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Wednesday 17th March - St Patricks Day

Cllr Bentley spoke to me this morning ahead of his lunchtime talk and  Q&A session with the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce .  Cllr Bentley said that the first overdraft in the scheme has been agreed and they are working hard advising small companies in Essex about how to manage their finances in this troubled market.
This morning you heard me play 3rd Rock Revolution's Creative Session  - Images of.. and Money  - They spoke to Paul about up and coming gigs and their next booked appearance is at the SX festival on Saturday 15th May.  I also added an Irish Jig by Flogging Molly, to get us in the St Patrick's Day mood.  The band are currently touring the US with support, for some of their dates, by Frank Turner and The Architects.
Little is known of Patrick's early life, though we know he was born in Roman Britain in the fifth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon in the Church, like his father before him. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken captive to Ireland as a slave.It is believed he was held somewhere on the west coast of Ireland, possibly Mayo, but the exact location is unknown. According to his Confession, he was told by God in a dream to flee from captivity to the coast, where he would board a ship and return to Britain. Upon returning, he quickly joined the Church in Auxerre in Gaul and studied to be a priest.
In 432, he again says that he was called back to Ireland, though as a bishop, to save the Irish, and indeed he was successful at this, focusing on converting royalty and aristocracy as well as the poor. Irish folklore tells that one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (the father, the son, and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. After nearly thirty years of teaching and spreading God's word he died on 17 March, 461 AD, and was buried at Downpatrick, so tradition says. Although there were other more successful missions to Ireland from Rome, Patrick endured as the principal champion of Irish Christianity and is held in esteem in the Irish church.
  • PATIENTS in Basildon and Thurrock will soon have access to GP care on demand 12 hours a day. The new Thurrock Health Centre, in Grays, will be open from 8am until 8pm, seven days a week, from the end of this month.   
  • BUDDING reporters took part in a national news reporting day, as part of a BBC-organised event. Youngsters at Billericay School spent the day sniffing out the best stories to broadcast to a global audience on the internet.  
  • A HEADTEACHER has praised pupils and staff for their hard work after their school was hailed as “outstanding” by Ofsted.  Delighted headteacher Vaughan Collier said: “Everything we do as a school is the product of teamwork, which involves all the staff, governors, parents, the friends’ association and, of course, the pupils themselves.  It is a real privilege to be headteacher of such a committed school community.”
  • Camden Market will be cut off by Tube Closures - which will take place for  35 weekends from December to ensure that the upgrade works are completed by January 2012. - Ross Lydall
  •  Burglaries up by 100%
  • Outrage as water firm raises its charges
  • High Street Looking grim on Google
  • Centre is evacuated over fire fears
  • Rat plague as pest control scrapped
  • Town Boss Praises committed players
  • Essex deny move for all-rounder Yuvraj
ESSEX Pirates star Taner Adu sunk Plymouth Raiders with a stunning buzzer-beating shot to send the Southend Leisure and Tennis crowd crazy. But the decisive and dramatic last-gasp three-pointer, which secured an exciting 82-80 triumph for his side, was not what had been planned by Pirates coach Tim Lewis. Adu top-scored for Pirates with 22 points, but the impressive Alan Metcalfe also played a huge part in the triumph as he netted 21. The victory ended a run of four successive defeats for Pirates who have now beaten Raiders twice this season.
Ryman Premier
Cray Wanderers 1-2 Aveley
Hendon 2 - 1 Canvey Island
Wealdstone 0 - 0 Billericay
Ryman D1 North
Concord Rangers 2-0 Waltham Froest
Maldon 0 - 2 Lowestoft
Redbridge 0 - 3  Harlow
Romford 4 - 1 Great Wakering
Ware 1 - 5 East Thurrock
Ilford play Wingate and Finchley
Jonny Baker shares his birthday today with Caroline Corr who is 37 and Justin Hawkins,  35
  1. Alice in Wonderland
  2. Shutter Island - New Entry
  3. Green Zone - New Entry
  4. Avatar
  5. Hachiko: A Dog's Story - New Entry
  6. Män som hatar kvinnor- New Entry
  7. The Lovely Bones
  8. the Crazies
  9. The Princess and the Frog
  10.  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
New Releases are listed in this Weeks Go Section of the Gazette:
  • The Bounty Hunter, starring Gerrard Butler and Jenifer Aniston - Lots of press about this movie over the last week including rumours of their romantic connection!!
  • I love you Phillip Morris, a comedy Drama starring Jim Carey and Ewan McGregor
  • Dirty Oil, a political tale behind the scenes of the Oil Sands of Northern Alberta, Canada
  • My Last five Girlfriends - A British movie that has the feel of High Fidelity - Duncan gets in touch with his ex-girlfriends to find out where he went wrong.
  • Old Dogs - A Disney comedy starring John Travolta and Robin Williams
  • The Spy next door is a Jackie Chan special yes you guessed it a martial arts comedy

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