Candice Krieger

Alison Fisher wins a top short-story writing award

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

Author Alison Fisher has worked in an Easter egg factory, in air traffic control centre and as an EastEnders scriptwriter. Now she has turned her attention to creative writing - and successfully.

Ms Fisher, who is in her 50s, has won the Bridport Prize, an international short-story competition. Brighton-based Ms Fisher picked up the honour for The Woodcutter's Wife, a fairytale about a girl, who comes from the sea and has to go and live in a forest.

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Joe Craig is boosting children's passion for reading

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

The importance of reading for children aged 11 to 13 cannot be underestimated, says award-winning children's writer Joe Craig.

The creator of the prolific Jimmy Coates series, which has sold more than 250,000 copies in 12 countries, believes this is the "key
age that children need to read".

He tells People: "This is the age - school years seven and eight - when, statistically, there is the biggest drop-off in reading, particularly among boys. There are so many distractions for them and these have a real affect.

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David Hyams is hoping for a successful Valentine's Day

By Candice Krieger, February 10, 2011

If you are planning to send a Valentine's Day card this year, don't just write your feelings: say them. This is the message from David Hyams, the UK director of a new online greeting card company.

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Watch out Ikea - Tiger's on the prowl

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

It is hardly surprising that Philip Bier's Tiger UK value retail chain is being compared to Ikea. Founded in Scandinavia ten years ago, Tiger calls itself is a "variety store" selling home furnishings. It is active in eight countries, including the UK where there are ambitions to open 40 stores by 2012 - and eventually one on every high street.

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Nikki van der Zyl shows off her James Bond goodies

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Nikki van der Zyl has a very famous voice. The British actress (right) re-voiced many of the female voices in the James Bond films, including Ursula Andress in Dr. No, Eunice Gayson in From Russia With Love and Jane Seymour in Live And Let Die. Hardly surprising then that she has gathered an enviable collection of Bond memorabilia over the years.

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Georgie Sussman has some very famous recipes

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Nigella Lawson, Sophie Dahl and Amanda Holden are just some of the celebrities who have contributed to a new celebrity cookbook.

The Cupcake Ward Cookbook - a collection of cupcake recipes and desserts - is the brainchild of 12-year-old Georgie Sussman as a way of raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Roz Tucker-Shaw asks: Do we really need technology?

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Before children's adventure heroes Harry Potter, Ben 10 and Transformers, the young enjoyed much simpler pleasures. This is according to children's author Roz Tucker-Shaw.

The writer wants to take children aged between four and seven back to these "simpler days" with her new book, The Doers. Set in the late 1940s, the story focuses on a family which lived without the technology of today.

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David Hitchman helps you pay homage to your football team

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

Here's one for soccer fans. You can now pay tribute to your club, and help kick racism out of football by wearing a customised T-shirt.

Aston Villa supporter David Hitchman has come up with a range of T-shirts featuring slogans such as "White Hart Lane is my Synagogue". Mr Hitchman, 30, is the founder of online company Soccerprint.co.uk. It prints a range of football-themed phrases onto T-shirts.

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Brian Daniels writes a play inspired by his northern roots

By Candice Krieger, February 3, 2011

As artistic director at London's New End theatre, Brian Daniels has been responsible for 200 productions over 13 years. Now, he has decided to write some himself.

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Fay Sober knits together a charitable initiative

By Candice Krieger, January 27, 2011

Grandmother-of-six Fay Sober has set up a knitting group for local residents to make blankets for charity.

Mrs Sober, 80, and her team, will send the collection, which includes teddy bears, dolls and animals, to underprivileged children in Eastern Europe and Israel.

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Ilana Steinberg is giving her hair to help cancer children

By Candice Krieger, January 27, 2011

Now you see it. Next week you won't. Ilana Steinberg's plait, that is.

On Tuesday, the Manchester schoolgirl will have more than 25cm chopped off her hair to raise money for Israeli cancer charity Zichron Menachem.

Ilana, a year-six pupil at North Cheshire Jewish Primary School, was inspired to do so after visiting the organisation in Jerusalem a couple of years ago. She tells People: "I decided to grow my hair and cut it to make a wig for a sick child who had lost theirs. However short I cut my hair, it will always grow back. That is not the case for everyone.

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Lorraine Charker-Phillips reveals the realities of birth in new Channel 4 show

By Candice Krieger, January 27, 2011

The second series of Channel 4's One Born Every Minute has been particularly welcomed, with around 2.3 million viewers - a 9.1 per cent share of the audience. Good news for Lorraine Charker-Phillips, the series director.

The 12-week documentary - now three episodes in - provides a detailed insight into life on a busy maternity ward, and the challenges of becoming parents.

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Jodie Fleischmann cashes in on the latest celebrity fashion trend

By Candice Krieger, January 27, 2011

Lady Gaga wears one - as do actresses Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan. What exactly? Peace bracelets. A growing celebrity trend in America and Europe, the charm bracelets are now available in the UK, thanks to fashion student Jodie Fleischmann.

The 21-year-old has set up a website, which sells the accessories at, she says, a fraction of the cost of other retailers.

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David Courtney records an album with a difference

By Candice Krieger, January 27, 2011

Music producer David Courtney is perhaps best known for discovering international recording artist Leo Sayer, and co-writing their album Silverbird. Now he is in the spotlight for his own compilation.

He has released The Show Must Go On, a collection of his all-time favourites, re-recorded "for a more contemporary style". Brighton-based Mr Courtney, 60, tells People: "I wanted to do my own interpretation of the songs to celebrate 40 years of my career in the music business." He has worked with the industry's top names including Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney.

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Pauline Ashley is pretty sharp at solving glass puzzles

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

If ever you drop a crystal wine glass or break a piece of your best china, Pauline Ashley is useful to have around.

A professional china and glass restorer, she has spent three months working as a volunteer at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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Inbali Iserles is a lawyer making a different kind of case - it involves a tribe of ancient cats

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

Three days a week she is a high-flying City lawyer. The rest of the time, she spends in a world run by cats - a fantasy world of course.

Ms Iserles, 35, is an award-winning children's writer and she has recently published her latest book, The Tygrine Cat On the Run.

A sequel to her debut novel The Tygrine Cat, it is the story of two cat tribes and in particular, Mati, the last of the Tygrine tribe, who must protect his feline friends from danger.

It is set at market-place Cressida Lock, loosely based on north London's Camden Lock.

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Ari Kessler could become an international music star

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

If ever there was to be a "kosher X Factor," A Jewish Star singing competition could be it.

Launched in 2009, the online contest, for both adults and children, aims to find the world's top Jewish talent. Entrants are invited to upload a video of themselves performing a Jewish song. It is then up to the public to vote.

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Jan Day and Sharon Waxkirsh want to help you find love

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

Singletons take note. Dating is all about being naked - albeit with your clothes on.

This is the advice of Jan Day (left), one half of the team behind a one-off Jewish dating workshop called Meetings Without Masks.

Launched with hypnotherapist Sharon Waxkirsh, the session will take place on Sunday. They established the event after noticing a demand among the Jewish community for a different kind of dating service.

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Yuda Galis will whip you up a meal - like he did for Avram Grant

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

Israeli chef Yuda Galis has cooked for Hollywood actors Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and football manager Avram Grant. And now he wants to do so for you.

The 33-year-old, who lives in London, has launched private chef service, Galor. He will come into your home to prepare and create a personalised menu - a kosher one if you so wish.

Mr Galis has worked for some of the world's top chefs, including the award-winning Joel Rubuchon at his two Michelin-starred restaurant L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Paris - as did Gordon Ramsay.

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Doing business in Israel? Drop the stiff upper lip

By Candice Krieger, January 20, 2011

Avi Levi
Avi Levi, General Manager UK of Bank Hapoalim International. He moved to the UK from Israel in 2007

● I have had to adjust to doing business in the UK - be more formal and reserved.

In Israel, if clients have something to say, they say it, whereas Brits are more subtle.

In the UK, there are lots more meetings before concluding transactions, whereas in Israel, you can conclude everything in one meeting.

There is an emphasis on execution. Israelis are always looking for the bottom line. The UK could learn from this and be a bit more direct.

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