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How the Creators of Loving Vincent Brought the First Fully Painted Animated Film to Life

When Vincent van Gogh stumbled into the French village of Auvers-sur-Oise during the summer of 1890, he was bleeding from a bullet wound lodged in his upper abdomen, days away from dying in relative obscurity. Found on his person was not a suicide note, but rather what is believed to be a rough draft of a letter the 37-year-old artist had just mailed to his brother, Theo. Throughout his life, Vincent had drafted hundreds of letters to his brother. His last missive to him was remarkable only for how ordinary…

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Alfie Evans: Sick toddler’s life support ‘can end’

Doctors can stop providing life support to toddler Alfie Evans who has a mystery illness against his parents’ wishes, the High Court has ruled. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital argued that continuing to treat the 21-month-old from Bootle, Merseyside was “unkind, unfair and inhumane”. His parents Tom Evans and Kate James had hoped to prolong Alfie’s life with treatment at a hospital in Rome. Mr Justice Hayden said Alfie requires “peace, quiet and privacy”. The hospital is set to withdraw ventilation on Friday. His mother left the court hearing before the…

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Life expectancy gap between rich and poor widens

The life expectancy gap between England’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods has widened since 2001, a report says. On average, a boy born in one of the most affluent areas will outlive one born in one of the poorest by 8.4 years. That was up from 7.2 years in 2001, the Longevity Science Panel (LSP) found. The government said it was tackling the issue, and added cancer survival rates were “at an all-time high”. The LSP report said the results were concerning and required further investigation to understand the causes. But…

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Liverpool FC news: Roberto Firmino vows to make life difficult for Champions League opponents Porto

Forward Roberto Firmino does not know if Champions League opponents Porto are afraid of Liverpool and their goalscoring threat but he hopes to make them suffer in the Estadio do Dragao. Jurgen Klopp’s side qualified unbeaten top of their group after scoring 23 goals, a record for an English club and a competition total surpassed only by Paris St Germain (25), also this season. Nineteen of those goals came from Firmino (six), Mo Salah (five), Coutinho (five) and Sadio Mane (three) and although one of that quartet is now with…

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Ashley Jensen's husband Terence Beesley took his own life, inquest hears

The husband of Extras actress Ashley Jensen took his own life at their Somerset home, an inquest has heard. Emergency services were called to actor Terence Beesley’s home in Camerton, near Bath, on the afternoon of 30 November last year. Avon Coroner’s Court heard the 60-year-old was found in a car in his garage. Coroner Peter Harrowing concluded that his death had been as a result of suicide. The medical cause of death was carbon monoxide toxicity. ‘Never forget’ In a statement read out at the hearing, Jensen – whose…

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Teacher on life support as worst flu outbreak in years engulfs US

A special education teacher in Texas is reportedly on life support after contracting both strains of influenza, as the worst flu season in years engulfs the United States. Crystal Whitley, who teaches in Mullin, got the flu shot in October after giving birth to her son, family members told ABC affiliate WFAA. But she caught both the H3N2 and H1N1 flu strains two weeks ago. Then she came down with pneumonia in both lungs and contracted MRSA, a bacterial infection that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics. Now, Whitley…

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