Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday: Fingerprints, TV, Yeovil oh and some entertainment!

Did you see Yeovil on the telly this morning?

Peter Barlow, owner of the Alex, Globtrotters and other venues was being interviewed about the introduction (in about a month's time) of fingerprint scan entry systems to some of the bars in Yeovil.

Everyone interviewed (including the Police) seemed to think it was a marvelous idea and would stop all those nasty hooligans from creating trouble.

Well our perspective is that this is another attempt at training you all to accept ID cards as a great step forward. (It isn't a great step forward in our opinion.) It is unlikely to stop violence (except possibly inside the venue) and although the venues talk about access being controlled by the Data Protection Act, the Police have already said they would have no hesitation in requesting the data if they felt it might be useful.

Of course it may stop underage drinkers getting bladdered in the venues that use it, but as long as someone has an older mate who will get drinks for youngsters from the Off Licence, under age drinking will still be around.

The Police State arrives in little ol' Yeovil! George Orwell is surely spinning in his resting place.

What next? Two for one drink promotions with your microchip ID card?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset (not much actually)
Pea, Bean & Enormous Turnip (theatre 10.30am) @ Thornford Village Hall
Pea, Bean & Enormous Turnip (theatre 4pm) @ Sandford Orcas Village Hall

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater area
Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Modern Jive @ Royal British Legion Club, Taunton

Have a super day!

The Editor

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