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Issue 48 - In brief...

Scotland Magazine Issue 48
December 2009


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In brief...

Rated the number one female player in the world, Helen Gipson, from Todheugh near Duns is now set to prove her wordy wisdom by attempting to be the first woman to bring home the ultimate wordsmith’s accolade: World Scrabble Champion. Gipson travels to Malaysia for the championships soon.

A veteran of the Scrabble circuit, Gipson, 48, already holds the Scottish Open Champion 2006, 2007 and 2008 titles and was crowned British Champion in 2008. A huge fan of the game since she was just 11 years old, Gipson has been playing competitively for nearly 20 years. Despite being top of her game and attending the World Scrabble Championships four times previously, she has yet to hold the trophy.

Gipson is the only British woman to take on the challenge, among just seven worldwide. More determined than ever to be the first woman to bring home the trophy, she’ll be aiming to match the word power of Mark Nyman, the only British person to ever take the champion title, and former Countdown champion of champions, who lifted the trophy in 1993.

TV retail advisor and Save the Children Ambassador, Mary Portas is set to open her first boutique style charity shop in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

‘Mary’s Living and Giving Shop for Save the Children’ will sell a huge range of designer bargains and top notch high street gear.

Mary began working with Save the Children this year as she overhauled their shop in Orpington, Kent as part of a threepart TV series.

The programme culminated in a designer ‘pop-up charity shop’ in Westfield Shopping Centre in London which raised a whopping £190,000 for charity in just three weeks.

Some of the stock in the brand new Save the Children Stockbridge boutique has been donated by some well-known faces such as Jamie Oliver, Peaches Geldof and Lauren Lavern, will be topping up the rails with designers goodies.

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