National treasure Olivia Colman has scooped a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The royal gong caps an awards-littered few months for the actress, 45, who claimed an Oscar and Bafta for The Favourite earlier this year. There were OBEs for Oliver's Army crooner Elvis Costello, chief scout Bear Grylls, and Good Wife star Cush Jumbo. Along with the famous names, the list also celebrates the efforts of those working to improve people's lives. Of the 1,073 people honoured across the UK in this year's list, 47% are women - slightly down on some previous lists. 10.4% come from a BAME background - the highest ever, by a small margin, in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Olivia Colman Olivia Colman said she was "totally thrilled" and "humbled" to be made a CBE for services to drama. The Oscar-winner first found fame as Sophie, the girlfriend of David Mitchell's neurotic Mark, in the British comedy Peep Show. She said in a statement to the Press Association: "I'm totally thrilled, delighted and … [Read more...] about Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2019 in full
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Dougal Toms takes the win in the final race of the day at Fakenham. Picture: FERGUS MUIR Archant Dougal Toms won at the Fakenham Town Centre Races, exploiting his bike handling skills to seize the lead on the double bend through the Upper Market and holding it through the final corners to take the race for top category men, writes Fergus Muir. Matt Holmes (eventually third) leads the charge out of the Market Place in Fakenham. Picture: FERGUS MUIRContenders in earlier races had said that races were irrevocably decided at the top of the last climb, before entering the shopping streets. However Toms, from Norfolk but currently revelling in training on Devon hills near his University at Exeter, proved otherwise.The next places in a tight finish are now confirmed as going to Jake Hales (Spirit /Tifiosi), Matt Holmes (Arctic/Tacx) and Dickleburgh rider Kieran Jarvis (OnForm, fourth).Earlier, a fast pace had split the field into two groups. The front group was mostly driven along by … [Read more...] about Toms uses expert bike-handling to win Fakenham race
As you push open the wooden doors of the beautiful Dyffryn Chapel’s vestry, you are greeted by a broad 70-year-old man. The breadth of his shoulders is second only to that of his thick moustache. Born and bred in the Llynfi Valley, Phil John would cut an imposing figure if he wasn’t smiling. A former Welsh basketball player, he has worked in the youth service in the area for half a century. The chapel itself is a classic rural Welsh chapel – the last remaining of several in the area. As Phil talks about youth work at the back of the room his wife, Jen, is preparing for the third meeting of a newly-formed diabetes support group. She takes a break from the preparations to place an enormous plate of biscuits on the table. After a few minutes they are joined by several other women. Within seconds they have found out who you are and where you are from, as they laugh and joke. These are the sort of social skills that a slick marketing professional would kill for. They make … [Read more...] about The Welsh valley town people’s hearts won’t let them leave
Opinion Cameron Heeps and Danny King in discussion in the pits. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com © Copyright Stephen Waller Danny King reflects on a good week for the Witches and hopes for a quick-fire double over King’s Lynn Danny King working on his machine ahead of the meeting. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.comWell, what a great meeting at Foxhall last Thursday as we sent King’s Lynn packing.All in all it was a good night with all the Witches contributing, a big crowd in and, most importantly, our neighbours from Norfolk sent home without even a bonus point.I must confess the derby clash really got to me.I never realised there was such a genuine edge to the meeting and certainly by the time we rocked up at Foxhall last Thursday night, I was really determined we should put one over our Norfolk rivals.And that fed through to the rest of the team as well.OK, so perhaps we didn’t expect Robert Lambert to have such an off … [Read more...] about Danny King column: I get your Twitter vote, we thrash Lynn, as Ritchie’s ‘tache blows off!
Hospital staff in Lynn have this week bid farewell to four of their maternity colleagues who are retiring after a combined 140 years of service to the area.Between them, Tracey Stafford, Christine Harvey, Tracy Cross and Patricia Wolstanholme have helped to deliver thousands of babies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.And colleagues in its maternity department have hosted a retirement party in their honour.Tracy, who has spent the past 36 years working at the hospital, said the role had been a “huge privilege” and she is still planning to work on a part-time basis.For the past six years, she has worked with women and their partners whose babies have died before birth or are facing severe disabilities.She said: “The best bit about being a midwife is being able to give a positive experience to women and children in West Norfolk.“Sometimes the families just need to know that they can ring you at any time to get advice or if you put them in contact with support … [Read more...] about Maternity staff say goodbye to King’s Lynn hospital after combined 140 years’ service