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Darren Everest is talent-spotted while on his tea break

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Painter Darren Everest (circled) and his four fellow music-loving decorators were singing during a tea break while working in Oxford Street, London, when they were spotted by a talent scout from Warner Music.

They have since been offered a five-album deal with the record company, whose artists include Madonna. The old-school vocal group, called The Overtones, formed painting and decorating company Classical Interiors UK Ltd so that they could earn money and rehearse at the same time.

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Paul Mann leaves UBS to join a leading Israeli bank

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Paul Mann, a former executive director at UBS Wealth Management, has joined Bank Hapoalim to head its UK private banking division.

Mr Mann, 42, is hoping to increase the Israeli bank's market share. He tells People: "It's fabulous. It's a very mature business and there is a real positive 'can do' attitude here.

"I have come in to give it a boost and do some more."

He says: "I am probably more motivated and enthusiastic than I have been for years."

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Anna Josse helps charity donors make the most of their money

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Nice work, Anna Josse. The former first full-time director of the New Israel Fund, Mrs Josse is the founder of Prism, a registered charity which helps individuals and companies with their charitable giving.

Prism has been shortlisted in the STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) private client awards, taking place on October 19. Her organisation has been nominated in the Philanthropy Team of the Year category, in recognition of those who provide outstanding strategic advice to donors on philanthropic giving and structures.

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Ray Rivlin is inspired by her disabled son to come up with a more inclusive Haggadah

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Dublin's Ray Rivlin has created her own simplified version of the Haggadah.

Inspired by her son Alan, who is a resident of the Leeds Rainbow Project, Mrs Rivlin decided to modify the Haggadah to make it more accessible to people with learning difficulties.

She tells People: "During Pesach last year I took the second Seder for the residents and simplified it for them. They seemed to like it and it struck me that it would be a good idea to write it down."

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Richard Benn is translating Shakespeare's plays into Somali

By Candice Krieger, September 7, 2010

Know how to say "To be or not to be" in Somali? Teacher Richard Benn does. The 40-year-old, who is head of English at Silver-dale comprehensive school in Sheffield, has teamed
up with his colleagues - and pupils - to translate William Shakespeare's works into the Somali
language.

They have founded the The Somali Shakespeare Company - a community-based group established to promote Somali-language theatre and culture. Around 16 per cent of students at Silverdale are Somali. Glasgow-born Mr Benn tells People: "My colleague was out for

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Sara Davis gets ready to endure a 'meshuganah' 13-hour challenge

By Candice Krieger, September 7, 2010

Triathlete Sara Davis is stepping up a gear. The 37-year-old single mother is preparing to compete in an ironman competition. Ms Davis, an in-house lawyer, will swim 3.8km, cycle 180km and run 42.2km (a full marathon) during the contest, which takes place in Austria next summer. She says: "Everyone thinks I am the biggest meshuganah going, butI love it.

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Naomi Richards can help build your child's self-esteem

By Candice Krieger, September 7, 2010

More and more parents are seeking outside assistance to raise their children's self-esteem or help them deal with divorce, according to children's life coach Naomi Richards, who has experienced a growing demand over the past 18 months. She says she is seeing children as young as six years old.

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Rafi Neumann gets his travel site off to a flyer

By Candice Krieger, August 26, 2010

Do you know that Gol Airlines flies in Brazil and Hainan Airlines flies in China? Manchester's Rafi Neumann does.

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Ken Howard models his teenage fiction hero on Obama

By Candice Krieger, August 26, 2010

He has written songs for Elvis Presley, screenplays for the BBC and music for Miss Marple. But now, Ken Howard, a leading composer and film producer, has turned his hand to a different sort of writing - teenage fiction.

His debut book, The Young Chieftain, is about a black American teenager called Jamie. When his dad is killed, he and his mother travel from their Los Angeles home to a remote Scottish island to bury him. Jamie finds himself at the heart of ancient feuds, which put his life at risk.

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Emily Lew is all pumped up for a big charity cycle ride

By Candice Krieger, August 26, 2010

Solicitor Emily Lew has a different case on her hands. The litigation associate at Herbert Smith is organising a 60-mile bike ride to raise money for the Gaucher's Association, a charity that supports sufferers of Gaucher's disease - a rare genetic disorder in which abnormal amounts of fats are stored in certain body cells. Around 100 cyclists will take part in the Gaucher's Association Charity Cycle Ride between London and Cambridge on Sunday September 5.

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