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Actor Nigel Hawthorne was knighted yesterday, following in the footsteps of his most famous character, Sir Humphrey Appleby.

Sir Nigel (70) played the wily civil servant in the long-running British television series, Yes Minister. He was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of King George III in the film, The Madness of King George.

Footballer Andy Cole has taken up a new challenge to help orphans in Africa. The Manchester United and England star will meet youngsters in Zimbabwe who have been robbed of their childhood by HIV and AIDS-related illnesses. The visit is part of the Venture Kodak Schools Portrait Challenge, which aims to raise more than £1 million to help families affected by the virus while boosting British school funds.

The ex-wife of deposed Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was warned yesterday she had come close to being jailed for running a restaurant infested with cockroaches and mice.

Sarah Kyolaba Amin (42), who once enjoyed a luxury lifestyle as his fifth wife, regularly cooked food surrounded by dead and living vermin, filth and grease. An environmental health officer was so horrified by what she saw at the "S" restaurant she closed There was no soap, towels, hot water or ventilation, and a "grey furry thing" found in one corner was later identified as a decomposing mouse.

The mother of five - a teenage go-go dancer with the Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment band when she caught Amin's eye - had only inadequate kitchen training from her mother, the court heard.