Archive for October, 2011
A FORMER soldier is hoping to smash a world record and raise £500,000 for charity by spending five days underwater.
Mark Colman, 43, will literally be under pressure as he battles to sleep and even play boardgames submerged in an underwater tank.
The former Royal Engineer will be attempting the challenge in June, and is hoping to spend five days in a specialist tank at the Underwater Studios, in Burnt Mills, Basildon.
He hopes to raise £500,000 for the charity Veterans in Action – a cause he credits with helping him turn his life around after he suffered post traumatic stress disorder.
Official site: worldrecorddive2012.wordpress.com
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Kunt and the Gang will be playing at the Jolly Friar this Saturday night, 22nd October 2011 on their “Hurry Up And Suck Me Off Before I Get Famous Tour.”
After seven years, and mainly by old-fashioned word of mouth with only the occasional crumb of media coverage, Kunt and the Gang is an uncompromising
minor underground success story in true Punk tradition.
Kunt himself is proud to have become Basildon’s most famous export – apart from Depeche Mode, Vince, Alison Moyet, Denise Van Outen, Terry Marsh and Big Brother housemate Brian (black, not gay).
AMBITIOUS plans to transform the former Ford headquarters in Basildon into 359 flats appear to have fallen through after the site was put up for sale.
Developer Colonnade secured planning permission in January to revamp Trafford House, in Cherrydown East, into modern flats surrounded by tree-lined paths, gardens and a new terrace of shops and restaurants.
It was hoped the scheme would provide a springboard for the wider redevelopment of the town centre.
Related: Plan to turn Trafford house into 359 flats - 29 Sep 2010
THIS is the scene at the Royal Court tower blocks in Laindon as cranes carefully demolish the towers floor by floor.
Residents have been gazing through the dirt and dust as the work takes place in King Edward Road to bring down the blocks.
Once they are demolished, a mix of 76 affordable and private homes will be built on the site by housing association Family Mosaic.
Residents were moved out of the rundown blocks in October last year.
It is expected to be about two months before both towers are demolished.
THREE friends are transforming an empty shop into a new gaming centre.
They have turned the former discount gold store in Southernhay, Basildon, into XLounge Gaming, which opens tomorrow.
Visitors will be able choose from a catalogue of more than 200 xBox games and enter tournaments and leagues.