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IN A SMALL FIELD IN THE USA

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 In a small field in the USA, the giant effigies of 43 Presidents sit crumbling. The 18 to 20ft (5.5m-6m) busts are all that remain of Virginia's Presidential Park, which were inspired by Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. They cost about $10m (£6.9m) to create. But it went bust in 2010 due to lack of visitors. Despite being asked to destroy the concrete heads, a local farm owner called Howard Hankins rescued them. He moved them to his 400 acre farm where they stand today. Each of the 43 heads weighed between 11,000-20,000 pounds, (4,989-9,071kg), and the process of transporting ...
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SEPTIMUS SEVERUS DIED THIS DAY

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 On this day in 211AD Septimius Severus 11 April 145 – 4 February 211 sadly died. Also known as Severus, was Roman emperor from 193 to 211. Severus was born in Leptis Magna in the Roman province of Africa, and became the first Roman Emperor born in Africa. As a young man he advanced through the cursus honorum—the customary succession of offices—under the reigns of Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. Severus seized power after the death of Emperor Pertinax in 193 during the Year of the Five Emperors. After deposing and killing the incumbent emperor Didius Julianus, Severus f...
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ANTIQUE DEALERS BEWARE (AGAIN)

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 Dealers are again being targeted by scam guides that seek to extort large sums of money in return for inclusion in worthless trade listings. Those who sign are subjected to months of threats and demands and many victims do not realise there is no legal basis for paying. Tim Hogarth of Red House Antiques in York contacted ATG to say he had received an apparently official form (purporting to be from eBay) asking to check whether his business details were correct in advance of inclusion in an international trade listing of dealers and auctioneers. Buried in the small print was a clause ...
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ANTIQUES ARE EVEN GREENER THAN YOU THINK !

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  International Antiques & Collectors Fairs (IACF) has completed a study to show the difference in the level of emissions between an Antique Chest of Drawers and a 21st Century Chest of Drawers. The study shows antiques are indeed the greener choice when buying furniture for the home. The study highlights the lower carbon footprint of antiques compared to that of their modern day equivalent. The results compare the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacture and use of an antique chest of drawers to a modern day chest of drawers. The results show the total carbon fo...
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HERE KITTY..KITTY

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An unknown Beatrix Potter story is to be published for the first time in September 100 years after it was written, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. The existence of The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was discovered two years ago by publisher Jo Hanks in a letter that Beatrix Potter had sent her publisher in 1914. It mentioned the story of “a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life”, and referred to an unedited manuscript of the tale. A search through the V&A archive in London revealed three manuscripts handwritten in school notebooks, one rough colour ...
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ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?

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Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon. Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots. They found some tales were older than the earliest literary records, with one dating back to the Bronze Age. The stories had been thought to date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries. Durham University anthropologist Dr Jamie Tehrani, said Jack and the Beanstalk was rooted in a group of stories classified a...
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CHEST TO COMMAND A BIG FIGURE

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A 300-year-old Massachusetts chest of drawers embellished with a rare polychrome design is headed to auction where it could fetch as much as $500,000. A similar example is shown on the right. The oak chest is one of only four known examples of a "Hadley" polychrome or multi-coloured piece believed to be decorated by the same artist. "Anyone who gets this piece has an instant collection, all in one piece," said John Hays, deputy chairman and specialist of American furniture at Christie's, where it will be offered on Jan. 22 as part of its Americana Week. The 1715 Hadley c...
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KNIFE IN THE RIGHT..SIMPLE !

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Traditional British table manners could be dying out among the younger generation. A new survey has found one in five under 30s have adopted the American 'cut and switch' method, in which diners cut their food before putting the knife down and moving the fork from the left hand to the right hand when eating. The 'European style' of eating is more common among older Brits, with nearly 90 per cent sticking to the traditional way of holding cutlery; keeping the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right. "The young are quite lazy, particularly in the way they go through meals with ...
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PRAMS..PAVEMENT RAGE TO FOLLOW

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The first truly mass-produced vehicles for the transport of a child were introduced in 1840. Like our pushchairs and strollers, they were for the older child who could sit upright. The seats were mounted on three wheels. This design was based on the carriages used to transport the sick and physically disabled. Royal patronage played a considerable part in the popularity of these new 'perambulators', as Queen Victoria ordered several of the carriages for her children. But these early versions were not particularly comfortable, and often lacked any kind of brake, or straps to hold the child i...
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DONT GO BUST BUYING THIS !

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A Roman marble bust of the Emperor Caracalla which sold some time ago at Bonhams was estimated around £ 200,000.00 it dated from Late Severan Period, A.D. 212-217. Depicted turning sharply to his left, his face contorted in a characteristic forbidding frown, his creased forehead with curving eyebrows drawn together, the eyes deep-set with articulated pupils, the nose broad with a short moustache above his downturned mouth, his strong chin cleft and covered with a short curling beard, his hair composed of tight curls with drilling, the thick sideburns joining his beard, wearing a palud...

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