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14 May 2002

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BT is charging Formby residents for Southport Phone Books!

Shocked Formby residents have learned over the last few weeks that even though they are in the 01704 dialing code that they only get the 0151 phone book for Liverpool.  We have had a lot of people asking us over the last week or so why this is.  So we ring BT to find out.     We got told that they will charge £10.00 per phone book as the new rules that came in in August 2001 state "Adjacent area Phone Books are charged at £10.00 each.  The continuing provision of free adjacent area books was agreed as a short-term measure at the time of the Phone Book restructuring exercise in the areas and therefore a charge has been introduced.  Currently customers that do not receive a free adjacent book are effectively subsidizing those that do.  The change in policy will remove this anomaly, as people will pay for any books ordered outside of their normal entitlement..   BT continues to provide a free set of phone books to Public Libraries on request and there are now many other products providing directory information available from a number of suppliers.   If you have any further questions or wish to purchase a BT Number Information produce please call our helpdesk free of charge on 0800 833 400 Option 1."  Dave Shaw Product Delivery Manager.

"It is absolutely crazy and will curse confusion as it is not even a 0151 code!  Formby's 01704 is a Southport code." Don Albert.

Rhythm Nation!

Once again local Clubbers from Bliss/Berlins Nightclub in Southport are having their say and helping compile a nationally recognised compilation album. Rhythm of a Nation 2 is out today, Monday 13th May, and is the second in the series of albums, which is compiled by clubbers reactions and dancefloor enthusiasm, the first of which went top 20.

"No other series of compilation albums reflects what is truly happening
in today's clubs" says John O' Halloran, UKCN project manager.

 "We have DJ's all over the country reporting which are the most popular tracks on the UK's dancefloors, these tracks then appear in our club chart and then we release an album featuring all these tracks with our record company partners, BMG, it's as simple as that"

UKCN, Europe's largest clubbing movement with over 1 million attendees per week operates in over 175 venues and Bliss/Berlins Nightclub was instrumental in its development.With a membership scheme offering discounts and privileges, a club chart which monitors reactions to new music being played on display in all venues and on Sky TV, and a website hich achieves over 700,000 hits per month, UKCN is now the total one stop shop for today's aspiring clubber.

"Rhythm of a Nation 2 is a must have album as it is compiled by clubbers for clubbers and includes all the great tracks that my customers have been dancing to week in, week out" says Marc Fear, General Manager, Bliss/Berlins Nightclub, Southport "so now they can relive their great night out whenever they choose."

It is the second release on UKCN's hot new label and is a double album featuring 40 massive tracks including Ian Van Dahl, Xpress 2, DB Boulevard, Goldtrix, Kosheen, Daniel Beddingfield and many more dancefloor hits and is available in all major record stores from today, Monday 13th May 2002.

Ian Van Dahl



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Disappointing. Not a word you usually here someone say after their horse has just won the Derby Trial by a record thirteen lengths. But that was the word Mark Johnston used to describe his feelings when asked about the rule that says if your horse is not already entered in the Derby by now, then you will have to stump up £90,000 to get him in. It seems a very old-fashioned and quite frankly ridiculous rule, as surely they will simply want the best horses available to turn up on the day. And they must be desperate for that now, after this year's Derby was described as boring by TV's John McCririck because according to the betting it is a two horse race, and they both belong to Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore team.

Yip (he says sarcastically!), they have it all worked out don't they? They give you £34,800 for winning a Derby Trial and then charge you nearly three times that amount to enter your horse in the big race in June. That makes a lot of sense. Not. True, the horses owner Mr. Al-Rostamani of Dubai is a rich guy, but that is besides the point. Mark Johnston has won two other trials of course, and his Fight Your Corner, who won the Chester Vase last week, will go for the French Derby instead of the Epsom Classic now, as it costs less than £500 to enter your horse there. Compare that with £90,000 and you see what a farce our rules are. So will the Derby be boring? Not if Bandari gets a place it won't.

On to this weeks trials then, and it will be Sir Michael Stoute's horses who put their credentials on the line at York. On Tuesday Lord Weinstock's maiden winner Islington will try and strengthen her place as favourite for this year's Oaks in the Musidora Stakes. The form of her win last month has received a boost with runner-up Fragrant View winning at Chester in good style. Two of Stoute's Derby candidates go for Wednesday's Dante Stakes, the more fancied of the two being Right Approach. Displaced as favorite for the Derby after a lacklustre comeback at Sandown, the Queen's colt by the trainer's own admission will have to improve a lot now to take a hand here, or at Epsom. His other runner Balakheri has only won a handicap to date but will surely improve a lot and may surprise a few. But they might both have to fly to catch Mark Johnston's raider Sir George Turner. This chestnut colt, by former Derby winner Nashwan, only ran at Chester last week when narrowly beaten by the useful Sohaib in the Dee Stakes. He has been wearing blinkers at home since and the plan is to run him in them on Wednesday and hope he runs a blinder!! (Sorry, bad joke).

This Saturday see's some of the real top class milers come out to play in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Last year's top European miler Noverre could be back for Frankie Dettori, and if the rain stays away then recent impressive Newmarket winner Desert Deer could take his chance. Unbeaten since his debut, Desert Deer has steadily improved and holds big claims here, underlining how difficult it is to stop his trainer when he is in form, that trainer being Mr. Mark Johnston of Middleham of course.

And last but not least for this week, it has emerged that bookmakers William Hill will be floated on the London Stock Exchange. Hard to say whether this will affect the punters in any way, but if you have something to say on this, or any other matter, let me know at:-
Article by Gary Christie

Learn to dive!

Ormskirk Sub~Aqua Club  was established in 1975 and has a broad band of members from all walks of life with various diving experiences. We are an open and friendly club and have a busy diving and training schedule held during the year. The club owns a 5.8 meter rigid inflatable boat that we commonly use to dive the wrecks of Liverpool Bay and beyond.

Within the last two years we have had trips to Oban, Anglesey, Seahouses on the North East Coast, Normandy and have arranged for this year to dive the Clyde and Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.

OSAC is a member of BSAC who have a membership of over 55,000 with some 1,200 branches in more than 50 countries around the world and are the UK Governing Body for underwater sports!  

If this sounds like your type of fun the ask for more information and a try-dive, by contacting any of the committee members on our club training night at the Ormskirk Park Pool, ever Wednesday at 9.00pm. Also see our web page at:- 

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