Latest Cheryl Baker Stories

2008-08-29 18:00:39

PENSIONER Doreen Ford was one of more than 90 patients who died after contracting C.diff during Britain's worst ever outbreak. She caught the bug at Maidstone Hospital two years ago while having chemotherapy for her breast cancer. The 77-year-old was put in an isolation ward and given antibiotics - but the infection proved resilient. Doreen spent the next six weeks in and out of hospital before being readmitted and dying of septicaemia. A report later found a string of failures...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

By Nicola Irwin Teenage singer Kimberly-Ann Walker is into the regional final of a nationwide talent competition. The shop worker impressed celebrity panelists Cheryl Baker, Lee Latchford-Evans from the pop group Steps, and three others judges when she belted out Cher's If I Could Turn Back Time. The judges unanimously voted her through to the next round. But the 19-year-old, known as Kim-Ann, only found out about the competition when she stumbled across its website when searching the...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'