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Eurovision News Review:

* A funny thing happened on my way to Eurovision
* Jessica talks about life after Pop Idol
* Stopping smoking
* Pupils to help each other quit smoking
* Showing respect for Ireland’s icons
* Post-cynicism: it’s cool to be kind
* Nice try, Bertie, you can get media on side

A funny thing happened on my way to EurovisionIrish Independent
It’s called aerophobia. It’s also called thanatophobia: fear of death. And so my annual pilgrimage to the Eurovision is made even crazier by my insistence on taking to the rattly railways and the perils of high seas. My fellow-journalists regard it as a joke. To go willingly to Eurovision is bad enough but to go the circuitous route is folly. This year my May destination was Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. For some, a three-hour flight; for me, a grand expedition involving four countries, countless railway companies, three ferry companies, five seas and several currency changes… And so my annual pilgrimage to the Eurovision is made even crazier by my insistence on taking to the rattly railways and the perils of high seas. My fellow-journalists regard it as a joke. To go willingly to Eurovision is bad enough but to go the circuitous route is folly. This year my May destination was Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. For some, a three-hour flight; for me, a grand expedition involving four countries, countless railway companies, three ferry companies, five seas and several currency changes. There were some grave portents from the outset. My wife had recently decided that we should not die intestate.

Jessica talks about life after Pop IdolBBC News
She has since represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest and had a Top 40 hit with her entry song Come Back. CBBC Newsround Online caught up with her to find out what she’s planning to do next. NR: What have you got planned next for your singing career?

Jessica: At the minute I’m looking for the second single and I’m finding it hard to find the right song. I’m hoping to release it in September time so I’ve been in and out the studios!

I’ve also been doing some charity work which is something I’m really happy to be involved with. NR: Will the new song be more upbeat that Come Back?

Jessica: It’ll definitely be upbeat – I can’t stand still on the stage anymore!

It’s got to be with dancing and everything.

Stopping smokingBBC News
Discuss young peoples’ attitudes towards smoking and tobacco advertising. Learning aims

Critically evaluate young peoples’ comments about tobacco advertising. Learn some facts about smoking. Icebreaker
Read the story ‘Jessica Garlick tells us ‘smoking’s not cool”.

Pupils to help each other quit smokingBBC News
There is also a word search where pupils can look for words connected with smoking and health risks, she added. “There are so many lessons which focus on helping young people not to start smoking, but not many on how to help them give up – so it will be good to focus on that,” the professor said. Pop Idol support

Pop Idol and Eurovision Song Contest star Jessica Garlick helped launch the scheme. “I don’t smoke myself, but watching someone I love slowly take their own life with each cigarette they smoke would make me feel useless,” said Jessica. “This is an excellent resource for children to help their classmates to stop smoking. ”

Jean King, director of education funding at Cancer Research UK said: “We hope this plan will be adopted across the UK. ”

“Children in secondary school are particularly vulnerable to the allure of smoking – it is still seen as an adult habit to be aspired to,” she said.

Showing respect for Ireland’s iconsBBC News
Captain Steve Staunton said he was “amazed” by the size of the reception. Boost

Even the penalty-missers like Matt Holland were overwhelmed by the hero worship. Ireland has a knack of squeezing the maximum from any international endeavour – just remember its Eurovision monopoly a few years ago. This time its footballers have given the tiny country a remarkable boost – the economic and tourism knock-on effects are already being calculated. And a thankful population in the capital went to extreme lengths on a balmy Irish June evening to pay their deepest respects.

Post-cynicism: it’s cool to be kindThe Age
? Read a fantastic novel and slow down as you get to the end, to prolong the pleasure. ? Go to a library and borrow another novel by the same writer. ? Watch the Eurovision Song Contest and try to pick the next Abba. ? Go to a karaoke bar with your silliest friends and sing every Burt Bacharach song on the playlist. ? Walk all the way around Albert Park Lake then have a long, hot bath in your anti-cynic’s tub. ? Go to bed early and get a solid 10-hours sleep. Wake up and know that the blues have left you.

Nice try, Bertie, you can get media on sideIrish Independent
IT MIGHTN’T actually be claimed that a No vote will blow the chances of the Boys in Green qualifying for the European Championships in two years time. But they won’t be far off hinting it. It will be some tabloid columnist, I suspect, who suggests that unless we vote Yes it will forever ruin our chances in the Eurovision Song Contest. Serious concerns about undemocratic structures will be portrayed as cranky obsessions. Ahern got off to a shaky start, dismissing the “small issues” that concern people. The centralisation of power is not a small issue. The direction in which Europe is being taken, economically, politically and militarily, is no small issue.

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