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Monday 2nd Friday 6th August - Back in the swing of things...

With £2million being cut from the councils budget and suggestions of cutting the counties Electricity Bill by turning off street lights between Midnight and 5am ; then a Police recruitment freeze and budget cut how will theses changes affect the local community? Surely it exposes us as residents and invites unsavoury individuals to take advantage of our lovely town and surrounding villages.

I was joined in the studio by Dale Rutherford and Mark Seden who spoke of how their life changed after 2004 when dale suffered terrible injuries after diving in to the shallow end of a Pool. With Extensive treatment she is still with us today and continues to improve and it has changed her outlook on life. Her and Mark have come up with a great Business idea which has now been running for about 2 weeks. it is a competition website where by you get your bills paid if you win the draw. For more details go to

A RACING driver will return to the track where he nearly died to personally thank the ambulance team who saved his life. Darren Bartholomew, 42, was one of five first-aid volunteers who treated Mr O’Connor. He said: “It just goes to show first aid really can make the difference between a life saved and life lost. The St John volunteers all know Vince so it was great to be able to save him.” - By Sophie Edwards
REMINDER: St John Ambulance Handy First Aid Guide can be got by texting Life 85010. There is now a Medical application for the i phone or you can call the County head quarters to find out more about Free Community Taster Courses 01245 265678

SOUTH Essex College of Further and Higher Education has launched its summer campaign, outlining all the courses available in September for 16 to 19-year-olds. Staff will be on hand to talk to school leavers about their options at the Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon, from Monday, August 9, to Friday, August 13. For more information on courses, visit www.southessex. or call 0845 5212345.

RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after a six foot long Boa Constrictor escaped from its owner. The deadly snake escaped from the bathroom window of a home in Barnfield, Wickford. Although the reptile's bite is not poisonous constrictors do bite if attacked and wrap themselves around their prey, crushing them to death. However the missing snake is not fully grown and has been described as a "danger to small animals" by its owner. Essex Police's wildlife liaison officer has consulted speacialists and the RSPCA over the missing snake. Anyone who spots it should call 999 immediately and not go near the animal. - By Gina Marden


TUESDAY At the weekend I popped along to the Remus Horse Sanctuary for their Open Day and got to meet some remarkable animals who suffered some extreme cruelty and have amazingly made it through with the love and care of the volunteers at the sanctuary.

This year was a particularly bad year for neglect with a very wet and cold winter, in one week the welfare team were called to nearly 200 cases in one week alone. Some of which returned to show the visitors that with a bit of love and care these animals can be given a new lease of life!

Frances called me to say that they had one of the best turn outs for the Open day and there will be another one at the beginning of September which also includes a Dog show! Frances also told me about Bugs a beautiful horse who needs an operation on her feet before the winter, but they need to raise £3000 to pay for the treatment. If you would like to donate please send your Cheques to the Sanctuary marking them ‘FOR BUGS’

This morning I spoke to Matthew Fort who is a British food writer and Critic who is passionate about the benefits of home grown produce. He holds the post of Food & Drink editor at The Guardian and has previously won The Restaurateur’s Association Food Writer of the Year. With at least 200 people waiting for allotments, there is a real demand for a pocket of green space where individuals can grow their own produce instead of going to the supermarkets. Anything as small as lettuce and herbs can be grown in a window box along with Strawberries and tomatoes on a Balcony. With plenty of sunshine and watering pretty much anything can grow in whatever space you have. If you want more information about allotments contact the council
e-mail: or call: 01277 312500
What’s Your Opinion:
With a shared bonuses of £91,000 for the Senior officers at Essex County council, do you think that it is fair that in wake of the recession where taxpayers are struggling that we are having to top up the already impressive salaries of council executives?

SPORT SOUTHEND United have survived being put into administration by striking a deal with the taxman. The Blues were in court over a £238,000 unpaid bill to HM Revenue & Customs.
At London's High Court today, the HMRC said it would withdraw its application to put the club into administration if a winding up petition next week is dismissed. The club has been taken to court by Charterhouse Commercial Finance and faces a hearing on August 11. *FULL STORY IN TUESDAY'S ECHO.

YOUNGSTERS are being given the chance to beat their local bobbies at a series of rounders and cricket matches. In a bid to keep children occupied and out of trouble this summer holiday, police community support officers covering the Pitsea south-east beat are hosting rounders and cricket games. ”The events are taking place on Tuesday, August 17, from 5pm to 7pm, at Eversley Park, Pitsea; Wednesday, August 18, from 5pm to 7pm meeting at the cage at Chevers Pawen off Wickford Avenue, Pitsea; and Tuesday, August 31, from 2pm to 4pm, also meeting at the cage in Chevers Pawen. For more information, call the officers on their ward mobile, 07875 003290. - By Gina Marden

More than an Alice Cooper show, this is the ultimate Alice Cooper Experience!!!
We know Britain's Got Talent, but has Britain Got Freaks???? Alice Cooper announces his Halloween Night of Fear. 2 unique shows to take place at The Roundhouse in London on 31st October and 1st November. Cooper will be joined by Jim Rose of Jim Rose Circus and Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction. From 2nd August through 7th August ONLY will be accepting video submissions of sideshow and freak acts to perform at the show. On 9th August at 7.30pm at the London Dungeon the best 'acts' will be invited to perform in front of a Panel of judges including Cooper himself. The freakiest and most outrageous will then become part of ALICE COOPER'S HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF the Roundhouse on 31st October and 1st November." Tickets go on sale on Friday the 13th August at 9am at .

Evening Echo:
LUCKY Lisa Beckerton just loved it when her plan to snare a red carpet date with singer Olly Murs came together. The 25-year-old single lass landed herself an Xciting date with her idol, which saw her accompany him to the glitzy premiere of the new A Team film. Lisa, of Point Road, Canvey, won the treat after entering a contest on Murs’s official website. As well as watching the movie, based on the 1980s TV series, together at the Empire in Leicester Square, Lisa also got to have drinks with the 26-year-old Witham lad in a five-star London hotel – and pose for pictures on the red carpet. Murs has just released his debut single, Please Don’t Let Me Go, and his album will follow later this month. - By Emma Palmer

Teen pop star Justin Bieber is to publish his first volume of memoirs. The multi-platinum-selling Canadian star, who is just 16, has been signed up by publishers Harper Collins. He says the book will be a thank you to his fans. "I'm excited to share just a little bit more of my world with them," he said in a statemtent. The book is expected to garner massive sales, meaning yet more cash for the Canadian, who already has record sales of more than 5 million. - By Frances Cronin, entertainment reporter

Top 10 Albums

Top 10 singles



  1. Toy story holds its top spot for the second week running
  2. New in at number 2 is the Karate Kid with the Smith Dynasty and Jackie Chan
  3. Also new to the top ten its the 80’s throw back and the A Team
  4. Inception has fallen 2 places to make way for two blockbusters
  5. Shrek for Ever After
  6. Twighlight Saga: eclipse
  7. The Rebound has fall 2 places from its entry position last week
  8. A new entry for the Gainsbourg - A glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62
  9. Predators is also heading out of the top ten
  10. Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai - A tale of two gangsters from the eras of past and present, whose lives enter parallel paths as they struggle to survive within Bombay's criminal underworld.

Nicole Sperling, from the Hollywood insider, reports that Twilight fans rejoice! Your relationship with this franchise doesn’t have to come to a close for another two years. Summit Entertainment announced today that the final movie in the epic saga will debut on Nov. 16, 2012, one year after Breaking Dawn Part One hits theaters on Nov. 18, 2011. Will the final installment be in 3-D? Summit says a decision has yet to be made, but sources say director Bill Condon and Co. are opting to Not go for a third dimension. Many of the Twilight fans have been very vocal regarding their opposition to 3-D, but with the final chapter of the saga focusing on Bella’s life after she’s turned into a vampire, it could be compelling from a story view. And the extra revenue wouldn’t hurt either.

Jane Austen's "Emma" has been given a Bollywood make-over. The storyline about a society matchmaker has been revamped for a new Indian film called "Aisha". 'Slumdog Millionaire' actor Anil Kapoor produced it and says Austen's story perfectly translates to modern India and its new setting among Delhi's high society. The film opens in the UK on Friday.

Justin Bieber is adding movie star to his CV. The 16 year old pop star's signed up to appear in a feature film about his life and career. The yet-to-be-titled movie is set for release on Valentine's weekend of 2011. The teenager's also publishing his first volume of memoirs in October.

My Mate Shenfield Pete’s look at the sporting Weekend ahead!

Liverpool beat Rabotnicki Skopje 2-0 at Anfield last night to win 4-0 on aggregate in the Europa League qualification round, and the draw for the final qualification round takes place today at midday, which also includes Aston Villa and Manchester City. Before the Europa League Draw is the Champions League draw at 11am, where Tottenham will find out who they need to beat to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.

In cricket, Essex continue to struggle in their county championship match against Warwickshire at Southend - after being bowled out for 150 in their first innings, they managed to bowl Warwickshire out for 155, but Essex's second innings finished at 78-6 overnight, a lead of just 73. Meanwhile England's 2nd test against Pakistan gets underway Friday at 11am at Edgbaston. England have named an unchanged team, but there is some pressure on Kevin Pietersen and Essex's Alastair Cook to deliver some runs after a string of poor performances.

Lastly, England's men's Champions Trophy hockey campaign isn't quite over yet, as they beat the Netherlands 4-3, but they need a win over New Zealand AND for Netherlands to beat hosts Germany in the last round of group games to qualify for the semi final.

One final point - I made ANOTHER little mistake yesterday when I said the first game of the season was Norwich vs Sheffield United, it is of course Norwich vs Watford tonight at 7.45pm.

Theatre News
Palace Theatre, Westcliffe - Musical The Wiz - It runs until Saturday with performances at 7.30 and a Saturday Matine at 2.30pm, tickets cost £13.50 and £9.50 for concessions - 01702 351135

Queens Theatre, Hornchurch - Voulez Vous, A musical tribute to ABBA, celebrating some of the band's greatest hits. -
The shows are on Friday and Saturday night at 8pm and tickets are £19 and £17 for concessions - 01708 443333

This morning I spoke with Nadiah Scammel - Press officer at the Queens Theatre - about next weeks activities at The Liberty Centre in Romford

The Queen’s Theatre Education staff will be telling thrilling Australian Aboriginal stories at The Liberty at 12 midday every day, as the shopping centre hosts a colourful range of Australia-themed entertainment all week including surfing, mask-making and a treasure hunt.

Australia Week takes place from Monday 9 – Friday 13 August from 11am – 3pm, with Queen’s Theatre Dream Time story-telling sessions every day at 12 midday. For more information, visit

Everyone is preparing for the Start of the Edinburgh Festival which occupies the next 4-5 weeks here are some of the festivals that you can enjoy in Bonnie Scotland :
Edinburgh Art Festival - 29 July - 5 September 2010
Edinburgh Festival Fringe - 6 - 30 August 2010
Edinburgh International Book Festival - 14 - 30 August 2010
Edinburgh International Festival - 13 August - 5 September 2010
Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - 30 July - 8 August 2010
Edinburgh Mela - 6 - 8 August 2010
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - 6 - 28 August 2010

I picked a few artists that will be prforming of the festival period that I would go an see if I was making my way to Scotland!

Sara Pascoe
The sassy actress turned comic, recently seen in The Thick of It, has been making a name for herself with her whimsical, faux-naive standup and batty Lady Gaga skits. Pleasance Courtyard (0131-556 6550), 4-30 August.

Beautiful Burnout
Frantic Assembly are hoping for a hit in this new show written by Bryony Lavery, exploring the world of boxing, masculinity and the knockout punch. Pleasance Courtyard (0131-556 6550), 4-29 August.

Pina Bausch Tanztheater Wuppertal
Bausch's death last summer shocked the world of modern dance, but there is consolation in her company's commitment to keeping her work alive. Here they perform Agua, one of her most fantastical pieces. Created after Bausch visited Brazil, it was inspired by the country's colours, exotic wildlife and sexy exuberant heat. Edinburgh Playhouse (0131-473 2000), 27-29 August.

Plan B
Former foul-mouthed hoodie-hop rapper continues his transformation into geezerish sharp-suited soulboy. He can sing, too, and does a perfect Smokey Robinson pastiche to boot. HMV Picture House (0844 847 1740), 20 August.

Criticially acclaimed and blogged about to within an inch of their lives for a reason, Beirut's sprawling, eclectic take on Balkan/east European-inspired alt-folk is genuinely astonishing. HMV Picture House (0844 847 1740), 22 August.

TV GOSSIP: The actor who played Coronation Street favourite Jim McDonald is returning to the soap. But Charles Lawson says he thinks his character will be killed off. The former husband of long-suffering Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald was a regular on the Street until 2000.
Corrie's planning explosive story lines to coincide with its 50th anniversary this year.

TV presenter Gail Porter says she's proud of her new spiky, bleached blonde hairdo - five years after losing all her hair to alopecia. The 39-year-old Scot says she's also got the thumbs-up from the general public, who come up to her and tell her it looks good. The former Big Breakfast presenter lost her hair in 2005 - the year she split up with her husband Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave.

Happy BIRTHDAY Barbara Windsor (UK actress, the 'Carry On' films, 'Eastenders'). Barbara Windsor says she's 'finally posh' after receiving the freedom of the City of London. The ex-Eastenders actress was awarded the honour at London's Guildhall a day before her 73rd birthday. The actress filmed her final scenes as Albert Square's Peggy Mitchell last month.

TV for a Friday Night... If Piers was home the Cricket Highlights would be on Channel 5 from 7.15 till 8 as England continue their 2nd Test against Pakistan at Egbaston. and he would be flicking over to ITV 4 to keep an eye on the Aston Villa Match against Valencia!!
There would be a fight for the controls at 8.30 as on BBC1 its Masterchef with the final five contestants are challenged to prepare a single dish in an effort grab one of the four places available in the semi-finals. Last night saw all 3 contestants go through as there was no picking between them, they were : Dick Strawbridge, Lisa Faulkner and Chris Walker.
At 9 I would then swiftly turn over to the Living channel for Medium, which is now in its 6th Season Starring Patricia Arquette.
Then after catching up with the Days news at 10, a little bit of comedy to get me into the weekend with Analyze That on ITV 1 - but if you don't think you could make it through a movie there is always Mitchell and Webb on BBC2 from 11.05 for half an hours tummy tickling!

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