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Wear your tie, John Terry!

Footballer John Terry allegedly sealed his fate for losing the captaincy by turning up for his showdown meeting with England boss Fabio Capello in an open-necked shirt. Capello has been very open about his desire to have our footballers dress smarter (and think smarter) when they are on international duty. He was supposedly fuming at Terry’s casual approach to the meeting.   First impressions count, and if Terry had put on his £20 official England tie, he might have had more of a chance of saving the captaincy and some of his lucrative sponsorship deals! Last week, I received a nice letter from Long Lane’s Peter Tickle. He was kind enough to send me an update of what’s been going on at the garden centre I helped out at during Secret Millionaire. It’s good to hear that now the new toilets and workshop are up and running, they’ve been getting on with the other bits and pieces that needed doing around the place to make life easier for everyone there. They’ve been busy building concrete ramps and display stands for plants, which I’m told make the place look much more professional and welcoming for visitors. Since Secret Millionaire, Long Lane has had many more volunteers. I can’t wait for the next update.

Charlie Mullins launched Pimlico Plumbers in 1979 with just a bag of tools and a very old van bought at auction. It now has over 133 professional plumbers and a support team of around 35 staff, with a turnover of more than £15m.

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