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Sinful Simon

Nervous teacher-training applicant Annette Kennerley had the excellent idea of opening her rejectionacceptance letter at The Prince pub in Stoke Newington so that the good or bad news could be quickly drowned in alcohol. As she prepared to rip open the fateful missive, who should walk in but Andrew Lincoln, alias the irresponsible Simon from Channel 4's Teachers series? Happily the news was good and Annette hotfooted it over to the star to tell him.

"He was very pleasant and encouraging. Oh, and witty: 'I'm not really a teacher, you know,' he said. 'I'm an actor.' Well, blow me down." Fingers crossed that Annette will survive a little longer than Simon's one-and-a-half terms in the job.

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