The Daily: LS Lowry
Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Daily: January 16

Written by Camilla Hayselden-Ashby
Get a boost for your workout by training with a friend
We all know the age old story of well intentioned New Year's resolutions to get to the gym and shift those Christmas pounds but new research has found that by heading along with a friend you could make those resolutions last and get a better work out. A study by Virgin Active Health Clubs has found that 64 percent of women who exercise with friends push themselves harder than when going solo, burning an average of 236 calories per session compared to 195 for ladies training alone. Those who exercise in groups also do longer work outs and go to the gym more often. 31 percent of women saying they consider their friends to be the motivator they need to stay in good shape. So next time you are planning a trip to the gym invite a few friends and make it so much more fun you will hardly notice the calories slipping away.

Tate Britain Exhibition to celebrate the work of matchstick master LS Lowry
LS Lowry, whose paintings of northern, working-class life are beloved of the public and fetch huge prices at auction, is to have his first major retrospective at the Tate Britain since his death in 1976. Despite popular appeal his work is often derided in the art world for its naive 'matchstick' style. This exhibition hopes to dispel this negative image and highlight the strong influence that impressionism had on the artist's style. The show is co-curated by one of the world's pre-eminent scholars of the movement, TJ Clark. He says that the response from friends in the art world to his working on the exhibition "has been of deadpan incomprehension and disappointment". Lowry worked as a rent collector and his paintings recorded the "grimness and melancholia of urban life". He learned his craft taking evening classes at the
Municipal College of Art, Manchester where his teacher was the late impressionist painter Adolphe Valette.

The hotel that is fit for a Queen
The Goring Hotel, situated a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace, has become the first hotel to get a Royal Warrent from the Queen. The hotel was where the Duchess of Cambridge spent her last night as an unmarried woman, staying in the £5000 a night Royal Suite, and was where the first photographs of that iconic dress were taken. The 103 year old hotel has served the royal household for decades and there were even rumour in the 1920s of a tunnel connecting it to Buckingham Palace. It was the location of the Royal family's celebration breakfast when piece was declared in 1945 and three years later Princess Elizabeth commissioned their pastry chefs to make Prince Charles' wedding cake. The owner of the luxurious hotel, Jeremy Goring, said that the honour is "without doubt, the most important recognition [the hotel's staff] could ever receive".

Is Chivalry dead?
A question asked by women up and down the country who lament the bygone days of good manners and the falling standards of today's youth. However, a survey suggests that many would be quite happy hammer the final nail in chivalry's coffin. Ninety-two percent of women would not take a seat offered to them by a man and eighty-nine would refuse help when carrying heavy bags. Part of this feeling arises from the fact that such behaviours reinforce gender inequalities. A man making so-called chivalrous gestures is perceived to be showing his belief that women are weaker and less competent, therefore requiring this assistance. In fact many of the courteous behaviours associated with chivalry should be considered marks of respect. Behaviours that delay gratification or show kindness at your own expense are indicative of good character. Rather than complaining about this positive treatment woman should take ownership of it and show that girls can be thoughtful too.

Ahead of its time, the 103 year old electric car
As pressure mounts to adapt our behaviour to slow global warming one of the big questions is what to do about our love of gas-guzzling cars. It has now been shown that the solution of electric cars, which has been gaining traction in recent years, is not so modern after all. A rudimentary version was being manufactured in the early twentieth century and a 103 year old example of this is expected to sell for £50,000. The 1910 Detroit Electric Model D cost £1,500 when it was first manufactured (approximately £85,000 today) and had a top-speed of 25 miles-per-hour. Although it would go 100 miles on a single charge its greatest problem was similar to that encountered by modern electric vehicles as it needed to be plugged in to a 6 foot charging point before each journey. The cars quickly fell out of favour in the 1920s with the advent of the much more convenient petrol car.

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