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Brian Blessed has claimed that he was once given a drawing by Pablo Picasso now worth around £50m – but he threw it away.
The 79-year-old actor claims he met the artist at a World Peace Congress just outside Sheffield in 1950, when he was 12 years old, and challenged him to prove who he really was by drawing him "something".
He told The Telegraph: "He said, “I will draw you a dove of peace,” which he did and handed it to me. “I said, 'That shows you’re not Picasso, that’s not a dove!'
"Picasso replied: 'For the first time I have a critic, the child does not believe this is a dove.' I threw his drawing on the floor and in doing so, threw away about £50m.

"It was picked up, presented to the assembly as a symbol of the peace congress of 1948 and now hangs in Sheffield Gallery."
Blessed, who revealed he once helped a mother deliver a baby under a tree and bit through the newborn’s umbilical cord, added that he owns an original, rare Mickey Mouse statue which he bought from Disney when he worked on Tarzan.
Joe Jones
One of the first ever poppies made to be worn on Remembrance Day is on display at a museum in Essex, England.
The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon is home to the fabric flower from 1921.
Poppies were adopted as a symbol of remembrance by the newly formed Royal British Legion in 1921.
The flower first became a symbol of remembrance in 1918 when American Monia Michael, inspired by the John McRae poem In Flanders Fields, decided to wear a poppy in remembrance of those who died in the First World War.
On the 9th November 1918, she sold 24 red silk poppies to delegates at a YMCA conference in New York.
The poppy was later adopted as a symbol in America in 1920 and Canada in July 1921, before a French lady by the name of Anna Guerin started making fabric poppies in France to sell for the benefit of war orphans.
She then visited England and persuaded Field Marshal Douglas Haig to adopt the Poppy as a symbol of remembrance for the British Legion.


The first every poppy appeal in 1921 raised more than £106,000 and was used to help First World War veterans with employment and housing.
A poppy factory in Richmond, London, was then set up in 1922 by Major George Howson, who employed disabled ex-servicemen to make the poppies.
The poppy can be viewed at the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10:30am to 5pm.
Joe Jones
October 25th marks two special occasions.
The first is the birthday of Pablo Picasso, arguably one of the best-known artists of all time, whose family name is synonymous with art and artistry. 
Picasso was a painter, sculptor, ceramicist, printmaker, designer and more; he is often credited as an inventor of collage and as the founder of Cubism, and his lasting influence on Modern art is indisputable. 
His career began around 1900 in Parisian cafes, where he painted colourful versions of cabaret performers, flaneurs, beggars and drinkers.
Through his blue and red periods he continued to paint in a relatively traditional style, but soon he developed a revolutionary Cubist style in collaboration with fellow artist George Braque. 
However, with one of the most recognizable aesthetics of any modern art museum, Picasso is almost a genre of his own.
The second occasion within this day is International Artist Day, which was launched in 2004 to honour the contribution artists make to society.
International Artist Day was founded by Chris MacClure, a Canadian artist who specializes in the style known as ‘Romantic Realism’. He created this day to bring recognition to the world of art, and to celebrate all the ways that artists bring their own special view to life.
The occasion has grown steadily in popularity around the world, and over the last few years has taken on a life of its own.
The best way to celebrate International Artist Day is to support your local artists, to get back to your craft and bring something personal into your life through artistic expression, or to visit your local artistic establishments.
Come and discuss Picasso’s birthday and International Artist Day on the Poetry & Art! Online forum and join the conversation!
Joe Jones
Renowned street artist Banksy has taken the remnants of sell-out exhibition Dismaland to a migrant and refugee camp in northern France.
Materials from his Disneyland spoof, along with associated merchandise, has been relocated to the so-called "Jungle" in the French port city of Calais, where more than 6,000 people live there in the hope of reaching Britain.
Timber and other materials from Banksy's "bemusement park" have been cut up and used to make shelters, while sweatshirts from the exhibition's gift store have been handed out to inhabitants.
The shelters were built by volunteers who took the materials to Calais from the coastal resort of Weston-super-Mare on October 16.
Dismaland's sign, which took the mickey out of the iconic Disney script, had been re-imagined itself to say 'Dismal Aid'. 

Aid workers went on to remove the signage after suggesting it was exploiting the suffering of refugees, and there were fears that parts of it could even be sold on eBay. 
Banksy's public murals are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, and 150,000 people lined up for hours last month to visit Dismaland.
Conditions in "The Jungle" have been described as "far below any minimum standards," and there are concerns about the health of its inhabitants as winter approaches. 
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