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Steve Lee Curtis fights to put wrestling back on TV

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

Look out Simon Cowell.

Former British wrestling champion Steve Lee Curtis wants to get British wrestling back on our screens - and he wants to do it X Factor-style.

Mr Lee Curtis - the 1987 British light-middleweight champion - is in talks with several television companies about a reality show, which would give wrestling wannabes the chance to land a professional contract.

The hopefuls would be coached by some of the sport's biggest names such as Mick McManus, Mark "Rollerball" Rocco and Tony 'Banger' Walsh.

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Jill Shaw Ruddock writes an upbeat menopause manual

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

Good news for women. While the menopause may be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms, it should, in fact, be the most enjoyable time of our life.

This is according to former investment banker Jill Shaw Ruddock, the author of a new book which guides women through the key issues they face after the menopause. Titled The Second Half of Your Life (Vermilion), it features interviews with more than 50 influential women - including Ruby Wax, Sheila Hancock and Dame Vivienne Westwood - advising how the reader can make "the second half of their life the best half".

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Alison Fisher wins a top short-story writing award

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

Author Alison Fisher has worked in an Easter egg factory, in air traffic control centre and as an EastEnders scriptwriter. Now she has turned her attention to creative writing - and successfully.

Ms Fisher, who is in her 50s, has won the Bridport Prize, an international short-story competition. Brighton-based Ms Fisher picked up the honour for The Woodcutter's Wife, a fairytale about a girl, who comes from the sea and has to go and live in a forest.

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Joe Craig is boosting children's passion for reading

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

The importance of reading for children aged 11 to 13 cannot be underestimated, says award-winning children's writer Joe Craig.

The creator of the prolific Jimmy Coates series, which has sold more than 250,000 copies in 12 countries, believes this is the "key
age that children need to read".

He tells People: "This is the age - school years seven and eight - when, statistically, there is the biggest drop-off in reading, particularly among boys. There are so many distractions for them and these have a real affect.

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David Hyams is hoping for a successful Valentine's Day

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

If you are planning to send a Valentine's Day card this year, don't just write your feelings: say them. This is the message from David Hyams, the UK director of a new online greeting card company.

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Nikki van der Zyl shows off her James Bond goodies

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Nikki van der Zyl has a very famous voice. The British actress (right) re-voiced many of the female voices in the James Bond films, including Ursula Andress in Dr. No, Eunice Gayson in From Russia With Love and Jane Seymour in Live And Let Die. Hardly surprising then that she has gathered an enviable collection of Bond memorabilia over the years.

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Georgie Sussman has some very famous recipes

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Nigella Lawson, Sophie Dahl and Amanda Holden are just some of the celebrities who have contributed to a new celebrity cookbook.

The Cupcake Ward Cookbook - a collection of cupcake recipes and desserts - is the brainchild of 12-year-old Georgie Sussman as a way of raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Roz Tucker-Shaw asks: Do we really need technology?

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Before children's adventure heroes Harry Potter, Ben 10 and Transformers, the young enjoyed much simpler pleasures. This is according to children's author Roz Tucker-Shaw.

The writer wants to take children aged between four and seven back to these "simpler days" with her new book, The Doers. Set in the late 1940s, the story focuses on a family which lived without the technology of today.

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David Hitchman helps you pay homage to your football team

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Here's one for soccer fans. You can now pay tribute to your club, and help kick racism out of football by wearing a customised T-shirt.

Aston Villa supporter David Hitchman has come up with a range of T-shirts featuring slogans such as "White Hart Lane is my Synagogue". Mr Hitchman, 30, is the founder of online company Soccerprint.co.uk. It prints a range of football-themed phrases onto T-shirts.

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Brian Daniels writes a play inspired by his northern roots

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

As artistic director at London's New End theatre, Brian Daniels has been responsible for 200 productions over 13 years. Now, he has decided to write some himself.

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