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SUPERSTAR Sir Elton John says he has considered the idea of adopting a four-year-old South African orphan named Elton.

The pop legend, whose hits include Candle In The Wind and Your Song, told last night's Parkinson show that he loved children but was concerned his lifestyle and high profile would make it difficult for the child to cope.

Sir Elton spoke about a recent trip his partner David Furnish had made to South Africa, where he had been moved by the plight of the large numbers of orphaned children.

'There are so many orphans over there and David brought back a picture of this little boy who is the cutest four-year-old boy called Elton, funnily enough.

'It is tempting to say 'Well it would be lovely to adopt this boy', but I'm nearly 54, and very set in my ways.


'What I would like to do with this boy is educate him and send him to a good school in South Africa.

'To bring a four-year-old into the limelight over here and to completely change his world would be unfair. Maybe I can do this in a kind of a godparent-type role.'



CAMPBELL...eliminated from inquiries

ALASTAIR Campbell, the Prime Minister's official spokesman, was quizzed by detectives over the murder of TV golden girl Jill Dando, police sources confirmed last night.

Mr Campbell, one of Tony Blair's closest aides, met Scotland Yard officers so that they could eliminate him from their inquiries.

He was interviewed after a national newspaper wrongly claimed he had joked about being a former lover of Miss Dando's at a lunch party.

Mr Campbell was never seriously suspected of gunning down Miss Dando at her south London home in April 1999 but officers felt obliged to interview him.

'It followed the publication of an e-fit picture, after which I understand the police had a number of calls pointing out the resemblance to me,' he said.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2000
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