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Friday, 3 August, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Cilla Black's son to wed
Blind Date star Cilla Black's son and manager Robert is to marry in Buckinghamshire on Saturday.

Robert Willis is to marry long-time girlfriend Fiona Crane, in the family's home village of Denham.

Ms Black, who lost her husband to cancer almost two years ago, is delighted that the eldest of her three sons is tying the knot but is anxious that it remain a family event.

Ms Black's friends Dale Winton and Paul O'Grady, also known as Lily Savage, are expected at the wedding.


Spanish author wins Romulo Gallegos prize

Spanish author Enrique Vila-Matas has won the prestigious Romulo Gallegos literature prize for his novel El Viaje Vertical.

The writer said he was surprised by the win as it was a work which "never satisfied" him.

The award was created in 1967 in honour of the Venezuelan novelist and former president Romulo Gallegos.

Former winners include Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa in 1967, Columbian Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1972 and Mexican Carlos Fuentes in 1977.


Classic novel pulled from high school

The classic Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird has been pulled from the required reading list at a US high school.

The Pulitzer-prize- winning book deals with racial tensions in a small southern town, but the school feels it is unsuitable for its pupils.

Terry Saul, principal of Muskogee High School said that it was a "great book" but that its racially charged language could put children in an "uncomfortable situation".

Joan Bell, state director for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the ban "ludicrous".


Fans warned about fake Robbie tickets

Fans hoping to see Robbie Williams in Glasgow this weekend are being warned about fake tickets.

Promoters fear thousands of forgeries have been sold on the black market.

All the tickets for Robbie's gigs at Hampden Park on Saturday and Sunday were bought up on the day they went on sale.

Strathclyde police say their officers will be checking all tickets at cordons set up outside the stadium - and anyone with a forgery will not get near the ground.

Promoters say the fakes have a washed-out appearance - and if you bought your ticket from any unofficial outlet, it is probably bogus.


Gorillaz win film award

Cartoon band Gorillaz have won a short film award for the video to their debut single Clint Eastwood.

The band, which includes Blur frontman Damon Albarn, beat Robbie Williams, Fatboy Slim, Radiohead, and Blur themselves to the prize.

Gorillaz took the video award at the Rushes Soho Short Film Festival Awards in central London.

Earlier this month the group refused to be entered for the Mercury Music Prize, but their record label Parlophone insisted they remain on the list.

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