Friday 15th of March 2013 with guest Valerie Long from Crossroads Care

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It was a pleasure to welcome Valerie Long tonight. She talked about the work of Crossroads Care in supporting carers in our local area. Crossroads is a national organisation named after the 60s & 70s soap where Sandy Richardson was a disabled character with a carer. She reminded us that one in five people will be a carer at some time in their life. More info is available on The charity clearly does some very important work and is always in the need of more volunteers. Anyone interested can phone 01277 201789.

I apologised to everyone for playing Joe Dolce to go with the story of a train driver announcing that a passenger talking loudly on her phone should quieten down. Amazingly that song was number one in fifteen countries and sold over six million copies. Towards the end of the show we talked about a TV station for dogs, yes really there is such a station. In the chatroom they suggested The Adventures of Sherlock Bones, Paws for Thought and Chews at Ten. This was our part of Comic Relief, where I had danced Gangham Style in a school playground with 190 children earlier in the day. Tracks tonight included those from Joe Sample, Dolly Parton, Love Affair, Otis Redding, Adele, Led Zeppelin, Beach Boys, Caro Emerald, Blood Sweat & Tears, Lady Antebellum, Florence Welch, Eric Clapton and others.

Join me next week when my studio guest is Ian Jorsyz, Vicar of South Weald.

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About Patrick Sherring

As a child I listened to the pirate radio ships, particularly Radio London on 266. I loved the romance of the djs playing the latest music for the listeners to hear. After most of the pirate stations closed in August 1967 I used to listen to Fabulous 208 Radio Luxembourg, the continuing Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea International and Radio 1. I particularly enjoyed listening to radio in the evening and at night. One of my favourite shows was Late Night Extra in the early days of Radio 1. All kinds of guests would just turn up and be part of the show. As a listener radio should feel like a friend is talking directly to you. I dreamed of being on the radio for many years. In 1988 I began on Hospital radio with Radio Enfield in north London. I had my own request show and used to commentate from Spurs and Enfield F.C. home games. I was also part of the Radio Enfield Roadshow team, taking part in many outside broadcasts. Now I am delighted to be on Phoenix98FM, where I have had a Friday show since May 2011. On the show there are a mixture of musical genres. Often there are guests giving lengthy interviews on a wide range of topics including faith and social action. There are also some live music performances. The little boy's dream has come true. @RevpatrickS