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They got your goats

first_img Howard Lake | 8 November 2005 | News The Guardian today reports on the impact of all the goats given as charity Christmas presents last year, and includes totals for the amounts raised by the charities that offered this gift in their alternative gift catalogues.The goat was certainly one of last year’s most popular charity Christmas presents. Instead of giving a normal present or even a donation to a charity as a present, various charities such as Oxfam and Cafod persuaded thousands of people to buy a goat as a present. The money would then pay for a goat to be provided for a needy family in a Southern/developing country.The Guardian claims that World Vision was, three years ago, the first charity in the UK to offer a goat as a Christmas present in this form, although the model was already well established by some American nonprofits by then. Not surprisingly, several other charities adopted and adapted the idea. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis According to The Guardian, last year goats raised considerable sums for these charities:* Oxfam sold 30,000 goats by raising £3 million* Cafod sold 18,000 goats by raising £1.1 million* Christian Aid has raised £1.1 million over three years benefiting 14,000 people. Indeed, goat sales represented one third of total income from its 2004 Christmas catalogue.Other charities have also started fundraising in this way. Farm-Africa, for example, which has appropriately been operating goat projects for 15 years, added goats to its Christmas 2004 catalogue. They followed this in July 2005 by partnering with Lastminute.com to sells goats online.Goats will no doubt be a popular buy this year, but there is strong competition from other new ideas, such as Oxfam Unwrapped’s buy a classroom, or buy meals for schoolchildren. Then again, it could be something as quirky as a Kalashnikov – bought to be converted into farm implements. They got your goatslast_img read more

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Proposals to restore activity in housing market

first_imgNewsLocal NewsProposals to restore activity in housing marketBy admin – April 11, 2009 549 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Call on government to provide incentivesSTEPS to free up unclaimed VAT in unsold housing were among a range of measures agreed on at a recent meeting of bankers, contractors, estate agents, developers, architects, surveyors and engineers throughout the Mid West region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Those associated with the construction industry have voiced concern in recent months at the slowdown in new house sales, which has resulted in heavy losses in employment, not only in building, but also in allied professions.Referring specifically to the exceptional value currently available in the housing market, Conor O’Connell, on behalf of the Construction industry Federation, said they have been greatly encouraged by the number of people viewing showhouses and making enquiries.Calling for a strong incentive from the government in order to restore activity in the housing market, Mr O’Connell said that while this would alleviate much of the current pressure on exchequer revenues and economic activity in general., that to be effective the initiatives taken should be easily understood and attractive to purchasers.“Any such scheme must have a limited life in order to make participation in it attractive to the purchaser immediately,” he stressed.The Mid West branch of the CIF insists that the introduction of such a scheme would not drive up house prices.“It presents a situation whereby the existing stock of unsold new homes would start to move again, which would generate transactions for the wider economy,” they state.Schemes recommended include a tax credit scheme which would give first time buyers a tax credit of 5,000 euro per annum for a four year period if the transaction is undertaken prior to December 31, 2009. For those purchasing between January 1, 2010 and the end of December 2010, the tax credit could amount to 5,000 euro annually for a two year period.Under a First Time Buyer’s incentive it is recommended that the level of incentive should be set at 20,000 euro for the period up to December 31, and 10,000 euro for the period, January 1, 2010 to end of that year.The CIF say the schemes have the potential to generate additional revenue for the exchequer and that this would exceed the cost of funding the schemes.“It’s also been suggested that stamp duty for all residential transactions be abolished for the remainder of the year and if and when the imposition of stamp duty is restored, the level set should relate to the Building Energy Rating attached to the property concerned,” concluded Mr O’Connell.    Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Previous articleKate honoured for fund-raising effortsNext articleListings for Easter weekend adminlast_img read more

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Gardai to object to compassionate release of the Dundon brothers

first_imgFacebook GARDAI will object to the compassionate release of the incarcerated Dundon brothers to attend the funeral of their mother Anne McCarthy Dundon, who died after being struck by a 4×4 jeep in London recently.  Sons, Dessie – serving life for the murder of Kieran Keane, Gerard, serving five years for convictions of extortion and violent disorder and Wayne and John who are in custody awaiting trial an allegations of threatening to kill, are all members of the McCarthy Dundon clan that are in prison and are set to make applications for temporary release to attend the funeral.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Anne McCarthy Dundon lived in the UK while her four sons remained in Ireland. A fifth brother, Kenny, lives in London. Limerick born Anne, raised the Dundon boys in London before the family returned to Limerick in the 90s to reunite with their relations the McCarthys, but she returned to the UK years later.It is understood that the remains of Anne McCarthy Dundon, who is survived by her mother Nancy, husband Kenneth, sons and daughter, are to be returned to Limerick for burial next to her father, John “The Man” McCarthy. Separately, five people have been arrested by Limerick gardai assisted by the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation in connection with the ongoing investigations into the deaths of Shane Geoghegan (November 2008), Roy Collins (April 2009) and James Cronin (April 2008). The arrests took place in the Midlands and Dublin areas. The five, aged in their 20s and 30s were detained at Roxboro, Henry Street, Mayorstone, Clondalkin and Whitehall garda stations under section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act. Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin NewsLocal NewsGardai to object to compassionate release of the Dundon brothersBy admin – November 23, 2011 545 center_img Advertisement Email Print Previous articleCharity near victim of refund scamNext articleMunster rugby star has laser eye surgery at Optilase adminlast_img read more

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Sampension adds four to alternatives team and boosts allocation

first_imgDanish labour market pension fund Sampension is to put more money into alternatives including real estate over the next five years, boosting the allocation to between 20% and 25% of total assets, and is hiring four extra people on its alternatives team.Reporting interim results, chief executive Hasse Jørgensen said: “We will have the skills to deliver high stable returns for customers over the coming years.”In order to make this happen, the pension fund was preparing its alternative investments team, along with other other parts of the organisation.Jørgensen told IPE Sampension was adding four new staff to its alternatives team, and two of these were already in place. Over the next five years, the pension fund would invest DKK15bn (€2bn) in alternatives, he said, which would bring the allocation — including real estate — to between 20% and 25% from just under 20% now.Some of this DKK15bn would come from new money, and some would be re-investment from other areas, such as private equity investment funds that had matured, he said.“We are giving alternatives a higher priority,” Jørgensen said.In its first half results, Sampension reported a loss of 0.7% for traditional with-profits pensions before pensions tax, after a 10.9% profit in the same period last year.Even though the investment portfolio had generated a 2.2% return in the period, the hedging portfolio ended in June with a 3.8% loss as a result of higher long-term bond yields.Sam pension’s business income rose, with pension contributions up 3.2% compared with the same period last year to stand at DKK4.0bn at the end of June.The pension fund said the addition of the new pension fund for IT group KMD at the beginning of this year had helped to reverse the trend in falling contributions.However, Jørgensen said that structurally, Sampension was facing falling levels of contributions as its membership aged and moved into retirement.“This is a very long-term issue, but it has made us start thinking and take some action in order to at least maintain the critical mass we have at the moment,” he said.“We have been moving into the area of corporate pensions and won some bids there, and we are going to continue to do that in order to keep up our premium income,” he said.Mergers were also a possibility, he said.The most obvious candidates for partners would be smaller pension funds, of which there were many in Denmark he said.These funds were finding conditions difficult, especially with the implementation of Solvency II regulations coming up next year, he said.“We would expect to be able to help a number of smaller pension funds, but obviously that is their decision,” Jørgensen said.Sampension’s total assets decreased to DKK255bn by the end of June from DKK257bn at the end of December 2014.Its solvency, meanwhile, rose to 309% from 270%, according to interim data.last_img read more

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More than 70 turn out for first Iron Dolphin Triathlon

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seventy-three participated in the Down East Family YMCA’s first Iron Dolphin Triathlon on Sunday.The triathlon — a fundraiser for the DEFY swim team — offered three separate races for individuals or teams of three.Matt Damon, 42, was the first male finisher in the max triathlon, which included a 525-yard swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. Damon won with a time of 1:07.14. Jessie Damon, 41, was the top female (1:21.28).Team MeMe — which included Cooper Holmes, Eric Holmes and Camden Holmes — was the first team in the max triathlon (1:07.21).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the midi triathlon (250-yard swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run), Beckett Markosian, 14, was the first male finisher (44.46), and Kristy Barry, 12, was the first female (52.30).Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur, Chip Loring and Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur comprised the top team (44.19).In the mini triathlon (100-yard swim, 4K bike and 1K run), Sarah Weaver, 10, was the first female finisher (21.57), and Jay Haney, 9, was the first male finisher (22.21).last_img read more

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The Challenge for Capacitating Liberian-owned Businesses (Part II )

first_imgIn Monday’s editorial on this subject, we wrote about the role of government officials and their failure to put their people and country first in the development of business and industry in Liberia.  We touched briefly also on the role of the Central Bank of Liberia and the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) in their attempt to lift Liberians in business.Today we return to our government, and to our educational institutions and their failure to seize the opportunity to make a difference by rescuing their people from second class citizenship and from a persistent and domineering foreign presence in Liberia’s commerce and industry.We have often in our editorials alluded to certain key government Ministries and Agencies which are chiefly responsible for ensuring that Liberian business   participation is encouraged.  These Ministries are Finance, which has a serious influence because it pays the bills; Justice, including its Immigration arm that dishes out the Resident Permits; Commerce, which issues the Business Licenses without asking a single question about Liberian participation; and all the other GOL institutions that consistently dish out the contracts to foreign businesses again.We are dealing with a  government and its  officials–our own people–who could care less about their fellow Liberians in business, yet those who run Liberian businesses are their   mamas and papas, sisters and brothers and cousins and friends–yea even their children. Yet these government officials only see the short term–what they can get today from foreign businesspeople–rather than the long term—what it means for peace and stability, for the economic empowerment and wellbeing of Liberians.But what about the macroeconomic role of government in ensuring that Liberians enjoy a fair share in the national economy?  It is as though absolutely NO ONE is thinking about this.  We recall in the mid-1960s a speech by Treasury Secretary Charles D. Sherman, Liberia’s first economist, addressing foreign businessmen at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  He appealed to them to consider “the little man on the street.”Here was a very powerful GOL official and his government, surrendering their   macroeconomic responsibility to put in  place policies to ensure that Liberians participate meaningfully in their economy. The thinking young people who listened to that speech considered it a sad day for Liberia–that a powerful figure like Mr. Sherman seemed to have surrendered his responsibility to use his power and influence to stand up  and make a difference on behalf of his beleaguered (broken, oppressed,  subjugated) people.It seems we still have such officials in power today in Liberia–officials who just don’t care about their own people and are quite content to see them remain in the same old state–cheated, deprived, disengaged, dejected and poor.Doesn’t the government know what to do?  How can the government just sit there and see foreigners control EVERYTHING in the country while GOL’s own people struggle so desperately and so pitifully for survival?  Does the government not know that this – the disconnect of Liberians from commerce and the economy is what brought the war?  Have they already forgotten Varney Sherman’s Independence Oration last year, that blamed the war primarily on abject poverty?The handing over of the Robertsfield Hotel to a Lebanese businessman and the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier who won the first but cancelled bid is a clear indication that this government doesn’t care. But that was two years ago.Now that the President has spoken about this glaring disconnect of her people in business, we hope that she has something up her sleeves to address it.When University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis, took over several years ago, he pledged to   introduce a program to boost Liberian entrepreneurship.  What has happened to that program?  Is the UL Business College still not teaching Marketing?  Have the other universities followed suit?What are schools, colleges and universities for, if not to teach the courses the people need most to deliver themselves from poverty and powerlessness?The fundamental question we always ask is, how SERIOUS are we as a people?  The answer, in the current premises, is obvious: We are not a serious people.  We–all of us–better start getting serious; or otherwise sow the seeds that will take us again to the abyss, from which we may never return.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Juventus to beat Premier League duo to signature of World Cup winner

first_img Sami Khedira 1 Juventus will beat Chelsea and Manchester United to the signing of Sami Khedira, reports in Italy have revealed.The Real Madrid midfield powerhouse is out of contract next month and the German international’s representatives will meet with the Italian champions on Wednesday to thrash out a deal.The news comes as a blow to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who had been keen to sign the 28-year-old for a second time, having previously brought the midfielder during his time in charge at Real.Sport Mediaset is reporting Massimiliano Allegri is willing to offer Khedira £3m-a-year on a three-year deal to tempt the former Stuttgart man to the Juventus Stadium, instead of the Premier League.Khedira has been frozen out of first-team action at the Santiago Bernabeu this season and made only 11 appearances in La Liga.last_img read more

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Horse racing could be coming to London’s streets

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWhen most people think about horse racing, their mind immediately jumps to traditional racetracks with crowds dressed up to the nines. However, the sport could be about to undergo a significant change… Recent developments suggest that horse racing could be coming to a street near you? That’s exactly what the London-based sports and entertainment agency, SEL UK have in mind. Plans are in place to bring horse racing to the forefront, away from the countryside and into the city. What exactly will this entail? Let’s take a closer look at the possibility of City Racing coming to London in 2019. Pop-up horse racing Headed by Peter Phillips, the Queen’s grandson, SEL UK want to turn iconic sporting events on their head. Instead of traditional race fixtures, they want to bring horse racing to the big smoke. Plans aren’t limited to London either, with talks of a global series kicking off in Europe and then onto Australia, Asia and the US.The aim for this event is to hold six flat races, with eight runners over a 1,000m course. The track itself would be temporarily laid on iconic streets such The Mall in London city centre, with pedestrian crowd barriers. This would allow fans to get up close and personal, creating an intense energy around the races. Embed from Getty ImagesTest runsBearing this in mind, experts held a test event at Aintree at the end of 2018. Organisers modelled the 1,000-metre track on The Mall and Buckingham Palace. At the event three mock races were held, which proved that themambitions of City Racing are in fact logistically possible.The day before the event took place, the artificial surface – Equaflow – was laid down in 18 hours. The surface is designed to provide cushion and is covered by 180mm of all-weather surface which was used for equine events like those at the London Olympics. Safety first Although the artificial surface is said to provide high-quality cushion, concerns have been raised about the safety of the horses and the jockeys on this temporary track. With extensive testing, Phillips responded to critics stating that, “equine safety is paramount. We have a veterinary advisory board and a gold-standard welfare framework.” This focus on the well-fare of the animals shows the seriousness of the project, which have also been backed by London mayor, Sadiq Khan. A spokesperson for his office said, “we are always keen to host new and exciting sporting events in the capital.”Attracting a new racing audience So, what exactly is the aim of City Racing? Simply, they want to promote the sport to a wider modern audience. Horse racing is a long-held tradition in British culture, but there are worries that younger audiences don’t have the same appetite for traditional racing fixtures. Will City Racing broaden the appeal of horse racing? The event organisers surely hope so. By bringing horse racing to the door stop of younger city dwellers, they want to make the event more accessible, innovative and exciting. Not only can street racing bring horse racing to the masses, but it can be a fantastic platform for jockeys with more opportunities to build up name recognition in the industry. The big question going forward is: will you be amongst the city crowds? Or do you think horse racing should stick to the suburbs? Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

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Meyer names 36-man Springbok squad

first_img2 June 2014 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer called seven uncapped players up for national duty as he named a 36-man squad for next month’s Castle Lager Incoming Series following the conclusion of the first stage of the Super Rugby competition on Saturday. Newcomers Damian de Allende, Lood de Jager, Cornal Hendricks, Teboho Mohoje, S’bura Sithole, Marcel van der Merwe and Callie Visagie were joined in the squad by experienced World Cup winners Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield, while Schalk Brits, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard, Lwazi Mvovo and Frans Steyn, all of whom last played test rugby in 2012, also cracked the nod. The national selectors also opted for continuity, with 12 players who started the final test of 2013, in which the Springboks beat France in Paris for the first time in 16 years, being retained in the squad. Notable omissions Notable omissions include Springbok captain and Saru’s Player of the Year in 2013, Jean de Villiers, who is out with a knee injury, and the Young Player of the Year for the last two seasons and IRB Player of the Year nominee last year, Eben Etzebeth, who has been given more time to fully recover from a foot injury, which has kept him out of action this season. The Springboks will also be without one of their vice-captains, Adriaan Strauss, who has been suspended for three matches, while Jaque Fourie, who started all three tests last November, has been ruled out with an ankle injury, as has Pat Lambie, a regular member of the squad for the last two years.‘There are no excuses’ “It’s never easy starting the international season without a number of key players, but it’s the same for our opponents as well and there are no excuses. We simply have to hit the ground running this week and make sure we start the season as well as possible,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement. Meyer will name his interim captain later this week. “Injuries also provide opportunities for new players and from what I’ve seen at the training camp in Durban earlier this week, they are also raring to go,” he added. “Oupa Mohoje got an opportunity at the Cheetahs following injuries to Lappies Labuschagne, Philip van der Walt and Jean Cook, and he took his chance. At the Sharks, Stephan Lewies came in for the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit and he came very close to inclusion in this squad. “It was also wonderful to see the excitement in the more experienced players, who have tasted what test rugby is about. Everyone knows we’re at the start of a challenging season but everyone is raring to get going.”Deserving Meyer said that all of the uncapped players deserved their opportunity. “Damian, Cornal, Oupa, S’bura, Marcel and Callie have all been in great form recently for their various Vodacom Super Rugby franchises, while Lood was very impressive before his injury and he underlined that with a great attitude and work ethic at the Durban camp. “Some of them have been on the national selectors’ radar for a bit longer, while others have been very impressive at our training camp in Durban. They all deserve their selection and now it’s up to them to make the most of it,” he continued. “Damian and S’bura both bring utility value to the team, as they can play in more than one position in the backline. “Cornal, who was the SA Sevens Player of the Year in 2013, is very fast and has a couple of very special attributes, so we’re very excited to work with him and hopefully improve him as a player.Forwards Assessing the forwards, Meyer said: “Up front, we’ve been very impressed with Lood and Oupa recently. Lood is a no-nonsense lock who will learn a lot from Victor [Matfield] and Bakkies [Botha], while Oupa is a superb line-out option, very fast and good with the ball in hand. “Marcel and Callie have been part of a resurgent Bulls pack recently and their play in the set-pieces is very good. “Marcel can play on both sides of the scrum, which makes him a valuable option in the squad, while he also carries the ball well and has shown he can steal ball at the breakdown. Callie brings superb line-out throwing and great scrumming power, while he is never shy to do the dirty work on the field.”The return of veterans Meyer added that he is looking forward to welcoming Matfield and Burger back into the Bok fold. “Last year we saw what it meant to Bakkies, Fourie [du Preez] and Jaque [Fourie] when they returned and they showed that age should not be any measure when it comes to test rugby. If you have the goods and can perform at world-class level, you deserve to be selected,” Meyer said. “Victor and Schalk have both been out of the game for some time and for different reasons. A year ago, Schalk’s playing future was in doubt, so it’s great to have him back in the Bok fold and I’m looking forward to working with him for the first time. “Their excitement at the Durban camp was palpable, but also contagious. The younger players fed off that and I know they will add a lot of value to the squad.”‘One of the best’ On the inclusion of Brits, who plays for English club Saranens, he said: “Schalk was part of our plans from the beginning. He is one of the best hookers in the world, is one of the nominees for Heineken Cup Player of the Year and brings heaps of experience with him.” Strauss, who has been suspended for three weeks for an illegal tackle last weekend, will rejoin in the squad for the final week of the Castle Lager Incoming Series, when his suspension has ended.Not available Injured players who were not available for selection after featuring in 2013, are De Villiers, Etzebeth, Fourie (ankle), Lambie (bicep), Frans Malherbe (concussion), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand) and Gio Aplon (elbow). Juan Smith, of French club Toulon, was also in the selection frame, but as he has been struggling with an injury in recent weeks, he requested the national selectors not to be considered.SPRINGBOK SQUAD Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Marcell Coetzee, Damian De Allende, Lood de Jager, Juan de Jongh, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Fourie du Preez, JJ Engelbrecht, Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Siya Kolisi, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Coenie Oosthuizen, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, S’bura Sithole, Gurthro Steenkamp, Frans Steyn, Morne Steyn, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane Vermeulen, Callie Visagie SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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“Bad has never been so good”

first_imgOh, how Bollywood suffers for its art. If Priyanka Chopra aged from 20 to 65 in 7 Khoon Maaf, Neil Nitin Mukesh, playing her first husband put on 7 kg and sported a prosthetic half leg. As Major Rodriguez, Mukesh abandoned his pretty boy looks. But then Vishal Bhardwaj has a habit of making his actors do his bidding. He had John Abraham injecting substances into his rippling forearms, Irrfan Khan slapping his beautous co-star around, Annu Kapoor climaxing onscreen and Naseeruddin Shah playing hooky with wild mushrooms. It doesn’t always work but the life of Susanna, the “meow si ladki”, is anything but uninteresting. Mukesh, 29, talks of how it was to go from suave to sneering in 7 Khoon Maaf.Q. Why did you agree to be one among so many husbands in a woman centric film?A. The character was extremely delicious for me to eat and I really liked it. Also it was a Vishal Bhardwaj film.Q. If you had a pick, which role would you have chosen?A.I was offered Major Rodriguez and the poet. I liked this one because he has so many layers.Q. The best thing someone has said about you?A. After Johnny Gaddar someone told me ‘bad has never been so good’.Q. Any further singing plans?A. I plan to record some of granddad’s songs with my father.- with Priyanka Sood and Nishat Barilast_img read more