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Debbie King serves up a culinary podcast for university students

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Look out Jamie Oliver. Leeds-born television personality Debbie King is becoming something of a celebrity chef.

Ms King — perhaps best known for hosting ITV1’s cult entertainment game show Quizmania — is the presenter of new online cookery series Studentcooking.tv, which last week won the Best Contribution in New Media 2008 category at the Yorkshire Television Society awards.

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Howie Fifer has some questions for a fellow breakdancer

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Breakdancer Howie Fifer failed to make it into the reality-TV series Britain’s Got Talent. But having auditioned and shown his moves, he now says he finds them remarkably similar to some of those used by George Sampson, the 14-year-old who impressed the judges and public to be crowned the winner of this year’s series.

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Vicki Prais is off to train Armenian judges in human rights

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

London lawyer Vicki Prais is off to Armenia. Ms Prais, who works for the British Government on a variety of high-profile anti-terrorism and national security cases, has been invited as an expert to take part in next week’s Council of Europe seminar.

The two-day event focuses on criminal procedure under the European Convention on Human Rights and related extradition issues. She will give a presentation and train Armenian judges about the convention.

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Adam Hahn produces portraits that are blurred... for a reason

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

What if your view of the world was always blurred? That is what North London artist Adam Hahn wants visitors to his new show to ponder. Launched last week, the portrait exhibition aims to convey how people with macular degeneration (MD) — a condition which causes seriously blurred vision and blindness — see through a foggy haze.

Mr Hahn, 29, has spent the past year talking to sufferers and his exhibition features portraits of them as they would see themselves. He created the show to promote awareness of the degenerative eye condition in memory of his grandmother.

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Jane Eisner re-writes history to become the first female editor of the Forward

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Jane Eisner has just become the first woman editor-in-chief at the Forward, the national American Jewish news weekly based in New York. The paper, founded in 1897, has an august heritage: previous employees included the likes of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel, before they won their Nobel Prizes.

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John Burns is a big deal in property

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Property crisis? Not for industry chief John Burns, the managing director of Derwent London, a property development and investment company. Last week, Mr Burns, 64, was credited with doing the “deal of the year” at the Norwood property awards.

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Avril Mills grants terminally ill children some magical wishes

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Former actress Avril Mills has launched a charity to grant wishes for terminally ill children. The Dream Factory was set up by Miss Mills in memory of her son Oliver, who died from leukaemia in 1999, aged nine.

Founded earlier this year, the charity also grants wishes for young adults and people with severe disabilities.  This week, it launched its website: www.yourdreamfactory.org, to coincide with what would have been Oliver’s birthday. He would have turned 18 today.

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Patsy Bloom earns a place in the veterinary world’s hall of fame

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Patsy Bloom, the founder of pet insurers Petplan and the Petplan Charitable Trust, has been made an honorary associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons — the highest honour for a non-member. Ms Bloom, 67, was recognised for her support across the veterinary profession.


She tells People: “It’s an unbelievable recognition from your peer group. It’s a great compliment to the company and the trust.”

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Randy Klinger creates a million-pound art centre in Scotland — complete with shul

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

US-born artist Randy Klinger, who describes himself as a “bacon-cheeseburger Jew,” has developed a million-pound, carbon-neutral, visual-arts centre in rural Scotland. Mr Klinger, 51, moved to Moray in Scotland 16 years ago and has devoted the past ten years to developing and fundraising for the centre and its gallery.

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David Sye believes that yoga can lift the Middle East out of conflict

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Yoga instructor David Sye is hoping that its power can bring peace to the Middle East. Mr Sye, the founder of Yogabeats — his own brand of yoga, driven by music and rhythms — has recently launched a Yogabeats conflict project (www.yogabeats.com).

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