HMV Nipper mascot
A lookalike of "Nipper" the HMV dog. 07/09/99: HMV bosses have launched a nationwide search for a new Jack Russell to pose as Nipper. After 10 years in the job the current dog is to retire and the company wants to find a replacement. *...who loves crowds and being treated as a celebrity. Nipper had earlier featured in the painting His Master's Voice by artist Francis Barraud (shown in background) and both the phrase and image were adopted by the Gramophone Company. 23/01/2000: EMI, who hold a 43% stake in the HMV group, has confirmed it is in talks with Time Warner to merge their music divisions, creating the world's largest music company.
Ernie Wise launches mobile phone
Comedian Ernie Wise and friends launching the Racal-Vodafone computer controlled cellular radio telephone service at St. Katharine's Dock, London. 10/11/04: Vodafone the world's largest mobile phone network, launched its third-generation services in 13 countries including the UK. The new 3G technology allows Vodafone users to see and hear one another when making a call, download full-length music tracks and 3D games, and watch highlights of Premiership football matches.
Finance and Economy - Pineapple Dance Studios - London
Millionairess and former model Debbie Moore, 35, celebrates with champagne in London today after being presented with the Veuve Clicquot "Business Woman of the Year 1983" Award. Debbie, daughter of a Manchester plumber, is creator of Pineapple Dance Studios which she founded in Covent Garden in 1979.
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