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Edition No. 139

Date:- 14 February 2004

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IRISH supergroup THE CORRS will make their Liverpool debut at the Summer Pops on July 12th, while Pops favourite Jools Holland has also confirmed his return to the Big Top Arena.

The Corrs have not toured the UK since 2001, and will be on the road again in 2004 to promote an eagerly anticipated new release this June. The Irish siblings managed to sell over ten million copies of their first album Talk on Corners back in 1997 and went platinum in 24 countries.

Jools Holland is becoming a Summer Pops institution, having played the event since 2001, and sold over 12,000 tickets - more than any other musical act at the Big Top. He returns with his exceptional Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring guest vocalists Sam Brown and Ruby Turner.

He said:- "This will be my 4th year at the Big Top, and every time we play we have a marvellous time."

The Summer Pops is jointly organised by Liverpool City Council and Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment. 

Chas Cole said:- "The Corrs is a big scoop, they are an arena act and we are delighted they have agreed to come to Liverpool. As for Jools, he is like an old friend now and it will be great to have him back."

Liverpool Pub’s take to Music to Scoop Award

LIVE entertainment and an injection of community spirit, has helped a local couple take a top title in a national pub competition.

Philip and Carole Hawksworth, tenant licensees at the Village Inn on Quarry Street in Woolton, have only been at the pub for 19 months, but in that time they transformed it dramatically, bringing them the hot scoop of ‘Best Improver’ accolade in the Avebury Taverns Pub of the Year awards.

“It feels great to have won,”
said Philip, “and it makes all the hard work that we have put in worthwhile. We’ve had some hiccups along the way, and we’re still making improvements, but winning this award has really given us that extra boost that we needed.”

Keep taking the 'Tablets' for a safer city
A HIGH-TECH gadget called a 'Tablet' is cutting through red tape and helping keep Liverpool's children safe. 

Liverpool City Council is one of the first local authorities in Britain to pilot the new Tablet PCs which have been specially imported from the land of the rising sun - Japan. 

The state-of-the art gadgets have an in-built microphone and are voice activated and will turn spoken or handwritten words into typed text within seconds. The tablet also translates even the most illegible scribble into perfectly formed English.

Instead of spending hours filling in forms by hand and typing up notes, the 'Tablet' enables social workers to fill in all relevant forms within minutes.

Councillor Jeremy Chowings, Executive Member for Health and Social Care, said:- "These Tablets enable staff to cut through red tape and needless bureaucracy so that they can spend more time with clients.

They will make life easier for social workers and free them from form-filling and pen pushing. The days of scribbled notes on bits of paper, will be a thing of the past - and as a GP I can definitely see the advantage of a PC being able to understand your handwriting. The Tablets also enable staff to store confidential information securely so that it is only accessible to staff who are properly authorised. 

I know many of our social workers are eager to start using the brand new equipment as soon as possible."

The city council is investing more than £80,000 in the new gadgets. The first batch of 40 tablets is being distributed to social workers this month and they will then spend around four weeks learning how to operate them.
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