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ART lovers are in for a real treat in April, according to The Guardian.

The British Museum will feature a rare lithograph of Edvard Munch’s The Scream as part of Edvard Munch: Love and Angst, the biggest UK exhibition of the Norwegian artist’s prints in 45 years.

The version being displayed at the British Museum is a black and white print, which followed a painting and two drawings of the image.

Exhibition curator Giulia Bartrum commented: “The emotional impact is incredibly important. Munch was deeply, deeply aware of mental instability, mental illness, a huge subject at the time, and that’s what he was trying to portray. Anything which tries to express the inner workings of the mind … has huge resonance today.”

The exhibition features 83 artworks in all, including 50 prints from Oslo’s Munch museum. Other themes include women, with whom Munch had a series of disastrous relationships, and sickness and runs from April 11 to July 21.

 

 

The picturesque Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden, where average house prices exceed £460,000, has attained unwanted notoriety this week.

For as the Daily Mirror explains, it tops a list of burglary hotspots in the UK.

A study of more than 2.5 million home insurance quotes over the last two years has identified the worst areas hit by thieves.

According to the survey, Henley-in-Arden has rate of 50.46 claims per 1,000 insurance quotes in the last two years, knocking Guildford, Surrey, off top spot.

 

 

Bad news for UK shops after figures for Christmas shopping habits were released.

An article in the Daily Express says they suffered their worst Christmas for a decade.

Sales flatlined in December from a year earlier, the first time retailers had failed to boost their performance since the financial crisis, as even big discounts failed to attract shoppers.

The joint British Retail Consortium-KPMG report showed that online growth slowed to 5.8 per cent from 7.6 per cent and a separate Barclaycard survey showed a drop in clothing spending for the third straight month in December.

Barclaycard director Esme Harwood said: “Despite a desire to support their local high street, Brits remain cautious amid ongoing economic uncertainty”, noting that nearly half feel less confident about their personal finances than they have done “for many years”.

 

 

The Sun tells us that a 50 year old time capsule hidden in a wall at the University of Stirling in Scotland has been opened revealing cash, whisky and old sporting relics.

The box was sealed in 1969 and built into the university's Gannochy Sports Centre - which is currently undergoing a £20million redevelopment.

Contents included old photos, cricket, tennis and squash balls, exam papers, editions of the Stirling Observer and Glasgow Herald and a bottle of Bell's whiskey.

Prof Malcolm MacLeod, the university's senior deputy principal, commented: “The contents are in remarkably good condition and provide an intriguing snapshot of campus life in the early years of this university, and Scotland as a whole in the late 1960s.”

 

 

The Guardian has put independent book shops in the UK under the spotlight, reporting that

official figures from the Booksellers Association revealing a growth in numbers for the second year in a row.

Apparently the numbers had declined every year since 1995 but 2017 marked a tiny turnaround: and now latest membership numbers has shown an increase in the number of independents from 15 to 883.

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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

The Sun (www.thesun.co.uk)