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Adam Foulds picks up a top award for a book he wrote in between driving fork-lifts

By Candice Krieger, April 24, 2008

Former fork-lift truck driver Adam Foulds has been named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year.

Mr Foulds, 33, whose father is Rabbi Michael Foulds of the New Essex Masorti Synagogue, picked up the award for his debut novel, The Truth About These Strange Times (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) — a book about contemporary London life. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a runaway child genius and an overweight, chain-smoking twenty-something Glaswegian.

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Professor Joan Freeman has advice for parents of child geniuses: for their benefit, let them grow up in their own time

By Candice Krieger, April 24, 2008

Children who are accelerated beyond their year group at school are likely to experience social problems later on in life, according to the psychologist Joan Freeman.

Professor Freeman has spent more than 30 years researching gifted children, and Channel 4 has just been highlighting her work. She was also recently given a lifetime achievement award by the British Psychological Society.

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Elan and Josh Miller abandon London to volunteer in the IDF

By Candice Krieger, April 24, 2008

The North-London brothers have left their London life behind to join the Israeli Defence Forces — and fulfil a long-standing dream.

Elan and Josh Miller from Hendon, aged 20 and 19 respectively, are volunteering as fighters in the Israeli army. Elan, who arrived in Israel two years ago, is now a qualified tank driver, while Josh, who moved in September 2006, is a foot-soldier in the Golani brigade. They both plan to make aliyah.

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Lauren Rich is recognised for her work with hospital radio

By Candice Krieger, April 24, 2008

Lauren Rich, 28, has been named one of hospital radio’s top presenters. She was awarded the honour at last month’s National Hospital Radio Awards, organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association. She picked up her accolade in the Female Presenter of the Year category.

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Annabel Levin turns a baked bean into an award-winning story

By Candice Krieger, April 17, 2008

North-London mother-of-two Annabel Levin has won a BBC short-story competition for her tale about a fire-breathing baked bean.

Ms Levin’s story, Dr Sharpneedle Visits, was picked from 2,000 other entries in a competition organised by the BBC’s Reading and Writing initiative (RaW).

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Michael Hirst books a place in the hotel world’s hall of fame

By Candice Krieger, April 17, 2008

Hertfordshire’s Michael Hirst has been honoured with a lifetime-achievement award for his contribution to the hotel and hospitality industry.

Mir Hirst, 64, was presented with the accolade in Berlin at the annual International Hotel Investment Forum. A consultant to CBRE Hotels, Mr Hirst has spent the past 45 years working in the hospitality and tourism industry. In 2003, he was appointed an OBE for his services to tourism.

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Dan Patterson takes some comedy steps to reduce his carbon footprint

By Candice Krieger, April 17, 2008

TV comedy producer Dan Patterson has been lending his humour to a more serious cause. The award-winning producer, perhaps best known for creating the hit improvisation show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, says he has been motivated to reduce his carbon footprint after hosting a UJIA Jewish media networking event last week.

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Emma Spiegler is recognised for her work helping those with addicted parents

By Candice Krieger, April 17, 2008

Twenty-five-year-old Emma Spiegler has received a national honour for her work with children of drug or alcohol-addicted parents.

Miss Spiegler picked up the award — and a £1,000 prize — at the recent Young People of the Year awards, which recognise and reward positive role models in the community. Organised by SkillsTrain, its judges included the Prime Minister’s wife, Sarah Brown.

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Nadaav Soudry wants a few hot dates in front of a camera

By Candice Krieger, April 10, 2008

Thirty-year-old Nadaav Soudry is looking for Jewish dates — and calls it work.

Mr Soudry, a freelance film-maker, is currently directing new ITV series A Match Made in Heaven. The seven-part observational documentary — to be screened later this year — will follow a selection of Jews, Christians and Muslims as they search for love within their faiths. Fancy it? Mr Soudry is currently casting.

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Carly Stratton gets shipwrecked and survives to tell the tale

By Candice Krieger, April 10, 2008

Manchester beauty Carly Stratton is among those taking part in this years Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands series.


The 19-year-old student is one of ten islanders to appear on the hit reality show, which returns to our screens this Sunday. Set in the South Pacific, the series follows an initial 12 people cast away on two islands. Other castaways join the islanders throughout their three-month stay to compete for a share of the £100,000 prize.

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