But here’s a little snippet of our chat about meeting celebs…
We’re back Monday afternoon at 3pm with a look at a gadget for your car to monitor its status via your phone/tablet, a chat about local Code-Clubs and Maker resources plus plus the latest travel, local event news and some jolly good tunes.
Goodbye Christopher Robin – Domhnall Gleeson stars as A.A. Milne and looks at his inspiration for writing Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne is a shell-shocked veteran of WW2 and this affects his bonding with his Son, Christopher Robin Milne…. Mark also liked that Margot Robbie was in this one, too!
The Snowman – Sorry, nothing to do with the 80s Raymond Briggs animation, but a crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender as a detective with the Oslo police. Charlotte Gainsbourg shines in this, and there’s a quick-as-a-flash performance from Val Kilmer, as well.
If you’re interested in being in the running to win some Al Pacino “swag”, follow Mark on Twitter as he has a retweet competition running at the moment.
I was joined in the studio by local gadget guru, Pete Sipple and he brought 2 very useful devices with him: One to help automate your life, solve your child’s homework woes as well as order a pizza and tell you a joke – plus a simple device to make your television “smart”.
We first looked at Amazon’s Echo, featuring the Alexa voice – quite addictive!
The second item was the Fire TV stick, also an Amazon product – this enables your TV to go “smart” by giving it internet connectivity, so allows you to watch YouTube on your main screen and simply plugs into a spare HDMI port.
If you missed our previous chat with Pete, he talked about internet safety for you and the family including how to regulate your child’s internet access. You can hear that on this page.
Today’s guest was Dr Pragyan Sahu from Revive Hair and Skin Clinic, one of our new advertisers to the station and our discussion included a look at the range of services offered as well as the process involved – including the free consultation.
We also spoke about what to look for when choosing a clinic – actually meeting the surgeon who performs the procedure and how word-of-mouth can be a good way to decide.
Fridays mean movies here at Phoenix FM and our resident critic, Mark Searby, gave us his verdict on these:
Black Panther – it’s another Marvel release and actually a project originally mooted by Wesley Snipes back in 1992, but after years of development hell, it’s finally been made and is out this week.
The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Michael Shannon in this fantasy-meets-romance offering. Set in the 1960s during the Cold War, it follows a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid-amphibian creature.
Loving Vincent looks at the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh with live actors “painted over” to produce a stunningly animated piece of work. An interesting mix of stars include: Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, John Sessions and Saoirse Ronan.
My Little Pony: The Movie means it must be half-term and it’s difficult to be harsh on a children’s film unless the question is: “Why did they wait 30 years to make this?”.
The new Drive show is now a month old – That’s longer than some of my relationships…
On Monday, we had gadget+tech guru, Pete Sipple, in to talk about being safe online and how to avoid falling for fake/spam e-mails as well as being on your guard when online shopping and handing over your personal details. We also spoke about introducing your children to the internet: With supervision, ISP tools (to prevent adult sites from being accessed) plus a hardware WiFi solution. Click the interview page here to listen-again.
Today we featured the Chicken and Frog Bookshop as it’s half-term and that means the possibility of the youngsters needing something to read – so I paid a visit to Natasha and got to see (and hear) just what they do in the shop (besides sell books!)…
If you don’t know how the shop got its name, that’s my first question! We also spoke about how an independent store manages with a couple of larger “high street” stores just down the road, plus how busy they are this half-term and are already looking at activities for Easter.
Half-Term Book Picks I asked Natasha to pick 3 books for different age-ranges to keep them quiet during this week’s holiday:
My thanks to Natasha (and Jim!) for giving me a tour of their lovely shop in Ongar Road – it’s just off Wilson’s Corner next to the pedestrian crossing. They’re also on Facebook where you can see what activities they’ve been up to and get in touch to take part in forthcoming ones.
Today’s guest was local gadget and tech guru, Pete Sipple, who came in to talk about being safe online when shopping, clicking links in e-mails and, more importantly, how to manage+moderate your children’s internet experience.
General Internet Safety
In the first segment, Pete talks about general safe browsing, looking for the padlock symbol when buying online, dealing with strange e-mails and a how to avoid having your computer infected with malware.
Managing the Kid’s Internet Activities
We then moved on to looking after the youngster’s online activities: Controlling and monitoring their access to websites, which tools can help (your broadband provider may already provide this free) as well as a WiFi hardware solution that regulates (eg: allow or deny) your child’s access but still gives the adults the ability to use social media and other content.
Pete produces the “tech radio show” podcast FrequencyCast which looks at technology, gadgets and general media. Everything from 4G, backing-up your computer files, Freeview, GPS, RaspberryPi and even a rather amusing gizmo called the Wand Remote!
In future weeks, we’ll be looking at the Amazon “Echo” where it tells us a knock-knock joke, a plug-in gadget for your car that offers a range of diagnostics (now being offered by the AA), and how to turn your non-smart TV into a smart one!