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FRIDAY!!! - we made it and hubby is back tomorrow - Yay!!

BUSINESS NEWS

SKY ONLINE

French Connection expects pre-tax profit of at least £6.8m for the year ended Jan 31 [via Twitter]

Dairy Crest sales rose 11% in butter, cheese and milk brands in 3 months to Dec 31. Internet milk delivery milk&more weekly sales near £1m [via Twitter]

METRO BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Courier company Collect+ yesterday launched a service allowing customers to by bass post offices and send parcels from corner shops,.  eBay traders and small businesses can send packages out of hours to any British address from 3500 convenience stores.  Collect+ delivers 200million parcels a year and already allows online shoppers to have items delivered or returned via shops.

Vodafone raised its profits guidance for the second time in three months yesterday after seeing continued strong demand for smartphones in Britain.  The group expects operating profits for the year to March 31 at the upper end of the £11.8billion to £12.2 billion forecast in November.

BT yesterday said the proportion of new broadband customers using its own service hit an eight year high in the final three months of last year as profits at the telecoms giant exceeded half a billion pounds. The company said it had gained market share in retail broadband, winning 53% of new customers in the quarter.  BT posted a 3% increase in pre-tax profits to £530million in the three months to December 31

LOCAL SPORT

03 Feb 11 | The Championship Manager Cup - [ Fourth Round ]

Lowestoft Town     4-4    Heybridge Swifts     

FIXTURES

05 Feb 11 | Premier Division

AFC Hornchurch     VS    Bury Town     

Canvey Island     VS    Hendon     

Margate         VS    Billericay Town     

Tonbridge Angels     VS    Aveley     

Tooting & Mitcham United VS    Concord Rangers     

05 Feb 11 | Division One North

AFC Sudbury     VS    Harlow Town     

Brentwood Town     VS    Redbridge     

East Thurrock United VS    Waltham Abbey     

Great Wakering Rovers VS    Enfield Town     

Maldon & Tiptree     VS    Tilbury     

Potters Bar Town     VS    Grays Athletic     

Romford         VS    Ware     

Waltham Forest     VS    Heybridge Swifts     

Wingate & Finchley     VS    Ilford     

SOUTHEND UNITED VS SHREWSBURY

HARTLEPOOL VS COLCHESTER

LOCAL NEWS

Evening Echo, By Jon Austin

AS many as 531 homes could be built in Gloucester Park if the first phase of the £1billion Basildon masterplan is approved.  Barratt Wilson Bowden has revealed planning applications for separate sites in the park, including building 375 homes on the swimming pool and bowls club.  The flats, of up to six storeys, would be built above a ground-floor development of shops, offices and leisure facilities.  The second application involves demolishing the Basildon Community Resource Centre, based in The Gore, Basildon, and the development of 156 town houses in a crescent shape in the south-eastern corner of the park.   The swimming pool site application also involves a replacement bowls club and green, new lake, play area, new skate park, car parking and a green boulevard connecting the development to the town centre.  The separate town house development would be based on the Royal Crescent in Bath.  The plans come after a consultation about the Basildon Masterplan in November which attracted just 25 responses.

TV GUIDE

On Tonight's TV  there is a new documentry that could be described as the antithisis of The only way is Essex.  Welcome to Romford Simon Smith provides an insight into the inner-workings of a Romford minicab firm. Using a split-screen technique, the film shows the drivers' reactions toward the passengers they pick up on a Friday night, including a man found lying in the middle of the road and a couple who have just met on the internet.  It is on Channel 4 at 7.30 and a gentle reminder of what you might look like after going on a boozy bender after a week at work!

On ITV1 at 9 Comedy Rocks, Jason Manford presents an evening of music and comedy.  The Pub Landlord Al Murray, stand-up comedienne Andi Osho and regular guest Russell Kane will be providing the punch lines while the tunes will be belted out by singer-songwriter Rumer and the evening's house band Jamiroquai.  My dad liked this one so I might just give it a watch tonight - May be the Boxer Rebellion could make this show their next target?!

But if you want a good old weepy movie, hold on to your horses as Brokeback Mountain is on More 4 at 9pm starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Leadger and Anne Hathaway.

If you are planning on going out over the weekend, I would recommend Saturday night as there isn't a great deal of good telly.  Here are a few guilty pleasures that might see you through if you have to stay in, otherwise it is definatly a DVD night.

Harry Hill's TV Burp has a new series at 7pm on ITV .  If ther girls are over and you want a classic rom com then Sleepless in Seatle is on at 7.55 starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  Or for the boys there is the 1989 Batman starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.  And my guiltyiest pleasure of all time is Take me out! on ITV 1 hosted by Paddy McGuiness - No lighty no Likey!!!

After a busy weekend TV on a sunday night looks like this:

I'm a celebrity and I can't dance on Ice, get me out of here is on for 2 hrs!!!!!! from 6.35 to 8.30! do Phil and Holly ever have a day off?  with a skate off at 9.30.  And then Sky 1 are competing for your viewing as Got to Dance Semi finals are on at 6 - 7.30.  

But if a good movie is what you are looking for there are three goddies to choose from.  Liar Liar, Jim Carey stars in the comedy about a Lawyer whose underhand ploys win cases leave him little time to see his son.  However the boys Birthday wish renders it impossible for Carey's character to tell lies,  its on ITV2 at 7.15.  Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is on BBC 3 at 7.25 and Jackie Chan stars in Rush Hour with Chris Tucker at 9pm on Five (but there is an interruption for news)



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