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TUESDAY - Pinch and a Punc the first of the month ...

There is a National Save Our Libraries Day on the 5th February where everyone is being asked to go along to their local library to raise awareness of the National closures.  Although NO libraries will be closing in Essex people might still be very interested in going.

http://www.cilip.org.uk/get-involved/advocacy/public-libraries/pages/savelibrariesday.aspx

 

BUSINESS NEWS

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

JONES Bootmaker is one of the oldest brands on the high street and has been sold to Dutch retailer in an estimated £40million deal.  

 

The most successful smartphone of 2010 in Britain was the BlackBerry range - it commanded 28% of the smart phone sales over the year with 36% charge of Christmas sales.  And the 33million users of BB Messenger is a 500% increase year on year.

 

Heinken has been tipped as the official LONDON 2012 beer. The brewer sponsored the GB team in the Athens games of 2004.  Heinken did not comment.

SKY BUSINESS ONLINE

BP reports £3.1bn loss for full year but the oil giant made a profit of £2.9bn in the final quarter of 2010 [via Twitter]

 

Lucie McInerney, Sky News Online

Accountants have told Sky News that they are encountering "huge difficulties" in filing tax returns on deadline day.

The HMRC said only on Friday that their computer system was working well and they did not foresee the problems experienced in recent years.  The HMRC were expecting to see the number of online returns reach 300,000 for the whole day.

 

LOCAL SPORT

31 Jan 11 | Premier Division

Aveley     0-2    Hendon     

Kingstonian 0-3    Concord Rangers     

 

FIXTURES

01 Feb 11 | Premier Division

AFC Hornchurch     VS    Margate     

Lowestoft Town     VS    Billericay Town     

 

01 Feb 11 | Division One North

Brentwood Town     VS    Great Wakering Rovers     

Maldon & Tiptree     VS    Cheshunt     

Romford         VS    Potters Bar Town     

Thamesmead Town     VS    Harlow Town     

Tilbury         VS    Waltham Forest     

 

LEAGUE 2 - 19.45

Southend        VS     Oxford

 

LEAGUE 1 - 19.45

Charlton         VS    Colchester United

 

SNOOKER

By James Colasanti

STUART Bingham said he had the biggest adrenaline rush of his career after reaching the last 16 of the thrilling new Snooker Shoot-Out tournament.  Basildon’s finest took his place among the world’s top 64 players at the Circus Arena in Blackpool.

 

World number 25 Bingham finished with £2,000, while Derby’s Nigel Bond pocketed the £32,000 top prize by winning six consecutive single-frame, 10-minute matches, in which players were limited to 20 seconds for each shot, reduced to 15 once they pass the halfway stage.

 

Bingham returns to the table on February 11 in qualifying for the Welsh Open. If he comes through his side of the draw he will face Mark Selby in a match to decide who will play in the tournament, which starts the following Monday.

 

 

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo, By Emma Palmer

A FLASH of genius or not such a bright idea...?

Drivers in south Essex could soon become guinea pigs for a controversial new scheme – switching traffic lights off at night.   MP John Baron feels pulling the plug in the early hours, when traffic is scarce, would save motorists time, as well as tens of thousands of pounds a year in energy costs.  The Tory MP has been campaigning for years to get the Government to pilot the idea.  So far ministers have refused, however speaking in Parliament Mr Baron suggested his constituency of Basildon and Billericay be used as the test ground.  He isn’t the only one pushing for the change. Many motoring firms are in favour and there’s even a Switch off Traffic Lights at Night campaign on Facebook.

 

MUSIC NEWS

The reformed four-piece will represent the UK at the annual event with their self-written song I Can.  Announcing their decision, band member Duncan James said: "We're celebrating our 10 years together in 2011, so when the BBC approached us it seemed a great way to mark the occasion and also to be part of something which is still a British institution."  Simon Webbe added: "I've always wanted to represent my country, so this is a truly exciting experience for Blue."  A documentary following the band as they prepare for Eurovision is due to be filmed in the coming weeks and will be aired in April.  Blue will be up against X Factor twins Jedward who are representing Ireland.

 

The Associated Press

Monday, January 31, 2011; 7:46 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rock band Kings of Leon has been forced to postpone several international tour dates because their drummer is injured.  A news release from the band says Nathan Followill's surgery for a torn right bicep and labrum will force postponements of tours in South Africa and Australia until October and November.  The band will still play a few scheduled dates, including an appearance at the Cochella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15.  Spokesman Ken Weinstein says Followill hurt himself while working out. The surgery will require several months of rehabilitation, but Followill is expected to play all shows with the band this spring, starting with Cochella and including European dates in May, June and July.  Kings of Leon, made up of Followill, his brothers Caleb and Jared, and cousin Matthew, is up for two Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.  

 

SINGLES

1 (NEW ENTRY) WE R WHO WE R - KESHA

2 (1 ) GRENADE - BRUNO MARS

3 (2) ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE

4 (4) COMING HOME - DIDDY DIRTY MONEY/SKYLAR GREY

5 (NEW ENTRY) BLIND FAITH - CHASE & STATUS FT LIAM BAILEY

6 (3) DO IT LIKE A DUDE - JESSIE J

7 (5) TRAKTOR - WRETCH 32 FT L

8 (6) HOLD IT AGAINST ME - BRITNEY SPEARS

9 (7) WHAT'S MY NAME - RIHANNA FT DRAKE

10 (NEW ENTRY) YEAH 3X - CHRIS BROWN

 

ALBUMS

1 (NEW ENTRY) 21- ADELE

2 (1) DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS - BRUNO MARS

3 (2) LOUD - RIHANNA

4 (8) 19 - ADELE

5 (6) THE LADY KILLER - CEE LO GREEN

6 (5) LIGHTS - ELLIE GOULDING

7 (15) MAYHEM - IMELDA MAY

8 (9) ELIZA DOOLITTLE - ELIZA DOOLITTLE

9 (20) BRING HIM HOME - ALFIE BOE

10 (4) THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS - PLAN B



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