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Abba’s Frida auctions off belongings

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* Abba | Today’s issues | Guardian Unlimited
* Fame a fleeting dream for pop wannabes
* Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search
* Abba’s Frida auctions off belongings
* ‘Big Brother’ gives auds taste for real life
* Refereeing in dire need of fundamental overhaul
* Edmonton 2001 completes sponsorship line-up

Abba | Today’s issues | Guardian UnlimitedGuardian Unlimited
Before they sprang to international fame after winning the Eurovision song contest in 1974,. They are now divorced couples.

Fame a fleeting dream for pop wannabesIrish Independent
They will then have to dance, sing duets and solos in order to be a part of the 30 people who will take part in stage three. ” All in all, the odds of being picked were not very good. Nevertheless, with dreams in hand the singers lined up in front of the three judges, pop guru Louis Walsh, TV company boss Bill Hughes and former Eurovision singer Linda Martin, and sang as if their lives depended upon it.

Guardian Unlimited | Archive SearchGuardian Unlimited
The practice has been highlighted by the leak of an email from Jo Moore, the special adviser to the transport secretary, Stephen Byers, suggesting the September 11 terrorist attack represented a good day to bury bad news. The leak raised the question of what other unhelpful news the government machine has been quietly disgorging while all eyes are on the building conflict. The government media handlers, using a meticulously constructed weekly grid, manage the flow of news, rationing announcements so that they do not clash with one another, or other big events, ranging from the Eurovision song contest to a G7 summit. If government is not to slide into paralysis, some bad, as well as good, news decisions have to be made, and announced. On occasions, this can be a genuine source of frustration for ministers. The home secretary, David Blunkett, for instance, nearly delayed the publication of his book setting out his political philosophy. Once published, it received virtually no publicity.

Abba’s Frida auctions off belongingsBBC News
The Mercedes fetched the most money, going for 37,000 Swiss francs (?15,000). One of the band’s gold albums was snapped up by a fan for 2,300 Swiss francs (?963), and flamboyant dresses went for up to 1,500 Swiss francs (?628). Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Lynstad soared to fame in 1974 when they won the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo. The group quickly became Sweden’s most famous and lucrative cultural export with a string of hits including Money Money Money, Dancing Queen and The Winner Takes It All. The group last performed together in 1982.

‘Big Brother’ gives auds taste for real lifeVariety – Variety (subscription)
Beyond “Big Brother 2002,” Tele 5 has announced a revamped, live edition of “Survivor” for the 2001-02 season with updates. Antena 3 is studying the new “Temptation Island” version, “Blind Faith. “TVE, which pulled out of broadcasting “Survivor,” alleging public service scruples, is now prepping the Gestmusic-Endemol “Star Maker,” which will follow real-life candidates for repping Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. Reality glut?Gestmusic-Endemol managing director Jose Maria Mainat announced this summer that he was in broadcaster talks to produce “Big Diet,” featuring weight-challenged contestants. “In a few years time, people won’t raise an eyebrow at there being four to five ‘Big Brother’ style shows on the nets,” Augustin forecasts. That time doesn’t seem so far off. Given Spain’s TV ad slowdown, Zeppelin CEO Jose Velasco thinks it’s “probable” that reality formats would increase in any economic recession.

Refereeing in dire need of fundamental overhaulIrish Independent
PS: It’s too late to do anything about this year’s All-Ireland final day entertainment, but could we please ask the GAA to do something for next season? Last Sunday’s effort was quite lamentable, a continuation of the old-fashioned, lazy, predictable programme we have had for years. Apart, that is, from the Setanta pageant which, while new, was too awful for words. And can we not have a little more razzmatazz to greet the teams rather than a bland invitation to “cuirigí fáilte roimh foireann Tiobraid Árann”? The half-time break in the Eurovision song contest gave us Riverdance; the half-time break at the All-Ireland final gives us The Fields of Athenry. The entire day badly needs a revamp, including the presentation ceremony, which should return to the stands. net- MARTIN BREHENY.

Edmonton 2001 completes sponsorship
“When we began speaking with potential partners and suppliers, our goal was to reach a total of 15 diverse firms and organisations that share our desire – quite simply to ensure the Championships are a success,” said sponsorship division chief Dennis Erker. “As a local organising committee we’re thrilled with the 15 organizations that are working with us. The full Edmonton 2001 roll call of partners includes IAAF Partners – TDK, adidas, Coca-Cola, Epson, Seiko, Eurovision and TBS; government partners – government of Canada, government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton; sport partners – Athletics Canada and Athletics Alberta; and national partners – TELUS, Royal Bank Financial Group, Labatt, EPCOR, IKON Office Solutions, Sony of Canada Ltd and the General Motors Dealers of Edmonton.

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