Amazon.co.uk: The Door: Mathias Eick: Music

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Amazon.co.uk: The Door: Mathias Eick: Music

Quote by New hurdle for art forgers as A-bomb fallout is used to identify the fakes – Times Online

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Andrei Krusanov, a geochemist and art historian who has written books on the Russian avant-garde, said: “There cannot be any other way around it. Any oil painting made in the nuclear era will show traces of caesium-137 and strontium-90.”

Some forgers, such as Robert Thwaites, who was caught forging 19th-century paintings in 2004, use paints and canvasses from the relevant period, which would enable them to circumvent isotope analysis. “You would have to look at other factors,” Ms Kimbell said. “Provenance is the most important, although this can and has been faked too.”

New hurdle for art forgers as A-bomb fallout is used to identify the fakes - Times Online

The Chapmans journey to Hell and back (Januszczak, The Times)

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Hell, in its new, extra-large form, is so ambitious, so ghastly, so sick and so brilliant that I hereby nominate it as the key contemporary artwork of our times.

The Chapmans journey to Hell and back - Januszczak, Times Online

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Amazon.co.uk: Unaccustomed Earth: Jhumpa Lahiri: Books

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Amazon.co.uk: Unaccustomed Earth: Jhumpa Lahiri: Books

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Amazon.co.uk: Semi-Invisible Man: the Life of Norman Lewis: Julian Evans: Books

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A pharmacist’s son from Enfield, Lewis (1908-2003) became unmatched as a witness to his times. His account of south-east Asia before the Vietnam war, “A Dragon Apparent”, remains required reading.”Voices of the Old Sea”, a glimpse of Spain as it was before the tourists arrived, is a classic in the literature of the Mediterranean. His memoir of wartime Naples, Naples ‘44, is a masterpiece. An expert at penetrating the glorious, and inglorious, surfaces of our planet, as a stylist he was a revolutionary, entirely self-taught. In appearance he was someone you could pass in the street without realising anyone had gone by, yet his self-effacing quality, which allowed him to observe unnoticed, concealed extraordinary glamour.For more than twenty years he spied for the British government.He raced Bugattis before the war, lived in Ibiza after it, and was a crack shot, flamboyant host, and businessman with mafia connections, leading a life of such self-pleasing hedonism that his existence at times was closer to a rock star’s than anyone else’s.Published to mark Norman Lewis’ centenary, Julian Evans’ “Semi-invisible Man” is a fascinating view of a suburban fugitive and adventurer; an incomparable witness; a writer of unsurpassed humour, wisdom and compassion for the ridiculous. It is a biography that aims to send its readers hurrying to the books of an overlooked master.
Amazon.co.uk: Semi-Invisible Man: the Life of Norman Lewis: Julian Evans: Books

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