Candice Krieger

Why the Travelex chief executive is converting his cash into culture

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

Don’t mix business with pleasure? Lloyd Dorfman, the chief executive of Travelex, might just disagree.

Mr Dorfman, 55, famous for running the world’s largest foreign-exchange specialist, and worth an estimated £480 million, according to last month’s Sunday Times Rich List, is using his business prowess to invest in other interests.

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David Appletree battles Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

Activist David Appletree is taking a stand against the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish groups that are cropping up on Facebook, the social-networking website.

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Cindy Lass cultivates Anne Frank’s legacy with a painting of her famous tree

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

North-London artist Cindy Lass has been commissioned by Sir Elton John, George Michael and the Queen. But it is her latest endeavour that she feels particularly passionate about.

The mother-of-two recently completed a painting of “Anne Frank’s tree” for the Anne Frank Trust. The teenager famously looked out on to a chestnut tree, which provided a rare glimpse to the outside world, as she spent two years hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. Anne died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945, aged 15.

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Alex Cowan jumps from 13,500ft to help fight multiple sclerosis

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

She may struggle to walk, but that has not stopped West Londoner Alex Cowan from wanting to jump out of an aircraft. Ms Cowan suffers from the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS) and uses a wheelchair. On July 13, she plans to jump out of a plane flying at 13,500 ft, fall for 40 seconds, reach about 120 mph, and then float to the ground with the aid of a parachute.

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Warren Bergson uses the law to keep celebrities driving

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

Manchester lawyer Nick Freeman, aka “Mr Loophole”— known for helping celebrity clients escape driving convictions — is not the only crusading solicitor around. Warren Bergson, who lives in Broughton Park and calls himself “the motorist’s friend”, is carving out a successful niche of his own. A specialist in traffic law, Mr Bergson — who does not hold a driving licence —

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Ronen Givon and Chistian Mouysset encourage open democracy — for hummus

By Candice Krieger, May 29, 2008

Ronen Givon and his business partner Christian Mouysset, founders of food chain Hummus Bros, are used to cooking up their own variations of the chickpea snack. But after encouraging others to try their luck, they are so impressed with what they have seen — and tasted — that they have decided to serve it.

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BA checked in my bag and gave it back with Nazi graffiti

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

British Airways this week apologised to a passenger whose luggage was daubed with Nazi graffiti apparently while in transit.

Emma Pelta, 29, a member of Loughton Synagogue in Essex, flew from London Gatwick to Orlando, Florida, last December.

But it was not until she arrived at her boyfriend’s home in Florida, she says, that she realised her bags were marked with a large swastika and the initials NF (assumed to stand for National Front).

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Property-slump tips from the leisure king

By Candice Krieger, May 22, 2008

Confidence in the property market is at its lowest in more than 30 years, and experts warn that the situation will get worse. But David Coffer, a veteran player in leisure property, is up for the challenge.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Mr Coffer — known in the industry as “Mr Leisure” — is the chairman of Coffer Corporate Leisure, where he has handled over £1bn worth of transactions. He is the former chairman of Earls Court and Olympia, in which he still owns a 10 per cent stake.

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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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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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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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Why I went to Mumbai to make my fortune

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

Nervous about the state of British business? Head to India, advises retail boss Oliver Kaye. Having completed stints at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Arcadia, Mr Kaye, 32, recently moved from North London to India to head up Calvin Klein because — as far as he is concerned — the British retail market is at a standstill.

“Retail in the UK is boring and bland. It’s at complete saturation,” says Mr Kaye. “If you look at what’s going on in the high street, it looks like it’s going to hit a recession.”

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Bereaved Arab father on UK peace mission

By Candice Krieger, May 16, 2008

A Palestinian peace activist, whose daughter was killed last year during a clash between Arab youths and the Israeli police, has urged UK politicians to help end the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Bassam Aramin has devoted his time to campaigning for peace after his 10-year-old daughter, Abir, was shot dead as she was walking home from school.

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