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Drive 17th – 21st May

Spoke to quite a few people on Drive this week – on Tuesday heard from two Brentwood mums who’ve had successful careers in the City but are now trying to help other mums with coaching workshops they’re launching. The idea is to help mums cope with the stresses and strains of life, the tasks they have to complete, the work/life balance, and all the different tasks they have to do, or just give them the confidence to get back into the workplace if they’ve been some time out. It also aims to give them satisfaction and enable them to lead happier lives, however they achieve it. It was interesting to discuss with them the whole hectic lifestyle modern women and mums have, and how they cope with it, and how they can use the skills they have to achieve what they want – they just have to find out what that is – which is sometimes tricky with all that is going on! It was great to speak to them – if you want to find out more contact Gina on 07729 325563 or e-mail elwardgina@aol.com or Pat on 07970 460918 or e-mail smithy40@btopenworld.com. It’s £160.00 and there are morning and evening sessions starting June 15th.
Also spoke to Mark Reed from Brentwood Theatre about the tea-time theatre they’re introducing - new evening plays they’re offering for the half term – they also have drama coaching workshops – again, something mums and children can get involved in. The evening theatre productions are basically aimed at those who want to watch a play for an hour and a bit in the evening but can’t watch all evening – maybe OAPs who have to get a bus home by 7 if they live away from the main routes – or someone maybe who’s been at work and wants to catch something after work. “Walking the road” starts on Mon 31st May - food is included with a ploughman’s lunch included in the £7.00 ticket so it sounds great – ring 01277 200305 the box office hotline for more info. Brentwood theatre of course has to rely on donations and it’s still managing to enjoy its most successful year in the last year for visitors, despite being (slightly) tucked away, with over 15,000 people a year now. Do, of course, give it a try if you can.
Also spoke to David Knight from Billericay Town Council about the next stage of their greening campaign. They have a fun day for people to meet up and enjoy the stands and events they have there, and you can find out more about the campaign. At the 1st meeting in March over a hundred people and groups attended and signed up to the 10 small things to improve the environment and save energy (i.e turn down the thermostat a degree, turning the tap off when you clean your teeth, not leaving things on stand by etc.) It’s not a political thing really associated with the doom-and-gloom of climate change, just an aim to waste less energy and resources. The event is on June 19th at Emmanuel Church on Laindon Road, with a fancy dress competition for under 11s that must have costumes made out of recycled material. There’s competitions, games, and presentations and lots more at the event - all the info is at www.billericaytowncouncil.gov.uk
And I also spoke to new Aussie band The Religion this week - you can see more about that here.
And the headline hits this week were!
Tuesday: New look House of Commons – Change, Tears for Fears, Welcome to the Cheap Seats Wonder Stuff, Call the Shots Girls Aloud.
Wednesday: Drinking is good for you survey (hmmm .. yes) Gin-Soaked Boy Divine Comedy, I just can’t get enough Depeche Mode, Cigarettes and Alcohol, Oasis
Thursday: The London 2012 Olympic mascots unveiled: Hard to explain, the Strokes, Off the wall MJ, and All the small things Blink 182.
Friday: Final episode of Lost to be screened at 5am on Monday at same time as US screening to prevent spoilers: Placebo, the bitter end, A-ha the sun always shines on TV, Owen Paul, My favourite waste of time.
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