Sacked while top of the league (2) Noble Francis has been in touch with another manager for our collection of table-toppers handed their P45s … “In addition to the answers already provided, you can surely add the great Bela Guttmann, who took over Milan in 1953. As Jonathan Wilson tells it: ‘He had them top of the table 19 games into his second season when a string of disputes with the board led, once again, to his dismissal. “I have been sacked,” he told a stunned press conference, “even though I am neither a criminal nor a homosexual. Goodbye.” From then on he insisted on a clause in his contracts that he could not be sacked if his team were top of the table.’” … [Read more...] about Which footballer holds the world record for the longest throw-in?
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The governor also expressed concern that in today’s ‘machine era’, the new generation students had lost interest in reading books. “They were more drawn to mobile phones, TV, Internet and other activities, which resulted in decline in moral values,” she said. … [Read more...] about Gandhi Jayanti 2019: A million students read Gandhi, create world record
Dave GoulsonThree Singles to Adventure by Gerald Durrell (1954) When I was about eight years old my dad gave me a copy of Three Singles to Adventure by Gerald Durrell, and I was instantly hooked. It describes an expedition to Africa to capture rare animals for zoos. I couldn’t believe that anyone could make a living by doing something that was so exciting. I soon devoured it, and then all of his other books, but I was particularly captivated by his descriptions of his idyllic-sounding childhood on the island of Corfu in the 1930s in My Family and Other Animals. He describes his excursions in search of turtles, mantises, snakes and all manner of other exotic-sounding creatures, precursors to his zoo-collecting days. He even had a pet donkey that went with him everywhere, festooned in bundles of jam jars tied together with string to transport home his finds. The beasts he captured all ended up inhabiting his bedroom, loosely contained in a series of home-made cages and tanks, or … [Read more...] about Country files: nature writers on the books that inspired them
Lewis’s probings of the Salvator’s backstory raise questions about its historical status and visibility, and these lead in turn to the fundamental question of whether the painting is really an autograph work by Leonardo. Eight years after its appearance at the National Gallery, the consensus among Leonardo scholars is probably weighted against the attribution, though the matter is not one amenable to a straight yes or no answer. The working practice of a Renaissance Italian studio was collective. The maestro was its central figure, but others – assistants, apprentices, specialists – collaborated in its products. Some clients stipulated the extent of the maestro’s contribution to a painting: they were prepared to pay more for his brushwork. Others with a smaller budget just wanted the Leonardo “look” and were happy with a well-executed copy. A visitor to his studio in 1501 reports: “Two of his assistants make copies, and he from time to … [Read more...] about The Last Leonardo by Ben Lewis review – secrets of the world’s most expensive painting
Tallack’s journey isn’t set up as being continuous, and as it progresses he interleaves it with more and more of his rootless backstory. In Alaska he hangs out with Jeff, an old university friend, and their mutual alienation is, in some sense, healed by Jeff’s own growing sense of belonging: he’s building a cabin in the wilderness that has claimed him. Meanwhile, Tallack cannily observes of tourists visiting this wilderness that they are being sold “the promise of their own absence”, a neat characterisation of humanity’s paradoxical wanderlust. But while travel writing of this new school rightly eschews faux-purist completism, I nonetheless thought Tallack’s take on Siberia – which, after all, constitutes about half the land mass along his route – was pretty feeble. He writes of the love affair he had with the Kamchatka peninsula in his early 20s, and on this basis he gives the rest of this vast region a swerve, hopping … [Read more...] about 60 Degrees North by Malachy Tallack review – around the world in search of home