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Lucy Spraggan, Sheffield’s star of The X Factor in 2012, told The Star she had to pinch herself when her debut album was released.

Not surprising really. Certainly, this column found her success pretty incredible too.

Raita good idea

Four popular restaurants are attempting to put Sheffield on the map by bidding to make the city Curry Capital Of Britain, then?

That’s a raita good idea, that is.

Taste of Africa

And talking of global food, what an inter-connected world we live in when, as revealed in this paper, Barnsley College is to help run a catering course in Nigeria.

What a treat those African youngsters are in for. Just imagine: day one, lesson one, how to prepare a Barnsley chop.

Light fantastic

And talking of good ideas, it’s 135 years ago this week since...the first floodlit football match was played – right here in Sheffield. Some 12,000 spectators turned up to Bramall Lane on October 14, 1878 to watch two teams from the city – one in blue, the other in red – take each other on. “Everybody seemed highly pleased with the result of the experiment, the light being most brilliant and effective,” noted the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent afterwards.It’s fair to say, though, the idea took some time to catch on. It was more than 75 years before the first professional floodlit match took place here when United beat Rotherham 2-1 in March 1954.

Cap that

Incidentally, the brothers who captained the two teams that night – Charles and William Clegg – would go on to become the first siblings to be capped for England.

William also became Lord Mayor of Sheffield.