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Rosalind Bickler invites 1,000 people round for coffee

By Candice Krieger, January 13, 2011

Leeds grandmother Rosalind Bickler has been honoured by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mrs Bickler, 71, picked up the Richard Hambro award in recognition of her leadership skills, after setting up an annual coffee morning group in Leeds in 1997. It has raised £180,000 for Macmillan over the past 14 years - more than any other such group in the UK.

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Dan Patterson will have you chuckling after your chicken soup tonight with his new television show

By Candice Krieger, January 13, 2011

If you fancy a laugh following Shabbas dinner - and are not shomer Shabbat - you might want to tune into comedy producer Dan Patterson's new BBC series. Fast and Loose is an eight-week improvisation show, which Mr Patterson hopes will become a "must-see" for television viewers.

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Daniel Hyman is one of the UK's top mathematicians

By Candice Krieger, January 13, 2011

Manchester maths whizz Daniel Hyman certainly knows his numbers. The 17-year-old qualified for a top competition after his impressive performance in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Senior Mathematical Challenge.

Daniel scored 108 out of 125, and was subsequently chosen to represent his school, Manchester Grammar, among the nation's top mathematicians in the British Mathematical Olympiad. He was one of 1,000 students selected from 95,000 hopefuls. He now has the chance to compete in the final, the International Mathematical Olympiad, to be held in Amsterdam in July.

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Dave Robson has some life-changing advice

By Candice Krieger, January 13, 2011

Dave Robson has changed his life around for the better. And now he wants to help you do the same.

Life coach Mr Robson, 61, has written The Five Pillars of Happiness: Your New Life, Step by Step - a guide to rebuilding your life and achieving the right goals.

He tells People: "This book is different to others as it doesn't presume that it can change your life in an instant. It works around real life, creating subtle changes, gradually."

Mr Robson has practiced the art of meditation, experienced therapies and has studied under the Indian guru, Osho.

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Nicola Solomon makes it her job to look after writers

By Candice Krieger, January 13, 2011

Avid reader Nicola Solomon has landed her dream job.

She has been appointed general secretary of The Society of Authors. Ms Solomon, a lawyer at leading media firm Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI), where she has worked for the past 25 years, will take up her new post in March. With more than 8,000 members, the Society serves the interests of professional writers.

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Peter Mittler reveals how the War has helped shape his life

By Candice Krieger, January 6, 2011

After 70 years, eminent academic - and Kindertransport survivor - Peter Mittler is opening up about his experiences of the War.

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Jason Lipman rocks up with a brand new boy band - and catchy debut album

By Candice Krieger, January 6, 2011

This is Jason Lipman, the lead singer of new rock band, Kill 21.

Formed in 2008, the group describe themselves as a classic rock band with modern elements.

The five-man formation also features 28-year-old guitarist Blake Grams, who has Jewish roots.

Kill 21 have recently been signed by Copro Records and released their first album, Shoot On Sight. Mr Lipman, a 24-year-old from north London, tells People: "Our music is quite a heavy form of rock but there is melody within it.

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Tom Keve is a big hit in Europe with his debut book

By Candice Krieger, January 6, 2011

Tom Keve is the physicist-turned-writer who was nominated for the European Book Prize for his debut publication, Trois explications du monde. Originally self-published and titled Triad: the physicists, the analysts, the kabbalists, it was republished by French publishers Albin Michel in 2010.

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Rachel Fogel is 'bizzy' creating new educational toys for children

By Candice Krieger, January 6, 2011

When it comes to toys, mother-of-12 Rachel Fogel has a pretty good idea of what children want.

So much so that she has created a new range of educational ones. Called Bizzy Bitz, they are construction toys which use a simple ball-and-socket system. They come in an assortment of coloured shapes, which children build into provided designs or ones of their choice. It has been highly praised by early years advisers and OFSTED.

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Peter Galgut proves that when it comes to teeth, he cuts it

By Candice Krieger, January 6, 2011

Gum specialist Peter Galgut has gobbled up yet another accolade.

Last year, the periodontist was appointed vice president of the British Dental Hygienists and Therapists Association in recognition of his contribution to preventive dental care. Now he has been crowned the 2010 UK Dentist of the Year by the British Dental Health Foundation.

Dr Galgut, who runs his own practice in Golders Green, north London, has spent more than 30 years specialising in gum disease and promoting preventative care.

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