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Wednesday 10th March - Mid week movies and local success stories

This morning author Paul Connolly popped in to the studio and Actor Elliot Harper spoke to me on the phone.  Paul has recently published a book called Against All Odds which details his experiences of growing up in care and how he has turned his life around to become a successful Personal Trainer to the Stars.  His book is on the shelves already and you can pop along to Brentwood's WH Smith for the book signing on Saturday 13th from 11am. Also local Brentwood boy Elliot Harper, having enjoyed success in Phantom and Les Mis, he has returned to his roots to perform at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch in The Talented Mr Ripley which opens for previews on Friday with Press night on Monday of which I have two tickets to give away Monday morning between 8 and 9. Miss it or Miss out!!!!
 
Its so great to hear of people that are successful in following their dreams, they are both a true inspiration and great role models for future generations growing up in Brentwood and Billericay.
  
LOCAL SPORT
Colchester United are through to this season's Essex Senior Cup Final. They beat Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 in their semi-final at Victoria Road last night.

The other Essex Senior Cup Semi-Final produced 7 goals:-
Hornchurch 4-3 Chelmsford City
The venue for the final has yet to be decided.

Other results from last night:-

Blue Square South:-
Thurrock 1-2 Braintree Town

Ryman Premier:-
Billericay Town 1-0 Hendon
Canvey Island 1-1 Harrow Borough
Waltham Abbey 0-2 Aveley

Ryman D1 North:-Leyton 1-1 Redbridge
Lowestoft Town 1-2 Brentwood Town
Romford 3-2 Concord Rangers
VCD Athletic 1-2 Harlow Town

Waltham Forest play Maldon Town this evening.
 
LOCAL NEWS
 
The Gazette in Brief:
  • Highways Chief bids farewell to council
  • Teenager Daniella Sings for place in Eurovision contest
  • Colleagues Pay Tribute to a 'very likeable' DJ - Dennis Rookard
 
UNREST OVER ALLOWANCES 
A TORY councillor has criticised members of his own party and opposition councillors for “voting in principle” to have their allowances increased.
Brentwood North councillor Russell Quirk said he is disappointed in his fellow councillors for pocketing an extra 25 per cent in members’ allowances for the next financial year. Under the deal allowances were cut by 25 per cent last year, a move which raised £100,000, and meant council tax could be slashed by one per cent, however, members’ allowances were to be automatically restored after a year.
 
The matter was not discussed at last Tuesday’s budget meeting, during which councillors passed the proposed budget which included saving £100,000 by scrapping the council’s dog warden service, pest control, and reducing the amount of money given out to community groups through grants.
 
In a letter to the Weekly News, Mr Quirk pointed out these cuts would not have been necessary had councillors volunteered to forego 25 per cent of their allowances for another year, and as a demonstration of his feelings Mr Quirk abstained from voting on the budget.  In addition Lib Dem and Labour councillors have claimed they did oppose the rise by voting against the budget.  Both Lib Dem leader David Kendall, and Labour’s Mike Le-Surf said they would raise the issue in May when the results of the Independent Review Panel were discussed and members’ allowances set.
 
Council leader Louise McKinlay added no decision on members’ allowances had been taken. She said the figures would not be set until June, after considering recommendations from an Independent Review Panel. Until then, allowances will still be at 75 per cent. - For the full story go to the Weekly News
 
 
SELL OUT AT V!
THE popularity of the V Festival has been shown again, by tickets being sold out within 90 minutes. Festival director Bob Angus said: “Selling out in one and a half hours is true testament to the passion of our fans and success of V Festival. With such a diverse line-up, catered to suit all tastes, we’re sure music fans won’t leave disappointed when they join us over the weekend on August 21 and 22. We’re also proud to have Big Green Coach on board for this year’s festival. Not only will it help make fans lives easier when thinking about buying tickets and travel, but it will be helping to reduce people’s carbon footprint to the festival via their involvement in the Trees for City scheme – planting a tree for every coach travelling to the festival.” - For details go to www.biggreencoach.co.uk - Weekly News
MIDWEEK MOVIES
New out this week is Shutter Island starring Leonardo Di Caprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.  It is a drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
 
Sandra Bullock has already been awarded best actress for her role in The Blind Side so the movie already has a stamp of approval but why not check it out for yourself.  It is an uplifting movie which tells the story of Michael Other, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman (Bullock) and her family.  
 
If Action Thrillers are your thing, go and see Green Zone which has been created by the same team behind the Bourne Trilogy, so you can guarantee it will be full of suspense and you guessed it starring Matt Damon. The story follows a U.S. Army officer who Discovers covert and faulty intelligence as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region. A film that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seats.
 
And for some light hearted comedy taking a look at family life why not try Motherhood, not literally I mean the movie starring Uma Thermon, Minnie Driver and Anthony Edwards (ER). Eliza Welsh (Uma Thurman) is a full-time housewife who is about to celebrate her daughter's 6th birthday. Her husband (Anthony Edwards) is constantly busy and not at home. She has two children, Clara (Daisy Tahan) and Lucas (David and Matthew Schallipp). The first thing Eliza does when she wakes up is to take a snapshot of Clara sleeping. Then, her frantic day unravels. - Sound familiar? I think we can all relate to life in this movie the test will be is it funny??
 
And the top ten Box office Sellers are:
 
  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Avatar
  3. The Crazies
  4. The Lovely Bones
  5. The Princess and the Frog
  6. From Paris with Love
  7. Percy Jackson & the Olympians:The Lightning Thief
  8. Leap Year
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. A Single Man


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