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Bright spark

New Year congratulations are extended by the Diary to one of London&#39s most elegant PRs, Penrose&#39s Ms Tilly von Twickel.

Von Twickel is a few months into a two-year course to be an electrician at City of Westminster College and has just triumphed by coming top of the class in something called the “core science” Christmas test.

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