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Nwankwo Kanu is confirmed a hero in Israel and Africa — as well as Portsmouth

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Nigerian football star Nwankwo Kanu has had quite a week. Just two days after scoring Portsmouth’s winning goal in last Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Cardiff, Kanu was back on the pitch raising funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation, a charity that helps send African children to Israel for life-saving heart operations.

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Hilary Blume puts the Chelsea Flower Show gardens up for sale

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Ever wondered what happens to all the plants at the Chelsea Flower Show once it closes its gates each year? Hilary Blume did, which is why she is arranging for them to be recycled at this year’s garden event. Ms Blume, 63, founder of ethical present charity the Good Gifts Catalogue, is working with the show’s organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), to give away timber, paving stones, plants, trees and the like to community organisations and schools after the event finishes.

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Becky Jacobs wins a Sony Gold award for her literary podcast

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Freelance radio producer Becky Jabobs has won a coveted Gold award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards — dubbed the Oscars of the radio industry. She picked up the accolade on Monday in the Internet Programme category for her podcast The Book Slam. Hosted by Patrick Neate, the show accompanies the London-based Book Slam literary club. It became available to download last year, since when Will Self, Irvine Welsh and Biyi Bandele have all featured. “The award is the biggest accolade you can get in radio,” Ms Jacobs, 32, tells People.

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Karen Phillips invites the nation to dinner in a new ITV show

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Is Karen Phillips Britain’s top hostess? That is exactly what new ITV show House Guest attempts to find out.

The series, which started on Monday May 19, is searching for the nation’s best dinner-party hosts. Five people from across the UK spend five nights competing for the accolade — and a £1,000 prize. Each night, one of the hosts entertains the other four by cooking dinner. One person is then picked to stay over for the night.

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John Marks calls for abortion laws to be made more lenient

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

John Marks, a former chair of the British Medical Association, has welcomed this week’s decision by MPs to reject a cut in the time limit for abortions. He is now calling for current laws to be liberalised towards abortion on demand.

Dr Marks, 82, one of the UK’s best-recognised medical names, tells People: “I see no reason to involve two doctors. I believe it is a matter of choice for the woman. The life that matters is the potential mother, not the unborn foetus. There’s no contest.”

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Councillor Ron Silver is made mayor - at 80

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Boris Johnson is not the only one with a new mayoral role. Octogenarian Ron Silver has become the first mayor of Irthlingborough, a town in East Northamptonshire.

A former vice- chair of the ward of Irthlingborough, Mr Silver, 80, was inaugurated in the new, non-political, role last week.


“I won’t be wearing a uniform but I will wear a chain of office,” Mr Silver tells People. “It’s quite an honour, being the first Jewish mayor in East Northamptonshire.”

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Lilach Bullock gets praise from Downing Street for being a top 'mumpreneur'

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Yesterday was national Work From Home Day. But those of you working from home were probably too busy to notice. It seems an increasing number of mothers, in particular, are taking to working from home in order to balance their work and family pressures.

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Tony Levene is crowned consumer champion of the year

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

The guardian’s Tony Levene has been named consumer champion of the year for his campaigning journalism.

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Ros Altmann offers advice to younger people as the pensions crisis deepens

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

As employers continue to cut back on private pension schemes, former Downing Street adviser Ros Altmann is warning that younger people are particularly at risk of facing an impoverished retirement.


The number of firms that are either shutting or reducing their contribution to schemes — which pay a percentage of a worker’s earnings on retirement — has soared to its highest since records began, due to increasing costs.

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Allan Conway on Boris Johnson — he’s not the fool he can appear to be

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Newly elected London mayor Boris Johnson is a free-spirited, individualistic person, who is constantly on the look out for new opportunities and has the ability to get others to act on his own ideas. So says graphologist Allan Conway, who has just analysed a sample of the mayor’s handwriting.


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