Splendid isolation in Yorkshire: A creative writing course in the

Last June when I arrived at Lumb Bank, a forbidding granite farmhouse above Hebden Bridge, the house manager Becky didn't take my luggage, but she did take a weight off my shoulders: "There's no television, radio or internet connection here," she mentioned breezily as she showed me to a small, sparse bedroom. It struck me then that a holiday might be as simple as removing the white noise of everyday life for a while. And that, I thought guiltily, includes my two small children whom I had left with my wife. But guilt passes. And in my case, quickly.

Leonardo da Vinci may have included secret self-portrait in 'The Last

Art historians have long wondered: what did Leonardo da Vinci look like? The Renaissance genius left no youthful self-portraits, but experts have long suspected that he may have inserted his likeness into one of his own works. Now one author has proposed a tantalising new theory – that Leonardo actually depicted himself, twice, in The Last Supper.

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