St James’ Park historic gates return to the ground
Historic entrance gates which once greeted Toon fans to St James’ Park have been erected outside the ground. They had pride of place at the Gallowgate End of the stadium for decades, but the gates were removed in the 1990s and have been in storage at Sir John Hall’s Woolsington Hall in Northumberland ever since.
But now, after the collective efforts of club officials, members of the NUFC Fans United group, club sponsors Wonga and Sir John’s Magpie Group, the wrought iron gates have returned to the ground.
Sir John Hall said: “It’s excellent news that they have now been put up. I’m just pleased all the hard work has paid off for everyone involved, including the fans, the Magpie Group and the club. ` “It now means that the ground will be St James’ Park forever.”
The gates, outside the entrance to the main Milburn Stand reception on Barrick Road, will be officially unveiled to the public next Saturday.
Yesterday, the Chronicle snapped the gates being put before a sheet was put over them.
Malcolm Dix, of the Magpie Group, said: “The gates are going to be covered up ready for the unveiling on Saturday.
“The new sponsor decided to name the ground St James’ Park which made life so much easier to put them up. “The good thing is that everyone has come together – the fans and the club. “It’s nice that the Magpie Group and St James’ Park were able to organise it.”
The gates were removed from their original home outside the stadium during its redevelopment. They were lifted from their rural home using a custom-built frame and were then transferred to a workshop to be restored, using money donated from new club sponsors Wonga. The gates have been painted black with St James’ Park in gold lettering and the club crest in the centre of each one.
Fanzine editor Steve Wraith said: “It’s great to see the supporters and the club working together. “The gates gave us a unique opportunity to work together to put something back at the ground which could be looked on as symbolic.
“My hope is that the gates will be a focal point for supporters. Sometimes in football we are hit with tragedy, like the death of Gary Speed. “I imagine the gates becoming somewhere we can pay tribute.”
Design with style: Arch windows pose decorating challenge
By MARYANN FISHER
A swag draped fron the center arch to the ends of the panels at either end of the center arched window creates the illusion of one window unit. Palladian windows, or arched windows, were first used in large, luxury homes. The manufacturers of this style window now offer it in many different sizes and degrees of arch, making it available to many more consumers.
Obviously, the ceiling height is important. If the arch is right up to the ceiling, it becomes a challenge for any decorative treatment. There may not be enough space to properly mount the hardware or fabric, and decorative treatment should enhance this architectural feature you have invested in. You don’t want to add something that will disguise the window’s beauty.
The next consideration is what direction the window faces and, due to sunlight exposure, whether you will need light control. There are products available for blocking sun with arches, but accurate measuring and professional installation is recommended.
The curve of the corner arched window is enhanced by heavy medallions holding the drapes and a faux iron grillwork on the window’s top panel. If your arch is a “perfect arch,” meaning the bottom width of the arch is exactly twice its height at the center, there are many decorating choices, and professional installation is simple. If you are dealing with an arch that is not perfect, products are still available but a professional will have to make an exact template of the arch to send to the blind fabricator. In either case, however, you will be able to block the sun.
If the sun is not an issue, consider privacy. I’ve seen foyer arches that give a direct view from the street to the hallway where second-floor bedrooms are located. This could lead to a privacy issue, or at least an insecure feeling for the residents.
The treatment chosen to decorate the pictured arched dining room window, which has an additional panel on each side, features throw swags in the appropriate fullness, starting at the center top with each swag falling into the panes of the window below. The light control or privacy issue was only needed on the lower windows.
The three center panels have a large Silhouette blind, or a sheer fabric blind, with individual blinds on the two end windows. This is generally more economic but also avoids five sets of control cords as well as the gaps between each blind if all windows were given Silhouettes.
The center unit is slightly framed with short, double cascades that have tassels on the ends. The unit is framed out with cascades to the sill length. Small swags join the short and long cascades. The use of a strong, solid color fabric on the two sets of cascades is a bold contrast to the print of the swags. Without it, you would see a wide window with a large arch over the top. However, this treatment marries the arch with the panels and we now see it as a window unit.
The arch window pictured next to a fireplace has floor length stationary side panels. A portion of this arch is covered by the drapery panels, but adding three pairs of medallions to mount the angled-top panels, the slant effect is reinstated.
To further enhance the arch and add interest to the room, a custom faux iron design was incorporated. This manufacturer offers custom designs and custom sizes with a lightweight resin product that mimics heavy wrought iron. They create the desired pattern in wall art, on doors and, as shown here, on windows. This shows that decorative window treatments do not have to be made out of fabrics.
Picasso’s Paris studio where he painted Guernica at centre of bitter tussle
Owners of mansion seeking to evict arts organisation as rent-free deal has expired
A greying plaque next to the building’s wrought iron gates, however, reveals added historic value. “Pablo Picasso lived in this building between 1936 and 1955. It is in this studio he painted Guernica in 1937″, it proclaims.
Today, the Hôtel de Savoie has seen better days. However, the studio, which Honoré de Balzac – whose name is also noted on the plaque – described as “so large that the skylight fails to illuminate the corners” and which is reached via an impressive entrance hall and spiral staircase, is recognisable from photos showing Picasso at work here.
For more than a decade, le grenier de Picasso (Picasso’s attic) has been occupied rent-free by a private cultural organisation, the Comité National Pour l’Education Artistique (CNEA), which has maintained it as a venue for exhibitions and children’s workshops.
Now the building’s owners want it back and have issued an eviction order, sparking a bitter legal row over the future of the studio. The Chambre des Huissiers de Justice (Chamber of Legal Bailiffs), which acquired the building in 1925, says it plans a much-needed €5m (£4.3m) renovation of the Hôtel de Savoie.
It says the agreement with the committee expired in 2010, since when the organisation has “squatted” the premises, ignoring requests to leave. Its eviction order, upheld by a Paris court, gave the CNEA until Wednesday this week to get out.
The CNEA has called on the French president, François Hollande, to list the studio as a special “landmark” site, and has garnered support from the great and good, including the actor Charlotte Rampling, philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and former Socialist culture minister Jack Lang.
Picasso moved into the studio after separating from his wife Olga; 7 Rue des Grands Augustins was already familiar to him as it featured in the opening scene of Balzac’s The Unknown Masterpiece, a literary work he admired.
It was here that Picasso sat out the Nazi occupation of Paris, a time of alternating harassment and wooing of left-leaning intellectuals by the Germans. When one German officer tried to bribe the artist with extra coal to heat his studio, Picasso reportedly refused, retorting: “A Spaniard is never cold!”.
In his book Conversations with Picasso, Gyula Halász, the Hungarian photographer, sculptor and filmmaker known as Brassaï, wrote that Picasso loved the spacious studio that made him feel “he was inside a ship with its bridge, its stores, its hold”.
Today, one of the ceiling beams still bears the hook Picasso liked to claim Henry IV’s killer, Ravaillac, was hung and tortured on, and among the objects on display is a French flag Ernest Hemingway presented to Picasso on the day Paris was liberated in 1944.
Alain Casabona, CNEA spokesman, told a press conference that losing the studio was “hard to swallow”.
“It was abandoned and we renovated it completely, respecting its original state,” Casabona told journalists at a press conference last month. “We have found someone prestigious and with enough money, who happens to be a direct descendant of the Picasso family, to potentially rent the building. They are not opposed to the CNEA staying. Negotiations are in hand.”
However, Alexandra Romano, chamber spokesperson, said no contact from any potential buyer or tenant had been received and insisted the eviction order stood. “They [CNEA] have been squatters for years. They have to go.”
The association has appealed against the judgment upholding the eviction order. The Paris Court of Appeal will hear the case in September.
Kim Kardashian to launch ‘baby range inspired by North West’ as extensive renovation continues on mansion
Kimye don’t do things by halves, including renovations – the celebrity couple decided to gut their $11 million mansion and “start again”
Ever one to have brand Kardashian at heart, Kim is reportedly considering launching a baby clothing line after her designer pal Lloyd Klein described the four-week-old as a “great poster child”.
It was thought Kim, who has kept away from the spotlight since North West arrived on June 15, was busy renovating her $11 million Bel Air mansion (those gold toilets won’t pick themselves) – but who said a Kardashian can’t multi-task?
Kim and boyfriend Kanye West decided renovation wasn’t for them and decided to simply gut their whole mansion so they “could put their stamp on it” – that’s some parcel they’re posting.
Renovations include ripping out wrought iron staircases, chandeliers and fittings – to make way for a more modern feel to the Mediterranean style mansion.
Kimye’s modern tastes runs to gold plated bogs ($487,000) and luxury beds ($75,000)… just don’t ask how much the wallpaper was.
As well as doing all the obvious things, Kim decided to add an extra 4,000 square feet.
So obviously Kim and baby papa Kanye have to pay for all of this – so why not lend your baby’s name to a clothing range.
Although Kim, who popped up in a taped message on Kris Jenner’s new chat show (scroll down for the video) may not have confirmed her clothing range, pal Klein is certain she won’t be able to resist putting pen to paper.
“I am sure she is going to come up with a line for babies ,” Klein told Confidential. “It is very cute to design for babies. [It would be] soft colors, pastels, something very dreamy and still trendy. I do have a line that I am trying to put together for children, for babies, and it is called Baby Lloyd, but we are not there yet. There is still a way to go.”
Speaking of his relationship with the Kardashian family, Klein continued: “They [the Kardashians] are doing clever moves. They are fantastic and beautiful — so it works. [Kim] has a very pretty face. She is a very clever lady, and I think she wears the clothes beautifully.”
Hyundai Creates Zombie Walking Dead Chop Shop Configurator App
About the only thing hotter than Gangnam Style over the past few years has been America’s ongoing obsession with zombies. Hyundai’s been at the forefront of the zombie bandwagon, showing a specially-built Elantra Coupe at last year’s Comic-Con, and being a featured vehicle in the AMC series “The Walking Dead.” But if you’ve had the urge to build your very own zombie-resistant Hyundai, now you have your chance.
Hyundai has unveiled “The Walking Dead Chop Shop” app for iPhones and iPads, in which users can select their Hyundai model of choice, and apply a variety of zombie-fighting accessories to combat the hordes of undead.
Among some of the accessory choices are a wrought iron window cage, grille-mounted knife blades, a mortar launcher, machine gun, and an off-road bumper, among other zombie-thwarting accoutrements. An Android OS version of the app to be offered in the Google Play store is promised to be “coming soon.”
Although the app is primarily for entertainment, the winning zombie-fighting configuration will be chosen to be built in full size by Galpin Auto Sports in time for the 2013 Comic Con in New York.
Watch the video below of the GAS crew explaining the creative process involved in creating a zombie-fighting Hyundai.