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Mental Health Matters – Time to Talk Day Special

Mental Health Matters – Time to Talk Day Special

Bob Simpson February 6, 2016 0

Thursday February 4th was Time to Talk Day. Phoenix FM devoted it’s daytime schedule to a myriad of guests talking mental health! Special thanks go to presenters Mike Porter, Michelle Ward and to station

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TIME TO TALK DAY – Roger Davinson, Mike Diaper, Nikki Smith and Wayne Banks

TIME TO TALK DAY – Roger Davinson, Mike Diaper, Nikki Smith and Wayne Banks

Bob Simpson February 4, 2016 0

Fitness In Mind™ is an award winning initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing. Sport and physical activity are proven to boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and

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TIME TO TALK – Lucy Gill, Brian Jackson and Vanessa Dodds

TIME TO TALK – Lucy Gill, Brian Jackson and Vanessa Dodds

Bob Simpson February 4, 2016 0

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one

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Time To Talk Day – Preview

Time To Talk Day – Preview

Bob Simpson January 28, 2016 0

Time to Talk Day will take place next Thursday 4th February 2016. The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. By joining together on one day, we

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Dr Eric Watts – Cancer Support and Survivorship

Dr Eric Watts – Cancer Support and Survivorship

Bob Simpson January 27, 2016 0

The first meeting of the Brentwood Cancer Support and Survivorship Group is on Monday 1 February 2016 from 10 am until 12 pm in the Boardroom, 1st Floor, Brentwood Community Hospital. The aim is

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Brentwood Biscotti – Luke Adams

Brentwood Biscotti – Luke Adams

Bob Simpson January 21, 2016 0

Joining me today was Luke Adams from Brentwood Biscotti. Luke told us all about Brentwood Biscotti and their next meet at The Marygreen Manor Hotel on 2nd February. You Can Listen to our chat

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Timewarp

Timewarp

Bob Simpson January 20, 2016 0

So Rocky and Mad Max and Star Wars are back on the big screen, Bowie’s at No.1 in the album charts, Grant Mitchell’s Back in Eastenders, The Spice Girls are re – uniting (without

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The Man-Flu Show

The Man-Flu Show

Bob Simpson January 14, 2016 0

Having bravely soldiered on to present One 2 Three with Man-Flu today I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how to deal with this potentially serious condition.  

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Yoga on the Pier – Jo Kemp

Yoga on the Pier – Jo Kemp

Bob Simpson January 13, 2016 0

Jo Kemp is a Yoga teacher who has dedicated a big part of her life to practising and teaching yoga. Last year along with Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood, Jo and her colleagues helped to raise

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David Bowie

David Bowie

Bob Simpson January 13, 2016 0

I started today’s show by playing David Bowie and Lazurus from his final album Blackstar. I first heard some of Blackstar last week. On hearing a few minutes of the title track I dismissed

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Get Colouring In at The Colour Me In Cafe!

Get Colouring In at The Colour Me In Cafe!

Bob Simpson January 7, 2016 0

Starting tomorrow (Friday) at the Brentwood Theatre is a new initiative supporting mental wellbeing in Brentwood, The Colour Me In Cafe. Adult colouring books are all the rage at the moment with people finding

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Jellied Eels and Rock ‘n Roll – Richie Milton and Bill Farrow aka Bill’nRicky

Jellied Eels and Rock ‘n Roll – Richie Milton and Bill Farrow aka Bill’nRicky

Bob Simpson January 6, 2016 0

What a great couple of guys! It’s two years since I last spoke to Richie and Bill on air. They came into studio one today, created a great party atmosphere and performed four great

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Remembering Lemmy and Jeff and Beatles back in the Charts?

Remembering Lemmy and Jeff and Beatles back in the Charts?

Bob Simpson December 30, 2015 0

Tributes have been pouring in for Motorhead frontman Lemmy who has died aged 70, two days after learning he had cancer. His local bar ran out of his favourite tipple Jack Daniels as fans

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Your Christmas Request Show

Your Christmas Request Show

Bob Simpson December 25, 2015 0

So Christmas is here at last! From us all here on Phoenix FM, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas. In this special show for Christmas Bob Simpson caught up with some of

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The Solo Beatles on Phoenix FM – Listen again here.

The Solo Beatles on Phoenix FM – Listen again here.

Bob Simpson December 23, 2015 0

As a lifelong Beatles fan Christmas came early for me today. It was a huge pleasure to be joined in the studio by members of a Beatles tribute band with a difference – The

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Invisible Smog

Invisible Smog

Bob Simpson December 17, 2015 0

Today’s show carried a Government health warning! A smog alert has been issued by DEFRA (The Department for Food Agriculture and Rural Affairs) citing that a toxic fog and a cloud of dust was

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 9 – Listen Here!

Mental Health Matters Podcast 9 – Listen Here!

Bob Simpson December 11, 2015 0

Welcome to Mental Health Matters (MHM) episode #9, our festive edition and do we have a bumper show for you! We welcome back presenter Bob Simpson and our regular contributor Wayne B this month,

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Paul Metcalfe as Rod Stewart for Saint Francis Hospice

Paul Metcalfe as Rod Stewart for Saint Francis Hospice

Bob Simpson December 10, 2015 0

It was great to chat to Paul Metcalfe today. Tomorrow evening he performs a special concert for Saint Francis Hospice. Paul’s performances as Rod Stewart are stunningly accurate. He looks the same, his mannerisms

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Support Brentwood Mind This Saturday

Support Brentwood Mind This Saturday

Bob Simpson November 5, 2015 0

Brentwood Mind are holding a fund raising concert on Saturday at the Essex Arms next to Brentwood Station. In the studio today to tell us all about it were Colin Wade from Brentwood Mind,

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My Generation – 50 Years On.

My Generation – 50 Years On.

Bob Simpson October 29, 2015 0

Two great anniversaries this week – 50 years since the release of The Who‘s My Generation and 40 years since the release of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. We heard them both on the show today

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Wednesday Thursday Friday…

Wednesday Thursday Friday…

Bob Simpson October 23, 2015 0

A busy week for me on Phoenix this week. It actually started on Tuesday when I joined Scott W in studio 2 to record this month’s Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM Podcast –

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Podcast 7 – Music Special

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Podcast 7 – Music Special

Bob Simpson October 21, 2015 0

Our October podcast, intended to mark World Mental Health Day, is a music special. We asked our followers from all around the world to tell us which music tracks have a special meaning to

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Jeff Brown – 23 Years

Jeff Brown – 23 Years

Bob Simpson October 15, 2015 0

It was a huge pleasure to meet and chat to Jeff Brown on the show today. Jeff has played with some of the biggest names in rock. For 16 years Jeff performed with Sweet

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Frontline Partnership – Jo Rayment

Frontline Partnership – Jo Rayment

Bob Simpson October 14, 2015 0

My second guest today was Jo Rayment from a wonderful organisation – Frontline Partnership. Frontline Partnership enables and supports people with a learning disability and high support needs to live full and productive lives through

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D’Ukes at The Brentwood Theatre 14th November

D’Ukes at The Brentwood Theatre 14th November

Bob Simpson October 14, 2015 0

Ukulele band D’Ukes – The finest ukulele band in the universe! – were my first guests today. They’ve had a very busy year so far and are coming to Brentwood on 14th November. We

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Shenfield High School Performing Arts Academy

Shenfield High School Performing Arts Academy

Bob Simpson October 8, 2015 0

New for 2016 is Shenfield High School’s Performing Arts Academy. To tell us all about it Head of Drama Kim Bradley came into the studio along with two pupils, Jade Evans and Alfie Gardener.

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Brenda Weaver – The Guide Dogs Coffee Morning in Shenfield

Brenda Weaver – The Guide Dogs Coffee Morning in Shenfield

Bob Simpson October 7, 2015 0

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association nowadays known as Guide Dogs is a British charity founded in 1934. Guide Dogs provides help to thousands of blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision

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Tracey Cowling – Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Tracey Cowling – Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Bob Simpson October 7, 2015 0

During today’s show I received an email from one of my previous guests – Tracey Cowling from HBBS Tracey was asking us to spread the word about their new Snowdrop group starting next week.

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Sam Callahan Survives X Factor – Moves on to “Bigger Things”

Sam Callahan Survives X Factor – Moves on to “Bigger Things”

Bob Simpson October 1, 2015 0

Sam Callahan is a 21 year old singer/songwriter from Brentwood. He’s been performing since he was eight and he started writing his own music when he was just twelve. In 2013 Sam made it through

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Shenfield High School Sports Academy – Garry Sapsford

Shenfield High School Sports Academy – Garry Sapsford

Bob Simpson September 30, 2015 0

Shenfield High School prides itself on having an outstanding PE Department. In 2012, Ofsted stated that sport at Shenfield High School is “very strong.” Head of PE Garry Sapsford joined me on the show

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Attila The Stockbroker… and Donny Osmond?

Attila The Stockbroker… and Donny Osmond?

Bob Simpson September 24, 2015 0

In what was one of the most entertaining interviews I have ever done, and certainly the easiest, I spoke to Attila The Stockbroker AKA John Baine. Attila The Stockbroker has been a punk poet

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Shenfield High School – Carole Herman

Shenfield High School – Carole Herman

Bob Simpson September 17, 2015 0

For more than 50 years now Shenfield High School has been serving the local area and in that time it has had only 4 headteachers. This year’s batch of GCSE and A level results

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #6 – Listen Here!

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #6 – Listen Here!

Bob Simpson September 16, 2015 0

On this month’s Mental Health Matters (MHM), We have interviews with Brentwood Borough Councillor David Tee who talks about the Mental Health (MH) Challenge and also a personal account from Mental Health survivor, blogger

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Family Fun Day At Ongar RFC

Family Fun Day At Ongar RFC

Bob Simpson September 9, 2015 0

With the new Rugby union season approaching after the World Cup which begins at the end of next week, Ongar Rugby Football Club are hoping to kick off their season with a bang, and

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LA Fitness Closure – Cllr Jill Hubbard, Phil Ricketts and Tessa Webb

LA Fitness Closure – Cllr Jill Hubbard, Phil Ricketts and Tessa Webb

Bob Simpson August 27, 2015 0

With the closure and refurbishment of LA Fitness due early next month after a buy out by Pure Gym, Members of the club have come together to fight against the potential loss of many

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Superb Young Local Talent – Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull

Superb Young Local Talent – Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull

Bob Simpson August 26, 2015 0

I was knocked sideways today by my two talented young guests Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull both from Shenfield High School. Daynah (16) and Liam (17) each performed individually and then paired up on

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Saving Water – Dan Davis from Essex and Suffolk Water

Saving Water – Dan Davis from Essex and Suffolk Water

Bob Simpson August 20, 2015 0

We all know the importance of saving water, but now there’s a helping hand from our friends at Essex and Suffolk Water – discounted water butts for saving rainwater in the garden. Dan Davis

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Vicky Davies and Andy Woodcock – Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Course

Vicky Davies and Andy Woodcock – Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Course

Bob Simpson August 19, 2015 0

My super guests today were former Mayor of Brentwood Vicky Davies, Andy Woodcock, mastermind of the Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Course. You can listen to our chat here - The sessions will be

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #5 – Listen Here!

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #5 – Listen Here!

Bob Simpson August 14, 2015 0

This month's edition includes an interview with Madness's drummer Woody Woodgate

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Sunscreem – Sweet Life

Sunscreem – Sweet Life

Bob Simpson July 23, 2015 0

One of the first rave-pop groups, Sunscreem formed around Paul Carnell and Lucia Holm back in the 1990’s. Early singles “Walk On” and “Pressure” became moderate British hits and dance floor favorites, while 1993’s

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Vicky Jones on One 2 Three

Vicky Jones on One 2 Three

Bob Simpson July 21, 2015 0

Vicky Jones is a songwriter, author and Worldwide traveller from Essex and has recently released a song on iTunes in support of the mental health charity Mind. Vicky joined me today in the studio

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Edd Coates, Harriet Ivie and Cuddly Bob

Edd Coates, Harriet Ivie and Cuddly Bob

Bob Simpson July 16, 2015 0

It turned out to be a day of cuddles today! Our Drive Show presenter Keith Rogers has recently been calling me “Cuddly Bob” and it seems I lived up to the title today –

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Madness drummer Woody Woodgate talks about In Your Mind

Madness drummer Woody Woodgate talks about In Your Mind

Bob Simpson July 15, 2015 0

It was great to chat to Woody about his time in Madness, the current “Grandslam Madness” tour, his role as an ambassador for the mental health charity Rethink, and his new solo album “In

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 4 – Listen Here

Mental Health Matters Podcast 4 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson July 9, 2015 0

On this month’s Mental Health Matters, we are very pleased to share with you a piece recorded live at an Interactive Workshop put on by The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society. We have a

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Fishing – A New Presenter and A Top Essex Matchman – Robin Driscoll and Graham Dack

Bob Simpson July 9, 2015 0

It was great to welcome a couple of surprise guests on the show today to briefly talk about fishing and Robin’s new show on Phoenix FM – It’s All About Fishing… In Essex. You

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A Warning to Parents

A Warning to Parents

Bob Simpson July 9, 2015 0

I’m very grateful to the Brentwood Gazette for bringing this story to my attention. In two separate incidents yesterday a sexual assault and an attempted abduction occurred in and around the Brentwood area. In

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A Warning from Brentwood Borough Council

A Warning from Brentwood Borough Council

Bob Simpson July 8, 2015 0

Brentwood Borough Council are concerned by calls it has received regarding a company that is cold calling residents and claiming that it is working on behalf of the Council. Residents are reporting that the

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HOT

HOT

Bob Simpson July 1, 2015 0

On the hottest day of the year so far I had some top tips on staying cool in this weather, and a whole bag of hot summer tunes. We also be heard what one

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Andy and Ted – Brentwood Community Print and the Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Training Course

Andy and Ted – Brentwood Community Print and the Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Training Course

Bob Simpson June 24, 2015 0

Brentwood Community Print through their Ted Bares campaign are soon to launch their “Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment training course” with support and funding from the Big Lottery Fund. Andrew Woodcock, who designed the

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Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Training Course

Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Training Course

Bob Simpson June 10, 2015 0

Brentwood Community Print through their Ted Bares campaign are soon to launch their “Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment training course” with support and funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The course has been designed

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Jazz in the Afternoon – John Seeley and Dave Warren

Jazz in the Afternoon – John Seeley and Dave Warren

Bob Simpson June 3, 2015 0

Time for something a bit different today on One 2 Three. Saxophonist and clarinetist John Seeley and Dave Warren, who you might remember is the driving force behind Ukulele band D’ukes, joined me for

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Margaret Mills talks to Scott Ross – Cuts and Bruises

Margaret Mills talks to Scott Ross – Cuts and Bruises

Bob Simpson June 2, 2015 0

In the latest of Margaret’s chat’s with Scott, on today’s show the subject was how people used to deal with minor injuries hundreds of years ago. We DON’T recommend any of these treatments today!

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Stephen Foster-Pilkington – Live Session and Interview

Stephen Foster-Pilkington – Live Session and Interview

Bob Simpson June 1, 2015 0

Unique singer-songwriter Stephen Foster-Pilkington has just released his latest single – inspired by the late great novelist Kurt Vonnegut. The single is called “If this isn’t Good – What is? Stephen joined me in

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May Book Club with Sylvia Kent and Sheila Norton

May Book Club with Sylvia Kent and Sheila Norton

Bob Simpson May 29, 2015 0

It was my pleasure to sit in on Eat My Brunch for Michelle today, especially as I got to meet the lovely Sylvia Kent and the equally lovely Sheila Norton in the May Book

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 3 – Listen Here

Mental Health Matters Podcast 3 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson May 27, 2015 0

In this month’s packed Mental Health Matters podcast we have guest interviews with David Kennard & Ana Jerez from Fitness in Mind. Plus, we have Time to Change champion & Mental Health campaigner Wayne

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The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society

The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society

Bob Simpson May 26, 2015 1

I was joined on Eat My Brunch this morning by Isla Barton and Scott W from The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society. You can listen to our chat here

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Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood’s Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind

Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood’s Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind

Bob Simpson May 16, 2015 0

Today was the day for the great fundraising Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind, so I popped over to Shenfield Common this afternoon to take in the sights and sounds of the event. Last

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health First Aid

Bob Simpson May 13, 2015 0

As this is Mental Health Awareness Week each day on Phoenix FM this week we have had different guests in talking about different aspects of Mental Health issues. Today it was the turn of

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A Very Special Wedding At Hylands House

A Very Special Wedding At Hylands House

Bob Simpson May 12, 2015 0

It was a pleasure to sit in for Scott Ross today on Tuesday’s One 2 Three. Scott’s regular feature with Margaret Mills told of a very special wedding at Hylands House involving Aviator Claude

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D’Ukes – The Red and Black Tour

D’Ukes – The Red and Black Tour

Bob Simpson May 6, 2015 0

It was great to catch up with D’Ukes today, well at least 50% of them! Joining me today were Brian Smith, Hazel Smith and John Mattock. You can listen to our chat and sample

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Simon from The Brentwood Gazette

Simon from The Brentwood Gazette

Bob Simpson May 5, 2015 0

Joining me on Drive today was Simon Murfitt from the Brentwood Gazette to give us a preview of some of what’s in tomorrow’s edition You can listen to our chat here -

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Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood’s 2nd Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind

Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood’s 2nd Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind

Bob Simpson April 29, 2015 0

Last Year the mass Yogathon on Shenfield Common, organised by Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood, raised almost £3,000 for Brentwood Mind – a charity supporting people with mental health issues. A total number of 108 sun

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 2

Mental Health Matters Podcast 2

Bob Simpson April 24, 2015 2

This months Mental Health Matters podcast features our guests from Brentwood Community Print, David Jones and Andy Woodcock, a poem sent in by Emily Oldfield, a book review from Isla Barton, Stephen Fry gets

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Growing Shoes and Computer Rage!

Growing Shoes and Computer Rage!

Bob Simpson April 22, 2015 0

It was great to be back on the air with a regular show today. I’ll be presenting One 2 Three on Wednesdays from now on. Today’s show was full of music and chat and

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Joe Sturdy from The Brentwood Gazette

Joe Sturdy from The Brentwood Gazette

Bob Simpson April 7, 2015 0

Popping in on Drive today was Joe from the Gazette to tell us about the biggest stories in tomorrow’s edition. You can listen to what Joe had to say here -

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM Podcast

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM Podcast

Bob Simpson March 28, 2015 7

Our first Mental Health Matters podcast, presented, produced and edited by Scott W and Bob Simpson, is now online!

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Mental Health Matters – Preview on Drive with Mike Porter

Mental Health Matters – Preview on Drive with Mike Porter

Bob Simpson March 27, 2015 0

Today was recording day for our first podcast of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM. After the recording session in studio 2 at Phoenix Scott W and myself joined Mikey on air during the

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Cool Soul on Phoenix FM – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson March 12, 2015 0

A one off chilled show of Soul Funk Motown up to midnight best accompanied by a glass of wine and a candle! Enjoy! Cool Soul on Phoenix 98FM 11 Mar 2015 by Bob Simpson

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Bryan Clark and Jordon Cox

Bryan Clark and Jordon Cox

Bob Simpson March 6, 2015 0

A busy Drive show today with my two guests Bryan and Jordon. First it was Bryan’s turn. Bryan Clark is from The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. We talked about the latest

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Dr Feelgood on Tour – Kevin Morris

Dr Feelgood on Tour – Kevin Morris

Bob Simpson March 5, 2015 0

It was great to sit in for Mikey today on Drive especially as I had such a brilliant guest to talk to. Kevin Morris has been the drummer for Dr Feelgood for more than

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Yester’Ukes – The Healing Power of Good Music?

Yester’Ukes – The Healing Power of Good Music?

Bob Simpson March 2, 2015 0

After a day of struggling with the pain of a particularly bad back it really was great to welcome a fine bunch of people, musicians and singers in to the Phoenix FM studios. Not

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It’s Pancake Day! and Dan Attfield from Affinity Wills

It’s Pancake Day! and Dan Attfield from Affinity Wills

Bob Simpson February 17, 2015 0

It was my pleasure to deputise for Scott Ross today on One 2 Three. My guest was Dan Attfield from our sponsor Affinity Wills, today talking about trusts.   You can listen to our

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Time To Talk

Time To Talk

Bob Simpson February 5, 2015 0

People are being encouraged to spend five minutes today talking about mental health as part of the second annual Time to Talk day. If more of us speak about mental health problems, the belief

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Charlie Wallis Live – Interview and Session

Charlie Wallis Live – Interview and Session

Bob Simpson February 3, 2015 0

Now the other week I was cruising Facebook and I came across a video of a performer at one of our Phoenix Fridays events. The performer was Charlie Wallis and I was instantly struck

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Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson October 3, 2014 0

I was pleased to be joined today by our regular contributor Carol Finney Carol is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Today we talked

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Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Bob Simpson October 2, 2014 0

Arbutus Music have launched a new programme of singing events  The first one is in two weeks time Thursday 16 October at South Weald and the next is at St George’s in Brentwood on

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Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Bob Simpson September 25, 2014 0

An Evening with Jo Harman and Friends is a fundraising concert for Brentwood Mind at The Brentwood Theatre on 25 October. I was joined in the studio today by the concert’s organiser, Colin Wade,

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Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Bob Simpson September 19, 2014 0

Margaret Mills returned to Phoenix FM today for her latest book review. “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore, (paperback, fiction,) published 2014 by Windmill Books, price £7.99   In 1920, Daniel returns to Cornwall, after service in the trenchesduring World War 1. 

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Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is Coming…

Bob Simpson September 18, 2014 0

On today’s show our thoughts went out to Australian golfer Greg Norman… Last week, he posted a picture of himself using a chainsaw to trim a plant. He wrote alongside it: “Never ask someone

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Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson September 5, 2014 0

Carol Finney is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Carol will be joining me on the show each month to talk about a range

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Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Bob Simpson August 22, 2014 0

The Brentwood Yoga & Wellbeing Studio celebrated it’s first Birthday by bringing 100 people together to do a mass Yogathon on Shenfield Common in May and raised more than £3,000 much-needed funds for Brentwood MIND

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£7,500 for a Cupboard

£7,500 for a Cupboard

Bob Simpson August 21, 2014 0

Today on One 2 Three I featured a story that shows just how crazy the housing market is getting. Yes an estate agent has a 7ft by 12ft cupboard for sale in London available

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The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

Bob Simpson August 15, 2014 0

On today’s One 2 Three it was time for our monthly book review with Margaret Mills. This month Margaret was  reviewing… “Payback“  by Kimberley Chambers, (paperback, fiction),  published 2014  by HarperCollins, price = £7.99.   A tale of a

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Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Bob Simpson August 14, 2014 0

It was great to welcome multi talented Drew Levi to the studio today. Drew is a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter who is currently finding his rightful place in the music industry. He taught himself

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Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Bob Simpson August 7, 2014 0

After a week away it was good to get back in the driving seat at Phoenix FM today. With only 140 shopping days left until Christmas, is it too early to start shopping? We

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Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Bob Simpson July 25, 2014 0

My guest today was Carol Finney. Carol is a therapist from CBT Services Brentwood who offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy throughout Essex and London. CBT deals with a wide range of conditions and problems including:

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Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Bob Simpson July 24, 2014 0

My guest today was Cameron Southcott Cameron Southcott, is a contemporary violinist from Brentwood. Among other events Cameron recently performed in the big top arena at the Brentwood Strawberry Fair. He is self-taught, and

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eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

Bob Simpson July 21, 2014 0

With the cost of everything on the rise these days it was good to chat to Russell Quirk today from online estate agency eMoov to discover a way to potentially save thousands of pounds

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Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Bob Simpson July 18, 2014 1

Today it was time for Margaret’s monthly book review. “A Green and Pleasant Land (how England’s Gardeners fought the Second World War)“  by Ursula Buchan, (paperback, non-fiction), published 2014  by Windmill Books, price = £9.99.   As WW2

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Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Bob Simpson July 11, 2014 0

This radio lark is a funny thing. Unexpectedly today I found myself covering for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch. Just as unexpectedly I was delighted to meet Michelle’s guests today. The Billericay and

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Council update – lights, roads, dogs, brass bands and the Brentwood Centre

Council update – lights, roads, dogs, brass bands and the Brentwood Centre

Bob Simpson July 11, 2014 0

Paul Golder reports on the Council's latest plans for the Borough

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D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 10, 2014 0

Ever Thought About Playing The Ukulele? If you have, then the best place to go is D’UkesFest on Saturday 26 July at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. Organised by ukulele band D’Ukes in conjunction

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A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

Bob Simpson July 4, 2014 0

About a month ago Daniel Hearn came into our studio here at the Brentwood Centre to tell us about his forthcoming trip to Brazil with the charity Lionsraw. The aim of the trip was

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Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 3, 2014 0

I had a chat on the phone today to two mad (but lovely) scientists who are bringing The Science Museum’s “The Energy Show” to The Queens Theatre Hornchurch this weekend. Methane bubbles are set

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Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Bob Simpson June 27, 2014 0

Tomorrow evening at the Billericay Baptist Church, The Billericay Community Choir will be holding their Summer Concert. The choir was only formed in October last year and already has over 80 members. It was

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Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Bob Simpson June 26, 2014 0

On today’s show I gave a mention to a forthcoming great family event that has been organised by Churches Together in Billericay. I need say no more about it because all the details are

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Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Bob Simpson June 18, 2014 0

It’s been reported in certain newspapers that a drought could be on the way. Surprising that, as much of the country spent weeks underwater earlier this year. It is true that the long range

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Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Bob Simpson June 16, 2014 0

With all the football on the telly at the moment, some bright spark has come up with a way to help women understand the offside rule. This has been doing the rounds on the

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Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Bob Simpson June 13, 2014 0

The Brentwood Arts Festival comes to town this year between 5th and 12th July. There are dozens of events happening this year including some great music events. To tell us all about the music

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Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Bob Simpson June 12, 2014 0

It was a delight to welcome Cezara Nicorici in to Phoenix today. Cezara is a local Bokwa instructor who has arranged a great family Bokwa event in Brentwood in aid of The Royal Brompton

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World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

Bob Simpson June 6, 2014 0

With the World Cup nearly upon us, Lionsraw is a movement that mobilises passionate football fans who believe they can make a difference in the lives of others locally and globally. During the World

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Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Bob Simpson June 5, 2014 0

Arbutus Music was set up  by Christine Gwynn and Frances Quintrell in 2008 to provide a range of musical activities. Arbutus Music courses include voice coaching, ideas and tips, and the opportunity to build

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Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Bob Simpson May 30, 2014 2

Today at The Brentwood Centre, the Brentwood Mental Health Fair was taking place to celebrate new mental health initiatives being introduced by statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations across the borough and county.   Right at

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Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Bob Simpson May 28, 2014 0

It was a pleasure to sit in for Mike Jones today on One 2 Three. Mike will be covering me tomorrow in return. Today’s programme included an appeal for new members from one of

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Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Bob Simpson May 23, 2014 0

Margaret Mills is an adult education history & literature tutor, and also regularly gives talks to various societies & organisations, including talks on aspects of Essex history, legends and folklore. Margaret is joined me

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That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

Bob Simpson May 22, 2014 0

So last Saturday evening was a great evening here at the Brentwood Centre, with crowds enjoying music, conversation, food and drink and walking on fiery hot coals! It was of course the Brentwood Community

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A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson May 16, 2014 0

With so many events happening in our area this weekend (see the Phoenix FM events guide) I devoted most of today’s show to all that’s going on. We heard all about Saturday’s Yogathon on yesterday’s

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Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Bob Simpson May 15, 2014 1

This Saturday 17th May there’s a yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind.  To tell us what a yogathon is and to talk all things yoga, Jo Kemp and  Jessica Livingstone  from Brentwood Yoga and

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Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Bob Simpson May 2, 2014 0

On today’s show I was pleased to welcome to the studio, a fine young man, Ross Kerwood who has been raising money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, in memory of his

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A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

Bob Simpson May 1, 2014 0

Lifesaving equipment could be introduced to Billericay High Street in a joint initiative between the Street Pastors, the Community First Responders and the wider community. Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor co-ordinator and Community First

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Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

It was my great pleasure to spend almost an hour in the company of Brian today, who kept us royally entertained with tales of his experiences with some of the biggest names in music

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Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

Matthew Shepherd is a 19 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Loughton, Essex. Matthew is no stranger to Phoenix FM having performed on Michelle Ward’s Eat my Brunch show and in the run

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 24, 2014 0

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 17, 2014 1

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Bob Simpson April 15, 2014 0

Well we’re all supposed to be Europeans now, so why is there such an intolerance here of naked flesh when over in the German city of Munich they have given people the go-ahead to

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Tales of Prague…

Tales of Prague…

Bob Simpson April 14, 2014 0

So it’s good to be back in Brentwood after almost a week away in Prague. I had a great time touring around this beautiful city and on today’s show I talked a bit about

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Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Bob Simpson April 4, 2014 0

Today saw the official opening of the Brentwood Branch of Essex Savers.net Credit Union. I popped along this morning to watch the proceedings and have a chat to those involved. First I spoke to

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A Musical Journey Across Europe – Choir For All Seasons

Bob Simpson March 28, 2014 0

This Saturday at the Mayflower Hall, Chapel Street, Billericay, The Choir for All Seasons are holding a concert called Music on The Orient Express. This is described as a romantic musical journey across Europe,

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Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Bob Simpson March 20, 2014 0

David Schacht talks about the group's new concert

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First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

Bob Simpson March 14, 2014 0

Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Following a 999 call, one of a group of trained volunteers is despatched to the patient by

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A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

Bob Simpson March 13, 2014 0

After their crowd pleasing performance at our recent Phoenix Fridays gig, it was great to welcome back to the studio, the finest Ukulele band in the known universe! – D’Ukes. Members Martin Burdikin, Jo

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Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Bob Simpson March 7, 2014 2

Billericay Town Council had to cancel its full council meeting after around 280 people flocked to Billericay Day Centre. They swarmed the Chantry Way building in protest of Basildon Council’s proposals to build 2,300 homes on the town’s

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Queens Hospital A & E Romford – An Emergency – Watch Here

Queens Hospital A & E Romford – An Emergency – Watch Here

Bob Simpson March 6, 2014 0

Brentwood’s nearest Accident and Emergency department at Queen’s Hospital Romford, sees about 400 patients a day Following a report by the Care Quality Commission that its A&E was “at times unsafe because of the

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Drive-in Movies come to Brentwood and a Cat Cafe

Drive-in Movies come to Brentwood and a Cat Cafe

Bob Simpson February 28, 2014 0

Another busy show today with a few gremlins at the start, but I managed to beat them off with a stick! CLASSICS of the silver screen will be shown al-fresco this year in Brentwood

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Danger! – Selfies

Danger! – Selfies

Bob Simpson February 27, 2014 0

A packed show today but somehow I managed to cram it all in! I mentioned a new app out designed to keep your partner happy by automatically sending them cute messages – bound to

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Do you Believe in Half Price?

Do you Believe in Half Price?

Bob Simpson February 20, 2014 0

So inflation is down by nought point one percent? Well I can’t say I’ve noticed. But I have noticed all those phoney half price offers in supermarkets, including a block of cheddar, half price

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A One 2 Three Valentine’s Day Special – Guess The Mystery Voices!

A One 2 Three Valentine’s Day Special – Guess The Mystery Voices!

Bob Simpson February 14, 2014 0

Happy Valentine’s Day to those who have found love, in whatever shape or form, and to those who are still hunting, don’t give up. If you feel bad, send yourself a card. You must

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Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

Bob Simpson February 13, 2014 0

Listen again to our interview with comedian Seann

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A New Credit Union for Billericay, Street Pastors and The Big Promise, and Goodbye Pip!

A New Credit Union for Billericay, Street Pastors and The Big Promise, and Goodbye Pip!

Bob Simpson February 7, 2014 0

Back in December Alison Davies from Essex Savers.net Credit Union came into Phoenix to tell us the good news that a new credit union branch was to open in Brentwood. Well we had some

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William Hunter Way Project Scrapped – Russell Quirk

William Hunter Way Project Scrapped – Russell Quirk

Bob Simpson February 5, 2014 0

AFTER eight years of planning the deal for William Hunter Way’s multi-million pound redevelopment is to be scrapped. Brentwood Council have confirmed the project with Stockland is “set to be refused” after a development

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Leanne Louise Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Leanne Louise Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson January 24, 2014 0

Leanne Louise is a singer songwriter and occasional producer. 2013 saw Leanne opening Brownstock Festival and going onto win both ILUVLIVE and Live & Unsigned. Leanne will be appearing at Phoenix FM’s First ever

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William Hunter Way – Opposition Members Anger at Secrecy

William Hunter Way – Opposition Members Anger at Secrecy

Bob Simpson January 23, 2014 0

Ian Edmonds and Graeme Clark explain their reaction to current negotiations

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Married? You Could be Part of a New World Record – The Big Promise – Listen Here

Married? You Could be Part of a New World Record – The Big Promise – Listen Here

Bob Simpson January 23, 2014 0

Every year more than a quarter of a million couples across the UK signify their commitment to each other by getting married – they make promises to each other that form the bedrock on

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Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Tales of Simon and Garfunkel, The Pioneers, Long John Baldry And Eastenders! – And Some Great Music Too

Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Tales of Simon and Garfunkel, The Pioneers, Long John Baldry And Eastenders! – And Some Great Music Too

Bob Simpson January 17, 2014 2

Well I have been looking forward today’s show for weeks. Back at Brentwood lighting up at the end of last November we had several great musicians perform on our stage in Crown Street Brentwood

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Prismism Project Live from Studio 2 – Watch Here

Prismism Project Live from Studio 2 – Watch Here

Bob Simpson January 10, 2014 1

Today I played out a great session I recorded in studio 2 earlier this week with Greg Hummell, also known as Prismism Project. Prismism Project is all about Alternative/ Electronic production, live looping &

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£10 to visit A & E – Manure from the Press Association?

£10 to visit A & E – Manure from the Press Association?

Bob Simpson January 3, 2014 0

So here is the news, or at least someone’s version of it. A third of GPs believe patients should be charged for some A&E visits, while most think Government changes will do nothing to

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Happy New Year – The First One 2 Three of 2014 and The Shape of Things to Come

Happy New Year – The First One 2 Three of 2014 and The Shape of Things to Come

Bob Simpson January 2, 2014 0

It was my privilege to host today’s One 2 Three, the first of 2014. Along with Scott Ross and Mike Jones we have been presenting this early afternoon show on Phoenix FM since last

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Oxjam 2013 – Listen Again Here

Oxjam 2013 – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson December 19, 2013 0

On Saturday 28th December it’s the return of Oxjam, a music festival that celebrates the local music scene and raises money for Oxfam- two undeniably great causes! After raising more than double the amount

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Essex Savers Credit Union Arrives in Brentwood

Essex Savers Credit Union Arrives in Brentwood

Bob Simpson December 6, 2013 2

My guest today was Alison Davies, president of Essex Savers Net Credit Union The Archbishop of Canterbury recently said that one million families are now taking out payday loans every month as they struggle

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Crown Street Live – Listen Here

Crown Street Live – Listen Here

Bob Simpson December 5, 2013 0

Another chance to hear all the acts who performed at Crown Street during this year's Lighting Up

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Lighting Up Brentwood – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Lighting Up Brentwood – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Bob Simpson November 29, 2013 0

‘Tis almost the season to be jolly… But with Father Christmas busy in his workshop and Lighting Up Brentwood tomorrow, I played a few Christmas tunes today to get us in the mood. We

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Weird and Wonderful Stories

Weird and Wonderful Stories

Bob Simpson November 28, 2013 0

Today seemed a good day for Weird and Wonderful stories… So I thought I would start by mentioning a local event of the same name. Weird and Wonderful     I hear that there

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Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes – We Make Fatballs!

Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes – We Make Fatballs!

Bob Simpson November 22, 2013 0

Thanks to Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes today The Phoenix FM studio today felt like the Blue Peter studio at the BBC. We made fatballs! You can see the result of my effort

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Lizzie Allen and Tracey Cowling from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Lizzie Allen and Tracey Cowling from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

Bob Simpson November 22, 2013 0

Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service are a local non profit making registered charity, which since 1989 has been offering professional and confidential counselling to adults and more recently children who are struggling to come

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War of the Worlds a new tour! I chat to Jeff Wayne

War of the Worlds a new tour! I chat to Jeff Wayne

Bob Simpson November 20, 2013 0

The man behind one of the most successful concept albums ever is Jeff Wayne. War of the Worlds remains one of the best selling albums of all time in the UK with sales well

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Steve Davis in the Jungle and Sam Callahan says Goodbye to X Factor

Steve Davis in the Jungle and Sam Callahan says Goodbye to X Factor

Bob Simpson November 18, 2013 0

Snooker star and Phoenix FM presenter Steve Davis has swapped his waistcoat for a khaki suit to appear in the latest series of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’ Here’s some top

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Rock Choir and Brentwood Lighting Up – Andrew Small

Rock Choir and Brentwood Lighting Up – Andrew Small

Bob Simpson November 15, 2013 0

  Rock Choir was started by musician Caroline Redman Lusher in 2005, and now people all over the UK are enjoying its mix of fun, friendship and community spirit. Well on 30th November Rock

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Phil Norton – The Billericay Street Pastors

Phil Norton – The Billericay Street Pastors

Bob Simpson November 14, 2013 1

A DEDICATED team of volunteers have started to hit the streets of Billericay to support late-night revellers and vulnerable people in need. The Billericay Street Pastors will be out in the town between 9pm and

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A Surprise Eat My Brunch and a visit from The Brentwood Brewing Company

A Surprise Eat My Brunch and a visit from The Brentwood Brewing Company

Bob Simpson November 13, 2013 0

Roland from the (other) BBC came in to talk about the brewery's Open Day

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David Schacht from The Stondon Singers and a Warning about Conmen

David Schacht from The Stondon Singers and a Warning about Conmen

Bob Simpson November 7, 2013 0

The Stondon Singers are a mixed Chamber Choir, resident at the atmospheric Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore. On 12th November (next Tuesday) they will be performing their next concert “Watercolours” at St Laurence

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Arbutus Music and The Rhythm Of Life. Paul Golder Chats to Steve Hackett of Genesis and Happy Birthday Scott Ross

Arbutus Music and The Rhythm Of Life. Paul Golder Chats to Steve Hackett of Genesis and Happy Birthday Scott Ross

Bob Simpson November 1, 2013 0

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to chat to Christine Gwynne and Frances Quintrell about their singing workshop “The Rhythm of Life” which was happening on Monday this week. I thought I would pop

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Maddy Davies from Brentwood Connect and some Halloween Horror!

Maddy Davies from Brentwood Connect and some Halloween Horror!

Bob Simpson October 31, 2013 0

Brentwood Connect is about empowering local communities across Brentwood to support families in their locality who are struggling to function effectively. Brentwood Connect is working with Inspiration Youth Call and today, Maddy Davies a

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The Encore Harmony Singers

The Encore Harmony Singers

Bob Simpson October 25, 2013 0

It was a great pleasure to be joined by The Encore Harmony Singers in Studio 2 at Phoenix. The Encore Harmony Singers are a group of eight singers that are well known in the

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The Rhythm of Life – Arbutus Music and Fun with Powis (Bob Simpson Sings!)

The Rhythm of Life – Arbutus Music and Fun with Powis (Bob Simpson Sings!)

Bob Simpson October 24, 2013 0

It was a great pleasure to welcome back to the studio Christine Gwynn from Arbutus Music who this time was joined by her colleague Francis Quintrell.   Sing Special – Rhythm of Life, is a

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Chinese Food, Pandas and Paul Merton speaks to Rob Jelly

Chinese Food, Pandas and Paul Merton speaks to Rob Jelly

Bob Simpson October 17, 2013 0

The Man who wrote Rebecca Black’s “Friday” has Made A New Song Called “Chinese Food”  And if you think Friday was bad, you need to listen to Alison Gold’s song “Chinese Food.” It’s about

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The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Concert with The Friends of Kneller Hall Band

The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood – Concert with The Friends of Kneller Hall Band

Bob Simpson October 13, 2013 0

The Friends of Kneller Hall band are a band of ex army musicians who travelled from all over the country and from as far away as Germany to support the Brentwood Royal British Legion

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World Mental Health Day, Larry Pegg and Silly Stories

World Mental Health Day, Larry Pegg and Silly Stories

Bob Simpson October 10, 2013 0

With one in four people suffering from a mental health problem, World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day,

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Barclay James Harvest – A Chat With John Lees

Barclay James Harvest – A Chat With John Lees

Bob Simpson October 9, 2013 1

Formed in 1966 the band Barclay James Harvest created classic albums like Once Again (featuring the beautiful song Mockingbird), Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories and many others  Founder member of the band John Lees is about to

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X Factor’s Sam Callahan, A Lost Granny and Cheese and Pickle

X Factor’s Sam Callahan, A Lost Granny and Cheese and Pickle

Bob Simpson October 4, 2013 0

Now that Sam Callahan has made it through boot camp on X Factor, This weekend we’ll see the final contestants revealed, as the judges’ houses stage of the competition airs. Sam’s now off to San

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And you’re back in the room… Ches Moulton, Hypnotherapist and Eric Pickles turns nasty.

And you’re back in the room… Ches Moulton, Hypnotherapist and Eric Pickles turns nasty.

Bob Simpson October 3, 2013 0

Our friend Ches Moulton made a welcome return to Phoenix FM today. Until recently Ches presented a great show on Phoenix – Blues From Brentwood but left to concentrate on other things in his

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Kaylen Castle – Amazing 16 year old Guitarist and Composer

Kaylen Castle – Amazing 16 year old Guitarist and Composer

Bob Simpson September 27, 2013 0

I was totally knocked out by my talented young guest today, Kaylen Castle. Kaylen Castle plays the guitar. Nothing unusual about that then, but it’s the way he plays that interests me. Far from

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Rubbish and Bondage – Now there’s a Funny Thing

Rubbish and Bondage – Now there’s a Funny Thing

Bob Simpson September 26, 2013 0

  So have you been to the rubbish tip lately? Well I’m having a major clear out at home at the moment and I arrived at the tip the other day with a car

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Ken Dodd talks to Bob Simpson …

Ken Dodd talks to Bob Simpson …

Bob Simpson September 19, 2013 2

about his life, comedy, music and The Beatles

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Paolo Morena Live – Weird and Wonderful with Colin Wade

Paolo Morena Live – Weird and Wonderful with Colin Wade

Bob Simpson September 13, 2013 3

A very busy but immensely enjoyable show today. I was joined in the studio by my two guests – first was Essex singer songwriter Paolo Morena – then Colin Wade from Brentwood Mind. Paolo

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Breakforcover! – Goodbye Stef and a Drunken Pig

Breakforcover! – Goodbye Stef and a Drunken Pig

Bob Simpson September 11, 2013 0

Was a pleasure to sit in for Mike Jones on One 2 Three today. It was a good opportunity to pay tribute to Stef Cybichowsky, drummer with local band Breakforcover. I have been lucky

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Strange Tails? When Animals Go Bad

Strange Tails? When Animals Go Bad

Bob Simpson September 9, 2013 0

Had fun sitting in for Scott Ross today. Here on Phoenix we try to bring you interesting and sometimes quirky news stories from around the world. Well today all I could seem to find

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Freecycle – Diane Evans on a busy Packed Lunch

Freecycle – Diane Evans on a busy Packed Lunch

Bob Simpson September 7, 2013 0

It was great to welcome Diane Evans from Brentwood Freecycle to the studio today. You can hear our chat again here – Freecycle Well I think Freecycle is a fabulous idea. Anything that can

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Bay City Rollers – Les McKeown chats to Bob Simpson on Phoenix FM

Bay City Rollers – Les McKeown chats to Bob Simpson on Phoenix FM

Bob Simpson September 6, 2013 12

I much enjoyed talking to the voice of The Bay City Rollers today – Les McKeown. Les is about to embark on a 41 date UK tour with his Les McKeown’s Legendary Bay City

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The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood

The Royal British Legion Youth Band Brentwood

Bob Simpson September 6, 2013 0

Originally formed as a bugle band in 1990 the Brentwood Branch of The Royal British Legion formally adopted the Youth Band in March 1993. The band performs within various musical arenas from garden parties

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Domestic Abuse – Men Have Rights Too

Domestic Abuse – Men Have Rights Too

Bob Simpson August 30, 2013 0

Essex Police describe domestic abuse as incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those who are or have been intimate partners or family members. Domestic abuse is not just about

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One Million Cockroaches and Eric Pickles on those Short Skirts

One Million Cockroaches and Eric Pickles on those Short Skirts

Bob Simpson August 29, 2013 0

    One million cockroaches have reportedly escaped from a farm in China. The insects, which were being bred for use in traditional medicine, escaped from a facility in Dafeng, after an unknown person

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The Simpsons on Phoenix FM

The Simpsons on Phoenix FM

Bob Simpson August 23, 2013 0

  Yes it’s was Simpsons here on Phoenix FM,  With me was Sarah Simpson, lover of music, Personal Assistant, Psychology Graduate, amazing dancer, daughter and festival goer. Sarah had just got back from V Festival,

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Andrew Ings Paolo Morena and the Traveller Camp

Andrew Ings Paolo Morena and the Traveller Camp

Bob Simpson August 22, 2013 0

It was great to be back in the studio today after a week off. Today’s show seemed to fly by, due mostly to my fascinating guest, Author, Theatre Critic, Actor and Director Andrew Ings. You

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Louise McKinlay on Crossrail and Councillors’ Case Loads …

Louise McKinlay on Crossrail and Councillors’ Case Loads …

Bob Simpson August 9, 2013 0

... plus A Nasty Smell in Billericay and no e-cigarettes on Trains

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Meetings, A Fishy Tale and Brentwood’s MP in a reasonably priced car?

Meetings, A Fishy Tale and Brentwood’s MP in a reasonably priced car?

Bob Simpson August 8, 2013 0

It was great to get together with a host of Phoenix FM presenters last night at one of our meetings. Good to meet some of our newest presenters and discuss some burning issues. Then

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Naked in the Saddle, a Seagull and some False Teeth. How silly can we get?

Bob Simpson July 25, 2013 0

A packed show today that included some serious local news stories about Brentwood Borough Council and The Archbishop of Canterbury’s attack on payday lenders. But never mind about all that – what we really

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Snail Facials in a Heatwave

Bob Simpson July 15, 2013 0

Great to sit in for the legendary Scott Ross today, even if one of our stories made my stomach turn just a little - A Japanese beauty salon is offering ‘snail facials’. The treatment

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Concert in aid of the Brian Norris Charity Appeal with Basil Fawlty

Bob Simpson July 12, 2013 0

There’s open air summer concert on the 25th August in the beautiful gardens of Ingatestone Hall.  This will be a great opportunity to see some very talented artists featuring Soprano Jackie Pittman, Soul Singer

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Traffic Jams and Summer Jazz

Traffic Jams and Summer Jazz

Bob Simpson July 5, 2013 0

Such a shame that my expected guest Adrian Nation was unable to get to the studio today. He made a heroic effort to get here but an accident on the A12 Colchester by-pass meant

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A Rat and a Gag for The Opposition Allegedly

A Rat and a Gag for The Opposition Allegedly

Bob Simpson July 4, 2013 1

A very busy show to fit into two hours today, but somehow I managed it, with some stuttering along the way! My guest tomorrow on the show will be talented singer songwriter and musician

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Dangerous Raspberries and a Wee Visit from the Postman

Dangerous Raspberries and a Wee Visit from the Postman

Bob Simpson July 1, 2013 0

Monday’s One 2 Three on Phoenix brought a couple of stories about Royal Mail and their difficulty in dealing with raspberries and the tale of a postman who made an unusual delivery… A man

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My Final Sunday Replay… Some of the Best!

My Final Sunday Replay… Some of the Best!

Bob Simpson June 30, 2013 0

Enjoyed saying goodbye to the Replay today, and took the opportunity to play a tiny selection of some of my favourite music. With Nile Rodgers playing a blistering set at Glastonbury on Friday I

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£3,000,000 on Biscuits and a Six Minute Rant (Listen again here!)

£3,000,000 on Biscuits and a Six Minute Rant (Listen again here!)

Bob Simpson June 27, 2013 0

Today’s One 2 Three included an unusually long rant from me about the way our elected politicians spend our money in this time of austerity. Essex County Council Spent over £40,000 on meals for

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My Penultimate Sunday Replay and Extreme Shampooing!

My Penultimate Sunday Replay and Extreme Shampooing!

Bob Simpson June 23, 2013 0

In my penultimate Sunday Replay we had a story about the new craze of extreme shampooing! An internet blogger called Jim Chapman started the craze, which involves people washing their hair in extreme places.

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Fathers Day Songs and Static Man

Fathers Day Songs and Static Man

Bob Simpson June 17, 2013 0

A three hour edition of Sunday Replay today – in the first hour we heard some cool chilled out oldies, then in the next it was songs for Dad’s Day. We heard, Alexander O’Neal

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ABBA – Sing the Show – Mamma Mia and Lock your Car!

ABBA – Sing the Show – Mamma Mia and Lock your Car!

Bob Simpson June 13, 2013 0

DANCING Queen and Waterloo are just two of the classic ABBA anthems on the ‘to-do-list’ at a special singing event for adults in Brentwood. Frances Quintrell and Christine Gwynn are hosting Sing the Show

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The Final Sunday Replay Rocks – Listen Again Here

The Final Sunday Replay Rocks – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson June 9, 2013 0

Well it’s been a great six weeks of 100 classic rock tracks. You can listen again here - http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/the-final-sunday-replay-rocks-on-phoenix-fm/ We started how we finished last week - Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll AC/DC

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Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club and Drivers – Beware of Romford!

Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club and Drivers – Beware of Romford!

Bob Simpson June 6, 2013 0

My guest today was Carmel Jane from Brentwood Rugby Club. Carmel told us all about what’s going on at the club and some plans for the future – You can hear our chat again

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Rockin Replay Five – Listen again here.

Rockin Replay Five – Listen again here.

Bob Simpson June 2, 2013 0

Ahh despite a few gremlins it was good to rock out again this week! You can hear an edited version of the show here – http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/sunday-replay-rocks-on-phoenix-fm-part-5/ This was the music - LED ZEPPELIN – ROCK

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Sunday Replay Rocks! Part 4 – Listen Again Here.

Sunday Replay Rocks! Part 4 – Listen Again Here.

Bob Simpson May 27, 2013 0

Woo Hoo! – Simpson Rocks on Phoenix FM! Loved the music today! You can enjoy it again here - Play Tracks played were - Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones – (I Can’t

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More Rocking on the Sunday Replay

More Rocking on the Sunday Replay

Bob Simpson May 19, 2013 0

Another great two hours of Classic Rock on this week’s Sunday Replay courtesy of the following bands - Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here Led Zeppelin – When The Levee Breaks Cream –

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The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk – Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks

The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk – Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks

Bob Simpson May 17, 2013 0

I popped along to Brentwood Mind the other day to have a chat with Tony Robinson and Wayne Banks about The Brentwood Awareness Walk and Talk event on Sunday Brentwood Mind along with the

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Rocking Out Replay and D’ukes – The Finest Ukelele Band in the Land – Listen Again Here

Rocking Out Replay and D’ukes – The Finest Ukelele Band in the Land – Listen Again Here

Bob Simpson May 12, 2013 0

We Rocked some more this week, but first, my lovely guests were D’ukes D’ukes are a quirky 8 piece ukulele band that has given the small four-stringed, two hundred year old, modest ukulele a

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Essex Savers net Credit Union – Alison Davies

Essex Savers net Credit Union – Alison Davies

Bob Simpson May 9, 2013 0

My guest on the show today was Alison Davies from Essex Savers net Credit union A credit union is a member-owned financial  co-operative, democratically controlled by its members, and operated for the purpose of promoting thrift, providing credit at

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Sunday Replay Rocks! – Listen Again Here…

Sunday Replay Rocks! – Listen Again Here…

Bob Simpson May 5, 2013 1

Well we finished the countdown of the top 100 of the 1970’s last week. Where to next I thought….. Yea lets Rock OUT!!! You can listen to the show again here – http://www.mixcloud.com/bobsimpson391/sunday-replay-rocks-part-one/ For the

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One 2 Three with Frances Clamp and without Scott Ross!

One 2 Three with Frances Clamp and without Scott Ross!

Bob Simpson April 30, 2013 0

It’s been a pleasure to sit in for Scott yesterday and today while he takes a short break. Yesterday it was Maximum Music Monday but we also took in a few local news stories

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Top 100 of the 1970’s – The Final Top Ten

Top 100 of the 1970’s – The Final Top Ten

Bob Simpson April 28, 2013 0

Yes we made it all the way down from 100 – 1 The best selling single of the 1970’s was Mull of Kyntire by Wings From next week we are rocking out on the

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Bruce Kent visits One 2 Three

Bruce Kent visits One 2 Three

Bob Simpson April 26, 2013 0

The veteran CND campaigner chats to Bob Simpson

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Brentwood Foodbank

Brentwood Foodbank

Bob Simpson April 25, 2013 0

We welcomed Julie Bowler and the Rev Jem Treherne in to talk about the work they do with Brentwood Foodbank

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The Penultimate Top 100 Of the 1970’s, and the Top Album of the Decade from Simon and Garfunkle

The Penultimate Top 100 Of the 1970’s, and the Top Album of the Decade from Simon and Garfunkle

Bob Simpson April 21, 2013 0

Nearly there! Today we counted down from 28 – 11, leaving the top ten for next week’s final show on the decade. In 3@3 today we featured three songs from Simon and Garfunkle, celebrating

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