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Week ending 22nd January

I watched Pop star to Opera star and was utterly disappointed but in no way surprised!!! Alex James was the first to leave and I thought that Bernie Nolan stands the best chance as her mother was a classically trained singer - one to watch if you like Celebrities making fools of themselves!

This week:

I have been counting down the days to when Piers returns from his tour in Australia and Japan!

Ivana Trump is the second house mate to celebrate her Birthday in the Big Brother House, my Mother in Law to be celebrates her Birthday with David Bellamy this week and Richard - who is heard on Stick around for Joy became a Father to little Max who arrived in the world on Sunday 17th January.

On Monday Abby Knight, Beauty Editor came in and spoke to me about the latest beauty trends. Keeping a healthy glow is the way to look younger – exfoliate – face mask – moisturise. Keeping fit and tomatoes are the super food of the month with Tomato Pills hitting our high streets soon!!! Check out Abby's website for the latest products on the market: 

I couldn't keep my eyes open long enough to see Mark Selby win the Snooker Championships at Wembley beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final frames.

James Cameron wins the same two awards for Avatar that he did 12 years ago for Titanic – Best Film and Best Director of a Film

Boyzone released 'Beautiful' with Stephen Gatley's vocals which were recorded 2 years ago

On Tuesday Jill Dimmock came in and spoke to me about Brentwood Arts Cinema club and to announce the launch of their new season this Sunday 24th January at the United Reformed Church near the Library. The first film to be shown is A Bout de Souffle (Breathless)

Also Tania Aston spoke to me about her trip to South Africa to work with local communities and develop support networks for families. She will be taking over Toys to the families and any toys that you don't use any more can be brought to the Studio and we will pass them on to Tania.

Fish n' Chick n' on Rayleigh Road are nominated as fish and chip seller of the year.

First thing Wednesday Amanda Rosewell came in and told the tale of how she walked away from a horrendous accident on Shenfield Road and decided to rethink the time plan of her life time ambition to go to Nepal. So this year she embarks on a trek across the Himalayas to raise money for charity Help for Heroes. She needs sponsorship so you can donate at her just giving site, and if you are a company in need of some direction training to help you out of the recession this year then Amanda is prepared to come and give NLP training on a donation fee basis.

Amanda has qualifications for this training from ITS go to for more details e-mail Amanda on or call 07748 623535

And Doug Mongan from Connexions came in to talk to me about Apprenticeship week which starts on the 1st February with a Lunch from 12 -2 at their Hermit Site on Shenfield Road. The Job Coach will be there along with the Employer Liaison Team, people from the National Apprenticeship Service and Personal Advisor's. If you can't make the lunch but you are interested in finding out more pop along to The Hermit Mondays 10-1 and Tuesdays to Fridays 10-5

Brentwood is the home to the Apprentice with Alan Sugar proving that Apprenticeships work, if you are 16 – 18 why not take advantage of the scheme being run by connexions - Earn while you learn!

For more details go to:

Friday Rocks and it really did today …

With my mate Pete talking to me about the sport particularly the financial problems that the British Ski teams face to try and get out to Vancouver.

Brian Darwood came in to talk about the Lighthouse Furniture Project which has been running for nearly 5 years and has been growing from strength to strength. The are in real need of Bedding – single and double duvets with covers, pillows and sheets – Electrical cookers and washing machines. They are open from 9.30 – 4pm Monday to Friday and from 9.30 to 12.30 on Saturday and operate a free Delivery and collection service. For more details about donating or buying goods go to for more information or call 01277 22050

Brenda Bell spoke to me about the Cats Protection Agency and the Adoption day she is running tomorrow at Trinity church, Wickhay, Basildon SS15 5AD from 10.30 to 1.30. If you are interested in homing a cat pop and can't make the day you can call the Cat line on 01268 285778, it is run by volunteers so do leave a message and they will come back to you, or visit the website Brenda also spoke about a FREE Neutering Scheme for cats 5 months or older. As the owner you need to be on a means tested benefit, JSA, pension or low income and live in postcode areas SS11 to SS17. CM11 to CM15. Call them for more details 01268 543283.

My guilty pleasure today was We Have This Place Surrounded by The Boxer Rebellion – I only got to play part of it so I may squeeze it in again next week!!!

Have a F.A.B weekend, cross all your fingers and toes for Andy Murray over in Australia and see you Monday bright and breezy at 7 :-)


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