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Enjoy intelligent analysis on global issues one copy at a time with Economist Direct Order online or by text No commitment you choose when you want to buy Free first-class delivery to your door Your first order completely free* ORDER THIS WEEKS ISSUE ONLINE: EconomistDirect.com/lite TEXT: LITE to 80801 London Lite Friday, 25 September 2009 23 Simons fury as Cheryl backs Strictlys Alesha Cowell angry at X Factor judge giving rivals publicity by georgina littlejohn Inbrief Royalguardsget volleygoodspot THE QUEENS bodyguards are already reserving their places to watch womens beach volleyball at the 2010 Olympic Games. An office belonging to an Army major general has a perfect view over Horse Guards Parade, where the volleyball teams will compete, and senior officers have begun submitting applications for a spot by the window to watch the scantily clad athletes in action. Deaf stars are a new era for TV A drAmA using sign language and starring deaf teenagers from south London is being hailed as the start of a new era of childrens TV. The Boy From Before, a four- part series which starts next week, features secondary school pupils from Balham who helped devise the story, write the script and acted in scenes at Oak Lodge School and Clapham Common. Relief. Defending her friends new job, she said: I dont need to give Alesha advice. Shes a strong woman. I cant tell you how hard it was to climb that mountain. If she can do that, then she can get through this. I havent seen the programme but I think shes well-qualified. I wish her the best of luck. But ITV insiders said Cowell, 49, is concerned that Cole has been distracted from her job by wading into the row. A source said: Simon would rather Cheryl spoke about X Factor. After all, if she talks about Strictly, all she is doing is giving a rival programme free publicity. Thumbs up: Cheryl on the trek in Africa CHERYL COLE has been warned to stop giving the BBC free publicity after she spoke out in defence of Alesha Dixon. The Girls Aloud star was told by X Factor boss Simon Cowell not to get involved, after she stuck up for Dixon when she was slated for her debut as a judge on the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing. The two shows are rivals for Saturday night audiences. Dixon was slammed by viewers and critics for her lack of experi- ence after she replaced former judge Arlene Phillips, 66, on the show. 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