “a natural fit” with his political philosophy.

In the publication’s regular column, My Younger Self, Cameron wrote about the inspiration and insecurity of following in his brother’s footsteps through school. (more…)

Phone-hacking scandal – live coverage

Latest as pressure grows on James Murdoch in run-up to BSkyB board meeting and David Cameron says scandal has shaken confidence in Britain ‘to the core’


12.28pm: The Ed Miliband meetings list has been updated again.

A number of meetings from May to September 2010 have been added. They are:

• 27 May 2010: Simon Kelner (Independent) – “general catch up”

• 9 June: Jason Cowley (New Statesman) – New Statesman Labour leadership hustings

• 16 June: Richard Wallace (Daily Mirror) – “general discussion”

• 16 June: News International summer reception (more…)

Parliament suddenly baulks at getting the Murdochs to appear

As the tumbril trundled through the streets of London, escorted by a detachment of the Grenadier Guards, its two occupants gazed for what could be the last time at the various newspaper offices and printing works they used to own.

Father and son were on their way to Westminster to appear before the mighty Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. In vain they had tried to wriggle out of this engagement by pleading that they had already accepted an invitation to a power breakfast on the outskirts of Chipping Norton.

Early that morning, a man of martial demeanour, wearing 18th-century costume and armed with a sword, had appeared at the Murdochs’ headquarters and summoned them, in barely comprehensible language, to present themselves before the implacable John Whittingdale (C, Maldon), chairman of the said committee, and his nine terrifying colleagues, among them the grand inquisitor himself, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East).

If the Murdochs refused this summons, they would be clapped in irons and thrown into the Tower of London, where they would find themselves sharing a dungeon with Gordon Brown (Lab, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath), who would harangue them about the evils of News International until their spirit was broken. (more…)

Pink Floyd guitarist’s son Charlie Gilmour jailed for drug-fuelled rampage

Charlie Gilmour, the son of the Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, has been jailed for 16 months for going on a drink and drug-fuelled rampage during a student fees protest in London.


Charlie Gilmour admitted violent disorder after joining thousands demonstrating in London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square last year.

During a day of riots he was seen hanging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph and leaping on to the bonnet of a Jaguar car that formed part of a royal convoy.

He was found on Friday to have also hurled a rubbish bin at the vehicle.

The court heard the Cambridge University student had turned to drink and drugs after being rejected by his biological father, the writer Heathcote Williams, and had taken LSD and valium in the hours leading up to the violence.

He was part of a 100-strong mob that attacked a convoy escorting the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during last year’s student riots, the court heard on Thursday.

The Cambridge University undergraduate, who was also photographed swinging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph, leapt on the bonnet of a Jaguar carrying royal protection officers before allegedly throwing a bin at the vehicle. (more…)

Chelsea to make Andre Villas-Boas new manager after offering to pay release fee according to reports

imageJose Mourinho’s former assistant Andre Villas-Boas, the FC Porto manager widely regarded as one of the brightest coaching prospects in European football, is set to be offered the chance to follow in the Special One’s footsteps and take over at Chelsea, according to reports in Portugal.

Roman Abramovich is believed to have agreed to pay a £13 million release clause in Villas Boas’s contract and the 33-year-old is expected to travel to London for talks with the Stamford Bridge side. (more…)

Syrian funding causes embarrassment at British university

imageUniversity of St Andrews to review acceptance of funding arranged by Bashar al-Assad’s controversial regime in Damascus A prestigious British university is to review the work of one of its academic research centres because its funding was arranged by the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad, the Guardian can reveal.

The University of St Andrews, where Prince William and Kate Middleton studied, has received more than £100,000 in funding for its centre for Syrian studies with the assistance of Syria’s ambassador to the UK, Sami Khiyami. (more…)

AV result could be determined by young Londoners – if they turn out to vote

imageCapital’s younger demographic may be crucial to hopes that yes campaign can overturn poll results in referendum On Thursday 5 May, Martin Radford will pop out of his London flat overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock in the capital’s east end and stroll next door to the polling booth to have his say in the UK’s first national referendum in 35 years.

Radford, a retired restaurateur who serves as a magistrate, has received leaflets from both the yes and no campaigns and concludes that switching to the alternative vote is a good idea. “It will be a fairer way of voting,” he says.

The fear is that Radford will be in the minority of Londoners when it comes to casting a vote for or against replacing the first past the post system, with turnout predicted to be as low as 15% among an eligible electorate of more than five million.

Less than 50 metres from Radford’s door, the referendum result will be announced on 6 May in the Platinum Suite of the expansive ExCeL convention centre. (more…)

Grete Waitz obituary

imageThe long-distance runner who inspired women into the sport Grete Waitz, who has died aged 57, achieved an iconic status in women’s distance running, winning the World Marathon title in 1983, the New York Marathon nine times, the London Marathon twice, and the World Cross Country Championship on five occasions.

But the sum of those achievements, substantial though they are, is only part of the story. Women’s distance running was an embryonic sport in the late 1970s; Waitz changed that. Without fanfare (the Norwegian was a self-effacing, private person) she inspired women at all levels of ability to become runners. “She was the first world-class distance runner and she opened the doors for everyone. If it wasn’t for Grete, women’s distance running would not be where it is now,” said Liz McColgan, herself a winner of the New York and London marathons, and who, from 1992, was coached by Waitz.

Ironically, prior to her first marathon in 1978, Waitz had flirted with retirement. At that stage her achievements would already have satisfied many an athlete, with bronze medals in two European championships, and two 3,000m world records to her name. (more…)

Scotland Yard plans pre-emptive strike against royal wedding anarchists

imageScotland Yard is planning a “pre-emptive strike” against anarchists who are planning to disrupt the royal wedding, senior officers have revealed. (more…)

London 2012 Olympics: Tottenham’s stadium row threatens to derail 2017 World Championships bid

imageThere are growing concerns within government that Tottenham Hotspur’s legal challenges over the Olympic Stadium could derail London’s chances of staging the World Athletics Championships for the second time in less than a year. (more…)

Hockney’s art goes under the hammer

imageCelebrated work An Image of Celia is among 87 items being auctioned at Bonhams.
Work by artist David Hockney dating back to the 1950s will be sold at auction later this week. (more…)

Tour of Britain’s new finale could suit Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky

imageThe addition of a final-day time trial in London could help produce the first home winner of the Tour of Britain since it was re-established in 2004. (more…)

Karim Benzima : Ruled out by Redknapp

Tottenham was connected with the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzima , but Redknapp has told that the player will not be heading to White Hart Lane. In addition , Redknapp said that in order to add a player he will have to shift one or two squad players. (more…)