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Wednesday 17th February - Midweek Movies & BRITT Award Winners

Alan Ablewhite from the Brentwood Shakespeare Company came in for a chat this morning about Shakespeare and the up and coming production of Much Ado About Nothing, which is being performed at the Brentwood Theatre from the 13th to the 17th April and tickets can be bought from the Theatre Box Office 01277 200305.  The company was formed in 1994 with the aim for people in the community to bring Shakespeare to life in the wonderful acting space of Brentwood Theatre.
Open auditions are held in October of each year to recruit new performers as there is no Company of actors as such and this process ensures freshness. 
Alan has told me today that he is looking for individuals to be extras in Much Ado about Nothing as a Cocktail Waiters and if it is something you are interested in contact him by calling 01277 210800 or email
Alan also treated us to a Shakespeare Sonnet sung by Rufus Wainwright which can be found on the Album When Love Speaks which has a variety of artists and household names trained at RADA putting their mark on the classic poems.
SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin has reassured fans the Blues will not leave Roots Hall until the new Fossetts Farm stadium is built. He expects work on the new 22,000-seater stadium off Eastern Avenue, Southend, to begin in the next few months.
Mr Martin was responding  to a concerned supporter on his online chairman’s blog, who was worried about the club being left homeless if the superstore is built at Roots Hall, and the Fossetts Farm plans falls through. In response, Mr Martin said: “If I have not made it clear, then over my dead body. The club will not be leaving Roots Hall until the new stadium is built. This arrangement is locked into an agreement with Southend Council and Sainsbury’s." he continued by saying "I hope that puts supporters' minds at rest. My care and commitment to the club has not and will not ever be in question and I will not be satisfied until such time as we have fulfilled the club's potential which I believe to be enormous.”
 - For more on this story go to the  Evening Echo,John Geoghan
Southend are away this weekend and play MK Dons, also Billericay play Maidstone at home, kick off at 3pm
At the Half Moon Bay surfing competition in California, two large waves of over 6ft knocked over people, barricades and a PA system that was broadcasting the commentary.  Injuries included broken Limbs and a punctured lung, and people were luck not to be swept out to sea.  At high tide, two more rogue waves hit the shore, knocking down more spectators and causing others to flee in panic. South African Chris Bertish won this year's competition.
- Heather Christie, Sky News Online

There is a night time of activity for the Winter Olympics this evening - but it will be a test of your will power if you can get through to the end on a school night....
Men and women's cross country skiing qualifying rounds start at 18.15 GMT, with women's downhill at 19.00 GMT.
Men and women's curling teams are up against China France and Sweden at 17.00, 22.00 and 03.00 (Thursday morning)Men's half pipe snowboarding starts at 21.05; the Men's 1000m Speed Skating is at midnight and  Short Track and Men's double Luge starting at 01.00 
Fatal Crash in Shenfield
An elderly driver has died after his car smashed into a house at the top of Shenfield High Street. The road was closed for more than four hours while police carried out their investigations and they request that any witnesses should contact Pc Mark Davis at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 0300 333 4444.
 - Brentwood Gazette
Legal Action for Brentwood Council
BRENTWOOD Council has been threatened with legal action by a group of badger lovers determined to ensure plans to build two houses never get off the ground.
- Brentwood Gazette
Council Tax Rises
RESIDENTS in Essex will pay an extra 2.7 per cent on their council tax for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service precept and  there is also tax increase of 3.02 per cent has been agreed by Essex Police
To put this in to perspective the cost of providing ECFRS services in 2010/11 will be £75.027 million and the plans for the Essex Police Authority budget for 2010/11 includes funding 50 extra officers recruited last year, extra capacity in the serious crime teams, more staff working on custody duties and maintenance of the bicycle fleet.
- Details of this article can be found in the Evening Echo.
No top 10 today as the web page was out of date but some great movies to go out and experience this half term nevertheless you can go to to find out whats released this half term
Lady Gaga went Googoo for her awards; Lilly Allen tried to fool the Paps with a ridiculous orange wig whilst Cheryl Cole mimed badly to Fight for this Love.
British Male Solo Artist went to Dizzee Rascal
British Female Solo Artist is Lily Allen who beat local lass Pixie Lott
British Breakthrough Act JLS was chosen by Radio 1 listeners
British Group: Doves, Friendly Fires, Muse and JLS were pipped at the post by Kasabian
MasterCard British Album was deservedly won by Florence & the Machine - Lungs  - Who performed a great mixed version of You've got the Love with Dizzie Rascal's Dirtee Love
And to Complement Florence's victory the British Producer Award went to last year's Best Newcomer, Paul Epworth, for his work with the likes of Florence & the Machine, Friendly Fires and Jack Penate. Machine singer Florence Welch was on hand to pass the statues to the producer, whose work on her album Lungs helped make it one of last year's best-sellers
British Single was selected by UK Commercial Radio listeners which meant JLS won there 2nd award of the night for Beat Again
BRITs Performance of 30 Years went to Spice Girls - Wannabe/Who Do You Think You Are (1997) 
International Male Solo Artist is Jay-Z who was up against Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Michael Bublé, Seasick Steve
International Female Solo Artist was won by Lady Gaga and was the first of her hat trick
International Breakthrough Act, MTV viewers chose Lady Gaga
International Album went to Lady Gaga - The Fame (the last in the trilogy!)
BRITs Album of 30 Years, chosen by Radio 2 & 6 Music listeners was Oasis - (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? of which the award was thrown to the audience
Critics’ Choice: Ellie Goulding
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Robbie Williams

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