Today's Millennium Stew --------
by Matt Markovich
Talk about extra pay for working New Year's Eve, our hats go off to the news anchors and the presenters at the BBC. The "A" team at the BBC will get a bonus of 25,000 pounds ($40,500 US) each for doing their jobs on December 31, 1999. According to the Daily Mirror, newsmen Michael Buerk and Peter Sissons, heavyweight interviewers David Dimbleby and Michael Parkinson as well as Ruby Wax, Gaby Roslin and Carol Smillie will pick up more than pounds 3,000 ($4800 US) an hour for an eight-hour shift. Meanwhile British nurses were able to get a 100 pound ($162 US) bonus for working the overnights.
As of Saturday, there were only 1800 tickets left for Celine Dion's New Year's Eve concert, the last one she will give before she takes a three year vacation from touring. She said Wednesday she wanted to take a break from music for up to three years "to find ourselves with the people we love" and possibly to have a baby. 25,000 ticket will be sold.
And the Russians are coming... the Russians are coming. How paranoid is this announcement by the US Pentagon. Russian nuclear-weapons experts plan to spend New Year's Eve at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, one of the most strategically sensitive spots in the country. The Russians will be present on Cheyenne Mountain just incase the Y-Two-K computer bug causes their missile-defense systems to malfunction and inadvertently triggers a nuclear war. But the assignment will also give them a close-up glimpse of the U-S Space Command's early-warning system. For the Russians, the password to get into such a top-secret location had better be... show me your destruct codes.
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