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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK
Popstars reject injured in tug-of-war
A member of pop group Liberty X was recovering in hospital today after injuring himself in a TV tug-of-war match.

Kevin Simm was taking part in the stunt for Channel 4 music show Popworld with the rest of the band.

"When the rope went he impaled himself on a pole and it is thought he has bruised his kidney," a spokesman for the group said.

Liberty X were formed after coming runners-up in the ITV1 talent search Popstars, and were forced to add the X to their name after court battle which ruled the name Liberty belonged to a London funk band.


Unicef honours Hepburn with statue

A seven-foot high sculpture dedicated to the late Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn is to be unveiled outside Unicef headquarters in New York.

Stars including Roger Moore, singer Harry Belafonte, actresses Mia Farrow and Isabella Rosselini are expected to attend the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday.

Hepburn acted as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef from 1988 until her death in 1993.

"All of us who loved Audrey are thrilled that this beautiful piece of art will be on permanent display in New York City," said her long-time friend Robert Wolders.


Peruvian novelist wins literary award

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has won the PEN/Nabokov Award for his "enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship".

The award, which will be handed over on 20 May, is given to a writer whose work was written or translated into English.

Other winners of this year's awards include playwrights Tony Kushner and Maria Irene Fornes, who won the PEN/Laura Pels Award.

Carolyn Cooke, Matthew Klam and Manil Suri have won the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowships for Writers, which comes with annual stipends of $35,000 (23,884) for two years.


Festival goes back to School

The boom in 1980s-style club nights has led to a one-day festival in London for pop fans to relive their memories.

About 40,000 clubbers are expected to descend on Clapham Common on 13 July to wallow in the sounds of the decade at School Fields.

On the bill will be former chart stars The Human League, ABC, Modern Romance and Kajagoogoo frontman Limahl.

The night is a spin-off from the School Disco club nights, which have been a huge hit in London, with 20 and 30-something fans dusting down their school uniforms for a night out.

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