Author Archives: Paul Golder

Stand By Me – A Celebration of Ben E King & The Drifters

Stand by Me is the phenomenal musical history of a group that helped to define Atlantic Records, inspired early rock‘n’roll and was a forerunner to both the black music movement in 1950’s America and even early Motown. The show, which celebrates Ben E King and The Drifters, comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Sunday 3 September.

Stand by Me comes to Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

The production brings a remarkable and unique tribute to the icons, challenges, controversy, conflicts and of course the vast succession of over 50 hits across the last six decades. The music sets the scene for this tribute with well-loved songs that transport audiences straight to Broadway.

This fast moving show features some of the groups’ most well-known hits including Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance For Me, Saturday Night At The Movies, Up On The Roof, Come On Over To My Place, Hello Happiness and many more.

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The Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and are one of the biggest selling, longest serving bands of all time having sold an incredible 214 million singles and over 114 million albums worldwide – this is their musical history told through the music and anecdotes of the former members on screen. Audiences will be on their feet enjoying some of the greatest hits of all time!

Stand By Me comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Sunday 3 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

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Prime Minister awards London volunteer for inspiring HIV/Aids initiative

Prime Minister Theresa May has awarded a volunteer from London for providing support to people affected by HIV/Aids.


David Altschuler founded the One to One Children’s Fund, which supports children, families and individuals affected by HIV. The Fund’s programmes have directly impacted the lives of over 30,000 children. The Fund focuses on identifying the key issues affecting vulnerable people and then delivering transformative projects to improve their lives.

David is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to David, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Your ambitious work with the One to One Children’s Fund is benefitting thousands of vulnerable women and children throughout pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. You should be proud of the international work you are doing in your mission to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission. ”

David said:
“I feel deeply honoured by the award, which is a tribute to the amazingly resilient children served by One to One Children’s Fund, who ultimately inspire and motivate all that we do. We have been able to transform the lives of more than 100,000 vulnerable children over the past 16 years by setting up local structures and partnerships and training, mentoring and inspiring those we identify as role models in each community who are best placed to fill the gaps in their care – expert patients, community health workers, mentor mothers and adolescent peer supporters, as well as teachers and family counsellors. As inspiring, is the collective effort and unconditional support of the most unbelievably generous and loyal Trustees, supporters, partners and staff teams that any organisation could ever wish for. Our ultimate reward is seeing our projects being replicated and graduate to sustainability by local organisations and governments.”

David is the 747th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 5,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK. There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards.

Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.

Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn said:
“The One to One Children’s Fund has become synonymous with efforts to confront the most enduring and horrific public health issues affecting vulnerable children around the world. Their work is high impact and has transformed the futures of thousands who live in developing nations. For almost a quarter of a century David has been at the forefront of those efforts, and he is wholly deserving of this award. I am proud that Hampstead and Kilburn is home to One to One, and that David’s years of service have been formally recognised by the Prime Minister.”

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Comedy and Curry coming to the Queens

The Queen’s Theatre is excited to launch a brand new spicy season of Comedy and Curry in the Foyer on Thursday 24 August at 8.30pm with three fantastic stand-ups – Michael Fabbri, Mark Maier and Ria Lina. There will also be a range of delicious meat and vegetable curries to enjoy before the giggles start. By becoming a member of Comedy Club, audiences can see all three nights of stand-up this season for just £27!

Michael Fabbri - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

With a dark and honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects Michael Fabbri turns controversial topics into light-hearted silliness, making for a refreshingly eclectic and brilliantly funny act. Since entering the stand-up circuit in 2003, he has performed several solo shows at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and at major comedy clubs throughout the UK and all over the world. He has worked as a support act for Micky Flanagan, Lucy Porter and Stephen K Amos and as a writer for Radio and TV. He recently had his own stand up series ‘Dyslexicon’ on BBC Radio 4.

Mark Maier - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

A master of the ad lib and improvisation, the talented award-winning writer and stand-up, Mark Maier, is an established and highly sought after performer on both the national and international comedy circuits. He runs master classes in improvisational comedy in London and regularly appears with the likes of Josie Lawrence, Jim Sweeney and Paul Merton in the famous Comedy Players.

Ria Lina - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

For over a decade Ria Lina has been entertaining both UK and international audiences with her dry wit and occasional song. Her charm and intelligence allows her to get away with anything from the most audacious routines to subtle wordplay. She has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 2011 and her most recent Ria Lina: Dear Daughter (2016) won Best Comedy Show at the Greater Manchester Fringe.

The Queen’s Theatre will keep audiences laughing all autumn with two further Comedy Clubs this season on Thursday 26 October and Thursday 23 November.

Comedy Club launches at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Thursday 24 August at 8.30pm. The bar is open from 6pm. Tickets cost £11.50, concessions are £10 and membership to all three shows costs £27. To book, call the Box Office on 01708 443333, visit the theatre in person or go online at

Audiences can make a proper night of it and book a Pre-Comedy Club Curry for just £6.50 – meat and vegetarian dishes are available with naan bread and rice. Customers should pre-order with the Box Office when booking tickets. Food is served until 45 minutes before the show.

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Free “living with diabetes” day

People living in Basildon and Brentwood who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are invited to a free educational event.


The ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ at Basildon Sporting Village on Friday 29 September will provide patients, who have Type 2 diabetes, with expert advice and essential information to help them manage their condition and live well.

The event is supported by Diabetes UK and organised by Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The day-long event from 9.30am-4pm will feature talks and workshops on diet, foot care and eye care plus information on local support services for people with Type 2 diabetes and exercise.

People will have the opportunity to ask healthcare professionals any questions and meet other people living with Type 2 diabetes.

Attendees will also be able to sign up for a more detailed structured education course delivered by community provider NELFT.

Places are limited at the ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ and early booking is advised. A healthy lunch will be provided.

Type 2 diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition which can be managed with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin.

In the UK 4.5 million people have diabetes with around 90 per cent living with Type 2 diabetes. Here in the Basildon and Brentwood CCG area, it is estimated there are around 17,500 people living with diabetes.

Local GP Dr Arv Guniyangodage, Chair of Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said “Receiving the right information and healthcare support is a vital part of reducing some of the complications that can arise from poorly managed-diabetes. For example, four out of five amputations could be prevented as 80 per cent begin as foot ulcers, which are largely avoidable and far more treatable if found early. I strongly urge anyone living with Type 2 diabetes, to attend this free event”.

Brioni Maker, Diabetes UK Eastern Improving Care Manager, said: “We know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people.

There is a lot of information to take in, particularly at the time of diagnosis, so this ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ is a great way to get detailed expert advice in an easy-to-digest way, as well as being an opportunity to meet other people living with Type 2 diabetes.

We hope the event will give people with Type 2 diabetes in the area the information and confidence they need to live well with the condition.”

The Living with Diabetes Day is on Friday 29 September from 9.30am-4pm at Basildon Sporting Village, Gloucester Park North, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon SS14 3GR.

Anyone interested in attending can book a place at . Places are limited – so book today.

You can also email or call Basildon and Brentwood CCG on 01268 594350.

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Cultura Brazil – show 156

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Brazilian Week of Art and Cinema in London
‐ Brazilian journalist launches book in UK

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Cultura Brazil – show 155

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Comida Fest came to London
‐ Singer Marcos Valle this weekend
‐ Ed Motta in September

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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The Phoenix FM Performing Arts Scholarship

Phoenix FM has teamed up with Razzamataz Theatre School in Brentwood to announce the creation of the Phoenix FM Performing Arts Scholarship!

The first scholarship, worth £245, will be announced after 15 September.

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For more details and a chance to win, keep an eye on the Scholarship’s Facebook page:

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A Fox On The Fairway

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is delighted to be presenting the British premiere of two-time Olivier Award-winning Ken Ludwig’s critically acclaimed farce, A Fox on the Fairway. The season’s opening show runs at the theatre from 25 August – 16 September.

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L-R Natalie Walter, Simon Lloyd, Damien Matthews, Sarah Quist, Ottilie Mackintosh and Romayne Andrews

Ken Ludwig is America’s second most performed playwright who has written twenty-four plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. After a successful production of Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor in 2014, the Queen’s Theatre is excited to be bringing this gloriously preposterous comedy to British audiences for the first time. Ludwig’s other productions include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical).

This hilarious romp takes audiences on a charmingly whacky adventure about love, life and a man’s eternal affair with… golf. The shenanigans in the clubhouse are packed full of slapstick, quick-fire wit and tongue-in-cheek humour. Expect breakups and make-ups, love affairs, revealed family secrets and lots of madcap comedy.

It’s the day of the annual golf tournament between rival country clubs. Bingham, president of Quail Valley, discovers that his star player has switched sides. Wagering his wife’s antique shop on the outcome now seems like less of a sure bet. Fortunately, he discovers that his new young assistant is a phenomenally good golfer.

Bad weather, the lead lost, the shop is under threat, and Bingham’s wife catches him too close to his stunning sex-starved vice-president!

What else could possibly go wrong…? Golfing has never been so outrageous!

It stars Damien Matthews (The Woman in Black, Tour & West End), Natalie Walter (Noises Off, National Theatre), Romayne Andrews (Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company), Simon Lloyd (The 39 Steps, West End), Sarah Quist (Travesties, West End) and Ottilie Mackintosh who recently appeared as Young Jo in Joanna Lumley’s Little Cracker (Sky 1). Philip Wilson is directing (previous Artistic Director at Salisbury Playhouse); his credits include the recent immersive staging of Grimm Tales and acclaimed The Three Lions.

‘Ken Ludwig has a wicked sense of comedic anarchy, giving his characters such zany idiosyncrasies that they soar to dizzying heights!’
The Washington Examiner

A Fox on the Fairway runs from 25 August – 16 September at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Tickets are from £12.50 – £29 with £10 tickets available for Under 26s at certain performances. Audiences can see this show and two more Queen’s Theatre productions (The Ladykillers and The Invisible Man) from just £14 each with a Jump the Q season ticket. For more details and to book, call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or go online at

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Standon Calling 2017: A Seismic Year Of Festival Memories

Serving up its biggest year to date, Standon Calling 2017 proved itself to be the true definitive British festival experience – bringing plenty of sunny memories across the weekend. From show-stopping headline sets from the iconic Grace Jones, Clean Bandit and Orbital, to the packed Standon Calling Dog Show, the incredible Horrible Histories bringing Barmy Britain Live to the Main Stage, Mr Motivator starting Sunday in a fashion only he can and the glitter-soaked force of nature that is Sink The Pink – there was a memory waiting at every turn.

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Standon Calling

Festival Founder and Director Alex Trenchard said:

“As we planned and geared up for Standon this year, we kept saying how this year was going to be the best yet, but it’s gone even further than that over the weekend. Seeing so many happy faces, both old and new, young and older was amazing and we were absolutely delighted to see the looks on people’s faces when they saw the likes of Grace Jones, Orbital, Clean Bandit, Sink The Pink and many more. Thank you to everyone who came down this year and made it such an incredible experience – we’ll see you all in 2018!”

With Standon Calling 2017 locked in the memories of over 15,000 happy festival-goers, earlybird tickets for next year’s event are set for release shortly. With deposit schemes available at limited low prices, along with Lavish Lands, Camping and Campervan spots – it’s the perfect moment to lock in those all important dates for 2018.

Standon Calling will return between July 26th-29th 2018.

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Playlist for 01 Aug 2017 (AOTW: Idles – Brutalism)

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Our album of the week was Brutalism from the excellent IDLES.

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The Bristol band’s debut came out in March so I am a bit behind the times with this one, but it’s been steadily on rotation at home for some time, even though I can’t play half the songs on the radio without trying to cut the naughty words out. The excellent video for Mother first caught my attention and I was hooked after seeing them live at Latitude. Another excellent performance at Standon Calling led me to believe this wasn’t the last time I’d seeing them – while the songs convey genuine anger and emotion there’s also a lot of humour in their performance. Angry humour. Go check them out now before they get bigger and you have to watch them live behind 100 rows of heads.

On tonight’s show we also played out the full session recorded for us by the wonderful Taffy at Studio 6 Music in Witham.

Tonight’s playlist:

Sleeper – Vegas (single version)
Idles – Well Done
Honeyblood – Biro
Salad Undressed – Granite Statue (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
DWNTWN – Lonely
Letters To Cleo – Can’t Say
Dream Wife – Somebody
Sound Mirrors – Forever Tonight
Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time?
Missio – Middle Fingers
Radiohead – I Promise
Oblong – Max Sant
British Sea Power – It Ended on An Oily Stage
Editors – Munich
You Want Fox – Liar Liar
Garbage – Stupid Girl
Taffy – Thantophobia (Studio 6 Music session)
Taffy – Suicidal Bunny (Studio 6 Music session)
Charlatans – There Will Be Chances
Desperate Journalist – Cristina
Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
Taffy – dd (Studio 6 Music session)
Taffy – Boys Don’t Cry (Studio 6 Music session)
Idles – White Privilege
Blondfire – Sex Lies And Destruction
Young Knives – She’s Attracted To
Idles – Rachel Khoo
Franz Ferdinand – Stand On The Horizon
A House – Why Me?
My Life Story – You Don’t Sparkle (in My Eyes)

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Studio 6 Music sessions: Taffy

Tokyo band Taffy were back for their 4th Phoenix FM session and their first one fully plugged in at Studio 6 Music in Witham!

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Iris, Asano, Takeshi and Ken have just completed a seven-date UK tour which culminated in a spot at Kendal Calling.

They treated us to four songs which you can see and hear again below:

You can find out more about the band on their official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: The Fairyland Trust

The Fairyland Trust is a unique charity which encourages children and their families to discover the magic of nature through unique events and workshops.


Nick Field spoke to Dave from the Trust about the work they do and you can hear the interview again below:

You can find our more about the group’s charitable work by visiting their official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Flyte

Nick Field caught up with Flyte – Will, Nick, Jon and Sam – just before their Sunday afternoon set on the Laundry Meadows stage.


The London foursome combine a wealth of influences ranging from the wry storytelling of The Kinks, the off-kilter new wave sensibilities of Talking Heads and the lyrically incisive optimism of the best mid 90s British bands. And you can hear what they had to say to Nick below:

You can find out more about what the band are up to by following their official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Mudlarks

Mudlarks is a Hertford based charity who aim to integrate people with learning difficulties and mental health issues into the community through gardening.


Nick caught up with Gina and Christine who talked about the work they do, which includes horticultural training, therapy and work experience at the Mudlarks community allotment in Hertford.

You can hear the interview again below:

You can find out more about Mudlarks at their website –

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Standon Calling 2017: Alex Trenchard

Without Alex, none of this would happen. He’s been organising this annual music event since 2004 and seen it grow from a birthday barbecue to a one-day one-stage event to the multi-stage event it is today.

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Paul spoke to Alex about how it has all gone this year and whether he’s managed to see any of the bands himself!

You can hear the interview again here:

Alex will be planning the 2018 event shortly and we look forward to telling you all about it!

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Standon Calling 2017: Gary Numan

Gary is about to release his 21st album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World), and is embarking on a mini-tour of festivals before a more major jaunt in the autumn around the UK and North America.

Gary Numan with Paul Golder

We spoke to Gary just before his Main Stage performance today. Gary explained why he chose a dystopian theme for his new record – and which real world event was the inspiration behind it.

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You can find out all the latest news about Gary’s album and tour at his official website.

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Standon Calling 2017: KT Tunstall

We grabbed the lovely KT Tunstall for a few minutes before her main stage performance at this year’s Standon Calling!

KT Tunstall with Paul Golder

KT, who now lives in Los Angeles, is currently writing a trilogy of life-affirming albums with the first of these, KIN, already out and the next one due in the spring. She spoke to us about her love of touring, her inspiration for her new work and also chatted about WarChild and the amazing work they do. You can hear it all again here:

You can keep an eye her latest news by following KT’s official Facebook page.

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Cultura Brazil – show 154

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Gabriel O Pensador comes to London
‐ Marcos Valle in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Studio 6 Music sessions: Lollipop Shoes

July 2017 sees the launch of a new partnership between Studio 6 Music in Witham and Phoenix FM with a new series of fully plugged in sessions!

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One of our first sessions was with Essex folk duo Lollipop Shoes – Kate on vocals, and Martin on guitar and bass – frequently joined by dancing marionette Zozie too!

We had a chat to Kate and Martin about their music and you can hear the interview again below:

We were also treated to four songs in the session which you can hear again below:

You can find out more about the duo on their official Facebook page.

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Studio 6 Music sessions: Stella Cleveland

July 2017 sees the launch of a new partnership between Studio 6 Music in Witham and Phoenix FM with a new series of fully plugged in sessions!

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One of our first sessions was with 15 year old singer/songwriter Stella Cleveland from Ingatestone. Stella told us all about her music and songwriting and you can hear her talk here:

We were also treated to four songs in the session which you can hear again below:

You can find out more about Stella on her official Facebook page.

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Standon Calling 2017: Tangerines

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Fresh from their performance at the Laundry Meadows stage on Saturday, we had a chat with Gareth, Isaac, Miles and Ricky, otherwise known as London band Tangerines.

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The band were fully refreshed and in high spirits as they told us about their new album, “Into The Flophouse”, their exciting forays into darkest Essex and their unusual sources of inspiration.

You can buy the new album and find out what the band are up to by following their official Facebook page.

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Phoenix FM at Standon Calling 2017

The team from Phoenix FM – Paul Golder, Steve Robertson, Nick Field and Graham Stannard – were back at Standon Calling for the third year running.

Standon Calling is one of the hottest small festivals in the UK, with dozens of acts over eight stages, so there’s plenty to see and do without suffering the crushing crowds from bigger events.

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KT Tunstall

Gary Numan

Lucy Spraggan

Organiser Alex Trenchard


Fickle Friends

John Hassall and the April Rainers

Plastic Mermaids

Strong Asian Mothers

Alex Francis

Tom Grennan

Club Drive




The Fairyland Trust
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Standon Calling 2017: Strong Asian Mothers

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We caught up with Strong Asian Mothers just before their Friday afternoon performance at the Laundry Meadows stage.

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London’s Strong Asian Mothers’ blend of styles and emphatic live show has been making waves on London’s underground gig scene for a while and now the band are about to step firmly in to the lime light.

Best friends since their early years, Amer, Khushi and Josh have played in bands together throughout their childhoods but it was under Strong Asian Mothers that they really found their strength. Tying together influences from Hip Hop and Trap with Pop in a live band aesthetic really sets this band out all on their own path.

Strong Asian Mothers live

They chatted about how they got together and what they were looking forward to at today’s festival.

New EP Animal is out now and you can find out more about the band on their official website.

*They were also at pains to let everyone know this was not their car.

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Phoenix FM at Latitude 2017

The team from Phoenix FM were back at the UK’s biggest and best music, arts and culture festival for an 11th year this year.

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Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy

Mark Gardener from Ride

Declan McKenna

ActionAid UK

Dream Wife

Ben Ward from SuperGlu

Marcus Foster – Seramic

Black Thorn


Bruno Major

Bessie Turner

Rad Pitt

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Katy Arnander from Sadlers Wells

Victoria Shulungu from Far From the Norm

Disco Shed

Margaret Glaspy

Gill Landry

Lisa Wright

Science In A Van With Dr James Kilner

Forest Fringe

#LoveNotLitter with the Forest Faeries

Huw Stephens
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Latitude 2017: Declan McKenna

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18 year old singer/songwriter Declan McKenna chatted to us just before his appearance at the BBC Music stage.

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Declan has just released his debut album, What Do You Think About The Car, which is currently sitting in the top ten in the midweek album charts.

It’s been a great couple of years for Declan, with an appearance in the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, a recent performance at Radio 1’s Future Festival, and a healthy trail of media support throughout 2016 including a show-stealing performance on Later With Jools Holland.

In a very short period of time, he’s become synonymous with wrapping his fizzing alt-pop songs in smart, engaged lyrical content.

You can find out more about Declan at

More photos from Latitude:

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Latitude 2017: ActionAid

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ActionAid are one of Latitude Festival’s charity partners and were in attendance for the third time this year.

We spoke to Jessica Holland about the work the charity is currently doing in Africa – in particular busting myths and taboos and giving support and education to women and girls facing the challenge of menstruation.

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Why are we talking about periods at Latitude?

Having your period at a festival can be a real challenge, when clean loos and sanitary items are hard to come by.

Millions of women and girls around the world face these challenges on a monthly basis – no sanitary products, no proper toilets, no clean water.

Apart from the discomfort, lack of access to toilets and sanitary items also leads to gender discrimination: in Africa, one in ten girls misses school when they have their period. This has a huge knock-on effect on girls’ education and often leads to them dropping out, reducing their chances of being able to support themselves later on in life.

Despite menstruation being completely natural, damaging myths about periods and a culture of shame continue to hold women and girls back.

You can find out more about ActionAid on their official website.

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The Brentwood Business Showcase is back!

You can see our review of last year’s event here

The Brentwood Business Showcase is back on Wednesday 1 November following the success of the first event last year.

Organised by Brentwood Borough Council with Platinum and Network Café Sponsor, legal firm Wortley Byers Law, the Showcase promises to be bigger and better than last year’s, which was attended by more than 400 people.

The event at Brentwood School will be offering the latest cutting-edge insight into the digital future for businesses and is not to be missed. Leading the way will be online giant Google and the worldwide brand Microsoft, proving Brentwood’s popularity as a business base. The Google Digital Garage will be advising how to get the digital skills you need to grow your business, your career or just your confidence. Microsoft will share its success to help put Brentwood at the forefront of the competitive commercial market and create a technical advantage so their businesses can boom.

A spotlight of interest has been created in the Borough because of the excellent transport links and access to London, Crossrail and further development to the South with the proposed Dunton Hills Garden Village and the new under Thames tunnel crossing. Top schools, swathes of countryside and a well acknowledged high standard of living through the connected centres of Brentwood, Shenfield, Hutton, Ingatestone provide an unique and compelling environment that offers businesses an advantage.

Linking with this, attendees can find out about proposals to deliver a new Enterprise Park at M25 junction 29, offering an investment opportunity for businesses to locate to a high-quality environment on the edge of London and close to Brentwood services.

Workshops during the event will range from start up to marketing, social media to innovation and ideas. One-to-one advice, funding updates and business clinics will create a mirage of opportunities to transform your business whether you are starting up, developing or expanding as well as learning how to address your business challenges.

This innovative event will focus on digital futures and entrepreneurship and include:

  • Keynote speakers
  • Business advice
  • Informative workshops
  • Exhibitors
  • Networking opportunities
  • Drinks networking reception hosted by the Brentwood Chambers of Commerce

The Brentwood Business Showcase will be held on Wednesday 1 November at Brentwood School. Registration on the day will start from 9am.

Tickets for the event are FREE and visitors can register at Also log on to the website if you are a business who would like to explore opportunities for sponsorship or exhibiting. You can email for more information.

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The West Ham Way – show 50

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

Dave had a week off this week so Kev and Ex were joined by Ryan Archer from West Ham Fan TV.

The team discuss West Ham’s transfer targets and answer and questions from listeners.

Dave and Ex also speak to U18 captain Declan Rice on the phone, recorded earlier in the week.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

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Playlist for 25 Jul 2017 (Ocean Flaws in session)

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Shenfield’s sonic surfers Ocean Flaws were in the studio tonight to play live and chat about their new single. You can hear more about that by clicking here.

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Tonight’s playlist:

Sleeper – Inbetweener
Dream Wife – Somebody
Thousand Yard Stare – Ciphers
Darrah – Can’t Tax The Sun
Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
Södra Sverige – I Umeå
Juliana Hatfield – You’re Breaking My Heart
SuperGlu – Welcome Home
Ocean Flaws – Gooey (live in the studio)
Ocean Flaws – 20:22 (live in the studio)
Ocean Flaws – Tel Aviv (live in the studio)
Interpol – Obstacle 1
Ocean Flaws – interview
Moonlandingz – Lufthansa Man
Sunflower Bean – I Was Home (Live on KEXP)
Scumbag Philosopher – Heroes At Home
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Waters – Hiccups
Taffy – dd
British Sea Power – Scottish Wildlife Experience
Bloc Party – Helicopter
Idles – Mother
Carter USM – The Only Living Boy In New Cross
Senseless Things – Easy To Smile
Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer
Oblong – Tunguska
Swervedrive – Rave Down

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Ocean Flaws live in session

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It was great to welcome Ocean Flaws back into Phoenix FM for an acoustic session and interview.

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The band haven’t been in to us since December 2015 and Callum, Alex and Hamish filled us in on what’s been happening in the meantime. Sean sadly couldn’t make it as he’s in the USA.

The boys also played three songs for us live in the studio – a cover of Glass Animals’ Gooey, recent single 20:22 and new single Tel Aviv.

New single Tel Aviv is out on Friday in all of the usual digital download and streaming places.

You can keep an eye on what the band are up to in the future by keeping an eye on their Facebook page.

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School’s Out – What To Do With Your Child’s Sprains And Strains

School’s out for summer and so you will be planning lots to do for the little ones! With many children enjoying the weather outdoors or joining summer sport clubs, there are bound to be falls and slips resulting in sprains and strains.

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NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising parents on how to make sure their child is properly prepared.

Being active and playing sport is good for your child’s health. It builds confidence, social skills and improves concentration and learning. It also maintains a healthy weight and helps aid sleep. Therefore, to help your child get the most out of an active summer break follow these simple tips.

Dr Sooraj Natarajan, who is the CCG’s clinical lead for paediatrics, said: “It’s important to make sure your child has the right footwear. This should support and protect their feet and ankles, especially if they are running on uneven ground.

“Children’s feet grow at different rates. Check your child’s shoes still fit properly and are in good condition. If in doubt, speak to a shoe shop professional. They will be able to measure your child’s feet and advise you on the best type of footwear for your child.

“If your child shows signs of an ankle sprain or strain they are likely to experience pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness around the joint or in the muscle. They may also find it difficult to move their ankle.

“Most sprains and strains are relatively minor and can be treated at home with self-care techniques, such as PRICE therapy or paracetamol. Your local pharmacy can advise on a range of over the counter medicines suitable for your child.”

PRICE Therapy stands for protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation and can be used to help alleviate symptoms.
Try to find quiet pastimes so your child reduces the use of their injured ankle for at least 48 hours. Use an ice pack on the injured area for 20 minutes at a time, four to eight times per day. A cold pack, ice bag or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a towel works well.

In the rare instance you need to see a GP they may advise on elastic wraps, air casts, special boots, or splints that can compress an injured ankle to reduce swelling. If you can manage to keep their leg elevated above heart level, it will help decrease swelling.

If you feel your child’s symptoms are worse and haven’t improved after a few days of self-care, call NHS111 – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can offer advice about what to do or where to go. All you need to do is dial 111 to talk to the NHS.

Remember soft tissue injuries can take up to four weeks to heal so you may need to be creative with activities that will keep them still.

For more information about treating sprains and strains, visit

Our other summertime safety tips are:

  • Children should always wear shoes to avoid splinters and cuts from broken glass
  • Make sure children wear proper safety gear – helmet and wrist, elbow and knee pads – when cycling, skateboarding, scootering etc.
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  • Children need constant supervision around water – whether the water is a paddling pool, swimming pool, fishpond, the beach, a river or lake
  • Children should be protected with sunscreen of at least SPF 50 with UVA protection, wear sun protection clothing and hats that protect the head, face and neck.
  • Make sure children are drinking plenty of water
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Latitude 2017: Gurr

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We chatted with Berlin duo Gurr just before their performance at the Lake Stage at Latitude on Sunday.

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Andreya and Laura Lee talked about how they got together, their current album and even a special forthcoming performance with Berlin resident Eddie Argos from Art Brut.

Gurr then went on to complete a very cool and accomplished set in front of a big afternoon crowd.

You can find out more about the band on their official Facebook page.

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Latitude 2017: Dream Wife

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We caught up with Dream Wife just before their performance at the Lake Stage at Latitude on Sunday.

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Alice, Bella and Rakel chatted to us about how they got together, their new album and their ever-increasing live reputation.

The live performance was amazing too – the band drew a massive crowd around the stage. It was definitely one of our highlights of the weekend.

You can find out more about the band on their official Facebook page.

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New village sign unveiled in Shenfield

Valerie Webb came in to talk to Keith Rogers about the new sign. Listen to her interview below:

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Local schoolchildren and residents, working with the Shenfield Environmental Partnership, have unveiled a new village sign for Shenfield depicting 2,000 years of history of the old village.

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Shenfield has been unique as a route for travel and transport for centuries and a local group, Shenfield Environmental Partnership, has launched a village sign to capture and celebrate some of the history of the village over 2000 years. On 22 July the village sign was installed on the Chelmsford Road, the road that Roman soldiers built for their journey to Colchester and beyond. It represents the first proper road built into Essex and East Anglia.

The sign celebrates the history of the old village. Funding from Brentwood Community Fund and Essex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund made it possible to create the sign, which can be seen by visitors to Shenfield from the A12 and M25. Also featured is the logo for the new Elizabeth Line, which is scheduled to terminate in Shenfield in December 2018.

Local young people from Shenfield High School and St. Mary’s C of E Primary School have worked together to create ideas for the sign which also shows Shenfield’s entry in the Domesday Book of 1086 when the village was called Chenefield which means “good lands”. There were 6 households, 40 pigs in woodland, 2 cattle and 15 goats. Other significant additions to the sign are St. Mary’s Church, which was established in 13th century, The Olde Green Dragon Pub, Shenfield Cricket Club and the logos of both schools.

The sign was launched by Charles Courage whose family have been benefactors to Shenfield over several hundreds of years. Charles shared memories of his family’s association with Shenfield

Also attending was Cllr John Aldridge, Chair of Essex County Council who explained more about the community funds available; the Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell, and Cllr Barry Aspinell who had supported funding for the sign at County level. Students from Shenfield High School, Charlotte Simpson and Sophia Morgan also attended. Cllr John Newberry, chair of Shenfield Environmental Partnership, reiterated the importance of sharing and celebrating Shenfield’s history.

Guests were welcomed by Valerie Webb who commented that the project was a community effort which captures and celebrates the history of the village at a time of significant change.

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Cultura Brazil – show 153

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Jards Macale returns to London
‐ Cine Clube Brasil at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Journalist Barbara Axt Launches Book

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Six of the best! Bishop’s Stortford 2 Billericay Town 6

A strong performance from the Blues saw them easily defeat their Southern League Premier opponents in this rainy pre-season friendly.

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Billericay had a few chances in the first half hour and took the lead after 31 minutes when Casey converted into his own goal after a Waldren free kick.

Ellul thumped home a header ten minutes later to give the Blues a 2-0 lead at half time.

Bishop’s Stortford brought on Spriggs and Richefond for Gledhill and Hickford during the break. Billericay made more wholesale changes with Julian, Urquhart, O’Hara, Konchesky, Bricknell, Theophanous, Deering, Robinson, Davis and Modeste all coming on. Danny Waldren was the only player to stay on the pitch.

The changes benefitted the home team more as Tapley pulled it back to 2-1 from a corner.

On 55 minutes Sam Deering extended the lead, curling in a shot past goalkeeper Voss.

Deering followed it up with a second goal 10 minutes later with another powerful shot into the bottom corner.

Jamie O’Hara limped off after the goal and was replaced by Walker.

Modeste was fouled by Danquaa after 68 minutes and a penalty was awarded to Billericay, which Bricknell duly converted.

The Blues made it 6-1 with Theopaneous shooting home after some pinball in the Bishop’s Stortford box.

The home team pulled back another goal on 83 minutes with Richefond converting after good work from Calvin Ekpiteta, and the score finished 6-2 to Billericay.

Billericay Town will be high on confidence going into their next friendly, away to Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday at 7.45pm.

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Subs: Spriggs, King, Danquaa, Richefond, Azzopardi, Palmer.

Billericay Town: Giddens, Ocram, Ellul, Paine, Sprague, Chema, Waldren, Evans, Lawrence, Cole, Cunnington.
Subs: Julian, Urquhart, Konchesky, Modeste, O’Hara, Theophanous, Bricknell, Robinson, Davies, Deering, Swaine.

Attendance: 204

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Latitude 2017: Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy

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We caught up with Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy just before his Obelisk Arena performance at Latitude on Sunday.

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Neil was in great form, very relaxed and happy to chat about his most recent album, Foreverland, which reached the top 10 last year.

Neil and his band will be touring the UK later this year, including dates at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 29 November and UEA Norwich on 2 December. We think the band may have something else going on, but did we get any clues?

Big thanks to Neil for the chat and also to Natalie de Pace, Neil Adams and Holly for helping set it up and running the best band social media site on the planet!

The Divine Comedy’s official website can be found at

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Latitude 2017: Mark Gardener from Ride

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We were delighted to get a bit of interview time with Mark Gardener, singer and guitarist with Ride.

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Even though the band were on site late due to a delayed flight, and were on stage in about an hour and half, Mark and his management made me feel like they had all the time in the world. And I seriously had to fight myself from falling asleep on the bus – it was so comfortable!

After four albums – including two which reached the top 5 in the UK – Ride called it a day in 1996, with the band members moving to other musical projects – Mark formed the Animalhouse and performed with Goldrush, and guitarist Andy Bell forming Hurricane No 1 and then joining Oasis as bassist for their final three albums.

The band reformed in 2015 and after a few packed gigs released a fifth album, Weather Diaries, last month. The album has continued their earlier success, peaking at no 11 in the charts. And needless to say their performance at Latitude was in line with high expectations!

Ride’s official website can be found at

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Chris Scull and Tom Craine – first show

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Chris Scull and Tom Craine have joined the Phoenix FM team!

Who are Chris and Tom?

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Chris Scull (on the right) co-hosts the popular “Quickly Kevin” podcast with Josh Widdicombe..

Chris is also the presenter of West Ham TV and the former host of the award winning Knees Up Mother Brown West Ham podcast.

Tom Craine (on the left) is an award winning stand-up comedian, screen writer, and sketch performer.

Tom writes the hit BBC3 sitcom series Josh with Josh Widdicombe, has written and starred in two critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series with his sketch group Jigsaw, presents The Tom Craine Story Show for Radio X, and made his feature film debut alongside Ricky Tomlinson in Gloves Off in 2016.

Tom has performed stand up on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), and appeared on shows such as Drunk History (Comedy Central), Safeword (ITV), and as a series regular on Weekend (ITV). He has also hosted investigative reports for Inside Out (BBC1) and the hour long documentary Glastonbury: Jesus to Jay-Z (BBC1).

At the Edinburgh Festival Tom has gained countless 4 and 5 star reviews for his shows, as well as Critics’ choice in The Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Mail and Independent, as well as Top 5 shows at the Fringe in The Times. He has also supported Rhod Gilbert, Josh Widdicombe and Russell Kane on tour.

Tom is also a much in demand writer. A core writer for every series of the RTS Award winning The Last Leg, his CV also includes Mock The Week (BBC2) and QI (BBC2) amongst many other shows. He has also written for The Guardian, while his monthly column for Cosmopolitan Magazine (Sex & The Single Guy), won Best Column at the UK Dating Awards.

You can hear them back on air with us next Wednesday at 10pm.

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Playlist for 18 Jul 2017 – Latitude Music Special

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Phoenix FM attended our 11th consecutive Latitude Festival at the weekend – and we had a great time!

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I managed to get interviews with Mark Gardener from Ride, Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy, Declan McKenna, Gurr and Dream Wife and also the good people at ActionAid! Those interviews will be popping up on the Phoenix FM website very soon.

In the meantime we played out a music-heavy show featuring 31 of the bands I saw (or tried to see!) at this year’s festival.

And they were:

Superglu – Weekend
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Dream Wife – Somebody
Ride – Lannoy Point
Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Divine Comedy – Love What You Do
Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
Gurr – #1985
Cabbage – Dissonance
Coral – Skeleton Key
Dead Pretties – Social Experiment
Beth Orton – Central Reservation
Slotface – Empire Records
Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
Bessie Turner – Milinky
Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
Jesca Hoop – Havoc In Heaven
Idles – Mother
Jesus and Mary Chain – Far Gone And Out
Sunflower Bean – Come On
Temples – Mesmerise
Pumarosa – Honey
Julia Jacklin – Coming Of Age
Placebo – Pure Morning
Glass Animals – Life Itself
Ward Thomas – Material
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
Happyness – Naked Patients
Magic Gang – Your Love

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Bugged By A Bee Sting?

Bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and we should all do our bit to help protect our buzzing friends. However, it’s almost a rite of passage to receive a sting or bite as we grow up so what should you do when it inevitably happens to your child?

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Being stung or receiving an insect bite as a child can be a big deal, it can feel like the worst pain they’ve experienced. But apart from the affected area getting a little red or swollen it‘s usually only minor and clears up within several hours – so nothing that a few hugs and self-care can’t cure.

Nevertheless, what do you do if your child experiences a reaction that is more serious?

Dr Sooraj Natarajan, who is the clinical lead for paediatrics at NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Insect bites and stings usually only cause minor irritation. Most can be treated at home using a basic first aid kit. However, in rare cases, some stings can be painful and trigger a serious allergic reaction.

“If your child experiences an allergic reaction, it usually shows up as swelling or itching on other parts of the body, wheezing or difficulty swallowing. In this case, you will need emergency medical treatment, so it’s best to call 999 to request an ambulance. Otherwise, self-care is the best treatment.”

For minor bites and stings it is best to wash the area with soap and water and place a cold compress over the affected area to reduce swelling. Try to keep your child’s fingernails short and clean so they don’t try to scratch the area as this could cause an infection.

If the bite or sting is painful or swollen, wrap an ice pack, such as a bag of frozen peas, in a towel and place it on the swelling. Take painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (children under 16 years of age shouldn’t be given aspirin) or use a spray or cream that contains local anaesthetic, antihistamine or mild hydrocortisone (1%) on the affected area to prevent itching and swelling

Following advice from a pharmacist or your GP you can try an antihistamine tablet to help reduce swelling (antihistamine tablets are available on prescription or from pharmacies).

If your child has lots of swelling and blistering or you see pus, this can indicate an infection, so it’s best to visit your GP or call NHS 111 for advice over the phone. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can also advise you where to go if you do need medical attention.

For more information about treating bites and stings, visit

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Snetterton Race Report

15 year old Fiesta Junior Championship hopeful Lochlan Bearman endured yet another weekend of appalling luck which has effectively ended any hope of winning the Championship or even finishing in the Top 3 this season.

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The Debden schoolboy said ‘it’s been very frustrating. The first 2 rounds we were down on power, I was taken out by a competitor at Brands. At Cadwell we were still down on power but scored two 3rd place finishes. We then went to Silverstone where the power issue had been solved an qualified 2nd, and I was running in 2nd when the gearbox failed. In Race 2, I came from last to second showing that with the car working well I can produce the performances. That gave me hope for Rockingham where a good result would have put me back into the battle for 2nd and 3rd but again we were down on power. This time because the catalytic converter had collapsed which was impacting power output by around 15 bhp. I also got taken out by a team mate in Race 2.

And so to Snetterton, with the car running well again. Practise went well and the plan was to run our proposed qualifying set-up in the final practise session. However, that was cut short by a nasty looking accident on lap 1 which resulted in the session being cancelled so I never got to try the set-up.

We went into qualifying not knowing how the car would be and qualified 5th. This was just 2 tenths off 2nd place and I knew I’d lost 4 tenths through a mistake so in reality I was closer than it appeared.

Race 1 started with a frenzy in the first few corners, and I’d dropped to 6th. I managed to re-take 5th and build up a gap. It was looking like a 5th place finish and I entered the last lap about 10 car lengths behind 4th and about the same margin back to 6th and 7th when the motor just stopped. A wire for the fuel pump inside the fuel tank and broken and this meant I did not finish.

For race two Phoenix FM driver Bearman was hoping for greasy/wet conditions as he excels in them and that is exactly what greeted the drivers as they were waiting in the assembly area. Following frantic activity by the mechanics the cars were fitted with the wet tyres just in time and the cars streamed out onto the circuit for the green flag lap ahead of the start.

As the lights went out Bearman got off the line well but the driver in front had stalled and with the driver on the left coming across Bearman had no choice but to try to stop and get between the stalled car and the pit wall. There wasn’t enough room and Bearman suffered suspension damage in the resulting smash and had to stop and retire at the end of lap 1.

It’s motor racing and I will come back stronger said the Epping youngster. It’s really hard to take and so frustrating that I cannot show my speed. We only entered this Championship to win it so we now need to make a decision on whether or not we continue or pull out of the Championship and focus on next season.

Watch this space

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Busy times at Billericay Town

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We caught up with Billericay Town FC owner and manager Glenn Tamplin amidst all the building work at the AGP Arena today.

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Glenn updates us on all the work going on, including:

– developing younger players including new signings Daniel Cheema, Charlie Cole and Brendan Ocran
– dispelling the myths about high wages
– thoughts about the club’s 3-2 win against St Albans last weekend
– changes in personnel at Director of Football and assistant coach levels
– updates on the building works at the ground
– the details on the club’s impressive new mural
– the big test of the first club’s home match against Leyton Orient
– Billericay Town in the community, including visits to schools and the latest news on Harry Parker

The Blues have two away friendlies coming up, against Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday 22 July and Heybridge Swifts on Tuesday 25 July.

The first home game at the rebuilt stadium is against Leyton Orient on Saturday 29 July. This is followed by two more home friendlies against St James’s Swifts on Saturday 5 August and a West Ham XI on Tuesday 8 August.

The Bostik League kicks off on Saturday 12 August with anothe home match against Kingstonian. Ticket information can be found on the club’s official website at

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Cultura Brazil – show 152

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Nação Zumbi arrives in London
‐ Bixiga 70 presents the good Brazilian music
‐ Tribute to Tom Jobim in the UK

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Playlist for 11 Jul 2017 (AOTW: The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics)

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Album of the week: The Moonlandingz – Interplanetary Class Classics


Semi fictional Outsider Ouija Pop Group featuring members of Fat White Family & the Eccentronic Research Council. This, their debut, came out in March on half-Brentwood label Transgressive but I’ve only just discovered it!

Happened to notice that Steve Davis has given tracks airplay on his show too. I told him I thought it was a bit poppy for his show – he replied, “oh yeah, it is, but good tracks!” Not many people would consider this excellent mix of psychedelic and motorik “a bit poppy”.

Our recent Creative Session featuring Salad Undressed was given its first FM radio airing too.

Tonight’s playlist:

Thomas Tantrum – Tick Tock (Satie)
Moonlandingz – Black Hanz
Orders – Big Foot
Salad Undressed – Granite Statue (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – Being Human (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – Nowhere Near (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Broken Social Scene – Protest Song
DWNTWN – Lonely
Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses
Moonlandingz – Lufthansa Man
Popguns – Gene Machine
Jane Weaver – Slow Motion
You Want Fox – Liar Liar
British Sea Power – What You’re Doing
Coldplay – Aliens
Salad Undressed – Relationship Dust (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Salad Undressed – White Rabbit (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Moonlandingz – Neuf Du Pape
Oblong – 2600 (Dau Chwech Cant)
Los Blancos – Mae’n Anodd Defro Un
Yassassin – Cherry Pie
Katalina Kicks feat GT Solo – Cold
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Thousand Yard Stare – This Is A Weight
Radiohead – Lift
Grandaddy – The Boat Is In The Barn
Urusei Yatsura – Slain By Elf (BBC R1 Evening Session 21 Jan 1998)
S*M*A*S*H – Secret Bruise
Bait – I’m Still Here
Ride – Lannoy Point

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Cultura Brazil – show 151

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Show in honor of Tom Jobim in London
‐ Jards Macalé in the United Kingdom
‐ Marcos Valle in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Summer holiday fun for kids at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

From songs and stories to dance and drama, the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is excited to present a variety of children’s entertainment this Summer Holiday.

For youngsters aged 7 – 11, there’s a fun-filled week of drama, games and acting on offer with the chance to create a play, with Play in a Week. The course, which runs from 31 July – 4 August, finishes with an exciting play presented to family and friends. Workshops run daily from 9.30am – 1.30pm and places are £65.

Children aged 9 – 16 who love musicals will have the fantastic opportunity to work with a director and a musical director with Musical in a Week. From 14 – 18 August, participants will learn performance skills such as acting, singing and dancing and will produce a condensed version of a well-known musical to family and friends. Workshops run daily from 10am – 4pm and places are £100.

For those that love getting creative there’s a range of jam-packed Create & Play Mornings from Monday 21 August – Friday 25 August. From Puppet Pirates to Alien Adventures and Daring Dragons, little ones aged 4 – 6 will be able to use their imagination and enjoy two hours of creative fun involving drama games, storytelling and craft activities. Workshops run from 10am – 12 noon and cost £10. Parents can book three sessions for the price of two and receive 10% off in the theatre’s Café whilst the kids play.

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Taking over the theatre’s main stage this summer is everyone’s favourite furry monster The Gruffalo, which runs from Wednesday 9 AugustSaturday 12 August. Tickets are £12.50.

Little Mix Experience - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Lovers of Little Mix will be able to sing and dance along to all of the X-Factor stars’ pop hits with the high-energy The Little Mix Experience on Wednesday 16 August at 2pm. Tickets are £14 and suitable for all ages.

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Under 5s and their favourite teddy bear are invited to The Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Tuesday 15 August where they’ll be able to meet the biggest teddy bear in the whole world! This enchanting interactive show includes a mixture of games with plenty of prizes, storytelling and sing-along songs. The show starts at 1pm and tickets are £10 or £35 for families of 4.

For more information and to book tickets for any of these shows or workshops call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or go online at

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Trust for instant health advice in the palm of your hand

It can sometimes be difficult to know what to do for the best when you’re not feeling well – but thanks to, help is always close at hand.

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The website, called NHS Choices, offers a wealth of information and advice about common health conditions, so you can search and read up on your symptoms in seconds using your smartphone.

It can also help you to identify which NHS service might be the most appropriate for your circumstances, as well as find your nearest pharmacy, GP practice, dental surgery, walk-in centre or minor injuries unit plus their opening hours.

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commission Group digital communications manager Kathy Canham said: “We’re all used to using search engines to look things up online so why not use when you need health information?

It’s ideal for reading up on common health conditions and searching for local NHS services, and is also a great source of information on things like what to do if you’re expecting a baby, how to access healthcare on holiday and lifestyle tips for people living with long-term conditions like diabetes, asthma and epilepsy.”

Alongside the information available on the NHS Choices website, anyone in need of urgent but not emergency medical assistance can call NHS 111.

Free to call from landlines and mobiles and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it is staffed by fully trained advisers who can assess your symptoms and then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to a local NHS service.

Meanwhile, anyone registered with a GP practice can sign up for GP online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and securely access parts of their personal health records via their mobile or computer.

To register for GP online services, simply take photo ID and proof of address to the GP reception, complete a short registration form and you will receive log-in details through the post.

To start exploring the NHS Choices website, visit

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Bonus show on 5 Jul 2017 (SOTW: Salad Undressed – Being Human)

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We had a bonus one hour extravaganza on air today and I kept it fairly light, fluffy and 90s.

Since it was a pint-sized show we had a Single Of The Week instead of an Album and what better way to celebrate than to feature a WORLD FIRST PLAY of the first Salad/Salad Undressed single for TWENTY YEARS, Being Human!

Lead singer Marijne van der Vlugt describes the song as “a poignant and reflective song. It deals with the idea of pulling together in this life. It also drives along like a freight train in the dead of a hot summer’s night.”

Being Human is available as a free download available from 10 am on Saturday to those of you supporting the band’s Pledgemusic campaign which will see not one, not two but THREE albums released soon! For more details click here.

There will be lots more Salad Undressed soon as our Creative Session tracks are nearly ready …

Tonight’s playlist:

Happy Mondays – Kinky Afro
Bluetones – Marblehead Johnson
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Salad Undressed – Being Human
Charlatans – Weirdo
My Life Story – 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
Sleeper – Statuesque
Divine Comedy – Something For The Weekend
Sugarcubes – Hit
Radiohead – Karma Police
Suede – Electricity
Wonder Stuff – The Size Of A Cow
Elcka – Don’t Disappear
Elastica – Connection

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The UK’s first Disc Jockey – 90 years ago today!

We’re almost certain that you’ve never heard of Major Christopher Reynolds Stone, D.S.O., M.C. But he was the first person to play music to a radio audience and he did it for the first time 90 years ago today – 7 July 1927.


Major Stone was born on 19 September 1882, was educated at Eton College and served in the Royal Fusiliers. In 1906 Stone published a book of Sea songs and ballads and in 1923 he wrote the history of his old regiment. He became the London editor of The Gramophone, a magazine started by his brother-in-law Compton Mackenzie.

Stone approached the BBC himself with the idea for a record programme, which the corporation initially dismissed. Stone managed to convince them though, and on 7 July 1927 he started playing records on air on his programme “Time For A Tune”.

His relaxed, conversational style was exceptional at a time when most of the BBC’s presentation was extremely formal, and his programmes became highly popular as a result. He wore a dinner jacket and tie when he presented. (Something we’re thinking of implementing here at Phoenix FM).

Commerical radio was banned in the UK at this time, but a number of commercial stations popped up in France with high-powered transmitters aimed a the UK market. In 1934 Stone joined one of these, Radio Luxembourg, on a salary of £5,000 a year – the equivalent of £250,000 today. This got him banned by the BBC as a result.


He also wrote a column reviewing new popular records for the Sunday Referee newspaper and appeared in advertisements for Bush radio sets. In 1937, as “Uncle Chris”, he presented the first daily children’s programme on commercial radio, Kiddies Quarter Hour on another French commercial station aimed at the UK, Radio Lyons.

Stone later rejoined the BBC and caused a major row in 1941. On 11 November he wished King Victor Emmanuel of Italy a happy birthday on air, adding “I don’t think any of us wish him anything but good, poor soul.” This good wish towards the head of a state Britain was at war with at the time led to the sacking of the BBC’s Senior Controller of Programmes and tighter government control over all broadcasts.

Stone was an avid record collector; in the mid-1930s he already owned over 12,000. When he turned 75 in 1957 the magazine Melody Maker celebrated his 75th birthday by praising his pioneering work: “Everyone who has written, produced or compered a gramophone programme should salute the founder of his trade.”

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Amazing progress at Billericay Town FC

Bostik Premier League team Billericay Town are working hard to transform their ground in time for the new season – and the progress is amazing.

I was there on 17 April with nearly 2,000 other fans to watch the Blues turn over local rivals Canvey Island 3-1 in their last home game of the season.

I arrived at 8.30am this morning to find dozens of people at work on all areas of the ground. Three of the new stands are in place, along with about 500 seats. New bars and toilet blocks are being constructed on the corners, and the clubhouse is being completely refurbished, with foundations in place for new buildings adjacent to it.

The pitch looks stunning under a rare summer sky filled with cirrocumulus clouds.

The back of the main stand will be home to a new mural depicting the history of the club, and that is also taking great shape, with the Mayflower connections and the three FA Vase victories already in place.

Glenn Tamplin promised the fans major changes in two fan forums held last season – and it looks like he is set to deliver in time for the new season.

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Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Creative visionary, director, choreographer and creative collaborator Shane Shambhu was one of the first British Asian dance students to perform at the Queen’s Theatre 22 years ago. He makes a welcome return to Hornchurch with his dynamic one-man show, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer on Sunday 23 July.

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East Ham dancer Shane Shambhu shares his unique life experience of growing up in London, speaking two languages and living within the cultural mix of the East End. His story is familiar to all those who have moved cities, migrated from other countries and offers a breath-taking perspective in today’s political climate.

Combining expressive movement, humour and captivating story-telling, Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer takes audiences on Shambhu’s incredible journey as he reveals how he overcame obstacles to live his dream – to perform Indian dance and stories in a way that could speak to everyone. His playful switch of characters, now female compere, now student, now grandfather, now guru, carries the audience with the performer, which is both comic and moving.

This entertaining and inspiring show will mesmerise audiences with compelling dance, video projections and live interaction with a twist of stand-up comedy.

It was impossible not to be engrossed by Shambhu’s quick-fire shape-shifting, precise-yet-passionate choreography’ Croydon Citizen

‘There is no doubt for the audience of his skill as a dancer’ Pulse Magazine

Shane has an extensive performance career spanning, dance, theatre, opera, music, mime, mask, circus, film, radio, literature, visual arts and poetry. His productions explore perceptions of race, languages and identities and constantly defy any categorisation. He is currently Complicite Associate, Associate of Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex and receiving regular support from Regent’s University, London. Shane was mentored by Alistair Spalding CEO, Sadler’s Wells as part of the Dance UK Future Leader Mentoring Scheme, 2013.

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Sunday 23 July at 7.45pm. Tickets are just £9 (£7 concs) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

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Blue Peter star Peter Duncan’s Million Dollar Quartet

Broadway and West End smash hit musical Million Dollar Quartet, which features some of the most iconic rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time, comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 25 – 30 September.

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Million Dollar Quartet presents a score of more than 20 classic rock ‘n’ roll hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, I Walk The Line and Great Balls of Fire.

Audiences will be transported to 4 December 1956, one of the most famous dates in music history. It’s the night that rock ’n’ roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins jammed together in Sun Records Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. This rock ‘n’ roll musical stars former Blue Peter Presenter Peter Duncan as legendary record producer Sam Phillips – the man who brought the four recording stars together for the first and only time to create music history.

Peter Duncan is an Olivier Award nominated actor who first came to the nation’s attention as a presenter on the iconic television show Blue Peter. Peter began his career on stage with Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre company at the Old Vic and subsequently went on to be Olivier Award nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in The Card and starred as Barnum in Barnum. Peter has also created original pantomimes at Hackney Empire and Broadway Theatre as well as writing and directing Oxford Playhouse’s annual Christmas production. As well as his illustrious career on stage, Peter has had roles on television in Demolition Dad, Doctors and fronted the BBC series Duncan Dares.

Million Dollar Quartet is written by Tony Award nominees Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux and produced by Simon Friend, Mark Goucher, Tom O’Connell, Laurence Myers and Gavin Kalin. The musical is directed by Olivier nominated Ian Talbot OBE, renowned for his tenure as both Artistic and Managing Director at The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

Don’t miss this chance to be a fly on the wall at one of the most famous recording sessions, and relive the story of how four stars made rock ‘n’ roll history!

Million Dollar Quartet runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 25 – 30 September. Tickets are £18.50 – £30 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

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Playlist for 4 Jul 2017 (AOTW: Charlatans – Different Days)

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Album of the week: Charlatans – Different Days

Different Days is the Charlatans’ 13th studio album. It’s possibly their most ambitious project yet, featuring a host of guest artists alongside the core four-piece of Burgess on vocals, bassist Martin Blunt, guitarist Mark Collins and keyboard player Tony Rogers … not only music industry pals such as Paul Weller, New Order’s Gillian Gilbert and Stephen Morris, Johnny Marr, ex-Verve guitarist Pete Salisbury, but also crime novelist Ian Rankin and Catastrophe writer/actor Sharon Horgan.

Tonight’s playlist:

B-52’s – Give Me Back My Man
Charlatans – Let’s Go Together
Thurston Moore – Germs Burn
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Orders – Big Foot
DWNTWN – Lonely
Tiger – Friends
Ralegh Long – Sleeping On My Dreams
Darlia – Beam Me Up
Star Tropics – Another Sunny Day
Charlatans – There Will Be Chances
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Communions – Today
Dayflower – Sweet Georgia Gazes
Desperate Journalist – Why Are You So Boring
Salad – Granite Statue
Radiohead – Lift
Blur – Bang (Extended Version)
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
Oblong – Post-Punk World
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
Ride – Cali
Thousand Yard Stare – Ciphers
Sleeper – Vegas
Veruca Salt – Seether
Pulp – Dishes
Kenickie – Classy
Art Brut – Good Weekend
Young Knives – Marble Maze
XTC – Life Begins At The Hop

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Cultura Brazil – show 150

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Brazilian theatre in Southwark
‐ Seminar for Brazilian entrepreneurs at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Dance performance about the Amazon River at Sadler’s Wells

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Salad Undressed live in session

We were delighted to get Salad Undressed – Marijne van der Vlugt, Paul Kennedy and Donald Ross Skinner – down to Brentwood to kick off this year’s Phoenix FM Creative Sessions!


Salad were formed in 1992, with Pete Brown and Rob Wakeman joining Marijne and Paul in the line up. Marijne was keeping busy as one of the roster of MTV VJs broadcasting regularly to the UK and Europe. The band signed to Island Records and released two albums – debut Drink Me, which reached no 16 in the UK album charts in 1995, and Ice Cream in 1997.

The band were joined by Charley Stone – who featured in our Joanne Joanne session in 2013 – as a live guitarist, keyboard player and backing vocalist.

After the band split Marijne formed Cowboy Racer – and we hosted their only radio session back in 2011 when they came down to our former studio at the Baytree Centre in Brentwood.

In 2016 Marijne and Paul decided to get back together to play acoustic Salad numbers at a few gigs. The first one went under the name of the MB’s as a homage to the band’s pre-Salad name (the Merry Babes) but then settled on Salad Undressed after that. And we were there AGAIN to host their first acoustic session in years and years. (Big Salad fans here, obv).

And now we’re pleased to announce that we’ve hosted their first electric (ish) session since the 1990s! Marijne and Paul were joined on bass by Donald Ross Skinner, producer of Ice Cream and long time collaborator with Julian Cope.

We were treated to five tracks – an oldie (Granite Statue), three newies (Being Human, Nowhere Near and Relationship Dust) and a cover (Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 classic White Rabbit).

Salad Undressed are currently writing and recording a new album – Good Love Bad Love – and you can get and two more albums of other recordings on Pledgemusic. And we also heard some exclusive news about what they’re planning straight after that! You can hear the interview again here:

And here’s the audio and video from the recordings:

For the latest news about the band keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Phoenix FM has been recording with the Creative Recording Studios in Brentwood since 2005. For more information about their facilities and rates please contact Dave Shalloe on 01277 811886 or visit

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The Gruffalo offers Relaxed Performance at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

There’s fun to be had by ALL families this summer as everyone’s favourite furry monster roars onto the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch stage from 9 – 12 August, including a Relaxed Performance on Thursday 10 August at 11am.

The Gruffalo

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep dark wood in search of a nut, meeting the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake on the way. Will the story of the Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these crafty woodland creatures? Armed with only a nut map and a little courage, Mouse must outwit them all. After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

A specially adapted Relaxed Performance of The Gruffalo will provide a comfortable setting for audience members who might find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre etiquette. By creating an informal environment it will enable patrons to just be themselves without the need for families or carers to worry about the effect it may have on others around them. Families can feel assured that audience noise is permitted throughout the performance and individuals who may feel overwhelmed by the experience are free to leave to a ‘chill out’ area in the foyer and return when they feel ready at any point during the show.

The Relaxed Performance welcomes people of all ages who will benefit from a relaxed, quieter and supportive environment including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders or learning disabilities.

A Visual Story will be available prior to attending the Relaxed Performance which contains information and pictures about the performance, storyline, characters and the venue so families can prepare for their theatre experience in advance. To receive a copy of the Visual Story in the post, bookings for the Relaxed Performance must be made before Thursday 27 July.

Tall Stories’ The Gruffalo is based on the much loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The most fearsome creature that never was – but is – takes to the stage in this enchanting production combining songs, laughter and storytelling theatre with just the right amount of scary fun! Set to a wonderfully catchy score with original music and lyrics, The Gruffalo is a must-see show which continues to entertain audiences the world over.

The Gruffalo will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch at the following times:

Wed 9 Aug | 2pm | 4.30pm

Thu 10 Aug | 11am (Relaxed Performance) | 2pm

Fri 11 Aug | 11am | 2pm

Sat 12 Aug | 11am | 2pm

Tickets are £12.50 (£10 for groups of 10+) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at Bookings for the Relaxed Performance can only be made by calling the Box Office, please discuss any specific requirements before booking.

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Playlist for 27 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017)

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Album of the week: Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

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I wasn’t sure if it was a cheat to have a reissue as my album of the week, especially one with such a ridiculously unweildly name. But OKC remains one of my favourite albums of all time, and the addition of previously unreleased tracks – all of which are fantastic – plus a number of B sides which I have scattered on various CD1s and CD2s (remember those?) in boxes all over my loft meant that this was definitely worth our coveted accolade.

Also amazing: the cover art has only recently been identified by user wgboyd from Reddit.


It’s the eastbound junction of I-84 (the “Yankee Expressway”) with I-91 in Hartford, Connecticut, just before it crosses the Connecticut River. wgboyd works in the Hilton Hotel overlooking the junction and took the photo above from the 22nd floor which matches the cover perfectly. It’s very likely too that the photo was taken on 20 August 1996 as Radiohead supported Alanis Morissette at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford that night.

Tonight’s playlist:

Late Of The Pier – Heartbeat
Radiohead – Lift
Royal Blood – Look Like You Know
Salad – Kiss My Love
National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
Popguns – We Don’t Go Round There Anymore
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Declan McKenna – Isombard
Radiohead – Man Of War
Mammút – The Moon Will Never Turn On Me
Desperate Journalist – Why Are You So Boring
Sleeper – Statuesque
My Life Story – Girl A, Girl B, Boy C
Coldplay – All I Can Think About Is You
Songhoy Blues – Bamako
Oblong – Sganwyr
Bjork – Bachelorette
Radiohead – I Promise
Freak – No Money
Jesus Jones – How’s This Even Going Down
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Cross My Heart
Catatonia – For Tinkerbell
Moderate Rebels – Liberate
Thurston Moore – Cusp

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Cultura Brazil – show 149

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Plastic artist Sergio Francisco Rolim exhibits at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Cine Club Brazil shows another movie in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Bearman’s Championship hopes rocked at Rockingham

Lochlan Bearman went in last weekend’s Fiesta Junior race meeting in 4th place in the Championship just 4 points off third spot and off the back of a mixed meeting at Silverstone where he showed his speed but suffered transmission failure in Race 1 and came from last to 2nd in Race 2.

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Having had work undertaken on his car prior to Silverstone the PhoenixFM driver finally felt he could demonstrate his ability and was highly confident going into Rockingham. Despite being in the leading drivers during practise Bearman felt that all was not right with the car. It felt really down on power coming out of the slow corners and that compromised me along the straights. This was borne out in qualifying when Bearman could only manage a lowly 10th and 1.5 seconds off pole.

The team worked tirelessly to solve the problem and overnight night changed many ancillaries. Going into Race 1 the 15 year old did not know if the changes had fixed the issue. At the start Bearman got away well and was able to pass 5 cars on the sprint from the start line through the banked corner, and along the straight to the hairpin and crossed the lines in 5th position at the end of lap 1.

He was running in 5th but it was evident that he still had the problem as he dropped back and came under pressure from 6th place. They had a fantastic battle for 3 laps with Bearman losing out on the straights but getting 5th position back under braking or in the corners. Eventually though he was passed on the straight and could not keep in the slipstream and finished the race in 6th position. “Finishing 6th was lucky as 3 cars in front had dropped out and I was so far off the pace that I was surprised I didn’t finish last”

Ahead of Race 2 the team tried replacing more parts. Bearman lined up 6th again not knowing if the car would work. Making a good start he was in 5th as the cars headed along the straight. Then another driver made an ill judged manoeuvre and ran into the Bearmans’s rear corner pitching the Epping youngster sideways at 95 mph. “It was a heart stopping moment but I stopped the car from spinning, and despite a trip onto the grass managed not to hit anything”. Sadly this let the while field pass and with the power problem still present it was a lonely drive home to 9th positon.

It’s been a terrible weekend. The only positives are that the data showed I was driving well and extracting all there was from the car. It’s imperative we score highly at Snetterton next month to put us back in contention in the championship as we have now reached the halfway stage. Bearman is now 5th in the Championship.

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Leyton Orient takeover complete

Leyton Orient Football Club has announced today that the club has been purchased by a business consortium Eagle Investments 2017 Limited, headed by British-born Nigel Travis, 67, the Chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands Inc., and a life-long fan of the Club.


The deal, details of which are confidential, is not associated with Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

Travis, who has been attending Leyton Orient games since he was a child and who grew up near the stadium, says his goals are to stabilise the Club and to re-engage the fans. “I have been a passionate Leyton Orient supporter for my entire life and feel a great sense of responsibility to the players, the staff, the fans and the community. We have challenges in front of us, and I am not under-estimating those. However, over the long-term, we believe we can return the Club to the Football League, said Travis.

Former owner Francesco Becchetti said: “I invested a great deal in the Club in good faith and have delivered the Club to Nigel Travis and his consortium without any debts to the banks, without arrears for taxes and salaries and in a normal situation with its suppliers. This is a position from which it can grow. Over the last two years, I have, unfortunately, not been able to dedicate myself to following the Club as closely as I would have wanted. This is clearly the moment to leave the Club to others and I know that in doing so I am leaving it in good hands with Nigel Travis. I give my sincere best wishes to the fans and to the Club for a bright future, full of success.”

Travis will serve as the Chairman of the Leyton Orient Board of Directors. Other directors will include Principal Investor, Kent Teague from Dallas, Texas. In recognition of the fact that fan partnership is critical to the Club’s success, there will be a fan representative on the Board.

Travis and the new management groups are also working to recruit an experienced Chief Executive,who will be responsible for the day-to-day commercial management of the Club. In the interim, future consortium investor, Marshall Taylor, a local businessman and long-time Leyton Orient fan, will serve as Interim Chief Executive.

Season tickets will go on sale soon and will be priced to reflect the National League status. A fan event will be planned before the start of the new season.

A new series of The Orient Hour, with Chris Hood, Andy Gilson and other regular contributors, will be starting on Phoenix FM soon.

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Playlist for 20 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Ride – Weather Diaries)

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Tonight’s album of the week is the “comeback” album from Ride – and what a comeback!

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Weather Diaries is the Oxford band’s first album since returning from their 20-odd-year hiatus. Produced by Erol Alkan, it’s the sound of a band utterly in their prime – Charm Assault is a great single and the rest of the album is full of songs that are quickly going to become Ride staples such as Cali and Lannoy Point. Out now and as we speak, heading towards the UK top 20 albums too (new chart is released on Friday).

Tonight’s playlist:

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police
Ride – Charm Assault
Scarletts – In The Mirror
Jane Weaver – Loops In The Secret Society
Popguns – Sugar Kisses
Big Moon – Cupid
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
British Sea Power – Praise For Whatever
Darling Buds – Complicated
Oblong – 50 Miles On Empty
Ride – Lannoy Point
Heart Throbs – In Vain
B-52’s – Junebug
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
Garbanotas Bosistas – Places, Planes and Trains
Horse Party – Paydirt
Killatrix – Overcome
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations
Temples – Oh The Saviour
Ride – Cali
Flatmates – Don’t Say If
Trusted – Sunlight
Bleech – Weirdo
Thomas Tantrum – Sleep
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Twenty Four Minutes From Tulse Hill
Young Knives – Green Island Red Raw
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big

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Don’t Let Hay Fever Get You Down This Summer

Pollen counts are high! Hay fever is the most common seasonal allergy, affecting one in five of us at some point in our lives, and the symptoms can make life very difficult for sufferers. It can come and go at any time in life so for those that haven’t had it before it can take us by surprise.

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But it doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the warmer weather outdoors. Your local pharmacist can recommend treatments to ease the symptoms.

Local GP Dr Arv Guniyangodage, chair of Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “Although there is no cure for hay fever, there are many over-the-counter remedies available from your local pharmacy to help make life and the condition easier to manage during the summer months.

“Pharmacists are fully trained health professionals who can offer useful advice on treatments for hay fever, such as antihistamines.

“Antihistamines are commonly used for hay fever. They block the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it is under attack from an allergen like pollen.

“Decongestants can also help to relieve a blocked nose which is often caused by hay fever, as well as dust allergies and pet allergies.

“For those already taking regular medication, pharmacists can advise on the most appropriate treatments that won’t interfere with it.

“If you’ve tried over-the-counter medicines but are still struggling with troublesome symptoms it may be worth speaking to your GP, as you may need prescription medication.”

Hay fever is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen and the hay fever season lasts for several months, with tree pollen released in the spring, grass pollen in late spring and summer, and tree pollen in the autumn.

Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes as pollen causes the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed. As well as seeking advice from your local pharmacist to ease its symptoms, sufferers can take some basic precautions to help prevent hay fever, including applying a small amount of Vaseline (petroleum gel) below the nostrils to trap pollen grains, and wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in the eyes.

It’s also a good idea to take a shower and change your clothes after being outdoors, and try to stay indoors when the pollen count is particularly high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air).

Knowing the pollen count can help hay sufferers. The Met Office provides pollen forecasts for up to five days ahead.

For more information about treating hay fever, visit

You can also see an NHS advice video here:

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Cultura Brazil – show 148

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Jards Macale in London
‐ Aleh Ferreira at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Eumir Deodato returns to London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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The West Ham Way – show 45

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

Kev couldn’t make it this week so Dave and Ex were joined by boxer and West Ham United fan Sammy McNess. Sammy talks about his recent boxing career and his thoughts on the season just gone, Ex updates listeners with transfer targets and we also answer questions from listeners.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

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Brentwood Art Trail 2017

The Brentwood Art Trail is back! This year’s event takes place at several venues across the borough from 15-30 June.

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Pamela Bickle is one of the exhibitors at Onaplate, Hutton Road, Shenfield

Part of the Essex Summer of Art, this year’s trail will spotlight over two dozen individual artists. Shops and cafes in Brentwood and Shenfield have donated their window and wall spaces to become temporary pop-up galleries.

In addition, Brentwood Library is hosting an artwork display by Open Arts, a charitable community arts and mental health project managed by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

John Brandler of Brandler Galleries has curated a unique Banksy exhibit with over 80 pieces of artwork by the well-known street artist. John recently came in to talk about this with Michelle Ward, and you can hear him talk about it here.

Other local art galleries are also participating, including Neil Graham Gallery and Turner Barnes Gallery.

For more information or to view the Brentwood Art Trail online, visit

Featured artists and venues include:

The Pilgrim’s Staff at Brentwood Town Hall

Installed as part of the Genius Loci project, this 10 foot high stainless steel and bronze structure sits outside the Town Hall to celebrate the town’s historic significance on trade and pilgrim routes.

Banksy Exhibition at Brandler Galleries

John Brandler has curated the most comprehensive exhibition of record sleeves designed by the artist known as Banksy.

Elissa Elwick at Chicken and Frog Bookshop

Ahead of her appearance at the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival (22-30 July), Elissa will be painting the windows at Chicken and Frog with her whimsical children’s illustrations.

Sean McMahon at the Baytree Centre

Sean has recreated his artist’s studio in one of the empty shop units at The Baytree Centre. Pieces on display include his “Trump Lamp” and a copy of a well-known Norman Rockwell painting.

Susan Burns at Brentwood Theatre

The theatre’s outdoor seating area will be yarnbombed with Alice in Wonderland and Narnia themed decorations to celebrate the past and current Christmas shows.

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Playlist for 13 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Girlpool – Powerplant)

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Tonight’s album of the week is from Girlpool.

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Powerplant is the LA duo’s second offering and it’s out now. You can find it on Bandcamp and lots of other places.

Tonight’s playlist:

Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Girlpool – Powerplant
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Here Are The Young Men feat Uncle Peanut and Eddie Argos – Pop Stars Down The Pub
Wolf Alice – Yuk Foo
Manuela – Cracks In The Concrete
Pony – DIY
Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
Ulrika Spacek – Full Of Men
Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong
Girlpool – Corner Store
Alvvays – In Undertow
Charlatans – Over Again
Creases – Is It Love
Estrons – Strobe Lights
Young Knives – Everything Falls Into Place
Radiohead – I Promise
Hundredth – Hole
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Girlpool – Static Somewhere
A House – I Hope I’m Wrong
Julian Cope – Port of Saints
Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
The Cribs – Modern Way
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Patio Song
Bivouac – The Bell Foundry
Wannadies – Hit
Melys – Baby Tornado
British Sea Power – Who’s In Control
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
Shampoo – Bouffant Headbutt
Blameless – Breathe (A Little Deeper)
Everlasting Yeah – Anima Rising

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Kids’ fun for a fiver this weekend at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Magic, cartooning, balloon-modelling and crafts are all part of the fun on offer especially for kids in the foyer this weekend at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

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It’s time to get crafty and take a trip under the sea with a fun packed hands-on Sea Shore Sculptures craft workshop. Kids will get the chance to build, make and decorate in this creative workshop suitable for children aged 5 – 7 years and their parents. They’ll even be able to bring their Sea Shore sculpture home with them! The workshop begins at 10am on Saturday 17 June and costs £5 per child. No adult ticket is required.

Families with children aged 2 – 6 will not want to miss popular children’s entertainers Mr Popcorn and Suzy Sparkle as they make a welcome return on 17 June. Their interactive show will have the little ones giggling as they participate in games, balloon-modelling and a guess-the-cartoon drawing competition to win one of Mr Popcorn’s wonderful pictures! The show starts at 11.30am and tickets are £5 for adults and £5 for children.

To book tickets for these two entertaining sessions call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or online at

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Students home for the summer urged to register with a “Holiday GP”

Parents welcoming their children home from university this summer can make sure they have access to the health care they need – by encouraging them to temporarily register with a GP for the holidays.

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During term time it’s recommended that students who live away from home register at a GP practice close to their university address.

It’s easy to register with a local GP practice as a temporary patient and registration lasts for up to three months, so it’s valid for the whole summer holiday.

As well as making sure they have access to a GP, students should be aware of what to do if their GP practice is not open, such as in the evenings and at weekends.

There are two things they need to be aware of: the website and the NHS 111 phone number.

The website can direct them to the nearest NHS service – all they need to do is type in their postcode.

The NHS111 service is for when it’s urgent but not an emergency. Simply dialling 111 will put the caller in touch with the NHS. A series of questions will be help the call handler direct the caller to the service which is right for them at that time.

It’s also important that students who have a long-term health condition such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy make sure they have enough medication so they don’t fall ill. Those registered with a GP practice can sign-up for GP online services so repeat prescriptions and GP appointments can be made online via a mobile app, tablet, PC or laptop. Signing-up is easy. Simply take two forms of photo ID to the GP reception and complete a form.

Local pharmacies also offer confidential advice on a range of common illnesses, and are often open late in the evening and at weekends.

Local GP Dr Arv Guniyangodage, chair of Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “Students returning home for the summer should register with a local GP practice on a temporary basis to ensure they can see a doctor if they need to during the holidays.

“They will still be registered with their usual GP when they go back to university for the new term, and any information about treatment they receive over the summer will be passed on by their temporary GP to be added to their medical records.

“When registering, students will need to provide details of any current or previous medical conditions, allergies and medication they’re taking, along with the name of their permanent GP practice. That will ensure they have access to a local GP in case they become unwell.

“If you haven’t already registered at a health centre near your university address, parents should encourage their student children to put this at the top of their to-do lists when they return to university in the autumn.

“In the meantime, there’s a wide range of other NHS services available for those in need of medical help over the summer, with full details available on the NHS Choices website.”

To find a GP surgery near to their university or home address, and for more information about registering with a GP and about other NHS services in their area, students should visit or search NHS Choices online.

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Cultura Brazil – show 147

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Eumir Deodato returns to London
‐ Cine Clube Brasil at the Brazilian Embassy

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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QYouth hits 25

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is thrilled to be celebrating 25 years of nurturing and showcasing young talent in the form of its dynamic youth theatre, QYouth this July.

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To mark this brilliant achievement, the theatre is hosting a celebratory family fundraising weekend on 8 – 9 July. It’s an opportunity for the theatre and the local community to come together and celebrate the success and development of its youth theatre, QYouth; as well as fundraise so it can continue to grow and enrich the lives of young people for the next 25 years.

Families throughout Essex and East London are invited to join in the celebrations and can expect a range of fun games, stalls and workshops in the theatre’s foyer from 10am – 7.30pm on both days. A free exhibition celebrating QYouth’s history will also be in held in the café.

A cast of over 120 young people from the theatre’s QYouth will be providing the entertainment, treating audiences to a world premiere of the family favourite, The Wind in the Willows. This production has been specially adapted by James Watson and Andrew Linham to mark this fantastic milestone. Performances are at 7pm on 8 & 9 July, with an additional 2pm show on 9 July and tickets are £14. This production is sponsored by East Thames and supported by the Queen’s Theatre’s very own Theatre Club. Founded in 1954, Theatre Club has played a pivotal role in raising funds and generously donating to the theatre which contributes towards the creation of new productions. The club has a strong social aspect with a variety of planned trips to theatres, gardens and short holidays across the country.

Over the last 25 years, the theatre’s youth theatre has provided over 95,000 engagement opportunities for young people aged 7-18 in Havering. The QYouth programme offers young people opportunities in drama, dance and technical theatre, enabling them to develop their creativity in the arts, unlock potential, gain confidence and have fun through the power of theatre. Graduates of QYouth include Lloyd Warbey (Disney’s Art Attack), Gemma Salter (TV and West End performer) and Billy Irving who will be appearing in the upcoming UK tour of War Horse.

The theatre’s Learning & Participation Producer James Watson says, ‘This weekend is set to celebrate all that QYouth has become, with a large cast ensemble show celebrating the full breadth of our current membership, whilst allowing past members, parents and potential members of the future to join in the fun with our celebratory events, fundraising activities and reminiscent opportunities.’

So join in this fantastic weekend of games, theatre and fun that the whole family can enjoy in support of the Queen’s Theatre’s vibrant youth theatre. It’s been at the heart of the community for thousands of young people and the funds raised will go towards continuing to support young people passionate about the arts for years to come.

If you or your business would like to contribute towards the QYouth 25th Anniversary weekend, you can donate through our Box Office on 01708 443333 or alternatively by donate prizes to be used over the weekend. For more information contact

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The West Ham Way – show 44

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

On this week’s show Dave, Kev and Ex rate West Ham’s players for the season gone by, discuss transfer targets and answer questions from listeners.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

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Playlist for 06 Jun 2017 (AOTW: Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology)

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Tonight’s album of the week is from Jane Weaver.

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I have to confess I’ve never really come across Jane’s work very much until now. I remember her first band Kill Laura, active between 1993 and 1996; I don’t recall her next, Misty Oak, very much at all; I certainly didn’t realise she’s been very prolific, releasing eight albums in 11 years. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

Modern Kosmology contnues a musical progression within those releases – I’m a big fan of Kosmische and this album is rapidly filling a Stereolab-shaped hole in my musical heart. Go get it!

Tonight’s playlist:

Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Jane Weaver – The Architect
Blameless – Breathe (A Little Deeper)
Darling Buds – Complicated
Scarletts – In The Mirror
Blood Red Shoes – Count Me Out
Mise en Scene – Closer
Bivouac – Good Day Song
Hot Puppies – Green Eyeliner
Trampolene – Beautiful Pain
Jane Weaver – Slow Motion
Dawnings – Winter’s Done
Grizzly Bear – Three Rings
Kamikaze Girls – Deathcap
Leggy – I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy
Scarlet – Who Left The Iron On
Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
The Trusted – Sunlight
Jane Weaver – Did You See Butterflies?
Taffy – Murkiii
British Sea Power – What You’re Doing
Here Are The Young Men feat Uncle Peanut and Eddie Argos – Pop Stars Down The Pub
Mammút – Breathe Into Me
Trash Can Sinatras – One At A Time
East Village – Here It Comes
Senseless Things – Should I Feel It
Sultans of Ping FC – Mescaline
Super Furry Animals – Hometown Unicorn
Theaudience – I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough)
Garbage – Dumb
New Young Pony Club – The Bomb

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Cultura Brazil – show 146

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In tonight’s show:

– Singer Aleh Ferreira at Sala Brazil
– Plastic artist Sergio Francisco Rolim in Gallery 32

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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More big changes at Billericay Town

More signficant changes at the AGP Arena! Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin has revealed changes to the team kit and backroom staff along with seven summer signings, with possibly more one on the way.

Speaking to the Sun, Glenn announced the seven new players to be:

Robbie Evans, 21 – Wrexham midfielder who captained the team to the FA Trophy in 2013
Matt Paine – 28 – ex-Colchester Utd trainee and Boreham Wood defender
Ricky Modeste – 29, ex-Chelmsford City winger signed from Dover
Danny Waldren, 27 – Welling midfielder
Dan Walker, 27 – Welling forward
Josh Urquhart, 26 – Wealdstone defender and former West Ham and Northampton Town youth player
Louie Theophanus, 25 – Chelmsford striker who has not only scored dozens of goals over the last three seasons but has also worked as a body double for Cristiano Ronaldo!

He also announced ex-Leyton Orient and Barnet boss Ian Hendon is to join the team as the new Director of Football and MMA heavyweight champion Neil “Goliath” Grove is to become the new Head of Nutrition.

Glenn also tweeted a picture of a kit redesign, which shows a new graduated darker blue hoop motif as opposed to a plain royal blue. Billericay solicitors Paul Robinson are to remain kit sponsor for 2017/18.

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In the same tweet Glenn also suggested the new squad numbers for next season.

1 Alan Julian or Jack Giddings
2 Matt Paine
3 Paul Konchesky
4 Joe Ewell
5 Rob Swaine
6 “to be agreed”
7 Ricky Modeste
8 Jamie O’Hara
9 Billy Bricknell
10 Louie Theophanus
11 Jake Robinson
14 Adam Cunnington
15 Robbie Evans
16 Josh Urquhart
17 Bryon Lawrence
19 Dan Walker
21 Danny Waldren
22 Olly Sprague

The new players are formidable additions to a team that ended 2016/17 on top of the form table, with Billy Bricknell and Jake Robinson scoring goals for fun.

Keep tuned to Phoenix FM for more news on the blues throughout the year.

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Cultura Brazil – show 145

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Seu Jorge at the Royal Albert Hall
‐ Nação Zumbi tours Europe
‐ Singer Ivan Lins in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Billericay Town stars to take part in unusual friendly match

Billericay Town players Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara will be taking part in an unusual friendly match this summer – playing all of Redwing FC’s under 8s!


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The Billericay-based youth team, based in Barleylands, will be taking on Konchesky and O’Hara in a special 2 v 40-a-side at their annual summer tournament on Saturday 1 July.

Billericay Town’s film crew Matchday Media will be filming the match.

In a statement on their website, FC Redwing are inviting all players, coaches, parents and friends to come and watch the game and support the boys.

They also gave thanks to Billericay Town FC owner/manager Glenn Tamplin for helping organise this game, and Paul and Jamie for agreeing to play.

For more information on this special game please contact Head of Academy Mark Gordon at

EDIT: sadly the match was cancelled.

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Dean Friedman live at Phoenix FM

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American recording artist Dean Friedman, best known to British audiences for his classic hits, “Lucky Stars”, “Rocking Chair”, “Woman Of Mine” and “Lydia”, has just released his 8th album and is half-way through a mammoth 40 date tour of the UK.

It was a delight to welcome Dean into Phoenix FM today – still enthusiastic about his music and bright as a button despite having done thousands of interviews over the years! Dean spoke to Keith Rogers about his recording career, his current album – 12 Songs – and tour. He also gave us a rendition of an oldie and a newie too. You can see the whole interview and session again below:

Dean’s new album is available to order now from his website at If you get in quickly you may be able to catch him live in Kent tomorrow night and in London at the weekend – all tour dates are listed on the website too.

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Playlist for 23 May 2017 (Manchester special)

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No album of the week this week but there’s a lot of music from bands from Manchester as our little way of remembering the terrible tradegy that took place there yesterday.

Tonight’s playlist:

XTC – Helicopter
Charlatans – Plastic Machinery
Japanese Breakfast – Machinist
Sleeper – Romeo Me
Echobelly – Hey Hey Hey
Dewey – Loch Linnhe
Primitives – I’ll Trust The Wind
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Rose Elinor Dougall – Start/Stop/Synchro
The Trusted – Sunlight
Dronningen – Sugarbox
Pale – Shut Up Venus
Voice Of The Beehive – Beat Of Love
Wedding Present – Kennedy
Ultra Vivid Scene – Staring At The Sun
New Order – Crystal
Happy Mondays – Playground Superstar
Marion – I Stopped Dancing
Nine Black Alps – Not Everyone
Railway Children – Every Beat Of The Heart
Ting Tings – Great DJ
Oasis – Up in The Sky
World Of Twist – She’s A Rainbow
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
I Am Kloot – Life In A Day
Audioweb – Test The Theory
Jim Noir – My Patch
Inspiral Carpets – Move
Mint Royale – From Rusholme With Love
Stone Roses – Beautiful Thing

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Billericay Fun Walk 2017

The 16th annual Billericay Fun Walk took place at Barleylands Farm on Sunday.

Phoenix FM were once again out in force, raising money towards the new Studio 1 project.

The gruelling two mile cause was made all the more difficult for the walkers who were trying to look at their phones AND not fall down potholes in the field at the same time.

Over 2,000 walkers raised money for around 100 charities and good causes – each being given a medal at the finish.

The monies raised by the charities at this year’s event will be made known at the Presentation evening in September when bonus pot cheques will be awarded. Organiser John Baron,

“This year’s walk has already been a great success with a record bonus pot of £50,000 yet to be distributed on top of what the 100 local charities have raised courtesy of over 2,000 walkers taking part. Our thanks go to them, to the Marshalls, to the Barleylands team, and to our family of volunteers and Committee members for making it all possible. We now wait to see total monies raised from the charities.”

John also thanked the bonus pot sponsors including Swan Housing Association, c2c Rail Ltd, Abellio Greater Anglia, Hallmark Care Homes, Butyl Products Ltd, Leonardo MW Ltd, Private Ambulance Service Ltd, McDonald’s Basildon, Mr Barrie Stone, IFE Global Logistics and others.

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Cultura Brazil – show 144

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

On this week’s show:

‐ Plastic artist Paulo Mariotti exhibits at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ British institutions open opportunities for Brazilians

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Bring on the Bollywood!

The brand new musical extravaganza, Bring on the Bollywood transports audiences into a festival of colour and Bollywood magic from 13 – 17 June at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

Bring on the Bollywood

This romantic comedy brings the vibrancy and beauty of classic Bollywood to the British stage. Featuring a fantastic soundtrack interwoven with wit, wild parties and some wicked dances, it’s a glitzy theatrical experience inspired by real stories of love.

The cast is led by a dynamic mix of celebrated British Asian performers and young rising stars including Anthony Sahota, who appeared on Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine (BBC) earlier this year and Robby Khela who has supported Craig David, Blue, Lemar, Girls Aloud and Misteeq on tour.

The story follows the fiery Dr. Katrina Pawar who is summoned from London to her ancestral home for her younger brother’s wedding. Her parents sense an opportunity to search for a potential suitor for their quick-witted and resolute daughter. As the good-looking Bollywood film director Amit arrives, along with his newly eligible British personal assistant Ronny, Katrina must navigate the true course of love between East and West.

This energetic, feel-good production is a must-see spectacular the whole family can enjoy.

Bring on the Bollywood runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 13 – 17 June. Tickets are £16.50 – £28 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

A must-see for all the family as well as Bollywood and theatre fans alike’ British

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Phoenix FM Election Hustings 2017

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Phoenix FM hosted Hustings for the Brentwood and Ongar constituency at the Holiday Inn, Brook Street, Brentwood on Thursday 25 May.

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Paul Golder moderated the evening which included five of the candidates – Gareth Barrett (Labour), Alex Burghart (Conservative), Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrat), Luca Kousoulou (Independent) and Mick McGough (UKIP). A sixth representative, Wendy Stephen (Green), stood in for candidate Paul Jeater who was unable to attend.

Almost 100 people attended the event and after an initial pitch, candidates fielded questions on a number of subjects including hospital care and recruitment, grammar schools, affordable housing, tax collection and the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use.

The event was lively and heated at times, with passions particularly running high on the subjects of education and social care.

For the final question, panel members were asked to highlight the single reason which made them get into politics in the first place.

Paul Golder said that the questions posed revealed some interesting facts about what people really think.

“For an election that was supposedly called to settle the mandate on Brexit, I think we only heard the B-word once or twice in passing throughout the whole 90 minute debate. Immigration is supposedly another hot topic but no one expressed any views on this, either for or against.

“People in Brentwood are clearly more concerned about health, education and social care.

“All of the participants spoke with passion and eloquence and I would like to extend my thanks to them, and also to the people of Brentwood who came to listen to them.”

The show will be broadcast on 98.0 FM on Monday 29 May at 6pm and will also be available to hear online at and on mobile devices via the Phoenix FM app.

Also see: Phoenix FM’s 2015 general election hustings

Photos: from Bob Simpson (Phoenix FM) unless otherwise stated.

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Standon Calling – bigger and better than ever!

Standon Calling, Hertfordshire’s annual music festival is back again this summer. Some amazing acts are taking part, including headliners Orbital, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones along with Editors, Kate Tempest, KT Tunstall, Slaves, Laura Mvula, Gary Numan, British Sea Power and many more.

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In addition there are some fantastic DJ appearances to look forward to, including sets from Faithless, Idris Elba and Phoenix FM’s very own Steve Davis and Kavus Torabi!

We spoke to festival founder and director Alex Trenchard about the bands playing and you can hear the interview again here:

Along with great music, there’s also comedy, children’s entertainment and gourmet food. It’s one of our favourite festivals and we’re looking forward to going back again next year.

Standon is just a couple of miles to the west of Bishops Stortford and just 40 minutes’ drive from Brentwood. (We reckon that’s nearer than the V Festival in Chelmsford once you factor in traffic times …)

Standon Calling takes place from the 27th to the 30th of July. Tickets are on sale at

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Cutloose with Gareth Gates & Maureen Nolan!

Following an acclaimed 2016 UK Tour, the legendary 80s smash hit musical sensation Footloose: The Musical comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 22 – 27 May.

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Footloose: The Musical is produced by award-winning Selladoor Productions (Avenue Q, The Crucible, American Idiot) and stars Gareth Gates as Willard and Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore.

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Gareth Gates rose to fame through the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2001, going on to sell over 5 million records worldwide and have hits across the globe. His version of Unchained Melody sold over a million copies in the UK and is the 3rd best-selling single of the Noughties. More recently Gareth has enjoyed a successful career on stage, with credits including Les Misérables, Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Maureen Nolan has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old, when they became one of Europe’s first girl bands, The Nolans. Best known for their smash hit single I’m in the Mood for Dancing, The Nolans enjoyed phenomenal record sales worldwide, and worked with some of the world’s most respected artists including Frank Sinatra. On stage, Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim.

Based on the 1984 screen sensation starring Kevin Bacon, Footloose: The Musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. All hell breaks out as Ren breaks loose and soon has the whole town up on its feet. Featuring classic 80s hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and the unforgettable title track, Footloose: The Musical is set to take the world by storm once again in this brand new production, bursting with youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music.

Footloose: The Musical runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 22 – 27 May. Tickets are £19.50 – £35 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

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Cultura Brazil – show 143

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Seu Jorge at the Royal Albert Hall
‐ Cantor Ivan Lins in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Jump the Q season tickets on sale now for autumn 2017

See three fantastic shows from just £14 each

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is excited to announce its new season of superb comedy and thrilling drama to provide audiences with the very best in live entertainment.

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Tickets go on sale this weekend (13 May) for the theatre’s cost-effective jump the Q season ticket. By purchasing this season ticket, theatregoers can enjoy all three in-house productions from just £14 per show. It’s the most affordable way for audiences to their get theatre fix this autumn!

The season opens with a British premiere of the farcical comedy A Fox On The Fairway, written by Ken Ludwig, one of America’s most performed playwrights. This hilarious romp about love, life and a man’s eternal love affair with… golf is filled with headlong humour, exuberant personalities and romantic entanglements. It runs from 25 August – 16 September.

The madcap comedy continues with The Ladykillers from 3 – 21 October. Celebrated television writer Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) has adapted the Ealing classic which tells the story of how an old lady discovers the room she has let out to a string quintet is infact a hardened gang of criminals planning the great Kings Cross Train Robbery! The theatre is delighted to again be co-producing with New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Salisbury Playhouse on this humorous tale.

Finally, audiences will not want to miss the thrilling new adaptation of H.G.Wells’ iconic science-fiction novella, The Invisible Man. Filled with live music, illusion and adventure, this bold premier arrives on the stage in this suspenseful escapade by award-winning theatre maker Clem Garritty. It runs from 27 October – 18 November.

A jump the Q season ticket provides savings of up to nearly 45% on the best seats for all three Queen’s Theatre shows. Choose between a super-flexible Premium ticket for £52 or a super-affordable Saver for just £42 for the whole season! Book by 16 September 2017.

The season ticket is now on sale. Individual tickets for these three productions go on sale on 27 May. For further information about jump the Q and to book tickets, call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit

25 August – 16 September


A hilarious romp that hits a hole-in-one with British comedy

Golf and sex are the only things you can enjoy without being good at them’

Join two rival country clubs as they tee off for their annual golf tournament – but expect a lot of bunkers along the way. Club presidents Henry Bingham and Dickie Bell place a hefty bet on the outcome of the game, including Muriel Bingham’s beloved antique shop. Henry regrets this wager when he discovers his star player has switched sides – but his luck returns when his new assistant, Justin, turns out to be a phenomenally good golfer. After that narrow escape, nothing can possibly go wrong… can it?

This British premiere of a charmingly whacky adventure about love, life and a man’s eternal affair with… golf is filled with headlong humour, exuberant personalities and romantic entanglements. King of comedy Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy For You) pays tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Golfing has never been so outrageous!

3 – 21 October

THE LADYKILLERS by Graham Linehan

A new production of the award-winning stage adaptation that brings the much-loved Ealing comedy to life.

When Mrs. Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising ‘A Room to Let’, she’s delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet. She soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians, but harbouring a hardened gang of criminals and conmen planning the great Kings Cross Train Robbery!

Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd) has adapted this much-loved film for the stage, mixing madcap comedy and criminal capers to hilarious effect. As his master plan goes off the rails, and the bodies drop onto them, it begins to dawn on the Professor that, in Mrs. Wilberforce (and General Gordon, her extraordinary featherless parrot) he may have finally met his match.

From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose by special arrangement with Studiocanal and Fiery Angel Ltd, London.

27 October – 18 November

THE INVISIBLE MAN by Clem Garritty

A breath-taking new production of H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic filled with live music, illusion and adventure.

T The 19th Century draws to a smoggy close and in a small room on Great Portland Street, scientist Jack Griffin discovers something that has quite literally, never been seen before. Later, the arrival of a sinister figure wrapped in bandages in a small village in West Sussex sends the locals’ tongues wagging and suspicions racing. After a series of mysterious incidents, fears of the faceless man turn to terror and the villagers attempt to hunt him down – can Jack, plagued by his own obsession for power, find safety and return to normality?

H.G. Wells’ iconic science fiction novella arrives on the stage in this suspenseful escapade by award-winning theatre-maker Clem Garritty.

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Glenn Tamplin talks about Billericay Town’s progress on and off the field

“We will sign more players that will win this league, who are used to winning leagues two leagues up. Some serious signings are definitely going to made this week.”

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Owner and joint manager GLENN TAMPLIN met up with us to update our listeners on the club’s progress on and off the field.

Glenn talks about the improvements currently taking place at the ground, his recent talks with Basildon Borough Council, news about a fly-on-the-wall TV series, and his hopes on the quality of the squad he is assembling.

He also revealed that he will be writing a regular column about Billericay Town and non-league football for a famous national newspaper!

Contrary to reports elsewhere, Glenn confirmed that his friend Mark Wright did not take up a 20% stake in Billericay Town. Glenn is keen to only undertake media deals which help to grow the club.

The club has a number of pre-season friendlies confirmed, including:

Sat 15 Jul – St Albans (A)
Tue 25 Jul – Heybridge Swifts (A)
Sat 29 Jul – Concord Rangers (A)
Sat 5 Aug – Waltham Abbey (H)
Tue 8 Aug – West Ham XI (H)

Season tickets for 2017/18 are currently available at a reduced rate until 31 May. For more details visit

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East London and Essex talents shine in dance spectacular at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

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On Sunday 21 May, a feast of dance styles will come together as hundreds of young people from across East London and Essex showcase their talents in the Queen’s Theatre’s annual dance festival, First Feat.

It is a fantastic festival of creativity enabling local dance groups aged 11 – 19 from different backgrounds with varying styles and interests to be united by a passion for dance.

Audiences will see 13 dynamic performances from Essex Dance Theatre, Hotsteps Dance, Apogee Stars Stage School, Lose Control, Beverly Marks Stage School, East London Youth Dance Company, Jam Company and the Queen’s Theatre’s very own youth dance company, QDance.

Now in its 19th year, First Feat has been a major platform for celebrating local talent, involving thousands of young people over the years. Hosting this year’s event is choreographer and dancer for Boy Blue Entertainment, Tyrone Isaac-Stuart. He says, ‘You should come to First Feat and realise that it’s not impossible to want to dance. Be inspired, challenged and entertained. You’ll see some great performers and support dancers at all levels and abilities. Movement should reflect cultural diversity and seeing the youth perform (and their approach to dance) is really exciting. There are so many types of dance being showcased and it’s hard to find that variety being presented elsewhere. Opportunities and events like this don’t happen frequently enough in the dance world and certainly not at this level and quality – it’s a great performance space being shared by some fantastic groups.’

Young people aged 12 – 18 inspired by the event can develop their dance technique in a variety of styles by joining the theatre’s QDance company from September. For more information email

First Feat runs at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 21 May at 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, in person at the theatre or online at

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Playlist for 09 May 2017 (AOTW: Thousand Yard Stare – DeepDreaming EP/Stargrazing EP)

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Thousand Yard Stare continue the wave of “90s bands” who’ve reformed, found their old audience, made some new fans and continue to pump out new music and fantastic live sets. This month saw the release of two EPs – DeepDreaming and Stargrazing, out on their own Stifled Aardvark label.

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Thousand Yard Stare were always an “EPs band” – they released 11 between 1989 and 1993, in which time they were signed to Polydor and produced two seriously good studio albums, Hands On (which troubled the top 40 in 1992) and Mappamundi. I caught them live a few times during that period, once supported by The Jennifers (just before they became Supergrass) and also at the fantastic 90s version of the Marquee, which is sadly now a Wetherspoons pub. I also caught their comeback show at the Borderline two years ago and a couple of gigs and all-dayer appearances since, and they’re sounding better than ever, as these new tracks attest.

Eight songs? 33 minutes? All on one disc? Sounds like an album to me … You can buy it from their official website here.

Tonight’s playlist:

Parva – Good Bad Right Wrong
Thousand Yard Stare – Dystopia
Shame – Tasteless
Average Sex – We’re Done
Dewey – Loch Linnhe
Dronningen – Sugarbox
British Sea Power – Praise For Whatever
Taffy – Murkiii
Bait – Push The Elephant
Katalina Kicks – Killer
Thousand Yard Stare – Action Stations
Hoops – On Top
Echobelly – Hey Hey Hey
Yws Gwynedd – Neb Ar Ôl
Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You
Mammút – Breathe Into Me
Cardigans – You’re The Storm
Ben Folds Five – Battle of Who Could Care Less
Sleeper – Sale of The Century
Thousand Yard Stare – This Is A Weight
Angelica – Take Me I’m Your Disease
Mr Happy Chainsaw – Standing There
Senseless Things – Primary Instinct
Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign
Salad – Machine Of Menace
TeenCanteen – Millions
Supergrass – Lose it
Earl Brutus – The SAS And The Glam That Goes With It
Long Blondes – Only Lovers Left Alive
Dingus Khan – Made A List
Blur – Young And Lovely
Radiohead – Decks Dark

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Two podiums for Lochlan at Cadwell Park

Last weekend 15 year old schoolboy Lochlan Bearman competed in Rounds 3 & 4 of the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire.

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Cadwell is known as the mini Nurburgring said Bearman as it’s fast, twisty, narrow and if you come off you are going to have a big accident. It’s exhilarating to drive and through the section called the ‘Mountain’ the car gets airborne said the PhoenixFM driver.

Having been disappointed with his results of 9th and 5th at Brands Bearman was looking for a good result to get his Championship bid back on target. Practise went very well and saw him constantly in the top 4. In final practise we learnt that new tyres were worth about 2 seconds a lap and as I was closer than that on old rubber I felt confident going into qualifying.

“It’s important to time your runs in qualifying”, said Bearman, “as the tyres effectively have a 3 lap ‘window’ where they offer optimum performance and then they even out. In qualifying my plan was to get some space and put in 3 fast laps. Unfortunately as I started my first hot lap there was an accident which brought out the red flag stopping the session. When it was restarted I then encountered traffic which cost me time and ultimately the chance to go quicker on the new tyres. The end result was 5th on the grid 3 tenths off pole.”

In Race 1 Bearman made good start going around the outside of the long sweeping uphill Coppice corner and onto the back straight. As they came up to the braking zone for Park corner at over 100mph he made a move for 3rd but was blocked off. He held his position and began to slowly pull up to second place man when the Code 60 flag was deployed. This means there has been an incident and all drivers must slow to 60 KPH. At the restart the field had closed up and as Bearman worked to close the gap to second place he came under pressure from 4th. Now having to defend Bearman finally crossed the line in 3rd just 3/1000 ahead of 4th. I thought I’d catch second place but had to start taking more defensive lines which slowed me up and that’s as close a finish as I’ve ever been in.

In Race 2 he would start from 3rd on the grid. The 4th placed man made an incredible start and was leading by the time the cars turned into the left hand Coppice corner demoting Bearman to 4th. Bearman then gradually caught 3rd place but on the thin Cadwell Park track found 3rd position was being firmly defended. Eventually the PhoenixFM driver got through having planned his move and setting it up 3 corners in advance. I had to be close through the first 2 turns and onto the straight. I knew he would defend but as he moved back across to take the racing line I out braked him down the inside. Bearman was now looking safe in 3rd but as the race continued he suffered understeer in his car. The tyres had passed their best and I knew those around me were on good rubber said Bearman. The 4th placed man caught him on the last lap and Bearman had to use all his karting experience to keep him behind. At the very last corner the 4th placed driver dived up the inside but Bearman was ready. I knew he’d come in too hot so as he passed I undercut him and retook 3rd before the line – another close finish!

Lochlan said, “After Brands it was good to come away with a solid performance and 2 podiums. We’ve a few areas of the car to improve on and if I can find some money hopefully we can have those on the car for Silverstone at the end of May. Great to be back on the podium!”

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Cultura Brazil – show 142

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Graphic artist Paulo Mariotti exhibits at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Nação Zumbi returns to London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Queen’s Theatre launches new ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ scheme for two epic historical dramas

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has launched a new ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ initiative for two specially commissioned plays by two of the UK’s most exciting emerging playwrights.

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A talented cast from the renowned East 15 Acting School’s BA Acting course are set to stage a season of world premieres featuring two fantastic productions inspired by historical events. These brand new plays explore the current issues of sexuality, gender politics, migration and cultural identity and will be performed for the first time on the Queen’s Theatre’s stage.

The theatre is offering theatregoers an amazing opportunity to see two brand new pieces of work at no cost, but is asking for a donation to be made at the end of the performance which reflects what they thought of the piece.

Celebrated Camden writer Ché Walker’s (Royal Court and National Theatre) newly commissioned play, Anne Bonny and Mary Read takes its cue from the lives of the notorious 18th-century pirates and cross-dressing lesbian lovers. The cast of Anne Bonny and Mary Read will bring an epic historical canvas to life with burning modern questions.

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Playwright Samantha Ellis (Arcola, Birmingham Rep, Hamstead Theatre) tells the extraordinary tale of Dom Marco Raphael, who was supposedly the only Jew in England at the time of Henry VIII, picking his way through a murky world of court intrigue, racism and prejudice. With scintillating wit and piercing compassion The Only Jew in England brings to life a world of music, glamour, flirtation and gripping political tension.

East 15 Acting School has produced actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians for the international stage, TV, film and radio including Alison Steadman (Pride and Prejudice, Gavin & Stacey) who has endorsed the drama school. She said,

As a graduate of East 15, I am delighted to say that it is one of the most innovative drama schools in the country. I attribute the training and opportunities I experienced here hugely to my success as an actress. With two of the country’s most exciting playwrights heralding these brand new productions, I encourage you to see these sensational pieces of quality theatre. It’s a chance for you to see the stars of tomorrow; I have no doubt they will go on to have a bright and long-lasting future.’

Other graduates of East 15 include Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) Stephen Daldry (The Crown, Billy Elliot the Musical) and Ann Mitchell (Eastenders).

Anne Bonny and Mary Read runs at the Queen’s Theatre from 17 – 20 May and The Only Jew in England runs from 18 – 20 May. To reserve a seat call the Box Office on 01708 443333, visit in person at the theatre or online at (online reservations include a non-refundable £1 administration charge).

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Cultura Brazil – show 141

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Entrepreneurship for Brazilians in London
‐ British institutions open opportunity for internships for Brazilians
‐ Plastic artist Alexandre Gondim exhibits in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Intimate staging a hit with Queen’s Theatre audiences

Local audiences had their first chance to sit onstage at last night’s opening performance of Educating Rita and were left hugely captivated by this immersive viewing experience.

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The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has extended its stage to create a truly unique and intimate setting for Willy Russell’s iconic two-handed play. This rare opportunity enables a limited number of theatregoers every night to lose themselves in a piece of terrific theatre by sitting alongside the actors on stage.

The theatre spoke to audience members after the show about their experience. Many were delighted to have been able to see the production in this way as it enhanced their overall enjoyment of the classic comedy. Here are some of their comments:

Sitting on the stage was quite unique because you felt you were immersed in the room with them; we were very, very close. It was nice to see the intimacy with the actors talking to each other. If you’ve got the chance, the best seats in the house are certainly on the stage.’

The seats on the stage made it feel a bit cosier, really good idea, really good addition.’

I had a great opportunity of being on the stage so I really got involved within the show and felt every emotion. It was a really beautiful play.’

Excellent production and sitting on the stage was surreal.’

I enjoyed being in the heart of the show on stage.’

Willy Russell’s hilarious yet moving comedy, Educating Rita follows the story of a hairdresser wanting to better herself with higher education. Frank becomes her assigned tutor, but grudgingly accepts the challenge. Slowly, Frank realises that his enthusiastic student has much to teach him too – making him question himself, his work and his very being in the process.

Educating Rita runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch until 13 May. Tickets are from £18 – £29 and under 26s can sit onstage for £5. To book call the Box Office on 01708 443333, visit the theatre in person or go online at Please note the production is suitable for people aged 12+ as it contains some strong language.

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Die Well: join the photo conversation that celebrates life

People across Basildon and Brentwood are being asked to celebrate life by sharing their favourite images of friends, family or pets who have died in a bid to start conversations about why dying matters.

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The online campaign, called Die Well Essex, is being supported by Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group and other health, social care, charities and voluntary groups across Essex in the lead up to Dying Matters awareness week from 8-14 May.

Using Instagram, people are being encouraged to share their favourite images of people, places or things that celebrate life as well as acknowledging the reality of death.

It is hoped the social media campaign will start hundreds of conversations about why dying matters and help signpost people to the support and services available locally.

Dr Elizabeth Towers, Macmillan GP for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We’re looking for photos of places where people have felt happiest before dying or images of people and things that celebrate life in the face of death. It doesn’t have to be gloomy, although for some people the right image will contain sadness.

At the same time as sharing these pictures, we’re looking to start conversations about what people in the community can do to plan for dying and how people can support others in times of grief and bereavement.

Caring for people at the end of life is often the most difficult and overwhelming experience but talking about it and planning for dying can take a lot of the anxiety away.

As part of the wide network of health and care services supporting people to live and die well, it’s important to raise the profile of dying and to share experiences.”

Dr Gytha Clear Hill, Macmillan GP for Basildon and Brentwood, added. “I know some people wouldn’t wish to share personal photos on-line. However, I would encourage everyone, whatever their age or state of health, to talk about dying, death and bereavement and planning ahead.”

The online campaign will support the key theme of this year’s national Dying Matters awareness week – What Can You Do? – see for more information.

People can share images via their own Instagram account – all that is needed is a sentence on what the picture represents along with #DieWellEssex or tagging @DieWellEssex

Join in with the conversation in the lead up to, and during Dying Matters Week 8-14 May, on Twitter @DieWellEssex or by searching Die Well Essex on Facebook.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is also asking people to support the campaign by joining an Essex-wide Thunderclap using the following link

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MJ Hibbett: Twenty Golden GRATES

We don’t normally plonk up press releases on this website, but, you know, MJ Hibbett. I dare you not to smile …


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Today MJ Hibbett & The Validators are proud to unleash an old-fashioned thing in a dead moden way, for LO! their long-awaited greatest hits album Twenty Golden GRATES is now available for free as a Spotify Playlist.

‘We’re playing some festivals this summer,’ says drummer Tim Pattison, ‘and realised that there would be people there getting drunk entirely legally who hadn’t even been born when we released our first single, so made this for them as an introduction to our music.’

MJ Hibbett added, ‘Hopefully if enough Young People get to like us one of them will come round and show me how to reset the clock on the cooker. I just can’t work it out.’

The playlist features the the world’s first ever download single (‘Hey Hey 16K’), the last song ever played on Steve Lamacq’s Evening Session (‘The Lesson Of The Smiths’), the hold music at Bristol Science Centre (‘A Little Bit’) and many more. It’s available right now, right here:

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Playlist for 25 Apr 2017 (AOTW: Pyschedelic Porn Crumpets – High Visceral, Pt 2)

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My album of the week was a great new find for me – Perth (in Australia)’s PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS and their new offering, High Visceral, Pt. 2.


While I was hooked in initially by the unusual name (yeah, I’m a sucker for that) the first track that caught by ear was the wonderful KingCrimsonesque “Gurzle” and the rest of the tracks followed in the same vain – some less manic, reminding me of a slightly more proggy Tame Impala.

Going to go and check out Pt. 1 now. Also wondering if this page is going to get more or less hits than usual pages I post, due to the word “porn” in the title. If it works, expect to see more band names like this!

Tonight’s playlist:

Blur – Tracy Jacks
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Gurzle
Vince Petchey – Irene
Otoboke Beaver – Introduce Me To Your Family
Circa Waves – Goodbye
Radiohead – Just
Primitives – I’ll Trust The Wind
Temples – Oh The Saviour
Day Wave – Promises
Amazons – Junk Food Forever
Freak – I Like To Smile
El Presidente – Rocket
Formation – A Friend
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Move
Colour Of Spring – Frail
Heart Throbs – In Vain
Thousand Yard Stare – Epecuen
Asylums – Necessary Appliances
Superglu – Simmer Down
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Blondfire – Here And Now
Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Senseless Things – In Love Again
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – I Found Myself In Another Room
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
Pop Will Eat Itself – Token Drug Song
Carter USM – Lean On Me I Won’t Fall Over
Salad – I Want You
Sleeper – Statuesque
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – November

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Billericay Town FC: Glenn Tamplin announces plans for next season

Billericay Town FC owner and joint manager Glenn Tamplin has highlighted his plans for the 2017/18 season


Speaking to Billericay Fan TV, Glenn said:

“We’ve already spoken to five National Conference players – they’re all coming. We’re speaking to two others, so we’ll have at least seven new players that are better than the seven I’m releasing.

“I believe the side we have next year will be disgustingly good. ”

Glenn also said that by the start of next season there will be two new pitches and three new stands at the club.

The club have lined up pre-season friendly matches against West Ham United, Southend United, QPR (possibly), Ilford and Waltham Abbey.

The club have also announced new Season Ticket prices for the 2017-18 season.

Fans buying a season ticket before 31 May 2017 will receive an early bird discount.

Adults: £200 (£180 before 31st May)
Over 65’s & Students: £143 (£129)
Under 18’s: £59 (£38)
Under 12’s: £38 (£25)

To apply visit

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Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch partners with National Theatre to celebrate young performers

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is thrilled to be hosting four fantastic productions performed by youth theatre companies as part of the National Theatre’s annual Connections festival on 7 & 8 May. For just £5 theatregoers will be able to immerse themselves in two pieces of original theatre in one evening.

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The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year 10 new plays are commissioned for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

On Sunday 7 May, audiences will see two thrilling productions, Zero For The Young Dudes! performed by Green Shoes and The School Film presented by Outloud Productions. Zero For the Young Dudes! is a dark and meaty play that follows inmates living in a bizarre summer camp, plotting a revolution. Whilst The School Film tells the story of young viewers absorbing the adventures of characters in a 1940s film, but all is not as it seems.

The drama continues on Monday 8 May with Ormiston Rivers Academy performing The Monstrum, a gothic melodrama about the terrifying onset of adolescence. Tomorrow’s Talent will set audiences laughing with Status Update, which is a funny story of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out; everything from ridiculous myths to hard truths.

With 29 local festivals taking place across the country, the Queen’s Theatre is delighted to be partnering with the festival for the second year running and welcoming audiences to see an unforgettable feast of new writing.

The NT Connections Festival runs at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Sunday 7 May and Monday 8 May and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, online at or in person from the theatre.

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Cultura Brazil – show 140

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Singer Seu Jorge at the Royal Albert Hall
‐ Cine Clube Brasil on display at the Brazilian Embassy
‐ Singer Ivan Lins in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Enjoy a soothing afternoon of jazz with The Andrew Linham Quartet

Join Andrew Linham and guests for a sublime afternoon of jazz standards and original material on Friday 28 April at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch.

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Andrew Linham is an award-winning saxophonist and composer and currently works with some of the top London musicians in a variety of different ensembles. From playing balkan space jazz on clarinet with MIMIKA to straight ahead swing on baritone with London City Big Band, Andrew is a busy working musician performing in many varied and exciting settings.

This time, the talented musician will be joined by Darren McCarthy (Double Bass), Rob Brockway (Piano) and Dan Paton (Drums). The dynamic ensemble continues to impress audiences with their collection of original compositions and hip-swinging jazz rhythms.

Since 2007 Andrew’s quartet have taken their melodies all across the country and in 2012 they released their critically acclaimed album Abandoned Silence.

Andrew has a long standing affinity with the Queen’s Theatre since his youth and continues to be actively involved in a wide variety of roles from Musical Director to Composer and Sound Designer. He is currently working on a new fast-paced adaptation of the family favourite The Wind in the Willows as the Composer. The show has been written especially to mark the 25th anniversary of the theatre’s youth company, QYouth. It runs at the theatre from 8-9 July.

The Andrew Linham Quartet performs at the Queen’s Theatre on Friday 28 April at 2.30pm. Simply kick back, relax and welcome in the May Bank Holiday weekend with glorious jazz. Tickets are £6. To book, call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or visit

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Playlist for 18 Apr 2017 (AOTW: British Sea Power – Let The Dancers Inherit The Party)

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My first new show for about four weeks due to an extended hiatus at the Walk Centre in Nakuru, Kenya!

My album of the week was one that kept me company during that trip as it came out about three weeks ago – the highly anticipated Let The Dancers Inherit The Party by British Sea Power.


I’ve been playing some of the songs endlessly over the last weeks but it was good to get to grips with more of the album tracks on tonight’s show. It’s a much more even collection than previous efforts – and while I like the highs and lows that other albums such as Valhalla Dancehall and Do You Like Rock Music? offer, this is a pure and easy listen from start to finish, and head and shoulders above most of the offerings out there right now.

Tonight’s playlist:

Regular Fries – Africa Take Me Back
British Sea Power – International Space Station
Viva Brother – Darling Buds Of May
Darling Buds – Complicated
Vince Petchey – Janey’s Got Another Gun
Fields – If You Fail We All Fail
Thousand Yard Stare – Epecuen
Harkin – Independence Day
Camera Obscura – French Navy
A House – Take It Easy On Me
British Sea Power – What You’re Doing
We Are Scientists – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt
Sultans of Ping FC – Indeed You Are
Blondfire – Here And Now
Broken Social Scene – Halfway Home
Mantarays – Take Me Back
Unqualified Nurse Band – Death Surf A52
Taffy – RunicWade
Joy Zipper – Reaching For The Sun
British Sea Power – The Voice Of Ivy Lee
Hole – Awful
Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill
Trash – Rise Up
Peter118 – Radio
Salad – Shepherds’ Isle
Blur – There’s No Other Way
Radiohead – I Can’t
Marika Hackman – Boyfriend
Senseless Things – Lost Honey
Superglu – Simmer Down
Maximo Park – What Equals Love
Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin

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Match report: Billericay Town 3 Canvey Island 1

The biggest home attendance in years – 1,970 – watched the Blues win a hard-fought game 3-1 against local rivals Canvey Island.


Billericay dominated the early stages, with Jake Robinson, Danny Fitzsimons and Billy Bricknell all going close.

A clumsy push on Bricknell after 25 minutes led to a penalty, which the Blues’ top scorer duly converted.

Both sides had chances but the score remained 1-0 at half time. Players from Billericay Town’s various Colts teams had an opportunity to play on the pitch at the break.


The Gulls had more chances in the second half with George Sykes finishing well on 55 minutes to equalise.

Bricknell restored the lead 12 minutes later after being fed through by Fitzsimons.

Canvey defended stoutly but Robinson broke clear in the 90th minute and lobbed the keeper, Conor Gough, from 20 yards to seal a 3-1 win.

Other results confirmed that Billericay Town would not reach this season’s play-offs but the club look in good form and will be early favourites for next season’s Ryman League. The Blues climb to 9th and will finish higher with victory at Needham Market in the last game of the season on Saturday.

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Cultura Brazil – show 139

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Eliane Elias returns to London
‐ Caetano Veloso and Teresa Cristina at the Barbican Center
‐ Alex Senna expoe at Unit 5 Gallery

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Hundreds turn out for the first Essex Big Weekend

The first ever Essex Big Weekend went off with a bang this month!


Hundreds of people embraced the good weather on 1st and 2nd April and celebrated the county’s fantastic tourism industry, by visiting a huge range of attractions and sharing their memories on social media.

49 tourism businesses donated thousands of tickets and experiences to Essex Big Weekend, and there were over 86,000 applications for the free tickets in the online ballot. Two tickets per household were allocated by ballot to the lucky winners (some family tickets were available).

Attractions went out of their way to extend a warm welcome to ticket holders over the weekend, and lucky winners shared their pictures on Twitter and facebook for the chance to win some big prizes in the Essex Big Weekend ‘selfie’ competition.

Visit Essex Chairman Peter Murphy said: “We could not have asked for better weather – or a better welcome – for the first ever Essex Big Weekend. All the participating attractions got into the spirit of the weekend, and shared some lovely feedback from customers about the whole experience.

This event was designed to help re-ignite people’s passion for Essex by showing them just how much there is to see and do on their doorstep, and I’m pleased to say following initial feedback received, it seems to have done just that.”

Carol Jolly Visit Essex’s Marketing and PR Manager said “Our social media platforms were full of great posts and photos from the weekend, both from ticket holders and attractions. This is certainly an event that we hope will take place on an annual basis – roll on 2018!”

During the weekend, both the Chairman Peter Murphy and the Visit Essex Team, visited several participating attractions to show their support for local tourism.

The ‘selfie/photo’ competition was particularly difficult to judge, since all the photos posted were amazing. However, nine winners were chosen and have won prizes to Lifehouse Spa, Orsett Hall, Audley End Miniature Railway, Barleylands Farm, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Dedham Vale Vineyard, the Princes Theatre Clacton, and a Wilkins & Sons hamper of goodies. Essex resident Michelle Porter, one of the winners said ’Our family had such a fantastic day out at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, it was our first visit, and the staff were helpful and friendly. The whole Big Weekend was a fabulous idea, and it gave us a chance to explore a new place we wouldn’t have thought of visiting before’.

During the build-up, the @VisitEssex Twitter and facebook accounts saw over 100% increase in followers and during the weekend alone, the Visit Essex website had 20,000 page views.

Organised by Visit Essex, the Essex Big Weekend event aims to boost tourism and support leisure businesses by giving Essex residents the chance to discover – or rediscover – a huge range of attractions and activities across the county for free for one ‘big weekend’.

The Beach Huts at Promenade Park Maldon & Pirates Bay Golf, proved to be the most popular offers during the ballot, and entry to Colchester Zoo was second. Tickets to Audley End House & Gardens, Rope Runners, RHS Hyde Hall and the use of the spa facilities at the Lifehouse Hotel & Spa completed the top six and their combined applications drew in 37,500 bids.

Other tickets included entry to heritage sites, gardens, parks, museums, sports and leisure e facilities, and food and drink experiences.

Essex County Council and Visit Essex worked in partnership with destination management specialists Go To Places to deliver the first of many successful Big Weekend events in Essex.

Essex Big Weekend also formed part of the national celebrations for English Tourism Week 2017.

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Pharmacy opening times this Easter

Traffic on the roads at Easter is challenging and it can be just the same in A&E – so why not be smart and beat the queues in South West Essex this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14 – 17 April 2017).


Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.

Dr Alistair Lipp, Medical Director at NHS England Midlands and East (East) said:

“Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Friday and Monday, we would like to encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holiday.”

Pharmacy opening hours in Essex over the bank holidays can be found on along with information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units.

Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services.

Easter Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times for Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay and Pitsea are in the table below:


Easter Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times



Basildon Your Local Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA 08:30 – 17:30
Basildon Tesco Instore Pharmacy Mayflower Retail Park, Gardiners Link SS14 3HZ 08:00 – 20:00
Basildon Asda stores Ltd Heron Retail Park, Miles Grey Road SS14 3AF 09:00 – 18:00
Pitsea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 8 Northlands Pavement SS13 3DU 10:00 – 21:00
Pitsea Tesco Instore Pharmacy Off Station Lane SS13 3JU 08:00 – 21:00
Wickford Your Local Boots Pharmacy 16 Willowdale Centre SS12 0RA 08:30 – 18:00
Basildon Noak Bridge Pharmacy Limited 147 Coppice Lane, Laindon SS15 4JS 11:30 – 15:30
Basildon Your Local Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square    
Basildon Tesco Instore Pharmacy Mayflower Retail Park, Gardiners Link    
Basildon Asda stores Ltd Heron Retail Park, Miles Grey Road    
Pitsea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 8 Northlands Pavement SS13 3DU 10:00 – 16:00
Pitsea Tesco Instore Pharmacy Off Station Lane SS13 3JU 09:00 – 18:00
Wickford Your Local Boots Pharmacy 16 Willowdale Centre SS12 0RA 10:00 – 16:00
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Lochlan Bearman kicks off the new season at Brands Hatch

15 year old Phoenix FM-sponsored driver Lochlan Bearman kicked off his 2017 race campaign at the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

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Running with the established Jamsport team for the first time, Bearman was consistently one of the fastest in every practice session. “The car was working very well, and I was using old tyres so I knew there was more to come”, said Bearman.

In qualifying the top 5 were covered by 0.1 second, with Bearman in 4th place. Coming into Race 1 Bearman was confident of being able to compete for the win and got a good start completing lap 1 in 4th place but in a train of the first 5 cars. However all was not well. From lap 2 I was struggling to get the car off the corners as I had too much grip. Gradually the front 3 began to pull away and Bearman eventually succumbed to 5th place and was running in 5th. I was trying to cool the front tyres and hope that I could mount a challenge in the second half of the race but 6th place was keeping the pressure. Unfortunately the 6th place driver made an optimistic move going into Clearways corners and collected Bearman spinning them both out and taking himself out on the spot. Bearman recovered and eventually finished in 9th position.

Finishing 9th meant Bearman in the No36 car would start Race 2 from 9th on the grid. The team worked hard to repair the damage and get him to the grid on time. Again Bearman made a good start making 1 position before the first corner and another at Druids corner. He then had a battle with 6th place who was defending hard and eventually made a clever pass by using the undercut to pass into Druids. Bearman then set about catching 5th position. For a few laps the gain was small but then as his car began to work better he caught the car in front. They then had a multi lap battle that had the crowd and commentator thrilled as the two drivers ran side by side through corners lap after lap. Eventually Bearman made a brave and determined move braking super late and passing down the inside at Paddock bend. Once past Bearman in the Phoenix FM car pulled away and although his pace was faster than those in front the battle for 5th had slowed them down too much to be able to mount a challenge for 4th.

Lochlan said, “To be honest I’m disappointed. I really came expecting to compete for the win and be on the podium. If we had started race 2 from 5th then I think that would have been achievable. However, we shown we can be fast so I will take the positives and now focus on the next race at Cadwell Park on the 7th of May.”

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7 springtime tips for people with asthma

Fresh breezes, sunny spells, April showers and springtime blossom can be a problematic time of year for people with asthma.

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Sudden changes in the weather can make asthmatic symptoms worse but NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has seven tips that
help lessen the symptoms and reduce the risk of attacks.

Dr Ken Wrixon, the CCG’s respiratory lead, is reminding people with asthma to make sure they have enough of any prescribed steroids, reliever and preventer inhalers, as well as cough and cold remedies.

Colds and flu can make their asthma symptoms worse which can increase the risk of an asthma attack.

People with asthma and those caring for them are advised to:

1) Check you have a reasonable stocks of all prescribed asthma medications. This does not mean stockpiling your prescription items but you should have a spare preventer and reliever inhalers and enough steroid medications if you take these. Avoid running out so that you are prepared in the event of an attack and to help control your symptoms longer term. And if you don’t have to use your inhalers very often don’t forget to check that they are in date.

2) Keep your medicine cabinet stocked with over the counter medication. Cough and cold remedies should always be at hand as colds and flu can have a severe impact on asthmatics. Be sure to avoid any medications that might not be suitable for people with the condition. Ask your local pharmacist for advice

3) Keep warm. The weather might be brighter and warmer than previous months, but it can still be chilly so make sure you wrap up when outside. A snood, gaiter or a cosy scarf is still a must-have accessory in springtime.

4) Exercise indoors if it’s particularly cold or if pollen levels are high. Regular exercise keeps us all healthy and can reduce asthma symptoms, but it’s best to avoid exercising outdoors in very cold weather and when pollen levels are high, especially if these are triggers for your asthma.

5) Check your filters. Heating systems and car air filters help keep the air you breathe cleaner and reduce dust in the atmosphere. These should be changed regularly to avoid them becoming clogged and ineffective.

6) Keep dust at bay. Regular cleaning and dusting at home will keep dust levels low and avoid the particles entering your lungs and causing inflammation which can lead to asthma attacks. Bed sheets and duvet covers are also prone to dust and mites, so it’s a good idea to wash these in a hot wash once a week. You might need someone to help you with cleaning, if dust is a trigger for your asthma.

7) Have an asthma action plan/review your plan. You can download asthma action plans for adults and children at and fill these in with your GP or asthma nurse. An action plan will help you to monitor and stay on top of your symptoms and know when to seek help for your condition. You should review your plan with your GP or asthma nurse at least once a year.

Dr Wrixon, from the Deal Tree Surgery in Doddinghurst, said: “Although the worst of the cold weather is hopefully behind us, springtime can be particularly problematic for asthmatics as changes in the weather and a sudden increase of pollen in the air can make life difficult. It’s important to try to manage your symptoms as much as possible to avoid an asthma attack and taking medicines as prescribed by your doctor is important in aiding people with asthma to do this.”

For more advice see the NHS Choices website.

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Cultura Brazil – show 138

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Singer Seu Jorge plays David Bowie at the Royal Albert Hall

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Cultura Brazil – show 137

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Sculptor Waltercio Caldas exhibits in London for the first time
‐ Singer Antonio Zambujo plays Chico Buarque in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Match report: Billericay Town 0 Dulwich Hamlet 2

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Dulwich avenged their 3-0 home defeat at the weekend by coming away with all three points in this crucial clash at the New Lodge.

A massive crowd of 1,302 – the highest at Billericay for 12 years – weren’t able to watch the Blues climb into the playoff places for the first time this season.

Billericay enjoyed some early chances with O’Hara firing over and Ellul’s header going wide.

However it was Dulwich who took the lead with Ibra Sekajja’s header after 21 minutes.

The Blues continued to press with Bricknell having a goal disallowed for a foul on the goalkeeper, and Swaine going close with a header.

Dulwich doubled their lead on 33 minutes from an Ashley Carew free kick which took a deflection before going in.

Both teams had chances in the second half, with Ellul having another good chance and Swaine hitting the bar for Billericay, but they were unable to claw their way back into the game.

Dulwich now climb into the final playoff slot with two games in hand on most of their rivals, with Billericay four points adrift.

With five games to go, including matches against promotion rivals Leiston and Enfield, the Blues’ promotion push is far from over.


Billericay Town: Julian, Eyong, Lawrence, Konchesky, Swaine, Ellul, O’Hara, Johnson, Bricknell, Cunnington, Robinson.

Subs: Sprague, Krasniqi, Fitzsimons, McLeod, Taaffe

Dulwich Hamlet: Edwards, Weatherstone, Green, Kargbo, Drage, Chambers, Ming, Beaney, Tomlin, Carew, Sekajja.

Subs: Clunis, Akinyemi, Erskine, Dumaka, Taylor

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Phoenix FM 10th birthday: Jordan Gray

Jordan Gray came down to the Holiday Inn to chat to presenters Bob Simpson and Keith Rogers and play a few songs live, including new single Platinum.

There was also some news about a rather significant change of direction in her career … but to find out, you’ll have to watch it all again.

Jordan’s been a great supporter of the station over the last few years and it was great to get her down once again. You can find out more of her latest news on her official website.

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Cultura Brazil – show 136

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Singer Eliane Elias returns to London
‐ Caetano Veloso and Tereza Cristina together on the same stage in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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WE ARE 10!

Phoenix FM is 10 years old! Although we started been broadcasting short term/temporary licences since 1996, we were officially licenced by Ofcom in March 2007. We turned on our Brentwood transmitter and it hasn’t gone off since!

To celebrate we held our first ever outside broadcast from the Holiday Inn in London Road, Brentwood, with special guests popping in throughout the day.

Highlights included:

And here’s some photos:

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Mike Porter kicks off the first “outside broadcast” show at 10am

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Tony Smith and Mike Jones drop in with Mike

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Antonia Jones chats on air with Mike having just finished the breakfast show at our Brentwood Centre studios. Nigel Fitzmaurice is here too

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Lydia Lucy sang live in our new studio …

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… and posed for a group photo with some of the assembled Phoenix FM presenters and listeners

2017-03-25 012 Alan Johnson, Brian from Hollands Wine Bar

Alan Johnson chats live on air with Brian Kinnear from Hollands Wine Bar

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Alan Johnson chats to Between The Lines presenters Steve Robertson and Aaron Heanue

2017-03-25 016 Katy Forkings and Steve Robertson

Steve Robertson with 16 year old Katy Forkings from Chelmsford who also played live in the studio today

2017-03-25 017 Laura Try with Chris Hood

Endurance rower Laura Try met up with Chris Hood to chat on air about her amazing rowing marathon

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Billericay Town Fans’ Forum – new signings, new badge

Phoenix FM are at tonight’s Billericay Town fans forum.


There’s a bumper turnout tonight for the second forum since Glenn Tamplin took over the club at the end of last year, with over 200 fans in attendance.

New signings

Owner Glenn Tamplin confirmed the signing of Jamie O’Hara and Jake Robinson, the latter from Hemel Hempstead where he has socred 27 goals this season.

Jamie came out briefly to greet the fans to a big cheer!

GT announced to another big cheer that as a result of this, Billericay Town were trending in the top 5 on Twitter today!

Ground improvements

The club has submitted plans to the council for a full size astroturf pitch and gym/bar area behind the main ground, which will have seating on all sides.

Billericay Town’s wages are up to £20K per week and the club is aiming to have 1,500+ people per week to sustain this.

One of the stands would accommodate disabled supporters and GT said it may be named after Harry Parker, a young disabled fan who the club has been supporting.

GT promised that the club would not be “another Micky Woodward”.


The official website has been redesigned by the club’s unofficial website designer James who talked through the new features, and fielded a lot of questions from fans about possible new features for the site.

New club badge

GT introduced the three new potential badge designs and asked for a show of hands from the fans to see which one would be adopted as the new club badge.

After a show of hands badge #2 was chosen as the winner. And here it is:

Billericay Town badge

The Ladies and Colts team will also adopt this badge, rather than have their own one.

Dulwich Hamlet match

GT feels ays that this Saturday’s match at Dulwich Hamlet will decide the club’s fate for this season. He says they will have 3,000 fans there and he wants as many fans as possible to get behind the team.


The club is looking for volunteers to help with stewarding, marketing, looking after the pitch. If anyone wants to help the club and its community GT says it will be very greatly appreciated.

Questions from fans

1. Is the club comfortable that they have the right team going forward?

GT: the team winning the Conference South is on £8K a week and Billericay Town FC, as stated earlier, is on £20K. If the current team can’t win the National League South then there is something wrong. The club may need 2 or 3 more players to strengthen.

2. Will the club need to move with the proposed development of the ground?

GT: I want to get this done in the close season, to blitz it. Basildon Borough Council have said approval won’t be given until 8-10 weeks at the earliest, so I hope we can get the astroturf development done in the summer and then deal with the ground after that.

The new stands will probably go up at the end of next season.

The club has 7 years left on its lease and is aiming to get another 30 years added to this.

3. How much parking will there be?

GT: The new plans are allowing for 150 cars.

4. There has been a lot of rumours about Mark Wright getting involved.

GT: We are teetering on the edge about Billericay Town being a PR stunt. Mark Wright wants 20% of the club, but doesn’t want to inject any cash – he will bring enhanced media attention instead.

I will bring Mark in if he brings something tangible to the club.

5. What will happen about the floodlights?

GT: We have bought floodlights from Arsenal’s training ground at Hale End and we have taken on West Ham’s groundsman. They will arrive tomorrow and be fitted next week.

The substation will be upgraded.

6. Have you considered making the main pitch 4G?

GT: As a businessman I would like to get both pitches 3G as they can be hired out all year round, but I love football so I am going to keep the main pitch grass. (This got a loud round of applause).

GT then wrapped up the meeting with a free bar for the next hour!

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Jamie O’Hara signs for Billericay Town

Jamie O’Hara has signed a deal with Ryman League Premier side Billericay Town.

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Credit: Nicky Hayes Photos/Billericay Town FC

30-year-old Jamie, who played in the Premier League for Tottenham and was a £5million signing for Wolves, has followed Paul Konchesky in joining the blues.

Owner/manager Glenn Tamplin is continuing to steal the headlines in his attempt to bring the team to the Football League.

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Credit: Nicky Hayes Photos/Billericay Town FC

Jamie explained to TalkSport that he was persuaded by Tamplin’s friend Mark Wright, who is reported to be investing in the club.

The news was officially announced at the club’s Fans Forums which took place at the ground at Blunts Wall Road.

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Playlist for 21 Mar 2017 (AOTW: Bait – Bait)

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My album of the week goes to the self-titled debut release from Bait.


Bait are made up of duo Michael Webster and Luke Branch, who are otherwise known as one-half of Southend indie band Asylums. Bait is a more earthy, visceral affair – heavier, angrier and more complex, yet still retaining a sense of fun and elation. You can buy it at Cool Thing Records.

Tonight’s playlist:

Senseless Things – Should I Feel It
Bait – Push The Elephant
Circa Waves – Fire That Burns
La Bete Blooms – Breaking In
Otoboke Beaver – Sawarantoite
Trusted – Good To Bad
Darling Buds – Evergreen
S*M*A*S*H – Erin
Trash – Rise Up
Kill For Eden – Woke Up Alone
Bait – Hate One Another Love Yourselfie
Desperate Journalist – Be Kind
Midway Still – Something And Nothing
Andy J Gallagher – I Don’t Wanna Be Like You
Afghan Whigs – Demon In Profile
Surge – Shame
Mantarays – Superstar
Oblong – S’Dim Ots Da Fi
The Rah’s – Sweet Talker
Bait – I’m Still Here
British Sea Power – Electrical Kittens
An Emotional Fish – Celebrate
New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Big
Heart Throbs – She’s In A Trance
Five Thirty – You
Trash Can Sinatras – One At A Time
Buffalo Tom – Taillights Fade
Jesus and Mary Chain – Far Gone And Out
Audioweb – Test The Theory
Gomez – Get Myself Arrested
Divine Comedy – Thrillseeker
Make Up – Born On The Floor

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Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch reaches fundraising target

A number of Queen’s Theatre staff successfully raised their target of £3,000 for the theatre’s brilliant Learning & Participation department by competing in the Brentwood Half Marathon and 5K race at the weekend.

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Douglas Rintoul, Tom Lowe & Abi Booth – Half Marathon runners

Cheered on by friends and colleagues, Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul joined thousands of runners in the annual event, finishing the course in an impressive hour and 59 minutes – a personal best.

Joining him was Abi Booth (Wardrobe) who ran the course in two hours and 15 minutes and Tom Lowe (Communications) who finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Running in the 5K race on the same day was Claire Bailey-Day (Administration), Lewis Tomlinson (Workshop) and Peter Thorne (Front of House).

There’s no resting for Douglas Rintoul however, as he is set to run again in the Hackney Half Marathon on 30 April.

The Learning & Participation department offers a variety of programmes that enables everyone the chance to discover and nurture their performing arts talents. Last year, the Learning & Participation team at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch facilitated 20,670 engagement opportunities across Havering, East London and Essex with people of all ages and backgrounds. This includes producing high quality productions involving the local community, training young people in theatre skills both on stage and behind the scenes and assisting schools in delivering the curriculum in an innovative way. This year the youth theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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Lewis Tomlinson, Peter Thorne & Claire Bailey-Day – 5K runners

The Queen’s Theatre’s thanks everyone who has donated so far. The theatre has recently faced significant cuts from local government so donations are vital for the theatre to continue bringing arts into the community. As a registered charity, the Queen's Theatre receives regular funding from the London Borough of Havering and is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation but also relies on donations and a wide range of fundraising activities and initiatives in order to be able to continue its work across the region.

For more information about the Queen’s Theatre and its Learning & Participation programme visit

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Why buying your own simple painkillers could be a tonic for your local NHS

Prescriptions for paracetamol and other basic over-the-counter medicines are swallowing up NHS money which could be better spent on other healthcare services.

Simple painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be bought for pennies from pharmacies and supermarkets. But they cost the NHS more than six times as much when they are provided on prescription.

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That is the message from healthcare commissioners Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Thurrock CCG who are running an ongoing joint campaign to tackle medicines waste.

The CCGs are asking patients to purchase basic medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen themselves instead of asking GPs for a prescription. GPs in south west Essex currently write about 110,000 prescriptions a year for readily available painkillers at a potential cost of £3.75million to both organisations.

Denise Rabbette, Head of a joint dedicated Medicines Optimisation team covering both CCGs, said: “The NHS is facing huge financial pressures and we want people to be aware of the costs associated with GP prescriptions for simple painkillers that are available to buy over the counter without a prescription at pharmacies and supermarkets.

“Sixteen paracetamol or ibuprofen tablets are available for between 19p and 50p but every time a doctor writes a prescription, the NHS incurs additional charges through dispensing and administrative fees – and if GP time is also included the costs are even higher.

“By choosing to purchase their own simple medicines as part of their weekly shop, patients can help us save money that we can invest in other local health services. Patients won’t need a doctor’s appointment but can still get any advice they need from their local pharmacist.”

The CCGs recognise that patients with existing medical conditions who require paracetamol and ibuprofen in large quantities or higher doses may want to continue receiving them on repeat prescription.

Instead the campaign is targeting people who may go to their GP and get painkillers on prescription for short term complaints such as headaches, sore throats and sprains. The hope is that those patients will be prepared to buy their own paracetamol and ibuprofen with advice from a local pharmacist about self care, if required.

In a shop/supermarket an adult aged 16-plus can buy 16 paracetamol and 24 ibuprofen 200mg or 32 paracetamol over-the-counter. In a pharmacy a pharmacist may allow an adult to purchase a maximum of 96 paracetamol and 96 ibuprofen.

This ‘buy your own painkillers’ initiative is part of the wider Waste Not, Want Not Medicines Waste campaign to tackle the issue of unused prescription medicine which is estimated to waste around £2.5million locally.

Some ways in which you can support our Medicines Waste campaign:

  • Think about how you can take better care of yourself and talk to your pharmacist at the first signs of feeling unwell
  • Buy your own paracetamol/ibuprofen for short term complaints
  • Check your cupboards, only order the medicines you need and don’t stockpile prescription items
  • Take medicines exactly as prescribed by your doctor or the pharmacist
  • Ask your pharmacist for a medicines use review
  • Remember that antibiotics do not work for MOST colds, coughs, sore throats or earache. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own
  • Accept that your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics if he feels they are absolutely necessary
  • Remember to take your medicines with you if you go into hospital
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Spring to it and befriend an elderly neighbour

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are out but nothing brightens the day for an older person as much as a cup of tea and a chat.


Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to keep an eye on vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

Trees are beginning to burst into blossom but winter illnesses are still about and older community members, in particular those who live on their own, often find themselves alone and unable to help themselves, especially if they fall ill.

Start the conversation by stopping to talk to your elderly neighbours if you see them out on the street and ask if they need support with anything. The help you offer could be as simple as helping them carry shopping home or offering assistance with household chores or gardening. Don’t be afraid to offer to get their medication if they’re not able to and if you’ve able, make sure they’re taking it as prescribed.

Sharing a meal is a great way to help someone and a healthy diet helps people to keep immune systems strong to fight off illness. If you can see an elderly relative, friend or neighbour is not looking or acting themselves, encourage them to visit their local pharmacist for advice.

Dr Anita Pereira, the CCG’s frailty aligned neighbourhood lead for West Basildon, said: ‘’It’s not always easy to take the first step, but more often than not people will appreciate offers of help and support. It’s important for communities to look out for each other to help us all stay well.”

If you’re an older person experiencing feelings of isolation, there are ways to help yourself overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out. Find more information at NHS choices.

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Cultura Brazil – show 135

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Talk about Marechal Rondon at Kings College
‐ British institutions open opportunity for Brazilians
‐ Keyboardist Eumir Deodato returns to London
‐ Brazilian film to be shown on Regent Street
‐ Singer Flavia Coelho performs in London

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Midway Still – this is how it ends?

Described by the NME – a real, influential part of the UK music press at that time – as “Britain’s answer to Nirvana”, Midway Still burst onto the music scene in the early 1990s, recording a Peel session on Radio 1 soon after they formed. They even had Radiohead as a support band!


The band released two albums at that time – Dial Square and Life’s Too Long but then split around 1994. After a long hiatus they got back together in 2010 and recorded three more studio albums – Note To Self, Always Ends and Go Team No Help.

They also recorded one of my favourite Phoenix FM sessions in 2012 when they took part in our annual Creative Sessions at the Brentwood Centre. At 10.50 in the morning!!

The band recently announced they had played their final UK gig at the end of 2016, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to play with the Sensless Things at their Hull warm up on Sunday. That struck a chord with me as I’d seen the two bands play together in 1991. I still have the T shirt!

Paul and Russell spoke to me about the gig and their thoughts on the band’s future. You can hear it again here:


(BTW, if you didn’t know, “This Is How It Ends” is one of their songs. Go to your record shop and buy it).

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Local groups commit to Brentwood Fairtrade

Brentwood Fairtrade organisers were at Woody’s in Shenfield today for their annual review of their group’s activities and to certify organisations who adhere to the group’s aims.

Fairtrade is a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainable farming.

Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.

Phoenix FM, represented by Steven Roach, was among the local organisations certified Fairtrade this year.

Also present were Brentwood Fairtrade organisers Caryl Kwei, Marjorie Tulloch and Emma Kindell; Lisa Wickington from Woody’s; and Carolyne Williams and Evie Green from Holly Trees Primary School.

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Match preview: Kingstonian v Billericay Town


Last Saturday Billericay Town FC beat Burgess Hill 4-0 and kept up the pressure on the top teams for a playoff place.

Tomorrow the team travel to Kingstonian for an away game – a win and 3 points is required.

There are eight games left. Billericay’s form is better than those we are chasing, Leiston, Tonbridge, Wingate, Dulwich and Needham, but positive results are required for our remaining games

Work has continued during the week improving the ground facilities as well as the pitch. The new owner, Glenn Tamplin continues to do what he promised at the Fans Forum in December 2016. The next Fans Forum is due to take place on the 23rd March – everyone is welcome.

Billericay will play Tonbridge in the Ryman League Cup Final on the 12th April. Billericay’s next home match is on the 28th March v Dulwich, one of the playoff contenders.

Two new players have been added to the squad this week, Byron Lawrence, midfielder signed from Leiston and Sam Alderson on loan from Leyton Orient. Isaac Layne has been released by the club.

It would be good to see a big crowd at the away match tomorrow supporting the team, there are only eight games left and hopefully the playoff matches too.

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Playlist for 14 Mar 2017 (AOTW: The Shins – Heartworms)

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My album of the week goes to the new release from The Shins – Heartworms.

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Heartworms is their fifth studio album and was released on 10 March – it’s their first studio album in five years. The album was produced by James Mercer.

Tonight’s playlist:

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Shins – Name For You
The Rah’s – Sweet Talker
Midway Still – Better Than Before
Surge – Shame
Warm Digits and Field Music – End Times
Black Honey – Somebody Better
Senseless Things – Lost Honey
Kidsmoke – Waves
Trusted – Good To Bad
Shins – Dead Alive
Andy J Gallagher – Boy Racer
Afghan Whigs – Demon In Profile
Darlia – Ballad Of Black And White
Soviet Soviet – Fairy Tale
Jacques – No Kamikaze
Blur – Coping (Andy Partridge demo)
Public Service Broadcasting – Progress
Los Campesinos! – Renato Dell’Ara (2008)
Shins – Painting A Hole
Vant – Put Down Your Gun
Mr Happy Chainsaw – Standing There
Darling Buds – Complicated
Ride – Charm Assault
Idles – Mother
British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
Are We Static – Take Your Time
Terrorvision – Ships That Sink
Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
Kingmaker – When Lucy’s Down
Circa Waves – Fire That Burns
Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids

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ACT F.A.S.T if you spot the symptoms of a stroke

People in Basildon and Brentwood are being reminded to call 999 immediately if they notice any single one of the symptoms of a stroke in themselves or others.

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Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the Act F.A.S.T. campaign which highlights the common symptoms of stroke and mini strokes.

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential.

But research for Public Health England shows that one in four people would wait to call an ambulance because they wrongly believe that they need to see two or more symptoms of stroke before making the call. Other barriers to dialling 999 include feeling that they need permission to act on behalf of others.
The ACT F.A.S.T. campaign urges people not to delay making that life or death call.

The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word F.A.S.T.

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both their arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time – to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs

Additional symptoms of stroke and mini stroke can include:

  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden memory loss or confusion
  • Sudden dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, especially with any of the other symptoms

The latest available information (31 March 2016) shows that in Basildon and Brentwood there were 4,919 people on GP registers having had a stroke or TIA. The figures represent 1.8 per cent of people on local GP registers which is slightly above the national rate of 1.7 per cent.

Dr Subrata Basu, the clinical involvement lead for stroke at Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and the faster someone gets emergency treatment, the more chance that person has of surviving and avoiding serious disability.

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“We are reminding people not to delay an emergency call – even if only one symptom is being shown – a fallen or sloped Face, unable to lift Arms above their head, slurred Speech then it’s Time to call 999. Act F.A.S.T. is a simple phrase to remember and act upon.”

While many people think that strokes only happen to older people, they but can strike anyone at any time. You can find out the factors that can increase your risk here.

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The Night Siren – sterling performance from one of rock’s grandmasters

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Steve Hackett is renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician. He was lead guitarist with Genesis as part of their classic line up with Gabriel, Collins, Banks and Rutherford, who produced several of the band’s most acclaimed albums including ‘Selling England by the Pound’ (a favourite of John Lennon) and ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’.

Since leaving Genesis he has worked on dozens of compositions, involving influences from many genres, including Jazz, World Music and Blues, and the hard-working musician is about to release his 25th solo album, The Night Siren.

Steve’s music has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years with his last release, 2015’s Wolflight, reaching no 31 in the UK album charts. A live recording of his Genesis Revisted tour in 2012 fared better, reaching no 24. They were his highest-charting solo albums since 1983, when he releasd three top 20 albums in three years.

Steve spoke to Phoenix FM’s Paul Golder about the release which continues Wolflight’s theme of exploring world music. The presence of instruments such as the tar and uilleann pipes certainly gives it that feel, but it is still very much a rock album – tracks such as the Martian Sea cast a nod to the Beatles’ psychedelic phase, while other songs such as lead track In The Skeleton Gallery have Hackett’s trademark grandiose guitars and towering production.

The album’s launch party took place last night in Islington’s beautiful Screen On The Green cinema.

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The Night Siren is released on 24 March on InsideOut Music.

Steve will be playing the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on 10 May – tickets and more information can be found at his official website.

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Cultura Brazil – show 134

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Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

In this week’s show:

‐ Singer Seu Jorge will perform in honor of David Bowie at the Royal Albert Hall
‐ Caetano Veloso and Teresa Cristina in London playing Cartola

You can hear the show every Saturday evening at 2100 UK time.

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Lochlan Bearman prepares for new season

With the start of the Formula 1 season it marks the start of the 2017 UK National racing season and Phoenix FM’s driver Lochlan Bearman is completing his preparations for the 2017 Ford Fiesta Racing Series.


After a disappointing end to last season where Bearman narrowly missed out on 3rd place in the Championship in his rookie season, Lochlan has been signed by the Jamsport Team who have run the Championship winning drivers for the past few seasons.

They have been working on Lochlan’s car and have been super impressed with him after 2 test sessions with the team where he has been the fastest car on the circuit both times.

“The car has felt great with the Jamsport set-up and I’ve been really impressed by the professionalism in the team. I feel that with Jamsport I have all the support I need to mount a challenge for the 2017 Championship”, said 15 year old Bearman.

“It felt as if I’d been out of the car for such a long time but within a couple of laps I was back into the groove. This season will be different as I will have 3 team mates with whom to share data, access to a data engineer so that we can analyse any areas where I could gain more time and also a driver coach which is something I’ve never had before. From karting I know how important it is to get feedback and data from multiple drivers as it helps you reach set-up decisions faster.

Getting back into the car also revealed that Bearman has grown 5 or 6 inches in height since October last year. “Obviously I knew I had grown as I had to have a new race suit but to not fit into my cae was strange. It was quickly sorted before my first time back out on track at Rockingham.

“We are going to some great circuits this season and I just can’t wait to start.”

Bearman currently has funding for the first half of the season and anyone wishing to get involved or help can contact him through

2017 Ford Fiesta Junior Championship Calendar
Rounds 1 & 2 – 8/9 April Brands Hatch
Rounds 3 & 4 – 6/7 May Cadwell Park
Rounds 5 & 6 – 27/28 May Silverstone National
Rounds 7 & 8 – 17/18 June Rockingham
Rounds 9 & 10 – 15/16 July Snetterton 300
Rounds 11 & 12 – 19/20 August Silverstone National
Rounds 13 & 14 – 16/17 September Croft

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Playlist for 7 Mar 2017 (AOTW: Los Campesinos! – Sick Scenes)

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My album of the week goes to the new release from Cardiff’s finest Spanish peasants, Los Campesinos! (I never understood why they didn’t have the upside exclamation mark in front of their name too. If ¡Forward, Russia! can do it …)


This is the first release in four years, after the band went on a hiatus and got real jobs (I know that feeling). The band’s music has always been easy to listen to, but the new songs have managed to retain an edgy energy. The album is out now on Wichita.

Tonight’s playlist:

XTC – Life Begins At The Hop
Los Campesinos! – Renato Dell’Ara (2008)
Sunflower Bean – Come On
Blushing – Tether
Darling Buds – Evergreen
Wild Things – I Think You Can Do Better
Temples – In My Pocket
Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
Maximo Park – What Did We Do To You To Deserve This?
Idles – Mother (clean)
Senseless Things – Lost Honey
Big Moon – Sucker
Apeman Spaceman – Have Not Love
Los Campesinos! – For Whom The Belly Tolls
La Bete Blooms – Breaking In
False Advertising – Not My Fault
Darling Buds – Guess The Good Parts
Ride – Charm Assault
British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
Mr Happy Chainsaw – Standing There
Maker – Move Your Feet
Kasakela – Feel The Change
Freak – Cake (clean)
AC Acoustics – Mother Head Sander
Blur – Chemical World
Melys – Ambulance Chaser
Lush – Kiss Chase
Sleeper – Statuesque
Placebo – The Bitter End
Mega City Four – Peripheral
Suede – Beautiful Ones
Sultans of Ping FC – Football Hooligan (Live)

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Basildon and Brentwood CCG stages annual patient event for patient reps

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has held its annual patient event at Basildon’s Towngate Theatre.

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Local people involved in Patient Participation Groups at their GP practices and members of the CCG’s locality Patient Engagement Groups were invited to meet the CCG executive team and hear about the plans for local health and care services over the next five years.

The event also created a market style experience with a wide range of support organisations showcasing their services.

The CCG’s Accountable Officer John Leslie delivered an update on the work of the CCG. In November 2016 the CCG Board made a number of changes to its Service Policy (SRP) and Intermediate Care Services to put the local NHS on a more sustainable footing following a formal public consultation.

Mr Leslie also addressed patients on the challenges that lie ahead and outlined the latest plans for the Mid and South Essex Success Regime. The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is the region’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which is being developed to sustain health services and improve care.

There were also presentations on:

  • Out of Hospital Services and how care will be managed in the future for patients with acute ailments and those with complex and long term condition
  • Self care and the key role people have in protecting their own health
  • The work of the CCG’s Patient and Community Reference Group (PCRG)

Patients and representatives from the support organisations had the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and take part in workshops.

Alison Reeve, Lay Member and Chair of the CCG’s PCRG, said: “Our Annual Patient Event was a really good opportunity for patients to network, meet with CCG staff and hear about the work of the CCG and it’s future plans for local health services. There were also a number of workshops where patients were able to give their views and opinions to CCG staff on upcoming projects.

“I enjoyed meeting with our patient group members and listening to their comments first-hand. We’ve received some really positive feedback on the day and will take all of the comments into consideration when planning our next event.”

  • If you would like to help shape your local health service, you can get involved in the Patient Participation Group at your GP practice. If your GP practice does not currently have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) you can still get involved in the CCG’s work by coming along to the Patient Engagement Group (PEG) for your locality. You don’t need any special experience or qualifications. For further information on getting involved email
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    What do you do when a child in your care is unwell?

    Parents and carers in Basildon and Brentwood are being reminded to make sure they know how to deal with common childhood winter illnesses as the cold weather continues.

    Young children are more vulnerable to coughs, colds and infections because their immune system is still developing.

    An adult may get two to four colds a year but children can get eight to 12 and most of these can be treated at home with over the counter medication and rest.

    It can be difficult to know the best way to care for children when they become ill but Dr Sooraj Natarajan, who is the clinical lead for paediatrics at Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “All parents worry when their child is poorly, but most of the time childhood illness can be managed at home with advice from your pharmacist and lots of rest.”

    Speak to your local pharmacist as a first point of call. They can advise on the appropriate over the counter medicines that are suitable for your child’s age.

    If you continue to have concerns and want to talk to someone, call NHS 111 to speak to one of their trained advisers.

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    Dr Natarajan, who is GP Principal at the Tile House Surgery in Brentwood, said: “If your child needs more urgent medical attention please call NHS 111. This is also the number to call for out-of-hours GP services locally. If you are worried that your child is very unwell, for example with breathing difficulties, or is floppy and unresponsive, then you should go to A&E or call 999.”

    Colds and bugs can be managed with pain relief, oral rehydration solution and cough mixture. It’s worth having a thermometer at home to check your child’s temperature. You can check the NHS website ( for details on how to care for a child with a high temperature or download the self care fact sheet Fever in Children here.

    If your child has an upset tummy or flu it’s best to keep them away from the elderly and other children who can be vulnerable to infection. Children should learn good hygiene early and be encouraged to wash their hands regularly, particularly after playing, going to the toilet and before eating.

    For more advice on staying well this winter visit

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    Former England International joins the Blues

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    Former West Ham, Liverpool and England defender Paul Konchesky has signed for Billericay Town.

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    35-year-old Konchesky, who has two England caps, has roots in the area, playing for Great Danes in Brentwood as a junior. He has signed a year contract with an option for a second team.

    Konchesky went on to play 621 games for a variety of league clubs, including the 2006 FA Cup final and the 2010 Europa League final with Fulham.

    He told us why he’d decided to drop down four divisions and what his hopes and expectations are for the future.

    Billericay Town FC Glenn Tamplin also spoke to us about Paul’s arrival, and the departure of Billericay Town manager Craig Edwards, which was also announced this evening.

    You can hear the interview at the audio link at the top of this page.

    Billericay’s next game is away to Harlow on Saturday; they are currently 10th in the Ryman League Premier, nine points from a play off place.

    Paul Konchesky will be in the Phoenix FM studio for the next edition of the West Ham Way, on Wednesday 8 March at 7pm.

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    Playlist for 28 February 2017 (AOTW: Vant – Dumb Blood)

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    Tonight’s album of the week: VANT – DUMB BLOOD

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    Dumb Blood is the debut studio album by London rock band VANT. The album, produced by Sam Miller, was released on 17 February 2017 by Parlophone.

    A lot of VANT’s lyrical themes deal with political issues, with Mattie citing inspiration from global issues; “My concerns are worldwide things. It’s not strictly centred around the UK – it’s wars, global conflict, global warming.” With this philosophy, VANT prefer to refer to their origin as ‘Planet Earth’ – rather than associate with a particular nationality. Of this issue, Mattie says “I don’t believe in borders, I was born on Planet Earth”.

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Honeyblood – Justine, Misery Queen
    Darling Buds – Complicated
    Vant – Put Down Your Gun
    Amazons – Black Magic
    QTY – Dress Undress
    Are We Static – Take Your Time
    Assist – Wonderful
    Shambolics – Love Collides
    Vant – Do You Know Me?
    Blushing – Tether
    False Advertising – Not My Fault
    Ride – Charm Assault
    Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
    Sleater-Kinney – Jumpers
    Idles – Mother
    Frau Pouch – Ham Planet
    Oblong – Sant Max
    Vant – Parking Lot
    Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
    At The Drive In – Incurably Innocent
    Senseless Things – Keepsake
    Charly Bliss – Glitter
    Trusted – Turbulence
    Salad – Terrible Day
    Post War Glamour Girls – Chipper
    British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
    Roadcase Royale – Get Loud
    Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
    Amber Arcades – It Changes
    Horse Party – Paydirt
    Slowdive – Star Roving
    Echobelly – Anarchy and Alchemy
    Gallops – Pale Force

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    The 1975, Mumford and Sons and Fleet Foxes to headline Latitude

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    Latitude Festival has announced the line up for their twelfth edition, which takes place on Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th July 2017 in the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk. Tickets are available here.

    Fresh from their Best British Group win at the BRIT Awards and two sold-out nights at the O2 Arena, The 1975 will headline Friday night at Latitude, bringing with them a remarkable stage set up and a fiercely dedicated fan base. Following last year’s critically acclaimed No.1 album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, the Manchester outfit have gone from strength to strength over the last four years, going on to sell out arenas across the world since first performing on The Lake Stage back in 2013.

    Mumford & Sons will take to the Obelisk Arena as Saturday night headliners in a UK Festival Exclusive. The Grammy Award winners will be bringing their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover to Henham Park, presenting their personally curated Saturday line up of some of today’s biggest new bands, before bringing the night to a close with an unmissable headline performance.

    Mumford & Sons said:

    “This collaboration with Latitude is one of the most exciting things we’re doing this year. Ever since we started working on Gentlemen Of The Road Stopovers we’ve really enjoyed curating line ups and sharing not only our own music but also sharing music of artists who we love and are listening to regularly. It’s almost like creating a mix tape with a best friend, but instead it’s a whole day of music, across multiple stages, with 40,000 people!”

    Fleet Foxes make their Latitude debut this July in a UK Festival Exclusive, as they headline The Obelisk Arena on Sunday. Returning from a hiatus and armed with a platinum debut album, their first British performance in five years will no doubt make for a memorable end to the weekend.

    Fleet Foxes said:

    “After being holed up in the studio for a year, there’s nothing we’re more excited about than performing new songs and revisiting our catalog at Latitude!”

    Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude Festival commented:

    “Following the incredible success of our eleventh edition last year, we had set the bar high for this year’s festival. The 1975 have more than proven themselves over the past year and I’m thrilled to give them a well-deserved headline slot. Mumford & Sons have chosen Latitude as the only stop in the UK for their Gentlemen of the Road Takeover, and Fleet Foxes’ will headline their only UK appearance at a festival this year. Latitude 2017 is already simply unmissable.”

    Lucy Woods, music talent booker for the Latitude Festival music stages said:

    “We have phenomenal headliners, but in addition to this there are hundreds of acts to stumble upon at Latitude Festival, with the Lake Stage and much more still to be announced. The festival’s legacy of championing undiscovered music is stronger than ever, and in what’s been my first year, I couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come.”

    The Obelisk Arena will also see performances by some of today’s most exciting and respected artists. Making their Latitude debut after almost 20 years together, Goldfrapp will set the arena ablaze in a long awaited performance, with the addition of returning festival favourites The Horrors in aUK Festival Exclusive, and captivating singer-songwriter Lucy Rose. Fresh after a huge 2016 and the release of their second album How To Be A Human Being, Glass Animals will also bring their energetic live show to Latitude, alongside returning indie rockers Grandaddy off the back of their first album in ten years, Senegal’s mesmerising Baaba Maal, and the critically adored Tinariwen and The Very Best.

    Velvet Underground founder John Cale will perform from over five decade’s worth of solo material in The Obelisk Arena, along with orchestral pop band The Divine Comedy and gospel legend Mavis Staples. Joining fellow label mates The 1975, The Japanese House brings her atmospheric synth-pop to Latitude, along with country singing duo Ward Thomas and enigmatic Belgian rapper Baloji.

    The BBC Music Stage will welcome alt-rock pioneers Placebo for their Latitude debut and UK Festival Exclusive performance, bringing with them an extensive back catalogue including favourites ‘Infra-Red’, ‘Every You Every Me’ and ‘Pure Morning’. The iconic RIDE will deliver their seminal shoegaze, while the legendary Fatboy Slim will bring his barrage of hits to Henham Park. Also joining the line up is innovative rising rapper Loyle Carner, backed with the recent release of his touching debut album, Yesterday’s Gone, alongside the incomparable SOHN, Irish national treasureLisa Hannigan in support of her recent At Swim album, and BBC Sound Of 2016 winner Jack Garratt.

    The BBC Music Stage will also see performances from London electronic duo Mount Kimbie, hotly-tipped pop powerhouse Maggie Rogers,prodigious multi-instrumental two-piece The Lemon Twigs, and the return of young indie rebel Declan McKenna. The Radio Dept. make their Latitude debut alongside indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso, and Antipodean songwriter Julia Jacklin.

    Festival favourites Ibibio Sound Machine, model turned folk singer Karen Elson, dance pop prospects Formation, BBC Sound Of 2017 nominee Tom Grennan, and Icelandic garage-rockers Kaleo will take to the BBC Music Stage. Appearances will also come from ascendant French duo HER, the first signing on Ben Howard’s label A Blaze of Feather, and US folk favourites The Head and the Heart.

    Latitude Festival welcomes Kurupt FM as headliners of the Music & Film Arena. The stars of BBC smash-hit People Just Do Nothing will take over the arena, dropping nothing but first-rate garage, grime, reggae & DnB.

    Latitude Festival also welcomes Will Young to headline the Music & Film Arena. The critically acclaimed singer will join Latitude with his band for a rare performance of Summer Jazz Sessions. Irish musician Imelda May will also headline the stage, performing songs from her forthcoming albumLife Love Flesh Blood. Performances will also come from iconic dub poet, writer, social commentator and musician Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds, a re-imagination of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas by Festival Voices and a Swing Jazz Takeover by White Mink wherethey will transport the audience back to the early twentieth century through a collection of DJs and burlesque performers.

    The Sunrise Arena returns with an eclectic line up that boasts some of the most exciting, genre-defying musicians of the moment. Atmospheric krautrock trio Beak> will give a headline performance, as will one of the hottest names in UK hip-hop right now, Dave. American troubadour Kevin Morby, psych revivalists Temples, the highly-praised power trio Sunflower Bean, hyped London quartet Palace and the exuberant duo Honeybloodwill all take to the Sunrise Arena. Joining them are Chicago slacker sweethearts Twin Peaks, Scandinavian starlet Sigrid, the much-loved Liverpudlian trio All We Are, the ever-evolving might of Esben and the Witch, genre-straddling experimental trio Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, and classical pianist Lubomyr Melnyk. Hidden away in the woods, grunge-rock singer Margaret Glaspy, electronic producer Max Cooper, raucous London outfit Goat Girl, contemporary soul singer Kadhja Bonet, mysterious producer Seramic and ascendant Irish singer Áine Cahill will also take to the stage,followed by Joe Goddard who will DJ late into the night.

    Latitude Festival’s most intimate and adored arena, DIY presents the Alcove Stage will also return in 2017. Performances will come from hugely hyped 4AD sensation Pixx, the much-loved hushed and hymnal Benjamin Francis Leftwich, fellow Dirty Hit signees King Nun, rising pop sensationYoungr, German electronic duo Lea Porcelain, British singer-songwriter Joe Fox and driving four piece Mosa Wild who have made a remarkable impact since emerging in late 2016.

    Jorja Smith is the first of many handpicked for the Gentlemen Of The Road Stopover on Saturday. At just 19-years of age, she has already received praise around the country including being named fourth in this year’s BBC Sound Of poll, and will perform on the Lake Stage this summer.

    Celebrating the biggest names in dance and performance; the UK’s finest multi-arts festival returns for its twelfth edition, today announcing The Waterfront Stage line up, amongst others, which promises an unrivalled breadth, depth and quality of programming.

    Tania Harrison, Latitude’s Arts Curator says:

    “Latitude celebrates the very best artists, both emergent and established, across myriad art forms, and this ethos is embodied in the fullness and diversity of the Dance bill for this summer. We’re incredibly proud to offer audiences not only the chance to see the very best ballet, hip-hop and contemporary dance from around the globe, but also the opportunity to learn from these companies through practice, with BalletBoyz, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, and Far From The Norm each offering the Latitude audience the chance to take part in a workshop or class on our iconic Waterfront Stage.”

    BalletBoyz will be bringing their new work Life. to the Waterfront Stage, featuring two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos. Life. takes an elegant, powerful and sometimes provocative look at life and death, presented in BalletBoyz’ inimitable style and performed by its all-male company of ten incredible dancers.

    Sadler’s Wells, the UK’s leading dance house returns to the Waterfront Stage for the tenth year to present a diverse programme including Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, which celebrates thirty years of innovative dance this year, to the Latitude audience. An extract from Town and Country;Country is a heartfelt pastiche led by the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures will also lead a workshop on the Waterfront Stage, open to the Latitude audience.

    Following the Grammy Award nominated success of INALA, a Zulu ballet performed with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sadler’s Wells present Sisters Grimm’s Voices of the Amazon on the Waterfront Stage this summer, telling the majestic tale of a water spirit from the Amazon River through enchanting contemporary ballet and capoeira, accompanied by live music by Brazilian songwriters and world-renowned percussionists, Olodum.

    Sadler’s Wells will present the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Finalists, a showcase providing the Latitude audience with a taste of the best of young British dance talent from the competition’s finalists; showcasing the energy and electricity of a street dance solo, the versatility of contemporary dance, the classical precision and artistry of ballet, and the grace and fine detail of a South Asian dance.

    The Get-Down, featuring Boy Blue Entertainment, is a specially curated event which will showcase the very best movers and shakers in the world of hip-hop theatre complete with performances and demonstrations set to a live DJ soundtrack. The Get-Down features Boy Blue Entertainment,whose compelling contemporary dance strives to reflect the world in flux.

    Completing the Sadler’s Wells line-up are National Youth Dance Company, with their latest production Tarantiseismic, created by 2016–2017 Guest Artistic Director Damien Jalet. A Sadler’s Wells’ commission presented by a company of 40 dancers; the piece addresses themes such as melancholia, ritual, control and abandon. Jalet’s revered choreographic style combined with the dancers’ energy and talent is set to produce a mesmerising experience that shifts the consciousness of the audience.

    Acclaimed hip-hop choreographer and dancer Botis Seva will return to the festival with his company Far From the Norm and their new work Da Native. The piece will explore the timely topic of cultural displacement through a high-energy combination of physical theatre, contemporary dance and hip-hop. The Latitude audience will also have the chance to experience a Far From The Norm workshop.

    Award-winning comedian and the presenter of BBC Proms Proms Unplucked podcast, Vikki Stone will present a premiere of her orchestral work,The Concerto for Comedian & Orchestra on The Waterfront Stage. An orchestral piece where the soloist is a comedian, The Concerto for Comedian & Orchestra is the first of its kind, blending Vikki’s unique comedic songs with her love of classical music.

    Opera North are committed to challenging conventional perceptions of opera. At Latitude 2017, they will transform Latitude’s woodlands into a magical immersive soundscape as Opera North Projects bring Underworld to The Faraway Forest; a Greek mythology experience formed through words, music and light. Find a path through the Forest and listen out for Orpheus: His voice is in the trees and under the ground; it’s coming.

    A brand new yoga experience suitable for yogis of any ability; Disco Yoga will encourage Latitude to ‘Glitter Up’ before a session of flow yoga set to a disco soundtrack in the Cabaret Arena.

    Latitude will also welcome a host of DJs to Henham Park for late-night party performances. In the Comedy Arena, the world’s best travelling dance party Hot Dub Time Machine will be coming to Latitude for the first time. After sell-out performances at festivals, theatres and on rooftops across the globe, lead DJ Tom Loud will take audiences from 1954 to the present day with the best pop hits. The ultimate pop safe space, Guilty Pleasureswill return to the festival armed with the most unashamedly and unapologetic chart hits whilst Buttoned Down Disco will also return to Henham Park with their eclectic mix of pop, indie, quirky covers and house. Late night Latitude Festival favourites Disco Shed will return to Pandora’s Playground with their 8 x 6 ft garden shed, keeping the party going every night with the best soul, funk, house and techno.


    Adult Weekend tickets £197.50 face value + £8 booking fee per ticket

    Accompanied Teen Weekend tickets (13-15 years) £132.50 + £8 booking fee per ticket

    Child Weekend tickets – £8

    Adult Day tickets £77.50 + £7 booking fee per ticket

    Child Day Tickets – £10

    Adult Weekend Instalment tickets:

    If you purchase your Adult Weekend Ticket  instalment plan between 9am on 1st March and midnight 31st March 2017 your first payment will be of £73 + £8 booking fee on purchase. The second payment of £65 will be on 2nd May and the final payment of £67.50 + £6.50 postage payment will be on 2nd June.

    Disabled access requirements and PA/carer ticket applications will open on March 31st. Please refer to the website or contact the access team on for more information and guidance.

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    Playlist for 21 February 2017 (AOTW: Strand of Oaks – Hard Love)

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    Tonight’s album of the week: STRAND OF OAKS – HARD LOVE


    The fifth album from American singer/songwriter Timothy Showalter who records under the SOO name. Moments of personal darkness are threaded throughout Hard Love, but the clarity and strength that Showalter finds when he shrugs off the gloom gives the songs a restless optimism tempered with a belief that the sun will always come up no matter how long your night has been. You can find out more at

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Sleeper – Sale of The Century
    Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
    Post War Glamour Girls – Chipper
    Charly Bliss – Glitter
    British Sea Power – Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)
    Vant – Put Down Your Gun
    Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
    Strand Of Oaks – Rest Of It
    San Cisco – Run
    Pearl Harts – Hit The Bottle
    Freak – Nowhere
    Trusted – Turbulence
    Cannon – Time Machine
    Strand Of Oaks – Quit It
    Kasakela – Feel The Change
    Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
    Ladyshark – New Years Day
    Clara Luzia – Queen Of The Wolves
    Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Creation
    Sleaford Mods – BHS
    Sibyl Vane – Never Let Me Down Again
    Rose Elinor Dougall – Closer
    Throwing Muses – Counting Backwards
    Midway Still – Note To Self
    Senseless Things – Hold It Down
    Salad – Drink The Elixir
    Shed Seven – Getting Better
    Cud – Possession
    Garbage – Subhuman
    Blur – Coping
    Thousand Yard Stare – Wideshire (live in Paris ’92)

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    Grief recovery for children

    Help is being offered to those struggling to guide children through loss and grief by an Essex undertaker.

    Dealing with death or other loss can be difficult for adults to cope with, so those responsible for young people can face an even bigger minefield.

    EastEnders is tackling the topic with a storyline where three young children have lost their mothers – Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell – leaving their father struggling to know how to comfort them.

    The Government is considering placing a mental health counsellor into every secondary school in England, while NHS England is working with schools which have appointed specific members of staff to liaise directly with local mental health services.

    This work demonstrates the need to give children and young people further support when dealing with issues of loss, from death and illness to divorce and adoption.


    Secure Haven Independent Funeral Directors, in Margaretting, is launching a new service to help adults who are charged with comforting children in their care.

    Paul Yarwood, CEO, is contacting schools, corporate HR departments, doctors’ surgeries, community groups, care homes and charities to offer the Helping Children Deal with Loss programme.

    The Grief Recovery Specialist, whose business partner and wife Cheryl is also qualified, will assist teachers and others working with children to find the right words to use and to spot the signs of a child struggling to cope with loss.

    He said: “It can be very hard to know what to say when confronted by anyone who has suffered a loss, let alone children. So often, the first words people offer are ‘everything will be ok’, ‘time is a healer’ or ‘be strong’. Unfortunately, these are not the most helpful things to say and can stop a conversation in its tracks and prevent an opportunity for the bereaved person to open up and talk.

    “Children can see mum or dad getting upset or angry when they’ve lost someone, but often nobody is talking the children through it.

    “Also, the way we explain death to a child can have far-reaching consequences. If you tell a child their loved one has gone to sleep, for example, it may result in that child becoming frightened of going to sleep themselves in future.

    “We are looking to arm people with the tools to speak with someone who is bereaved.”

    The six-week programme uses the textbook When Children Grieve to give the correct information which can make a difference to a young person’s progress and wellbeing.

    To discuss the programme, contact 01277 356857.

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    Cut2 participates in biggest youth theatre festival in the country

    Cut2 – the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s resident young company – is performing in the biggest youth festival in the UK and Ireland with the gothic melodrama, The Monstrum.

    The Monstrum - Queen's Theatre Hornchurch - NT Connections 2017

    NT Connections 2017 is the National Theatre’s annual youth theatre project that champions new writing and offers young people aged 13-19 the chance to stage plays written by some of the country’s most exciting playwrights. Each year it handpicks just 10 original plays to perform at the festival, and this year the Queen’s Theatre’s Cut2 company will be performing The Monstrum on 5 & 6 March before transferring to the Theatre Royal Stratford East on 1 April.

    Set in a cold village on the edge of nowhere, a disease has broken out, infecting the young and transforming them into monstrous creatures. The villagers fearfully watch their children for symptoms of the disease, whilst the Mayor has adopted tough measures for dealing with those who are infected. When Bolek, the local scholar, makes a breakthrough in finding a cure, few are prepared for the gruesome nature of the treatment. But with his own daughter showing signs of infection, there is no choice than to stop this terrible disease dead in its tracks.

    Cut2 is a focused training programme run by the Queen’s Theatre’s Learning and Participation Department, which nurtures the artistic potential of 14-18- year-olds committed to theatre. The company has earned itself a strong reputation in youth theatre and also performs alongside the Queen’s Theatre cast in various professional productions.

    Learning & Participation Producer James Watson said, ‘It’s our fourth year as a participant. It’s a valuable key project of our celebrated youth theatre programme and an exciting opportunity for young people to experience professional theatre practice.’

    Featuring a cast of 16 young performers, The Monstrum will also see 10 young people be actively involved in all technical aspects of the production of the show including costume design, stage management, sound and lighting.

    The Monstrum is directed by local director Amy Insole who has worked with the theatre’s young company since 2013 and has directed professional productions at the Queen’s Theatre, as well as fringe theatres including Etcetera Theatre, Roundhouse Studio and Tristan Bates Theatre. Music is by Andrew Linham who performs regular jazz sessions at the theatre and has been actively involved in the young company’s previous productions.

    The Monstrum will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane on Sunday 5 March at 8pm and Monday 6 March at 6pm and 8pm. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01708 443333, online at or in person from the theatre.

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    Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival 2017


    Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival is back for a second year!

    Organisers Natasha and Jim Radford, who run the Chicken and Frog bookshop in Ongar Road, have put together a full programme of events to delight children of all ages.

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    Natasha came in to Phoenix FM to chat to Michelle about this year’s event, which you can hear again below:

    Phoenix FM is delighted to be on board as a partner of this highly worthwhile event.

    The festival is for children (and their grown ups) from pre-schoolers to teens. The festival will take place from 22-29 July 2017.

    You can visit their website at

    Here’s the full schedule for this year’s festival. Events are subject to change.

    Knights Way Centre
    Age 6+
    Entry fee £3

    Are you a newshound? Do you dream of being a world class reporter? Join a member of the First News team for a fascinating talk about all the different aspects of creating a news paper and how to write a great article. There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions too.
    First News is the UK’s only newspaper for young people and the widest-read children’s publication in the country with a readership of 1,047,543 seven to 14 year olds every week.

    Knights Way Centre
    Age 8+ (Guidance only)

    One day Ruth was sitting, minding her own business when a girl popped into her head and started talking. She was fed up with her parents for being a bit useless and fed up with her friends for being, well, a bit rubbish at being friends. The more she told Ruth, the funnier it got, so she started to write down what it was like to be Emily Sparkes.

    Ruth will share snippets from her Emily Sparkes books with you, answer your questions and sign books.

    Ruth’s books will be available to purchase on the day.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 10+ (Guidance only)
    Entry fee £3

    Join award-winning A Boy Called Hope author Lara Williamson as talks about her latest novel for children, Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy.

    Delve into Lara’s childhood diaries and stories and see how everything she wished for when she was small, although it may not have come true in real life, has since come true in her books, through her characters.

    Get stuck in and play the ‘wish game’ – catch the ball and tell Lara your wish, be it big, small or totally crazy and find out how your wish could become a story!

    Lara’s books will be available to purchase on the day.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 8+ (Guidance only)

    A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans and great family entertainment. Host Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. The event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters.

    All those who purchase a book on the day will be eligible for it to be stamped with an exclusive Wimpy Kid Show stamp.

    Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 9+ (Guidance only)

    Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her? With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

    CogHeart is a fantastical Middle Grade adventure story featuring two friends, murder and mayhem, airships and automata, an over-opinionated mechanical fox and a smattering of steampunk!

    Peter’s books will be available to purchase on the day. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 5+ (Guidance only)

    “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

    This highly interactive show contains twits being vile to each other. Be prepared for silly behaviour and beard making…

    “The Twits” is presented with the kind permission of Casarotto Ramsay and the Roald Dahl Estate.

    A selection of Roald Dahl titles will be available to purchase. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 8+ (Guidance only)

    Sara is back this year, with an exciting mystery for you to solve, featuring Chase & Mackenzie from Chasing Danger and Mystery at the Ice Hotel. A few actor volunteers from the audience will help to dramatise a short play that Sara has written; the scene concludes with a crime to solve.

    Get you detective heads on for this exciting event!

    Sara’s books will be available to purchase on the day. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 4+ (Guidance only)
    Entry fee £3

    From the award-winning Philip Ardagh, and rising illustration talent Elissa Elwick, comes Meet the Little Adventurers – Finnegan, Sprat, Floss and Peanut. Each week they meet in their top-secret shed HQ, ready to share their fun with you! Sprat has a pet: Leafy! But can you really have a leaf as a pet? Find out…

    Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult. Philip and Elissa’s books will be available to purchase on the day.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 9+ (Guidance only)

    A few words about one of Michelle’s titles, The Other Alice: What happens when a tale with real magic, that was supposed to be finished, never was? This is a story about one of those stories . . . Midge loves riddles, his cat, Twitch, and – most of all – stories. Especially because he’s grown up being read to by his sister Alice, a brilliant writer. When Alice goes missing and a talking cat turns up in her bedroom, Midge searches Alice’s stories for a clue.

    Local Essex girl, Michelle will talk about her books and her life as author, as well as be on hand to sign books!

    Michelle’s books will be available to purchase on the day. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 7+ (Guidance only)

    The Apprentice Witch: With everything stacked against her, apprentice witch Arianwyn Gribble must overcome a shaky start to achieve her true potential…

    In the Four Kingdoms, witches use a set of five magical glyphs, to control the natural flow of magic in the world. But Arianwyn Gribble, a young apprentice witch, has seen a sixth glyph for as long as she can remember, a glyph that has always heralded trouble and darkness, like the death of her mother.

    At her crucial evaluation test Arianwyn is distracted by the glyph and fails. spectacularly, much to the delight of Gimma Alverston, Arianwyn’s fellow apprentice and arch-rival.

    James will talk about his books and life as author, as well as be on hand to sign books! Witches and wizards are welcome!

    James’ book will be available to purchase on the day. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 5+ (Guidance only).

    Join awesome illustrator, Nick East, for this fun-packed event.

    In this short period of time as an illustrator Nick has been shortlisted for the English Picture Book awards, longlisted for The Evening Standard’s Oscar’s First Book Prize and illustrated the successful Goodnight series, recently collaborating with author Michelle Robinson, Puffin and astronaut Tim Peake on ‘Goodnight Spaceman’.

    Under 11s to be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 11+
    Entry fee £3

    Join us and a fantastic panel of YA authors, for a gritty discussion about YA fiction. If you have a question that you’re desperate to ask, or an opinion that you really want to share (about YA!), then this is the event for you.

    The panel is: Dan Smith, Gemma Fowler, Molly Looby and Cara Jordan White. The discussion will be MC’d by YA book blogger, Josh.

    A selection of the authors’ books will be available to purchase on the day.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 5+ (Guidance only)
    Entry fee £3

    Nicky Dee is the author of the series ‘Special Dinosaurs’ – you may have been lucky enough to meet her at Chicken and Frog Bookshop last year.

    Nicky’s new book, The Bone Wars, is due for publication in May. It promises to be an exciting adventure.

    Two men. One battle.

    The ‘Great Dinosaur Rush’ is an amazing time in American history when the hunt for dinosaurs really began. Would the two gentlemen scientists who led the hunt play nicely and work together or would their desperation to be the best lead them to behave very, very badly?

    A true adventure story, crammed full of guns, trains, native Indians, explosives and DINOSAURS, written for children for the very first time.

    Join Nicky for a jam-packed talk, with superb artefacts to keep any budding paleontologist on the edge of their seats. There’ll be time for questions, and Nicky will be on hand to sign books too.

    Under 11s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

    Brentwood Theatre
    Age 4+ (Guidance only)

    This show is going to be fast, fun, inspirational, educational, highly interactive – and downright brilliant. Really Big Pants Theatre Company storytelling show SUDDENLY…! gives traditional tales a whole new twist and encourages children to explore their creativity and imagination, as well as promoting the value of reading and writing.

    Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Knights Way Centre
    Age 8+ (Guidance only)

    Maz’s writing career began in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. After working as a creative writing lecturer, she founded Story Stew, an anarchic creative writing programme that has visited primary schools and literary festivals around the UK.

    A little about Who Let the Gods Out? Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

    Maz’s book will be available to purchase on the day.

    Hutton Community Hall
    Age 7+ (Guidance only)

    John’s session will be full of energy; expect a guitar, enthusiastic singing, and hilarious stories. You are in for a huge treat!

    John’s books have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards – and one was chosen by The Times as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year 2011 – but, more importantly, they make children giggle.

    John’s books will be available to purchase on the day.

    Knights Way Centre
    Age 7+ (Guidance only)
    Entry fee £3

    Award winning author Gareth P Jones (Ninja Meerkats, The Thornthwaite Inheritance) presents his new series, Pet Defenders, which sees a secret organisation of pets defending the earth from alien invasion.

    For fans of funny and action-packed animal adventures including Andrew Cope’s Spy Dog series, Astrosaurs and Jeremy Strong.

    Expect frenetic interactive story telling, raucous songs played on various instruments and a whole bunch of weird alien stuff.

    Gareth’s books will be available to buy on the day. Under 11s must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

    Knights Way Centre
    Age 8+

    Lisa Thompson, author of The Goldfish Boy, will lead a hands-on workshop. They’ll talk about how our sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste can make us feel different emotions and how we can use these emotions to help us in our writing.

    Lisa will talk about her background working in radio production and how for her, her ears are crucial when it comes to writing; from listening to other people’s conversations, to reading her work out loud during the editing stage.

    For this workshop, Lisa will bring in props to stimulate the senses and get some creative writing flowing!

    The workshop will finish with Lisa reading a short piece from The Goldfish Boy followed by some Q&As.

    Copies of The Goldfish Boy will be available to purchase on the day.

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    More than 12,000 GP appointments are wasted every month

    A new campaign targeting people who don’t cancel their GP appointments starts today across mid and south Essex.


    More than 12,000 slots are wasted every month across the patch due to people failing to show up to their surgeries after booking out time with a GP, with an estimated 450 hours of GP appointment time per month going to waste in Basildon and Brentwood alone.

    GP leaders say the missed appointments are contributing to increased waiting times in practice and could be contributing to more people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

    Dr Arv Guniyangodage, local GP and Chair of NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “As GPs we work hard to meet the needs of our patients and make it as easy as possible for them to see their doctor. But we need patients to do their bit too by letting us know if they need to cancel or rearrange their appointment.

    “The knock on effect of someone missing their appointment is that some patients who cannot see their GP choose to go to A&E instead and this puts pressure on the hospital. Patients should make sure they attend an appointment if they book one or cancel it if they no longer need it, so it can be made available to someone else.

    “There are now many ways of cancelling an appointment, via online services, telephone and even by text in some areas.”


    • Make sure you make a note of your appointment either in a diary, calendar or on your smart phone and ideally set yourself a reminder
    • Register for online services, speak to your GP practice about how to do this – appointments can be easily cancelled at the touch of a button 24/7
    • Ask your GP practice if they have a text message reminder service

    NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across mid and south Essex are working together to raise awareness of the impacts of missed appointments and to help educate local people about tools such as online GP services that help to make cancelling GP appointments easy.

    The communications campaign, which is due to launch later this month will include lots of methods to get messages out to the public including bus adverts, a social media campaign and signs on refuse trucks to help raise awareness of how many appointments are being thrown away.

    Lisa Allen Chief Nurse, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, added: “The ability to book and cancel GP appointments online is available at most practices and offers a really quick, easy way to manage your health appointments.

    “We’re hoping this campaign will help to change some behaviours around wasting GP appointments – if you don’t need it, please do try to cancel it.”

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    Playlist for 7 February 2017 (AOTW: Surfer Blood – Snowdonia)

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    Tonight’s album of the week: SURFER BLOOD – SNOWDONIA


    Continuing with my Welsh music theme ever so tenuously, here’s our album of the week from Florida indie band Surfer Blood. The first one since the untimely passing of guitarist Thomas Fekete, the new line up has produced an honest and clean collection of indie songs which veers around other influences including soul and post-punk. You can find out more about them at

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Art Brut – Lost Weekend
    Surfer Blood – Matter Of Time
    Freak – Cake
    Superfood – Double Dutch
    Wire – Short Elevated Period
    Trusted – Turbulence
    Bruising – What It Feels Like
    Surfer Blood – Dino Jay
    Bush – Mad Loven
    Post War Glamour Girls – Chipper
    Kasakela – Feel The Change
    Mac Demarco – My Old Man
    Oblong – Dehumaniser
    Surfer Blood – Taking Care Of Eddy
    Asylums – Necessary Appliances
    Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
    Maximo Park – Risk To Exist
    Sleaford Mods – BHS
    Jesus and Mary Chain – Amputation
    Desperate Journalist – Resolution
    Echobelly – Anarchy and Alchemy
    Mutants feat Beki Bondage – Rock And Roll Education
    Steve Hackett – In The Skeleton Gallery
    Lush – Hypocrite
    Elastica – Stutter
    Dodgy – I Need Another
    Belly – Slow Dog
    Catatonia – You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For
    Thousand Yard Stare – Small Change
    Salad – Rip Goes Love And Lust
    Darling Buds – Fall
    Supergrass – Richard III
    Sultans of Ping FC – Turnip Fish

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    Farewell to a fundraising legend

    Paul visited the Phoenix FM studios back in April 2013 to talk about his amazing feats. You can hear their interview again below.

    Legendary marathon runner and fundraiser Paul Freedman has died aged 92.

    Paul cracks one of his famous jokes with Sam Allardyce

    Paul passed away peacefully at King George Hospital in Goodmayes on Saturday (February 4) after losing his battle with cancer.

    His funeral was held at Waltham Abbey Jewish Cemetery on Monday (February 6) and his family and friends came together to celebrate his incredible life.

    Paul, who leaves behind his partner Ellen, son Martin and grandson Samuel, quickly became a local and national celebrity after he took up running at 61 and ran his first London Marathon aged 69 – hitting the headlines in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 when he was the oldest official runner.

    A member of Havering 90 Joggers, Paul went on to complete 24 marathons – 18 of which were to support Saint Francis Hospice.

    Paying tribute to Paul, Pam Court, Chief Executive of the hospice in Havering-atte-Bower, said, “Our thoughts are with Paul’s family at this sad time.

    “While Paul is no longer with us, his legacy will live on.

    “He was the most incredible ambassador for the hospice and he was a great inspiration to everyone who met him.

    “We are so proud and privileged to have known Paul and will always be grateful for all he has done to raise awareness of our services, as well as raising more than £100,000 to fund our care.”

    Paul receiving a fundraising award from Sir Roger Moore in 2016

    His charismatic personality, determination and kindness inspired everyone who met him and he was well known in the community for collecting money for the charity outside supermarkets.

    Paul, from Hornchurch, injected humour into everything he did and cheekily claimed that his top marathon tip was to “follow a nice bum.”
    And he lived by his motto “keep moving, do as much charity work as you can and have a sense of humour.”

    Saint Francis Hospice was close to his heart after it cared for his wife Teeny before she died of cancer in 2007 but his connection with the charity began in 1993, when Paul, who was an active member of the Jewish community, and his friends started volunteering on the Inpatient Ward every Christmas Day, serving food and drinks to patients.

    Gill Wendelken, the Voluntary Services Manager at the hospice, said, “Paul not only provided, for many years, invaluable practical support to the patients, but he also included within that a very generous helping of wit and humour, wrapped up in his friendly personality, in order to give the hospice patients a special time on Christmas Day.“

    Over the years Paul’s fundraising achievements attracted so much media attention and recognition that he dedicated an entire room to his medals, awards and press cuttings.

    Paul was proud to be awarded and MBE in 2008 in the New Year’s Honours, was an Olympic torchbearer in 2012 and in 2016 he was presented with an award by 007 star Sir Roger Moore.

    And another memorable moment for the devoted Hammers fan was training with the West Ham team before his last marathon in 2015.

    Paul, who worked in retail and at one time was a buyer for Bodgers in Ilford, was a natural comedian so it was very fitting that he founded a concert party, The Entertainers, which has been holding performances to raise money for the hospice since 1991.

    Clare McPartland, Head of Marketing and Communications at the hospice, added, “The publicity Paul gave the hospice was unrivalled and his attitude was always one of positivity and drive – he was an absolute joy to work with.

    “This year will be my first London Marathon and he will certainly be on my mind as I tackle the 26.2 miles – he’s a true inspiration and I know he’d be cheering me on from the crowd!”

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    Hutton FC meet Theo the Wyvern

    Children from Hutton FC’s Under 9s team were treated to a free day out, courtesy of Leyton Orient FC and Phoenix FM’s The Orient Hour.

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    The young players were in E10 to watch the O’s latest game against Carlisle. They received free entry, refreshments, souvenirs and use of the club’s private Hub Room. They also got to meet some of the players, collect autographs and have their photo taken with Leyton Orient’s mascot Theo the Wyvern!

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    Phoenix FM’s Steve Roach said, “Leyton Orient is a great place to discover affordable football and get close up to the action, something that is increasingly rare in the Premier League.

    “It’s something that The Orient Hour team was very pleased to organise and we’d like to thank the club’s Community Liaison Officer, Howard Gould, for making it such an enjoyable day”.

    Hutton’s U9 manager Alex Yip said, “The experience of the day was excellent. The boys were really excited and just couldn’t help themselves trying to get some of the players signature! But I think it was the private room really blow the parents away!”

    Phoenix FM and Leyton Orient will be working together in the future to bring more teams to the Brisbane Road ground.

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    Cultura Brazil – show 129

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    ‐ Christian kitchen goes into action
    ‐ Cristina Schleder exhibits at the Brazilian Embassy
    ‐ Stylist Valdenize Soares shows his work in London

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    Billericay Town FC rallies community to support club renovation

    Billericay Town FC is calling on fans and people living in the local area to support its bid to revamp the club’s facilities with the help of builders’ merchant, Buildbase.


    The club has applied to the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme, which launched this year and is open to teams entering The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions. Up to £100,000 worth of building materials, electrical products and hire equipment is available to two football clubs in 2017.

    Daniel Groves, club chairman, said: “After taking over the club and asking the fans what they wanted, we’re investing in a new stadium, re-developing the clubhouse and creating a second training pitch facility.”

    Billericay Town FC is now rallying the local community to support its application online with the number of people supporting a bid forming part of the judging criteria.

    To help the club stand a better chance of being awarded Buildbase’s product bursary, fans can register their support at and also Tweet using #BuildbaseRenovation.

    Local Buildbase branches – such as Buildbase Basildon – will be supporting the clubs by providing information and advice about the building products required for a renovation project.

    Kate Tinsley, CEO of Buildbase said: “Our branch teams are already an integral part of their local communities so it’s brilliant to be able to extend their support with an investment that will renovate football club facilities for the benefit of all. All clubs taking part in the competitions can apply and in partnership with The FA we will select the most worthy causes.”

    In February, six shortlisted finalists, consisting of three Buildbase FA Trophy and three Buildbase FA Vase clubs, will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges from The FA and Buildbase at a “Dragon’s Den”-style event at Wembley. Two winners will be announced at The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase semi finals on 11 March 2017. They will receive an award presentation for their building products on finals day on 21 May 2017, ready to start renovations over the summer.

    The Buildbase Club Renovation Programme is a £200,000 product bursary running throughout 2017 and 2018.

    Mark Bullingham, FA Commercial Director said: “This scheme could be a real boon for clubs wanting to expand, attract more supporters and become a real hub of their local community. It will be both the non-league community and local fans that become the beneficiaries too, which can only be a good thing.”

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    Playlist for 31 January 2017 (AOTW: Koria Kitten Riot – Songs Of Hope And Science)

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    Tonight’s album of the week: KORIA KITTEN RIOT – SONGS OF HOPE AND SCIENCE


    Helsinki indie rock band Koria Kitten Riot’s fourth album Songs of Hope and Science was released on Friday 27 January via VILD Recordings. On their new album, the band have tie-dyed their guitar pop sound with a 60s folk rock flavour and good-old-fashioned harmony singing. With its lyrics traveling between planets throughout the universe, the album’s themes are intertwined with hope and science. Lots of Beatles/XTC/psychedelic influences to the fore.

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
    Koria Kitten Riot – The Earth Will Spin Around
    Peaness – Same Place
    Army Of Bones – Don’t Be Long
    Where Fires Are – I’ve Got The Time
    Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
    Chumped – Anywhere But Here
    Koria Kitten Riot – The Laughing Man
    Taffy – dd
    Real Estate – Darling
    Monarks – Amorous
    Llovers – Borderlands
    British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
    Koria Kitten Riot – Forever’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time
    Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten
    Froth – Passing Thing
    Stone Roses – One Love (12″ version)
    Elastica – Car Song
    Blur – Star Shaped
    Darling Buds – Crystal Clear
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Trust
    Bellatrix – Sweet Surrender
    Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign
    Melys – Baby Tornado
    Auteurs – Lenny Valentino
    New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Get Better
    Juliana Hatfield Three – My Sister
    Lush – De-Luxe
    Radiohead – Ripcord
    Smashing Pumpkins – Zero
    Garbage – Subhuman
    Kent – If You Were Here

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    Cultura Brazil – show 128

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    • Singer Aline Paes performs at the Brazilian Embassy
    • Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha lectures in London
    • Audiences of the show Vozes of Amazonia happens in London
    • Center of Brazilian Studies of the University of Salamanca is receiving proposals for photographic projects
    • Valdenize Soares participates in Londos Fashion Week at Fashions Finest
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    Time To Talk Day 2017

    Conversations about mental health change lives.

    At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions.

    But talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.

    Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life. This is what Time to Talk Day is all about – giving us all the chance to talk and listen about mental health.

    Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed.


    PHOENIX FM will once again be devoting a whole day to stories, conversations and interviews on THURSDAY 2ND FEBRUARY.

    9am – Rhianna from Brain Works, and Wayne Banks from the Young Peoples Counselling Service will be talking about Mental Health in Young People.

    10am – Jay Thornton (Buddy Scheme co-organiser) from SEPT (South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust) with Scott W, Mental Health Campaigner and Service User Buddy will be talking about the Student Nurse Buddy Scheme

    11.30am – Chris Hood, Mel Watson and a client from Fitness in Mind in Brentwood – will be talking about Mental Health and Physical Activity.

    12pm – Andrew Woodcock and Cara talking about Brentwood Community Print and their Promoting Positive Mental Health at Work event.

    1pm – Lorraine from Home Instead and Ted from the Alhezimers Society will be talking about the Dementia Action Alliance.

    2pm – Colin Wade will be talking about Brentwood Mind.

    3pm – The Homeless in Brentwood Group will be talking about mental health and homelessness.

    4pm – Dr Karen McCarty from NHS North East London NHS Foundation Trust and Lois from Futures In Mind will be talking about Mental Health Peer Support.

    5pm – Bereavement counsellor Sue Spong and members of the Family Support Services team from Saint Francis Hospice will be talking about supporting the mental and emotional wellbeing of patients and families in their journey at end of life.

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    Playlist for 24 January 2017 (AOTW: Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick)

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    Our album of the week this week is Apocalipstick from LA’s brilliant Cherry Glazerr.


    Apart from having a great name, Apocalipstick is a powerful collection of rock songs ranging from lo-fi to echoes of 80s power pop. It’s out now on Strictly Canadian.

    We also spoke to The Sherlocks during tonight’s show – they’re coming to Southend on 27 February as part of a massive tour of the UK which takes in 35 venues in 43 days.

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Elastica – Stutter
    Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
    British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
    Last Shadow Puppets – This Is Your Life
    Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah
    OK Go – Interesting Drug
    Tigercub – Control
    Interview with the Sherlocks – Unknown Title
    Sherlocks – Will You Be There?
    Splashh – Rings
    Cherry Glazerr – Only Kid On The Block
    Echobelly – Anarchy and Alchemy
    Slowdive – Star Roving
    Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten
    Maximo Park – Risk To Exist
    Declan McKenna – The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home
    Froth – Passing Thing
    Frau Pouch – Ham Planet
    Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
    Bait – Push The Elephant
    Cherry Glazerr – Instagratification
    Sleaford Mods – BHS
    Desperate Journalist – Resolution
    Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Kill Your Television
    Blur – Bang
    Senseless Things – Lip Radio
    Darling Buds – Isolation
    Charlatans – Tremelo Song
    An Emotional Fish – Celebrate
    Thousand Yard Stare – Buttermouth
    Ride – Leave Them All Behind
    Lush – Nothing Natural

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    The Sherlocks – massive tour announced

    Following up from their sold out UK Tour in September, Sheffield four-piece The Sherlocks announce a headline UK and Ireland Tour to kick off in February 2017.


    The band, consisting of two sets of brothers – Kiaran and Brandon Crook on lead vocals/guitar and drums, and Josh and Andy Davidson on guitar/vocals and bass/vocals.

    They have been steadily building a solid live following and were the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out their local venue the Sheffield Leadmill.

    We spoke to Kiaran about the tour and you can hear the interview again here:

    The Sherlocks are a young band following in the great tradition of guitar groups from their area. They’ve drawn obvious comparisons from influences such as The Jam, The Clash, and Arctic Monkeys but they also have their own unique sound which is captivating new audiences.

    They will be playing Chinnerys in Southend on 27 February. You can find out more, including a full list of dates, on their official website.

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    Swap a book and see Chris and Pui!

    The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch will be participating in the annual Discover London Children’s Book Swap on Saturday 11 February.

    Book Swap logo high res

    The theatre will open its doors to anyone wanting to recycle their children’s books and give children new books to read.

    Over 70 venues across 21 London boroughs will be celebrating Discover London Children’s Book Swap’s sixth birthday. For one day only, literally thousands of books will be swapped in an action-packed day of free activities.

    CBeebies’ double act, Chris & Pui will star in their very own stage show Show Me Show Me on the same day of the book swapping event.


    They will be performing at the Queen’s Theatre at 11am and 2pm, so families attending the event can bring an old book along with them to the theatre and swap it for a different book to take home for free.

    The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch welcomes book donations for the event suitable for children aged 3 – 16.

    For more information about the Discover London Children’s Book Swap visit

    To book tickets for Chris & Pui visit or call the Theatre Box Office on 01708 443333.

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    Keep Your Medicine Cabinet Fighting Fit For Winter

    GPs in Basildon and Brentwood are urging people with long-term health issues to keep medicine cabinets fully stocked – and not leave themselves at the mercy of the freezing winter weather.

    People living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, respiratory disease (severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis), heart disease, kidney or liver disease, or neurological disease, are particularly vulnerable when the temperatures drop.


    Venturing out in extremely cold weather can easily make an existing illness worse, which makes it all the more important to stock up on medicine while you can. With repeat prescription items, you should plan ahead for a couple of weeks but not stockpile.

    Denise Rabbette, Head of Medicines Optimisation at Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “At this time of year the weather can quickly turn from being mild and pleasant to becoming bitterly cold, and if you’re not adequately prepared for a cold snap you may find yourself stuck at home without the provisions you need to stay warm and well.

    “Our advice to people with long-term illnesses in Basildon and Brentwood is to check their medicine cabinets are supplied with everyday remedies for minor winter illness as well as any regular medication they may require for their condition. It’s also a good idea to make sure kitchen cupboards are well stocked with nutritious food, too.

    “We’d also recommend contacting a friend or family member to see if they would be available to help you in case you get stuck at home without something you need. That way, you can be fully prepared should the weather take a turn for the worse and it’s difficult to venture outdoors.”

    Alongside regular medication, a well-stocked medicine cabinet should include the following:

    • A first-aid kit including bandages, plasters, thermometer, antiseptic, eyewash solution, sterile dressings, medical tape for dressings and tweezers.
    • Pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen for aches, pains and high temperatures.
    • Oral rehydration salts to replace lost minerals and fluid after a fever or vomiting and diarrhoea.
    • Anti-diarrhoea tablets to relieve symptoms of diarrhoea (though these will not help with the underlying cause).

    If you’re already on medication, make sure you’re not going to run out. Contact your GP surgery about registering for GP Online Services, which will enable you to request repeat prescriptions online. You can also book appointments and see some of your health records. To sign up, you’ll just need to go to your practice and complete a form. Remember to take some photo ID, such as your passport.

    If you’re not sure which over-the-counter medicines to take with your regular medication, you can talk to a pharmacist for advice.

    For more information on staying well this winter visit

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    Cultura Brazil – show 127

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    ‐ Photographs Cristina Schleder exhibits at the Brazilian Embassy
    ‐ Cine Clube Brasil comes out once more

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    Playlist for 17 Jan 2017 (AOTW: Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular)

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    Tonight’s Album Of The Week is the excellent STELLULAR from Rose Elinor Dougall.


    It’s been over 6 years since we last chatted with ex-Pipette Rose at the Latitude Festival and Southend Village Green – and the new album was well worth the long wait. 11 great tracks with nods to 70s and 80s pop as diverse as Blondie, The Smiths and Fleetwood Mac.

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Fatima Mansions – Blues For Caeusescu
    Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
    British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
    Los Campesinos! – 5 Flucloxacillin
    Slowdive – Star Roving
    Oblong – Tunguska
    Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched (single edit)
    Rose Elinor Dougall – Space To Be
    Big Moon – Formidable
    Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten
    Placebo – Jesus’ Son
    Amazons – Little Something
    Menace Beach – Suck It Out
    Rose Elinor Dougall – Closer
    Needles For Teeth – Could Have Been
    Mutants feat Judy Nylon, Wilko Johnson and Wayne Kramer – How Dare You
    Cabbage – Dissonance
    Horse Heads – Castles
    Goodly Thousands – Sunshine Hair
    14 Iced Bears – Dust Remains (Part Time Punks recording)
    Terry Blair and Anouchka – Ultra Modern Nursery Rhyme
    New Fast Automatic Daffodils – Get Better
    Radiohead – Pearly
    Suede – Money
    Breeders – Cannonball
    Thousand Yard Stare – Spindrift
    Curve – Fait Accompli
    Heart Throbs – Hooligan
    Family Cat – Airplane Gardens
    Divine Comedy – Becoming More Like Alfie
    Sleeper – Vegas

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    Knock Knock … Be A Good Neighbour This Winter

    GPs in Brentwood are urging people to look out for their elderly and vulnerable relatives and neighbours this winter – and make sure they don’t ‘soldier on’ in silence as winter starts to bite.


    Older people and those with long-term health conditions are particularly susceptible to illness and isolation at this time of year, yet it can sometimes be difficult for those at risk to admit they need help.

    Dr Arv Guniyangodage, Chair of Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), says winter is a time when communities should come together to support people elderly and vulnerable people who may need to be encouraged to seek medical assistance before illness becomes so serious they need to be admitted to hospital.

    Dr Guniyangodage said: “All too often we see elderly and vulnerable people having to be treated in hospital for lengthy periods with symptoms that might not have become so serious and could have been managed effectively at home if they’d only sought help sooner.

    “This is often the result of people trying to ‘soldier on’ through adversity because they don’t want to cause inconvenience to their families or bother their GP or pharmacist with something they feel is insignificant.

    “If you are aged over 75 or you are living with a long-term medical condition such as a respiratory illness, don’t wait when you’re feeling ill – get help straight away. Speak to your local pharmacist first and they’ll either recommend an over-the-counter medicine to alleviate your symptoms, or tell you if you need to see your GP.

    “If you have a friend, neighbour or relative who is vulnerable then you can do your bit to help by checking in on them regularly and making sure they have everything they need to stay well this winter.”

    Basildon and Brentwood CCG has the following top tips for how to help elderly and vulnerable people you may know:

    • Drop in to see them and check if they are well at least once a week – and more often if the weather turns very cold.
    • Check if they are feeling well and don’t let them brush off your questions if you’re concerned they’re trying to hide an illness, particularly if they don’t seem their usual self or they look unwell.
    • If they are feeling ill, encourage them to visit their local pharmacist without delay – and give them a lift if you can.
    • Ask if you can collect any prescriptions they need or take them to their GP for any appointments.
    • Tell them to call 111 if they feel unwell when pharmacies are closed – a trained NHS health care adviser will be able to help them.
    • Make sure their home is heated to at least 18°C to 21°C throughout the winter.
    • Ensure they are eating well and have a good supply of essential and store-cupboard food to keep them going – and offer to help them with shopping if they struggle with mobility.
    • Encourage them to get heating and cooking appliances safety checked – and recommend a trustworthy gas and heating engineer or electrician if you know one.
    • If it snows, clear their path, front steps or doorway areas for them – or better still, encourage them to stay in.

    For more information on staying well this winter visit

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    Playlist for 10 Jan 2017 (AOTW: Cabbage – Young, Dumb And Full Of …)

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    We’re pleased to announce that after giving it a miss for most of 2016, our Album Of The Week feature is back! And the first one of 2017 is …



    A band who’ve been hyped in all the cool blogs and who DON’T sound like landfill indie? Cabbage were also infamously noted in some quarters as the only BAND nominated in the BBC’s (getting more and more terrible every year) “Sound” longlist of 15 new artists. But for me, a refreshingly different approach to alternative music – politically charged and quirky lyrics. (Don’t say Carter USM …)

    Tonight’s playlist:

    KLF – America: What Time is Love?
    Cabbage – Uber Capitalist Death Trade
    Slotface – Empire Records
    British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
    Duke Spirit – Melt By The Morning
    Allo Darlin’ – Wanderlust
    Elbow – Magnificent (She Says)
    Cabbage – Terrorist Synthesizer
    Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched
    Jitterz – One Good Song
    Ffug – Love Is Stupid
    Jagwar Ma – Ordinary
    Splashh – Rings
    Jesus and Mary Chain – Amputation
    Cabbage – Indispensable Pencil
    Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten
    Dakota – Icon
    Pigeon Detectives – Enemy Lines
    Luby Sparks – Hateful Summer
    Desperate Journalist – Resolution
    Brix and the Extricated – Something To Lose
    Leggy – Chardonnay Summer
    Family Cat – Furthest From The Sun
    Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Hit
    Chumbawamba – Timebomb
    Ween – Push th’ Little Daisies (Shitless Radio Edit – No Shit) *
    Salad – Drink The Elixir
    Darling Buds – Long Day In The Universe
    Family Gotown – Turtle
    Bush – Swallowed
    Lemon Jelly – A Tune For Jack

    * Dear Ofcom, I didn’t say “shit” on the radio, that’s the name of the remix though.

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    Calling all budding theatre directors!

    The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is on a mission to find and nurture the next generation of innovative theatre directors by partnering with the prestigious Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS).


    As a theatre that is passionate about supporting emerging theatre makers, the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is thrilled to announce their first partnership with the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. Douglas Rintoul, the Artistic Director at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is particularly excited about offering this opportunity to aspiring directors as he received a RTYDS 18-month bursary to Salisbury Playhouse in 2000 and is keen to provide others with the same experience.

    Participants will be given a valuable opportunity to take part in an Introduction to Directing programme, which offers free intensive practical training for people who are aged over 18. Introduction to Directing is part of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and will allow participants to develop their directing skills through practical workshops, work alongside experienced practitioners and have access to opportunities and contacts that could help propel them forward in the theatre industry.

    Taking place at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, the fun, hands-on Introduction to Directing programme will be led by the theatre’s Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul who is directing the highly anticipated forthcoming production The Crucible. Participants will gain insight into his rehearsal process with the cast on the production as well observe show rehearsals.

    To be eligible you MUST live in Essex (NOT Greater London), be at the very early stages of your career, have a specific interest in directing rather than in acting or any other theatre craft. The projects are not intended for those who have studied directing as part of a degree. The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is looking for participants currently under-represented in UK theatre as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.

    All applicants must be available to attend all sessions. There are subsidies available to cover travel expenses.

    Dates are:
    Sat 28 Jan, 2-7pm
    Sat 4 Feb, 10-1pm
    Wed 15 Feb, 6-10pm
    Mon 20 Feb, 7-10pm
    Sat 4 Mar, 10am-6pm
    Sat 11 Mar, 10am-6pm
    Sun 12 Mar, 10am-6pm
    Sat 18 Mar, 2-10pm

    Applicants are required to send a short statement about themselves and why they are interested in this programme to with RTYDS in the subject field.

    Deadline for applications is Monday 16 January at 5pm. Interviews will be held at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on 19 and 20 January (evening).

    For more information about the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme visit their website:

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    Memorial Products from Around The World

    Sadness and grief has touched many lives during 2016. For the majority, handling the passing of a loved one is a new experience and it can be confusing knowing what the options are for saying goodbye.

    Secure Haven Funeral Directors, in Margaretting, have searched the world for the most unique range of memorial urns and keepsakes.

    Cheryl Yarwood, managing director, said: “It’s a privilege to offer such a varying and unique range of post-cremation options to families. After all, it aids them along their journey with grief.”

    When Kathryn Clark’s mum Sheila died this summer, the family knew they wanted their loved one to be returned to her home in Yorkshire. The 83-year-old had been born and raised up north and it felt right to put her to rest there.

    The Scatter Pod, an eco-friendly scattering cremation urn, has a peel-up tab on the top for ashes to be scattered from.

    Kathryn, of Rettendon Common, also had some of her mum’s ashes placed into a bracelet charm.

    She said: “I didn’t want an urn for mum, but I wanted to keep her close; I wanted a keepsake that was private; that was just for me.


    “I find myself twiddling the charm on my bracelet all the time and thinking of mum. I feel as though mum is with me and protecting me. It brings that closeness back.”

    The family were so comforted by the products, they also had some of their dog Molly’s ashes interred into a paper weight.

    With a firm belief in “ashes to ashes”, Sarah Ramsey-Smith’s mum Mercy wanted to be returned to the earth when she died.

    So, the 85-year-old’s ashes were laid to rest at Woodman Road Cemetery, Brentwood, within an environmentally-friendly Limbo Geos.


    The hand-crafted biodegradable urn is made from binding plant organic substrate, fibre, golden sand and plant extracts and fitted completely with Mercy’s wishes.

    Daughter Sarah, of Brentwood, said: “It meant everything to have the biodegradable urn for mum. She was all about things returning to where they started from; ashes to ashes and dust to dust.”

    While Mercy died in May, her ashes were stored at Secure Haven’s unique storage niche until this month when the family felt ready to lay her to rest.

    Sarah said: “I felt happier knowing mum was safe at Secure Haven rather than being stuck in a cupboard with others at a funeral home.”

    A brother’s last wish to have his ashes scattered in a river gave his family fears about the logistics.

    Peter Low was determined to give brother William, 65, of Chelmsford, the send-off he had requested in his will, but said: “I imagined we’d have to have a traditional urn that we’d have to open and scatter from. The thought of the wind blowing in the wrong direction and it being a disaster was abhorrent to me.”

    Instead, Secure Haven introduced the family to the Samsara Sand Urn. Made from sand and salt bound with natural plant extracts, the urn dissolves when submerged in water.


    Peter, who gave William the send-off he wanted at Southend Pier with their mother, said: “It was an important final moment; it was a release.

    “I had not heard of the sand urn before. It was absolutely perfect, particularly for my mum who was not sure, at first, she wanted to be there when we scattered William’s ashes. It was very clean and respectful.”

    For some, the tradition of keeping their loved one’s ashes at home is an important way of coping with the loss.

    For Jackie Scale, when husband John died, she wanted him to remain at home with her.

    With the Les Grand Vents urn, hand carved and turned from one single log in various woods, ashes can take pride of place in the home without being obvious.


    Jackie said: “The Les Grand Vents range are incredibly beautiful, warm, tactile pieces and their individuality makes them so very personal. Now it is placed in our home, it is absolutely perfect.

    “I find it incredibly comforting as I believe John would have approved.”

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    Waste Not, Want Not – Medicines Waste campaign targets antibiotics

    A campaign to help tackle medicine waste is encouraging people to only use antibiotics when needed.

    The Waste Not, Want Not – Medicines Waste campaign is a south west Essex initiative designed to raise awareness of the costly issue of unused prescription medicine and highlight the overuse of antibiotics.

    Healthcare commissioners NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Thurrock CCG have joined forces to reduce the costs of wasted medicines which is estimated to be £2.5 million a year locally…money that could be better spent on improving services such as 100 extra community nurses.

    Now with the cold and flu season well underway, the Waste Not, Want Not – Medicines Waste campaign is sending out the message that most people will NOT need to be treated with antibiotics for their winter ailments.

    The CCGs have produced a new range of leaflets on antibiotics which are available from doctors’ surgeries and the CCGs’ websites:

    • Antibiotics – what you and your family should know
    • Dry, tickly or chesty cough?
    • Home care is best
    • Snotty, sniffly or sneezy?
    • Delayed prescription – helping prevent the overuse of antibiotics


    Denise Rabbette, Head of a joint dedicated Medicines Optimisation team covering Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Thurrock CCG, is pictured with pharmacist Bijukumar Gandecha from Noak Bridge Pharmacy

    Denise Rabbette, Head of a joint dedicated Medicines Optimisation team covering both CCGs, said: “Antibiotics are rarely needed for coughs or sore throats because they are usually caused by a virus. Pharmacists can advise on simple self-care treatments and over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms. Patients should not expect their GP to prescribe antibiotics because they are usually not necessary.

    “As well as the money being wasted on unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics, there is also the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

    “Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is leading to bacteria resistant to antibiotics which could mean many routine procedures, such as operations and cancer treatment, become increasingly dangerous in the future.”

    The Waste Not – Want Not Medicines Waste campaign is reminding patients:

    • Antibiotics do not work for MOST colds, coughs, sore throats or earache. Your body can usually fight these infections on its own.
    • To ask their pharmacist about over-the-counter remedies that can help in the first instance.
    • Not to expect or demand treatment with antibiotics from their GP.
    • When antibiotics are prescribed by a health professional, always take them as directed and complete the course.

    Sometimes a GP may give a delayed prescription for antibiotics which can be collected a few days later but only if you do not feel better or feel worse.

    Never save any antibiotics for later or share antibiotics with others.

    Remember, the more we use antibiotics, the greater the chance that bacteria will become resistant to them so that they no longer work on infections.

    For further information on the Waste Not, Want campaign and how you can help to combat Medicines Waste visit

    For further information on how you can help protect your antibiotics visit

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    Playlist for 3 January 2017

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    A few new tracks tonight but also managed to play a few songs from 2016 which passed me by until I found them on various “best of” lists!

    Tonight’s playlist:


    Desperate Journalist – Resolution
    British Sea Power – Bad Bohemian
    Besnard Lakes – Laura Lee
    Honeyblood – Sister Wolf
    New Model Army – Burn The Castle
    Angel Olsen – Give It Up
    Graceland – Fleetwood
    Big Moon – Formidable
    Mayflower – I’m Not There
    Heldinky – Arms
    Brix and the Extricated – Something To Lose
    Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers Killer Whales
    Leggy – Grrrls Like Us
    Oblong – Lemon Tree
    Gurr – Walnuss
    Slotface – Empire Records (clean)
    Skinny Girl Diet – Okay
    Ruts DC – Music Must Destroy
    Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
    Dutch Uncles – Big Balloon
    Melys – Baby Tornado
    Mystery Jets – You Can’t Fool Me Dennis
    Grates – 19-20-20
    Graham Coxon – Freaking Out
    Kenickie – I Would Fix You
    Hole – Malibu
    Marion – Fallen Through
    Lush – Ladykillers
    Pulp – Acrylic Afternoons
    Radiohead – Ripcord
    Thousand Yard Stare – Version Of Me
    Garbage – Stupid Girl

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    Cultura Brazil – show 124

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    ‐ Booklet for entrepreneurs is already available at the Brazilian Consulate
    ‐ Book Club continues at the Brazilian Embassy

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    Cultura Brazil – show 123

    Click below to listen to the show again:

    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    Ambassador of the United Kingdom in Brazil will integrate ministry that negotiated Brexit
    ‐ Brazilians living abroad have a deadline to regularize the electoral situation
    ‐ Entrepreneurship for Brazilians in the UK

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    Presenters’ Picks – 2016

    Phoenix FM presenters choose their favourite albums and tracks of the year …

    Aaron Heanue

    Album: Craig David – Following My Intuition

    Following My Intuition is Craig David’s 6th studio album. The album debuted at number 1 in the albums chart, his first album to do so since his debut album “Born to Do It” in 2000. My favourite song on this album is “16”, which is a mash up of Craig David’s old hit “Fill Me In” and Jack Ü song “Where Are Ü”. I also enjoyed the single “When the Bassline Drops” from the album, which features UK rapper Big Narstie.

    Track: Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

    I have chosen “This Girl” as in my opinion this was the dance song of the summer in 2016! Originally “This Girl” was released by soul-funk band Cookin’ on 3 Burners in 2009. Then this year French DJ Kungs remixed “This Girl” and made it his own. This upbeat dance song peaked at number 2 in the UK charts.

    Alan Gulliver

    Album: Destrage – A Means To No End

    This album came from nowhere like a knockout punch with big powerful riffs melodic overtones and catchy hooks. This band have found themselves this year and reigned in the over-the-top riffing of the past to put together the strongest offering from any band for me in 2016.

    Track: Gojira – Stranded

    Taken from the album Magma, this song for me was the song of the summer and has the earworm effect on you from the outset. A great song from one of the best live acts this year.

    Alan Johnson

    Album: Craig David – Following My Intuition

    Craig David – one of the UK’s finest R&B talents. Or do I mean Garage – or perhaps these days they call it Grime? Hang on, though, maybe his style’s more just good-old-fashioned Hip Hop.

    Forget the labels – Craig David’s ability to cross a range of styles with ease is something I’ve always liked about him, and this album didn’t disappoint with its tuneful solo efforts along with some great collaborations. I particularly enjoyed “16”, a skilful mash-up of Jack Ü & Justin Bieber’s “Where Are Ü Now” with the timeless classic which launched his own chart career back at the start of the century, “Fill Me In”.

    Oh now, wait a minute – can I add EDM to that list?

    Track: Black Eyed Peas featuring The World – #WHERESTHELOVE

    There’ve been quite a few of those songs this year whose melodies became lodged in my head – in a good way. There was the one about leaving a spare toothbrush, for example, or that one with the odd line about the stolen mattress. Then there was the highly catchy song inviting everyone to get sexual – an invitation Zara Larsson certainly seems to have taken on board as she enthuses about one particular way she’d like to get to know you.

    Whilst these ditties may soon be forgotten, though, I and millions of others shall long remember this as a year marked by division and nastiness. This was epitomised by the public slaughter of an MP: I recall my heart sinking back in June when an almost quivering voice on the radio confirmed the death of Jo Cox. That was news no-one should ever have had to read, and against this backdrop my track of 2016 was an easy choice.

    Antonia Jones

    Track: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

    I know this song was only released in November, but this has got to be my favourite track of the year. Why? It’s catchy, fun and will go on to be one of those songs that will never be forgotten. Bruno Mars has gone and done it again. He brings together a range of different eras into one track – his collection just keeps on growing!

    Bob Simpson

    Album: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
    Track: Bruno Mars – Versace On The Floor

    As one of the more senior (in years) presenters on Phoenix FM I think my musical head is firmly entrenched in the latter part of the last century. Having said that though, there has been some great new music this year.

    My choices for this year have their roots in the past though (what music doesn’t?) Yes, I’m a Bruno Mars fan!

    Every track on this album sends various parts of my body into involuntary motion. I’ll leave you to guess which parts! It’s fun, it’s fabulous and does what I think music needs to do. It lifts you out whatever situation you are in and takes you on a journey.

    Influences from 80’s funk to early Michael Jackson with a little James Brown and R&B of the late 80’s and early 90’s, the ballads are sweet, the dance tracks superb.

    A guilty pleasure? Maybe, but I don’t feel guilty at all.

    Brian Ager

    Album: Whiskey Myers – Mud

    The fourth album from the Texans shows a band who do exactly what they want to do, regardless of musical trends. Like all their previous albums this is an album full of songs and stories of the south, showing their depth of feeling towards their home state.

    Opening with the fiddle-heavy Down To The River, the album moves on to the swampy title track, full of their trademark twin guitar attack and featuring female backing singers. Up next is Lightning Bugs and Rain, another switch of styles, this time to a brass backed almost funky song. Deep Down In The South follows in the funkier vein, thudding bass, references to Muscle Shoals, Delta Blues and home cooking, it’s another song of love for the South.

    Stone is probably the centrepiece of the album. Opening with piano, the song tells the story of a lonely man on the road searching for happiness. Trailer We Call Home follows, a tale of young couples struggling to get a start in life by living in a trailer. Some Of Your Love lightens the mood, a love song about a man trying to win a girls heart. Frogman, co written by Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, is a tribute to US Navy Seals and their life in battle.

    Hank follows, a song of thanks to Hank Williams Jr and the band’s introduction to country music through him. The Good Ol’ Days closes the album on a happy note, sounding very much like a group of friends having a few beers sitting round a camp fire and having fun.

    This is a truly wonderful album, musicianship of the very highest calibre at the peak of their powers. If you like southern rock, country rock, or just plain good music, buy this album.

    Track: The Answer – Battle Cry

    The Answer surprised many fans this year with their Gaelic-tinged album of hard rock, Solas. Battle Cry is the centrepiece of the album, a slow building 6 minute epic that they currently close their live performances with. Great song from a great album.

    Chay Appleyard

    Album: Asylums – Killer Brain Waves

    In a year where a lot of the main music outlets are selecting The 1975’s “I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware Of It” (My fingers hurt after typing that), and rightly so, it’s a great album, but let’s embrace some other good stuff which has braced our stereos in 2016.

    It was a toss up between Iggy Pop’s “Post Pop Depression” or Asylums’ “Killer Brain Waves”, the first one is great and my head says I should go for that because it is THAT good. But my friends, with my heart I have gone with the latter. Why? I originally bought the album on the off chance from good things I read on Facebook. They are a Southend band on the verge of charting with their album and I felt it was worth giving a shot.

    Two minutes in and one song down – I was hooked. The moment “Second Class Sex” finished and “Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine” began it was clear to me I made the right choice giving it a punt. Great production, all very upbeat songs but each with their own identity, interesting song titles and lyrics, everything down to the artwork. It’s my kinda album.

    All in all, it’s wonderful to see that band/artists from your region can go on to make great records. If you look towards Southend you can find some great music at this moment in time. And I like to think, that if Asylums can go on to do more wonderful things, such as what they’ve achieve with this album, then it can encourage and inspire more of us who play music in Essex to do exactly the same. Keep up the good work, lads.

    Track: Mumford and Sons feat Baaba Maal and The Very Best – There Will Be Time

    I’ve embraced pop a little more this year. I’ve loved “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris and Rhianna (but it’s mainly because I’m a sucker for most things written by Taylor Swift). I have, however, gone for a song which structurally, melodically, lyrically and spiritually engages me as a local songwriter.

    Mumford and Sons to me have become a better band since ditching the banjos and picking up electric guitars – but with this song they took African influences and it features Senegalese music icon, Baaba Maal. In my eyes it has made them one of the most ambitious bands since the 21st century began.

    I love how it’s laid out, it starts off with ab-libs from Baaba Maal, then the first chorus, both verses are different, the four chorus are musically diverse (single strums with no drums, then slow building drums, then breakbeat drums – the works), Baaba Maal and Marcus Mumford just seem to play off each other vocally – its wonderful to listen to.

    The EP “Johannesburg” is in my car currently, and it isn’t going anywhere fast. Fun fact: I used to work in a fish and chip shop in Grays also named Mumford and Sons, it has been in the Grays area since 1912.

    Chris Hood

    Album: Neil Young and Promise of The Real – Earth

    Neil Young is an angry man – nothing new there. Together with new band Promise of The Real, featuring the offspring of Willie Nelson, this album is a series of live cuts of Young’s best musings on Planet Earth, together with studio overdubs and sounds of nature. The 28 minute version of Love and Only Love is a particular treat.

    Track: Prophets of Rage – Prophets of Rage

    Prophets of Rage announced their existence in May of this year. A supergroup featuring members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, all the participants are at the peak of their powers for this barnstorming shot across the bows. Plus, anything with Tom Morello in it has to be worth consideration, right?

    Chris Siviter

    Album: Tacocat – Lost Time

    The record I’ve listened to more times this year than any other. A delightfully noisy record full of short punky classics along with lyrics covering feminist themes (amongst other things) make this a must-hear album of 2016.

    Track: David Bowie – Lazarus

    The death of David Bowie shocked the entire world when it happened only two days after the release of his final album Blackstar. But even in death, he did things on his own terms, staring down his own mortality and continuing to make art until the final curtain. The song Lazarus, along with the moving video is another example of a man who did things his way, always moving forward and even turning his passing into a final artistic tour de force.

    Chris Stagg

    Album: David Bowie – Blackstar

    I’m sure there are many that will disagree with me, but in my opinion Blackstar is simply the most important and stunning musical album to be released in 2016.

    Put aside for a moment the tragic death of David Bowie just two days after the release of this album and take it for what it is. Yes, this album was Bowie’s goodbye to the World and final message to us, and yes it does make the album all the more important. But to judge it against the context of Bowie’s death is to do this masterpiece of an album an injustice.

    As an album on its own it is incredible. ‘Blackstar’ is a short album at just over 7 tracks and 41 minutes, 10 of which is the title track alone. I’m not going to go into depth about ‘Blackstar’ the track, as it was my song of the year for 2015 (which is available on the Phoenix FM website), but it is one Hell of a way to open an album. Wonderfully bizarre, seemingly able to jump genres and yet not be defined by any, it hypnoses you into a state of musical Nirvana. But every track on this album is beautiful in its own right and can easily be enjoyed in isolation or by listening to the album as a whole.

    Particular highlights for me though, are the heartbreaking tracks; ‘Lazarus’ and ‘I can’t Give Everything Away, and ‘Twas a Pity She Was A Whore’, which is it wasn’t for the lyrics would be at home on the soundtrack of Labyrinth. Strange, groundbreaking, contradictory and beautiful; ‘Blackstar’ is just like Bowie himself. It is all those things and more. Blackstar is perfect, and honestly everyone should hear it through at least once.

    Track: Korn – Rotting in Vain

    When Korn first exploded onto the scene, I was instantly hooked. I had never heard anything like them. Their music alone really struck me, with their seven-string guitars and strange other worldly effects combined with heavy use of dissonance. But it was Jonathan Davis’ incredible vocal style that I enjoyed first and his shocking subject matter that inspires him. His crackly deep to childlike singing, metal screaming and perhaps most famously his use of gibberish, opened another World for me.

    Korn had album after incredible album with self titled debut; ‘Korn’, ‘Life is Peachy’ and then their breakthrough ‘Follower the Leader’ with its world-smashing track ‘Freak on a Leash’ giving them global fame. The 90s had one more brilliant album for them in ‘Issues’ which gave them many crowd favorite tracks like ‘Somebody Someone’ and ‘Falling Away from Me.’ But after this, in my opinion Korn lost their way. Sure there was the odd track that was good, but the albums just didn’t have that special something. But they have now rocketed back with a brand new track (and album) that is everything Korn used to be, while still showing maturity and musical growth. Even acceptance of where they had gone wrong in the past.

    ‘Rotting in Vain’ is heavy, very dark and shows a band that are ready and very hungry for more. This track sounds like a beautiful hybrid of the sounds of ‘Issues’ mixed with the ferocity of their debut. We even have the long awaited return of Jonathan Davis gibberish! This is a fantastic track that seasoned veteran will love and also a worthy introduction to any new Korn fan. Check out the Victorian Gothic music video too that is the perfect dark match to the song.

    Courtney-Lee Collins

    Album: Various Artists – Now 95

    I would say this because I think that it has a wide array of fantastic songs in it and I have a wide taste in music so don’t really tend to follow a single group.

    The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack – The Living Years

    My reason behind this is that whilst I have many favourite songs and usually struggle to choose my favourite of the bunch, I’m a big 80s music fan having been brought up beside it as my parents have listened to it all my life and I love the original song, also I am a massive charity fundraiser so to me the purpose behind the song is close to my heart.

    Graham Stannard

    Album: The Cortège – Love & Land

    I’ve always loved their sound, but they continue to improve with age, especially live. Long time friends of Musical Meanderings, The Cortège have always had the wonderful blend of melody and heaviness I’ve always enjoyed, but this latest EP takes it to the next level, especially as they build towards their trademark crescendos at the end of songs such as Starting Gun. Long may they continue.

    Track: Atriohm & Ianuaria – Solstice Extract

    I’ve not been listening to too much Psychedelic Trance this year, but am always keen to keep an ear out for any developments on the powerful end of the spectrum and this hasn’t disappointed. From Macedonian artist Atriohm’s new album, only released this month, Million Years Dance, this is a wonderful collaboration with Ianuaria. A finely crafted sonic adventure, with meandering sweeps and satisfying peaks, I’m looking forward to hearing it on a dance floor soon.

    Harriet Ivie

    Album: DJ Snake – Encore

    I have been a follower of DJ Snake over the past couple of years. Loving some of his singles including “Lean On’ featuring Major Lazer and “You Know You Like It” featuring Aluna George. However last August I was so excited to see he had realised his very own album.

    I have chosen Encore as my album of the year as I was hooked instantly. With house and dance feels with a few heavy baselines thrown in there it’s an album crafted especially to my taste, I couldn’t think of anything better!

    Track: MK & Beck Hill – Piece Of Me

    This song stands out to me when I look back on what tracks I have loved this year. Due to its strong beat that instantly put me in a good mood! It is one of them songs that make you want to get up and dance! I was lucky enough to see this track performed by the DJ MK live at V Festival this year, and hearing the crowd sing along and dance makes this track stand out to me this year.

    Joe Denby

    Album: Azooma – The Act Of Eye

    Azooma is a Death Metal band from Iran which completely caught me off guard. All musicians are on top form and there is fantastic musicianship on display.

    It blends and perfectly balances technicality, brutality and melody. The album just plays itself and flies by. It reveals more with every listen.

    Track: Megadeth – Dystopia

    It’s modern yet classic Megadeth. Delicious guitar melodies and hooks. Haunting lyrics. A sure fire future classic.

    Kavus Torabi

    Album: North Sea Radio Orchestra – Dronne
    Track: The Gasman – Motivation

    Both artists are favourites of ours on The Interesting Alternative Show. This album and track are career highlights of both to my ears.

    Keith Rogers

    Album: Rihanna – Anti

    A rich and conflicted record at its most interesting when it’s at its most idiosyncratic.

    Track: Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

    A great feelgood track that everyone seems to like!

    Libby Holden

    Album: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

    I have been a huge fan of Bruno Mars since the very beginning and was so excited for the release of this new album and I can happily say I have not been disappointed. Even though it was released at the end of 2016 in November I am still choosing this as my favourite album of 2016!

    24K Magic is a devoted resurrection of the soul, funk, and R&B of ’80s and ’90s. What elevates 24K Magic beyond pure pastiche relegated to wedding playlists is how well Bruno Mars, brimming with swagger and schmaltz, sells the flossy fantasy.

    If you get a chance take a listen! A couple of my favourite tracks being – ‘Chunky’, ‘Versace On The Floor’ and ‘Too Good To Say Goodbye’. I have also got tickets to his world tour next year, so really looking forward to that. Go Bruno!

    Track: Lukas Graham – 7 Years

    I first heard this song on the radio in the car at the beginning of 2016 and I instantly knew i was going to love it; it has an amazing melody let alone the genius lyrics, most people can relate to a line or two in the song and I believe that is the beauty of good song writing.

    Although originally realased last year, 7 Years reached no 1 in the UK singles charts and stayed there for 5 weeks. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

    Matt Hines

    Album: Kate Bush – Before The Dawn

    The live recording of the best live show I have ever seen. Before the Dawn captures the magic of the legendary run at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2014.

    Track: Mystery Jets – Bubblegum

    This band came of age this year with their brilliant album “Curve Of The Earth”. Bubblegum is the stand out track on a brilliant piece of work by the band. A real calling card.

    Melanie Watson

    Album: Susie Smith – Gong Goddess Future Sounds

    Susie is an amazingly gifted gong musician. I have attended many of her workshops and finally this year she released an album so the magic of the gong can now be transported into your home. Gonging is becoming increasingly popular, and the concept of having a gong bath is one that is being embraced.

    These sounds are incredibly haunting and transport you in to a different world. Ideal as background music for exercise or as a focal point for meditation.

    Track: DNCE – Cake By The Ocean

    This brings back memories of the wonderful wedding ceremony I conducted in Malta this year.

    Michelle Ward

    Album: Michael Kiwanuka – Love and Hate

    Beautiful voice with interesting songs and inspiring lyrics.

    Track: Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

    A happy pop tune that makes everything feel immediately summery. Also produced a great video alongside. Justin back to his best.

    Mike Jones

    Album: The Boxer Rebellion – Ocean By Ocean

    It’s astounding how this band aren’t bigger than they are. Huge American tour, large London gigs but still no real hit. Perhaps this will do it. Not a weak track on this beauty with songwriting skills at a premium. Just can’t get this off the playlist. Love it!

    Track: Travis – Idlewild

    Easy choice this year for me as this ticks so many boxes. Lovely bass line, haunting lyrics deserving all the attention it got.

    Mike Porter

    Track: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

    I just love the jazz funk sound.

    Nick Field

    Album: Sonic Boom Six – The F-Bomb

    Sonic Boom Six combine rock, hip-hop, electronica, reggae, ska and anything else they can think of and use them all to create a sound that champions a progressive and fairer society without sounding world-weary. Alongside Lazy Habits, whose ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ album is also worth a mention here, Sonic Boom Six are a band who never compromise themselves or their message. They’re exactly the kind of band the world needs right now.

    Track: Babeheaven – Moving On

    The first band I saw on stage at Latitude Festival this year, and was captivated. This is beautifully atmospheric chilled-out genre-crosser.

    Nigel Fitzmaurice

    Album: Rick Astley – 50

    Very different and a soulful jazz feel. Not a cheesy album at all.

    Track: Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

    A song that I played a lot when we moved to Clacton – my summer feelgood song.

    Nikki Mills

    Album: Bastille – Wild World

    This was a choice between Bastille’s ‘Wild World’ and Busted’s ‘Night Driver’ but as much as I love Busted and I’m extremely happy they are back together, I’ve gone with Bastille.

    The reason for this is because for me it has been a long awaited album. Ever since I had the chance to interview lead singer Dan Smith in April last year and ask him questions about the upcoming album I’ve been excited for its release.

    Watching the band perform some of the new songs from the album at Glastonbury and seeing them on the Wild World supporting tour has reinforced how amazing they are. They sound just as good live as they do recorded and I enjoy listening to every track on the album.

    Track: Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better

    Another tough decision between two contenders, Shawn Mendes and ‘Closer’ by The Chainsmokers. I’ve chosen ‘Treat You Better’ because it’s a great follow up to his 2015 track ‘Stitches’ which I also love. Shawn Mendes sings with such passion in his songs and writes meaningful lyrics which I without fail always find myself learning and singing along to.

    I am going to see him on his Illuminate Tour next year which I’m very much looking forward to and can’t wait to join in singing with the crowd!

    Patrick Sherring

    Album: Ward Thomas – Cartwheels

    Twenty-two-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzie Ward-Thomas have had a great 2016. Cartwheels was their second album and it was the first by a UK country band to go to No. 1 on the album charts. Their mixture of close harmonies and interesting lyrics, wrapped up in a British take on an American country sound means we will be hearing about them for many years.

    Track: MonaLisa Twins – Nothing Is In Vain

    For much of the year the MonaLisa Twins have played gigs in their adopted city of Liverpool. You can hear the influence of classic Merseysound from the 60s in their music. But they play it for the 21st century in a fresh and appealing way.

    They are multi-talented vocalists and musicians. This track, with an ethereal quality, is a great introduction to their music.

    Paul Golder

    Album: Divine Comedy – Foreverland

    Neil Hannon back to his whimsical best with witty lyrics and amazing arrangements – it’s probably his Divinest Comediest album ever. And he rhymes “brainier” with “Lithuania”.

    Track: Honeyblood – Sea Hearts

    One of a number of great songs released from their excellent second album “Babes Never Die” – a throwback to the brilliant guitar-driven pop you’d see in the charts all the time before streaming ruined them. Amazing live band too – a big sound from just two live performers.

    Rob Harvey

    Album: David Bowie – Blackstar

    This was the first Bowie album I had rushed out to get in ages, and little did I realise it was a swansong.

    The album gives me the subtlest of clues to Bowie’s fragility, with songs that feel like a collaboration with Picasso in the palette of his storytelling.

    The songs are a mix of Epic, grand, subversive, funny, classic bowie creativity and yet oddly poignant – “I Can’t Give It Away” being my favourite on this masterstroke of a final album, from a true legend.

    Track: Neil Francis and Daysound – Deadender

    This song was a massive earworm for me this year, as it evokes drama with some truly catchy hooks. It was written originally way back in the 80’s, and they decided to revisit and stay true to the songs original inception. Deadender is a dark pop procession of lush sounds and driving rhythms – a ageless feel that makes me click repeat.

    Ruth E Mortimer

    Album: Matt Corby – Telluric

    Oh Matt Corby … his voice is just incredible and sends warm shivers down my spine. Do you want to sit down, relax and listen to some soothing guitar, and a voice that will make you melt into your chair? If your answer is yes then you seriously need to get this album.

    Coming from a guy who was a product of Australian Idol, he has grown into a soulful, soothing musician, and this album displays his versatility and artist intelligence. Check out his Facebook page for some stunning live recordings of songs from Telluric too, really demonstrating this man’s huge talent.

    Track: Joy Williams – We Can Never Go Back (acoustic version)

    Joy Williams is an artist who has had 3 reprises as a musician – Christian Singer, The Civil Wars member, and now haunting powerful solo artist. Her release of her 2015 album Venus was followed in 2016 with an acoustic Album of some of the songs from that album, as well as bonus tracks, one of which being We Can Never Go Back (acoustic).

    The song takes us through the struggle and pain that a lover or friend can’t dwell on the past, and the only way to progress forward from their hurt is to move on. The song finishes with a shift, one which is more peaceful, and displays progression of feelings – and importantly that herself and whomever she is referring to will go on (and on and on).

    The song is beautiful, however is difficult to listen to as many would have experienced similar pain and struggle, and the song perfectly depicts this – so listen with caution.

    Scott Ross

    Album: Phil Collins – The Singles

    I always liked Phil Collins so this looks like being a fairly safe bet.

    Track: Chvrches feat Hayley Williams – Bury It

    This is a band that just keeps getting better and better.

    Scott W

    Album: Dream Theater – The Astonishing

    The American progressive metal group continue on their music odyssey providing an atmospheric, powerful though subtle at times, thought-provoking, character-driven concept double-album set in the future. It’s some antidote to the likes of X-Factor-like talent shows, displaying proper musicianship.

    Track: Alter Bridge – My Champion

    An uplifting (and loud) reminder of the need to keep going after tough days or tough times, the world is a hard place, though motivation is darn important. Keep plugging away. This choice is dedicated to the Mental Health Community.

    Steve Davis

    Album: Knifeworld – Bottled Out Of Eden

    Their best and most accessible to date.

    Track: Gong – The Unspeakable Stands Revealed

    From the album “Rejoice! I’m Dead” – considering the relatively recent passing of Daevid Allen this track conjures up a certain melancholy, but not in a sad way but rather in a spiritual sense.

    Steve Roach

    Album: David Bowie – Blackstar

    A fantastic album for a classic artist to bow out on.

    Track: For The Love Of Bob – Fix You

    An amazing vocal harmony version of the Coldplay track, which featured on the Phoenix FM-supported “Sound Of Essex” CD released by Studio 6 Music in the summer in aid of the Brainwave tumour charity.

    Steve Robertson

    Album: Birds of Tokyo – Brace

    The fifth studio album from Australian band Birds of Tokyo. This is an album I’ve been listening to more than any other this year and it only came out in November. The mixed melodic and rock sound just works, and means I have been listening to the recent release no matter what mood I’m in or time of day.

    Track: Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human

    A stand-out single from a singer I saw perform and interviewed at the Standon Calling festival this year. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – real name Rory Graham performed this live in July when the single was first released and it appeared on the Phoenix FM A-list as a result.

    The song has spent 9 weeks at the number one spot in Germany and is now having a second lease of life as it climbs up the UK chart and for me has been the song of the year since I first heard it in July.

    Tara Newman

    Album: Sheratones – If Your Heart’s Not In It

    With an original sound and fresh image, this band stand out by a mile.

    Track: Dead Natives – Rollercoaster Scream

    This song is catchy and gets your feet tapping. This band have only been together 5 months but they’re songs are going to be massive. Watch out for them in 2017!

    Tony Smith

    Album: Tove Lo – Lady Wood

    So many great mainstream albums released in 2016 so for this category I am going to go with a relative newcomer, Swedish singer Tove Lo and her album that attempts to consolidate the international multi-platinum success of her 2014 debut, “Queen of the Clouds”.

    Some listeners may not warm to Tove Lo’s persona, but her songwriting skills are difficult to fault (she’s also co-written hits for Ellie Goulding and Girls Aloud on the side). She is aided on the album by collaborators including Lorde producer Joel Little and Max Martin’s protégé Ilya Salmanzadeh.

    Track: Drake – One Dance

    Although this song kind of got on my nerves after the first month of its release, it’s worth remembering the track spent 15 weeks at Number One in the UK alone, with a massive 1.8 million sales in 2016 and counting, and was Spotify’s most-streamed song ever! A track that was guaranteed to fill the dance floor again and again, and now that it has had a bit of a break from radio airplay I’m now enjoying the track again.

    Was “One Dance” actually any good? Yes, of course it was – its inescapable dancehall rhythms burrowed their way into your ear like Drake never has before – with more than a little help from contributors Kyla and Wizkid.

    I must add that I nearly went with Clean Bandit who brought home the most coveted chart accolade of the year with the Christmas Number One 2016, “Rockabye”. Credit also goes to Anne-Marie and Sean Paul for amazing vocal performances on the track.

    Tracey Thomas

    Album: Passenger – Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea

    I love Passenger – I have all his albums and there are so many great tracks it’s hard to pick a fave. I have lots of albums from 2016 that I loved but this stands out.

    Track: Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

    It’s just a happy summer tune that always lifts my spirits and reminds me of our family holiday this year in sunny Majorca – grandson in the pool, evenings around the port area, white sangria, paella etc etc!

    Xanthe Bearman

    Album: The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

    Snappy Title. My daughter introduced me to this band and I really like their eclectic style. The album has a track featuring a gospel choir, an couple of instrumental tracks, pop style songs and an acoustic song at the end. “Love Me” is certainly one of my favourites as it’s a complete mickey take of popular culture! Lead singer Matty says it was inspired by him strutting around on stage with his shirt undone, arms outstretched, with hordes of teenage girls screaming up at him!

    Track: Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!

    Such a happy little song from the Trolls movie soundtrack. It’s one of those songs that get in your head and you bounce about all day singing it – I’m a cheery soul so that appeals to me!

    Vixter (Vic Damhar)

    Album: Kaytranada – 99.9%

    Kaytranada released his highly anticipated debut album 99.9% via XL Recordings. Showcasing a blend of genres from soul, funk, disco to house, bass, hip hop and R&B.

    Kaytranada, aka Louis Kevin Celestin has cemented his reputation and sound. Every kick, snare, or clap, usually layered with a sample, gives an energetic, funky, house-vibe to his tracks. This is why Celestin stands out from any other popular electronic house producers.

    The album features a wealth of guest talent, including acclaimed percussionist/producer Karriem Riggins, rising Toronto vocalist River Tiber, UKG favourite Craig David, Aluna George, BadBadNotGood, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, Vic Mensa and Shay Lia.

    99.9% also won the 2016 Polaris Music Prize (Canada’s equivalent to the Mercury Prize), which honours the year’s best album.

    Track: Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid

    Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell, aka Dusky, are pioneers of the UK house music scene. The duo released the track from their second studio album entitled Outer.

    “Ingrid Is A Hybrid” is a superbly textured sound that offers up atmospheric pads, translucent synth and stunningly inventive vocals with classic rave breakbeats. The track takes you into an atmospheric trip, experiencing euphoria through house music, plus adding Dusky’s own contemporary sound stamped onto it.

    A pure pleasure to listen to.

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    Pharmacy opening times over Christmas and the New Year

    Doctors in Basildon and Brentwood are encouraging people to plan their healthcare during the festive season.

    With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, popping along to your local pharmacist at the first sign of illness can help you feel better fast.


    Please order and collect any repeat prescriptions in plenty of time – but check your medicine cabinet before ordering and don’t pick up any medication you don’t need.

    Although the majority of pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the Bank Holidays on Tuesday 27 December and Monday January 2, the following will be open for some of the time:

    Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016

    Benfleet: Daynite Pharmacy, 261 London Road, Hadleigh SS7 2BN – 09:00 15:00
    Chelmsford: Colecross Pharmacy, 1 Hylands Parade, Wood Street CM2 8BW – 10:00 15:00
    Corringham: Allcures Pharmacy, 19 – 21 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA – 10:00 14:00
    Great Dunmow: Ropers the Chemist, 3-5 High Street CM6 1AB – 11:00 12:00
    Harlow: Harlow Pharmacy, Wych Elm, Hamstel Road CM20 1QR – 09:00 20:00
    Langdon Hills: Great Berry Pharmacy, Great Berry Centre, Unit 4, Nightingales SS16 6SA – 10:00-13:00 17:00-20:00
    North Weald: North Weald Chemist, 48 High Road CM16 6BU – 11:00 13:00
    Rayleigh: Hambro Pharmacy, 53a Hullbridge Road SS6 9NL – 10:00 16:00
    South Woodham Ferrers: Govani Chemist, 14 Queen Elisabeth Square CM6 1AB – 10:00 12:00

    Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016

    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, 25 Town Square SS14 1BA – 08:30 17:30
    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ – 10:00 17:00
    Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 10-11 The Pantiles, Queens Park Avenue CM12 0UA – 09:00 17:30
    Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS – 10:00 16:00
    Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy, 51 High Street CM14 4RH – 08:30 18:00

    Bank Holiday, Tuesday 27 December 2016

    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, 25 Town Square SS14 1BA – 08:30 17:30
    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ – 10:00 17:00
    Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS – 10:00 16:00
    Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy, 51 High Street CM14 4RH – 08:30 18:00

    Bank Holiday, Monday 2 January 2017

    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, 25 Town Square SS14 1BA 08:30 17:30
    Basildon: Boots Pharmacy, Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ 10:00 17:00
    Billericay: Boots Pharmacy, 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS 10:00 16:00
    Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy ,51 High Street CM14 4RH 08:30 18:00
    Pitsea: Boots Pharmacy, 8 Northlands Pavement SS13 3DU 10:00 16:00

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    The Hospice Takeover

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    The Hospice Takeover is a special show recorded for Phoenix FM by two members of the Saint Francis team – Clare McPartland, head of Marketing and Communications, and Jane Merrigan, PR & Communications Executive.


    Clare and Jane have been regular visitors to the Phoenix FM throughout the year and the Hospice Takeover show features stories and interviews on many aspects of the Hopsice’s busy year, including:

    • Funding activities
    • The opening of OrangeLine
    • Dealing with dementia
    • Support from local companies
    • The Carers’ Xams lunch
    • The Care Quality Inspection
    • The hospice’s Education Centre
    • Caring for LGBT patients
    • The retail operation
    • Tea and Talk at Toby’s
    • Caring for Young Adults
    • The London Hospice Choir’s attempts to get a Christmas no 1
    • The Day Therapy Unit Xmas party
    • There are also interviews, requests and quizzes with patients, carers and staff

    You can find out more about the Hospice at

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    Playlist for 20 December 2016

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    I managed to get through the whole month without playing any Christmas songs!

    Tonight’s playlist:

    Garbage – Empty
    Leggy – Kick The Habit
    Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
    Mystery Jets – Telomere
    Honeyblood – Hey, Stellar
    Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
    Sulk – No Illusions
    Thousand Yard Stare – Heimlich Maneuver
    Asylums – Joy In A Small Wage
    Horse Party – Animal
    Wendy James – Bad Intentions And A Bit Of Cruelty
    Divine Comedy – How Can You Leave Me On My Own?
    Radiohead – Burn The Witch
    Midway Still – Hey Summer
    High/Low – Mould
    Yuck – Hearts In Motion
    Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
    Darling Buds – Things We Do For Love
    Lovely Eggs – I Like Birds (But I Like Other Animals Too)
    Salad – Your Ma
    Young Knives – The Decision
    Everything Everything – Cough Cough
    My Life Story – Funny Ha Ha
    Echobelly – King Of The Kerb

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    Cultura Brazil – show 122

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    ‐ Plastic artist Alexandre Gondim takes part in the Art Exibition 2016
    ‐ Newspaper Brazil Observer opens journalistic show at the Brazilian Embassy

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    Live In Leicester – The Lovely Eggs

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    It was great to catch up with the Lovely Eggs in another van outside a pub in Leicester city centre!


    Holly and David talk about their busy year – playing their biggest ever headline show, writing a new album, gigging tirelessly and looking for soft play areas all over the UK.

    2017 should see the band release a new album and more information will undoubtedly reveal itself at the band’s official Facebook page.

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    Live in Leicester – The Darling Buds

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    One of my favourite bands from the late 80s/early 90s – The Darling Buds – regrouped a few years ago to play a few gigs and – shock! horror! – write and record some new material too.


    I managed to catch the band in their van outside the Soundhouse in Leicester, where they spoke about how the new EP is progressing, their limited life on the road and also chatted about their favourite songs of the year.

    The show itself was as fantastic as ever – a whole outing for debut album Pop Said, along with three new tracks, including the already-excellent “Guess The Good Parts” and a part-Motowny, part-indiepop outing which might be called “Get Over Yourself”.


    You can keep an eye on the band’s official Facebook page to find out when the new stuff is hitting the shops.

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    Billericay Town Fans’ Forum – as it happened

    LIVE UPDATES: We’re at the Billericay Town Fans’ Forum at the New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay.

    Manager Craig Edwards, new owner Glenn Tamplin and new chairman Danny Groves will be chatting with fans about their plans for the club.


    There are well over 100 people in attendance – standing room only in the bar!

    Glenn Tamplin has started by welcoming everyone present and said that Craig Edwards will answer questions too, including when he will get his first three points under the new ownership, which raised a big cheer!

    GT explains he played for CE 20 years ago at Barkingside and he knows what it feels like to kick a football around with passion and be in a winning environment.

    He says that the most important thing he can input into the club is not money but more a desire to build the club up at all levels.

    GT says the new players haven’t gelled yet and every one needs to be patient.

    The Colts (Youth team) and Ladies teams are very important to the new ethos of the club.

    GT hopes to get 1,000 fans at matches every week and hopes to support all areas of the club and that they’ll support the club in return.

    GT says that the club needs to be able to fund and pay for itself – so he is setting the club up to run as a business, and not reliant on his money.

    GT went on to talk about his experiences in football and how he would run the club. He wants to make Billericay Town to be somewhere that the fans want to come.

    He hopes to offer free admission to local schools and get local schoolchildren involved as mascots each week. He says that the club will dedicate a lot of time to disabled supporters – there will be charity fundraisers at the club in aid of disabled charities.

    GT wants to get more youngsters through the doors.

    He talked about his experience in business – said he has learned a lot.

    A question from the ground – the ground isn’t very disabled-friendly at the moment, and will this be improved?

    Danny says that a topographical survey is taking place next week to find out where improvements can be made.

    GT said there will be major changes to the ground and access for the disabled will be improved. Drawings are being made at the moment.

    Another comment from the fans – is the club doing more to publicise the games through the town?

    GT mentioned that Phoenix FM is giving the club more publicity and the Echo is now increasing coverage. DG said that all marketing opportunities are being looked at.

    GT said that more leaflets will be produced and asked if the fans can help to distribute them to help publicise the games.

    A question from the fans – has the new ownership had any discussions with Basildon Borough Council?

    GT says that there is only six months left on the lease at the ground and he will be visiting the council to talk about his plans to see what they will and won’t be happy with.

    Another fan mentioned that a former chairman, Rod Moore, put in plans for a new stadium 20 years ago but they were rejected. GT says he will be thinking positively and will be constructive with the Council.

    GT was asked if it would be possible to turn the whole pitch round. He said that they have already looked at this but the cost was prohibitive.

    GT went on to talk about his strengths and weaknesses. He says he won’t take unnecessary risks. Money has already gone on new players and patience is needed. He stressed that he wants to make the club a community and a family.


    GT explained why he chose Billericay. The first reason was because Dagenham and Redbridge turned down his offer. He’d also spoken to Bishops Stortford but the deal wasn’t right for him. So there was an element of luck, but he is very happy at the set up at Billericay and feels fortunate that other offers did not go through.

    GT then went on to outline his plans for the club.

    GT says that clubs are definitely trying harder against Billericay now they have brought new players. However he says the club can still get in the playoffs and be the best side at the end of the season. He also hoped for a cup final this season too!

    GT says that if plans go through, it will take 2 1/2 years to build the stadium he wants. He doesn’t see any reason why Billericay can’t be in the National League in 5 years and have a 6,000 seater stadium. He will open up facilities to attract new corporate sponsors too, which he feels Dagenham and Redbridge does well.

    GT’s vision is 3 promotions in 5 years. He says it’s a lot to ask for but he wants to excel where the club has failed before. He repeated that at the end of that time the club has to run without GT and his wallet.

    A question from the fans – will the club be building a 4G pitch as previously mentioned on Phoenix FM? GT said yes, he wants a pitch behind the ground, with new changing room and bar areas which the Colts and Ladies can use along with local schools. It could hopefully bring in more income.

    GT says he will be looking for at least 40 more parking spaces with the new facilities.

    Another fan asked the club thinks it could get 6,000 people to fill a stadium? GT says he believes the club can come up to 1,500 people a week. He says that he can build a bigger stadium due to his knowledge and resources in his existing steel business.

    GT then asked the fans if he wants standing areas behind the goals to remain. The fans in the room were very strong in their support of keeping this.

    GT asked if the food and drink should be improved? One fan asked if cards could be taken behind the bar – GT said this would be arranged. Another fan asked if lunches could be served on match days too, and GT said they would look at trialling this.

    Another fan asked if Steve and Sharon Kent were still going to be involved in the club. GT said that they are welcome to continue their involvement at a different level if they want to be.

    Another fan asked if floodlight bulbs could be purchased! DG said that this is in hand.

    A fan asked if the TVs could be improved in the bar area with the introduction of Sky Sports. DG said that improvements will be made and would look into getting Sky back to keep them in the bar longer.

    GT then spoke about what is currently under development.

    – A new website, to include a forum and other developments to benefit the club

    – A new Billericay Town FC logo, which would keep the old heritage but modernising the style. The Mayflower motif would stay. The fans would be presented with the old badge and four new designs by the end of January and fans would vote on their favourite

    – A new slogan, to help the club and the fans be as one and get behind the community, players and supporters

    – A mascot – which will involve supporters’ suggestions

    Fans were asked for suggestions to the website and a number of fans were very complimentary of the unofficial site at

    One fan asked if the New Crawdaddy Club would continue and GT said that events would remain an important part of the community feel of the club.

    Some fans talked about the number of official and unofficial sites, Twitter accounts and so on. GT said he wants to unite the club and wants to talk to any fans who have issues with this regard.

    GT wrapped up by asking for feedback at the following web address:

    He said, “I look forward to this exciting challenge which I intend to make my ultimate goal for my family, colleagues, and those of this amazing club.”

    GT then handed the floor to manager Craig Edwards.

    He was immediately asked if he was confident that the players would succeed on the pitch.

    CE said that the club has had a lot of new players come in recently. The club has also has its worst injury crisis in his time as manager, losing several key players to injury.

    New players had to come in quickly as the squad was getting short. This coincided with GT’s introduction to the club – if GT had not come in, lower league players would have been recruited instead.

    CE was very confident on Saturday but the club just had a bad day. He said it would settle down.

    CE says that every year the club has to build a new side, and this wouldn’t happen in future as he hoped to keep the core of the club.

    The cups are very important and the club aims to “win the league in the second half of the season” which would put BTFC in the playoffs.

    One fan asked if the injured players would be part of the club’s plans and CE said the sooner the players come back, the better.

    Another fan asked if the passion and commitment from players would continue and CE said he wants all players, no matter what level, continue to give everything they’ve got on the pitch.

    CE was asked about player recruitment. He said that all of the players who had come in were good lads and the challenge was keeping players motivated who had dropped down a level to play at BTFC.

    One fan asked if the side was settled now. CE said that if players didn’t have the desire to play at BTFC he has to let them go.

    CE said he felt it was exciting times for the whole club. The club was on a dip in form but the team has quality players who want to play well and he expects them to bounce back.

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    Playlist for 13 December 2016

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    Tonight’s playlist:

    B-52’s – Planet Claire
    Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
    Norquay – Animal
    Honeyblood – Hey, Stellar
    Asylums – Alternative Occupations
    Dutch Uncles – Big Balloon
    Oblong – Hold On
    De Staat – Firestarter (3FM session)
    Estrons – Call You Mine
    Moonface and Siinai – Ugly Flower Pretty Vase
    Melys – Chinese Whispers
    Everglows – Julia Lost
    Strand Of Oaks – Radio Kids
    Gwenno – Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki
    Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
    Tuns – Throw It All Away
    Elcka – Don’t Disappear
    Graceland – Fleetwood
    S*M*A*S*H – Art Therapy
    Angel Olsen – Give It Up
    Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
    Darling Buds – Please Yourself
    Thousand Yard Stare – Version Of Me
    Lush – Kiss Chase
    Divine Comedy – In & Out Of Paris & London
    Blur – Coping
    A House – Slipping Away
    Sultans Of Ping FC – Football Hooligan (live)
    Five Thirty – You
    Senseless Things – Best Friend
    Carter USM – Airplane Food Airplane Fast Food
    Super Furry Animals – Juxtapozed With U

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    Cultura Brazil – show 121

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    Cultura Brazil is Phoenix FM’s show for the Brazilian community in Essex, London and beyond, presented by Ezequiel Cassol.

    In this week’s show:

    ‐ Know the deadline to vote in Brazilian elections
    ‐ Brazilian Consulate in London creates Guide for Brazilian Entrepreneurs in the UK

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