Friday on the Drive show means a look at movies with Mark Searby – he may not like popcorn, he may not like every film he sees but his opinion is worth listening to… Honest!
Cinema : Mary Magdalene / Peter Rabbit Blu-ray/DVD : The Florida Project / Paddington 2
Hear Mark’s thoughts on a film that doesn’t quite go all the way to attract controversy, a film that would have been better in 2D (because awful CGI) and which film made Mark a little bit sad (but in a nice way)…
Mark is back for more movie tips next Friday at 3:30pm…
Each week, I bring you an audio summary of the best (and worst) of the Drive show – If you’re not able to listen live then this page will make life much easier for you as I’ve grabbed all the interesting bits in handy “clip” form…
Guests / Features On Monday’s show, I caught up with Pete Sipple, our resident gadget expert who gave us an update on the recent issues with Amazon’s Alexa and its tendancy to “cackle” at odd times.
The challenge sees them (hopefully) scaling Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – a total ascent of over 3000m (10,000ft) but with an overall walking distance of over 20 miles.
Alex’s sister, Maddi, suffers from the rare Spastic Paraplegia Type 15 (known as SPG15) which typically shows itself during childhood and can affect mobility as well as neurological functions but varies between individual cases.
Hear Alex and Victoria explain the reasons behind this challenge, the hurdles they’ll overcome as well as the long-term aims for treating SPG15.
Below: Victoria and Alex in the Phoenix FM studio…
Each week I treat you to a selection of audible delights from shows of Drivetime past – The regular features like travel, local events and news take a back-seat because this best/worst includes some of my fellow presenting chums plus a few random talky bits…
On Monday’s show I reported from the Southend Raspberry Pi Birthday Jam – nothing to do with food, but computers, robotics, and education. Click here to read/hear more.
Best/Worst of the Week!
As usual, I offer a few selected hi/lo-lights from the week and it all starts with #PhoenixFilth which features my fellow presenters saying things out of context… It’s best if you just listen! Having picked on Naomi Hefford for a couple of weeks, I decided to let her off this time and allow her to enjoy somebody else’s “smut”!
Vicki Michelle struggles to describe a garden gizmo that deals with leaves. Lydia Lucy allows an innocent comment about her height to offer a more-than-neccessary insight into her personal tastes! We also have Scott Ross getting into a muddle announcing one of our new songs from the A-List 🙂
Of course, I also say things that may be considered as innuendo – but if I point them out here then nobody can get me for it!
Drone deliveries may be coming to your back garden – but is a parcel flying over your fence a new thing?
Fellow presenter and vlogger, Nikki Mills, has all the best questions on Mills Meets! #Farts
How difficult is it to take a studio selfie? Quite difficult, it would seem…
After seeing an inspirational tweet from somebody I follow, I couldn’t resist having a typical “Charlie” answer for it…
It was #RikMayallDay on Twitter on Wednesday so I spoke about one of my favourite scenes from “Bottom”.
How to talk-up a song intro…
…and how to talk at the end of it…
When talking about the forthcoming Standon Calling festival, I realised that there was a way to ensure I get backstage during Phoenix FM’s coverage…
On Sunday 4th March I visited the Hive Enterprise Centre in Southend which was hosting a Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Jam organised by Andy from SouthendTech. Andy was on the last show week to promote the event and also gave us an introduction to the Pi itself.
Ed Bye – STEM Ambassador
We chatted with STEM Ambassador, Ed Bye, about the Pi, its coding abilities and how youngsters are getting involved with programming using this cheap (and very flexible) computer.
David Whale – STEM Ambassador
David Whale, aka @whaleygeek , co-author of Adventures in Minecraft – was kind enough to talk about the BBC Micro:bit – a British-made “micro” computer that features an array of on-board tech which David expertly modelled for us in the above picture!
Amateur Radio, Essex Ham, Astro Pi
I also bumped into our gadget-guru, Pete Sipple, who was at the event to promote the use of Raspberry Pis in his hobby of Amateur Radio – on display was a very neat aircraft tracker using a cheap USB dongle receiver and a Pi Zero. I also spoke with his daughter, Kathryn, who managed to have her own Raspberry Pi code run on the International Space Station as part of Astro Pi.
In the studio today to speak about KWHCoin, a digital currency, were Tony Tiyou and Girard Newkirk.
Simply put, KWHCoin is a digital currency that uses energy data of virtual and physical renewable energy assets of network members to create a decentralized peer to peer net zero carbon renewable energy platform.
Imagine being able to “sell” your own generated energy (ie: excess from a roof-mounted solar-panel) to your neighbour – that’s the concept, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Around 1.2 billion people across the globe do not have access to a reliable energy source – KWHCoin is aiming to change that. The biggest issue faced is that of distribution, how to get energy from A to B.
Click above to listen to Girard and Tony explain more!
We had Andy from Southend Tech in the studio today speaking about the Raspberry Pi computer, coding in schools plus an event taking place this Sunday at The Hive in Southend.
The Pi is a cheap (around £30 for the unit itself) computer which requires just a keyboard, monitor and mouse in order to function as a simple e-mail/web machine – It does not run Windows, but the operating system is free and features a similar environment to most PCs. With no fans, it’s silent and runs off a simple “wall-wart” power supply.
It has a sound output, 4 USB ports and a network port. They also have a number of input/output pins which can be used to control external equipment such as motors, lights or even security equipment – the limitation is just your imagination!
Andy also mentioned Astro Pi, a project that enabled youngsters to write their own code and have it sent up to the International Space Station and then receive the results back – just like a real space scientist!
Raspberry Pi Jam at the Hive, Southend SS2 6EX this Sunday 10am-5pm including solder skills, learn coding, Minecraft and a range of other activities… and best of all, it’s FREE!