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  • Minister to reveal post office subsidies. Star's campaign role, April 18, 2000.
  • Head start in the sex race, February 21, 2000.


    Minister to reveal post office subsidies. Star's campaign role April 18, 2000.

    The Western Daily Press campaign to save post offices received more celebrity backing yesterday on the eve of an important Government announcement over the crisis.

    Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers is today expected to confirm how subsidies will be used to protect struggling post offices from closure.

    He has promised to amend the Postal Services Bill - back in the Commons today in its remaining stages - so the law can be changed to allow for subsidies.

    His announcement will come after intense pressure from MPs and the Daily Press campaign for Government action to stem the closure and safeguard the branch network.

    Last week three million signatures on the Daily Press campaign petition were handed in at No 10 Downing Street, demonstrating nationwide support for postmasters.

    And yesterday actor Tony Head joined other celebrities from the West by adding his support to the campaign.

    He lives in the village of Timsbury, near Bath, and, as a regular customer at the village post office, knows how crucial a service they provide to rural communities.

    The actor, who stars in the cult American series Buffy the Vampire Slayer on BBC2 and is also a well known for his Gold Blend coffee adverts, said: "It is our nearest post office and a vital asset to the community. We are keen that no action by Government should undermine its position."

    MPs will be hoping that Mr. Byers today provides detailed information about how subsidies would work, how they would be funded and the criteria to determine eligibility.

    The campaign was launched in response to plans to switch benefit payments from post ofices into banks, which could cause up to half the 18,700-strong branch to close through the loss in trade.

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    Western Daily Press, newspaper, England.

    "Head start in the sex race" February 21, 2000.

    HE might be a tweeds-wearing librarian in the cult teen drama Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but West actor Anthony Head is still setting female pulses racing.

    Former Gold Blend commercial actor Anthony, of Timsbury, near Bath, has been voted one of the world's sexiest men - beating movie stars such as Keanu Reeves and the X Files' David Duchovny.

    But Anthony - who plays Buffy's mentor Giles - was pipped at the post for the ultimate title by his co-star David Boreanaz who plays vampire-with-a -conscience Angel in the hit show.

    Sarah Michelle Gellar was voted best TV actress and sexiest woman for her role as the feisty heroine Buffy.

    The show was voted best TV show of the year and of all time, by readers of the sci-fi magazine SFX. But they also branded worldwide blockbuster The Phantom Menace an intergalactic flop as they voted it worst film of the year.

    Sci-fi fans handed out a string of dubious honours to the film rubbishing the poor acting, embassing characters and daft haircuts.


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