Author Archives: Bob Simpson

About Bob Simpson

The Ojays were right about me - I Love Music, any kinda music! Brought up on The Beatles, wandered through the seventies dancing to anything from reggae to Led Zepplin and took up the microphone and decks all around East London and Essex when I wasn't doing my boring day job. Entered the world of radio in July 2011 and feel home at last. Thanks for visiting. Send me a message or request via Facebook on the link below - you are most welcome.

The Billericay Art Trail – Jo Adshead

The Billericay Art Trail is a community event showcasing the talent of local artists from gifted amateurs to professionals. With 23 Artists in 24 Venues, it launches with an Art Exhibition open to all, including Refreshments and a Raffle in Co-operative Funeral Care, 30 High Street on Friday 9th September. Joining me today was Jo Adshead to tell us all about it.

Jo Adshead

Jo Adshead

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find a full programme of events and more information on the Billericay Art Trail website here or their Facebook page here

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Paul Dorling and Dave Jones – A Crossing

On today’s One 2 Three my guests were Paul Dorling and Dave Jones talking about their upcoming poetry recital at The Brentwood Theatre entitled “A Crossing”.

Dave Jones and Paul Dorling

Dave Jones and Paul Dorling

Described as “a journey within and without” I was looking forward to finding out more.

You can listen to our chat here –

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Mental Health Matters Episode 15 – Listen Here

Wayne Scott and Bob

Wayne Scott and Bob

Welcome to the 15th episode of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM, the last in the series!

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this packed episode, Scott speaks to Mental Health survivor, campaigner & writer Laura May about her Mental Health journey & her campaign work. (Twitter: @lauramaywritten)
Plus, Bob talks to accredited & qualified counsellor Lorna Slade who talks about her specialism – narcissistic personality disorder. (Twitter: @LornaSlade1)
Also with our panellists, MHM semi-regular Wayne Banks and Ricky Thamman (@VividRicky on Twitter) our discussion topic is on the importance of Friends & Family plus a Stress-buster on Creative Writing – Poetry & Blogging with Scott, Bob & Wayne.

Plus, we have another good set of Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Happy Listening!
Also, check out Scott’s blog about the journey of the programme & what it means.

Scott and Laura May

Scott and Laura May

Lorna Slade

Lorna Slade

Ricky Thamman

Ricky Thamman

Songs of the Month:

Song 1: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by Jamie Cullum & Gregory Porter

Laura’s song choice (Interview #1) : Monday Morning by Fleetwood Mac

Song 2: Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson

Song 3: Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney

Song 4: When I’m 64 by the Beatles

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Edited by Bob Simpson
Contributors: Laura May, Wayne B, Lorna Slade, Ricky Thamman & Mark D
Series Consultant: Wayne B

Let us know what you think of the programme!
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

Helpful Organisations (correct, as of July 2016)

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or www.thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or www.thecalmzone.net

We would like to thank our contributors, guests & supporters of the programme for all you have done to support & spread the word about MHM. It’s been a journey & a half!

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The Solo Beatles

Fantastic to be joined by Simon Sheehan, Simon Cantwell and Paul Nooney (along with his Hofner Bass) from The Solo Beatles today.

Simon Sheehan, Simon Cantwell and Paul Nooney

Simon Sheehan, Simon Cantwell and Paul Nooney

The Solo Beatles are a 5 piece band who play the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo after they went their separate ways. Songs like Got My Mind Set On You, My Love, Photograph, Just Like Starting Over, Band On The Run, My Sweet Lord and Imagine. Although the guys were 2 members short today they played us a lovely “stripped down” version of John Lennon’s Imagine. We also heard a couple of live recordings of the band and I challenged Paul’s encyclopaedic knowledge of The Beatles with a short quiz. You can listen to the entire session here –

The Solo Beatles will be performing at The Essex Arms in Brentwood next Saturday 3rd September at 8pm. See you there!

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Dr Eric Watts – Tea and Talk at Toby’s – Cancer Support

The Brentwood Cancer Support and Survivorship Group gets under way on the 5th of September at The Toby Carvery in Ingrave Road near Shenfield Common.
Dr Eric Watts joined me today to tell us all about it.

Dr Eric Watts

Dr Eric Watts

You can listen to our chat here –

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Made in Dagenham at The Queens Hornchurch – Wendy Morgan

Great to talk to award winning actor Wendy Morgan about the new production of Made in Dagenham The Musical starting next week at The Queens Theatre Hornchuch

Wendy Morgan

Wendy Morgan

You can listen to our chat (with added ice cream van effects!) here –

 

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You can find out more at the Queens theatre’s website which is www.queens-theatre.co.uk, or you can get tickets from the box office on 01708 443333.

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The Man with the £14 Trillion Tax Bill

We all know that tax is a necessary evil, and hope that everyone gets to pay their fair share, but one man from Bristol was astonished to receive a recent bill from HMRC for £14 Trillion!
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The notice from HMRC said: “Although we are changing your tax code you may still not pay enough tax by 5 April 2017. We think the amount you owe HMRC is £14,301,369,864,489.03p
That is fourteen trillion, three hundred and one billion, three hundred and sixty nine million, eight hundred and sixty four thousand, four hundred and eighty nine pounds and three pence.
Fortunately, the taxman acknowledged the error. Mr Hembrough said: “I gave HMRC a ring and said to the woman that I thought my code was wrong. “When she opened my file she said ‘Oh that is a big amount – it looks like someone has fallen asleep on the keyboard!'”

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Mental Health Matters – episode 14

Welcome to Episode 14 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

Wayne Scott and Bob

Wayne Scott and Bob

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this episode, Bob & Scott speak to Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk & Mental Health campaigner Norman Lamb about his campaign work and his family’s experience of Mental Health. (Twitter: @normanlamb)
Bob also speaks to Yoga teacher Daniel Groom, who talks about his Mental Health journey & the importance of Yoga in his life. (Twitter: @danieljgroom)
Also with our panellists, MHM semi-regular Wayne Banks and debutant , MH survivor Ricky Thamman (@VividRicky on Twitter) we have a discussion topic on Medication, a new section called Thought of Mind & some Mental Health News with Scott & Wayne.

Plus, we have a variety of Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Enjoy!

Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb MP

Ricky Thamman

Ricky Thamman

Daniel Groom

Daniel Groom

 

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Songs of the Month

Song 1: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

Song 2: Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

Song 3: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley

Song 4: Talking to the Moon by Bruno Mars

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Contributors: Norman Lamb MP, Wayne B , Ricky Thamman, Daniel Groom & James W
Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B
Series Consultant: Wayne B

Let us know what you think of the programme!

 

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com (Confidentiality rules are in effect)

Helpful Organisations (correct, as of July 2016)

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or www.thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or www.thecalmzone.net

We look forward to your company for the next episode of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

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Yummy Cakes and Fun This Sunday – Liz Fox

This Sunday, August 7th, the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford will play host to a Depressed Cake Shop popup, organised by Liz Fox of local cake company BuBakes to raise money for Mind and Help the Heroes.

Liz Fox with Albi

Liz Fox with Albi

 

 

 

You can listen to our chat above. The Depressed Cake Shop aims to be a global grass roots organisation, and is committed to raising awareness of mental health organisations and to raising money for local organisations.

Liz also brought in some sample cakes for approval which instantly passed the taste test carried out by myself and helper Courtney-Lee. They were delicious!Cakes

So everyone get down to the County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford on Sunday for some fabulous cakes and support the Charities, Mind and Help for Heroes, and do your bit in raising mental health awareness.

You can find out more about Liz and her business BuBakes on her website here

and on Facebook

and Twitter – @bubakescakes

Thanks for the lovely cakes Liz!

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Donna’s Danceathon – Fundraising for local Charities – Watch here.

Dancing on the radio then! Well I’ll try anything…

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Donna Wicks

 

 

Donna Wicks is a lovely lady who is using her passion for dancing and making people smile, to raise money for small charities.

Donna started her dancing marathon back in January and is doing a dance a day for an entire year. The videos of the dances are all posted on Youtube.

 

 

 

 

We chatted about how it all started before the big dance in the studio. A big thank you to Michelle Ward for driving the desk and Michelle’s guest for the day Leigh Luscious who stayed on for a dance too! Thanks also to Courtney-Lee Collins for the Photos and video. You can listen to the entire chat and dance here –

Or watch the video here –

You can donate here

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Bob with Leigh Luscious and Donna Wicks

Bob with Leigh Luscious and Donna Wicks

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Guest Post – Courtney-Lee Collins – Working with Phoenix FM

Courtney-Lee

Courtney-Lee

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Phoenix FM. I was really lucky to work with a range of presenters during my work experience and I found it so useful and really interesting as I saw how each presenter put their own spin on their individual shows.

Courtney-Lee and Bob

Courtney-Lee and Bob

All of the presenters were so helpful and friendly and many let me try out presenting features on their shows from the events guide to showbiz news to traffic, I was even lucky enough to have my very own 20 minute Courtney-Lee takeover during one show where I took over the airwaves to play my favourite songs all by myself. I’d really like to thank every presenter I worked with but an extra special thank you goes to Bob Simpson who had so much faith in me that he let me ‘fly solo’ lol.

Courtney-Lee and Keith Rogers

Courtney-Lee and Keith Rogers

I’d recommend Phoenix to anyone looking for work experience as its a friendly atmosphere and so interesting to learn about such a great form of art. I really hope to work with Phoenix FM again in the future

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Courtney-Lee with Steve Robertson

Courtney-Lee with Steve Robertson

Phoenix FM Chairman Paul Golder with Courtney-Lee

Phoenix FM Chairman Paul Golder with Courtney-Lee

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Peppa Pig comes to Brentwood this Saturday – Piccola’s 50th Anniversary

The children’s store Piccola in Brentwood High Street are turning 50! You can join them in their celebrations along with guests Peppa Pig, George and Peter Rabbit! Their V.I.P guests will be appearing throughout the day at both Brentwood and Epping branches on Saturday 30th July.

I was very pleased to welcome Simon Wilson from Piccola today to tell us all about their celebrations.

Simon and Bob

Simon and Bob

You can listen to our chat here –

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Happy Birthday Piccola! You can find out more on the Piccola website here

or their Facebook page here

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Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Where’s Me Washboard?!!

What a lovely way to spend part of an afternoon, in the company of Richie and Bill!

Bill and Richie

Bill and Richie

We caught up with what they had been up to in the months since they last came into Phoenix including Richie’s presence at  a certain tea party at Buckingham Palace. Along with that Richie and Bill performed four songs for us with a bonus track from one of Bill’s albums. For one of the tracks I accompanied them on the washboard – not to be missed that one! You can listen to the entire session, and quite a few laughs, here –

The Bob Simpson Washboard Trio

The Bob Simpson Washboard Trio

Bill and Ritchie with Her Majesty The Queen (Possibly)

Bill and Richie with Her Majesty The Queen (Possibly)

 

 

 

 

My thanks to Richie Milton and Bill Farrow for another wonderfully entertaining session. Always a pleasure.

Richie’s Website is here

Bill’s is here

and their alter-ego’s website (Bill ‘N Ricky) is here

You can catch Richie Milton and Bill Farrow performing at The Spread Eagle Brentwood on 6th August.

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Guest Post – Working with Phoenix FM – Gabriella Adams

Recently, I had the opportunity to work at Phoenix Fm for a week of work experience. It was a very entertaining and enjoyable experience which enabled me to explore what the “world of radio” is like.

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Gabi

The opportunity to work in the studio for 7 hours a day allowed me to work with various presenters on their different radio shows. I also was in the studio for various interviews during the week which gave me an insight into how they work and the logistics of them. I would describe myself as quite shy, but being here in such an encouraging environment allowed me to “come out of my shell” and I was even able to read the Phoenix Events Announcements and become more comfortable with talking on air as the week progressed.

I came into the studio at different hours each day and spent time on the Breakfast Show with Mike Porter which gave me an understanding of how the radio shows were organised with the weather and traffic.

I also joined Michelle Ward on her show “Eat My Brunch” and had a lot of fun everyday, if it was just having a chat or having a joking about on air, Michelle created a lovely atmosphere where we could talk about music and eat lots of chocolate!

Gabi and Michelle

Gabi and Michelle

During the week, I let it slip that my Driving Theory Test was coming up and Bob Simpson arranged a small “Mock Driving Test” for me to answer on air which was very funny and amusing. Bob also let me read the Entertainment News which despite being nervous about it allowed me to feel much more confident talking on the air.

In Keith Rogers’ ‘Drive’ show, in association with Intu Lakeside, was extremely enjoyable because I was allowed to pick the year for the Retro chart and pick the songs to play from this chart. I was also able to read the top 5 songs for the chosen Retro chart year. I loved doing this because it enabled me to explore a wider range of music, (some older music that I had no idea about), and I could then go home and look up the artists that I didn’t know and I’d heard being talked about during the day.

Gabi and Keith

Gabi and Keith

I would really recommend looking for work experience at Phoenix Fm or any other radio station because it gives you a new-found confidence that I would other wise not have gained. It was such a good week and I have now decided that I would love a career in based in media especially radio!

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Prostate Cancer Awareness – Chris Booth from CHAPS

Prostate Cancer is the commonest major cancer in UK men and second commonest cause of cancer deaths with 47,000 new registrations and 11,000 deaths each year.

CHAPS is a registered charity which aims to raise awareness and support the development of new health services directly targeted at men’s needs to enable them to take care of their own health and well being. Joining me today from Chaps was Clinical Director Chris Booth.

Chris Booth

Chris Booth

You can listen to our chat here –

The CHAPS website is here

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Sunshine or Showers?

What’s going on with our weather? Maybe like me you are still waiting for summer to arrive. If so there may be good news on the horizon. A report in the Metro states that from today the British summer could finally be upon us, with a little help from the Spanish.
A ‘Spanish plume’ of very hot air, heading to the UK in the middle of July, could see six weeks of 30°C temperatures.
That’s all very well until you look at the actual weather forecast! Thunder, torrential downpours and below average temperatures. Oh well, at least the rain will be fairly warm.
Although Scott was away today he did make a brief audio appearance on the show in the regular Bygones feature, talking to Margaret Mills about Merrymeade House in Brentwood. You can listen to that again here –

Merrymeade House

Merrymeade House

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Mental Health Matters Episode 13 – Listen Here!

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Welcome to Episode 13 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this packed episode, we have a follow-up Interview with Chris & Michael from Fitness in Mind, marking their 2nd Birthday, we find out what Fitness in Mind has been up to in the past year & talking about the future…
Plus, with our panellists, MHM Semi-regular Mark Dale plus debutants Maria Russo & Daniel Groom, we have an interesting discussion about the difficulties & realities of using Public Transport, a Stress-buster with Yoga teacher Daniel Groom & a bit of Mental Health News with Mark.

Also, we have a piece recorded live from an Open Arts/WEA Drama group which features a performance & Scott briefly chats with a course participant, the course’s tutor & the manager of Open Arts, Jo Keay. Website: www.openartsessex.com

Plus, we have a varied selection of choices for our Songs of the Month & our run-through of Helpful Organisations. Happy Listening!

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Songs of the Month:

Song 1: I Dare You to Move by Switchfoot

Song 2: Happier Times (Live) by Joe Bonamassa

Song 3: Handbags & Gladrags by Stereophonics

Song 4: All Over the World by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Photo: (Bob, Daniel, Maria, Mark, Scott)

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Contributors: Chris H & Michael B (Fitness in Mind), Daniel G, Mark D, Maria R & Open Arts/WEA
Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B
Series Consultant: Wayne B

Let us know what you think of the programme!
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com (Confidentiality rules are in effect)

Helpful Organisations (correct, as of early July 2016)

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or www.thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or www.thecalmzone.net

We look forward to your company for the next edition of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

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The Four Tops – Duke Fakir Interview

It was an incredible delight and an honour to speak to Duke Fakir, the last surviving member of the original Four Tops. In the interview Duke talks about the early days growing up in Detroit and forming a group with his best friend Levi Stubbs, the transition to Motown and how The Four Tops continue today with a new line up.

Today's Four Tops with Duke

Today’s Four Tops with Duke

You can listen to the interview here –

 

 

I had this album!

I had this album!

The Four Tops will be touring the UK in October along with The Temptations and Tavarez. Full details of the tour can be found here

 

 

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Billericay Summerfest – Nick Sillitoe and Yvonne Kyndt

Following the success of the Billericay Summerfest in 2015 that saw over 6,000 people visit Sun Corner and £4,000 raised for charity, the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower will again be presenting the event for 2016.
Today my guests were Nick Sillitoe and Yvonne Kyndt from the Rotary Club of Billericay Mayflower who came in to tell us all about this great local community event happening on Sunday.

Yvonne and Nick

Yvonne and Nick

You can listen to our chat here –

For more details on Billericay Summerfest click here

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Guest Post – Paige Ingram – Working With Phoenix FM

What better way to spend my summer break than behind the mic at Phoenix FM!

Nearing the end of my two weeks here at Phoenix, I can well and truly say I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute, and for those of you who have yet to experience radio from behind the mic, here’s a glimpse of what you’ve been missing.

After just an hour in the studio the lovely Michelle Ward handed me a pair of headphones and positioned me in front of a mic, which for someone with no background in radio was daunting to say the least. For the next 3 hours I was live on Michelle Ward’s Eat My Brunch show. Talk about throwing me in at the deep end Michelle!

Michelle and Paige

Michelle and Paige

The beauty of being in the studio 7 hours a day was that I could work with numerous presenters, all of which had different styles and shows. Every day from 3pm I worked with Keith Rogers who assigned me the task of selecting the retro charts. If you’d have asked me who Talk Talk were prior to Keith’s shows I’d have thought you were referring to the TV and Broadband provider, so Keith’s shows have certainly educated me about music before the likes of Drake and Ariana Grande.

Paige and Keith

Paige and Keith

Throughout my first week I also had the pleasure of working with the one and only Scott Ross, from his humorous stories to his quoted T-shirts there was never a dull moment with Scott in the studio. Just two days into my first week Scott tasked me with preparing a list of interview questions for his guest Stuart Carr. The Essex born singer-songwriter didn’t perform any live tracks but during my second week I was fortunate enough to see: Falling under, Infrared Penguin and Holloway Road perform live on Michelle’s Eat My Brunch.

Stuart Carr with Scott

Stuart Carr with Scott

Without a doubt the highlight of my time here at Phoenix has been meeting and working with such welcoming people. From day one the presenters made me feel at home which eased my nerves and enabled me to focus on and more importantly enjoy the job in hand.

Bob and Paige

Bob and Paige

I would highly recommend Phoenix FM to anyone interested in a future in radio, or any aspect of the media for that matter. The skills and knowledge I have gained during the last two weeks will almost certainly prove beneficial to me, not only in the short term as I finish my Journalism degree, but in the long term when job seeking. I cannot thank Chairman Paul Golder along with all the Phoenix FM presenters enough for this fantastic opportunity, it has been an absolute pleasure.

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Look What Happens When I Go Away For a Week…

The country is in turmoil. We’re leaving the EU, The Prime Minister has resigned, The Labour Party is imploding, social media is full of very angry people, the financial markets are in shock, Barry Gibb performs with Coldplay, The England team forgets how to play football, and floods of biblical proportion. And all while I was away in Cornwall.

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But it’s OK. I’m back now, calm down everyone. Let’s do some slow deep breathing exercises…

IN………… OUT……… IN………. OUT……………….

No wait, that’s how we got into this mess in the first place!

 

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Brentwood Mind to Move?

It’s been reported that Brentwood Mind may soon have to move from it’s premises in Ongar Road Brentwood.BM

They currently lease premises from Brentwood Borough Council but since a change in 2014/15 they are no longer funded centrally by the NHS leaving them unable to afford the rent.

Brentwood Mind have up to 20 volunteers who provide regular support, and staff of four plus a volunteer board of three directorswho may now be moved to the Town Hall.

The issue will be discussed next week at a full Council meeting.

Brentwood Mind continue to provide a valuable and effective service to the community, I personally hope they are able to continue to give this service.

My understanding is that they get NO funding from the central Mind Charity. If you would like to help, a donation to Brentwood Mind rather than Mind centrally may be the best way to acheive this.

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Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians – String Quartet

An excellent session this afternoon from four talented young musicians.

Brentwood’s Orchestras for Young Musicians is a group of orchestras of varying ages and abilities. The common bond is the love of music and how much they enjoy playing together.

They have over 200 members aged between 5 to 19 and many members are in more than one group. One of those groups joined us today, the string quartet, along with Kim Clews.

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Thomas Alex Ellen and Alicia

You can listen to the entire session and interview here:

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And you can also see the performances again here:

Thanks to all involved, especially to Kim Clews who made it all possible.

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Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – Jessica Livingstone and Mya

I love it when my guests arrive bearing cakes! More on that later though.

It was great to welcome back Jessica Livingston today along with daughter Mya to talk about this years Yogathon.

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You can listen to our chat here –

Full details of the event are here –

Date: Saturday 4 June 2016
Time: 15:00
Event: Yogathon in Aid of Brentwood Mind
Organised by: Brentwood Yoga and Wellbeing Studio
Location: Shenfield Common, Brentwood map
Details: Has Yoga or meditation changed your life in any way? If so, come and give your thanks to all things YOGA by celebrating with us doing Sun Salutations en masse – more than 150 people came last over £3,000 was raised for Brentwood MIND (supporting local people with mental health difficulties)! Our teachers will be there to keep you going. Bring your friends and all the family to watch! At the end we’ll continue celebrations with drinks, home made Indian food, massage ladies, mala beads and more!
Cost: £20.00
Contact: Jessica Livingstone 07766 577227

Mya brought along 4 delicious cakes for me. One seems to have disappeared though! (That’s how I know they are delicious)cakesAnd both Jessica and Mya “struck the yoga pose” for us!

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Stephen Foster Pilkington – Live Session and Interview

Great pleasure to welcome back Stephen today along with wife Katie for a catch up and some songs exactly a year to the day that we last met here on Phoenix FM

Katie and Stephen

Katie and Stephen

You can find out more about Stephen on his Facebook page here

Performing live in the studio

Performing live in the studio

You can listen to the interview and session here

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Mental Health Matters Episode12 with Jonny Benjamin – Listen Here!

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Bob Jonny and Scott

 

 

Welcome to Episode 12 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this jam-packed edition, we have a special in-depth, candid & powerful interview with the high-profile Mental Health campaigner & survivor Jonny Benjamin about his Mental Health journey & his campaign work.

We also have a look at what’s been making the Mental Health News, a discussion topic on Service User Involvement & a Stress-buster talking about Pets, all with our panel – Jonny B, MHM semi-regular Wayne Banks & newcomer Rhianna Worth.

Plus, we have an upbeat selection of Songs of the Month & a run-through of Helpful Organisations.

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Bob Jonny Scott Rhianna and Wayne

 

 

Songs of the Month:

Song 1: Perfect by Pink

Jonny’s song choice: I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free by Nina Simone

Song 2: A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke

Song 3: Roar by Katy Perry

Song 4: Mysterious Times by Sash & Tina Cousins
Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

Produced by Scott W

Contributors: Jonny Benjamin, Wayne B & Rhianna W

Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B

Series Consultant: Wayne B

 

Let us know what you think of the programme!

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook:  Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com    (Confidentiality rules are in effect)
We look forward to your company for the next episode of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

 

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Saint Francis Hospice Get Their Van Back

Saint Francis Hospice can once again deliver and collect donations now its stolen van has been returned.

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The van was stolen from a driveway in the Avon Road area of Cranham in January.
It was used in Brentwood for the delivery and collection of bulky items and donations for Saint Francis Hospice
Staff at the hospice can now celebrate after a man was arrested and charged with the theft of the Ford Transit Luton Van.
The van had suffered some damage and all of the charity’s logos had been removed, but it is now back in working order.
General Manager, Michelle Nicholls, said: “We are very pleased to have it back and would like to say thank-you to everyone who helped us recover the vehicle and were so generous in offering their help to us when it was off the road.

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Grow Old Gracefully

A couple of stories about age and aging today…

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A couple in their seventies are celebrating the birth of their first child.
On 19th April, Daljinder Kaur, 72, from Amritsar in India, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
She and  husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, married for 47 years, decided to seek fertility treatment after the end of a family feud.
Dad Gill, a farmer, said: ‘I felt upset as I was unable to produce a child. After sometime we thought of having a baby, once again.’
New mum Daljinder is delighted to have a baby boy, who they have named Arman Singh.

Also, scientists claim to have developed an invisible elastic film that can be applied to the skin to reduce wrinkles and eye bags.

Once applied, it dries to form a film that “mimics the properties of youthful skin”

At the moment it is being explored as a cosmetic product.

But the  scientists say their “second skin” might  be used to deliver medicines and sun protection.

The polysiloxane polymer was made in the lab using molecules of silicone and oxygen as the building blocks.

Soon we’ll all be like supermarket chickens shrink wrapped in film!

Grow old gracefully folks!

 

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A Slippery Slope

There was a lot going on in today’s show.
I previewed The Phoenix FM Referendum Debate. Mike Jones will be hosting a debate on Friday 27 May at 1pm with William Lloyd and Chris Hossack, respective leaders of the local REMAIN and LEAVE campaigns, and Alan Woods, editor of the Brentwood Gazette.
Then on another important EU issue I asked if it was possible that Joe and Jake could win Eurovision when the UK doesn’t seem too popular in Europe nowadays!

Also, with thanks to The Brentwood Gazette, I related a new proposal to raise money for charity locally.

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A giant inflatable waterslide could run the length of Warley Hill if ambitious plans for a new fundraiser in Brentwood get off the ground.

Calls to run the 250m long slide down the town’s steepest slope have received backing from a local Cancer Research UK fundraiser.

The charity raised as much as £45,000 at its SlideRider event in North Hill, Colchester, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Between 4,000 and 5,000 people watched thrill-seekers hurl themselves down the slippery slope, with each of the 1,500 competitors having donated £15 to the charity for two slides.

Thanks to a variety of unique shops and the Essex Arms pub at the bottom, traders say a carnival atmosphere would easily be generated.

A waterslide next to a pub?

Sounds like a slippery slope to me!

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Mental Health Matters – episode 11

Welcome to Episode 11 of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

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Scott and Bob

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

In this episode, there is an extended two-part piece on the Student Nurse Buddy Scheme, set up by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) & SEPT. Scott speaks to Service Users (aka ‘Buddies’ for this project), Student Nurses & staff involved in this innovative project.

We also discuss a bit more about what earmarks the Buddy Scheme as a different project in terms of Service User Involvement. Also, an extended ‘Mental Health News’ section looks at Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May) and local Forum meetings taking place in May & June which service users & carers are encouraged to attend.

Plus, we also have our regular features: Songs of The Month and Poetry Corner returns with a powerful & emotive poem from Mental Health activist Melanie Jay (Twitter: @MelJayMH )

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Songs of the Month:

Song 1: The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera

Song 2: One Better World by ABC

Song 3: Adventure of a Lifetime by Coldplay

Song 4: Feeling Good by Nina Simone

 

Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

Produced by Scott W

Contributors: All involved in the Buddy Scheme piece, Isla B, Melanie Jay

Assistant Producers: Bob Simpson & Isla B

 

Let us know what you think of the programme!

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

 

Facebook:  Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

 

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com

 

Helpful Organisations

 

  • Mind  0300 123 3393 , text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

 

  • Samaritans  08457 90 90 90 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org  or Samaritans.org

 

  • SANE   0845 767 7000  (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

 

  • Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

 

  • Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

 

 

  • The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or www.thesilverline.org.uk

 

  • The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

(5pm-midnight every evening)

  • 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
  • or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or  thecalmzone.net

 

We look forward to your company next time on Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM.

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Here Comes The Summer – So Get Voting!

What a fabulous day and weekend in prospect! Today’s weather forecast was “Get the barbecue out!”

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As well as two hours of great upbeat music today’s show featured a story which is going berserk on Twitter today about a bit of criminal damage brought about as an act of revenge by what appears to be a scorned lover.

A shiny white Range Rover Revere – with a starting price of £75,000 – was seen parked near Harrods in west London and daubed with angry messages.

“Cheater” was painted in bright red on both sides of the vehicle while the words, “Hope she was worth it” were marked on the rear window and bonnet. Not a good day for someone then.

Also, on my visit to the Polling Station this morning I encountered three very bored looking council officials. They told me that voting had been very slow up to then. They had another 11 hours to go.

Polling stations will be open until 10pm this evening with counts taking place over-night and results set to be announced throughout the day tomorrow. So get voting!

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There’s a Rat in The Bathroom… A Deer on the Road

 

Had fun sitting in for Scott Ross today. It was Maximum Music Monday. As a tribute to Billy Paul who has died I played his big hit, Me and Mrs. Jones as well as a lesser known Prince single that was released last year, Free Urself.

A couple of silly stories too, including one for the not so faint hearted –  a man has reported being bitten on the bum by a rat while using his toilet.

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His local council in Middleton, County Cork is now warning people to watch their posteriors when they use the loo to prevent it from happening again. (A good trick if you can do that!)
Councillor Noel Collins said that an elderly man had come to him to complain about the incident which happened during flooding. It’s believed the rat got in through a broken sewer pipe.

Mr Collins added: ‘I would advise home owners to keep their toilet seats down when not in use, and to watch their posteriors.’

Also, 17 year old Tom Lo from Essex has passed his driving test at the first attempt, in spite of hitting a deer during the examination.

Tom was about 10 minutes into the test when the animal ran across a road in front of his car.

“I was picking up speed because it was a 60mph zone and all of a sudden I see a deer in front of me.

“So I hit my brake but unfortunately the deer was killed,” he says.

Amazingly, Tom passed the driving test with only two minor faults.

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Stephen Rudd – Live Session – Listen Here

A great performance of some excellent songs from Stephen this afternoon.

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Stephen Rudd performing live in studio 1

Stephen Rudd is a singer songwriter originally from Billericay and now based in Southend.

He has recently released the album Home Made Heartache an album recorded in his garage at home playing and programming everything himself and engineering and producing.

You can listen to the session and interview here –

You can find out more about Stephen Rudd on his website, stephenruddmusic.com

 

 

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How Video Can Help To Market Your Business – Luke Adams

Pleased to welcome Luke Adams from Brentwood Biscotti today to talk about the latest Biscotti meetings and a few tips on how to use video successfully in marketing your business.

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Luke Adams

You can Listen to our chat here –

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Bank Holiday Fun – The Billericay Soapbox Derby

Great to welcome Mike Sinclair from The Rotary Club of Billericay today to tell us all about The Billericay Soapbox Derby

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Mike Sinclair

With over 50 entries so far this promises to be a great family fun filled Bank Holiday charity event as the Wacky Racers hurtle down the hill from Sun Corner in their home made soapbox carts.

You can listen to our chat here –

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You can find more information about the event here

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Omphalophobia – The Fear of Belly Buttons

Today we heard about Lauren Jones who is studying to become a doctor – but Lauren has a problem.
She has a terrible phobia of belly buttons.

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Whilst any kind of phobia is no laughing matter for the person suffering it, I couldn’t help finding this amusing. Our bodies and minds do some strange things to us sometimes and sometimes you’ve just got to laugh…
Lauren, is studying at University of Leicester, and is unable to go anywhere near belly buttons without feeling faint and nauseated.
Suffering from Omphalophobia, she is so repulsed by the idea of anyone touching her navel or their own that she gets physically sick.
Well I genuinely wish Lauren well and hope she soon overcomes this condition, and that it doesn’t get in the way of her chosen career.
I’m not sure if I suffer from Omphalophobia or not. I haven’t seen my belly button for years!

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Gwyneth Paltrow, The Sting and The Whale Vomit…

It was one of those shows today where the music seemed to take over and have a life of it’s own. A mix of current tracks and oldies that all seemed to be mean’t for each other and complimented each other. I’d like to take credit for that but it just seemed to happen!
I did find time though for a couple of stories…
Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest beauty tip is Apitherapy.

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If you’re not sure what apitherapy is, the clue is in the picture. Apitherapy is used to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It involves angering bees so that they sting a person on the affected area of the body.

Sounds to me that a sting of a different kind is at work here. Possibly from her beauty therapist.

Then there was the couple who found a large smelly lump of something on a beach. It turned out to be a piece of ambergris – or ‘whale vomit’ – which is used in perfume making – potentially worth a whopping £50,000.

The couple are now in negotiations with potential buyers over the recently-found lump, which is slightly smaller than a rugby ball

Right, I’m off for a bit of beach combing!

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The Silverline Helpline for Older People – Professor Patrick Geohegan OBE

In an interview recorded for our Mental Health Matters podcast I recently spoke to Professor Patrick Gaygan OBE about The Silver Line. We heard this on today’s show.

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Professor Patrick Geohegan OBE

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
If you are an older person in need of help, advice or are lonely you can call The Silverline free at any time on: 0800 4 70 80 90

You can listen to the interview in our mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM podcast here

And here’s Esther Rantzen on The Silverline…

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Mara Cottrell Needs Your Help! – Essex Pubs and Grays

Mara Cottrell is a local Author whose first book – Basildon A History and Celebration – has been described as An excellent publication documenting Basildon’s history. Mara now has two more books on the way and she needs your help! Mara joined me today on Eat My Brunch.

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Bob with Mara

You can listen to our chat here –

If you have any stories or pictures that could be helpful in compiling Mara’s latest books you can email m.cottrell11@btinternet.com

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Egg Sheeran and the Yorkshire Farmer

Couldn’t resist this silly story today. Farmer Adrian Potter has been conducting research to find the best music to keep his hens happy and performing at their best. After experimenting with various forms of music including classical, jazz and Justin Bieber, he discovered that they liked Ed Sheeran songs the best. He said the hens love the singer so much they even follow him around when he starts playing Ed Sheeran songs from a portable stereo on the farm. Justin Bieber must be inconsolable. I wonder if they have a Lego hen House?

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Mental Health Matters Episode 10

We’re back! Welcome to another edition (Ep #10) of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM, the show about all things mental health…

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Scott and Bob

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Andrew Gordon

 

This month Bob spoke to the Chair of the Silverline Professor Patrick Geoghegan OBE about the project – a supportive helpline service for older people open 24/7.

The presenting team of Bob Simpson & Scott W were also joined by Local Authority Ambassador for Mental Health & MH survivor Andrew Gordon for our Discussion topic on Volunteering, and our Stress-buster about Avoiding Self-Harm plus a bonus discussion about older people after the Silverline interview.

We also have our regular “Songs Of The Month” picked by various contributors and a bonus piece reporting from a Mental Health Forum meeting in Basildon where Scott talks to MH campaigners Mark D & Wayne B about the meeting & is Service User Involvement improving?

Prof Patrick Geoghegan OBE (Chair, Silverline)

Prof Patrick Geoghegan OBE (Chair, Silverline)

Songs of the Month:

Song 1: I’ll Stand By You by the Pretenders

Song 2: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself by Jess Glynne

Song 3: Stand My Ground by Within Temptation

Song 4: Hey You by Pink Floyd

 

Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

Produced by Scott W

Contributors: Andrew G, Prof Patrick Geoghegan OBE, Mark D & Wayne B

Assistant Producers: Wayne B, Bob Simpson & Isla B

 

Let us know what you think of the programme!

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

 

Facebook:  Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

 

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com

 

Helpful Organisations

 

  • Mind  0300 123 3393 , text 86463 or Mind.org.uk
  • Samaritans  08457 90 90 90 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org  or Samaritans.org
  • SANE   0845 767 7000  (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk
  • Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

 

We’ll be back soon with more Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM!

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Nine Years of Phoenix FM – 23rd March 2007

I wasn’t there at the start. That was around 20 years ago. I wasn’t even there at the start of 24/7 broadcasting on the 23rd March 2007. A relative newbie then and proud to have been involved with Phoenix FM for almost 5 years now.

Here’s a newspaper clipping from 5 years ago that tells the story much better than I could.

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Anyway I thought a good way to mark the occasion would be to have a run down of the UK Top Ten from 23rd March 2007, our first day of full time broadcasting. Usually when you look back at old charts you tend to find just a couple of good songs that have stood the test of time. For our opening week though, it was a pretty good chart with only a couple of “forgotten songs” – well for me anyway. This is what I found.

23rd March 2007 Top Ten

  1.  WALK THIS WAY – SUGABABES VS GIRLS ALOUD
  2. THE SWEET ESCAPE – GWEN STEFANI FT AKON
  3. (I’M GONNA BE) 500 MILES – PROCLAIMERS/B POTTER/A PIPKIN
  4. SHINE – TAKE THAT
  5. HOW TO SAVE A LIFE – FRAY
  6. RUBY – KAISER CHIEFS
  7. GRACE KELLY – MIKA
  8. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND – JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
  9. THE CREEPS – CAMILLE JONES
  10. ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S – CALVIN HARRIS

Happy Birthday Phoenix!

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The Brentwood Half Marathon

MORE runners than ever will congregate on the starting line of the Brentwood Half Marathon, on Sunday.

Four thousand runners have signed up to the 13-mile route and a further 700 are set to take part in the three-mile fun run.

Today I chatted to Mike Hawkins from Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club about this annual fundraiser.

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Mike Hawkins

You can listen to our chat here –

Further information about the Brentwood Half Marathon can be found here

Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club’s website is here

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Village Green Festival Southend – Sean McLoughlan and Syd Moore.

The Village Green Festival in Southend is a brilliant mix of local and international talent, of literature, art and music, all presented in an urban park in Chalkwell. Joining me on the programme today were organisers Sean McLoughlan and Syd Moore.

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Sean and Syd

You can listen to our chat here –

You can get a flavour of the festival by watching this video from last year

It all happens on 9th July 2016.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS (Available for a limited time only)
ADULT (over 18) £10
TEEN (11-17) £5
CHILD (10 & under) FREE

TO BOOK, CALL SKIDDLE ON 0844 884 2920 OR BOOK ONLINE at www.villagegreenfestival.com

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Dr Eric Watts – Brentwood Cancer Support and Survivorship Group – Update

Back at the end of January Dr Eric Watts joined me on the programme to talk about a new initiative – The Brentwood Cancer Support and Survivorship Group who were about to hold their 1st meeting.

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Dr Eric Watts

Dr Eric joined me again today to give us an update on developments and also to talk about the benefits of exercise to good health and the connection between lifestyle and illness. You can listen to our chat here –

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Luke Adams – Brentwood Biscotti

Fresh from the latest monthly networking meeting of Brentwood Biscotti, Luke Adams popped in today to talk marketing.

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Luke Adams

You can listen to our chat here –

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D’Ukes and The Joy of Six

It was great to welcome back some old chums! Still amazing audiences with their ukulele ensemble – it’s the finest ukulele band in the land, D’ukes.

David Warren, Brian Smith, John Mattock and Hazel Smith

David Warren, Brian Smith, John Mattock and Hazel Smith

Currently in the middle of their “Joy of Six” tour, we chatted about the band, what they have been up to, and hearing about their new CD that they are working on at the moment. Sadly Hazel had almost totally lost her voice today but we did hear a squeak or two from her!

You can listen here –

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Refugee Crisis in Lesvos – Sean Wright

The Greek island of Lesvos is experiencing a humanitarian refugee crisis.

By this month, almost 14 million Syrians had fled their homes as a result of the Syrian Civil War. Close to 8 million are internally displaced within Syria, and over 6 million have sought refuge in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands have migrated onward into the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, many of them via Lesvos. As of February 2016, the United Nations (UN) has identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance.
Sean Wright has been volunteering on Lesvos to help with the crisis there and I’m pleased to say that Sean joined me in the studio today to tell us about his experiences on the island in what turned out to be a fascinating and moving interview.

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Sean Wright

You can listen to the interview here –

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Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians Jazz Band

It was great to have the studio filled with young talented musicians today.

Ann Elderton and Sam Edwards with the Jazz Band

Ann Elderton and Sam Edwards with the Jazz Band

The Brentwood Orchestra for Young Musicians a group of eight orchestras of varying ages and abilities, linked by the love of music and how much they enjoy playing together. We spent almost an hour today listening to them perform and chatting about their organisation. Unfortunately the gremlins got involved in the first song they played and there is a little jump in the recording at that point but the rest is fine.

You can listen to the whole session here –

My thanks to Ann Elderton, Sam Edwards and band members Chris, Emma, Sebastian, Amy, Josiah, Jonny and Harry.

Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians website is here

Thanks also to our new volunteer Stacey who took these photos.

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The Fold Community Arts Centre – Margaret White

The Fold is a Community Arts Centre in Billericay. It hosts a variety of entertainment, Member Societies and classes for all ages. I was pleased to welcome Margaret White from the Billericay Arts Association into the studio to tell us all about it.

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Margaret White

You can Listen to our chat here –

The Fold’s Website with further contact details is here

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Two Amazing Teachers – Gill Power and Jonathon Sands from Shenfield High School

Founded in 1962, Shenfield High School has a deep-rooted tradition of providing a rounded educational experience for students supported by a strong set of values. The school focuses on creating a supportive and happy environment.
Last year the school got 3 students into Oxford and 1 into Cambridge but the success doesn’t stop with the students,
Joining me today were two award winning teachers from Shenfield High School, Gill Power and Jonathon Sands.

Gill Power and Jonathon Sands

Gill Power and Jonathon Sands

Gill will soon be awarded and Inspirational Teacher Award from Oxford University after being nominated by former pupil Jake Robinson.

Jonathon has successfully applied to become a Specialist Leader of Education.

You can listen to our chat here –

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Two Top Tens – Excuses and Love Songs

Today I featured two top tens – First was a list of the top 10 excuses for not getting a TV licence. Would you have “excused” them?
Check out the top 10 excuses for not getting a TV Licence.
1. “I don’t have to pay as I’m the King of Scotland.”
2. “I was abducted by aliens. As the Government don’t believe me, I’m refusing to pay my bills.”
3. “I have no television. It’s a microwave.”
4. “I only use the TV at night. I put the goldfish bowl in front of it at night. It helps the fish get to sleep.”
5. “The TV is only on for my parrot, Captain Jack Sparrow, who is learning the theme tune to Bargain Hunt.”
6. “I sent my man to the Co-op two months ago and he got done for shoplifting. I have not seen him since. He gets out next month, so I can pay it then.”
7. “I have a black-and-white licence. I only turn the colour on when my granddaughter comes and puts the music channels on.”
8. “Our pet turtle Betty turns 80 this December – do we get her free TV licence?”
9. “My cat is in labour, so I don’t have time to talk to you.”
10. “I don’t need a licence because I’m getting evicted for stabbing a guy in the head.”

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, music licensing company PPL have compiled a chart of the most played love songs of the 21st century so far. Some of the entries may surprise you.

PPL Most Played Love Songs of the 21st Century:
1 Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
2 Rule The World Take That
3 Can’t Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
4 Crazy In Love Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
5 I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
6 Livin’ On A Prayer Bon Jovi
7 I Wanna Dance With Somebody Whitney Houston
8 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
9 Rather Be (Feat. Jess Glynne) Clean Bandit
10 Just The Way You Are Bruno Mars

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Mental Health Matters – Time to Talk Day Special

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 Chairman Paul Golder for helping to make it happen.

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Thanks also to all our guests (too numerous to mention here, but they’re all in the podcast!) and of course to the powerhouse behind the podcast Scott W.

You can listen to the podcast here –

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

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 help prevent or reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, but getting active when you’re not feeling great isn’t easy. Low motivation, social anxiety, self-image issues, uncertainty regarding exercise, and financial expense, can all hinder us from using this vital and hugely enjoyable life tool.

Joining me on Drive today were Roger Davinson, Mike Diaper, Nikki Smith and Wayne Banks

Roger Davinson is the CEO of Brentwood Leisure Trust and Inclusive Champion Officer at the Brentwood Centre

Mike Diaper is the Director of Community Sport for Sport England

Nikki Smith is from Fitness in Mind

Wayne Banks is a mental health Champion, campaigner and mastermind of the Fitness in Mind project.

You Can Listen to our chat here –

My thanks to Scott W for his help in researching for the interview – Couldn’t have done it without him!

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Roger Davinson

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Mike Diaper

 

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

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 of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.

That’s what Time to Talk Day is all about so today we took some time to talk and my guests were Lucy Gill, Brian Jackson and Vanessa Dodds, along with Phoenix FM’s Scott W.

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Brian Jackson, Lucy Gill, Scott W, Vanessa Dodds and little me!

Lucy Gill is Community Officer at Brentwood Borough Council, and Mental Health Champion Officer for the Mental Health Challenge in Brentwood.

Brian Jackson is Manager at SEPT for the Brentwood Resource Centre, secondary mental health services.

Vanessa Dodds is the Brentwood Billericay Basildon and Wickford Cluster Lead at SEPT for Therapy for You, primary talking therapy.

You can listen to our chat here –

Therapy for You Website

Brentwood Borough Council Mental Health Challenge Website

SEPT Website

Time to Change Website

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Time To Talk Day – Preview

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 can break the silence that often surrounds mental health, and show that talking about this once-taboo issue doesn’t need to be difficult.

Joining me today to chat about Time To Talk Day and what’s going to be happening in the local area and on Phoenix FM next Thursday was Scott W and Wayne Banks.

You can listen to our chat here –

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Scott W

Wayne Banks

Wayne Banks

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Dr Eric Watts – Cancer Support and Survivorship

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 to meet others and share experience, and there will be support from St Luke’s Hospice.

Joining me today was Dr Eric Watts to tell us about the aims of the event and how he became involved in this project.

Dr Eric Watts

Dr Eric Watts

You can listen to our chat here –

If you would like to attend the meeting, simply turn up on Monday but if you would like to know more you can contact Dr Watts on  01277 211128 or email eric.watts4@btinternet.com

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Brentwood Biscotti – Luke Adams

Joining me today was Luke Adams from Brentwood Biscotti.

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Luke Adams

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 here –

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Timewarp

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 Posh), The BBC are bringing back Robot Wars. AM I in a time warp?

timewarpWell it was an excuse to play Damien and the Timewarp today anyway.

We also heard how the leader of the Conservative group on Thurrock Council has defended his decision to name his new born baby boy “Thatcher”

Thatcher Stephen Maguire,  was born on 8 January. Proud father Rob Gledhill said he was “happy” with the name.

“It’s a parent’s decision to call their child what they like… if he’s not happy with it when he’s older I’m sure he’ll change it”.

Well Rob, I don’t think it would have been any worse if you had called him Margaret! I’m sure he will change his name one day.

 

 

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The Man-Flu Show

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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Advice for men suffering with Man Flu

It’s imperative that you get to your place of safety before the full force of Man Flu takes hold. Phone your nominated female carer (normally wife or girlfriend) and inform her of the crisis which is about to unfold. They must reach you at your place of safety in the initial stages before you become bed ridden.

Once you’re home it’s important that you feel as comfortable as possible. Slip into your dressing gown, pop your feet up on the sofa and reach for the remote control.

Your nominated female carer will feel helpless as you plunge deeper and deeper into misery. Counter her feeling of helplessness by keeping her occupied with small tasks, such as massaging your feet or using a sponge to lightly dampen your forehead.

Allow her to prepare Man Flu comfort foods such as chicken noodle soup, or put Man Flu comfort television on, such as Police! Camera! Action!, or All The Goals of the World Cup 2006. Keep her fit and healthy by regularly sending her to the shops for a selection of men’s magazines for you to browse. Remember, you’re doing this for her.

it is imperative that a period of convalescence is taken. All to often men try to soldier on through the last symptoms only to be flung back into the depths of the illness because they didn’t rest for the full term of the condition. Begin by moving short distances away from the sofa. Try not to mention your near death experience.

Frequently, following a period of Man Flu, the nominated female carer may also start to exhibit symptoms such as a runny nose and aching joints. This is, of course, the common cold and not Man Flu (obviously!). By far, the best way for her to deal with this is carry on with her normal day to day routine as if the cold wasn’t there. After all, it’s hardly Man Flu, is it?

 

And ladies remember…

Men do not ‘moan’ when they have Man-Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

Full recovery from Man-Flu will take place much quicker if their simple requests for care, sympathy and regular cups of tea are met. Is that really so much to ask? Florence Nightingale would have done it

Men suffering from Man-Flu want nothing more than to get out of bed and come to work, but they are too selfless to risk spreading this awful condition amongst their friends and colleagues. In this sense, they are the greatest heroes this country has ever known.
I’m so grateful to manflu.info for this advice. Visit the website for more sensible advice and tips.

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Yoga on the Pier – Jo Kemp

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 much-needed funds for Brentwood MIND, which supports local people with mental health issues.

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Cuddly Bob Strikes Again! – with Joanne Kemp

This weekend Jo is holding another event in aid of Mind – Yoga on the Pier. You can listen to our chat here –

This takes place in the Royal Pavilion at the sea end of Southend Pier, on Sunday 17th January from 10.15am until 11.30am in aid of the mental health charity, MIND.

It costs £22, including the pier train fare, and tickets are available from http://yogaonthepier.eventbrite.co.uk

Participants – who are recommended to catch the 9:30am Pier train for this event – must be 16 years or older and also need to have some previous experience of yoga.

If you are a complete yoga beginner but would still like to come along on Sunday 17th January it is essential to attend some beginners classes in preparation.

For further details, please call: 07447 915831, or find the page ‘Yoga on the Pier’ on Facebook.

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David Bowie

I started today’s show by playing David Bowie and Lazurus from his final album Blackstar.MTM1MjEwNjg0OTc4ODg0NTc4

I first heard some of Blackstar last week. On hearing a few minutes of the title track I dismissed it as miserable and self indulgent and didn’t bother to listen to the rest of the album.
Like most of us though I was very sad to hear of his death on Monday and knowing that he had produced this album under a death sentence of cancer I revisited the album. I found this a very humbling experience.
In the track Lazurus, Bowie appears to have written his own epitaph. Further than that though he has taken the occasion of his own death and turned it into a work of art.
The videos which accompany Blackstar and Lazurus are deep and disturbing and remind us all of our own mortality.
Art is supposed to touch us on an emotional level. Great art can touch us deeply and change our thinking and our lives.
In his final goodbye to us David Bowie has produced one of his finest pieces of art ever.

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Get Colouring In at The Colour Me In Cafe!

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 the art of colouring in helps them to relax and unwind.

This Brentwood Community Tree project is funded by Brentwood Council Community Fund and will now be held every Friday from 11am to 2pm.

Full details are on the poster below.

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

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 songs for us.

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Richie Milton and Bill Farrow

Richie and Bill are currently performing as “Bill’nRicky” performing a mix of songs, old and new as a cockney duo in a Singalong/Rockney/Skiffle style. You can find their website here including the video for “Pulling All The Boozers Down” in which I swear they have Tony Blair playing the double bass! What do you think?

You can listen to this afternoon’s session including four great songs here –

Take a look at a very young Bill Farrow performing with Mable Hillery on BBC 2’s Late Night Line Up with Joan Bakewell in 1967 –

Thanks to Bill’nRicky today. Come back soon guys!

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Remembering Lemmy and Jeff and Beatles back in the Charts?

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 queued around the block to get in to pay tribute. I resisted the temptation to get the JD out myself but we did celebrate his life with an ace of spades today

It’s Jeff Lynne’s 67th birthday today – What better excuse to listen to a couple of ELO tracks today.

And with Beatles songs being streamed an astonishing 50 million times in the first 48 hours after they became available to listen to live on the internet for the first time, I wondered if we might see some of their songs enter the UK top 40 this week now that streaming is included in compiling the chart.

The most popular Beatles song so far is Come Together, which has already been streamed more than 1.8 million times.

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Your Christmas Request Show

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 the good people of Brentwood and Billericay, including some names you may recognise, and asked them what their favourite Christmas song or carol was.

Noelle Hones (Deputy Mayor) and Mark Reed (Mayor of Brentwood)

Noelle Hones (Deputy Mayor) and Mark Reed (Mayor of Brentwood)

The result is a two hour collection of some of the best Christmas tunes you will hear anywhere. You can Listen here. Enjoy!

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Alan Woods from The Brentwood Gazette

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Brentwood Street Pastors

Robert Gunn from Brentwood Brewing Company

Robert Gunn from Brentwood Brewing Company

All of the above chose their favourites, and one of them is responsible for bringing Max Bygraves back on the airwaves! And why not? He sings a jolly tune! You’ll have to listen to find out who requested him.

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The Solo Beatles on Phoenix FM – Listen again here.

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 Solo Beatles.

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Simon Cantwell, Simon Sheehan and Paul Nooney of The Solo Beatles

You can listen to the entire session here –

You can find out more about the band on their website here

Or connect with them on Facebook here

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Me resplendent in my Beatle shirt trying to get in on the act!

The Solo Beatles will be appearing at The Essex Arms next year on February 27th. I will be there!

My special thanks to all the members of the band for the great deal of work they did to make this afternoon’s session such a pleasure.

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Invisible Smog

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 about to engulf parts of Britain including Essex today.

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Health experts were warning people with asthma and other conditions to stay indoors and avoid exercise so I thought it would be a good idea to include the warning on the show today.

However it doesn’t seem to have happened. At least I wasn’t aware of any smog today. Were you?

Looking forward to next Wednesday’s show when as a Christmas treat my guests will be The Solo Beatles.

Playing the hits that John, Paul, George and Ringo released after they decided to Let it be, they are focused entirely on the music, and not distracted by trying to do pale imitations of scouse accents or dressing up in period costumes.

The huge wealth of material that the “Post Fab Four” produced after they parted company provides them with the material for an entertaining evening of familiar songs that are innovative, entertaining and exciting.

they include songs by Wings, The Plastic Ono Band and also The Traveling Wilburys plus one or two “Beatles” Songs

They pride themselves on rich vocal harmonies and respectful arrangements mixed with an energy and excitement these great songs deserve

Tune in from 1pm next Wednesday to hear them live on the programme.

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 9 – Listen Here!

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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, our guests were Mental Health survivor & campaigner Mark Dale, who talks about his Mental Health journey. Also, we were joined by staff and clients of T.I.M.E (Therapy in Musical Expression), a musical therapy group based in Basildon, who also performed two songs live!
We also have our regular “Songs Of The Month”, Mental Health News and our Discussion topic (Dealing with the Christmas period) plus our Stress-buster (talking about Laughter)!

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Wayne, Mark, Bob and Scott

Songs of the Month:
Song 1: Saving My Face by KT Tunstall
Song 2:(Wayne’s choice) Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
Mark’s song: Watching The Wheels by John Lennon
Song 3: Waiting For Me by Joe Bonamassa
Song 4: Do They Know It’s Christmas by the Cast of Glee

The Folks from T.I.M.E. Ready to perform for us in Studio 2

The Folks from T.I.M.E. Ready to perform for us in Studio 2

You can find out more about T.I.M.E. here

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Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Contributors: Wayne B, Mark Dale & T.I.M.E staff and clients
Assistant Producers: Wayne B, Bob Simpson & Isla B

Let us know what you think of the programme!
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook:  Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM”

E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com

Helpful Organisations

Mind  0300 123 3393 or Mind.org.uk

Samaritans  08457 90 90 90  or Samaritans.org

SANE   0845 767 8000  or Sane.org.uk

Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

YoungMinds
Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544  or www.youngminds.org.uk

Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy Peaceful New Year from us all!

Scott insisted on removing his Elf costume before the photo session!

Scott insisted on removing his Elf costume before the photo session!

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Paul Metcalfe as Rod Stewart for Saint Francis Hospice

It was great to chat to Paul Metcalfe today. Tomorrow evening he performs a special concert for Saint Francis Hospice.

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Paul as Rod Stewart

Paul’s performances as Rod Stewart are stunningly accurate. He looks the same, his mannerisms are the same and the voice is pure Rod. You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about Paul here

Full details of tomorrow night’s concert in aid of St Francis Hospice

Date: Friday 11 December 2015
Time: 19:30
Event: An Audience With Rod Stewart
Organised by: Saint Francis Hospice
Location: United Services Club, 28 Mawney Road, Romford RM7 7HB map
Details: Paul Metcalfe takes to the stage as Rod Stewart to perform a selection of Rod’s popular hits from his days with the Faces through to The Great American Songbook – all performed in the style and charisma of the real deal! Afterwards DJ Andy Furneaux will keep you dancing ’til the end of the night.
Cost: £12.50
Contact: 01708 771407 Website Twitter

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Support Brentwood Mind This Saturday

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, and Dave Stannard who will be appearing at the concert. Dave played live for us in the studio today.

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Colin Wade and Dave Stannard

You can listen to our chat and a preview of some of the music to be heard at the concert here –

Dave Stannard played two very contrasting songs during the session, the first, a very funny song about hypochondria, which could have been written about me! Family Medical Companion

Dave’s second song was entirely different. A beautiful moving tribute as we approach Remembrance Sunday to the troops of World War One – Over The Top.

You can find out more about Dave Stannard here

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My Generation – 50 Years On.

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 along with lots of new music too with the new Phoenix FM A List just released.

Being a bit of an oldie myself I don’t actually remember much about The Who of the sixties, I was very much a fan in the seventies and beyond though.

What was far more shocking was to realise that in a few days time it will be 40 years since Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was released. I remember that clearly and the video that went along with it that seemed to be shown on Top of the Pops for weeks and weeks. The success of the song was in part due to one of my heroes, Kenny Everett who went on a personal crusade, playing the song on his show over and over after Queen’s record company executives said that a six minute song would never get played on the radio! The rest is history…

Well that’s it, 40 years ago and still fresh in my mind. I’m now officially old!

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Wednesday Thursday Friday…

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 – a music special this month.

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Bob and Scott – We so enjoyed putting together the great music for this podcast!

You can listen to it here or if you prefer on Saturday night (24th) when it will be broadcast at 8pm on Phoenix FM.

The rest of the week was taken up with my usual shows on Wednesday and Thursday plus a bonus show today sitting in for Mike Jones.

A couple of brand new tracks I enjoyed this week were the new one from Duran Duran featuring Nile Rodgers –

And Elton John’s new single from his 33rd studio album, ‘Wonderful Crazy Night,’ which will be out worldwide on February 5, 2016 on Virgin EMI Records.

Have a great weekend!

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

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 them or tracks that have been helpful to them whilst battling mental illness.

The result is almost a two hour mix of great music.

You can listen here –

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Bob and Scott – We so enjoyed putting together the great music for this podcast!

Special thanks go to local musician Paolo Morena who contributed to the podcast by sending us his latest track, Clear Water No Worries and told us what inspired him to write the song.

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Other music in the show includes tracks from the Foo Fighters, James Taylor, The Who, Bill Withers, Miley Cyrus, Marmalade, Status Quo, Joe Bonamassa, Avril Levinge and many more. Quite a selection! Enjoy.

Let us know what you think of the programme!
E-mail:  mhmatters@outlook.com
Twitter: @MHMpodcast
Facebook: “Mental Health Matters of Phoenix FM”
Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W
Produced by Scott W
Assistant Producers: Wayne B, Bob Simpson & Isla B
Helpful Organisations:
MIND (national helpline) : 0300 123 3393     or at mind.org.uk
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90    or at  samaritans.org
SANE : 0845 767 8000    or Sane.org.uk
Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink.org
Elefriends (Mental Health online support forum) : elefriends.org.uk
Young Minds: Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 FREE or www.youngminds.org.uk

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Jeff Brown – 23 Years

It was a huge pleasure to meet and chat to Jeff Brown on the show today.

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Jeff Brown

Jeff has played with some of the biggest names in rock. For 16 years Jeff performed with Sweet and then was snapped up by iconic 60’s band The Tremeloes. He has recently been working on a solo album “23 Years” due to be released next month and today we heard three tracks from the album and talked about his career. You can listen to the interview and snippets of those tracks here but to hear them in full you’ll have to buy the album 23 Years!

You can find out more about Jeff Brown and his various projects here

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Frontline Partnership – Jo Rayment

My second guest today was Jo Rayment from a wonderful organisation – Frontline Partnership.

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Jo Rayment

Frontline Partnership enables and supports people with a learning disability and high support needs to live full and productive lives through their active inclusion, participation and contribution within the Brentwood community and farther afield. You can listen to our chat here – 

If you would like to get involved with Frontline Partnership as a volunteer you can call 01277 233889

Or why not nip along to their quiz on 30th November to support a great organisation –

Date: Friday 30 October 2015
Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Event: Fundraising Quiz
Organised by: Frontline Partnership
Location: Brentwood School Sports Centre (Courage Hall), Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood CM15 8EE map
Details: A fun evening for all. Come along and test your brains at our light hearted quiz evening and help to raise valuable funds for Frontline Partnership, a local charity that supports adults with a learning disability to live a full and active life within the Brentwood Community. There will be a delicious buffet and drinks can be purchased at the licensed bar.
Cost: £10.00
Contact: Frontline Partnership 01277 233889 Website
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D’Ukes at The Brentwood Theatre 14th November

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.

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Brian, John, Hazel and Dave from D’Ukes

We chatted about what they’ve been up to lately, heard some of their music, and heard about future plans. You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about D’Ukes here – Website Facebook

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Shenfield High School Performing Arts Academy

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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Alfie, Kim and Jade

You can listen to our chat, along with a song from Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull (also Shenfield High School Students) here

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Brenda Weaver – The Guide Dogs Coffee Morning in Shenfield

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 of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services. They also campaign for the rights of those with visual impairments and invest in eye disease research.

On Thursday in Shenfield there’s a fundraising event for Guide dogs, and joining me today to talk about it was Brenda Weaver.

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Date: Thursday 8 October 2015
Time: 10:30 – 13:00
Event: Coffee Morning in aid of The Guide Dogs
Organised by: Guide Dogs
Location: Mount Avenue Banqueting Suite, Mount Avenue, Shenfield CM13 2NS map
Details: As well as the coffee there will be a raffle, Christmas cards, homemade jams and crafts and a chance to meet some puppies and adult guide dogs!
Cost: Free
Contact: Brenda Weaver 07753 482351

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Tracey Cowling – Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

During today’s show I received an email from one of my previous guests – Tracey Cowling from HBBS

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Tracey Cowling

Tracey was asking us to spread the word about their new Snowdrop group starting next week. I thought I would surprise Tracey with a phone call! As you will hear, Tracey rose to the challenge magnificently! You can listen here –

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

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 to the live finals of the UK’s X Factor and after getting to the final six he earned his place on the X Factor Arena Tour.

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Sam Callahan

His new track “Bigger Things” will be out soon and Sam called into the studio today for a chat and performed a live version of his song “Tripping On Us”.

You can listen to the interview and session here:

And here’s a video of him performing “Tripping On Us”:

You can find out more about Sam on his website – www.samcallahan.co.uk

or follow Sam on Twitter – @callahanmusic_

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Shenfield High School Sports Academy – Garry Sapsford

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 today to tell us all about the school’s Sports Academy.logo

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Attila The Stockbroker… and Donny Osmond?

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.

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Attila The Stockbroker

Attila The Stockbroker has been a punk poet and musician and songwriter for 35 years. In that time he has performed at over 3000 gigs in 24 countries, published seven books of poems and has been a prolific recording artist.
And what has all this to do with Donny Osmond? Well you’ll have to listen to the interview to find out! You can listen here –

The autobiography “Arguments Yard” is available on Attila’s website here

You can catch Attila in performance supported by Stephen Foster Pilkington at The Blue Boar Hotel in Maldon on 15th October. More details here

 

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Shenfield High School – Carole Herman

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 from the pupils at the school were particularly good, and today I was pleased to be joined by the current Headteacher Carole Herman.

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Carole Herman

We spoke about the school, this year’s results, and the school’s forthcoming open evening on 1st October. I also managed to sneak in a track by two talented Shenfield High School students – Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull – that was recorded at Phoenix last month. You can listen to it all here –

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #6 – Listen Here!

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Scott W. Bob, Wayne Banks and Cllr David Tee

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 & author Rebecca Lombardo (@BekaLombardo on Twitter)

We also go through “10 Phrases” that people say… are they good or bad?

We also have our regular features: Poetry Corner, Songs on the Month, Mental Health News and a Book Review of former England International cricketer Marcus Trescothick’s “Coming Back to Me” with Scott W.

You can listen to the podcast here –

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Rebecca Lombardo

Rebecca’s book “It’s Not Your Journey” is available on Amazon here

Rebecca’s website is here

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Songs of the Month

Song 1 – New Way Out by Tremonti

Song 2 – Someday Soon by KT Tunstall

Song 3 – Invincible by Muse

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Let us know what you think of the programme!

E-mail:  mhmatters@outlook.com

Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: “Mental Health Matters of Phoenix FM”

Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

Produced by Scott W

Contributors: Wayne B, Cllr David Tee, Rebecca Lombardo and Melanie Jay (@meljaymh)

Assistant Producers: Wayne B, Bob Simpson & Isla B

 Helpful Organisations:

MIND (national helpline) : 0300 123 3393     or at mind.org.uk

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90    or at  samaritans.org

SANE : 0845 767 8000    or Sane.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink.org

Elefriends (Mental Health online support forum) : elefriends.org.uk

Young Minds: Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk

 

See you next month when we’re having a music special for World Mental Health Day :)

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Cllr David Tee

 

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Family Fun Day At Ongar RFC

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 joining me today, was Dave Blake from the club to tell us all about it…

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Dave Blake

You can find out all about it, and England’s chances in the forthcoming Rugby World Cup, by listening here –

EDIT: Jesse Hagger from Ongar RFC spoke to us after the event.

He said, “I cannot put into words how pleasantly surprised we were on the day. It was a huge success.”

He’s also sent some pictures, taken by Georgia Walker, which you can see below.

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

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 of the facilities at the club. Joining me today was Cllr Jill Hubbard, Phil Ricketts and Tessa Webb who told us why the members are so concerned, and about their campaign.

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Cllr Jill Hubbard, Phil Ricketts and Tessa Webb

You can listen to our chat here –

You can sign the petition at the LA Cafe on the premises or online here – https://www.change.org/p/pure-gym-save-our-gym

 

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Superb Young Local Talent – Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull

I was knocked sideways today by my two talented young guests Daynah Lorelle and Liam Bull both from Shenfield High School.

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Liam and Daynah

Daynah (16) and Liam (17) each performed individually and then paired up on their version of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph. They were both superb. You can listen to the entire interview here –

Or the individual tracks here –

Daynah Lorell (with Liam on guitar) and Little Things

Liam Bull with his own song Wounds

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You can find Daynah and Liam’s Facebook pages here

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I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more from these talented young people in the future. My thanks to them both for a really pleasant half hour.2

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Saving Water – Dan Davis from Essex and Suffolk Water

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 from Essex and Suffolk Water popped into the studio today to tell us all about it.

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Dan Davis

Find out more here.

You can Listen to our chat here –

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

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 run weekly  at the Recoil Trampoline & Activity Centre (Keys Hall) in Warley (Just across from the Brentwood Community Print shop)

If you or someone you know could benefit from the above please contact Andy on 01277 849021 or andy.woodcock@brentwoodcommunityprint.org.uk

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Andy Woodcock

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Vicky Davies

 

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS PODCAST #5 – Listen Here!

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Bob Simpson, Wayne Banks, Isla Barton and Scott W – The MHM Team!

Welcome to Episode #5.
On this month’s jam-packed programme, We have a range of interviews: Madness drummer Woody Woodgate who talks about his brother’s Mental Health journey. Also we have interviews with Matt King, Chief Executive Officer of Trust Links and our regular contributor Isla B, who is also a Mental Health Campaigner.
Lastly on the interview front, Bob speaks to Dr Kevin McGhee & Rosa Spencer-Tansley about counselling…with a difference.

We also have regular features: Stressbuster (on keeping busy & focus) and a discussion on a Mental Health (MH) topic (Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D) Songs on the Month (with bonus songs in the Interviews), MH News and a Book Review with Wayne B this month. The book is Bi-Polar Girl by Gabrielle Blackman-Shepherd. You can find out more about Gabrielle and the book here.

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If you would like to take part in Bournemouth University’s research into Psychiatric Genetic Counselling there’s more information here. You can find out more about Dr Kevin McGhee and his work here

Songs of the Month (including bonus songs)

Woody Woodgate Interview – In Your Mind by Woody Woodgate

Song 1 – Firework by Katy Perry

Trust Links Interview – Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears For Fears

Song 2 – Ocean Rose by Tim Janis

Isla’s Interview – Chains by Tina Arena

Song 3 – Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

Song 4 – I’ll Walk In The Sunshine Again by Joe Cocker

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Woody Woodgate and Nick

Let us know what you think of the programme!
E-mail: mhmatters@outlook.com
Twitter: @MHMpodcast
Facebook: “Mental Health Matters of Phoenix FM”

Credits:
Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W

Produced by Scott W

Contributors: Isla B, Wayne B, Matt King, Woody Woodgate, Dr Kevin McGhee & Rosa Spencer-Tansley

Assistant Producers: Wayne B, Isla B & Bob Simpson

Helpful Organisations:
MIND (national helpline) : 0300 123 3393 or at mind.org.uk
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 or at samaritans.org
SANE : 0845 767 8000 or Sane.org.uk
Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink.org
Elefriends (Mental Health Online support forum) : elefriends.org.uk

See you next month!

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Dr McGhee

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Sunscreem – Sweet Life

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 “Love U More” became their trademark song and biggest hit.

And now Sunscreem are back with a fantastic brand new album “Sweet Life” a personal favourite of mine, so it was really great to welcome Sunscreem to the Phoenix FM studio today.

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Paul Carnell, Dwayne Brazier, Lucia Holm and Darren Woodford – Sunscreem

We spoke about the history of the band and the new album Sweet Life. You can listen to our chat and some brief extracts of the three tracks from the album we played today, here –

You can download Sunscreem’s new album Sweet Life from iTunes here (Highly recommended by me!)

And find out more about them on –

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Vicky Jones on One 2 Three

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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Vicky Jones

You can listen to our chat here

You can download Vicky’s charity single in aid of the mental health charity Mind, here

And connect with Vicky here – Facebook Twitter

Thanks Vicky!

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Edd Coates, Harriet Ivie and Cuddly Bob

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 – First it was Edd Coates.

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Me & Edd

Edd Coates is a singer/songwriter from Brentwood,

Edd has been a friend of the station for a few years now and pops in from time to time to talk about his music. Today he performed a great live session in the studio and we talked about his music and his forthcoming appearance at the Brentwood Festival. You can listen to the whole session here.

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Edd’s Takeover!

You can find out more about Edd from his website here

Cuddle number 2 came from our work experience student Harriet Ivie.

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Harriet and Me

Harriet has been with us for almost two weeks now on work experience from Coopers Company & Coborn School in Upminster. She has been a great asset to the station and the presenters. Always smiling, ready to assist and has risen to the challenges put to her. Good luck in all you do in the future Harriet, and hopefully it won’t be too long before we see you back at Phoenix in some capacity. We’ll miss you.

Cuddly Bob

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Madness drummer Woody Woodgate talks about In Your Mind

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 Your Mind” which has just been released.

Woody Woodgate

Woody Woodgate

You can listen to our chat and some music from Madness, The Magic Brothers, and the title track from Woody’s new solo album “In Your Mind” here.

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Brother Nick with Woody

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 4 – Listen Here

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Bob and Scott

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 sneak peek of some of the games and also features interviews with some of the group members and this course’s tutor, Gavin Dent.

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LS Group snap version #2 (- Clair) (IW 2.7.2015)Bob S being drafted as Balloon  Volunteer, FlashMob (IW 2.7.2015) (Version 2)We also have our regular features : Songs of The Month, Poetry Corner & a book series observation about the one & only Paddington Bear (also touching on the recent film too!)

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Scott W.

We also have other hidden nuggets in there as well…

Let us know what you think of the show!!
On Twitter @MHMpodcast and on Facebook “Mental Health Matters of Phoenix FM”
Songs of The Month
Song 1: Daylight by Young Guns
Song 2: Times Like These by Foo Fighters (Acoustic version from “Skin & Bones” live album)

Song 3: Coming Back to Life by David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) (Live, 2007)

Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson & Scott W Produced by Scott W

Contributors: The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society & Amy Young (Poem: Self-care)

Assistant Producers: Wayne Banks, Amy Young, Isla Barton & Bob Simpson

Helpful Organisations:

MIND (national helpline) : 0300 123 3393        or at mind.org.uk

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90    or at  samaritans.org

SANE : 0845 767 8000    or Sane.org.uk

Rethink Mental Illness: Rethink.org

Elefriends (Mental Health Online support forum) : elefriends.org.uk

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

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.

Bob, Graham Dack and Robin Driscoll

Bob, Graham Dack and Robin Driscoll

You can listen to our chat here –

If you would like to get involved or contribute to the new Phoenix FM fishing show please contact Robin by email – robin@phoenixfm.com

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A Warning to Parents

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 the first it is alleged that four men tried to get a young schoolgirl into a Range Rover in the Harold Hill area. Brentwood Gazette’s full story here

In the second incident another schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in the Rose Lane area of Brentwood by three men. Fortunately a passing dog walker intervened and as a result the assault was stopped. Brentwood Gazette’s full story here

Anyone with information is asked to call Brentwood Police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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A Warning from Brentwood Borough Council

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.Lights-Out-photo-for-press-release-333x240

Residents are reporting that the company who go by the name of ‘Options’ claim that they are either working with Brentwood Borough Council or have worked with Brentwood Borough Council. Although the cold callers are quite vague on exactly what service they are offering, it is believed it is related to green energy as they have mentioned carbon emissions and claim the resident can earn money from them.
The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay said: “Although we have only had a few calls from residents who were concerned about the cold call they had received from ‘Options’ – we suspect that they are not alone. I want to warn residents that we are not working with the company called ‘Options’ and they haven’t worked with us in the past. Please do not give them any of your details”.
If a residents receives a call from this company we would ask if you could call 01277 312500 to give us details of the call so we can investigate this further and inform Essex Trading Standards.

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HOT

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 woman did when she got a bad haircut at the hairdressers, and on the same theme, what it was that a Russian hairdresser was offering that had customers queuing down the street…

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A hairdressing salon in Moscow, was raided by police after female stylists dished out haircuts while completely starkers. For £50, patrons could enjoy a naked haircut, and it was said to be so popular that customers were queuing down the street. On a similar theme, a woman in Humberside who hated her haircut decided to call 999 when she refused to pay for it and wanted to consult the police for legal advice!

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

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 course joined me today along with Ted to tell us all about it.

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Andy Woodcock and Ted

You can listen to our chat here –

The course is a mixture of confidence building techniques/discussion and audio visual presentations together with other topics for example positive affirmations. Andy aims to be providing this to small groups of six to eight people at a time which should make it an easier environment for attendees. Refreshments will be provided.

Brentwood community print are currently looking to build a list of attendees with a view to starting the first course towards the middle of next month.

If people would like to contact Andy they can call him on 01277 849021 or email andy.woodcock@brentwoodcommunityprint.org.uk

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Ted Bares Confidence and Empowerment Training Course

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 by Andy Woodcock and is structured to run for one hour per week over a 4/5 week period.

Andy Woodcock

Andy Woodcock

The course is a mixture of confidence building techniques/discussion and audio visual presentations together with other topics for example positive affirmations. Andy aims to be providing this to small groups of six to eight people at a time which should make it an easier environment for attendees. Refreshments will be provided.

Brentwood community print are currently looking to build a list of attendees with a view to starting the first course towards the middle of next month.

If people would like to contact Andy they can call him on 01277 849021 or email andy.woodcock@brentwoodcommunityprint.org.uk

Andy will be joining me in two weeks time on the show to tell us more…

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Jazz in the Afternoon – John Seeley and Dave Warren

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 a chilled session of Jazz and chat.

John Seeley and Dave Warren

John Seeley and Dave Warren

You can listen to the session here –

You can find out more about John Seeley here

And Dave Warren and D’Ukes here

Thanks to John and Dave for a great session. Sorry but I can’t resist it… Nice!

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Margaret Mills talks to Scott Ross – Cuts and Bruises

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!

You can listen here –

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Margaret Mills

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Stephen Foster-Pilkington – Live Session and Interview

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 the studio for a very pleasant half hour today to tell us all about it and to play a couple of songs live for us.

Stephen Foster-Pilkington

Stephen Foster-Pilkington

You can listen to the interview and session here –

Stephen’s Soundcloud page is here and you can find him on Facebook here. You can download the single “If This Isn’t Good – What Is?” from iTunes here.

Thanks Stephen!

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May Book Club with Sylvia Kent and Sheila Norton

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 Club.

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Sylvia and Sheila

Sheila was born in Romford and now lives near Chelmsford, Essex, and has been writing avidly since childhood.  For most of her life she worked as a medical secretary, retiring early to concentrate on her writing.

Her first publications were children’s stories, but after twice winning first prize in the Writers’ News short story competitions in the 1990s, she began to have short stories published regularly in women’s magazines.

Her first novel, The Trouble With Ally was published in 2003 by Piatkus Books, and she went on to have a further seven books published with Piatkus, including three under the pseudonym of Olivia Ryan, before beginning to self-publish her novels on Amazon. Her earlier novels were all ‘rom coms’, but recently she has published two books set mainly in the 1960s, and now a new novel A Grand Thing which is a family story with grandparents at its heart.

Sheila is now working on a completely new project, having signed contracts with Ebury Press (a division of Penguin Random House) for a book for the Christmas market, with a cat as its central character!

You can listen to our chat here –

You can connect with Sheila on Facebook here

Sheila’s website is down at the moment but should be back online soon here – www.sheilanorton.co.uk

and Sheila’s Amazon page is here

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Bob and Sheila

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 3 – Listen Here

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 Banks talking about his mental health journey.

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Wayne Banks, Scott W, Isla Barton, David Kennard, Ana Jerez and Bob Simpson.

Our regular features – Songs of the Month, Book Review, Poem corner, Stress-buster & a discussion about Mental Health and change, are all in attendance. Plus a bonus interview with Yoga therapist Daniel Jon Groom about the benefits of Yoga and mindfulness…

Daniel Jon Groom

Daniel Jon Groom

Songs of the Month

  • Song 1 – Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson
  • Song 2 – A Celebration by Joe Satriani
  • Song 3 – Burning Bridges (Aquostic version) by Status Quo

Bonus Songs

  • In Fitness in Mind interview – Happy by Pharrell Williams
  • In Wayne’s interview – Crosses by Jose Gonzalez

You can listen to the full podcast here

Fitness in Mind started in May 2014 to encourage those with lived experience of mental ill health to engage in fitness classes to help achieve better mental wellbeing (through exercise). David & Ana talk to us about the very successful project.

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Credits:

Presented by Bob Simpson and Scott W

Contributors: Wayne Banks, Isla Barton, David Kennard, Ana Jerez and Daniel Jon Groom

 Produced by Scott W

Assistant Producers: Isla Barton, Wayne Banks, Bob Simpson & Amy Young

 

News Info:

“Find Mike” campaign as featured on Stranger on The Bridge :https://my.rethink.org/my/mike3/

Watch “Stranger on the Bridge (on 4oD until June 2nd approx.): http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-stranger-on-the-bridge

Follow Jonny Benjamin on Twitter: @MrJonnyBenjamin

 

Helpful Organisations:

MIND (national helpline) : 0300 123 3393        or at mind.org.uk

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90    or at  samaritans.org

SANE : 0845 767 8000

Rethink: Rethink.org

Elefriends(MH Online support forum) : elefriends.org.uk

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Wayne

 

 

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The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society

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

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.

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Last years Yogathon raised almost £3000 and the organisers from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood are this year hoping for even more.

Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood

Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood

You can listen to my chat with some of the people involved here –

Daniel Jon Groom from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood with nephew Jack and Niece Chloe

Daniel Jon Groom from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood with nephew Jack and Niece Chloe

Tony Robinson from Brentwood Mind

Tony Robinson from Brentwood Mind

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Mental Health First Aid

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 Lucy Gill, Culture, Community and Youth Development Officer at Brentwood Borough Council, and Lesley Bailey from Interact Chelmsford, talking about Mental Health First Aid.

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Lesley and Lucy

Until a few days ago I had not even heard the term “Mental Health First Aid” so was keen to learn all about it and… What a great idea it is!

You can listen to our chat here –

If you are interested in taking a Mental Health First Aid Course you can contact Lesley Bailey of Interact Chelmsford on 01245 608307 or email lesley.bailey@interact.org.uk

Interact Chelmsford’s Website is here

If you would like to know more about the Brentwood Community Tree you can download a leaflet about it here

An useful and interesting account of Martin Baker’s experience of a Mental Health First Aid course is contained in his blog- Gum On My Shoe. You can read all about it here

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Martin Baker

Thanks Martin!

 

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A Very Special Wedding At Hylands House

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 Grahame-White.

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You Can Hear the story here –

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Hylands House

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D’Ukes – The Red and Black Tour

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.

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Brian, Hazel and John

You can listen to our chat and sample some tracks from their new CD “Red and Black” here –

D’Ukes are appearing at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch on 17th May. More info here

You can find out more about D’Ukes on the links below.

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Simon from The Brentwood Gazette

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

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Simon Murfitt

You can listen to our chat here –

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

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 salutations, an ancient and well-known sequence of 12 postures and breaths, were performed over two-hours.

This year on May 16 They’re doing it all again! Today in the studio Jessica Livingstone and Jo Kemp from Wellbeing Yoga Brentwood told us all about it.

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Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone

You can listen to our chat here –

You can sign up via www.wellbeingyoga.co.uk/workshops/ or find more details on the events Facebook page here

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Mental Health Matters Podcast 2

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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 a mention in Mental Heath News and Scott tells us all about his mental heath journey.

 

Tracks of the month this month are – The Killers – Battle Born

Keane – Everybody’s Changing, and M People – Search for the Hero

You can listen to the podcast here –

Brentwood Community Print exists to help people who are in recovery from mental illness. All the profit from sales is re-invested into the service to provide a safe and caring working environment to assist people in their recovery. They believe that structured work and training helps people move back into the community and gain self-worth and confidence, all vital components for better mental health.

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Scott, David Jones, Andy Woodcock and Bob

David and Andy from Brentwood Community Print told us about the service they offer and also about TED their new campaign. You can watch a video about this here –

Produced by Scott W

Assistant Producers Wayne Banks, Sam Brooker Amy Young and Isla Barton

Presented by Bob Simpson and Scott W with Isla Barton

Edited by Bob Simpson

We’ll be back next month for more Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM. Follow us on Twitter @MHMpodcast or join our Facebook group here

We would love to get your feedback or any suggestions for the podcast. You can email us here – mhmatters@outlook.com

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Scott Isla and Bob

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Growing Shoes and Computer Rage!

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 included a new feature for Wednesdays – Reasons to be Cheerful! It’s a small corner of the show where I try to find some good positive news to cheer us up as an alternative to some of the awful news we regularly hear. Today’s main story in Reasons to be Cheerful was news of a great invention that should help millions of poor children across the world – the adjustable shoe! This comes in two sizes, each designed to last a growing child 5 years, allowing children in poverty to grow up without going barefoot.

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Yesterday I lost my Broadband service for about 5 hours. I was lost without it but at least I managed to get some ironing done! I can well understand how computers can be so frustrating to people when they are not doing what they’re supposed to, but this guy in America took things too far. A man took his anger out on a slow computer by shooting it eight times. He carried the machine into an alleyway and got his revenge with a handgun. Cops said he was “fed up” after “fighting with his computer” for several months. The 37-year-old was given a ticket for using a firearm within city limits. He was “good-natured” about the ticket but didn’t realise he was breaking the law, cops added.

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Joe Sturdy from The Brentwood Gazette

Popping in on Drive today was Joe from the Gazette to tell us about the biggest stories in tomorrow’s edition.

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Joe Sturdy

You can listen to what Joe had to say here –

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM Podcast

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The very first Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM Podcast is available here now. Within the podcast is music, a play, a poem and an extremely moving account from Amy Young about her life and how she copes with her illness.

Our guests for this podcast were Isla Barton and Tina Stewart from The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society and Amy Young, a Youth Ambassador from Healthwatch Essex.

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Scott Amy Isla and Tina

The Loose Screws Amateur Dramatic Society meet on Thursdays between 11.30 and 2.30pm at Chalvedon Community Centre in Pitsea. You can contact them by email loosescrewsamdram@hotmail.co.uk or on Twitter @lsdrama and also on Facebook here.

Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account. The Healthwatch Essex website is here. Follow them on Twitter @HWEssex or on Facebook here. Telephone 01376 572829

A big thank you to all our guests and contributors who helped make our first effort such a success.

Produced by Scott W

Assistant Producers Wayne Banks, Sam Brooker and Isla Barton

Presented by Bob Simpson and Scott W

Edited by Bob Simpson

We’ll be back next month for more Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM. Follow us on Twitter @MHMpodcast or join our Facebook group here

 We would love to get your feedback or any suggestions for the podcast. You can email us here – mhmatters@outlook.com

 

 

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Mental Health Matters – Preview on Drive with Mike Porter

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 Drive show.

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Scott Bob and Mike

We chatted to Mike about the podcast and how it came about and gave a brief preview of what’s in the first show.

You can listen to out chat here

The full Podcast will be available on the Phoenix FM website in the next couple of days.

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Bryan Clark and Jordon Cox

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.

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Bryan Clark

We talked about the latest news in the plumbing and heating world. You can listen to our chat here –

Then it was the turn of Jordon Cox

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Jordon Cox

Jordon used to be known as the Coupon Kid but having reached the age of 18 may have outgrown that title! However Jordon is fast becoming one of the country’s premier money saving experts with his regular column in a national newspaper. Jordon gave us his latest money saving tips. –

 

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Dr Feelgood on Tour – Kevin Morris

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 30 years.

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Kevin Morris in Action

We talked about touring, food, his early days working with the likes of Sam and Dave and Edwin Starr and briefly about his recent project, Shamen Spirits – We Are Infants.

You can listen to our chat here –

You can catch Dr Feelgood at The Palace Theatre Westcliff on 23rd March or if you can wait until November they’ll be back home on Canvey Island at The Oysterfleet on the 13th and 14th.

Full details here – http://www.drfeelgood.org/

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Yester’Ukes – The Healing Power of Good Music?

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 one to moan too much, I only mention my bad back because I was so amazed how the pain of it seemed to magically disappear in the company of these fabulous entertainers. Throughout the session I was aware that I was sitting there with an enormous grin totally enjoying their company and the great music they played.

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Yester’Ukes

Yester’Ukes play music from the golden age of the ukulele – the first half of the 20th century. The sort of songs you used to hear years ago when the piano was the main entertainment in pubs across the land. The kind of songs your Mum and Dad or Granny and Grandad used to sing… A bygone age maybe but they are fine songs none the less and delivered with great style by these fabulous musicians and singers.

Vic the bass man - The best dressed man in the studio!

Vic the bass man – The best dressed man in the studio!

You can listen to the entire session and interview below, including a quiz in which I tested the members of Yester’Ukes on their knowledge of the ukulele. I should have made it harder!

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Jon and Rita

Martin - Ukelele lessons by Martin available now. Get in on the new age of the uke... Call 07952 381842 or email michael@ukeschool.org

Michael – Ukelele lessons by Michael available now. Get in on the new age of the uke… Call 07952 381842 or email michael@ukeschool.org

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Chris

It wasn’t until after the show that I noticed we had an email from a listener. Not any listener but one from a rival ukulele band none the less! John Mattock from the band D’Ukes sent this message – Yester’Ukes sounding great in the studio.  Best wishes from D’Ukes! What is it about the ukulele that seems to attract such nice people?

You can find out more about Yester’Ukes on the following links –

Thanks Yester’Ukes… Come back soon!

 

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

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.

 

Dan Attfield

Dan Attfield

You can listen to our chat here –

 

Also as it’s Pancake Day we looked at the reason why we eat Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Pancakes became a good way of using up “rich foods” such as flour, eggs and sugar before the fasting season of Lent began.

Before the Christian era, Pancake Day was a pagan festival. The Slavs believed that the changing of the seasons was the struggle between Jarilo, the god of springtime and vegetations, and the evil spirits of cold and darkness.

To help Jarilo fight off evil winter spirits and bring in the spring time, they made and ate pancakes, which were supposed to symbolise the sun.

They believed that by eating pancakes, they would inherit the power, light and warmth of the sun.

So now we know! Enjoy your Pancakes and keep Jarilo at bay!

 

 

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Time To Talk

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 is that judgemental attitudes will fall away.

That’s the aim of Time to Talk day – a campaign which aims to tackle stigma, challenge attitudes and change behaviour around mental illness.

As part of time to talk day, on today’s One 2 Three I was joined by Wayne Banks. Renate (Step Into Yoga and Fitness In Mind™ Instructor) Robin and lovely Boo the anxiety dog.

Boo posing beautifully for the camera!

Boo posing beautifully for the camera!

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about Time to Talk day here – http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday

and all about Fitness in Mind here – http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/sport-and-leisure/fitnessinmind

My thanks to all my guests for their contribution today.

Robin with Boo

Robin with Boo

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Charlie Wallis Live – Interview and Session

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 by the originality and sweet soulfulness of that young man’s voice.

Charlie

I was keen to learn more about this talented young man who hails from Southend. You can hear the full interview and session including two live songs here –

You can watch Charlie perform “Chivalry” here –

And this one is called “Rose Gold”

You can find out more about Charlie Wallis via the following links –

DEBUT E.P MIRACULOUS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/miraculous-single/id897080466

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nbi4vATbsfI&list=UUt_0xBW1aZZjw7FTJdBoZ_Q

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/cwallismusic

SOUND CLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/cwallismusic

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/cwallismusic

 

 

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Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

I was pleased to be joined today by our regular contributor Carol Finney

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Carol Finney

Carol is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood.

Today we talked about coping with depression. You an listen to our chat here –

If you are affected by depression it’s important not to suffer on your own in silence. There is lots of help out there. The first port of call should always be your GP but friends and family can help too.

Some organisations that can also help are –

Patient.co.uk
www.sept.nhs.uk
MIND 
Samaritans-08457 909090  email jo@samaritans.org

Self help -inter active website www.livinglifetothefull.com

CBT Services Brentwood – 07766 906246

And listen in to One 2 Three next Friday on World Mental Health Day (10 October) When I will be joined by members of the Essex Mental Health Community.

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

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 Sat 8 November,

Today Christine Gwynne and Francis Quintrell from Arbutus Music joined me to tell us all about them.

Christine Gwynne and Frances Quintrell

Christine Gwynne and Frances Quintrell

You can listen to our chat here –

The upcoming workshops are

Sing All Around My Hat (and other songs like that)

Thursday 16 October 2014   10.00am – 4.00pm 

Belli Centre, St Peter’s Church, 
Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QJ

Sing the Show ~ Me and My Girl
Saturday 8 November 2014     10.00am – 4.00pm
St George’s Church Hall, Ongar Rd,
Brentwood CM15 9HR

Sing the Season ~ Christmas

Thursday 18 December 2014     10am – 4.30pm
The Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore, Essex

More information at www.arbutusmusic.net

Christine then issued an appeal to help find her lost cat Lily. You can hear this at the end of the above recording.

  • Lily disappeared on or around Sunday 17 August from Stapleford Tawney RM4 1TA
  • She is microchipped and spayed – and very friendly, whilst also quite adventurous and a very good hunter.
  • She is ginger – distinctive swirly markings with ginger and light ginger (sandy) contrasts.  The tip of her tail is very light and could be seen as white at a glance (although she has no pure white fur at all).
  • Lily is a young cat –  will be 18 months old this w/e (4.10)
  • It seems increasingly likely that Lily explored a parked vehicle and accidentally had a ride to – well, who knows where…  Our house is opposite an old church (St Mary’s, Stapleford Tawney) where there is off-road parking.  Many people use this, whether to visit the church/church yard, as a stopping point for rambling, cycling, horse-box parking etc or as a general passing and parking place, including farm vehicles.  It was warm weather and Lily could easily have found an open window/boot/trailer/cab etcimg006
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Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

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, along with Paolo Morena and Michelle Ward.

Colin Wade

Colin Wade

Joining us on the telephone was Jo Harman. I first spoke to Colin about the concert and then we were joined on the telephone by Jo –

Jo Harman

Jo Harman

Colin and I then spoke about two of the other acts appearing at the concert – Kaylen Castle and The High Wires –

It was then time for a chat and live session from Paolo Morena, ably assisted by Phoenix FM’s very own Michelle Ward –

Michelle with Paolo Morena

Michelle with Paolo Morena

Paolo’s new album “The Mighty Small” is due to be released on 26 October. You can find out more about Paolo here – paulmorena.com and pre-order The Mighty Small here – pledgemusic.com/projects/paolomorena

You can  watch Paolo and Michelle perform Dark End of the Street here

With apologies for the wobblycam (must remember to turn autfocus off next time!)

Finally a brief word with Colin about Brentwood Mind and the work they do and why we should support this fundraising concert –

An Intimate Evening with Jo Harman and Guests is at the Brentwood Theatre on 25 October. Order tickets here –www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/99093 or direct from the theatre by calling 01277 200305. See you there!

My thanks to all my guests today for a brilliant hour of entertainment on One 2 Three.

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

Margaret Mills returned to Phoenix FM today for her latest book review.

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Margaret Mills

“The Lie” by Helen Dunmore, (paperback, fiction,) published 2014 by Windmill Books, price £7.99   In 1920Daniel returns to Cornwall, after service in the trenchesduring World War 1.  Trying to ease himself back into civilian life, he begins working on the land, and forms a friendship with the widowed sister of a former comrade-in-arms.  As the book progresses, it reveals more about Daniel’s life story, what happened in the War and the consequences of lies and deceit.

You can listen to Margaret’s review here –

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Christmas is Coming…

On today’s show our thoughts went out to Australian golfer Greg Norman…

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Greg Norman

Last week, he posted a picture of himself using a chainsaw to trim a plant.
He wrote alongside it: “Never ask someone to do something that you can do yourself. Love to work!”
Well he has now said he is “lucky” to still have his left hand after the two-time major winner had an accident with the chainsaw.
I’m glad to say that Greg is expected to make a full recovery, but I wonder if he made the cut…

And Christmas is coming…

IT is just under 100 days until Christmas, but the borough council is already planning how the town will celebrate this year’s festivities.

The Lighting Up Brentwood event will take place between midday and 6pm in Brentwood High Street on Saturday, November 29 with Phoenix FM hosting the main stage again this year.

There will be entertainment throughout the day and market-style stalls in the High Street and Crown Street offering local produce and gifts.

The borough council is on the look-out for stallholders, sponsors and volunteer stewards.

The following day will see the Lighting Up Shenfield event between 2pm and 5pm.

There will be enhanced Christmas lights as well as rides and activities for all the family.

Local performers and entertainers are required at both events.

To apply, call 01277 312500 and choose options 2 and 0, or email events@brentwood.gov.uk

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Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Carol Finney is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood.

Carol Finney

Carol Finney

Carol will be joining me on the show each month to talk about a range of mental health issues. Today we spoke about mental health issues in adolescents and young people. You can listen to our chat here –

If you have or are experiencing any of these issues, help is available. Click on the links below for more information;

Youngminds – (Parents Helpline – 0808 802 5544)

SANE

Samaritans

Brentwood Mind  (01277 234246)

Carol will return next month when we will be talking about loss and bereavement.

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Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

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 – Yesterday they handed over the cheque to Brentwood MIND; supporting local people with mental health issues.MindCheque1

The Yogis (people who do yoga) challenged themselves to do 108 (a sacred number) Sun Salutations, which is an ancient and well-known sequence of 12 postures and breaths that improves your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

“Yoga and meditation are proven to have a big impact on how we feel therefore it made perfect sense to team up with Brentwood MIND to help local people who are suffering with stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem issues and many other conditions. We had a fantastic day and will be turning it into an annual May event where everyone’s welcome, I’m delighted that we raised so much money as we put it all together in just over a month!” says Jessica Livingstone, Founder of The Brentwood Yoga & Wellbeing Studio.

Back in May, I spoke to Jessica and Jo Kemp about the Yogathon. You can listen to that interview here.

Brentwood Yoga & Wellbeing Studio runs 4+ daily classes of Yoga for everyone as well as meditation & relaxation courses, based in LA Fitness, Chindits Lane, Warley (you don’t have to be a member to come) – log on to www.brentwoodyogastudio.com to book a class.

Facebook – BrentwoodYogaStudio

Twitter @BrentwoodYoga

Tel 07766 577227

The cheque was produced and even more money came in – The total now stands at £3,200.

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£7,500 for a Cupboard

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 for the Princely sum of £7,500

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A Cupboard (Not the one for sale :-)

People must be really desperate to get a place to live in London. The cupboard isn’t intended for potential buyers to live in (where would you go to the toilet?), but rather for extra storage for any neighbours who can’t move to a bigger house.

 

Located right by the river Thames in West London, the 5ftx12ft walk-in cupboard can be found in the Brentford Dock Estate and across the water from Kew Gardens.

 

Don’t be too eager with your cheque book, though, because it can only be sold to people already living in the block.

 

 

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The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

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Margaret Mills

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 family who are the undisputed Crime Bosses of London’s East End.  You upset members of this Family at your peril, as many people have found out – but most of them haven’t survived unscathed to tell the story!    Suddenly, though, everything seems to be going wrong for the Family Firm – and the disappearance of the Crime Lord’s  daughter shows how little real power they actually have.  Will Molly ever be found?

You can hear Margaret’s review here –

Thanks Margaret!

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Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

It was great to welcome multi talented Drew Levi to the studio today.

Drew Levi

Drew Levi

Drew is a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter who is currently finding his rightful place in the music industry. He taught himself to play Piano after being inspired by Sir Elton John, having briefly met him whilst being in the Original Cast of Billy Elliot The Musical, back in 2005.

Already with a long list of achievements, Drew at 21 has acted in a major film, performed on the West End stage and at the London Olympics, won national and local singing competitions, supported Westlife on stage and appeared in a panto!

Drew is about to release his latest EP – Just Call and he joined me today for a chat and a song or two. You can listen to that here –

You can watch a video of Drew’s excellent performance of his own song, More Than a Friend right here –

You can find out more about Drew Levi and his music here –

TWITTER :http://www.twitter.com/drewlevi

YOUTUBE :http://www.youtube.com/drewlevih

MYSPACE :http://www.myspace.com/drewlevih

Thanks for joining me today Drew, and good luck with your EP launch at The Sugar Hut in Brentwood next Thursday evening (21/8)

Drew

 

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

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 heard the news that Selfridges Christmas Shop is already open in London.

With Boris Johnson looking to stand as an MP in next year’s election I asked how he could possibly be an MP and Mayor of London at the same time. We also heard Boris’s version of Gangnam Style – Listen here –

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CHEERLEADING team Oblivion Allstars will join forces with the Mayor of Brentwood Councillor Vicky Davies to launch the Brentwood Memory Walk next month.
The walk, which takes place on Sunday, September 28 at Thorndon Country Park South, will showcase the stunts of the group at the launch in a bid to encourage people to sign up to Memory Walk and join the fight against dementia.
Participants in the walk can choose from the shorter one-mile walk or the longer nine kilometre walk.
The walk starts at 11am. For more information, contact Maryellen Clare on 020 7423 3591

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Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

My guest today was Carol Finney.

Carol Finney

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:

  • Stress
  • Depression,
  • Anxiety
  • Pain Management
  • Bereavement along with many other emotional or psychological problems.

You can find out more on the CBT Services website

Today however Carol was here to talk about a fundraising event in support of Alzheimer’s Disease. You can listen to our chat here –

The fundraising takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at the Argos store in Brentwood High Street. Get along there, pick up your new Argos catalogue and make a donation.

If you are affected by Alzheimers disease you can find out more by visiting  www.alzheimers.org or see your GP.

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Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

My guest today was Cameron Southcott

Cameron Southcott

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 is in the process of composing his own music.

Cameron performed three pieces of music for us today, Electric Daisy Violin, Crystallize and his own composition Reflections. You can listen to the entire session and interview here –

Watch Cameron perform Crystallize here –

You can find out more about Cameron on his website –

http://camsouthcottmusic.weebly.com/

Or like his Facebook page – Facebook

Or follow him on Twitter

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eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

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 in estate agents fees.

Russell Quirk with me in the studio (He's the handsome one on the left!)

Russell Quirk with me in the studio (He’s the handsome one on the left!)

You can listen to our chat here –

If you would like to find out more about eMoov you can contact them here – http://www.emoov.co.uk/ or by calling 0333 360 0699

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Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

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Margaret Mills

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 began in earnest, the people at home took up a challenge  – to help feed the nation.  Suddenly, nearly everyone  at home in England – men, women and children, gardeners and non-gardeners alike –  decided to “get gardening for victory”, growing fruit and vegetables in every available space.  This is a factual, often very humorous, and gripping account of  how ordinary people helped to win the war on the home front – there was even a Radio Station growing its’ own veg. and transmitting a programme called ‘Radio Allotment’!

You can listen to Margaret’s review here –

Also today it was time to say goodbye to our work experience student Edd Buckley. Edd is studying drama and has had acting roles on TV and appeared in commercials and documentaries. It was a pleasure to work with Edd and to see he has over 25,000 followers on twitter. That’s about 24,700 more than me! He also supports various charities including Papyrus that aims to prevent suicide in the young. A fine young man. Come back soon Edd!

Edd Buckley

Edd Buckley

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Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

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 South Essex Link of The Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline have 12 children staying mainly in the Billericay area.  The Children are from Ukraine and they live about 80 Km from the Chernobyl site.  They are here for a holiday to build up their immune systems, to eat good food, have plenty of fresh air and Ice cream.  The children are aged between 10 1/2and 11 1/2 and come from the region known as Borodyanka.  They visited us today along with an interpreter – Svitlana Sakhanda and one of the organisers of the whole trip, Gaynor Manthorpe.

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Gaynor Manthorpe

 

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Svitlana Sakhanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The group needs to raise approximately £10,000 a year to bring the children to England.

They organise a 4-week holiday each summer for a dozen children aged 10-12 living in areas of Ukraine or Belarus still badly affected by the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster, and Gaynor is organising a busy schedule of activities for them.

You can listen to our chat, and the two wonderful songs that the children sang for us today, right here   –

 

The group are always looking for host families. If you are interested in helping out or donating to the project the contact number for this is  01245 328235 or Matthew on 07428 796373

You can also email matthewcg@gmail.com

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

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Paul Golder attended the weekly press briefing at the Town Hall this morning where Leader of the Council, Cllr Barry Aspinell spoke about the Council’s current plans, including:

– lights and road maintenance
– recognising two valuable local organisations – the Essex Dog Display Team and the Royal British Legion Youth Band
– plans for the Brentwood Centre

You can hear Paul’s summary of the meeting below:

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D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

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 with the theatre, the event promises an
afternoon of performances showcasing ukulele acts, ukulele workshops, an open mic and a mass ukulele
jam. The festival runs from 12noon to 5pm and it’s free!

Brian and Hazel Smith, John Mattock and Dave Warren of D'ukes

Brian and Hazel Smith, John Mattock and Dave Warren of D’ukes

Brian, Hazell, John and Dave from D’Ukes joined me in the studio today to tell us what they’ve been up to lately and to talk about D’UkesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch. You can listen to our chat plus three great live tracks recorded at our Phoenix Fridays event back in February. Listen Here –

For more information or tickets to the evening concert look here – http://www.queens-theatre.co.uk/show/dukes-evening-concert

For information about D’Ukes visit their website

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A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

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 to do something positive for the poor children of Brazil and enjoy the football.

Well Daniel has now returned from Brazil and he  joined me again today along with George Todd, who was also in Brazil to tell us how they got on.

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George Todd and Daniel Hearn

You can listen to or chat here –

These guys did great work in Brazil.p1140728

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These are just three of the pictures from Daniel’s fascinating blog which gives the whole story of the trip and a lot more pictures. You can find it here – danielhearn93.wordpress.com

If you would like to find out more about Lionsraw you’ll find it all here – lionsraw.org

To donate to the cause – https://www.justgiving.com/lionsraw-30in30/

Congratulations to all involved in this great project and thanks to Daniel and George for telling us all about it today

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Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

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.

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Methane bubbles are set alight to make fireballs, hydrogen balloons explode and rockets are fired into the audience. Stand back and cover your ears – theatre just got dangerously exciting!

 

Two futuristic science students race against time to prove their knowledge of energy. With help from the incredible virtual lab-assistant, i-nstein, and a steampunk workshop full of gadgets and chemicals, they explore, experiment and explode anything and everything they can find, live on stage. The two mad scientists, Anabella and Philomena, told us more.

Listen here –

 

 

It promises to be a great mixture of education and entertainment for all the family. You can Find out more here – Queens Theatre

 

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Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

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 a great pleasure to welcome Chris Davis, Moira Frize-Williams and Vince Lewington to the studio today to tell us all about the choir and the concert.

Chris. Moira and Vince.

Chris. Moira and Vince.

You can listen to our chat here –

So to recap…

Date: Saturday 28 June 2014

Time:        19:30 – 21:30

Event:       Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Organised by:     Billericay Community Choir

Location:    Billericay Baptist Church, 104 Perry Street, Billericay CM12 0NS map

Details:      Popular songs including from West End Shows and Solos will be performed (Suitable for all ages)

Cost: Free with all donations going to support Billericay Fun in The Park organised by Churches Together Billericay on Sunday 29th June

Contact:     Vince 01277 657169 or Chris 07727 750524 for more details

My thanks to Chris, Moira and Vince.

 

Also today a story about what not to do on a job interview…

Doing something to stand out from the crowd when you’re applying for jobs is always advised.

Mukra Mirza took it one step further, however, by stripping off in front of his interviewers.

Unsurprisingly he received a short letter telling him he was not a suitable candidate.

Mr Mirza, 32, broke into a Full Monty-style strip tease to try and set himself apart from other candidates.

But, despite his best efforts, the wacky act – which saw him sing Weather Girl’s hit ‘It’s Raining Men’ while seductively taking off his top – failed to secure him the IT job.

And claims on his CV that his previous experience of “sex trafficking women from the Middle East” was proof of his suitability for the recruitment role was also given short shrift.

Instead Mukra received a letter congratulating him on his “disco-diva performance”, but turning him down for the position.

It read: “Thanks again for coming for an interview with myself. It was interesting to meet with you.

“Whereas we loved your karaoke version of ‘It’s Raining Men’ we feel the strip tease was a little unnecessary.

“Also the fact you have been involved in sex trafficking women from Middle East does not really account for ‘vast recruitment experience’ as you suggested.

“Thanks again for your time and I suggest moving forward you seek medical attention before attending other interviews.”

Have a great weekend!

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Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

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 here –

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Also on today’s show –

A Norwegian football fan has scooped nearly £2,000 after Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup on Tuesday.

Richard Helmersen put 100 kroner (about a tenner) on the Uruguayan biting again at 175/1 having twice been punished for doing so.

And when Suarez sunk his teeth into Chiellini on Tuesday evening Helmersen became £1,880 richer.

“It’s really quite surreal,” he said. “I sit watching the game and when it happens I start to get messages from buddies who knew I’d put money on it. It’s quite fun.

“I started to laugh. I thought ‘is he really so stupid that he does it again?'”

He added that he’ll put his winnings towards a trip to England to watch Premier League football.

“A little extra money comes the always handy when it’s summer in southern Norway. But there will be definitely a football trip to England in the autumn!”

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

It’s been reported in certain newspapers that a drought could be on the way.drought-land,1366x768,58162

Surprising that, as much of the country spent weeks underwater earlier this year.
It is true that the long range forecast has no significant rain for the next 30 days, but Victoria Williams, Water Resources Advisor at the Environment Agency, explains what the real risks are at the moment:
She said, Every week we measure water resources in England to assess how dry the soils are and how much rain they can soak up, the amount of water flowing in rivers, stored below ground in aquifers and above ground in reservoirs, and the outlook for the coming months.
As we move into summer the overall water resources situation across England is looking generally healthy. This is not surprising given England has experienced the wettest six month period (Dec-May) on record.
All our rivers have responded to the rainfall and are currently within normal ranges.
We also look ahead by modelling how rivers and ground waters may respond to different future rainfall patterns over the summer. The results shows a broadly positive picture even if rainfall is below average and point to the risk of drought this summer being no greater than average.

So there is no greater risk of a drought this year than in any other.

Quality news reporting then… With so many bad things happening in the world at the moment you would think there ought to be more worthwhile things to fill the pages of these rags.

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Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

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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 internet but I thought I would share it with you (so don’t blame me!)

You’re in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.

The female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses.

It would be rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.
The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.

Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.
She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes.

At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and “whilst it is in flight” you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes.

But, you must always remember that until the purse has “actually been thrown”, it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be offside.

Hope that helps ladies (waits for trouble)…

It’s also been reported in the news that a…

“Stag party uncovers 3-million-year-old fossil”

Scott Ross will be back tomorrow.

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Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

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 in the festival this year David Worsfold and Bob Scott Joined me in the studio.

Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Well, so many events and some great music! We started with everything that’s happening at Brentwood Cathedral. It all starts with an opening concert on Saturday 5th July – Elgar and The Great War

You can listen to our chat again here –

Some fantastic events going on throughout the borough far too numerous to mention here, but you can find full details here – http://brentwoodartsfestival.org.uk/full-programme/

Tickets can be purchased through the website or from the Brentwood Theatre.

Brentwood Theatre will be hosting a coffee bar for the duration of the Brentwood Arts Festival, when you have an opportunity to purchase tickets for many of the events around the Borough, not just those being performed at the Theatre.

Running Monday to Friday7-11 July from 10am to 4pm, the volunteer-led coffee bar will serve hot and cold drinks and different treats from day to day, all reasonably priced.

My thanks to Bob and David for telling us all about this today.

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Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

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 Hospital.

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Me with Cezara

Cezara’s daughter Alicia underwent life saving surgery at The Royal Brompton Hospital when she was a tiny baby. For Cezara, it’s now time to give something back. You can listen to our chat here –

If you can’t make it to the event but would like to make a donation you can do that here –  https://www.justgiving.com/Bokwa-For-The-Brompton

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World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

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 Cup in South Africa 2010 Lionsraw completed 4 build projects; a school building, an orphan home, a school toilet block and a community sport changing facility. They also worked with more than 2000 Zulu children across 7 football schools.

Daniel Hearn from Brentwood will be travelling to Brazil shortly with Lionsraw to do more good work so I was very pleased to welcome Daniel today to talk about the project and the great work they will be doing.

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Daniel Hearn

Although Brazil is one of the more developed countries in the World, there is an incredible amount of poverty, and an event like the World Cup could easily pass by the poor and disadvantaged. This month Lionsraw  are taking 300 supporters to host-city Curitiba during the World Cup.

They will be working alongside the city’s football teams to deliver coaching projects alongside several building projects throughout the city.

I asked Daniel to tell us all about it. You can listen to our chat here –

To support this great cause go to lionsraw.org

To donate to their 30 in 30 campaign go to www.justgiving.com/lionsraw-30in30

You can also follow Lionsraw on Twitter – @lionsraw

We’ll be hearing how Daniel and the team got on when he returns from Brazil in a few weeks.

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Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

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 group singing skills. All done in a fun and light-hearted way. Well their latest workshop is called Sing Sea Songs, and today, I was joined by Christine and Frances, who told us all about it.

Christine Gwynn and Francis Quintrell

Christine Gwynn and Francis Quintrell

You can listen to our chat again here –

Sing Sea Songs
Thursday 12 June 2014
9.30am – 3.30pm
Navestock Village Hall, nr Brentwood
CM14 5SD

£30 Fee includes tea, coffee and music
Please bring a packed lunch

Advance booking essential. No experience necessary.

http://www.arbutusmusic.net

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Email: workshops@ arbutusmusic.net

 

Also, there’s alarming news from the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA): you have “two weeks” to protect yourself from a major cyber-threat.

The warning came as the FBI, in partnership with authorities in several countries around the world, shut down a network of criminally operated computers that were stealing important information from victims’ machines.

If your computer does not run Windows, This does not affect you – but other problems might, so always keep your antivirus up to date.

If you are using Windows, then Gameover Zeus is a particularly nasty piece of malware – malicious software – that will fish around your computer for files that look like they may contain financial or other sensitive information. Once it finds them, it steals them.

The FBI has said that the criminals in this case used “phishing” emails to install Gameover Zeus on victims’ computers. A phishing email is one that looks like it came from somewhere official, like your bank, but didn’t – instead directing you to mistakenly download the malware.

The NCA has estimated that around 15,000 computers may currently be infected in the UK. Worldwide, it runs into the millions.

Those in the UK will be receiving correspondence from their internet service provider  soon, warning them that they are at risk. If you get one of these notices, you must act immediately.

But while the 15,000 figure is relatively low, this warning should not be ignored. Everyone should run a scan on their system.

GetSafeOnline.org – a government-backed initiative – published a list of downloads it recommends to run a sweep of your system and get into shape. Unfortunately, overwhelming traffic is causing the site to falter, and so people are also being directed to the UK Cyber Emergency Readiness Team (Cert) instead.

Users are recommended to take the following actions to address GOZ infections:

  • Use and maintain anti-virus software
  • Change your passwords
  • Keep your operating system and application software up-to-date
  • Use anti-malware tools

 

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Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

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 the end of One 3 Three, the team popped into the studio with Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles who had been supporting the event. So to give them all a fair hearing, I hijacked the start of Mikey Porter’s Drive show! Thanks Mike!

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We spoke about the event, you can listen here –

From major positive changes to local NHS services and the introduction of the Mental Health Challenge for Local Government, to the introduction of the free peer support groups and free mental health first aid training – Brentwood is actively becoming a ‘Mentally Friendly’ borough. With over thirty organisations and community groups coming together to help promote awareness of mental health services and activities, the fair will offer something for everyone. If something is missing, the fair can help to start a conversation to locate existing services, develop new ideas, and fill the gaps in service provision and support. Sponsored by Brentwood Leisure Trust and Essex County Council, the new Fitness in Mind™ programme will be launched to the national press and local community – with demonstrations and activities by qualified instructors and peer support workers with lived experience of mental ill health. The six-week support fitness programme will encourage people with experience of mental ill health or mental distress to develop activities that help with their physical and mental well being. Only one in three of us meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity, and only one in ten with a mental health issue. Yet staying physically active promotes wellbeing and better mental health. It can lift your mood, reduce stress, help you deal with negative emotions and even help with anxiety and depression – plus physical activity can be fun! For further information contact Nicky Smith on 01277 215151 or email nicky.smith@brentwoodleisure.co.ukFitnessInMind-SocialMedia

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Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

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 the great community projects in our area, The Brentwood Songsters.

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INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF SINGERS IN BRENTWOOD!

Youth choirs designed to provide fun choral experience to Children aged 5 – 16 years.

Directed by Sophie Biebuyck & Isabella Valentini, experienced Singing Teachers and Workshop Leaders, rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays during term-time.

Mini Songsters 4:30-5:15pm

Brentwood Songsters 5:30-7pm

 All rehearsals take place in Brentwood Baptist Church Main Hall. (Entrance on Kings Chase.)

To register your interest click here – http://www.brentwoodsongsters.co.uk/

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

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 Mills

Margaret Mills

Margaret is joined me on One 2 Three today for the first of a regular monthly book review slot here on Phoenix FM.

Ghostwritten.

The title refers to one of the book’s main characters, a writer who ‘ghostwrites’ accounts of other people’s lives.  Departing from her usual job of writing for actors, pop stars and other celebrities, she very reluctantly accepts a commission from an elderly client who, as a child, was caught up in the horrors of World War II.  It becomes clear that, in different ways, both the ‘ghostwriter’ and her latest client are haunted by traumatic and life-changing events from their past which they have kept secret from those around them.  The book explores whether it’s possible to lay the ghosts (and the guilt) of the past to rest.

Before the book review today we first found out a little about Margaret. You can listen to this, and Margaret’s review of Ghostwritten here –

Ghostwritten is by Isabel Wolff (paperback) and is published by HarperCollins at £7.99

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

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 Firewalk.

The event was a great success and Joining me to talk about it today was organiser Jane Bennett from Bennett’s Funeral Directors.

Jane Bennett

Jane Bennett

You can find out how many people took part, how much money is expected to be raised and whether this great community event is likely to be repeated, by listening to our chat again here – 

So on the 31st May it’s time for tea! Here are the full details –

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Also, last Thursday I spoke to Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone from the Brentwood Yoga and Wellbeing Studio about their Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind

Well ONE hundred people turned up for the event last Saturday and helped raise a massive amount for the charity.

The mass yogathon on Shenfield Common, organised by the Brentwood Yoga and Wellbeing Studio, raised £2,500 for Brentwood Mind – a charity supporting people with mental health issues. A brilliant result – well done to everyone involved.

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A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

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 show. The highlight events of today were these.

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The MP John Baron and his committee organise an annual fun walk which this year is this Sunday at Barleylands Farm Billericay. As with previous years, the aim of the fun walk is to raise money for charities and good causes/projects, in what will be a fun afternoon for the family. One of the projects to benefit this year will be the Billericay Street Pastors (pictured above) campaign to raise money for a defibrillator for Billericay High Street.

It all starts around 12 noon on Sunday.

On Saturday evening it’s the Brentwood Community Firewalk at The Brentwood Centre.

IF WALKING bare foot on fiery hot coals sounds like your idea of a good time then the Brentwood Community Firewalk is looking for you.

The charity event will see up to 100 people bravely march across the red-hot walkway as champions for their chosen cause.

The event will be hosted at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday and Phoenix FM will be there.

The event takes place at 6pm on Saturday, with the walk starting after registration and the motivational power hour.

If you wish to take part then contact Jane or Chris Froebel on Jane@bennettsfunerals.co.uk or chris@bennettsfunerals.co.uk to request a registration form.

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Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

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 Wellbeing Studio joined me on the show today.

Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone

Jo Kemp and Jessica Livingstone

You can listen to our chat here –

Get along to the Yogathon on Saturday, all in a very good cause – Brentwood Mind

Here are the event details –

Date:    Saturday 17 May 2014           Time:     16:00 – 18:00

Event:  Yogathon in Aid of Brentwood Mind       Organised by: Brentwood Yoga and Wellbeing Studio

Location:          Shenfield Common,

Details:            A sponsored Yoga event in aid of Brentwood Mind to celebrate Brentwood Yoga Studio’s 1st birthday followed by yogi teas and vegan cakes. Bring water, a yoga mat and a blanket to sit on. In case of bad weather the event will move to Beckett Keys School, Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood.

Cost:    £20.00         Contact:   Jo Kemp 07447 915831  brentwoodyogastudio@gmail.com

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Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

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 sister Jenny.

Ross Kerwood

Ross Kerwood

 

Cardiac Risk in the Young is a charity that was founded in 1995 to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to young sudden cardiac death and sudden death syndrome.

Tomorrow at Billericay Town Football Club, there’s a charity football match raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young and in memory of Jenny Kerwood, a young woman who tragically died two years ago while training for a football match.

You can listen to our chat here – 

The match is tomorrow at 1pm. Gates open at 12.30pm, at Billericay Town Football Club, New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay CM12 9SA. Admission £5. Get along and support a great cause.

Also in the second hour I was joined by Phoenix FM sport presenter Chris Hood.

Chris Hood

Chris Hood

Chris joined me to give us a preview of what’s happening on Eric Hall’s Sports Saturday Show tomorrow on Phoenix from 3pm.

You can listen to our chat here. 

 

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A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

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, who took my request to "stop being taller than me" far too seriously!

Phil Norton, who took my request to “stop being taller than me” far too seriously!

Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor co-ordinator and Community First Responder, realised there was a need for a defibrillator on the High Street when he found the nearest publicly accessible one was at the railway station.

Phil joined me on today’s show. You can listen to our chat here –

If you are interested in helping to fund the defibrillator you can get in touch with Phil Norton, by e-mailing billericay@street pastors.org.uk finding them on Facebook or Twitter, or by writing to Street Pastors, St Mary Magdalen Church, High Street, Billericay, CM12 9BQ.

I then asked Phil if he could give us an update on the Billericay Street Pastor project and tell us how things were going –

Thanks Phil!

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

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 history. That’s no exaggeration, Brian has worked with three of The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, Cliff Richard, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Carpenters, and Motown legends Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Diana Ross… The list goes on.

Brian Southall

Brian Southall

Brian began his working life interviewing pop groups as a journalist on the Essex Chronicle back in the 1960s. He had jobs at Music Business Weekly, Melody Maker and Disc followed before he joined A&M Records as a press officer. Then a 15-year career at EMI Records, in press, promotion, marketing, artist development and corporate communications.

From 1989 he was a consultant to Warner Music International, the international music retailers HMV and both the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

You can listen to possibly the easiest and most entertaining interview that I have had the pleasure of doing right here – 

Brian’s new book, Banned on the Run, is a collection of songs, record covers and artists that have caused outrage and indignation leading to bans and, in some cases, even arrests.Pats JPEG of Banned cover

This is a great read for anyone whether they have an interest in music history or not, written almost as a timeline with the first entry involving George Formby with “My Little Ukelele in Me Hand” right up to the present day, with the now infamous Justin Bieber. Recommended.

BANNED ON THE RUN is an ebook published by Poppublishing priced at £4.50 and is available here – BANNED ON THE RUN

Thanks Brian!

So this is me shaking the hand that shook the hands of Three Beatles and many more!

So this is me shaking the hand that shook the hands of Three Beatles and many more!

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Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Matthew Shepherd is a 19 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Loughton, Essex.

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew is no stranger to Phoenix FM having performed on Michelle Ward’s Eat my Brunch show and in the run up to last Christmas performed on The Phoenix FM stage in Crown Street Brentwood at the Lighting up Brentwood event.

It was great to welcome Matthew back for some live music and chat this afternoon, you can listen to our chat and some great songs from Matthew here – 

Thanks Matthew!

Thanks Matthew!

 

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

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 rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self belief on adventurous events and expeditions.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, at 8am next Monday a team of walkers will set off from the Tyne Cot War Cemetery in Belgium, beginning a 4000 mile walk over 100 days across Belgium, France and then into England  passing  through over 700 villages, towns and cities en-route including Brentwood and Billericay.

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Today on One 2 Three I spoke to Billy Macleod, Chief Operations officer of Veterans in Action to find out all about it. You can listen to our chat here – 

The walk will be coming to our area through Brentwood and Billericay late in the day on Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. The route will take the walkers through Warley Road into Warley Hill then into Brentwood passing through King’s Rd, Ingrave Rd towards Brentwood Cathedral, then on to Shenfield Road, Hutton Road, Rayleigh Rd and along the A129 to Billericay. Why not get out on the day and support a great cause?

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

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 rebuild their confidence, self-esteem and self belief on adventurous events and expeditions.
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Next Thursday here on One 2 Three I’ll be talking to Billy MacCleod – Chief Operations Officer for Veterans In Action about the walk.

At 8am on Monday the 28th of April the team will walk from the Tyne Cot War Cemetery to the Menin Gate in Ypres carrying the different event flags including the Belgian National Flag.

The relay walk will then begin with 2 members of the team carrying the event flag and Belgian National Flag. These walkers will be changed around every 9 miles.

The walk will continue, crossing the border into France where the Belgian National Flag will be changed for the French National Flag and will continue to Calais, to arrive on the morning of Tuesday the 29th of April.ww1pic1

The team will then cross the English Channel to Dover on the Tuesday morning where the French National Flag will be changed for the Union Flag.

The relay walk will then continue with the flags following the Kent coastline and then onto the Boroughs of London fundraising in every town the team passes through. The walkers will arrive at the Army v Navy annual Rugby Match at Twickenham stadium on the 3rd May.

At 9am on Monday 5th May the team will set off from Twickenham Stadium and travel through London and down the Mall before walking down Whitehall stopping for a moment of Remembrance at the Great War Memorial and lay a wreath. It is hoped that the Prime Minister or Mayor of London will set the team off to walk around the coastline of mainland Britain.

The team will move off from London heading for the Essex coast and will travel anti-clockwise around Britain on an approximate 4,000 mile walk. This will be completed over 100 days arriving back in Whitehall on the 4th August. They will continue on to Westminster Abbey where a vigil will be held at 11pm. 100 years to the minute when Britain declared war on Germany.

The VIA Walking Team will pass through over 700 villages, towns and cities en-route including Brentwood and Billericay and will be seen by millions of people throughout the 4,000 mile walk.

The aim is to raise £3 Million which equates to £1 for each British and Commonwealth service person from WW1 who were killed or wounded. The funds raised will enable VIA to continue to deliver and develop their unique ALIVE Program.
So be sure not to miss next Thursday’s One 2 Three when I’ll be talking to Billy MacCleod – Chief Operations Officer for Veterans In Action about the walk.

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Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

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 get naked in public. Officials have declared six designated areas where naturists are welcome to strip off and show their bums and other bits without risking arrest. But while these nudist spots offer some privacy, they are not fenced off or hidden away. Instead they are in parks and one is only 10 minutes away from the city’s main square and a stream popular with tourists. The city, the third largest in Germany, brought in the “urban naked zones” after previous laws on nude sunbathing expired in Bavaria during the autumn.

Meanwhile in Southend, baring your beer belly is off the menu this summer, as visitors to the Adventure Island funfair are being told to please keep their clothes on. The park’s new ‘Wear Your Shirt’ rule will be enforced no matter how high the temperatures rise, and has been inspired by similar dress codes used in U.S. theme parks which urge men to stay covered up in a bid to maintain family-friendly standards. A spokesman for the park said: ‘We don’t have a strict dress code as such, but would like our male customers to show some decorum.

Perhaps they need reminding that in 2010, more than 100 people stripped off their clothing and went for a roller coaster ride at Adventure Island to raise money for a local hospital while setting a world record.  The roller coaster ran three times to Ensure all of the nude people had a ride. The event raised more than £ 22,000 for Southend Hospital.

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Scott Ross will return (fully naked) to the Phoenix FM studio for One 2 Three next Monday.

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Tales of Prague…

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 my trip there. First though I must say a great big thank you to the legend that is Scott Ross for sitting in for me on the programme last week. Now it’s my turn, so I’ll be in on the show every day this week with the exception of Wednesday when it’s the lovely Mike Jones as usual.

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So my trip to Prague last week included taking in the Easter Markets. At this time of year market stalls appear with all manner of goods including tempting snacks and drinks, including Czech beer. I found this very appealing of course as were the Czech sausages, but it was the main meals in the evening I liked the best, Duck and Dumplings, Sirloin Steak in a cream sauce with cranberries and dumplings, honey spare ribs with much more meat on them than we’re used to here. All very delicious especially the dumplings, but pretty unhealthy I guess, still, I was on holiday! Salad for me from now on!

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What really impressed me in Prague was the transport system. Admittedly Prague is of course a much smaller city than London – Their Metro only has three lines. All the same they manage to have a completely integrated transport system of trains, trams and buses that is both cheap and very reliable. Miss a tram and you know that another will arrive in a few minutes. A ticket for a whole days travel on the entire network costs just under £3.40p and that even allowed us to ride on a funicular railway to the top of a local beauty spot. The cheap travel means that most people use the public transport network so congestion on the roads is kept to a minimum, although it still got busy in the rush hours.

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I found the people of Prague polite and civilised – seats were readily given up on public transport to anyone elderly or infirm, queues were orderly and staff in restaurants and shops were always helpful and seemed genuinely pleased to see you. As with many cities, the centre looked affluent but the further you went out of town the poorer it looked. Most of the ordinary people seem to live in grey blocks of medium rise flats from the Communist era, and commute into the city to work. There are beggars in the centre of Prague but even they seem to have the same sense of politeness as everyone else. Yes they are begging but not at all in an aggressive way, just passively holding out a cup or a hat. One evening I saw a man searching through a bin for cigarette ends and collecting the remaining tobacco from them. I gave him a small pack of tobacco and his gratitude was unbounded. It’s a shame people have to live this way and one wonders what the Czechs as a nation is doing to help these people, but they seem to co-exist peacefully with everyone else and never seemed threatening or intimidating to me.

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The modern history of the Czech Republic is one littered with troubles, from the Nazi invasion to uprisings in 1969 and 1989 and the rejection of the communist system. The people or Prague today seem to be working together and have a fine and mostly beautiful city, well worth a visit for a few days. Not only that, but the beer’s cheap too!

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

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.

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Eric Pickles, Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, and Alison Davies

First I spoke to Alison Davies, President of Essex Savers.

I then had a chat with Jodie Simmons, who recently received help from Essex Savers to set up her new business “The Greengrocers” at Writtle Road Nursery

Fresh Fruit and Veg on sale at The Greengrocers at Writtle Road Nursery. (Pic. Brentwood Weekly News)

Fresh Fruit and Veg on sale at The Greengrocers at Writtle Road Nursery. (Pic. Brentwood Weekly News)

Then it was time for the grand opening and we heard from Alison Davies, Eric Pickles, Jodie Simmons and Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford.

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Alison Davies

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A Musical Journey Across Europe – Choir For All Seasons

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, and in the studio today to tell us all about it was Michael and Janet Hewitt – Choir Director and Chair respectively from The Choir for All Seasons,

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Michael and Janet Hewitt

You can listen to our chat again here – 

The concert begins at 8pm on Saturday and you can get more information on this by calling 01277 656935

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Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Last November I was delighted to welcome David Schacht from the Stondon Singers in to Phoenix to talk about their concert “Watercolours” at St Laurence Blackmore. Well The Stondon Singers have another concert coming up on Saturday, this time it’s “Faire is The Heaven” and to tell us all about it, David Schacht, visited us today. 

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David Schacht

You can listen to our chat here –

Full details of the concert can be found here – http://www.stondonsingers.org.uk/

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

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 the Ambulance Service to provide basic life support in the vital minutes before the ambulance can arrive.

The idea is that due to their locality the First Responders can get to the patient more quickly than the Paramedic Car or Ambulance that is always sent and make time critical interventions to maximise the patient’s chances of survival.

And joining me at Phoenix FM today to talk about the First responders initiative in our area was Roy Tyzack.

Roy Tyzack

Roy Tyzack

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about getting involved with First Responders here – First Responders

I also had a chat with Roy about talented local singer/songwriter Matthew Shepherd. You can listen to that here – 

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd

In Tribute to Tony Benn who died this morning aged 88 I played a short Clip of him talking to film maker Michael Moore. You can listen to this again here – 

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

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 Kerr and Phil Seeley were unable to get in today but we still had Hazel and Brian Smith, John Mattock and founder member Dave Warren to tell us all about the band and what they’ve been getting up to.

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Brian, John, Dave and Hazel of D’Ukes

You can hear our chat and some live music from D’Ukes here –

D’Ukes will be performing at Witham Public Hall, Collingwood Road, Witham CM8 2DY tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm (Box Office 0845 017 8717) and on Saturday 22 March at The Brookside Theatre, 21 Eastern Road in Romford at 8pm (Box Office 01708 755775)

You can find out more about them here – D’Ukes

Also in today’s show we talked about The Billericay Town Council meeting that had to be abandoned last week has now been re-aranged for Wednesday 19th March at the Mayflower School, Stock Road.
The Street Light Switch off petition, a safety warning about children’s teething jewellery and dangerous Paving in Brentwood High Street.

We also had some crazy news –

A missing woman on holiday in Iceland managed to join a search party looking for herself.

A tourist group travelling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a stop near the canyon park. The woman in question who was travelling alone, went inside to freshen up and change her clothes at the rest stop, and when she came back “her bus mates didn’t recognise her.”

Word spread among the group of a missing passenger, and the woman didn’t recognise the description of herself.

A 50-person search party then began searching the area, and the coast guard was mobilized to deploy a search party of its own.

About 3am, some genius in the group finally figured out that the missing woman was actually in the search party, albeit in different clothes, and the search was called off.

No word on what kind of wardrobe was involved in this woman’s “freshening up.” But she joined the search party until 3am without even suspecting for a minute that the woman in the description bore some resemblance to herself!

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Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

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 green belt.5467421-large

Cllr Jules Bottazzi of Billericay Town Council joined me on the line today to tell us all about the meeting and the issue that many local people are obviously concerned about.bottazi

You can hear our chat here:

After we spoke we received an email from listener Mike Andrews who attended the meeting last night. You can hear what Mike had to say here:

If you would like to make representations to Basildon Council on this issue, follow this link for information – http://www.basildon.gov.uk/basildon2031

Added 11th March

A notice on the Billericay Town Council’s website now has details of the rearranged meeting. It reads as follows –

 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING  – the meeting postponed from 6th March will now be held on Wednesday 19th March at the Mayflower School, Stock Road, CM12 0RT

Please note that this was the largest venue available for hire in Billericay at such short notice and that it holds a maximum of 280 people.

We would re-iterate that this is a meeting of the Town Council, held in public, it is not a public meeting.  The response of Billericay Town Council to the Basildon Local Plan Core Strategy will be voted upon by councillors.  Click here to see the proposed response. Although Item 3 on the agenda gives members of the public the opportunity to address the meeting regarding any item on the agenda, each person can only speak for a maximum of 3 minutes.  Council members will take into account what is said but will not respond at that time.   The meeting will continue and there will be no further public participation.  At the end of the meeting there will be an opportunity for questions about agenda items or any other topic, to which the Chairman and/or members of the Council may respond.

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

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 lack of full-time consultants and middle-grade doctors”, Queen’s became the 14th hospital to be put into special measures last December.

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Saleyha Ahsan on behalf of The Guardian newspaper began filming inside its A&E the next day and some shocking videos were published on the Guardian website on Tuesday. You can watch the videos here – Queens A & E
The hospital was built for 90,000 patients a year but receives 140,000. Ironically, King George’s A&E, which performs better against targets, is scheduled for closure in 2015, after a unanimous vote by local primary care trusts. Queen’s is expected to absorb the extra numbers. Queen’s is understaffed, with only eight full-time consultants where it requires 21 in order to provide 24-hour cover, seven days a week.
I think that these videos, show the situation at Queens really well and I would urge local people to watch them to see what’s going on at Queens Hospital.
Fly on the wall style we see the conditions in which the staff are expected to work and how patients are treated. It seems obvious that the NHS staff are doing their very best under very difficult conditions. We hear of people waiting on chairs who should be on trolleys and Ambulances queuing to get into the hospital. Targets seldom being met, no beds available in wards, and overwhelming demand for the service.
Sadly many people don’t seem to worry about issues like this until it affects them personally, but I think we should all be getting very angry about this. It could be you next.

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Drive-in Movies come to Brentwood and a Cat Cafe

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 at the county’s first drive-in cinema.

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More than 5,000 film lovers and 1,000 cars are expected to line up in front of a 60ft screen at the Brentwood Centre on the opening night of June 14.

The project is the idea of Essex friends Adam Child and Adam Ryan, who run Essex Drive-in Movies.

Alongside the film Grease – which is scheduled to start at 8pm – there will also be a fun fair, popcorn, sweets, food, snacks and a licensed bar.

All food and drink will be hand-delivered to movie watchers’ cars and the sound from the film will be piped to the cars through an FM signal that can be picked up on the car’s radio.

The company says it will bring the all-American concept to Brentwood throughout the year by showcasing classic, modern and other must-see films in a trip back to the 1950s and 1960s, when taking the family to the drive-in was all the rage.

Films Al Fresco will run throughout the year, with themed nights already being planned for Halloween and Christmas.

And the long anticipated Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opens tomorrow, after more than a year of preparations

The wait is finally over for feline lovers everywhere – because London’s first cat cafe is ready to open.

With a whole range of furry treats in store, including toys, scratch pads, food and A LOT of feline company – it’s every cat’s heaven.

The cafe will be open to both cats and their owners, as both are free to enjoy themselves.

The website says: “At Lady Dinah’s, visitors will have the opportunity to kick back and relax with a cup of tea and spend time in the soothing company of our purring feline friends.” Sounds like a bad dream to me!

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Danger! – Selfies

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 cause trouble! and in local news how a baby has been born at bus stop in Billericay. There was more about potholes too, and yes Joey Essex has a new album out.

Also, selfies are spreading itchy head lice – according to health experts. The phenomenon is now infesting children’s scalps as well as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It is caused by the once-thought harmless action of putting heads together to pose for a selfie with friends or a small group.

The unexpected effect of selfies is spreading the tiny, itchy critters in the heads of children, especially teenagers. My selfies are a danger in themselves, as you can see for yourself –

Not a Nit in Sight (apart from the one big one)

Not a Nit in Sight (apart from the one big one)

Also,

Eating like the English could save 4,000 lives a year in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, a study claims.

People in England eat more fruit and vegetables and less salt and fat, reducing heart disease and some cancers, say Oxford University experts.

A tax on fatty and salty foods and subsidies on fruit and vegetables could help close the diet divide, they add.

The British Heart Foundation says the study shows inequalities in the nations that must be addressed by authorities.

Death rates for heart disease and cancer are higher in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland than in England, according to official figures. Does that mean they’re gonna tax deep fried Mars Bars?
We also had a little preview of tomorrow’s Phoenix Fridays – Live at Old Brentwoods Club event with a great track from D’Ukes

Back Tomorrow.

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Do you Believe in Half Price?

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 at £3.75! Who do they think they’re kidding? When did you last pay £7.50 for a piece of cheddar?

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Chains including Sainsbury’s and Tesco are accused of taking advantage of shoppers by selling products at a higher price out of season so they can claim to offer a saving at peak times.

Customers who bought a Cadbury’s Giant Creme Egg last February in Sainsbury’s were charged £3 more than if they bought the same item closer to Easter.

And Marks & Spencer was found to position full-price fruit near a ‘Two for £4’ sign, meaning shoppers were likely to pick up more expensive packs, thinking they were on special offer.

Meanwhile several supermarkets have been criticised for putting £1 price stickers on products that always cost £1.

Richard Lloyd, executive director of Which?, said: ‘With consumers struggling to cope with rising food prices, supermarkets and manufacturers need to make it easier for people to spot the best deal.’

Marks & Spencer said: ‘Our pricing is simple and transparent, and our customers have told us they are happy with our approach. All our products have a shelf edge label next to them that states the price and any promotional details.’

Sainsbury’s said: ‘Sainsbury’s is built on the trust and goodwill of its customers. Of course we would never intentionally mislead them, and we don’t believe we have done so in any of the examples provided by Which?’

Tesco said: ‘We’re the only supermarket to compare prices on branded goods, own-brand and fresh produce bought in-store or online, and automatically issue a voucher for the difference if a customer’s basket would have been cheaper elsewhere.’

Asda said: ‘We would never deliberately mislead customers on price.’

I think we would all benefit from taking a little more time over our shopping – from dodgy half price offers to BOGOF offers that are not all they are cracked up to be, and “bargain” jumbo packs that actually work out more expensive than buying the same quantity in smaller packs – these are all pretty easy to spot with a bit of care. Trouble is most people are too busy and don’t have time to analyse prices, they have to trust whatever’s put in front of them. Let’s be careful out there with our purchases!

Anyhow if you need cheese you’re in the right place now, and I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

 

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

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 be worth it.
So for two hours today it was love all the way with music, romantic movie quotes and a few laughs with some very strange requests and dedications that I had been sent.

Valentines-day-valentines-day-22236757-2560-1600Observant and regular Phoenix FM listeners may recognise the voices in these dedications – they seem familiar to me! See if you can guess who they are.

Dierdrie – 

Colin – 

Betty – 

Elizabeth – 

Answers below please or to bob@phoenixfm.com

You could win chocolate!

 

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Seann Walsh – The Lie-In King

Comedian Seann Walsh, is the star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’,  Seann is currently on tour with his highly applauded show The Lie-In King and is performing at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, on Thursday 13th March and today he was on the phone talking to me!

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Seann Walsh

You can listen to our chat again here –  

It was great to chat to Seann today. He is touring all over the country with the show “The Lie-In King” in the next couple of months, coming to The Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on 13th March, but if you miss that one he’s also doing a run of 10 shows at The Soho Theatre in London from 8th April. The Box Office there is on 0207 478 0100 and for tickets at The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford on 13th March, the number to call is 01245 606505.

 

 

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

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 more good news today, There’s another new credit union branch in Billericay!

To tell us all about it I was pleased to welcome the vicar of Christ Church Billericay, Warner Pidgeon, along with one of the people responsible for getting the project going, Nick Brennan. It was also the welcome return of Alison Davies, president of Essex Savers.Net credit union.

Alison Davies, Warner Pidgeon and Nick Brennan. You can Contact Essex Savers on 01245 496314

Alison Davies, Warner Pidgeon and Nick Brennan. You can Contact Essex Savers on 01245 496314

You can listen to our chat here –

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The credit union branch in Billericay will be open every Tuesday from 11am – 2pm in Billericay Library

The Brentwood branch is in Barclays Bank in Brentwood High St every Wednesday from 11am – 2pm

Essex Savers will be holding their AGM for members on Friday 21st February from 6.30pm at the Diocesan office opposite Chemsford Cathedral, more information on this by calling 01245 496314.

I then asked Warner to stay on to give us updates on both the Billericay Street Pastor initiative and The Big Promise, which is tomorrow in Billericay. You can Listen to our chat about this here – 

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Finally it was time to say goodbye to Pip

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Philippa Allen

Pip has been helping us out for the last 4 weeks while on work placement from university. I’m sure I speak for all of the Phoenix FM daytime presenters when I say a big thank you Pippa for all of your help, and good luck with your studies.

Pip staged a bit of a takeover today and took over driving the desk for a while. I ended up as a guest on my own show! Here’s a bit of our chat –

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William Hunter Way Project Scrapped – Russell Quirk

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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 agreement could not be reached.

The main reasons behind this decision were concerns on the level of financial return to Brentwood taxpayers and the ability to deliver the scheme.

The proposals for the town centre road had sought to bring a new supermarket, six-screen cinema and TK Maxx store there.

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Joining me on the telephone on today’s programme was Brentwood First Councillor Russell Quirk.

Russell was calling from the back of a London Taxi as he battled through a disrupted London due to the industrial action on the Tubes. My thanks to Russell for speaking to us under such extreme conditions!

You can hear what he had to say here –

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Leanne Louise Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

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 Phoenix Friday, next Friday 31st January at Old Brentwoods Club, Ashwells Road, Brentwood

Leanne’s beautiful new single Save your Heart was released recently and has enjoyed a lot of airplay here on Phoenix so it was great to welcome Leanne into the studio today.

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Leanne Louise

You can hear the entire session and interview here –

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Or listen to the live tracks we recorded here –

Love Come Down

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Save Your Heart

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Count My Blessings

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All beautiful tracks but my personal favourite is the reworking of the old Evelyn Champagne King hit – Love Come Down – I love it to pieces! But then I really like Count My Blessings too. And Save Your Heart… Oh I can’t make my mind up. They’re all great!

Don’t forget to catch Leanne at what promises to be a fantastic event next Friday –

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William Hunter Way – Opposition Members Anger at Secrecy

I was delighted today to be joined by IAN EDMONDS from Brentwood First and CLLR GRAEME CLARK representing the Liberal Democrats on Brentwood Council.

Opposition councillors on Brentwood Borough Council have jointly issued a statement alleging an 8 year cover up by the council concerning the William Hunter Way proposed development and what they see as secrecy from the Conservative administration. The full transcript of their statement is reproduced below.

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Ian Edmonds and Graeme Clark

You can listen to what Ian and Graeme had to say here –

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The Conservative administration declined Phoenix FM’s invitation to appear on the station to set out their position.

This is the full text of the opposition statement –

JOINT STATEMENT FROM BRENTWOOD LIB DEMS, BRENTWOOD LABOUR, BRENTWOOD FIRST & INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR

WILLIAM HUNTER WAY: Opposition Anger at Tory Secrecy

Brentwood’s opposition councillors are fuming after learning that Brentwood residents have been subjected to an eight year cover up and misled by the Tory administration over options for the William Hunter Way development.

At a joint meeting with Aquila, the company representing Waitrose, they were shown plans for a development that STILL contained a six screen cinema, retail and car parking but was far more aesthetically pleasing and removed the service road away from homes, than the only option offered so far from Stockland.  The Tory administration have refused to offer any alternative to Brentwood residents and, it now transpires, have consistently failed to disclose that there were any other approaches tabled.

‘It transpires as rather a recent revelation to opposition councillors that a deal was first proposed to the Conservatives worth £6m more than the Stockland deal PLUS an annual revenue guarantee of £325,000, back in May 2013 and, when it was ignored, was then INCREASED to £6.5m in November. This was before the council were bamboozled into accepting the drastically revised Stockland deal and which is now £2.5m worse for the tax payer over 25 years thanks to the apathy of the current administration in allowing the development agreement to gather dust for the last eight years’.

“I am so, so angry” said Cllr Julie Morrissey (Labour), “I knew there was something we weren’t being told.”

Cllr Philip Mynott (Liberal Democrat) added:

“Whilst supporting a cinema, we have consistently asked for alternative proposals that are right for Brentwood and not one proposal that was an out-of-date development when approved by the Conservatives in 2009 and is woefully out-of-date in 2014.”

In the run up to the meeting, Tory Leader Cllr Louise McKinlay took to Twitter and attacked opposition councillors for daring to hold the meeting that confirmed that the offer from Aquila – including email exchanges between officers and senior Tories and meetings with senior officers – had all been kept secret by a council administration that claims to be “open and transparent”.

Opposition councillors are asking questions about why the administration are so hell-bent on completing the deal with Stockland when there have been opportunities to walk away penalty-free and go back to the drawing board to find a development that is right for our town, with some observers questioning whether there is more to this deal, and perhaps something sinister or underhand, than has been disclosed.

Cllr William Lloyd (Brentwood First) said:

“We are not necessarily saying that this is the right development, but what it does prove is that there are alternatives to the development the Tories are determined to push through.

“The opposition feel, given the extent of the inadequacy of the Stockland deal versus Aquilla, is a dereliction of the Council Leadership’s duty in, inexplicably, forcing the tax payer to accept far less.

This development will shape the future of Brentwood for decades and it is important that it is a good thing for the town.  Let’s finally go back to the drawing board and do the right thing for Brentwood

 

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

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 which successful marriages are built.

And every year Marriage Week celebrates all those promises down the years, and seeks to encourage and support couples in their marriages.

This year on the 8th February, every couple in the UK will have the opportunity to re-affirm their Big promises to each other and be part of a new world record attempt. The Big Promise is a nationwide event and today I was pleased to welcome the vicar of Christ Church Billericay, Warner Pidgeon  to tell us what’s happening in our local area.

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Warner Pidgeon

You can hear our chat again here –

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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

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 and that was when I first met Richie Milton and Bill Farrow. They played a great set on that day so it was my great pleasure to welcome Richie and Bill to the Phoenix FM studio today.

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Or listen to today’s live tracks here –

The Hammersmith and City Line

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Tom Dooley

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Rain Lotsa Rain

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Or why not have a look at their video for The Hammersmith and City Line

You can find out more about Richie and Bill at their websites –

http://www.mangle-music.com/

http://richiemilton.co.uk/

Thanks Guys!

 

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Prismism Project Live from Studio 2 – Watch Here

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Greg Hummell – Prismism Project

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 & Sampling performance. His instruments on the session were guitar, keyboard, a laptop and numerous pedals, buttons and controllers. We got some truly fantastic recordings.

You can hear the entire session/interview here or watch the videos below 

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You can catch Prismism Project Live tonight (Friday) at the Essex Arms in Brentwood from 8pm along with Phoenix FM’s very own Alex Hoggett and his band, Crooked Era.

More information about Prismism Project can be found here – https://www.facebook.com/prismismuk?fref=ts

Coming up next Friday, more live music from Richie Milton and Bill Farrow.

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Greg Hummell

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

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 alleviate current pressures, according to a poll for the Press Association.

One in three (32%) family doctors said introducing patient fees for some visits would be the most cost-effective way of cutting unnecessary A&E attendances.

Charging patients £5 or £10 every time would stop many people visiting A&E at the “drop of a hat”. Refunds could then be given if the trip was found to be necessary.

More than 800 GPs from across England answered the survey for Doctors.net.uk, carried out for the Press Association.

This “story” has been widely reported in the media today including in the news we get from Sky and the headlines we read out here on Phoenix FM. It’s not often that I take exception to news reports but this one is so obviously a blown up piece of propaganda that I can’t resist.

I should state that this is purely my own opinion.

So “A third of GPs believe patients should be charged for some A&E visits” Presumably then two thirds (the vast majority) of GPs do not believe that patients should be charged for some A&E visits… Why is this not the headline of the story?

 the most cost-effective way of cutting unnecessary A&E attendances.” Really? A whole new layer of NHS bureaucracy collecting fees and refunding necessary visitors? And what is the true scale of the problem? Has any study been done as to numbers? I don’t know anyone who ends up “visiting A&E at the “drop of a hat””  Last time I “dropped my hat” I just picked it up, because I didn’t have four or five hours to waste waiting to be seen in A&E, and I believe most people are the same.

Yes there will always be some people who abuse services of all kinds and that needs to be addressed, but I’m not convinced that if there is a major problem here, it is all caused by feckless individuals wasting A&E time.

The problem in my view is far more likely to be caused by the inability of Primary Care Services to cope with the demand from patients, thus pushing the problem down the line to A & E. I don’t claim to be an expert on the NHS but I can identify when we are being fed manure by the press. Yes it was the Press Association that commissioned this report, and it seems to me that it is purely an attempt to soften the public up for more privatisation of the NHS. Journalism at it’s worst and part of the reason I never buy national newspapers.

Well I believe we are all a bit smarter than that. What do you think? Please answer below.

OK rant over!

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

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 February and what a pleasure it has been. Since we started last year all manner of interesting guests have passed through the door so today I thought I would look forward to a couple of guests I have lined up for later this month.

Next Friday 10th January it’s a massively talented young local musician, Greg Hummell. Greg plays in several bands but next Friday he will be in the guise of Prismism Project – a solo project that sees him perform as a one man band producing dance music. Watch out for some hopefully amazing videos of the session which should see him play drums, bass, guitar and keyboards all at once!

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Greg Hummell – Prismism Project

Then the following week on Friday 17th January it’s Richie Milton and Bill Farrow. Richie and Bill are seasoned blues men and have made several appearances on Phoenix in the past mostly on the sadly now defunct Blues from Brentwood show presented by Ches Moulton (come back Ches!). Richie and Bill also performed on our stage in Crown Street on Lighting up Brentwood day at the end of November. It will be great to welcome back these two great characters in a couple of weeks.

Bill and Richie

Bill and Richie

I’m also hoping to get a fantastic local singer in on the show soon – Leanne Louise – date TBC but hopefully this month. Leanne has just released a new single – Save Your Heart – and recently appeared at the Oxjam Festival in Brentwood.

Leanne Louise

Leanne Louise

So the start of a new year looks very bright indeed – Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any tears… (Damn Christmas records!)

 

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Oxjam 2013 – Listen Again Here

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 of their fundraising target last year, this time around it’s even bigger with 11 acts confirmed for an all day event.

It was good to speak to the organisers of this great event, Ross Hummell and Tim Picton along with Bradley Hollis  and Matt Broadbent from Harper,

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Ross Hummell, Tim Picton, Bradley Hollis and Matthew Broadbent

You can hear our chat again here –

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It’s all happening on Saturday 28th December at The Essex Arms in Brentwood. More information here https://www.facebook.com/events/564596496911375/?fref=ts

The full line up is –

2.00 – 2.40 Denouement

An instrumental math/post rock band from Essex. We’re obsessed with obscure public figures, personality cults and Spanish words that are enjoyable to say, such as ‘sacapuntas’. 7/4 is collectively our favourite time signature. We try to take some tasty, mercurial riffs and stitch them together using a combination of luck and the wisdom of Dave Benson Phillips

2.50 – 3.20 James Terry 

Do you enjoy applauding politely regardless of merit but were unsuccessful in your attempts to get on the deal or no deal audience? If so then satisfy your desire by coming to see acoustic guitarist James Terry at Oxjam this year. Back by popular demand for his annual gig, Terry performs his own brand of pretentious existential humanism which is so captivating that it once sent somebody to sleep midway through a song.

 

3.30 – 4.00 Becky Druce

Becky Druce is a singer and acoustic guitarist from Upminster who has performed in various bars and venues around London and Essex. In the past she has experimented playing with bands and duos, but she is now embracing the solo route. Expect melodic, folk tinged pop songs and the odd acoustic cover.

 

4.10 – 4.50 Crooked Era

Featuring Phoenix FM’s very own Alex Hoggett

 

5.00 – 5.40 Prismism Project – Dance music

 

6.00 – 6.40 Bassment Jazz
Born out of a desire to re-institute true Big Band Jazz music to the Coopers’ Company and Coborn’s music department, ‘Bassment Jazz’ soon became a synonym for sleek musical performance, daring harmonies and abounding improvisational expertise. The band, reunited in aid of OxJam 2013, experienced the highs of performing in the Birmingham Conservatoire Concert Hall and the lows of entertaining Cherie Blair during their short-lived, but compelling career.

 

6.50 – 7.30 The Audience

 

7.40 – 8.20 Leanne Louise

Leanne Louise is an up and coming recording artist from Essex. With influences from artists such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, Leanne brings a collection of honesty and soul to the music. In 2011-2012 Leanne received support from Kiss FM, Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, Deja Vu, Phoenix FM + Many more. 2013 has been about finding the artist within, whilst writing and recording at Stag Studios for her first solo project.

 

8.30 – 9.10 Curse These Metal Hands

A four piece semi-concept indie rock band that can be found making noise in their drummers garage studio, situated in the no man’s land that is Greater London

 

9.20 – 10.20 Harper

Four piece rock band from the never regions between East London and Essex. The band formed earlier in 2013, and have spent a large amount of time writing and demoing songs in drummer Toby’s studio , as well as performing a large percentage of our shows in London. In July 2013, we released our debut E.P., ‘Drawing Blood Blues’ which you can now stream or download for FREE from www.harperband.bandcamp.com where you can also find Harper’s new single – Feels So Hollow

 

10.30 – 11.30 The Lites

The Lites are an alternative rock quartet from Essex who are sometimes accompanied by a cardboard cutout of Alan Shearer. The band play a heterogeneous mix of shoegaze, post-rock and indie layered with pretentious lyrics mostly written when they were precocious sixteen-year-olds and had first discovered the ‘synonyms’ feature on Microsoft Word. This will be The Lites’ first gig in an entire year, so expect an awesome comeback set. https://www.facebook.com/thelites?fref=ts

Diverse and Quality music throughout so no excuse to miss any live music and give your all for a worthy cause. 

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Essex Savers Credit Union Arrives in Brentwood

My guest today was Alison Davies, president of Essex Savers Net Credit Union

Alison Davies

Alison Davies

The Archbishop of Canterbury recently said that one million families are now taking out payday loans every month as they struggle with rising living costs. Credit Unions can provide a much cheaper alternative to payday lenders and the good news is that Essex Savers has now come to Brentwood.

Essex Savers is a financial co-operative providing local ethical banking services.

You can listen to my chat with Alison Davies here –

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Essex Savers will be in Barclays Bank premises in Brentwood High Street every Wednesday from 11am to 2pm or you can contact them on 01245 496314

email – info@essexsavers.co.uk

Website – www.essexsavers.co.uk

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Crown Street Live – Listen Here

Today’s show was a good opportunity to look back at last Saturday’s “Lighting Up Brentwood” Event. Myself and Bryan Powis were playing music all day in Crown Street with many other Phoenix FM presenters popping along during the day. We were joined on stage by some excellent talent and in today’s show I played some of the recordings we made on Saturday starting with

Churches Together

Churches Together

Churches Together

Churches Together – Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd – My Christmas Angel

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Lorretta

Lorretta

Lorretta

Lorretta – Make You Feel My Love

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Brentwood Songsters – Jingle Bells 

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The Popettes

The Popettes

The Popettes

The Popettes – Santa Baby

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Edd Coates

Edd Coates

Edd Coates

Edd Coates – So Wrong

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Richie Milton and Bill Farrow

Richie Milton and Bill Farrow

Richie Milton and Bill Farrow

Richie Milton and Bill Farrow – Odd Socks Boogie Blues

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Thanks to Bryan Powis who mixed the sound live in Crown Street last Saturday and thanks to all who appeared.

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Lighting Up Brentwood – ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

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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 talked about this great event tomorrow and I found a story about a world record for Christmas lights. Have you decorated your home yet? Can you beat half a million lights? Someone did.

An Australian family sets the Guinness World Record for having the most Christmas lights on their home, a staggering 502,165

The Richards family from Canberra, Australia have beaten the Guinness World Record for Christmas lights on a residential property with more than half a million bulbs.

Their suburban home illuminated by lights on more than 31 miles of wire will be open to the public from the weekend to raise money for charity.

A local power company will donate the estimated 2,500 Australian dollars (£1,450) in electricity that would keep them lit for the next month.

The family first entered the famous record book in 2001 with 331,038 multicoloured lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in LaGrangeville, New York, who decorated their home with 346,283 lights.

In my Phoenix FM highlight of the week we heard a track recorded live in the studio by Elles Bailey last Sunday on The Sunday Lunch Show with Tony Smith who along with Rob Jelly BSc will be very busy on the main stage tomorrow. I’ll be in Crown Street with the fabulous Bryan Powis. Come and say Hi.

It’s Gonna be FUN!

 

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Weird and Wonderful Stories

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

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I hear that there are just a few tickets left for what promises to be a great show. See you there!

So on to those Weird and Wonderful news stories –

A car lover is selling one of his testicles for $35,000 (£22,000) so he can buy a Nissan 370.

Most men would cringe at the idea of parting with one of their most valued assets but Mark Parisi doesn’t seem to mind.

He confirmed to the shocked presenters of US TV show The Doctors he planned to sell his left testicle to medical researchers for money to buy a new vehicle.

One of the show’s hosts joked after hearing the news: ‘It’s a Nissan for your left one!’  Well he sounds like a right one to me!

 

Parents can now treasure pictures of their newborn babies in photo frames made using the mother’s placenta.

Amanda Cotton has found a way of adding dried and crushed pieces of placenta to moulds filled with clear casting resin to create marble-effect frames, and is already receiving orders from parents, according to the University of Brighton.

Miss Cotton uses the entire placenta to make a frame, first boiling and cooking it and then grinding it into small pieces before placing it into a mould with resin and other materials.

She said: ”I have had a lot of positive feedback from mothers and fathers to be – and I already have clients.”

One order has come from Ulrika Jarl, who is expecting her second daughter at Christmas, a university spokesman said.

 After the birth, Miss Jarl will be keeping the placenta in a cool box for Miss Cotton to collect and turn into a frame.

Hmm. Think I’ll just look forward to the usual Christmas socks…….

 

 

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Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes – We Make Fatballs!

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!

Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes

Louise Moss from RSPB Rainham Marshes

You can see the result of my effort above!

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Louise Moss is the RSPB Communication Officer from Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve, and Louise came in today to tell us about the reserve and to talk about winter bird feeding.

You can hear our chat and how to make your own bird feeding fatball here – 

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Thanks to Louise and the RSPB for giving me my fatball and some bird food. The birds in my garden will now be very well fed!

More information on the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve can be found here – http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/r/rainhammarshes/

 

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Lizzie Allen and Tracey Cowling from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service

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 to terms with bereavement or loss.

I was keen to find out more about the service and the charity so I was very pleased to welcome to today’s One 2 Three, Lizzie Allen the Marketing & Finance Manager of Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service along with Tracey Cowling, also from the service.

Tracey Cowling and Lizzie Allen from HBBS

Tracey Cowling and Lizzie Allen from HBBS

You can listen to our chat here –

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You can contact HBBS on

01708 476912   or via their website  www.hbbscounselling.org

 

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

The man behind one of the most successful concept albums ever is Jeff Wayne.

Jeff Wayne

Jeff Wayne

War of the Worlds remains one of the best selling albums of all time in the UK with sales well in excess of two and a half million, and spent a staggering 330 weeks in the album charts.

Last year Jeff decided to return to his score and re-create it for a new generation of audiences, producing Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds – The New Generation.

Now there’s news of a final tour. I spoke to Jeff to find out all about it.

You can hear my chat with Jeff here – 

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The tour kicks off in Dublin in November next year and in just twenty days travels to Liverpool, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Cardiff, Bournemouth, two concerts at the O2 arena on Saturday 13th December, then Brighton and finishing with Amsterdam on the 16th December.  Tickets go on sale on Friday 22nd November 2013.

More information from – www.thewaroftheworlds.com

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

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!’

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Here’s some top facts about Steve that you might not know.

1. Only Stephen Hendry has won more snooker ranking titles than Davis’ 28.

2. In the 1980s Davis had a reputation for being boring, an image he cashed in on with an advert for baked beans (tag line ‘Really Interesting’) and book (‘How To Be Really Interesting’).

3. But Steve is anything but dull. He’s a big music fan and hosts a radio show here on Phoenix FM

4. Steve is a Charlton Athletic fan but is a director of Leyton Orient, who are owned by his long-time manager, Barry Hearn.

5. At the height of his popularity Davis joined up with Chas & Dave and fellow snooker superstars including Dennis Taylor and Willie Thorne to record the hit record (really, it went to No6 in the charts), Snooker Loopy.

6. Steve’s son Greg, aged 21, is an aspiring snooker player who has entered the sport’s ‘Q School’ in a bid to earn a place in the pro ranks.

7. As well as snooker Davis has played professional pool – winning the Mosconi Cup with Europe twice – and also enjoyed success in several televised poker tournaments.

8. Steve Davis is still active on the snooker circuit and is currently ranked 51 in the world.

Well he may have an encounter with some non snooker balls in the jungle! Good luck Steve!

 

Someone else we wished good luck to on the show today was Sam Callahan.

During the week of the Great British songbook on The X Factor, it was announced that the show’s blue-eyed boy Sam Callahan had crashed out after a tense sing off against his friend and group mate Luke Friend, meaning that judge Louis Walsh has finally lost one of his boys.

Sam never really hit it off with the judges so it was probably obvious that lucky Luke would be saved, despite having a few wobbly weeks.

Louis abstained from voting for either of his acts. Nicole voted to send Sam home saying she connected more with Luke and that although Sam had given it his all it was too late.

Gary said he loved Luke’s style and agreed with Nicole that last night had seen Sam’s best performance but still sent him home.

Sam promised us it won’t be the last we’ll see of him and Louis said that he ‘worked hard and deserved to be successful’. Only time will tell!

Well I met Sam earlier this year when he came into the Phoenix FM studio to perform live. Sam is a talented hard working performer and a very nice young man with it. He may not have had the strongest vocals of the remaining finalists, but as Miley Cyrus proved in the show last night, you don’t have to have the best voice in the world to be successful.

While with us earlier this year Sam recorded an exclusive track for us – Find My Own Way – which we heard on today’s show.

Good Luck Sam and come back and see us again soon.

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Rock Choir and Brentwood Lighting Up – Andrew Small

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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 Choir will be appearing on the main stage at the Brentwood Lighting Up event hosted by Phoenix FM, and today, Andrew Small, Rock Choir Leader for Leigh-on-Sea, Wickford, Chelmsford and Brentwood came into Phoenix to tell us all about Rock Choir and the Lighting Up event.

 

Andrew Small

Andrew Small

You can listen again here –

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You can find out more about Rock Choir at www.rockchoir.com

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