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Passnotes No 2,749: Ruby Wax

22 March 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian has been drafted in to help civil servants with their 'communication skills'

Age: 56.

Appearance: Exhausting.

What's she up to these days? She has been hired by the Home Office to give workshops to senior civil servants, teaching them leadership and communication skills.

There are 82 things wrong with that sentence. I know. Where would you like me to start?

How about with why Ruby Wax is being hired to do anything other than shout rude questions in the faces of celebrities? She has reinvented herself recently. She is now a member of the International Coaching Federation (working towards accreditation), specialising in leadership facilitation, executive coaching and developing emotional intelligence.

Now you're just stringing random nouns together. What's she doing with the civil servants? She's teaching them leadership and communication skills, I told you.

But what does that mean? It means . . . um . . . er . . . wait, yes – she's equipping senior staff with »

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Exquisite Cuisine Season on BBC4 | Sports Relief Does Dragons' Den | Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds | Battle for North America and more | Watch this

15 March 2010 11:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Exquisite Cuisine Season on BBC4 | Sports Relief Does Dragons' Den | Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds | Battle for North America and more

Exquisite Cuisine Season

7.30pm, BBC4

As part of BBC4's foodie week, here's a night looking at refined gastronomy. Clarissa Dickson Wright tries her hand at recipes from Britain's oldest extant cookbook, written by King Richard II's chefs – beaver and pike are on the menu. In France On a Plate, cultural historian Andrew Hussey considers the central place of meals in France, and investigates Versailles as the birthplace of cuisine. Finally, in Fat Man in a White Hat, Bill Buford embarks on a quest to see if French food is still regarded as the best in the world.

Sports Relief Does Dragons' Den

8pm, BBC2

Patrick Kielty, Ruby Wax and Greg Rusedski assist three sports-focused entrepreneurs with their pitches to the sulky millionaires. Patrick tries to sell a sideways bicycle, »

- Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Andrew Mueller, Jonathan Wright, Phelim O'Neill

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Me and my doctor: Fegus Henderson, Emma Thompson, Ruby Wax and Max Stafford-Clark

6 February 2010 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

When Fergus Henderson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he risked losing much more than his career as one of the country's top cooks. Then he met Professor Marwan Hariz, who drilled into his skull and rebooted his brain. Here, Fergus, Emma Thompson, Ruby Wax and Max Stafford-Clark talk about their relationships with the doctors and therapists who've transformed their lives

Fergus Henderson, Chef

In October 2005, Professor Marwan Hariz Performed Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery On Fergus Henderson To Treat The Symptoms Of His Parkinson's Disease

I thought I had a trapped nerve because I was walking around with an arm like John Wayne on horseback, so I went to the doctor and he told me it was Parkinson's. That wasn't a particularly good moment. I was showing classic symptoms – I'd had the John Wayne arm for about a year but I'd sort of carried on regardless. I went for a rather »

- Ursula Kenny, John Hind, Alice Fisher, Laura Potter

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