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Red devil promises best tunes

MANCHESTER United manager Alex Ferguson could be playing the blues in 12 months time if his New Year promise comes true.

But the treble-winning boss's resolution is musical not managerial. He wants to improve his piano-playing - one of dozens of resolutions made by celebrities to publicise the Campaign for Learning's "Mind Out for the Millennium" scheme to encourage people to learn to live their dreams.

Gloria Hunniford also wants to tinkle the ivories, whie keyboard skills of the computing variety are the aim of Paddy Ashdown. William Hague wants to become more fluent in Welsh, while TES columnist Libby Purves intends to improve at the penny whistle .

Nearly 250 pledges have been made. Campaign marketing dir-ector Michelle Wake said: "Resolving to learn something new will keep our minds stimulated for whatever this new era brings." The pledges are listed on the web at

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