Friday, January 13, 2006

Friday 13th!!

It's Friday 13th!

Aaargh, cross everything as today is Friday 13th and of course this is the day when things traditionally go wrong. But what about a change? What if today things go wrong in your favour? The Inland Revenue could mistakenly send you a cheque for £1000, you may get upgraded on your holiday booking or your car gets a full service instead of just an oil change because the mechanic makes a mistake? It could happen!

Rather be famous than brainy?

We saw this on Yahoo

LONDON (Reuters) - Dazzled by the attractions of fame, more than one in 10 young Britons would quit school to become tomorrow's tabloid star, a survey showed on Friday.
In a country obsessed by celebrities, a growing number of children are more interested in becoming rich and famous than getting a good education, according to research from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).

Around nine percent thought fame was a great way to earn money without skills or qualifications.

"Young people realise that you don't need skills for being famous and believe it is easy, which it is not," Max Clifford, the country's best known publicist, told Reuters.

Tabloids are littered with "revelations" about C-list celebrities and the country's most famous couple, David and Victoria Beckham, have made millions of pounds from gracing the front pages.

But the LSC pointed out that the chances of being picked for a Big Brother-style TV show and being popular afterwards were around one in 30 million, longer odds than winning the lottery. Clifford, who has acted as agent for many fleeting celebrities, agreed.

"I would say to star-wannabes: See it as the lottery, try it but don't count on it, don't rely on it. "Get yourself educated, get yourself a job, get yourself a situation."

On the other hand maybe, just maybe, teenagers are wondering what the point of going to Uni is when you end up thousands of pounds in debt and still only manage to get a job flipping burgers. Just a thought.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Third Time Lucky @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Chill @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Dave Green @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Krays @ Westminster, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas

Blazing Stump Folk Club @ The Royal Oak, Lux.

Secret Seven @ The Pen & Quill, Taunton

Relocate @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater

Cold Shot @ The Westgate, Taunton

Cathie Ryan Band @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Spooky Man 'sucked into grave'
A man is suing New York church officials claiming he was sucked into his brother-in-law's grave while tending the plot in a scene reminiscent of a horror movie.

Gerard Glock, 39, of Flatbush, Brooklyn, said he was trimming weeds at St Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, when the earth collapsed under his feet and he found himself waist-deep in Charles Rizzo's grave.

"I just fell right into his grave," Mr Glock told the New York Daily News, adding that his wife, daughter and mother-in-law were watching in shock. "It was exactly out of a horror movie," he said. "It was like being buried alive. My daughter was hysterical, crying. My wife was in shock."

Have a safe day!

The Editor

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