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Digital boss Lane Fox to get peerage

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E-commerce pioneer and government adviser Martha Lane Fox is to join the House of Lords, it is announced.

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Observer Food Monthly award-winners announced

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Nigel Slater named food personality of the year, while nine-year old Martha Payne’s blog on school dinners also recognised

In pictures: the OFM award-winners

A community scheme producing vegetables in the heart of the city, a restaurant providing training for the long-term unemployed and a campaigning nine-year-old blogger are among the food heroes celebrated in this year’s Observer Food Monthly awards, which were announced in London on Thursday night.

Voted for by over 16,000 Observer readers alongside an expert panel, this year’s crop very much recognises the age of economic austerity and the need to take food back to the grass roots. “With a higher number of voters than ever before, with expert judges from most parts of the UK, the OFM awards have never felt so representative or relevant,” says OFM editor Allan Jenkins.

Among the pioneers voted for by the readers of OFM is Growing Communities, a vegetable box scheme based in Hackney and run by volunteers producing most of its food locally, which was named retailer of the year. Create, a restaurant in Leeds providing training and work placements in the catering industry for the unemployed, won best ethical restaurant, while the Parlour, a pub in Chorlton on the outskirts of Manchester, beat tough competition from glossy celebrity-chef-run ventures to be named the best place for Sunday lunch.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall won best cookbook for Veg Every Day!, another clear nod to the modern age of austerity at a time of rising meat prices. Nigel Slater was named food personality of the year.

The expert judging panel – which included chefs Angela Hartnett, Shaun Hill from the Walnut Tree in Wales and Simon Hulstone from he Elephant in Torquay – gave the blog of the year award, chosen from a shortlist voted for by readers, to Martha Payne, a nine-year-old from Argyll and Bute. Payne used her Never Seconds school dinners blog to ignite debate around school food. Payne has raised over £100,000 for school kids in Malawi in the process.

“Martha demonstrated there is more to food blogging than moaning about Michelin stars or drooling over dirty burgers,” says Allan Jenkins, chair of the expert panel. There was also a lifetime achievement award for restaurateur Sir Terence Conran for his contribution to the industry, and an outstanding achievement award for Raymond Blanc.

For full details of and interviews with all the winners, plus the winning reader’s recipe and cocktail, see this Sunday’s Observer Food Monthly.

OFM Awards 2012: the winners

Best restaurant

The Seahorse, Dartmouth

Best cookbook

River Cottage Veg Every Day! by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Best food personality

Nigel Slater

Lifetime achievement

Sir Terence Conran

Outstanding contribution

Raymond Blanc

Best young chef

Adam Smith, The Ritz, London

Best food blog

Never Seconds by Martha Payne

Best Sunday lunch

The Parlour, Chorlton

Best ethical restaurant

Create, Leeds

Best newcomer

Young Turks

Best independent local retailer

Growing Communities, London

Best producer

Cultivate London

Best cheap eats

Tayyabs, London

Best place to drink

The Zetter Townhouse, London

Architect thrilled to design concert hall in honor of pianist Argerich

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As a longtime fan of Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, award-winning architect Hiroshi Naito, 61, was thrilled to be asked to design a concert hall in her honor in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
“I have admired her since my school years. I will devote all my experience and knowledge to designing this building,” Naito said.

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Ex-GSA chief Martha Johnson apologizes to Congress – Politico

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Ex-GSA chief Martha Johnson apologizes to Congress
Martha Johnson, the former General Services Administration administrator who lost her job over a lavish Las Vegas conference that's become an icon of federal waste, will “personally apologize” before a congressional committee Monday for the junket that
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News From TechniTrader: MetaStock Webinar Featuring Martha Stokes C.M.T.

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In this MetaStock Webinar, Martha Stokes C.M.T. will teach you professional methods to streamline your trading process. You will learn how to speed up your stock pick selection, how to eliminate extra work and unnecessary tasks.

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U.S. Official Touts Ashland University Efforts to Make Higher Education More Affordable

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U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter held a Town Hall meeting on the Ashland University campus Feb. 29 and said Ashland University’s recent efforts to make higher education more affordable are an example for colleges nationwide to follow.

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Cambridge Who’s Who Names Martha V. Diehl Professional of the Year in Nonprofit & Community Service

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Martha Diehl oversees the Institute for Canine Studies, which teaches people to train dogs to help people

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