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MONDAY - If you are suffering with the Monday blues go to the Guffaw comedy night at the Brentwood Thatre

BUSINESS

SKY ONLINE

Greencore Group: notes recommended cash offer by BH Acquisitions for Northern Foods; will now consider options over takeover offer[via Twitter]

All Leisure group: owner of Swan Hellenic cruises announces pre-tax loss of £2.04m in year to end of October; 2010 "most challenging year" [via Twitter]

 

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

A new Music download website lets customers buy songs while supporting their favourite charities.  Fairsharemusic.com gives a percentage from each sale to a good cause

Apple has won official approval to sell its 3G iPads in China, it emerged yesterday

Sunderland, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Swansea and Newport in south Wales are five areas which have been identified as 'vulnerable' to remaining mired in an economic slump

 

LOCAL SPORT

22 Jan 11 | Premier Division

Aveley         0-1     Billericay Town

Canvey Island     3-0    Maidstone United     

Horsham         1-3    Concord Rangers     

 

22 Jan 11 | Division One North

Brentwood Town     2-0    Romford

Grays Athletic     4-1    Thamesmead Town     

Great Wakering Rovers 1-3    Waltham Abbey     

Heybridge Swifts     2-3    Redbridge     

Needham Market     3-0    East Thurrock United     

Potters Bar Town     0-1    Ilford     

Tilbury         2-0    Harlow Town     

Waltham Forest     3-2    AFC Sudbury     

 

BASKETBALL

Sat 22nd Jan

Essex Pirates 78 - 93 Leicester Riders

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo,   By Christine Sexton

A OWL who starred in a Harry Potter film has worked his magic to find a new home.  Yogi was left homeless when the Rescuers’ Animal Sanctuary, in Watlington Road, Benfleet, started clearing out animals in its care. The sanctuary’s owner, Veronica Mepham, 70, decided to close it down after the RSPCA gave her the choice of avoiding prosecution if it was shut.  But with foxes, horses and goats among the huge menagerie, it could have been some time before Yogi, a Bengalese eagle owl found himself a new perch.  Luckily, Owls R Us, in Wakering Avenue, Shoebury, stepped in to offer the handsome bird a home.  Owner, Keith Cole, 60, said the owl, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was settling into his new home with 50 others.

Gazette By Chris Richards

Sharon and Vicky will be going before the camera on February 11 at an as yet undisclosed venue.  They will then appear on Gok's Clothes Roadshow before the series concludes on March 15.  For more information about the show, visit www.channel4.com

Gazette By Piers Meyler

Tonight is the last laugh at the Guffaw Comedy club at Brentwood Theatre

Al Murray's Pub Landlord has appeared at the Guffaw Comedy Club, as have Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand.  Al Murray and Adam Bloom, another regular, told the club's founder Alaric Dynevor that Guffaw was the best comedy club outside London.  The first show in May 1994 was a sell-out. But latest attendance figures have put the final nail in the club's coffin – at the most recent show just nine people tuned up for acts Mike Gunn and Jeff Innocent.  Alaric will be organising larger one-offs in the town, but the monthly comedy nights will finish for good with the final show on This evening.  It will see former jailbird John McVicar, once tagged public enemy number one by Scotland Yard, performing along with Mike Gunn, who recently appeared with Michael McIntyre on BBC1, and Jeff Innocent, who has also made many TV and radio appearances.  Doors open around 7.30pm for an approx 8.45pm start.  Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)

 

SHOW BIZ

The cast of Glee have become the fastest act ever to score 20 hits in the UK top 40.  Their version of Toxic went in at number 40 yesterday. They've taken just 57 weeks to manage the feat.  The previous record-holder - Elvis Presley - took 88 weeks to rack up 20 hits.

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Former model Jo Wood says the Russian waitress who had an affair with her husband Ronnie did her a favour.  She's told Hello! magazine she gave up her life for Ronnie, but now has it back.  The 63-year-old hellraising musician left her after more than 20 years of marriage in 2008 when he started a fling with Ekaterina Ivanova.

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American singer Neil Diamond is 70 today.  The Brooklyn-born legend began his musical career in the early 60s and has racked up over a hundred million album sales since then.  The Cracklin' Rosie singer will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this year.

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Romance is in the air for Tara Tointon has revealed dance partner Artem Chigvinstev  enjoyed their first kiss two weeks after they met.  The ex-Eastender said they tried to keep their romance a secret until after the BBC 1 show ended - the full interview is in Hello!

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Adrian Chiles has admitted to being grumpy in the mornings  throwing a diva strop when an assistant left him to tie his shoe laces as she went to answer a phone call! He can't understand how Christin Bleakley can  be smiley at 4am each morning.

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MUSE rocker Matt Bellamy is having a baby with Kate Hudson and Kurt Russel and Goldie have welcomed him with open arms.  They started dating last summer and the baby is due in 6 months.



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