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Sculpture in Vigo

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A girl looks out from a sculptural creation by the artist Igor Mitorac of Poland in a square in Vigo, northwest Spain, November 10, 2006. [Reuters]

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Teacher sues over ‘fool’ remark, thereby proving her point

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A Nanjing court has rejected a local school teacher’s compensation claim for 1 yuan (12 US cents) over comments made by his principal.

A dispute erupted between Luo and his boss last April after he refused to follow her instructions. The principal called Luo a “fool” in front of his colleagues. Luo sued his boss but the court concluded her remarks did not cause him any serious damage.

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Better check your spare room–the attic too

Two small paintings in the spare room of an Oxford pensioner turned out to be missing medieval masterpieces worth over £1 million.

These paintings, which for years hung in the spare room of an Oxford pensioner, turned out to be missing medieval masterpieces /PA

They are thought to be long-lost pieces from the altarpiece of the church and convent of St Marco in Florence, painted in 1439 by Fra Angelico. It was one of the glories of the Italian Renaissance but was broken up during the Napoleonic wars, reports The Times.

Six of the eight small paintings that surrounded the main panel had been found but the location of the last two was one of art’s greatest mysteries. The mystery has been solved at the home of Jean Preston, 77, a retired academic who died this year.

Miss Preston lived modestly, bought her clothes from a catalogue, ate frozen meals and travelled by bus, but she always rather liked the small paintings hanging in her spare room. She originally bought them as a present for her father in the early 1960s while she was working in America. She is believed to have paid no more than £200 for the pair. She inherited them after his death in 1974 but it was not until shortly before her own death that she discovered the secret of the modest portraits of two saints in medieval clothing.

They were identified by Michael Liversidge, a family friend and former head of the History of Art department at the University of Bristol. Mr Liversidge, who will deliver a lecture on the find at the British Institute in Florence, said: “When I told the lady the news she was more interested than anything else and was pleased that her ‘eye’ had been correct. It was pleasing that she found out what they were before she died.”

The paintings are to be sold at Duke’s in March when their value will become apparent.

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Beware of Postman Pat

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A Postman Pat musical ride for kids is to be removed from outside a store – because its too dangerous. Owners of the St Marys Place shopping precinct, in Market Harborough, Leicester, are worried shoppers will walk into it. The 30p ride in Market Harborough, Leicester, has been in the precint for six years.

Local businesswoman Sheryl Granger has vowed to keep Pat outside her shop. She told the Sun: “You would have to be blind to walk into it – it poses no more danger than a bollard. Thousands of children have ridden it and even more people have walked by it without a single complaint or injury.”

A spokesman for St Marys Place said it was targeting “material outside shop boundaries with health and safety implications.”

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The real reason, of course, is fear of lawsuits. What we really need is more lawyers looking for ways to lay a lawsuit on you. I’ve got a nickle that says this was started by a corporate attorney.

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