TAKE TWO: columnist Colin Drury congratulates ‘sexy’ Sheffield restaurant

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LET’S start today with a congratulations - to city centre restaurant Silversmiths.

The Arundel Street eaterie was named the UK’s fourth sexiest restaurant by one of them London newspapers.

Now I’m not quite sure what makes a restaurant sexy (although Kate Perry name checking it on Twitter probably helps) but it does make one feel a little awkward for having taken the parents there.

Still, cracking pies.


NICE to hear Ron Atkinson is still on form.

Asked on Radio 5 Live if he’d ever tried taekwondo, the former Wednesday manager noted: “I think I signed him once.”


NOW, here’s some news that’s anything but pants.

Regular readers may remember The Diary featuring an appeal for knickers in March.

Homeless charity the Cathedral Archer Project was looking for unwanted underwear, which it offers to clients in emergency clothing packs.

“We’ve had 140 pairs in eight weeks,” reports fund-raising manager Tracy Viner. “Most of it has been exactly what we want, very - how can I put this? - sensible.”

Just one problem: they now have a socks shortage. Which means if you have any unwanted foot-warmers, you’re invited to donate them at CAP’s Campo Lane HQ.


WITH the Jubilee fast approaching there’s no shortage of shops trying to cash in on the 60th anniversary.

But my favourite display so far has to be in B&M, the superb home bargain store in Haymarket.

In fact, calling it a display is perhaps over-selling what is essentially a booze cabinet with a couple of Union Jack paper cups, napkins and party poppers chucked in.

Quintessentially British.


AND we started with a congratulations so we’ll finish with a commiserations - to Ieva Dubova, the Sharrow Miss Universe contestant who featured in The Diary after qualifying for the UK final in Birmingham. Turns out she didn’t appear because of an admin error. Still she’s been promised a place to preach peace next year instead.