FANS of the British pop group The Kinks are in for a real treat, reports The Guardian.

Rare photos and memorabilia marking the release of their classic album The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society 50 years ago are to go on show at the Proud Central gallery in London.

The band’s sixth studio album failed to spark commercial fireworks at the time but, says The Guardian, has since become a landmark of pop culture.

It was the final album made by the original quartet: brothers Ray and Dave Davies, Pete Quaife and Mick Avory.

Photographer Barrie Wentzell, who took many of the images used to promote the album, said: “As we were speeding up the Edgware Road, Ray told me about the album idea. The old pubs, houses, steam trains, village greens and old London were disappearing before our eyes – very sadly romantic and nostalgic and true!”

 

 

Data released by the Office For National Statistics shows that unpaid housework, such as cooking, cleaning and looking after children, is worth more than the UK’s retail and manufacturing output combined

An article in The Independent says that the data reveals that unpaid household work, which also includes adult care, laundry and driving, increased by 80 per cent between 2005 to 2016 – from £684.87bn to £1.24tn.

The figure, which equates to £18,932 per person, is greater than the £1.04tn total contribution of the UK’s non-financial corporation sector.

 

 

Now that's what I call an expensive drink.

The Daily Express informs us that a rare bottle of Macallan has set a new world record for a bottle of whisky at public auction after going for a £848,750.

The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old was sold at Bonhams Whisky Sale in Edinburgh to an anonymous telephone bidder based in the Far East.

Collectors from around the world, including China, Hong Kong and Russia as well as the UK, packed the auction room in the capital's Queen Street.

Richard Harvey, from Bonhams, said: “We were hoping a new world record would be set, having broken the record twice in Hong Kong on the same day in May.

“To have broken the record for a bottle of whisky at auction three times in six months is astounding.”

 

 

The V&A museum aims to create the “world’s most joyful museum” for children and young people in a £13.5m revamp of its east London outpost, the Museum of Childhood.

The Guardian reports that the redevelopment is intended to make the museum more immersive and interactive, to inspire, it hopes, greater creativity in its young visitors.

A spokesman said: “This flagship project will unlock the V&A Museum of Childhood’s huge potential to fire imagination, spark ingenuity and become the world’s most joyful museum for children, families and young people.”

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