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Thursday, 7 December, 2000, 17:22 GMT
Nigella crowns jeweller's promotion
Crown jeweller Asprey & Garrard has recruited celebrity chef Nigella Lawson to help promote designer kitchen utensils.

A spokeswoman said the aim was to give the company a sexier image.

Solid silver cookware and other luxury kitchen items are to be sold under the Asprey logo.

Garrard will continue to produce traditional jewellery.


England star swaps wing for wings

Former international rugby star Tony Underwood is to become an easyJet pilot, it has been confirmed.

The 31-year-old winger, who played for England 27 times, is nearing the end of his six-month training with the budget airline.

He will fly the 737 aircraft on short-haul flights to destinations across Europe, after persistent knee problems forced him to retire from international rugby last November.

His brother Rory, also a England international at rugby, is a pilot with the RAF.


UK gets first new canal for a century

Work will soon begin on Britain's first new canal for more than a century, it was announced on Thursday.

The 3.3-mile Ribble Link, a Millennium project part funded by the Millennium Commission, will connect the Lancaster Canal to the River Ribble near Preston.

The new canal will include three new bridges and nine locks, to enable the 60ft drop from the Lancaster Canal to the river.

Site clearance is due to start in January 2001, with the canal open to the first boats in autumn 2001.


Celebrities gather to remember Wilcox

Celebrities from the world of television and showbusiness are expected at a memorial service for veteran broadcaster Desmond Wilcox.

Wilcox, husband of presenter Esther Rantzen, was best known for his award-winning documentaries including The Boy David, about a South American child with terrible facial disfigurements.

David Jackson, the subject of that documentary, will give a personal address to the congregation on Thursday.

The memorial service will be led by Rabbi David Goldberg and the Rev Nicholas Holtam at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London.

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