Author Anne Zouroudi, who wed a Greek fisherman, tells how she turned her real life Shirley Valentine experience into a book, was taken on by a top literary agent – and went on to have a successful literary career.
Earlier this year mum Cheryl Houghton, 30, came to me to about her bizarre phobia – she couldn’t bear the sound of other people eating.
The phobia was so severe that Cheryl, who has a baby daughter, was forced to wear headphones and listen to an iPod at mealtimes. It was also affecting her every day life – if she was shopping and heard someone crunching an apple or crisps, she would feel so anxious she had to leave the store. Meeting a friend for lunch was impossible and going to the cinema out of the question.
Cheryl’s story appeared in The Sun newspaper. But recently I was approached by a producer at ITV Daybreak who had seen her story on this site. And Daybreak believed they knew some people who could help.
Another year and yet another claim that X Factor is fixed. This time the controversy centres around finalist Amelia Lily whose ‘winning single’ was uploaded to the HMV website – before the final takes place at the weekend. It’s far from the first time X Factor has been embroiled in a ‘was it fixed’ row. But does it matter who wins? There have been countless stories of X Factor winners sinking into obscurity. Indeed last year’s winner Matt Cardle’s album has failed to be as popular as hoped while runners-up One Direction have become huge stars.