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Thursday 18th February - Nearly the weekend...

Can we not send the bad weather and snow to Vancouver where they really need some additional snow???
LOCAL SPORT
No local Football Results today as the weather has beaten us again.  But in the Gazette Brentwood School's Under 13's reach the final of the Independent School's Football Association Cup, they will take on Repton School from Derbyshire at the Coca-Cola League two side, Burton Albion's, Pirelli Stadium and Teenager Alexander Munson Hobbs from Pilgrim Hatch is off to Norway for a week long training camp in slalom and grand slalom.  He was spotted by scouts when he was practising at the Dry Ski Slope in Brentwood. 
 
WINTER OLYMPICS
The coverage on BBC 2 starts at 11.20 and includes skeleton, men's figure skating, women's curling and snowboard half-pipe.  With live action available to watch by pressing the red button.
 
LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS
        Toy Shop Success
A TOY shop owner who is bucking the trend and recording good sales said he has profited from the demise of former high street favourite Woolworths.- Evening Echo, Sophie Edwards
 
        An industrial Site in Stondon Massey has been told they might have some new Neighbours!
INDUSTRIAL estate business owners fear gypsies could threaten their livelihoods after their 1.1 acre site was put forward as a potential travellers' site. -  Brentwood Gazette
 
LOCAL NEWS
        Victory for Billericay Surgeries
SURGERIES will remain open in a victory for patients who have battled to save their local GP practices.
- Brentwood Gazette
 
        FLOOD WARNINGS
TWO people were rescued from a ford over Hay Green Lane, in Hook End on Tuesday night. Fire crews from Brentwood used a boat to bring the stranded driver and passenger to safety at around 8pm. - Brentwood Gazette
 
        Friends and Family mourn the loss of wonderful mentor
A LEADING figure in Billericay education has died at the age of 83.
Ernie Cox was the much-loved head teacher of Sunnymede school for 25 years, and a governor at the Mayflower High School right up until his death at home on February 5. -  Brentwood Gazette
 
MUSIC NEWS
        NEW GIRL BAND HIT MUSIC VENUES IN ESSEX
Essex is bracing itself for latest pop sensation Girls Don't Catch, a trio of three feisty females who'll be hitting Southend, Chicago and Colchester in the next week or so. Catch them live at Southend Mayhem on Friday, February 19, Chelmsford's Chicago Rock Cafe on Sunday, February 21 and Escape in Colchester on Friday, February 26.
 
Find out more at www.girlscantcatch.com
 
 
Pixie Lott came home empty handed from the Britt Awards, but if Lady Gaga is anything to go by she could wipe the floor next year! Roll on 2011 :-)
 
 
MIDWEEK MOVIES
I know its a bit late but here are your TOP 10 movies for the week provided by IMDB and Box office Mojo:

Valentines Day hits the top spot this week, not surprising as it was Valentines Day on Sunday!! It has been likened to Love Actually with an interviewer speaking to couples about their relationships, breakups and arguments that happen on the romantic holiday.

Avatar is knocked off the poll position to number 2 but is still the best selling movie.

The Wolfman lands at number 3 in its first week and the Princess and the Frog falls 2 places to number 4.

In at number 5 is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which is a Harry Potter'esque movie but instead of magic powers he gets caught up with Gods from his Greek Mythology books from School and embarks in a cross country adventure to capture a lightning thief. I think this one will fill the ficton void that Potter has left behind as he turns in to a young adult

Straight in to number 6 My Name is Khan tackles two social issues the first being the understanding of Asperger's, a form of high-functioning autism that complicates socialization, and the second being the assumptions made that all Muslims are terrorists. The combination of the two misunderstandings ends up with Khan being detained at LAX airport because of his suspicious behaviour and cultural heritage. I think this will make some big waves in the movie industry; one worth a watch...

Invictus falls to number 7 and the dark tale of A single man arriving at number 8 starring Colin Firth and Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy and Skins). In positions 9 and 10 there is something for the kids, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and Astro Boy no doubt they will climb the charts after  the half term break!!


 



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