Saturday, 25 July 2009

News piece from the Herald

Here are a few highlights from a recent internship at the Herald and Times Group over in Glasgow, ranging from highish-brow features to a fashion piece for the Glasgow Evening Times.

Knighthoods awarded to Dracula and young Nick

James Ellingworth, The Herald, 13.06.09

A string of well-known personalities across the UK received awards in the Queen's birthday honours list, with knighthoods going to golfer Nick Faldo and horror actor Christopher Lee.
Sir Nick is one of the most successful British golfers of all time, with six majors to his name in a career spanning more than 30 years and 96 major competitions, which included 92 weeks as world No 1.
Despite being on the losing side as captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team last year, he is ranked as the best performing player ever in the tournament, having racked up 25 points in the course of 12 appearances.
Sir Christopher shot to fame playing Dracula alongside Peter Cushing in the Hammer horror films of the 1970s, as well as international assassin Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. In recent years, his most notable role has been as the evil wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Among those also knighted was Sir Andrew Motion, who stepped down as Poet Laureate earlier this year. Further recognition for British poets comes in the form of a knighthood for Sir Christopher Ricks, who is soon to step down from his post as Oxford University Professor of Poetry.
TV chef and bestselling author Delia Smith, already an OBE, has been made a CBE for services to the food industry, an award she described as "a very, very great honour".
Actor Jonathan Pryce has been made a CBE for services to drama. He is another former Bond villain, best known for his role as evil media baron Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Sue Johnston will graduate from the Royle Family to the Royal Family when she receives an OBE in recognition of an acting career famously including her role as Barbara in the Manchester-set BBC comedy, while Likely Lads star James Bolan becomes an MBE.
Among the sports stars honoured are former England cricketer Graeme Hick, who becomes an MBE, as does Charlotte Edwards, who captained the England women's cricket team to victory in this year's world cup in Australia.
In the diplomatic list Vidal Sassoon becomes a CBE for promoting British hairdressing. In all, 984 people receive awards in the 2009 birthday honours, up from 959 last year. Of the total, 72% are "unsung heroes" being recognised for public service in local communities.

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