Sylvia Kay obituary

Stage and screen actor who played the snobbish mother Daphne in the BBC sitcom Just Good Friends

The actor Sylvia Kay, who has died aged 82, spent much of her career in television drama, but found her greatest fame as Daphne Warrender, the snobbish mother of the sophisticated Penny (played by Jan Francis) in the writer John Sullivan’s sitcom Just Good Friends, in which Penny is reunited with a former boyfriend, Vince Pinner (Paul Nicholas), five years after he stood her up at the altar.

Sniping between the social classes was a crucial ingredient of the humour in the programme, which ran from 1983 to 1986. Daphne and her husband, Norman (John Ringham), who regard Vince as a wideboy and refer to him as “Thing”, look down on Vince’s father, Les (Shaun Curry), a scrap dealer who drives his wife, Rita (Ann Lynn), around in a flashy car with rock’n’roll music booming out.
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Homosexuals Are Still Under Siege in Uganda

Demonstrators protest outside the Ugandan embassy, in central London, on December 10, 2009. By Shaun Curry/Afp/Getty Images. The slight man in front of me with delicate features and dressed in a cream-colored linen shirt hardly seems like the man Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni knows not to arrest. But gay activist Frank Mugisha is a respected enemy of the state. Because he’s a public figure, the police can’t simply hold him; instead, they must follow the letter of the law, which only allows for the arrest of gays caught in sexual acts. His partner hides Mugisha’s identity from his well-to-do parents. He, perhaps unwisely, travels without bodyguards. And, perhaps luckily, more Ugandans know his name than his face. In a country where a majority of residents supported a bill that would have punished homosexuals with life in prison—or with the death penalty if they were H.I.
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'Harry Potter' Actor Jamie Waylett Pleads Guilty To Growing Marijuana

Actor plays bully Vincent Crabbe in films.

By Eric Ditzian

Jamie Waylett arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Thursday

Photo: Shaun Curry / Afp / Getty Images

While his fellow castmates were celebrating the $100 million opening-day box office success of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," Jamie Waylett was in a London court on Thursday pleading guilty to growing marijuana, according to The Associated Press.

Waylett, who has played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in all of the six "Potter" films, was originally busted in April after police searched a car he was riding in and discovered eight bags of marijuana and a knife. Police then raided his mother's home and found 10 marijuana plants. The cannabis was reportedly worth approximately $2,900 and was growing under hydroponic lights, next to a PlayStation console.

Along with a friend, the 19-year-old Waylett pleaded guilty to growing the drug at a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court.
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