WHAT is expected to be a beautiful piece of theatre, combining stunning intricate puppetry and music with the true tale of local wildlife, is hoping to enchant and educate a multitude of Southend audiences. The story - The Lost Leigh Goose - is based on the story of the migration of a Dark-Bellied Brent Goose from the Arctic Circle, to the south Essex coast. A preview of the production in its first stages of development is open to the public, to take place at the Clifftown Theatre next week. It is the first project for the fledgling Wild Story Theatre company, founded in 2017 by experienced theatre practitioner, singer, puppeteer and actor Elaine Hartley. Elaine has a great background in working within puppet theatre, training with in ancient Japanese art of Bunraku and having co-founded a puppet theatre company Flabbergast, which went on to tour the world with its adult comedy show, gaining a multitude of five star reviews and credible accolades including being named the number … [Read more...] about Stunning puppetry brings The Lost Leigh Goose play to life
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Calls to axe crippling NHS car parking charges grew last night as it was revealed hospitals made a record £175million from staff, patients and visitors last year. The rip-off fees were branded a further tax on the sick after they soared from £164million in 2014/15. And the figure could be even higher as only 111 of 120 trusts released figures – which showed people being hit with fees of up to £4 plus fines if they stay over their time. Disgracefully, 56 of those trusts charge the disabled to park. Tory MP Robert Halfon led the pleas for Theresa May to scrap the fees, which made hospitals and private firms almost £500,000 a day. He said: “If we value our hospital staff, we should allow them free parking.” Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb added: “Hospital car park charges are a tax on sickness.” Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford charges the most at a minimum £4 for up to two hours. Day patient Leigh Ellis spoke of his … [Read more...] about Fury as hospitals make £500,000 A DAY – by charging staff, patients and visitors to use car parks
A PAIR of builders pinned down suspected Iraqi illegal immigrants and detained them after they jumped from the back of a lorry.Justin Slowley, 47, and Andy Collins, 28, were fitting out new flats in the same residential street when they overheard the lorry driver yelling "danger, danger" as the men tried to make a run for it.The two men, believed to be from Iraq, are said to have jumped from the vehicle in Leigh, Essex, which was delivering kitchens from Italy yesterday morning.The builders grabbed the men until armed police arrived shortly after 10am, and they will now be interviewed by immigration officials.Mr Collins said: "When the driver went to the back he was shouting 'danger, danger' so we rushed over thinking one of the units was falling."Instead two men were pushing their way out so I grabbed one of them and put him in a choke hold while Justin grabbed the other bloke."We did feel sorry for them, they said they came from Iraq and must have been scared for their … [Read more...] about Burly Brit builders pinned down suspected Iraqi illegal immigrants and held them until armed cops came after spotting them leap out of back of a lorry
THE Brexit bill has passed its first House of Commons hurdle with an overwhelming majority after 498 MPs voted to pass it tonight.But 114 voted to block the Article 50 legislation, which will now pass to the next stage in the Parliamentary process.Those who voted against included 47 Labour MPs, 50 from SNP, 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the SDLP, the 1 Green Party MP, 2 from Plaid Cymru, 3 independent MPs, and just 1 Conservative - Ken Clarke.The MPs who voted for the bill were 319 Tories, 167 Labour MPs, 8 from the DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ukip and 1 independent MP.But which way did your own MP vote? Find out who backed it and who tried to block the triggering of our EU divorce:Alexander, Heidi (Labour) Lewisham EastAli, Rushanara (Labour) Bethnal Green and BowAllen, Graham (Labour) Nottingham NorthAllin-Khan, Dr Rosena (Labour) TootingBerger, Luciana (Labour) Liverpool, WavertreeBradshaw, Mr Ben (Labour) ExeterBrennan, Kevin (Labour) Cardiff WestBrown, Lyn (Labour) West … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the Brexit bill? Find out who backed the Article 50 legislation and who tried to block it
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill
A STUNNING model who was once voted one of the UK’s most attractive women has been left a recluse by a “nightmare” illness that affects thousands.Carla Cressy, 25, made a name for herself posing up on the pages of lads mags, including Nuts and Zoo magazine.At the height of her career she was voted in the top 100 most stunning women in the country in a poll by Nuts magazine.But her modelling career was cut short when she was struck down with endometriosis – an agonising condition that affects about two million women in the UK.The born 'n' bred Essex girl now endures a daily battle with the condition, which leaves her in agonising pain, suffering nausea and fainting due to severe blood loss.Endometriosis is a chronic condition which occurs when tissue behaving like the lining of the womb grows outside of the uterus – in areas of the body including the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, the abdomen and the bladder.The exact cause of the condition isn’t … [Read more...] about Stunning glamour model lives in crippling pain from ‘frozen pelvis’ where her womb, bowel and intestines are all ‘STUCK together’ by endometriosis
THE UK has been to the polls for the first General Election since the EU referendum - and some of the results are still trickling through.Voting started at 7am and ended at 10pm on June 8 after an exhausting and very eventful 50-day campaign. Here's the timetable for result declarations...Exit polls, which are surveys of people leaving the voting stations, give an indication of who might win soon after 10pm.Ipsos MORI published its exit poll for Sky News the moment polling stations close their doors to the public.The Conservatives were projected to end the night with 314 seats – down from the 331 David Cameron won in 2015 – while Labour is set to go up to 266.Seats began announcing their results on the evening of June 8, with the last ones coming through at 12pm on June 9. General Election 2017 LIVE – get the latest news, results and reaction HERE Officially, 326 seats are needed for an overall majority in the House of Commons.Obtaining an overall … [Read more...] about Election 2017 results live – what time will each constituency announce their results and who’s still to declare?
AN overwhelming number of MPs last night backed Theresa May’s bid to begin Brexit in three months time.The PM’s pledge to deliver on June’s landmark referendum verdict was backed by a massive majority of 372.The showdown vote - called by Mrs May to call pro-EU MPs bluff - was seen as the first crucial test of the House of Commons’ support for Britain’s EU departure, after MPs campaigned against by a ratio of two to one.Despite the Premier’s comfortable victory, 89 MPs still voted against Brexit and her timetable to begin it by March 31, 2017.And 60 more abstained, including 56 Labour MPs - leaving Brexiteer Tories to accuse them of “sabotaging democracy”.The 89 Brexit rebel MPs were 51 from the SNP, 23 Labour, five Lib Dems, three SDLP, three Plaid Cymru, two Independents, one Green – plus one Tory, ex-Cabinet minister and Ken Clarke.MPs then voted 448-75 to accept the Labour motion.Here's how they all voted... For: … [Read more...] about How did my MP vote in the Parliament motion on Article 50 and Brexit?
KARA Tointon has been back on our screens in ITV1 period drama The Halcyon.The actress is well known for winning Strictly Come Dancing, and her role in EastEnders where she played Joe Swash's on screen sister, but we've been taking a look at what else she has packed into her career so far.Here is all you need to know...English actress, singer and dancer Kara Louise Tointon was born 5 August 1983, so she's 33 years old.Kara was brought up in Leigh-on-Sea, in Essex and attended St Michael's School, Leigh, and St Hilda's School in Westcliff-on-Sea.Kara was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven. She had speech and drama lessons at school, but didn't go to drama school.When she was a teenager, she dated James Bourne of the bands Busted, Son of Dork and McBusted for a year.Kara’s first professional acting experience came when she played the part of Brigitta in The Sound of Music at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend.Her first appearance on television was as an extra in … [Read more...] about Who is Kara Tointon? Actress who plays Betsey Day in The Halcyon and Strictly Come Dancing 2010 winner – all you need to know
THE Brexit bill has passed its final House of Commons hurdle tonight with an majority of 372 after 494 MPs voted in favour.But 122 chose to block the Article 50 legislation, which will now pass to the next stage in the Parliamentary process in the House of Lords.Those who voted against included 52 Labour MPs, 52 from SNP, 7 Liberal Democrats, 3 from the SDLP, the 1 Green Party MP, 3 from Plaid Cymru, 3 independent MPs, and just 1 Conservative – Ken Clarke.The MPs who voted for the bill were 320 Tories, 162 Labour MPs, 8 from the DUP, 2 UUP, 1 Ukip and 1 independent MP. But which way did your own MP vote? Find out who backed it and who tried to block the triggering of our EU divorce:Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh (Scottish National Party - Ochil and South Perthshire)Heidi Alexander (Labour - Lewisham East)Rushanara Ali (Labour - Bethnal Green and Bow)Mr Graham Allen (Labour - Nottingham North)Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour - Tooting)Richard Arkless (Scottish … [Read more...] about How did your MP vote on the Brexit bill tonight? Find out who backed the Article 50 legislation and who tried to block it during the third reading