Christopher Smith The Accidental Triathlete

Warrington Sports Awards 2014

At the end of 2010 I had been nominated for the 'Sports Personality of The Year Award' for Warrington in Cheshire.Thinking back now I can recall that 2010 had not been particularly spectacular, in terms of success...

Sarah Egerton Nantwich Mums United

Lucien Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

I always make a beeline to Trafalgar Square on any trip to London - home of the titans of art - but this time round I had an invite to an exhibition I wouldn't have missed for all the world.“I would sit very close and stare, sometimes looking so hard they would undergo an involuntary magnification.” Since studying for an art foundation in Bournville in the dark ages when I found my passion lay in painting portraits and nudes, I've been fascinated with Lucien Freud. I never got to meet my idol but last week I experienced the next best thing: Lucien Freud, Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery - the very last exhibition which he worked on before he died last summer aged 88 – he was still painting with a force to be reckoned with right until the end. I know the trip to Trafalgar Square – home of the titans of art – like I know the trip to Liverpool One...

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