Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Football?, music & horses

Someone told me there is a football match on today at 8pm, England vs Sweden apparently. It's probably on the telly.

If you want some music however...

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Jinder @ No.10, Bridport
Storm (5-8pm) @ Coopers Mill, Yeovil
Derrin Nauendorf @ Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
K.Carpenter Show @ Brewhouse Theatre (until 21st)

Royal Ascot begins today
If the horse are your passion, then you will be pleased that the Queen will today open the redeveloped racecourse at Ascot, as the famous Royal event returns to its traditional home in Berkshire. The five-day sporting and social event was last year staged in York while the major revamp of the venue, costing more than £200Million, was completed. The project has created a state-of-the art grandstand and other new facilities including a parade ring, weighing room and equine areas.

Have a sporty Tuesday!

The Editor

Friday, June 16, 2006

Friday. Plenty of music for you!

Well we won the match but England did seem to make hard work of it!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Midasuno & support @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Sidekicks @ Branscombe Beer Festival, Fountain Head, Branscombe
ReOffenders @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
The Good Old Boys @ Greem Dragon Combe St Nicholas
Storm @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Lost Boys @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Tree Frogs @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Copping & Silver @ Milverton Music Club
Saggy Bottom Road Show @ British Legion, Taunton
The Seasons @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Hand F8 @ Ring Of Bells, Taunton
Acoustic Jam Night @ Courtyard, Wivey
Cold Shot @ Westgate Inn, Taunton
The Good Old Boys @ Greem Dragon Combe St Nicholas
T.Jaye Martin @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
That'll Do @ Vintage Inn, Wellington
Snappa @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Duke Ellington Night @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
The Whole Hog @ White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
Van Eyken @ Bridgwater Arts Centre

Mad Swede makes his house a World Cup shrine

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish man gripped by World Cup fever painted his whole house in the blue and yellow colours of the national flag while his wife was at work.
"I knew she would say no, so there was no point in asking her about it," Janne Petterson said on Thursday.
"It was really fun to see her face when she got home."
He decided to paint the two-storey building, in a suburb of Stockholm, as a tribute to the Swedish team and win a newspaper competition for tickets to the World Cup final.

I'm not lovin' it: World Cup sponsorship blasted by British health journal
PARIS (AFP) - The prestigious British medical weekly The Lancet has blasted FIFA for letting the World Cup be sponsored by makers of booze, fast food and soda.

The international football federation was also scolded for backpeddaling from a ban on lighting up in stadiums, and for allowing branded tobacco paraphernalia as official merchandise.
The World Cup, Olympic Games and other big sporting events should not allow their image of health and wellbeing be hijacked by products that are linked to alcohol abuse, obesity and other diseases, The Lancet says.

Fifteen global brands have each paid an estimated 40 million dollars for the right to be an "official partner" in the 2006 World Cup.

Have a great day.

The Editor

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Is any body out there?

There is, as I write this, just 35 minutes until the next England match starts and no doubt many of you will be getting the beers in, ready for the match.

Just in case you are interested in what else may be happening this evening, here is what we have listed.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Russ @ No.10, Bridport
Real World @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard

Events today in the Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Henry Lowther @ The White Hart, East Reach, Taunton
Adequte 7 & Jelly Fish Incident @ Aura, Taunton
Moishes Bagel @ Bridhgwater Arts Centre
The Downer @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Enjoy the game and the music!

The Editor

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Wednesday. Footy, Arts, Music & MFA

Still watching the footy? Or perhaps you are completely fed up with it already?
Those already in Germany for the game with Trinidad & Tobabgo tomorrow have been warned to be on the look out for fake tickets which have changed hands for as much as £300 each!

Arts pages: yes or no?
This month in the print edition of the magazine we asked who (if anyone) was interested in the arts pages. We get close to zero feedback from them and if they are not read then we ought to change them for something else.

Well Art and culture lovers either get off your backsides and tell us what you think or risk losing these pages. So far we have had one reply from a Mr. Woodhead of Ilminster who very much enjoys the coverage. Thank you Sir.

Is there any one else or is that it?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Traditional Music @ Wheatsheaf Inn, South Petherton
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Murder Weekend @ Wellington Arts Centre (until 17th)
Acoustic Night @ West India House, Bridgwater

A message from Tom Toomey; organiser of the Music For Africa events.

Volunteering – Music for Africa Events 2006

It’s upon us again and I was wondering if you could offer your services please, over a period of 3 days, 14th 15th July (at Montacute) and 26th August at Compton Dundon.

If so, please could you attend a Volunteers Meeting on Sunday 18th June, 7pm, at the Mason’s Arms, Lower Odcombe.

If you would like to call me to discuss anything, please phone 079799 12975.

Thanks very much!

Please get in touch with Tom directly if you can help out.

Have great day!

The Editor

Friday, June 09, 2006

Friday & the footy begins!

If you hate football then you are probably in for a tough time over the next 6 weeks. The World
Cup finals begin today and England's first game is tomorrow!

Live events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Karl Webber & Willie Nininger @ Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil
The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir with Organist Graham Scott (Hinton Festival) @
St George's Church, Hinton St George
Jonah Matranga, Ian Love, Luke Pickett & Jay Hewlett @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
Rhythm Junkies @ The Crown, Marnhull
The Chill @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Stress @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
The Crack @ Plume of Feathers, Sherborne
Radar @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Virtuoso Violin: Rebecca Pascoe & Alice Rickards @ Meeting House, Ilminster
Hells Bells (AC/DC trib.) @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Jongleurs @ Crown Inn, Fontmell Magna

Live events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
3 Daft Monkeys @ The Westgate Inn, Taunton
That'll Do @ Markethouse, Cullompton
Thick As Thieves @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Kate Richards @ Monkton Inn
Blazing Stump Folk Club @ Royal Oak, Lux.
Angelica @ The Flying Horse, Taunton
Autumn @ Beam Bridge Hotel
Who's Next @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Kennel @ Ring Of Bells, St James Str., Taunton
Adam Issac @ Vintage Inn, Wellington
Jive / Rock 'n' Roll @ Taunton R'n'R Club

JK Rowling voted Britain's greatest writer
According to a survey by book magazine Rowling has been voted as Britain's greatest writer!

Follow the link to this article which says:
It's usually her wizard hero Harry Potter casting the spells, but it looks like JK Rowling has conjured up some magic of her own after she was voted Britain's greatest living writer.

The online survey placed the popular children's novelist above such literary luminaries as Salman Rushdie and Harold Pinter. And she received three times as many votes as the second-placed author, fantasy writer Terry Pratchett. "Our survey provides a fascinating insight into what the British public thinks makes a 'great' writer" says Christine Kidney of The Book magazine.

Are they mad? Did only pre-teens respond to the survey? Even a dabbler in the reading stakes would surely rank a few writers above Ms Rowling. Yes her books are popular and cracking good romps for the kids but what about Shakespeare? Marlow, Orwell, Emily Bronte, Amis etc etc etc. Sometimes it appears that the surveys are only completed by the pre-teens...aaahh that would explain the results!

The Editor (in grumpy old bastard mode)

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Proms in the Park at Forde Abbey on Friday 7th July

Proms in the Park at Forde Abbey on Friday 7th July

Chard Rotary Club are organising the above event in aid of the Alzheimers Society. Tickets cost £8 in advance and £10 on the night. This includes FREE entry to the award winning gardens which will be open from 5.30 with the Proms starting at 7.00 pm.

Music is being provided by Kingsbury Episcopi Concert Band, Cerdics Band, Young Cerdics, Holyrood School Flute Choir and Chard Young Violins. “Bring your own picnic”. Tickets can be obtained from Forde Abbey, Barrons of Chard, Club Members or by phoning 01297 678288.

The Editor

Thursday stuff & toilets

Based as this magazine is in Yeovil we do sometimes throw our hands up in despair at the apparent idiocy of life here.

Recently the main public toilets in the town centre shopping area were closed. Why? Because they were being used as gay pick places and venues for drug taking. The result? If you are desperate for the loo in Yeovil you had better be prepared to dive into one of the up market department stores.

Guess what guys in the council and town centre partnership, drug takers will still take drugs and people looking for a quick sexual thrill are still out there, toilets open or closed.

The Yeovil vision group prides itself on having that most desirable blend of city qualities in a country area. Presumably those qualities include people urinating in the streets and having to walk up to half a mile from the town centre to change a baby's nappy.

What a joyful place to be. Come on guys others towns manage to provide toilet facilities in central locations, why can't Yeovil? Oh and before someone trots out the old "it's too expensive line", just how much will the clean up costs be, to wash down the streets each day, that are covered in piss? How long will it be before someone challenges the council using the Human Rights Act, on the basis that their human right to dignity has been breached?

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Show Of Hands (Hinton Festival) @ St George's Church, Hinton St George (probably sold out!)
Mind Bites @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Crazy 88 @ Phoenix Hotel, Chard
Bon Jovi Experience @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Jaleo @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton (until 9th)
Totnes School Of Rock @ Rockers Live, Taunton
Bon Jovi Experience @ Square & Compass, Windmill Hill, Ashill
Hundred Reason @ Palace, Bridgwater
The Hiding Place @ Tacchi- Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Have a happening Thursday!

The Editor

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wednesday events

Wednesday - It's midweek!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Young Muscians including The Young Cerdics (Hinton Festival) @ St George's Church, Hinton St George
Jam Night @ Woods Wine Bar

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Andy Eavis @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Claude Bourbon @ Raleighs Cross Inn
Screwtape Letters @ Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Keyboard legend Billy Preston dies
The music world is in mourning after the death of keyboard legend Billy Preston.
Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger described the 59-year-old, who died in Phoenix, Arizona, as a "fantastic and gifted musician".

Preston, who had been in a coma since November after battling with chronic kidney failure, worked with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as well as having his own series of hit singles.
A former teen prodigy on the piano and organ, Preston lent his gospel touch to classics such as the Beatles' "Get back" and the Stones' "Can't you hear me knocking?"

He had success as a solo artist in the 1970s, winning a Grammy in 1973 for "Outta space," and scoring other hits with "Will it go round in circles", "nothing from nothing" and "With you I'm born again".

He also penned Joe Cocker's "You are so beautiful," among other hits.

Mick Jagger said: "Billy was a fantastic and gifted musician.... a superb singer in both recording sessions and on-stage.

"He was great fun to be with on-stage when touring with us and I will miss him a lot."

Broken Bones
Today many football fans in England will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of the scan on Rooney's foot. The last time one tiny bone caused so much fuss and bother it was stuck in the back of the Queen Mother's throat!

Have a fun day

The Editor

Monday, June 05, 2006

Monday events in Taunton & Bridgwater areas

It looks as if we have a couple of things on in the Taunton & Bridgwater area tonight to tempt you out.

Open Mic Night @ The Westgate, Taunton
Comedy @ The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

The Editor

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Monday fun

Well since this is a Monday there little going on musically for you tonight. Why not relax after what was probably a tiring weekend!

Have you got enough England flags displayed?
England fans willing their heroes to lift the World Cup are being offered the chance to adorn their wheelie bins with the Cross of St George.

The patriotic stickers are the brainchild of Adam Bird, who has already produced 100,000 of the "bin bling" flags and taken 300,000 orders.

Mr Bird, from Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, is proud that his product, which can also be displayed on cars and vans, is being printed in England, at nearby Hortonwood.

A bit of fun!

Draw a mouse on this web page then answer some questions about your drawing. Then they tell you your personality easy! Click here.

Have a fun Monday

The Editor

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sunday...a day of rest...possibly

Wetherspoons & England Supporters
We heard a tale yesterday (Saturday) about the latest problems encountering anyone rash enough to be a supporter of England and be proud of it.

In the Yeovil Wetherspoons pub this week and man and his family were asked to leave the bar because the child, THE CHILD was wearing an England shirt!

Are the bar staff and Management stark staring mad or has some policy diktat been handed down from on high? The chain is crowing about its three new 'England World Cup Ales' on its web site, while at the same time apparently denying England supporters of the ability (age permitting) to drink those celebratory beers.

Top marks Wetherspoons for how to alienate your customers base, not since the Gerald Ratner clanger has someone done such a great job of pissing off their customers.

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
David Clifford (4pm) @ Pall Tavern, Yeovil
Mutter Slater & Phil Rosenberg (3-5pm) @ The Woodman, Bridport
Open Mic Night @ Oscar's Wine Bar, Crewkerne
Afternoon Jam Session (3pm) @ Swan Hotel, Crewkerne
Dave 'The Guitar Player' @ Yeovil Ex-Services & Social Club
Rooting Around (4-6pm) @ Hardy's, Bridport
The Jon Walsh Blues Band @ Bell Inn, Ash

Have a fun day!

The Editor

Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday, Flags & Music

Flags, Horses & Anally Retentive Old Wankers
If you have listening to recent news and comment you will know that some organisations appear to have an issue with the England flag. Police in Hampshire have had reports of horses being startled by the flags, or perhaps it was just a car being driven past at 60MPH that startled the horse.

Of course there are some people out there who just can't stand the idea of others having fun and being patriotic, well sod 'em. If you don't like the idea of an England flag flying then move somewhere else. (Yes we know about the safety considerations but we are making a general point here.) If this were the USA every house would have flags draped on it or flying from it.

Oh and quick message to Scots football supporters: Never mind...there's always next time.

Folks, it's ok to cheer your team on!

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Snakes @ The Wesgate Innm Taunton
Electric Jam Session @ Bear Inn, Wivey
Who's Next @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Night Shift @ Cross Rifles, Bridgwater
Milverton Music Club @ The Victoria Rooms
Burning Chrome @ Pen & Quill, Taunton
Excomatic Jack @ Ring Of Bells, St. James Street, Taunton
Gold Blend @ Flying Horse, Taunton
JC King @ Royal British Legion, Taunton
Jungle Magic @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Mojo @ Tanners, Bridport
Who's Next @ Green Dragon, Combe St Nicholas
Bleedin' Hartz @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Jesse James, Mouthwash, El Skanko & King Tuts Revenge @ Ski Lodge, Yeovil
UK Guns 'N' Roses @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Storm @ Fleur de Lis, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Coldshot @ Poulett Arms, Lopen Head
Laurence @ Ship Inn, Chard
The Greg Suggitt Laughter Show supported by Lou-D @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Cart-L @ White Hart, Crewkerne Please call to check this gig is going ahead a note on the band's web site suggests that all performances have been cancelled because of a split. :-(

Have a fun day

The Editor

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thursday-Mags out, time for a rest!

The last few days have been hellishly hectic for your Editor as the magazine was finished and then needed to be distributed.

Well there are now some 5000 copies out in the Taunton & Bridgwater area and 4300 or so in South Somerset & West Dorset. Guess what; venues are still asking for more! We have to tread a fine line between how many copies we print and how much advertising revenue we have taken. However put simply, more adverts equals more magazines. So let's have some adverts!

Bad news for Premiership Footballers
On the news programs today we heard that 'SHOCK' The total wage bill for the premiership has actually fallen by 3% in the last year. Thierry Henri must be feeling this pinch then as he draws his £100k per week wage cheque!

Events today in South Somerset & West Dorset
Earthwise Festival (until 4th) @ A hill near Dorchester!
Abba Dayz @ Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Jam Night @ Antelope, Crewkerne
Breathless @ Harry's Bar, Yeovil
Mojo @ Nelson's Ale House, Blandford Forum

Events today in Taunton & Bridgwater areas
Mozart's Birthday Party @ Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
Horizon & Contact @ Aura, Taunton

Have great evening!

The Editor