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Mira Ormala has a dream role: the Fairy Godmother

By Candice Krieger, November 4, 2010

Mira Ormala is heading for panto. Born in Finland, Miss Ormala moved to the UK a year ago to complete a post graduate degree in musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. She has since landed a lead role in Cinderella, touring Lancashire at the end of the year.

She will play the Fairy Godmother in the show, which also stars former Coronation Street actor Nick Cochrane (Andy McDonald).

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Sam Kaye snaps up a photography award, aged 11

By Candice Krieger, November 4, 2010

Look out David Bailey. Eleven year-old Sam Kaye has been crowned young photographer of the year in an international competition.

Sam, a pupil at Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood, entered the contest - organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) - with his photo of a hoverfly. He took the picture on a day out with his photographer mother at the RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey.

He tells People: "My mum took me to Wisley because she had been teaching me and some friends about photography. I'm really pleased that one of mine was picked as the best.

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David Malin inspires people with his poems

By Candice Krieger, November 4, 2010

Retired English teacher David Malin is sharing his long-standing love of language in his collection of poems.

Mr Malin, who suffers from bipolar disorder - a condition that causes severe mood swings - hopes his anthology, Lovesongs of Innocence and Experience, will inspire those who read it.

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Gershon Portnoi bowls out a funny new cricket book

By Candice Krieger, November 4, 2010

Gershon Portnoi has been busy of late.

The former deputy editor of TalkSport's online magazine has been appointed deputy editor of ShortList, the free lifestyle magazine for men. He has also published a new cricket book, just in time for the Ashes series, which starts later this month: Why are you so fat? The TalkSport book of cricket sledging.

Sledging is the term used in cricket to describe the practice whereby players seek to gain an advantage by insulting or verbally intimidating the opposing batsman.

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Janice Grant vows to cut wedding stress

By Candice Krieger, November 4, 2010

VJanice Grant is used to planning holidays. Now she is planning weddings.A former Israel Government Tourism officer, who spent more than 20 years working in the travel industry, she has co-founded a wedding planning service. Marry In Style aims to reduce any stress for the happy couple.

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Valerie Leon goes from Hai Karate to kung phew!

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

It was in the sixties that Valerie Leon burst on the scene as the buxom amazon whose head was turned by a hapless martial artist irresistible in Hai Karate aftershave.

She went on to find fame as a Bond babe, a Carry On cutie and the hottest thing in Hammer Horror.

But when her agent sent her to audition for another advert 35 years on, she found herself once again getting sniffy.

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Steve Trister hopes his new character will be a "sucksess"

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

Look out for this man. He goes by the name of Guru Popolini, aka, the world's number one success sage, or, as he puts it, "sucksess" sage. But don't be fooled. For he is a satirical character created by comedy actor Steve Trister.

Mr Trister, 30, came up with the alter ego to send up the growing number of what he calls success experts.

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Suzie Parkus can boost your business with some help from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the like

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

Facebook phobes take note. There is a new start-up which helps people and businesses to use social media websites.

Whether it is Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, SRP Consultancy - established by Suzie Parkus - shows you how to grow your business online.

Ms Parkus, 28, has been placed in the top 100 of the Barclays Trading Places awards in recognition of people who have beaten the odds to triumph in business.

Ms Parkus was diagnosed with ME ten years ago but has not let the condition affect her drive to succeed. She tells People: "I haven't let it beat me.

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Michael Rosenberg has some interesting tales to tell

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

He has travelled to Latin America, South Africa, and China, and was one of the founders of TV-am with Sir David Frost. Now Michael Rosenberg has turned a lifetime of experiences into a series of children's stories.

The businessman and writer from Hertfordshire has published his third book. The Little Lost Tune is the tale of twins on the hunt for some missing musical notes.

Mr Rosenberg, 71, tells People that he has always been imaginative and is constantly coming up with "crazy ideas".

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Freda Greenwold retires... And? She is 98 years old

By Candice Krieger, October 28, 2010

At the age of 98, Freda Greenwold can be forgiven for taking things a little easier.

After 20 years, the great grandmother has retired as a volunteer at Nightingale, the care home for older Jewish people.

Mrs Greenwold, who started out helping to serve lunch before working in the shop, tells People: "You only volunteer if you want to and I have always wanted to but it is a bit much for me now. I will still come to Nightingale to see everybody though. I haven't cut myself off completely."

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