Tuesday 21 November 2017

eBay masterpiece

Press Association

An art lover who paid £3,000 (€3,600) for a painting on eBay eight years ago may not know it is actually an impressionist masterpiece worth £250,000 (€303,000).

Experts on the BBC antiques show 'Fake Or Fortune' made the discovery when they valued a painting owned by writer Keith Tutt, who bought the canvas, now established as the work of French painter Edouard Vuillard, at an auction. It was previously owned by art dealer Robert Warren, who said it was one of a pair. He sold the other on eBay but could not remember who bought it.

DIABETES 'PROTECTORS'

Plant compounds in herbs, berries and red wine may protect against diabetes, say scientists. High intakes of the flavonoids are linked to lower insulin resistance and better control of blood sugar, a study has shown.

Both effects help stave off the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Flavones are found in herbs and some vegetables, such as parsley, thyme and celery.

MORSI TO STAND TRIAL

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been ordered to stand trial for insulting the judiciary, alongside 24 others, including liberal activists who opposed his Islamist rule but have also been critical of the new army-backed order.

It is the fourth case brought against Morsi since he was ousted by the army last year, after a year in power, following mass protests against his rule. The charge of insulting the judiciary carries a jail term of up to three years.

AUSTRALIA BATTLES FIRES

More than 90 wildfires were burning over Australia's New South Wales state yesterday, but the danger has ebbed in neighbouring Victoria and south Australia states.

Many of the 93 fires burning across New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, were sparked by overnight lightning strikes, a fire service spokesman said. Some 900 firefighters continued to battle blazes yesterday.

RODMAN IN REHAB

Dennis Rodman has checked into an undisclosed alcohol rehabilitation centre to treat his long-time struggle with alcoholism, his agent has revealed.

Rodman recently returned to the US from his latest trip to North Korea, where he sang 'Happy Birthday' to the country's leader Kim Jong-un.

Irish Independent

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