During Sunday night’s show the former England footballer, 35, beat Matt Hancock and Owen Warner to be crowned the queen of the jungle for 2022.
Speaking to hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly after receiving the news, Scott said: “I just can’t believe it. Honestly, I think I’m going to owe my grandma a lot of money for the 12 million votes she’s done.
“We were one big team, I don’t think there should be one winner, we couldn’t have got through it without all of us.”
Hancock, 44, came third and was the first to leave jungle, followed by Hollyoaks actor Warner, 23, who came second.
But viewers were quick to point out Boy George’s reaction to the Jill’s victory and slammed the ‘Karma Chameleon’ singer for “trying to make it about him”.
As Ant and Dec declared Jill the winner of the series her fellow campmates celebrated with cheers and applause while Boy George threw his drink in the air.
One fan tweeted: “Boy George wanting the spotlight by chucking his drink.”
Another added: “Boy George trying to make it about him by chucking his drink?”
“All the Celebs were looking at Jill… apart from Boy George, he was looking for the camera pointing at him. Urgh. Well done Jill,” added a third.
One of only two surviving Michelangelo cartoons is undergoing delicate and highly technical conservation work at the British Museum in an attempt to stabilise the fragile work for the coming decades.
Epifania, created by the Italian master artist around 1550, has degraded and been subject to repeated repairs over its almost 500-year history. Now it is laid out in the museum’s state-of-the-art conservation studios as specialists consider how best to preserve the complex structure and black chalk lines.
The conservation work began in 2018, but was interrupted by the Covid pandemic. It must be completed by May 2024, when the drawing of the Virgin Mary, the Christ Child and other male figures will go back on display as part of the museum’s permanent collection.
“Michelangelo was one of the great draughtsmen of the 16th century. He worked into his 80s, but left only 600 drawings behind – an astonishingly small number given his long career,” said Emma Turner, a senior conservator at the British Museum.
“He is known to have burned some of his drawings in his studio before his death because he didn’t want to reveal his working methods. He was very clear that what he wanted to remain was the ideal.”
The cartoon – a preparatory same-scale drawing for a finished work – was made for Ascanio Condivi, who was regarded as an undistinguished artist but made his name as Michelangelo’s biographer.
Twenty-six sheets of paper, made from cotton, hemp and flax, were overlapped and glued together with flour paste to create a 2.32 metre by 1.65 metre expanse for Michelangelo to work on. The resulting sheet was probably placed upright, with the artist working with chalk inserted into a length of reed.
“There are beautifully executed lines, and there’s also hatching, cross hatching and some shading. And although it’s primarily executed in black chalk, he also makes use of charcoal,” said Turner.
The cartoon was in Michelangelo’s studio at the time of his death. It remained in Italy until the late 18th century, and then travelled to England, the Netherlands and back to England. It was acquired by the British Museum in 1895.
Over the centuries there have been “plenty of repairs and patching”, said Turner. At some point, it seems the cartoon was lined with a textile, and since the 19th century a brown paper lining has supported the work. It was attached to a pine panel, which has now been removed.
Since 2018, conservators have been logging tears, repairs, patches, watermarks and the structure of the work. Now Turner and her colleagues are weighing up possible courses of action to stabilise Epifania – work that includes testing possible treatments on models of the work.
They have also used reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), a photographic method that reveals surface information invisible under normal examination.
“We’re critically examining the options that are available to establish what offers the best solution at this time. In future, there may be a more sympathetic or a better option,” said Turner.
“If the repairs are causing damage, there would possibly be a case for removing them. But the likelihood is that they will stay. To remove them is an enormous undertaking, and it also would fundamentally change the object as it arrived into the museum.”
Before the end of the year, the work will be flipped – a complex and risky operation – to allow a detailed examination of the reverse, including some tears that run through both the cartoon and the lining paper.
Epifania will eventually be remounted on to a lightweight but rigid aluminium honeycomb panel, and reframed to allow the cartoon’s recently uncovered edges to be displayed.
It was “incredibly exciting and quite daunting” to be working on a “rare, complex and very large object with a 500-year history”, Turner said.
“We want to be as neutral as we can in our conservation interventions. So much research has already gone into it, and there’s so much more we will do before enacting any treatment, that we’ll be as confident of offering the best solution we can at this date. Epifania will never be in fantastic condition, but we hope to keep it stable.”
LONDON (Reuters) – Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday there was “progress” and a sense of “momentum” in talks with Britain to reunite the Parthenon Sculptures in Greece.
Athens has campaigned to have the “Elgin Marbles”, as they are often known – 75 metres of Parthenon frieze, 15 metopes and 17 sculptures – returned from the British Museum since they were removed by British diplomat Lord Elgin in the early 19th century when he was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire then ruling Greece.
“We have seen progress,” Mitsotakis said during an event at the London School of Economics, saying that while discussions remained private, the reunification of the sculptures could be a “win-win solution”.
The British Museum bought the marbles in 1816 and British officials say they had been acquired legally by Elgin, a claim Greece denies.
“I do sense the momentum (to reunite the sculptures),” Mitsotakis added.
(Reporting by Marc Jones; editing by Rodrigo Campos)
A small museum in south-east London has begun the official process of returning looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria.
The Horniman Museum, which houses a collection of 72 treasured items that were taken by force from Benin City in 1897, officially handed over ownership of the artefacts to the Nigerian government on Monday.
The Horniman described returning the looted objects as a “moral and appropriate” response after a request from Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM).
There are still questions about whether thousands of items which are held at large institutions globally, including the British Museum, will ever be sent back.
The first six objects which are being returned – including two “Benin Bronze” plaques from the royal palace – were handed to Nigerian officials at a ceremony marking the transfer of ownership of 72 looted items.
The items were taken from Benin City by British troops in February 1897.
Nick Merriman, chief executive of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, and Professor Abba Tijani, the NCMM’s director-general, were asked by journalists ahead of the official handover if they were frustrated at the British Museum’s apparent reluctance to hand over the 900 objects it has held for more than a century.
Mr Merriman, who said the Horniman had been an “excellent example” of leadership, stated: “Journalists who ask me about the Benin return always want to ask me about the British Museum.
“I would rather talk about what an excellent example the Horniman is rather than answer questions about the British Museum.”
The six objects – selected in consultation with the NCMM as being representative of the collection of 72 items – form the first wave of physical repatriation of Benin objects from the Horniman.
A new agreement between the NCMM and the Horniman will allow the remainder to stay in the UK on loan for now, with a second phase of physical repatriations to follow in due course.
Professor Tijani later explained that about 5,000 Benin bronzes are currently “scattered” around the world.
He is hoping that talks with various institutions may result in deals that could herald the items being returned from places including Germany and the US.
The six returning objects from the Horniman Museum are:
– a brass plaque depicting Oba Orhogbua (circa 1550-1578) holding a staff representing authority and power, and with Iwu, royal tattoos
– a brass plaque depicting Agban, the Ezomo (Deputy Commander in Chief of the Benin army), towards the end of the reign of Oba Orhogbua (circa 1550-1578) and the start of the reign of Oba Ehengbuda (circa 1578-1608)
– a brass hip ornament depicting a face or mask
– an ivory staff of office depicting a carved relief figure of an Oba
– an ivory arm cuff carved with heads and abstract shapes, part of royal regalia
– a carved wooden box frame, likely for holding a mirror.
Museum founder Frederick Horniman bought the ivory objects and the wooden frame from Mr WJ Hider, CBS Royal Navy, in March 1897. Mr Hider accompanied General Rawson’s military incursion into Benin City in February 1897, and was personally involved in the looting, the museum said.
Professor Tijani later said he does not go to the British Museum to see the treasured artefacts there because that process “is giving me high blood pressure”.
He added: “I keep on appealing to them to really look at this (return of items) and let us discuss.
“At the end of the day they will still have some objects on loan which they will continue to display.
He said he feels a sense of “relief” when he looks at the Horniman objects that are being returned.
Prof Tijani said: “I feel that the right thing has been done and the Benin people and Africa have the opportunity to see and interact with these objects that they have not been able to do for many decades.”
He noted that “if this invasion had not taken place, these objects would still be in Nigeria”.
These objects were “illegally taken out” of the Benin kingdom at a time when it was a sovereign entity and is now part of Nigeria.
The nation has asked for the stolen artefacts to be returned and the institutions who have them should “do the right thing” and send them back, he said.
Prof Tijani added: “What is the benefit to Nigeria? What is the benefit of this to humanity? We are not looking at monetary value. We are not looking at what will be accrued.
“We are looking at them doing the right thing and (for us) to continue our collaboration.
“These objects are going to be there in Nigeria for people to have the opportunity to understand and learn of their heritage and about their past. If there are any individuals who are associated with this history or heritage, of course, they will feel that the right thing has been done.”
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that some museums are subject to legislation which prevents them from permanently removing or deaccessioning items from their collections, whereas others, which are charities such as the Horniman, are allowed to do so.
A spokesman said: “Museums and galleries in the UK operate independently of Government. Therefore decisions relating to the care and management of their collections are a matter for the trustees of each museum.
“The Horniman Museum and Gardens is not prevented by law from deaccessioning items, so it is up to the trustees of the museum to decide on their collections.”
In his first major foreign policy speech, Mr Sunak indicated to international dignitaries and business leaders on Monday he would set a fresh direction for the UK’s place in the world, after the premierships of Boris Johnson and Liz Truss.
Mr Johnson and Ms Truss were seen as taking more combative approaches with allies such as the French president Emmanuel Macron, but in his speech Mr Sunak promised better relations with Europe amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
In the speech at the annual Lord Mayor’s Banquet in London’s Guildhall, Mr Sunak reiterated Government criticism of the arrest of a BBC journalist covering Covid protests in China.
He said: “Russia is challenging the fundamental principles of the UN Charter. China is consciously competing for global influence using all the levers of state power.
“In the face of these challenges, short-termism or wishful thinking will not suffice. We can’t depend on Cold War arguments or approaches, or mere sentimentality about our past.”
Describing the need for an “evolutionary leap” in British strategy, he said it would require “being stronger in defending our values and the openness on which our prosperity depends”.
“It means delivering a stronger economy at home, as the foundation of our strength abroad. And it means standing up to our competitors, not with grand rhetoric but with robust pragmatism.
“We will do all this not only through our diplomatic expertise, science and technology leadership, and investment in defence and security, but by dramatically increasing the quality and depth of our partnerships with like-minded allies around the world.”
Mr Sunak told his audience the “golden era” of UK-Chinese relations was over, but said it was wrong to “rely on simplistic Cold War rhetoric”.
“We recognise China poses a systemic challenge to our values and interests, a challenge that grows more acute as it moves towards even greater authoritarianism.
“Instead of listening to their people’s protests, the Chinese Government has chosen to crack down further, including by assaulting a BBC journalist.”
But he also warned the UK “cannot simply ignore China’s significance in world affairs – to global economic stability or issues like climate change”.
Elsewhere in his speech, Mr Sunak said his administration was “reinvigorating” European relationships to tackle migration and improve security.
But alongside warm words, the prime minister also pledged to “never align” the UK with EU law.
His speech immediately received criticism, with Tory MP and former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith likening some of Mr Sunak’s language on China as close to “appeasement”.
Speaking to Channel 4 News before Mr Sunak’s speech, Sir Iain pointed to the treatment of BBC cameraman Edward Lawrence, who the broadcaster said was “arrested and handcuffed” while covering demonstrations in China against Covid restrictions, and then “beaten and kicked” by police.
Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy called the speech “as thin as gruel”.
The Labour MP said: “All it shows is that once again the Conservative Government is flip-flopping its rhetoric on China.
“The Government urgently needs to publish its long-promised China strategy as well as its update to the Integrated Review that is already out of date.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said Sunday he believes Russian troops will be leaving the power plant as Ukrainian forces continue to make advances in occupied territories.
“Russian servicemen will leave the Zaporizhzhia NPP, as their line of defense is gradually moving towards the borders of the Russian Federation,” Podolyak said in an interview with Freedom TV.
Russian news outlets have also been hinting at a possible withdrawal from the plant, Petro Kotin, the head of Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Energoatom, said Sunday.
“There are some signs showing that they might be going to leave the Zaporizhzhia NPP,” Kotin said. “There have been a lot of publications in the Russian press saying that the Zaporizhzhia NPP could be left and handed over to the IAEA’s control.”
A withdrawal from the nuclear power plant could mark a significant loss for Russian forces, which have been occupying the plant since March while Ukrainian employees continue to work there under threat of violence. Russian President Vladimir Putin worked up a sham referendum and illegally annexed Zaporizhzhia this fall, attempting to show that Russian forces had gained complete control of the territory. In reality, the Kremlin had been unsure of what portion of Zaporizhzhia Russia actually controlled and which parts it didn’t.
Leaving the power plant behind would be a major blow to Putin’s invasion scheme. Russia annexed other territories around the same time it annexed Zaporizhzhia, but lost some of them soon after announcing they were under Russian control. The potential withdrawal would add to a list of staggering losses in recent weeks, including Russia’s retreat from Kherson and defeats in the northeast of the country as well.
The Kremlin has denied that it has plans to leave the power plant.
“There is no need to look for some signs where they are not and cannot be,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Monday, according to TASS.
Now, Moscow is making moves to bar Ukrainian power plant workers who haven’t yet signed contracts with Russian energy company Rosatom from entering the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, though, according to Interfax.
The move could raise questions about safe operations at the plant.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not immediately return a request for comment on a potential Russian withdrawal.
Ukraine has been accusing Russia of using the nuclear power plant as a way to terrorize civilians for months now. Russia reportedly kidnapped multiple officials working at the power plant—officials whose absence has threatened the safety of operations at the plant, which is the largest in Europe. Other workers have said they have been subjected to abductions and violent interrogations. G7 leaders have condemned the “pressure exerted on the personnel of the facility.”
The IAEA’s Director General, Rafael Grossi, met with Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev in Turkey earlier this month to discuss concerns around the nuclear power plant. Rossi stressed the importance of establishing a security protection zone surrounding the area, as Ukrainians and Russians accused each other of targeting the plant.
The reactors are currently shut down but still need power for cooling and other safety functions, according to the IAEA.
Struggles over territory in Zaporizhzhia continued Monday. Ukrainian forces damaged a bridge in the Zaporizhzhia region that Russian forces used to deliver military supplies, according to an update from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The Russians, too, are working to thwart Ukraine’s progress, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine spokesperson, Alexander Štupun, said.
“In the Zaporizhzhia direction, the occupiers are defending themselves,” Štupun said Monday.
On Sunday, the publication announced that voting for Time’s 2022 Person of the Year is officially open, allowing readers to vote for “the person or group who had the greatest influence on 2022 – for better or worse”.
People can vote from a list of more than 60 global figures, before the Person of the Year, who will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s annual issue, is ultimately chosen by Time’s editors and revealed next month.
So far, out of everyone who’s voted, two per cent of people have said yes to the King being this year’s Person of the Year, while 98 per cent of people have said no.
The King’s mother previously received the title, as the late Queen Elizabeth II was voted Time’s Woman of the Year in 1952, the same year she acceded to the throne.
According to Time.com, Zelensky is currently ahead of King Charles, as 24 per cent of people have voted for Ukraine’s president to receive the honour.
Vladimir Putin, who has declared war on Ukraine, is also up for Time’s title, with a yes score of three per cent. In addition, former US President Donald Trump and UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have a yes score of three per cent.
Women protesters in Iran are currently in the lead for the Person of the Year, with 84 per cent of people voting yes for them.
Many musical artists are up for the accolade, with 10 per cent of the people voting yes for Taylor Swift, seven per cent for Beyoncé, five per cent for Lizzo, and four percent for Harry Styles.
Along with the British and Ukrainian rulers and musicians, several athletes are being considered for the title, including Steph Curry, who has a yes score of three percent, and Serena Williams, who has a yes score of eight per cent.
The 2021 winner, Elon Musk, is up for Person of the Year again this year, with five per cent of voters saying yes to Twitter’s newest owner.
Hundreds of brands had a Royal Warrant to use the royal coat of arms on their products, but it became void after the Queen died.
The brands, including Waitrose and Heinz, can keep using the royal coat of arms for another two years.
They will have to reapply under King Charles III and prove the royal family uses their products.
Food manufacturer Heinz and British supermarket Waitrose are among the hundreds of brands that are going to have to prove the royal family still uses their products to continue using the royal coat of arms.
There are approximately 850 Royal Warrants held by about 750 companies or individuals, according to The Royal Warrant Holders Association, which also noted that that number changes frequently.
However, the brand can continue using the royal coat of arms for up to two years if “there is no significant change within the company concerned,” the association’s website says.
A spokesperson for Waitrose told Insider that the company “will liaise with The Royal Household on future arrangements when the time is right to do so.”
As the new reigning sovereign, King Charles III will have the power to review and grant the Royal Warrants.
Brands are able to use the royal coat of arms in their product design if they have a Royal Warrant of Appointment — a document allowing the brands to use coat if they supply goods or services to the royal family. According to the association’s website, to qualify to apply for the Royal Warrant, companies and businesses have to supply “products or services on a regular and on-going basis to the Royal Households of Grantor/s for not less than five years out of the past seven.”
Brands applying for the warrant also have to show they have policies and action plans around the environment and sustainability.
The royal coat of arms, which features the English lion on the left and the Scottish unicorn on the right holding a shield with emblems from the different parts of the United Kingdom, is accompanied by the Legend which is a statement at the bottom of the crest that says which member of the royal family granted the warrant.
The Royal Warrant is granted for up to five years and can be reviewed for renewal the year before it expires. According to the association, between 20 and 40 warrants are granted, and a similar number are canceled, each year.
Scott told hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly of her victory: “I can’t believe it. I just can’t believe it. I think I’m going to owe my grandma a lot of money for the 12 million votes! I don’t think there should be one winner, we’re all winners.”
She added: “I always say that’s why kids need to go into sport, it’s not about going in at the highest level or anything like that. It’s what you learn through sport, winning, losing, hard work being a good person and you don’t know how you’re going to react to rats and heights but having all those playing for incredible teams equipped me well for the jungle.”