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Racing world pays tribute to Richards

RACING PAID tribute yesterday to Gordon Richards, the top jumps trainer who died last week aged 68. About 600 people packed the Church of St Andrew after the cortege made its way through the tiny village of Greystoke, near Penrith.

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Ginger drops digital radio

VIRGIN RADIO, the station run by maverick DJ Chris Evans, yesterday pulled out of the consortium bidding for the national digital radio service just days before its offer is due.

Yes, Geri - it's hard to break out when you're cast in plastic

WHAT most amazed me about Geri "Ginger" Spice's departure from the Fab Fivesome was that she said two years of superstardom had left her "disillusioned and exhausted".

Evans in bid for digital radio licence

THE rather dry world of digital radio was given an injection of life yesterday when it was announced that the unlikely bedfellows of Classic FM and Chris Evans were joining forces to apply for a digital radio licence.

Fashion gives redheads their moment of flame

Tamsin Blanchard on this year's blazing rivalry on the catwalk

On the day before tomorrow, some tender thoughts from little Ginger far away

My thanks to all those good and great who have taken space in the column this year to send their Valentine's Day messages. Not only does it bring me a tidy bit of income (and all tax-free!), it also saves me from having to write anything today. So here we go with our Grand St Valentine's Day Parade!

Author of 'Babe' pens another hit - Porcus and Rufus

ONCE upon a time there were two brothers named Porcus and Rufus. In looks they were identical. Each was covered in ginger hair, each had a very long snout, and each, in fact, looked very like those wild specimens of their kind that long ago, used to roam the woods and forests of old England. In short, they were Tamworth pigs.

Pigs to be spared from the chop

As one of the Tamworth Two was cornered in a Wiltshire garden last night, their owner relented and announced that he was willing to cut a deal with anyone who wanted to adopt his pigs.

From prankster to media mogul

Good Times, Bad Times: The Business Personalities Of The Year

`Ginger Whinger' buys Virgin Radio from Branson

Chris Evans, the maverick DJ, yesterday snapped up Richard Branson's Virgin Radio, thwarting a rival offer from Capital Radio. Cathy Newman says the media industry was stunned that Mr Evans had finally put his money where his mouth is.


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Letter: Children need their freedom

Sir: Thank God I didn't have a mother like Ariella Lister ("Children need our attention", Letters, 11 August).

McCain goes close in Leopardstown raid

Ginger McCain went close to scoring with his first runner in Ireland when Zuhair beat all except Norwegian Blue in the pounds 20,000 Joe McGrath Handicap at Leopardstown yesterday.
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