London Lite Monday, 13 July 2009 romanian in record 40m race discrimination claim AButlins tripforfire homeless Fast talkAn instant interviewwith... Rick EdwaRds TV presenTer rick edwards, 28, lives in Kentish Town. Local pub or showbiz party? Local pub, definitely. I live near two really nice ones, The Pineapple and The Junction. Sofa or gym? Thats easy. The sofa. I do have a gym membership but Ive been once in six months and I figured out that one visit cost me around 390. Boxers or briefs? I like a Y-front, actually. A brightly coloured Y-front. Beer or spirits? I like the taste of beer. A neat spirit makes me wince when I drink it. Alan Carr or Jimmy Carr? Alan because hes warm and funny. I think Jimmy is funny but I wouldnt want to be stuck in a lift with him constantly firing one-liners at me. Modelling or presenting? Presenting by a long way. I hated modelling because I dont like having my photo taken. Steve Jones or Miquita Oliver? Im working with them both but Ive gotta go with Miquita (right). If I was alone with Steve he might try to interfere with me but she would never do that. Speedos or shorts? Shorts. I like having a pasty upper thigh after sunbathing. Lily Allen or Lady GaGa? Ive met Lily a few times and shes nice. rick is co-hosting T4 On The Beach with steve Jones and Miquita Oliver on sunday in Weston-super-Mare. simon BUtton AN accountant who claims she was made to feel like a prostitute by her bosses is suing a top City firm for 40m in a record race discrimination claim. Romanian Mihaela Popa says that she suffered a string of racist and sexual jibes while being bullied at accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms Popa, 31, says that a colleague told her Eastern Europeans are whores and referred to her as Mihaela and porn. She says she was accused of only being in London to live it up and quizzed about returning to Romania, given menial tasks to perform and ignored for promotion. When she asked one manager why she was given mundane work, he allegedly said that someone was needed to mop up the s**t. Ms Popa started her career at PwCs Bucharest office in 2000 and says she suffered sexual harassment and race discrimination within months of moving to the firms Chicago branch before trans- ferring to London in September 2004. She claims the treatment became pro- gressively unbearable until she felt she had no choice but to resign in November 2006 after being off sick for several months with depression and anxiety. Ms Popa, of Hampstead, north London, earned 41,000-a-year as a forensic accountant and claims the discrimination stopped her becoming a partner earning at least 500,000 a year plus bonuses. She is demanding compensation for loss of earnings and hurt feelings PwC has said it strenuously denies her allegations and a spokesman said they would be vigorously defending her tribunal action. UP to 170 people displaced by the inferno which killed six people in a south London tower block were taken on a day trip to Butlins. The trip to Bognor Regis was organised yesterday for residents of the Lakanal House in Camberwell which went up in flames two weeks ago. Tenants associations paid for the trip, while Butlins let 100 in for free. Jaqueline Bailey, 20, who is staying in a hotel after her flat was damaged, said: It took our minds off things. by georginA littlejohn cityaccountants made me feel i wasaprostituteDepression and anxiety: Mihaela Popa index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html