Sunday, October 16, 2005

Music, Flu & Eric Clapton

A quick reminder of the November deadlines.
The South Somerset & West Dorset edition deadline is the 19th October whilst for the Taunton & Bridgwater edition it is midday on the 21st October.

Thank you to every one who has already sent in their information.
You can do the same by emailing: for South Somerset & West Dorset

or For the Taunton & Bridgwater areas

Live music this evening in South Somerset & West Dorset
Crack @ Porter Blacks, Yeovil
Vinyl Monkeys @ Three Compasses, Charminster
The Wildcards @ Bell Inn, Ash

Live music in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Flatland Boogie Band @ Old Market Bridgwater

Bollocks from the Government
Every now and again a Government or quasi Government spokesperson does their best to whip up some mass hysteria. Today it concerns Bird Flu; see below.

Birdflu could kill 50,000 Britons - gov't adviser LONDON (Reuters)
Britain is braced for a pandemic of birdflu which could result in at least 50,000 deaths throughout the country, the government's chief medical officer Liam Donaldson said on Sunday.

His comments followed laboratory test results on Saturday which showed the same deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu as that found in Turkey and Asia had infected ducks in Romania, confirming the virus had reached mainland Europe.

Woh Neddy; let's just stop there for a moment shall we?
In one of the worlds most populated countries with a population of approximately 1.3Billion people; China this strain of Flu killed...60 people.

Now, any death is of course a personal tragedy for those concerned and the UK has more than its fair share of Flu related deaths each year but this sounds like scare mongering. What's more, there is no vaccine for this avian Flu strain, all the Doctors can do is treat you with anti-virals if you get the infection.

Call us cynical if you like but we wonder who has something to gain by making lots of noise about the number of people who may die from this Flu strain.

Eric Clapton tell his life story
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Eric Clapton will follow musicians Bob Dylan and Sting with a book about his life, telling of his 40 years as the top rock and blues guitarist of his age in which he went "to hell and back", publisher Doubleday said on Thursday.

Doubleday in the United States, and Century in Britain, both owned by Bertelsmann AG said they would jointly publish the book in spring 2007 and paid Clapton a "substantial advance."
ADVERTISEMENT Trade industry sources said the advance was between $4 million (2.3 million pounds) and $6 million.

Clapton will talk openly about his life, including the death of his child in a tragic fall from a New York apartment and his raucous years in the rock world, said Doubleday spokesman David Drake.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The Editor

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