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From Constable’s Suffolk to Lowry’s Berwick, stroll through scenery that inspired artistic genius

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There’s more to contemplating art than admiring it in museums. From a disused railway embankment beside the River Stour, just outside the Suffolk village of Sudbury, a panoramic view opens up across vivid-green meadows that is crowned by the steeples of three churches. It’s a timeless scene that’s changed little since the days of Thomas Gainsborough, the 18th Century artist who was born there.

Although Gainsborough made his name as a portrait painter, the countryside was his passion, and Sudbury’s surroundings inspired some of his greatest landscapes, such as The Watering Place and Wooded Landscape With A Peasant Resting.

Today, art lovers can follow in his footsteps on the three-and-a-half-mile Meadow Walk. It’s the first of three circular walks that will eventually become the Gainsborough Trail (gainsboroughtrail.org.uk). Once work on linking the other two is complete, Gainsborough fans will be able to wind their way through 12 miles of familiar countryside.

Timeless beauty: The Stour Valley, and in particular Flatford Mill, which was owned by John Constable’s family, featured in many of the artist’s most famous works, including The Hay Wain

Timeless beauty: The Stour Valley, and in particular Flatford Mill, which was owned by John Constable’s family, featured in many of the artist’s most famous works, including The Hay Wain

Timeless beauty: The Stour Valley, and in particular Flatford Mill, which was owned by John Constable’s family, featured in many of the artist’s most famous works, including The Hay Wain

Timeless beauty: The cottage and ford have barely changed since the day they were painted 200 years ago. Pictured is Constable’s The Hay Wain

Timeless beauty: The cottage and ford have barely changed since the day they were painted 200 years ago. Pictured is Constable’s The Hay Wain

Timeless beauty: The cottage and ford have barely changed since the day they were painted 200 years ago. Pictured is Constable’s The Hay Wain

As well as exploring the landscape, the route also touches on Sudbury’s industrial heritage – many London townhouses are built with bricks made from Stour Valley clay – and offers the chance to spot wildlife such as water voles and kingfishers.

Sudbury itself provides further artistic immersion at the Gainsborough Museum, in what was once the artist’s home. It’s currently under renovation but is set to reopen later this year (gainsborough.org).

Make a weekend of it by booking into the Mill Hotel, which has B&B rooms overlooking the meadows from £108 a night (themillhotelsudbury.co.uk).

Just down river from Sudbury lies Dedham Vale – also known as Constable Country.

The Stour Valley, and in particular Flatford Mill, which was owned by John Constable’s family, featured in many of the artist’s most famous works, including The Hay Wain. Now managed by the National Trust, it’s possible to stand beside the Stour and see that the cottage and ford have barely changed since the day they were painted 200 years ago (nationaltrust.org.uk/flatford).

Plans are afoot to join this into a series of a dozen such sites to create a Constable Trail.

Sudbury, pictured, provides artistic immersion at the Gainsborough Museum, in what was once the artist’s home

Sudbury, pictured, provides artistic immersion at the Gainsborough Museum, in what was once the artist’s home

Sudbury, pictured, provides artistic immersion at the Gainsborough Museum, in what was once the artist’s home

Alternatively, pay tribute to a less familiar name in the Sussex town of Seaford, where the South Downs end abruptly in sheer, white cliffs plunging into the English Channel.

Local artist Eric Slater recreated this arresting landscape in Japanese-style woodcuts, gaining international acclaim in the 1930s. His works are brought to life on the Slater Trail (ericslater.co.uk). You’ll soon appreciate why he was so captivated by this dramatic coastline.

However, there are scenes all over Britain that have inspired our greatest artists, from Glen Feshie in Scotland – where Sir Edwin Landseer did preliminary sketches for Monarch Of The Glen – to the Isle of Wight’s chalky Needles, depicted in J. M. W. Turner’s Moonlight At Sea. But it’s not just natural landscapes that have caught artists’ imaginations. L. S. Lowry, from Manchester, loved visiting Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland to sketch and paint, populating its streets and industrial backdrops with crowds of his signature matchstick men.

Artistic merit: An easel on the Renoir Walk in Guernsey framing the view that he would have painted

Artistic merit: An easel on the Renoir Walk in Guernsey framing the view that he would have painted

Artistic merit: An easel on the Renoir Walk in Guernsey framing the view that he would have painted

He is commemorated in the Lowry Trail, which weaves along the river and city walls, taking three hours to complete (visit berwick.com/what-to-do/the-lowry-trail). At 18 points along the route, a reproduction of a Lowry painting is positioned so the viewer can almost imagine themselves watching the artist with brush in hand, immortalising the scene.

When in town, stay, as Lowry did, at the Castle Hotel – B&B rooms cost from £95 a night (thecastleberwickupontweed.co.uk).

Artist trails generally celebrate home-grown talents, so Guernsey’s Renoir Walk is something of an exception (artforguernsey.com/renoir). It was launched last year to mark the centenary of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s death. Renoir spent a holiday on the isle in 1883 when it’s said he was shocked to see naked bathers.

During his stay, he painted compositions such as Enfants Au Bord De La Mer amid the coastal scenery of Moulin Huet Bay.

Five spots where he set up his easel are indicated by picture frames through which walkers can, as with the Lowry Trail, share Renoir’s perspective.

Stay close to the bay at La Barbarie Hotel, where B&B costs from £114 a night (labarbariehotel.com).

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Jack Dorsey is ‘King of Quarantine Beards’ on Twitter after hearing

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Jack Dorsey’s beard quickly became the star during Wednesday’s virtual hearing on Capitol Hill. 

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO’s long and shaggy quarantine beard, comparing him to notable figures while cracking jokes about how wild his facial hair looked. 

‘Footage of today’s Congressional testimony from @jack,’ said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway. 

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic. 

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO's long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

Twitter buzzed with hilarious memes and gifs reacting to the Big Tech CEO’s long and shaggy quarantine beard as he spoke during Wednesday virtual Capitol Hill hearing

'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

'Footage of today's Congressional testimony from @jack,' said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

‘Footage of today’s Congressional testimony from @jack,’ said one user, showing a photo of Tom Hanks in Castaway

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

Several people made Rasputin jokes, claiming Dorsey looked like the infamous Russian mystic

‘Jack Dorsey will not stop until the young Anastasia and the rest of the Romanovs are destroyed,’ cracked Buzzfeed’s David Mack. 

Jacob Gallagher added: ‘Jack’s been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard.’ 

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top.

He was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill.

Jacob Gallagher added: 'Jack's been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard'

Jacob Gallagher added: 'Jack's been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard'

Jacob Gallagher added: ‘Jack’s been studying the Rasputin drip meme a lil too hard’

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

Dorsey was said to be a combination of Gandalf and Mark Hamill by Ian Brennar but Kate Doak quickly chimed in that the Twitter CEO looked more like ZZ Top

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Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Dorsey was also compared to Master Pai Mei from the cult classic Kill Bill

Perhaps one of the more hilarious comparisons Dorsey got was to the faun Mr Tumnus from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

‘Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,’ said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting.

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say ‘Hello!’ 

And New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new ‘king of quarantine beards.’ 

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Dorsey was hilariously compared to Mr Tumnus from the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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'Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,' said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

'Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,' said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

‘Me prepped and ready to trade each morning VS Me ten minutes after the open,’ said one user showing a photo of a more kempt Dorsey compared to the more recent sighting

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms. 

Jack Dorsey acknowledged during the hearing that conservatives ‘don’t trust we are acting in good faith.’

The Twitter CEO specifically was defending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, as Texas Senator Ted Cruz pushed Dorsey on whether he believes his social media site influences the election in any way.

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The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say 'Hello!'

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say 'Hello!'

The parody account @DorseysBeard returned to Twitter after a brief hiatus to say ‘Hello!’

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new 'king of quarantine beards'

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new 'king of quarantine beards'

New York tech writer Mike Isaac dubbed Dorsey the new ‘king of quarantine beards’

‘Section 230 gave internet services two important tools,’ Dorsey explained in his opening statement, which he also posted in parts as part of a Twitter thread. ‘The first provides immunity from liability for user’s content. The second provides ‘Good Samaritan’ protections for content moderation and removal, even of constitutionally protected speech, as long as it’s done ‘in good faith.’ 

‘That concept of ‘good faith’ is what’s being challenged by many of you today. Some of you don’t trust we’re acting in good faith,’ he continued.

‘That’s the problem I want to focus on solving,’ Dorsey vowed. ‘How do services like Twitter earn your trust? How do we ensure more choice in the market if we don’t?’

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

Dorsey, along with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were summoned to Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions on how they handle politics on their platforms

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Police criticised over attempt to grab autistic man, 20 in a case of mistaken identity

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This is the moment police officers ‘grab’ a terrified autistic man outside his grandmother’s home in an alleged case of ‘mistaken identity.’ 

West Midlands Police has confirmed its Professional Standards Department is investigating the incident which took place in Handsworth, Birmingham, on September 2. 

Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, had visited his grandmother’s home when a police van turned up and officers got out. 

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother's house in Handsworth, Birmingham

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother's house in Handsworth, Birmingham

This is the moment three police officers attempted to detain Mohammed Awais Khan, 20, left, as he arrived at his grandmother’s house in Handsworth, Birmingham 

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him

Police tried to detain Mr Khan in what the family claim was case of mistaken identity before eventually releasing him 

Mr Khan's family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

Mr Khan's family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

Mr Khan’s family, who tried to intervene, attempted to tell officers that the 20-year-old has autism and did not understand what was happening to him

A video captured by a neighbour shows him being detained by three police officers, who try to lead him out of the driveway before two other officers arrive to help. Mr Khan resists the officers while other family members, including his grandmother and mother, protest. 

In the end, the officers let Mr Khan go and his family claim the episode was a case of mistaken identity. 

His mother, Zainab Shazad, said: ‘It was a shocking incident. ‘My son was truly terrified. He suffers from autism and ADHD and to be faced with something like his would be very distressing for him. 

‘As you can see in the footage the officers approach him and just grab him. They don’t try to speak to him first they just grab him and this just upsets him. 

‘He does resist and try to get away from them as he doesn’t understand what’s going on. They haven’t explained why they did this to him. 

‘It was a few minutes until they let him go. There was no apology or explanation from the police officers they just went on their way.’ 

Ms Shazad said she had made an official complaint to West Midlands Police. Ms Shazad added: ‘He was left with bruising to his wrists. But the physical scars heal. 

‘He is now very wary of going out and this incident has just made his mental frame of mind even worse. 

‘I really do want an apology from police and answers to why this happened.’ 

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that our professional standards department are investigating this complaint. 

‘We’re in contact with the family so we can obtain the footage and discuss their concerns.’ 

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Oxford University: Dean of Christ Church to continue legal fight

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The Dean of Oxford University’s Christ Church can press ahead with his bid to sue to the college for discrimination after a judge ruled he was its employee.

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of sexual abuse claims.

A Church of England inquiry exonerated the Dean but colleagues continued to speak out against him, prompting him to sue for religious and disability discrimination.

Christ Church tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues.

But the move to thwart the Dean, who presides over the cathedral and college, has failed after a judge came down in his favour. 

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims

The Very Reverend Martyn Percy, 58, is taking legal action over an attempt to oust him by fellow dons following a probe into his handling of child sexual abuse claims 

In a written judgement following a three-day heading, employment judge Andrew Clarke QC said: ‘At all times material to his claims in these proceedings the claimant was an employee of the respondent.’

He added: ‘There is no written contract of employment, no grievance procedure and there is no power in the respondent to give notice (although a retirement date is specified).

‘Why there is no grievance procedure is unclear, I accept that when the claimant asked, he was told that this was a matter which needed to be addressed.

‘His appointment is by Letters Patent, but so are the appointments of Canon Professors and the Sub-Dean, all of which have grievance procedures and contracts of employment (in the form of letters containing some terms and conditions).

‘The Dean’s salary is not set by statute, it is left to the parties to agree.

‘I consider there to be a wage/work bargain in place here. The respondent pays the claimant and in return for that and other benefits he has agreed to carry the duties of Dean.’

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues

Christ Church (college pictured) tried to have the case thrown out by claiming Dr Percy was not a legal employee because he had no contract and had instead been hired under centuries-old statues 

Last month, Dr Percy was exonerated by the church following accusations he failed to properly deal with allegations of historic child sexual abuse.

An investigation found he had acted ‘entirely appropriately’ in handling the allegations and at no point has it been suggested he himself was involved.

He faced four complaints made to the Church’s National Safeguarding Team and was accused of mishandling historic abuse allegations reported by former students.

It followed internal complaints against him in 2018 of which he was cleared in a private judgement never made public in June last year and he was reinstated.  

But still 41 members of Christ Church’s governing body wrote to the Charity Commission to accuse Dr Percy of ‘unsound judgement to try to have him removed from his £90,000-a-year post.

Dr Percy said the ruling meant a line had been ‘firmly drawn’ under questions over how he dealt with historic cases.  

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