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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 03:20 GMT
Geri shows support for Guides
Geri Halliwell has performed in front of 10,000 screaming fans at a concert in support of the Guide Association.

Fellow pop star Louise, a former Guide and ambassador for the organisation, was also among those to appear at the annual Big Gig at London's Wembley Arena on Saturday.

BB Mak, A1, Liberty, allStars, Tymes4, Jamie Benson and Jo Breezer completed the line-up.

An event spokeswoman said: "People think the Guide Association is all about sewing badges on. They now learn things like how to throw a good party - It's moving with the times."


Tribute to Radio 2's Cliff Adams

The BBC has paid tribute to Cliff Adams of Radio 2's Sing Something Simple, who died on Monday aged 78.

A special hour-long edition of the show was broadcast on Sunday in honour of Adams and current host David Jacobs remembered the man who hosted the show for decades.

James Moir, Radio 2's controller, said he was "very saddened" by Adams's death.

He added: "He will be remembered with enormous affection by the Radio 2 audience and greatly missed."


Crowe and Zellweger 'to co-star'

Bridget Jones star Renee Zellweger is in talks to star opposite Oscar winner Russell Crowe in The Cinderella Man.

Crowe is currently in negotiations to star as boxing champ Jim Braddock who made a comeback to save his family during the Depression.

Zellweger, who won a Golden Globe this year for her performance in Nurse Betty, is set to star as his wife.

The Cinderella Man will be directed by Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom.


Josephine Baker's car sold at auction

The car belonging to the renowned black-American singer and dancer Josephine Baker has been sold at auction in Poitiers, France.

The beige eight-seater Renault Domaine - still bearing its original number plates - was bought by an anonymous buyer on Sunday for 2,652.

Baker bought the car in 1960 to transport her six adopted children and when she died in 1975 she left it a close friend.

Baker moved to France in 1925 where she became an overnight sensation after performing in a musical in which she danced the Charleston wearing nothing but a girdle of feathers.


Bridges prompts celebrity cook book

The Contender star, Jeff Bridges, is behind the release of a celebrity cookbook, due out in November.

Cooking Up an End to Childhood Hunger in America aims to create awareness of hunger issues in America and includes Bridges' seven-layer salad recipe.

"No one wants to admit it, but there are 31 million people in our country who live in households that can't get enough food," said the father of three.

Bridges is next set to star in the sci- fi thriller K-Pax opposite Kevin Spacey


Fanny Craddock in TV 'comeback'

Late cookery legend Fanny Cradock is to make a return to British TV screens.

The British cook, who first found fame in the 50s, has become a huge star in the US after appearing in a TV advert.

Now her shows are set to be revived for a Christmas run on UK Food.

"We are putting the icon of TV cookery back on the pedestal where she belongs"

"Viewers will be amazed to see her alongside icons like Nigella and Jamie," said UK Food's Nick Thorogood.


Hear'Say launch 'improved' toy replicas

Hear'Say are bidding to top the toy charts with their latest release - singing models of the five members.

The toys have gone on sale just months after dolls of Danny, Noel, Kym, Suzanne and Myleene hit the shops.

"These are the improved versions. They are dressed in the outfits the band wore to the Brits and sing the chorus to Pure And Simple," a spokesman said.

Earlier this week, Hear'Say - winners of the Popstars TV show - launched the 2001 Poppy Appeal in central London.

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