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Thursday 25th February - I can hear music, sweet sweet music...

GUEST
I spoke to Ed Bowsher, from lovemoney.com, this morning and he helped me decide on where to put my savings.  Now is a rotten time to save – interest rates very low, inflation significantly higher than interest rates. Possibly worst time ever. But things will probably get better later in the year. 
 
Why ISA's are a good thing? because it is a quick way to save a lump sum of money tax free but only one can be opened at a time. However it does give you flexibility with your money
 
When rates are low, it is all the more important to shop around for best accounts.
 
Top ISA's: Santander and Alliance and Leicester both with an interest rate of 2% balances from £1 to £8,999 2.75% on balances over £9,000
 
There are two types of savings accounts Long Term and Easy Access.  As a rule the long term accounts will have fixed interest rate for larger sums of money, but it will not improve if interest rates change .

Top savings accounts: for long term or bond savings accounts Santander and Nationwide have the best rates of interest and for Easy Access ING and Alliance and Leicester Online savings account.
 
For more details on where to put your money go to www.lovemoney.com
 
LOCAL BUSINESS
Alan Sugar has launched an appeal against the councils decision to refuse planning permission for an extension to The Annexe in King's Road
 
Cross Rail tunnelling contract is up for tender, March 24th is the closing date for submissions.
 
LOCAL SPORT
Last night's Ryman League match between Aveley and Bognor Regis Town
was called off because of the weather.  This match has been postponed
for 24 hours in the hope that conditions improve by this evening.

Tonight:-
Championship Manager Cup (fourth Round)
Billericay v Sittingbourne
OLYMPICS
Great Britain's men's curling team crashed out of the Winter Olympics in what's being described as a heartbreaking loss to Sweden.  The play-off for a place in the semi-finals finished in a 7-6 extra end defeat for the reigning world champions.  Sweden now go on to face Canada.
 
WORLD NEWS
A US man is attempting to get into the Guinness Book of World Records with a giant ice igloo that he has built in his garden in Wisconsin.  Paul Steckart's 'bigloo' is 27ft 4ins (8.3 metres) wide and 17ft 6ins (5.3m) high.  The current record holder for the biggest igloo is 26ft (8m) in diameter and 14ft (4.2m) high.   He hopes to hear from Guinness within the coming weeks, before the spring turns his pride and joy into a pile of slush. - Neal Walker, Sky News Online
 
LOCAL NEWS
BIG bird!
A GROUP of expert wood craftsmen in Billericay have put the final touches on a special wren for the National Memorial Arboretum garden in Staffordshire, which remembers fallen service men and women.   Peter Benson, 73, who runs the woodcarving school, said it had been a pleasure to create the bird.   Other woodcarvings by the school for the garden include a two-and-a-half tonne polar bear.  The wren will be unveiled at the gardens this spring.  - Evening Echo
 
Student Debt 
A STUDENT has racked up thousands of pounds of debt after she 
Liz Barber, 43, fears she was mis-sold a qualification for a job she would never secure, she is one of many people across Ongar to have signed up to become an energy assessor with Property Professionals+ Ltd, which went into administration on February 3 this year.  Trainees, who paid almost £10,000 each in tuition and exam fees, say they have been misled as the jobseekers claim they were told there was a big shortage of assessors and were promised they would earn £60,000 a year once they had completed the course.
Anyone who has been affected should make sure they have registered their details with the administrators HJS Recovery at help@hjsrecovery.co.uk or by contacting 023 8023 4222.  Kingston Council's trading standards department has also requested that complaints are logged on the national database www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.
 
MUSIC NEWS
Muse and Kasabian were the kings of the NME Awards, but Oasis failed to pick up  a single gong despite receiving three nominations. (Maybe NME didn't want their awards thrown to the crowd!!!)
Riding high after their Brits success last week, Kasabian scooped best album and best album artwork for West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.  Muse also picked up two awards - best British band and best website.  The Specials collected the outstanding contribution award and Godlike Genius went to Paul Weller
 
The rest of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 winners were:

Best International Band (sponsored by 4music/T4)
Winner: Paramore

Best Solo Artist
Winner: Jamie T

Best New Band (sponsored by USC)
Winner: Bombay Bicycle Club

Best Live Band (sponsored by Tuborg)
Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Best Track (sponsored by NME Radio)
Winner: The Big Pink – 'Dominos'

Best Video (sponsored by NME TV)
Winner: Biffy Clyro – 'The Captain'

Best Live Event
Winner: Blur at Hyde Park

Best Festival
Winner: Glastonbury

Best Dancefloor Filler
Winner: La Roux – 'In For The Kill' (Skream Remix)

Giving It Back Fan Award
Winner: Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt

Hero Of The Year
Winner: Rage Against The Machine

Villain Of The Year
Winner: Kanye West

Best Dressed
Winner: Lady Gaga

Worst Dressed
Winner: Lady Gaga

Worst Album
Winner: The Jonas Brothers – 'Lines Vines Trying Times'

Worst Band
Winner: JLS
 
Thursday's Top Ten Albums:
 

POSITION

LAST WEEK

ARTIST

TITLE

1

68

GLEE CAST

GLEE - THE MUSIC

SEASON ONE - VOL 1

2

5

LADY GAGA

THE FAME

3

9

FLORENCE &
THE MACHINE

LUNGS

4

1

ALICIA KEYS

THE ELEMENT
OF FREEDOM

5

3

PAOLO NUTINI

SUNNY SIDE UP

6

2

ANDRE RIEU

FOREVER VIENNA

7

***

OWL CITY

OCEAN EYES

8

21

ROBBIE
WILLIAMS
REALITY KILLED
THE VIDEO STAR

9

10

BLACK
EYED PEAS

THE END

10

22

JAY-Z

THE BLUEPRINT 3

 
 
ifestlive 

A TEENAGER who claims to be a self-made millionaire is planning a four-day music festival in Billericay at Barleylands showground next July, to rival V Festival in Chelmsford.

Phil Hutchinson, 19, wants to stage a music event that will cater for up to 120,000 revellers and he has said that he is  targeting top music acts including Kasabian, Pixie Lott and Kings of Leon to play at the event. Tickets would cost between £110 and £130. The event would cost up to £6million to stage, with sponsors covering much of the cost. Phil calculated the revenue from a successful festival could be up to £23million. - Evening Echo

Phil will also be competing with various other festivals that take place in the Summer Months including Love Box, Latitude, Ben and Jerry's, and any number of festival gigs in Hyde Park London - the proof will be in the pudding as to whether this Teenage Millionaire manages to pull it off.
 
 

 



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