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£5k raised in memory of Scott Gilhooly to help fund new defibrillators

Braintree and Witham Times - Tue, 02/06/2020 - 06:00
More than £5,000 has been raised to provide life-saving equipment to the community in the name of a much loved pub landlord who was murdered last week.
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A new normal

The Edge - Tue, 02/06/2020 - 05:37


I wouldn’t say I’m bored but yesterday I sorted the herbs into piles so that they are no longer mixed.

In hindsight I think it’s safe to say that when asked in 2015 “where do you see yourself in 5 years time?” Absolutely no one got the answer right. 

But wait a minute, lockdown is being eased, we can meet up in small numbers. You can visit me, enjoy drinking my beer and tuck into BBQ food cooked by me but if you want to have a shit you are going to have to do it in my garden! Well that’s ok, that can only do the roses good, right?

My understanding is you can pick 6 friends and they are the friends that you can socialise with.  You can visit their gardens, they can visit yours and you can all go on walks together. But you are stuck with them until Boris brings in new changes! 

What if you fall out with them all during the first boozy BBQ? Can you change your friends to people on your B list? And what about if someone wants to be one of your lockdown buddies but you have 6 better friends already? That’s going to be an awkward conversation isn’t it? Yeah, I really like you but you’re not in my top 6 best friends even tho I’m in your top 6 best friends! 

One of my friends pointed out that meeting now won’t be so much fun as we aren’t breaking any rules! I reassured her that we will have to think up new rules to break! Which is a whole new article someone needs to write about…..

2020 isn’t going to go down as the best of years is it folks?

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Coronavirus: Health Secretary Matt Hancock defends test and trace system

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:51
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended the Government's test and trace system, as thousands of young children in England returned to primary school.
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Space. The tailors final frontier

The Edge - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:42

We live in not only strange times but exciting times, that is if you are a space freak like myself. I am a child of the Apollo missions era and watched the build up flights to the moon and the actual moon landing with awe and wonderment. Before we go any further yes they did land on the moon end of discussion. Neil Armstrong is my hero, Charlie George too but still not in the same league as Neil! I have the space station tracker on my mobile phone and love to watch it go over at night and of course the satellites in formation recently. Then over the weekend the piece de resistance for the average space nerd, the chance to see, yes see, a rocket on its way to meet the space station. Saturday night came and myself and lady Mott were out the front watching that bright light wizz across the sky on its way to the rendezvous.

There is I have to say just one blot on this excitement, and its all about the clothing. Now I am not about to advocate a tweed spacesuit, although a heavy Harris would be as strong as anything NASA could rustle up lets face it. It is the notion that Elon Musk, batshit crazy name but hey ho, wanted his astronauts to be have spacesuits that looked like tuxedo’s. Yup you read it right, tuxedos, a dinner suit to you and me. Now I am not averse to James Bond stepping out of his space suit to reveal a dinner suit underneath. No self-respecting British agent would go int space in anything else. Let’s keep it real here! The Musk spacesuits were just awful, the boots looked like wellingtons. I have a belief based on a mantra a dear friend a life mentor always recited, look the part feel the part. It is so true and so I expect the two spaceman felt a real pair of prannys marching out to get into their TESLA electric cars to go out to the rocket. In the late 1960’s science fiction had spaceman dressed in all sorts of wonderful spacesuits, most of which although laughable even to a 10 year old, were more on the nail than the disasters I saw on Saturday. I wonder if in fact they themselves were wondering hmm a darn nice Harris or Yorkshire tweed would have been a treat for this.

Then it got worse. I saw them make their entrance to the space station dressed in neatly pressed Chinos with polo shirts tucked in and matching belts. I am not averse to matching accessories but it was all too tucky in neat and tidy. They looked like two guys working in the local print barn of a local shopping mall out in the boondocks. To recap, these guys have just sat on top of a controlled explosion that once started cant be stopped built by companies who tendered the cheapest price. They could at least look a bit more gung ho lantern jawed all conquering space hero, instead we got chuck and chad the chino kings!

I think I am going to get a decent telescope so as these start to happen more regularly I can watch and see much better, but deep in my heart I just cannot forgive Musk for those dammed spacesuits. If I ever saw Neil Armstrong walking down the corridor in a pair of wellies and some kind of tuxedo based spacesuit I would have been in the conspiracy camp of no landing and flat earthers. Bring back space travel but do it in style, the style that is a proper looking spacesuit!

Motty

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Coronavirus: Number of cases in Essex jumps by ten to 3,995

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:32
THE number of coronavirus cases in Essex has once again risen by ten in a day.
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Manhunt after women 'inappropriately touched and kissed' in Essex town

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:06
The man's bike has been recovered but he is still at large
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Authorities reveal cause of death after Fin Whale washes up on Essex beach

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 18:25
The juvenile whale was successfully removed from the Essex beach on Saturday afternoon
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Man tried to climb into the front of moving police car after arrest

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:59
He was further arrested on suspicion of interfering with a motor vehicle to endanger
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Chelmsford nan's 'kidney infection' turned out to be cancerous tumour

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:06
She initially had pain in her side, but it later turned out to be a large tumour the size of a pineapple
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'We have to get on with life' - Pupils begin to return to school

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:00
PUPILS across Essex have been returning to school for the first time in weeks as lockdown measures begin to be eased.
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Essex's biggest employers speak out on the 'challenging' impacts of Covid-19

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:57
From universities to manufacturers, the virus has taken its toll on major organisations across the county
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Heartbreaking last moments of 'selfless and bubbly' cyclist who died after crash

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:38
Jay Stone's family made the devastating decision to turn off her life support after the horrifying crash
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A man has been rushed to hospital after falling from height

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:29
Forensic officers and dog units are reported to be at the scene
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Danbury teen arrested in week of action to target drugs and knife crime

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:13
A teenager has been arrested as part of a week of action to target criminals involved in drug and knife crime.
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Colchester Zoo welcomes adorable bush dog pups

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 16:13
Zookeepers have shared their joy after welcoming three bush dog pups.
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The full list of Burger King restaurants reopening today for delivery

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 15:54
The fast food chain also hopes to open 350 restaurants by the end of the month
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Hundreds queue at Ikea Lakeside for opening day

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 15:16
The store has introduced a number of measures to keep staff and customers safe
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Coronavirus: Six more deaths confirmed at hospitals across Essex

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:43
A further six deaths of patients who tested positive for coronavirus have been confirmed at Essex’s hospital trusts.
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Traffic held on the M11 following a multi-vehicle crash

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:23
Two lanes have been closed heading towards Stansted
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The truth about the top 10 speed camera rumours

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:24
Here is some helpful advice so you know the truth
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