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Nick Bitel hopes for a record-breaking London marathon

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Sunday’s London Marathon will raise over £46.5 million, smashing the world record for the largest annual one-day fundraiser, claims the event’s main man Nick Bitel.

A partner in sports law firm Max Bitel Greene, Mr Bitel has been part-time chief executive of the London Marathon since 1993. Under his authority, the number of people running has grown by around 50 per cent. So, what makes the marathon so popular? “It is the great suburban Everest,” says Mr Bitel, 48.

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Jill Moss warns animal lovers of the MRSA dangers lurking in their pets

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Pet-owners, take note. Your furry friend could be carrying the superbug MRSA. This is the message from North London’s Jill Moss, who contracted the human strain of the serious drug-resistant bacteria from her dog Bella, who died from the disease.

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Natalie Besbrode goes on air to get to the Heart of her Jewish roots

By Candice Krieger, April 11, 2008

Heart 106.2 DJ Natalie Besbrode — aka Natalie B — is using her radio prowess to get more involved in the Jewish community.

“I am on a big journey,” Miss Besbrode, 30, tells People.

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Stanley Medicks pays a final tribute to Israel’s 1948 volunteers

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

War veteran Stanley Medicks hopes that Israel continues to commemorate its creation forever — after all, he did help fight for it.


Eighty-two-year-old Mr Medicks is the founder of the British and European Machal Association, an organisation of overseas volunteers who fought for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. Mr Medicks, one of 3,500 volunteers, is organising the association’s final reunion. More than 80 Machal veterans are expected to unite in Israel on Yom Hazikaron next month.

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Neil Shestopal takes his passion for opera into cyberspace

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Veteran Chazan Neil Shestopal is mad about opera: so much so that he has created a website devoted to the art.


Operalovers.net targets those who share a passion for opera. It features podcasts, interviews and discussions, in addition to performances and production information. “I was surprised, but there is nothing else like it on the web,” Mr Shestopal, 63, tells People.

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Dani Landau gets a taste of success with an award for his film about Jewish pastries

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Actor and filmmaker Dani Landau has won an international online film competition — and pocketed a £500 prize. His winning creation, Blessed be the Burekas, is about one man’s mission to spread the word of God in England through burekas — traditional Jewish pastries filled with cheese. The competition was organised by Jeneration.org, the Reform Movement’s social-networking website.

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Susan Pinker can help you understand the opposite sex

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

What a perceptive family. Canadian psychologist Susan Pinker, the sister of eminent experimental psychologist Steven Pinker, has some thought-provoking theories on understanding the opposite sex. Bad news, though — it is harder than you thought.

David Rosen knows he faces a hard task helping Heather Mills to win public support

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Heather Mills has no chance of ever turning the tide of public opinion in her favour, according to her lawyer, David Rosen.

Mr Rosen, who acted as her legal adviser during the divorce hearing against Sir Paul McCartney and has now been appointed her lawyer, tells People: “It’s impossible for her to change the public opinion. She was married to a legend and never had the chance to get good press. I think she is misunderstood.”

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