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Captain Tom – Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day – the title of his autobiography

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Captain Tom was already in his ninety-ninth year, on April 6th 2020 when he started walking the lengths of his garden to raise money for the NHS.  At first only his friends and family sponsored him  The spirit of the nation was low, as the pandemic tightened its grip on the country and across the world.
 
The media on the lookout for good news, came to hear about him and Captain Tom by his courageous example and cheerful philosophy of hope, became a national hero. Donations flooded in and by the time of his Birthday on April 30th 2020 the total passed £30 million, reaching £32.79 million by the end of the day!!
 
 On his Birthday, Captain Tom was honoured by a military fly past, was made an Honorary Colonel of the Army Foundation College, and received 15 0,000 Birthday Cards. All stamped post between 26th April – 1st May were marked “Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore NHS fundraising hero 30th April 2020”
 
 He became the oldest person to reach UK no 1 in the charts with a single “You’ll never walk alone” recorded with the singer Michael Ball. Then on 17th July 2020 he was knighted by the Queen and became Sir Thomas Moore. 
 
Tom had served in the Second World War in Burma, now Myanmar, as part of the Forgotten Army, whose valiant service was somewhat overshadowed by the successful completion of the War in Europe. In 2018 Tom had suffered serious injuries in what he termed a “silly fall” and worked hard at his rehabilitation, believing always that “Tomorrow Will be a Good Day.”  He undertook his charity walk in 2020 with a hip and two knee replacements, using a mobility walker.  His efforts inspired other people, both old and young to raise money for the NHS
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 Now that Tom has sadly died on February 2nd 2021, there is much discussion on how best to honour him. His home town of Keightley is considering a statute, and further discussions on a national level will no doubt take place.
Today there was a minute’s silence before the start of Parliamentary Questions to remember Tom and over 105 thousand people who have died from COVID-19 in the U.K.  Tom himself succumbed to the virus, as he was unable to be vaccinated due to his medical condition.
Tonight at 6pm the Prime Minister invited the nation to clap for Tom. This form of appreciation has fallen out of favour recently, but maybe it will be revived this evening for Sir Thomas Moore.   

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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What are the most popular places in the UK?

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Here we go again … another survey. This time, try to figure out which places the British love the most and missed the most during the lockdown. 44% of respondents feel happier in countryside places or in any case with nature, the 31% to the cinema or theatre and the 20% in historic places like Stonehenge or Chatsworth Residence.

Kew Gardens which tops the charts as the happiest place in the UK, around 12% of Britons feel at home in this botanical garden and missed it a lot during lockdown.

The Eden Project in  Cornwall ranks second together with  Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Among the top ten we have the Natural History Museum in London , the British Museum , the Roman Baths , the London Zoo and Loch Lomond.

 

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Supermoon, the largest of the year will be on May 26th

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It will be the second of the year, but the largest. The Supermoon of 26 May will be the closest and will be tinged with red although at our latitudes we won’t see it and we won’t be able to see the small eclipse that comes with it.

The satellite will reach the perigee, on 21 May, at 3: 53 , when it will be in 357. 309 kilometres from Earth); nine hours later, it will also reach the full phase.

In the 2021 there are five Supermoons, three full and two new “The next” Superluna “will appear approximately 7% larger and a little brighter than average, but you need to have an expert to notice it. But you will see it better at sunset and at dawn. 

Those who are in the Far East and the West Coast of the Americas will also be able to see a small lunar eclipse. 

 

 

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Picasso painting sold for over 100 million dollars

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Woman sitting by a window (Marie-Thérèse)

The painting ‘ Woman Seated by a Window (Marie-Thérèse) ‘by Pablo Picasso was sold yesterday for 103, $ 4 million during an auction organized by Christie’s, in New York City. The canvas of 1, 46 x 1, 14 meters, painted in 1932, was sold to 90 million dollars and came to 103, 4 million after a battle of over 19 minutes between collectors. The work, which represents Picasso’s lover and muse, Marie-Thérèse Walter, nearly doubled the amount of the initial estimate provided by Christie’s, i.e. 55 Million dollars.

 

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The woman in the painting is a representation of the artist’s mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter. Picasso painted her sitting in front of a window wearing a red dress with her long dark hair down and reaching down to her waist.

Marie-Thérèse Walter was an artist herself, but she always had to work as an assistant to make ends meet. She was also the person who introduced Picasso to French art critic Louis Vauxcelles, which led to his becoming known internationally and eventually turning from painting into sculpture.

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