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How We Met Cilla Black And Sir George Martin

Producer and composer Sir George Martin, 72, studied at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1962 he signed the Beatles to EMI, producing every record they made until they disbanded in 1970. With 'Candle in the Wind', Elton John's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, he achieved his 30th No 1 single, the most of any producer. George lives in Wiltshire with his second wife, Judy; he has four children. Singer and television personality Cilla Black OBE, 54, served her apprenticeship on the Merseyside music scene. Her collaboration with George Martin produced a string of Top 10 hits, including 'Anyone Who Had a Heart'. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and manager, Bobby Willis

Letter: Philip's memorial

YOUR "In the News" article on Prince Philip (9 March) commented: "It is unlikely he will ever have a memorial named after him." He already has - the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

House of Windsor split over new look

Plans to reform the Royal Family led to claims yesterday that Prince Philip is obstructing change, and counter-claims that MPs leaked details of the plan prematurely and embarrassed Buckingham Palace.

White-water affairs

Canoeing is a sport that is not too expensive to take up, and beginners' classes are widely available. So, what are you waiting for?

Secret papers: Pay-TV

Secret papers: Pay-TV

Duke of Edinburgh visiting Western Naval Command in Bombay

The Duke of Edinburgh visiting Western Naval Command in Bombay. Later he

Marriages not made to last

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this year, may be a model of domestic felicity, but as their children have shown, marriage is on the wane.

Dame Kiri strikes a different note

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the soprano, struck a note of discord when she donned a beige trouser suit to collect an honorary Cambridge University degree from the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday.

Cricket: When prattle is better than play

Henry Blofeld on the rainy-day appeal of radio's Test Match Special

Arts: Soul confirming

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Schoolboys injured by concrete thrown at coach

A 14-year-old schoolboy was in intensive care last night in Liege, Belgium, after being hit by an 11lb lump of concrete thrown at a coach taking a school party to a skiing trip in Austria.

PASSED/FAILED: David Hempleman-Adams

David Hempleman-Adams, 40, is a chemical company director who sets off on Monday on a 500-mile walk to the North Pole with Norwegian Rune Gjeldnes but without snowmobiles or similar support. If successful, he will be the first person to do the Grand Slam, reaching both Poles unsupported as well as climbing the highest summit on each continent.

It may not figure in the corporate philosophy, but maybe there is a slowly dawning realisation that sport is nothing without dignity

For me the fun of games is the opportunity to observe the splendour and the absurdity of people as they truly are, revealed in their actions and utterances. "Their sort of football will kill the game," Bill Shankly raged after Ajax trounced Liverpool 5-1 in the European Cup.

Queen shares anniversary

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to share their celebrations of 50 years of marriage with 4,000 other couples marking golden wedding anniversaries this year, Buckingham Palace announced yesterday.

Get this balloon down - and fast!

Why do you think all these brave men who set out to balloon round the world decide to get back to earth as quickly as they can? You don't really believe it's because an international airline owner can't get over the Atlas mountains, or a state-of-the-art watch company doesn't know what time of day it is. Of course not.
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