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Monday 22nd to Thursday 26th November

Another brilliant weekend...This time in Manchester celebrating my best friend's husband's 40th birthday.  So still feeling a little tired and tender this morning!!

BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Research by Kelkoo has found that today is set to be busiest internet shopping day of the year - with online retailers expected to take more than 22 million pounds an hour. Today is dubbed 'Manic Monday', today's the start of the shopping build-up to Christmas, with sales predicted to rise by 60 per cent.

LOCAL SPORT
20 Nov 10 Premier Division
Canvey Island     4-2    Cray Wanderers
   
20 Nov 10 Division One North
East Thurrock United     2-1    Wingate & Finchley
Enfield Town         0-1     Maldon & Tiptree
Great Wakering Rovers     5-6    Potters Bar Town
Leyton             0-3    Ilford
Tilbury             0-0    Cheshunt     
Waltham Abbey         2-0    Thamesmead Town
Waltham Forest         0-3    Brentwood Town     SOUNDCLIP
Ware             4-3    Needham Market

20 Nov 10 | F.A. Trophy - [ Third Round Qualifying ]
Bideford             0-3    AFC Hornchurch
Boreham Wood         3-0    Romford     
Cirencester Town         2-2    Grays Athletic     
Harlow Town         3-0    Maidstone United
Lowestoft Town         2-1    Swindon Supermarine     
Sutton United         4-2    Billericay Town     SOUNDCLIP

PETE's Weekend Results
Arsenal 2-3. Tottenham
Liverpool 3-0 West Ham

Cricket: England secured a dominant 10-wicket win against Australia A in their final warm-up match ahead of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on Thursday.

Rugby Union, Winter internationals:
England 26-13 Samoa
France 15-9 Argentina
Ireland 18-38 New Zealand
Italy 14-32 Australia
Scotland 21-17 South Africa

Tennis - ATP world tour finals at the O2 from Monday - Murray will play Federer amongst others in the first round robin.
Federer bt Ferrer     6-1     6-4
Murray bt Soderling 6-2     6-4

Not Before 2:00 PM
[3] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 8:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [8] A Roddick (USA)


LOCAL NEWS
Evening Echo, By Antonia Jones
THE tea room, which was once seen as a socialite’s destination of choice, is on its way back and is hoping to rival the grab-and-go coffee culture being offered by the big chains.    The sound of clinking china tea cups being served alongside a freshly baked scone with cream and jam will bring back memories for many English traditionalists.  Now traditional tea rooms, with their homely feel, homemade food, loose tea and waiter service, could be set for a comeback with rooms in Rayleigh and Billericay offering their customers something different.  Set in historic, often listed, buildings, the owners try to capture the essence of tea rooms first created by Thomas Twining in London in 1706.

Brentwood Gazette by Iain Johnson
Benefit cheats stole £9,000 of taxpayers' cash - The council exposes six convicted felons!

SHOWBIZ GOSS...
Justin Bieber's won four out of four of his nominations at his first American Music Awards. The 16-year-old teen heartthrob beat Eminem and Usher, as well as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to win favourite artist.  Bieber became the youngest person to ever win the trophy.  Bieber also won favorite pop/rock album, favorite pop/rock male, and the
show's breakthrough artist award.

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SOPRANO WANTS SUCESS IN STATES
Katherine Jenkins is heading over to the other side of the pond- to take on America in the singing stakes.  The Welsh musician admitted she has always wanted to be successful in the US, though she believes it's not an easy thing to do.  Jenkins has recently finished filming her acting debut- as a character in this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special.

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TAKE THAT RECORD
Newly reunited five-piece Take That have taken the chart by storm. They've sold 520-thousand copies of their new album Progress, in its first week of release. That's the best opening week sales figure for any album for 13 years.

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KENDAL LEAVES STRICTLY
Felicity Kendal's become the latest celeb to waltz off Strictly Come Dancing. The Good Life star was given the elbow despite getting her highest mark on the show so far.

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WAGNER SURVIVES ANOTHER WEEK
Wagner fans kept the Brazilian in the X Factor last night as Paije made a shock exit, after facing Cher in the sing-off. The show's judges all agreed the pair did not deserve to be in the bottom two.

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PARIS PAINTS THE TOWN GREY!
Paris Hilton has spent hours removing graffiti from walls in Los Angeles as part of a community service punishment for possessing cocaine.  The Hollywood socialite looked as if she were determined to stick with her style as she carried out the mundane task.


TUESDAY
The Irish PM clings on and Christmas shopping will send many of us into the
red.

Sean Allen-Moy has a round-up of the business news.

BUSINESS NEWS
Nationwide: UK's biggest building society reports pre-tax profit of £259m in six months to end of Sept, up 81%; "strong performance"

Also Nationwide are launching a fixed-rate bond of 4.5% for existing customers

Severn Trent: Midlands-based water company reports pre-tax profits down 51% to £101m in six months to end of September

Mitchells & Butlers: owner of Harvester and All Bar One reports 26% rise in full year profits to £169m

De La Rue: banknote maker reports rise in pre-tax profit to £69.4m for six months to 25th September, despite issues with paper production

LOCAL SPORT
FIXTURES:
LEAGUE 1
Colchester VS Brentford

League 2
Stevenage VS Southend


23 Nov 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch     VS    Tooting & Mitcham United     
Bury Town     VS    Canvey Island     
Concord Rangers     VS    Hastings United     
Lowestoft Town     VS    Billericay Town     

23 Nov 10 Division One North
Brentwood Town     VS    AFC Sudbury
Cheshunt     VS    East Thurrock United     
Maldon & Tiptree     VS    Harlow Town     
Needham Market     VS    Redbridge     
Potters Bar Town     VS    Waltham Forest     
Romford         VS    Great Wakering Rovers     
Thamesmead Town VS    Heybridge Swifts     
Wingate & Finchley VS    Tilbury     

23 Nov 10 | F.A. Trophy - [ Third Round Qualifying - Replay ]
Grays Athletic     VS    Cirencester Town     

BASKET BALL
GUILDFORD Heat used a strong first quarter as the foundation for an 89-73 victory over the winless Essex Pirates in Southend on Saturday and on Sunday A shooting master-class from Ryan Zamroz saw Essex Pirates suffer an 101-82 defeat against the Leicester Riders at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre.

RUGBY
Westcliff cemented its position at the top of London 1 North with a tough win against a typically strong and aggressive Brentwood side roared on by a raucous crowd.
Westcliff absorbed a tremendous amount of early Brentwood pressure but two late tries ensured the points though might have given a slightly flattering result.  Brentwood were very strong in all departments but were unable to break the Westcliff defence the match finished 0-20

HANDBALL
In the South Development League - The Brentwood Men's team played at the weekend in a competition at Cranfield.  Unfortunately they didn't have a great start but there are more matches in the new year on the 15th January.

Cranfield 56 - 12 Brentwood

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo,   By Emma Palmer
A distinguished consultant who saved thousands of lives at Basildon Hospital has been elevated to the House of Lords.  Sir Bernard Ribeiro, 66, has been made a Conservative working peer, Downing Street announced.  Last year the dad of four, who spearheaded the use of keyhole surgery at Basildon Hospital, was given a knighthood for services to medicine.  Sir Bernard retired from his post as consultant general surgeon at Basildon Hospital last year.  Sir Bernard worked at the hospital for almost 30 years, where he created a long list of outstanding achievements and won a reputation as a warm and caring doctor.

He was instrumental in bringing several groundbreaking medical procedures to the hospital, notably the use of keyhole surgery in the early Nineties.  He was also a key player in Basildon Hospital’s successful bid for the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre to be built at the site.
He was elected president of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005.  Sir Bernard now lives with his wife, Elisabeth, in Alresford, Hampshire.

Other people named as working peers include Anne Jenkin, the wife of Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin, Julian Fellowes, creator of ITV1 drama series Downton Abbey, and Sir Paul McCart-ney’s divorce lawyer, Fiona Shackleton.

Gazette, Sam Smith
Library Cafes help to provide training for Adulst with learning difficulties and are given opportunities

MUSIC NEWS
1 (NEW ENTRY) LOVE YOU MORE - JLS
2 (2) THE FLOOD - TAKE THAT
3 (39) YOUR SONG - ELLIE GOULDING
4 (1) ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) - RIHANNA
5 (3) FIREWORK - KATY PERRY
6 (51) LIKE A G6 - FAR EAST MOVEMENT/CATARACS/DEV
7 (11) THE TIME (DIRTY BIT) - BLACK EYED PEAS
8 (5) HAPPINESS - ALEXIS JORDAN
9 (4) SHINE A LIGHT - MCFLY FT TAIO CRUZ
10 (NEW ENTRY) SAFE - WESTLIFE


ALBUMS
1 (NEW ENTRY) PROGRESS - TAKE THAT
2 (NEW ENTRY) LOUD - RIHANNA
3 (1) THE GIFT - SUSAN BOYLE
4 (NEW ENTRY) MOONLIGHT SERENADE - ANDRE RIEU & JOHANN STRAUSS OR
5 (NEW ENTRY) GREATEST HITS - SO FAR - PINK
6 (2) GREATEST HITS - BON JOVI
7 (NEW ENTRY) THE PROMISE - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
8 (3) MESSY LITTLE RAINDROPS - CHERYL COLE
9 (5) CRAZY LOVE - MICHAEL BUBLE
10 (9) TEENAGE DREAM - KATY PERRY

Katie Cassidy, Sky News Online
The popularity of boy bands is a great thing for pop music, Westlife have told Sky News. The release of their new album Gravity comes hot on the heels of Take That's record success.  The re-formed group are celebrating after their latest album became the fastest-selling for 13 years.  Progress sold more than half a million copies in its first week and easily took the Number One spot in the album charts.  But Westlife told Sky News they do not feel threatened by their contemporaries.

Laura Marling has a gig tonight and tomorrow at Conway Hall near Holborn at 7.30 Tickets are (£17.50 - returns only) Her album I speak because I can has had some great press coverage
It’s probably worth noting at this point that Marling has remarked on this record as being “very much her stepping stone”, and that this autumn we are expected to see the release of a third, as-yet-untitled LP. A transitional affair, then? Maybe so, but ‘I Speak Because I Can’ remains a stunning performance to leave haircuts and ex-boyfriends alike trailing in its wake.
By Alex Denney NME

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FIX FACTOR
It's claimed that Wagner could be in line to WIN the X Factor - while Anne Widdecombe could be triumphant in Strictly Come Dancing.  According to this morning's newspapers - and bookies - both are ending up in the top 3 each week - as a reality TV 'backlash' grows.  Bookies have made 'Wagner and Widdie' fourth favourite to win their respective shows.
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Dannii Minogue has trounced Cheryl Cole in the popularity stakes to be voted Most Popular and Best Dressed X Factor judge. In a recent survey of Heat magazine readers, 42 per cent named Dannii as their
favourite judge.   Simon Cowell took second place - with 35 - while Cheryl Cole only managed
third place with 18 per cent.   Louis Walsh is this year's least favourite judge.

WEDNESDAY
GUEST: Citizens Advice Bureau Richard Mcleod came in to to chat about the changes to benefits and how they will now be using CPI by which the changes are measured instead of RPI.
A couple of things that we mentioned include:
A 10% reduction on council tax benefits allowance from central government to local government.
TV licence is being frozen fro the next couple of years
Child benefit will be stopped at 16 but over the next 5 years the age of compulsary education will increase to 18
And the elderly who are in accomadation that are in assisted accomodation that is paid for will loose mobility benefits.

Not a great outlook for the future, its no wonder that the students are taking to the streets to demonstrate as their student loan interest rate is increasing to 4.5%   - looks like the Governments over spending is being passed on to voters of the future and I am sure it will influence who they support in future elections!

League 1
Colchester 0-2 Brentford

League 2:
Stevenage 1-1 Southend

23 Nov 10 Premier Division
AFC Hornchurch     2-2    Tooting & Mitcham United     
Bury Town     2-1    Canvey Island     
Concord Rangers     2-1    Hastings United     
Lowestoft Town     VS    Billericay Town     Postponed

23 Nov 10 Division One North
Brentwood Town     2-3    AFC Sudbury     
Cheshunt     0-1    East Thurrock United     
Maldon & Tiptree     4-1    Harlow Town     
Needham Market     7-1    Redbridge
Potters Bar Town     0-0    Waltham Forest     
Romford         3-0    Great Wakering Rovers     
Thamesmead Town 2-1    Heybridge Swifts     
Wingate & Finchley 2-0    Tilbury     

23 Nov 10 F.A. Trophy - [ Third Round Qualifying - Replay ]
Grays Athletic     0-1    Cirencester Town     club_logo

FIXTURES
24 Nov 10 Premier Division
Croydon Athletic     VS    Aveley     

24 Nov 10 Division One North
Ilford         VS    Ware

LOCAL NEWS
FRONT OF THE GAZETTE
D-DAY VET died after Doctor wouldn't visit - the story is on the front page and continues on Page 3
Council Staff rake in £350K bonuses
Health and Safety Cheifs take lollipop - Pg 4
Local Snapper ready for WEdding - Pg 6-7
Priest in call for community spirit - Pg 8



MOVIE NEWS
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (NEW ENTRY)
2. Due Date
3. Despicable Me
4. Skyline - Strange lights descend on the city of Los Angeles, drawing people outside like moths to a flame where an extraterrestrial force threatens to swallow the entire human population off the face of the Earth. Written by Universal Pictures
5. Jackass 3D
6. Red
7. Alpha and Omega
8. Guzaarish (NEW ENTRY) Ethan, a magician rendered paralyzed in an accident, sets off a furor when he makes a petition to the court to end his own life.
9. The Social Network
10. Another Year

A remake of Buffy The Vampire Slayer is in the works.  Warner Brothers have revealed the vampire movie's in the earliest stages of development, and doesn't even have a director or any cast yet.  We DO know that original Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar, won't be involved.

Colin Farrell puts on his best cockney accent for his latest film which is out this week.  He stars as an ex-criminal in the gritty gangster movie, London Boulevard. Farrell's character gets a job protecting a reclusive actress, played by Keira Knightley, who's under siege from the paparazzi.    

Police in New York are investigating a harassment claim against actor Charlie Sheen. It's been made by Capri Anderson who was found locked in the actor's hotel bathroom last month.  But Sheen's filed a counter-claim against the woman, saying she threatened to meet authorities if he didn't pay 1 million dollars.

Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey is leading the way to winning America's answer to Strictly Come Dancing.   The 50-year-old actress is in first place going into the 'Dancing With the Stars' final, after she and her partner Derek Hough earned a perfect score last night.  She'll battle out with actor Kyle Massey and Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol
for this year's mirrorball trophy.

Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan has had a five year criminal investigation against him dropped.  Australian detectives were looking into whether he'd used off-shore banking to conceal earnings.   But Hogan is still being chased by the authorities over a multi-million dollar
tax bill.  The matter saw the actor prevented from returning to his Los Angeles home earlier this year.

THURSDAY
John Cleese apparently had to be escorted home by the police after a night out
at a London theatre.

The Monty Python star and his daughter Camille were mobbed by fans as they
left the Old Vic, where he was hosting the 24 Hour Plays Celebrity Gala.

His spokesperson said Cleese failed to make a quick getaway when his car
didn't turn up, so a police car stepped in and offered him a lift home.

GUESTS: Mark Reed popped in to wish me a Happy Birthday and we had a little chat about the christmas show, rehearsals are going well and tickets are on sale.

Chris Skinner dropped by with some delicious treats from the Redundancy Cook Book.  We tried Butternut Squash and Ginger Loaf, Green tomoato Chutney and Marrow Jam/Marmalade.  The title of today's feature was weird food and there were some unusual combinations in the descriptions but the tast really worked. I loved the loaf and will be trying to make one for a Christmas treat and the jam Marmalade was a great alternative to orange marmalade, and the chutney would be great with a bit of cheese on a piece of bread.

The beauty of these recipes is that they could all be used as gifts for christmas  - an inexpensive way to give a present full of love.

LOCAL SPORT
24 Nov 10 Premier Division
Croydon Athletic      0-2    Aveley     

24 Nov 10 Division One North
Ilford     0-3    Ware     

FIXTURES
25 Nov 10 Essex Senior Cup - [ Third Round ]
Hullbridge Sports     VS    Redbridge     


I’m off tomorrow recovering from my birthday curry, but to be honest I will probably be asleep before midnight.  Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you Monday morning from 7



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