Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Jazz and Wednesday happenings

Ronnie Barker

It was sad to hear about the death of comedian Ronnie Barker. For those of a 'certain generation' he was always around on a Saturday night to make us laugh. Gone but not forgotten.

The Taunton Jazz season continues next week with Des Bacon’s Red Hot Syncopators at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on Wednesday 12th October. Led by Des on clarinet and sax, be transported back to the ‘Roaring Twenties’ and the wonderful music of Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington and King Oliver.

The rest of the season includes the Craig Milverton Quartet on 9th November and the ever popular Charlie Hearnshaw Quartet on Wednesday 14th December.

The shows all take place at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton and this season the venue will be experimenting with a series of new settings to create a more intimate atmosphere.

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01823 414141 or from the Tourist Information Centre at the library.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Smith 'n' Moore @ Harry's Bar
Makerfield @ Chicago Rock Café

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Folk Club @ Bridgwater Arts Centre
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton

Bogus work excuses on the rise: 'God didn't wake me'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Off-the-wall reasons for calling off sick are on the rise as U.S. workers are increasingly willing to blame everything from wet cement and snakes to ghosts and a higher power to get a day off from work, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

This year, 43 percent of U.S. workers called in sick when they felt fine, up from 35 percent that did so last year, the survey of 2,450 employees from showed.

Reasons not to show up for work ranged from: "I was too drunk to drive to work" to "I forgot I was getting married today." One employee who did not believe in alarm clocks told the boss that "God didn't wake me."

The survey, which also polled 875 hiring managers, showed the most popular day to make up an excuse was Wednesday, while hiring managers said they were more suspicious of workers who called off sick on Mondays and Fridays.

Still, no matter how good the excuse, it won't always work. Nearly one-quarter of hiring managers surveyed said they had fired an employee for missing work without a legitimate reason.

Have a great day!

The Editor

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