Sunday Sunrise – 16th December 2012 – 9 Days Till Christmas!

Snapshot of Stories

A primary school’s board of governors has resigned after £6,000 from its official budget was spent on a leaving party for the former head teacher.  The party, at the end of the summer term, was a send-off for Keith Marden, head teacher at Sherwood Park Community Primary in Tunbridge Wells.  Kent County Council said the resignations followed an audit which identified “financial irregularity”.  It said all the governors in post at the time of the party had resigned.  Mr Marden had been at the school for 25 years.  At the time of the party, Sherwood Park had been put into special measures following an Ofsted inspection in June which found its leadership, management, teaching and pupil achievement were inadequate.  The school, in Friar’s Way, is to become an academy on 1 January, sponsored by the Temple Grove Trust.

Two elephants have been saved from the deadly Siberian cold by drinking vodka, Russian officials say.  They say the animals had to be taken out into the bitter cold after the wooden trailer they were travelling in caught fire in the Novosibirsk region.  The elephants, aged 45 and 48, suffered frostbite to the tips of their ears amid temperatures of -40C (-40F)  But they were warmed up by two cases of vodka mixed with warm water, one official was quoted as saying.  “They started roaring like if they were in the jungle! Perhaps, they were happy,” the official told Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency.  The animals continued their recovery in a heated garage of a local college where they were brought by a truck under police escort.  The elephants belong to a Polish circus, which has been touring the region, reports say.  Like with humans, alcohol can make animals feel warmer but it actually lowers their core body temperature, scientists say.  But Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted Novosibirsk zoo director Rostislav Shilo as saying that the elephants were not harmed or intoxicated by the vodka, and that without it they would have died of hypothermia or pneumonia.

Songs Played

Gabrielle Aplin – The Power Of Love
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
Pet Shop Boys – Memory Of The Future
Girls Aloud – Something New
Rihanna feat Mikky Ekko – Stay
Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Simply Red – Sunrise
Stereophonics – Dakota
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
Pixie Lott – Broken Arrow
KD Lang & Siss Boom Bang – I Confess
Morten Harkey – I’m The One
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Glam Chops – Countdown to Christmas
Air Head – Counting Sheep
Cheryl – Call My Name

80s Hour

Gary Newman – Cars
Journey – Don’t Stop Belivin’
Art of Noise – Something Is Missing
Clash – I Fought The Law
Depeche Mode – Stripped
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cars – Tonight She Comes
Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
A-Ha – The Living Daylights
Cutting Crew – Just Died In Your Tonight