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Eurovision News Review:

* Network Rail culls 600 jobs as part of £5bn cuts
* Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at | your daily Eurovision…
* Budding Talents
* Galway Advertiser | |
* Museum shows off its Picasso women
* 69 songs for Latvian national final 2004
* Dates for Slovenian EMA set
* Footloose and Fancy Feet
* Email and letters
* That’s Ireland for you!

Network Rail culls 600 jobs as part of £5bn cutsGuardian Unlimited
” Network Rail executives scored each employee on a scale of one to five on a list of criteria such as “modelling cor porate values”, “freely passing on knowledge” and “building effective working relations”. Staff gained extra points for technical knowledge and lost points for any past disciplinary offences. Those with the least points lost their jobs in a system which one insider said was comparable to “the Eurovision song contest”. The TSSA claimed one manager discovered he had lost his job when his company mobile phone stopped working on Wednesday. When he reported the problem, he was told that he would not be needing it beyond Thursday. Network Rail said the cull was in line with a cost-cutting strategy announced last month. The company is under pressure from the rail regulator, Tom Winsor, to slash its spending plans by more than £5bn over a period of five years following an explosion in expenditure on track maintenance and renewals.

Eurovision Song Contest 2006 at | your daily Eurovision…
\’There must be a better way to get round the voting\’, he implies. Agreed, children also enter sport games, and lose – and that hurts too. But the Junior Eurovision Song Contest should not be an event where some children are deemed (or felt deemed) worse and less talented then others, Preben Vridstoft points out. As feared by many, Poland\’s Katarzyna \’Kasia\’ Zurawik and Swedish the Honeypies cracked down in the Green Room due to their last and second to last placings respectively, giving the other children a sense of guilt and bad conscience. At least so was the atmosphere in the Green Room, admits Preben Vridstoft. ?Indeed, this is a matter which we have discussed over and over since the beginning. We keep saying that \’everybody is a winner\’, but.

But whether or not he wins – and there are thousands up and down the country who believe he should – “our Tom” has already done himself, his family, his county and his country proud. He’ll always be our winner. Don’t miss tomorrow’s News & Star for our Eurovision special with Tom and his family in Copenhagen. The Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be shown live from Copenhagen at 7pm tomorrow on ITV1. The UK will host it next year. Want to hear Tom sing before then? Log onto our website newsandstar… The boy who sings wherever he goes has always wanted to represent his country and he’ll be going all out to restore our battered Eurovision pride with his own composition, Song for The World. It is what won him the right to represent Britain at the first ever Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and catapulted him onto the international stage when he stole the show at the UK finals of the new competition in September. Ten-year-old Tom knows he carries the hopes of the nation with him and has a lot to make up for after Jemini’s embarrassing “nul point” score in the adult Eurovision earlier this year. But the Cleator Moor schoolboy is far from being fazed by such responsibility. His only concern before jetting off to Denmark earlier this week was the flight there!

“I know I can sing and I know I can do it, but I am frightened of heights,” he said. Mum Tina is also confident Tom can do it.

Put briefly, there is little value added to any new upstart on the local music scene irrespective of style and earmarked audience. So much so that anybody aspiring to forge out a music career is expected almost by implicit custom to attempt related though dissimilar career paths within the realm of radio and TV programme hosting. Indeed this is an established and well-tried alternative course for the many singers who upon reaching what is locally regarded as the apex of one’s career (i. representing Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest) opt for any slot available on TV schedules. Claudette Pace, Chiara and Debbie Scerri fall within those select few who have landed TV shows thanks to popularity kick starts garnered from their prior prima donnas musical stunts. Consequently when it comes to budding talents the local scenario remains an overall bleak one considering how in reality all prospective artists are left very little leeway between either a make or break it situation upon their erratic trip on the pothole-ridden road to ephemeral success.

Galway Advertiser | | galwayadvertiser.comGalway Advertiser
There is something to cater for all music tastes this year at the annual Gala Christmas Cabaret in aid of Croi, which will be held in the Inis Mor Ballroom in the Radisson SAS Hotel on Friday December 5 at 8pm. The Con Tempo String Quartet, Frankie Gavin, the Guinness Jazz Band, Marc Roberts of Eurovision fame, Sean Costello, Frank Naughton, and organist Mark Keane are just some of the acts lined up for the night. Tickets are € 20 and are available from Zhivago Records on Shop Street and from Mary A Cunningham at (091) 742437.

Museum shows off its Picasso womenGuardian Unlimited
It is now planned as the centrepiece of a £12m transformation of the museum, which is slap in the centre of the heaving tourist hordes of Covent Garden, but barely manages to lure 150,000 through its doors each year – even though it is now free. The museum has spectacular collections, including portraits of actors, costumes, props, architectural features from lost theatres, including the towering stage box from the old Glasgow Empire, scripts and playbills, musical instruments, and important archives, including that of the Redgrave theatrical dynasty. The museum also has a surprisingly strong pop music section, including Mick Jagger’s Jumping Jack Flash jumpsuit, a guitar pulverised by Pete Townshend, and the dress Sandie Shaw accessorised with bare feet to win the 1967 Eurovision song contest. Despite the glamour of the collection, the museum has been a thorn in the V&A’s side for decades. The project was almost scuttled several times on cost grounds even before the museum opened in 1987, in part of the old Covent Garden flower market. The V&A has never lived down its 1988 advertising slogan, “An ace caff with quite a nice museum attached”, but such was the plight of the Theatre Museum that the ace caff almost sank the museum: it sat deserted behind its apparently impermeable tinted glass windows for years, until it was closed to save money. Geoffrey Marsh, a former archaeologist and exhibition designer, took over as director earlier this year, and has concluded that only gutting the building and starting again can save the museum.

69 songs for Latvian national final
The entries will be evaluated by international jury of 10 members ? musicians, journalists and fans of the contest from Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, German, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Cypras, Slovenia. The name of the jury members will be announced in the beginning of December at the press conference organized by LTV. Recalling the previous years, the statistics is as follows:

1) 67 songs in 2000
2) 45 songs in 2001
3) 68 songs in 2002
4) 57 songs in 2003

Eirodziesma 2004 will take place on the 28th of February in the Venstpils Olympic Centre, as well as in the previous two years.

Dates for Slovenian EMA
After 12 paricipants are selected, an international jury will choose another four, which means that on EMA\’s final evening, there will be 16 participants. The winner will be chosen by a combination of televoting and a proffesional jury. Article written by our new Slovene editor Denis Zivcec.

Footloose and Fancy
(Keep your fingers crossed for the Hoover Dam. ) Riverdance’s beginnings were somewhat inauspicious. Michael Flatley, an Irish dancer, was commissioned to create a dance performance as a short interval piece for the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin. The reaction to his electrifying, seven-minute production was immediate. Soon Riverdance was touring all over Europe and the U. to sold-out audiences.

Email and lettersThe Observer
Bands like Sugababes and Busted fill TV and radio schedules because they are loved by the music-buying majority, and with good reason. They make fantastic music and look great! Thank you for acknowledging that and for admitting that grown-ups care what’s on CD:UK too!Patriciaby emailThe ‘Britpop’ feature was too parochial. How can you have left out Claire’s Birthday from Estonia? As Ruffus, they sang ‘Eighties Coming Back’ in the Eurovision Song Contest – they were the best band by a million miles and they hooked me instantly. Steve Warnerby email Great second issue of the magazine but what a lazy, shite idea for a cover feature. Who thought up that flimsy load of bollocks?C Burrowsby emailPlease grow up! Re ‘Let It All Hang Out'(OMM No 2): 51 per cent of us have a penis and probably 98 per cent have seen one fairly close. 99 per cent of us have pubic hair ditto. So cut the Jerry Garcia stickering and get real – then you get respect.

That’s Ireland for you!Irish Independent
5pc of its residents are female. Derry The county renamed Londonderry by the English was originally County Coleraine, not County Derry. Phil Coulter’s Congratulations was the hottest Eurovision favourite ever nobbled by tactical voting. It came 2nd in 1968. Donegal In 1997 the International Astronomical Union named a planet in honour of Donegal’s Enya. Mace in Donegal translates as “The Buttock”. Newtowncunningham is the second-longest placename in Ireland.

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