Feelgood Saturday

Hello, Dolly!

We chat to the director and some of the cast of Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society’s latest production.

 
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You’ll know the song

A very familiar song for this week’s lyric teaser, although the lines I gave may not have been so well known: I loved you since I knew you I wouldn’t…

 
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The loss of another rock legend

The sad news broke this morning of the death – believed to be from suicide – of co-founder and keyboardist of the prog rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith…

 
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Words don’t come easy

Something I like to aim for with my regular Word Up! lyric teaser is to come up with lines that are familiar and yet you don’t instantly identify the song…

 
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Fairtrade – Sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers

With the annual Fairtrade Fortnight starting on Monday it was good to welcome to this week’s show Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade Steering Group. As well as talking generally…

 
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Another lyric teaser…

As well as a brilliant mix of music this morning – including songs from the likes of Nu Shooz, Fragma and the Police – I also asked how well you…

 
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The Northern Chill

I dug out some fantastic songs that you may not have heard in a while on this morning’s show, from the likes of Martika, Robert Miles and Mary J Blige…

 
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Essex IVC

If you like the idea of trying new activities whilst at the same time making new friends the IVC Social and Activity Club could be for you – and on…

 
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For the love of film

Brentwood Arts Cinema Club Committe Members Joanna Moncrief and Phil Mynott joined me on this week’s show to look ahead to some of the films they have planned for 2016…

 
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How you can help change children’s lives this summer

  This April sees the thirtieth anniversary of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history, radioactive fallout from which is still being linked to thousands of children being born…

 
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25 years ago…

A busy show this morning – including a look ahead to the big Lighting Up Brentwood with Tony Smith, memories of 25 years ago and another lyric teaser – when…

 
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Word Up!

A fabulous variety on this morning’s show – including songs from Aqualung, It Bites, the Shiners and 70s soul combo the Stylistics – performing tonight at Indigo. I also revived…

 
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A little less conversation

There was something for everyone music wise on this week’s show – including songs by Elvis, the Corrs, Elbow and Tony’s Sunday Lunch guest Rajiv. In commemoration of Remembrance weekend…

 
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Sweeney Todd

I was delighted to chat this morning with two of the leading members of the cast of a performance next month of one of the most gruesome tales of the…

 
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Musical teasers

I unearthed another song that was Acceptable in the 80s on this week’s show, with the clue “Perhaps her name is Gail?”* Amongst some other fabulous songs was the Manhatten…

 
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StageLeft

On this week’s show I chatted with the founder of a podcast which lifts the veil on the music industry by candid interviews with session musicians who’ve worked with some…

 
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Traffic calming

Temporary traffic lights at the junction of Ongar Road and Doddinghurst Road seemed to bring traffic in the centre of Brentwood to a virtual standstill yesterday; thankfully, however, the music…

 
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Left and Right

History was made during this week’s show with the announcement – after what seemed like an age – of the new leader of the Labour Party following Ed Miliband’s post-General…

 
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Stand up for Sadie

On this week’s show I caught up with one of our area’s most popular annual events – next weekend’s Stock Donkey Derby. This event for the whole family is organised…

 
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Wonderland

My guests on this week’s show were four members of the theatre group with as diverse a back catalogue as any in Essex, Early Doors Productions. Their forthcoming production certainly…

 
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Animal lovers

It’s always heartwarming to meet people who give something of themselves to others in need and on this week’s show I had the pleasure of chatting with two of the…

 
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A lifechanging holiday

A local charity we’ve featured regularly on Feelgood Saturday is the Billericay & South Essex Link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, which welcomes a dozen children whose health has been affected…

 
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Hip and cool

As well as hearing about England’s hopes as they started their deciding game in the one-day series against New Zealand, the rest of the weekend’s sport highlights and music from…

 
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Ain’t no sunshine

With Midsummer’s Day just a week away this weekend is one of the busiest for outdoor events throughout our area, one of the biggest being Strawberry Fair on Shenfield Common….

 
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Some Scandanavian Philosophy

I tested your musical knowledge on this morning’s show when I asked if you could identify a song from this brief clip: As is often the case I gave a…

 
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Well done Rob!

Today’s show marked the end of an era, as I took over the presenter’s chair from Rob Harvey for the very last time as – after nearly five years getting…

 
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9 and counting

It was good to be joined again this morning by one of Phoenix’ newsest presenters, Antonia Jones, who’s taking over Saturday Breakfast from Rob in a couple of weeks time….

 
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A friendly new voice

Another great variety of music on this morning’s show, with songs from Little Mix through to Bruce Springsteen. I also gave another airing to the excellent State Line, recorded live…

 
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She

We looked ahead to an exciting weekend for local sport on this week’s show, with Brentwood gearing up to play Thurrock in a play-off for a place in the Ryman…

 
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Cramped living conditions

After a fantastic response to our first Mental Health Matters monthly podcast the second one has just been released, and on this morning’s show we heard a preview. The podcast…

 
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Good luck Steve!

This morning’s show included a look ahead to a very busy weekend of sport – with the Grand National at Aintree, the Women’s and Men’s University Boat Races, the Masters…

 
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Going the distance

Music on this week’s show ranged from Bananarama’s Robert De Niro’s Waiting to the current collaboration between Eric Prydz and CHVRCHES, and I also asked if you could identify the tune containing this clip…

 
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221b

Sometimes a particular name, word – or, in this case, number – can have an instant association, and that was certainly the case with this morning’s clue to the song…

 
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Still alive and kicking!

Amongst two hours of brilliant tunes as well as the other usual features I asked how well you know your music again this morning with this brief clip: I gave…

 
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The Philadelphia Story

Some of the guys from one of the county’s finest theatrical groups – Early Doors Productions – popped in this morning to talk about their forthcoming production of Philip Barry’s The…

 
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A big heart

A fiendishly difficult Stuck in a Moment teaser this morning: My clue was that the song’s video features a girl with a big heart.* *Stuck in a moment was Another Chance by…

 
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Billericay in the Great War

Trustees of Billericay’s Reading Rooms Andy Maddocks and Keith Wood popped in this morning, ahead of next weekend’s Exhibition of Billericay in the Great War. We started by talking about…

 
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Boxing clever

On this week’s show we broke the news that a  date has been set for one of boxing’s biggest ever showdowns, with undefeated Floyd Mayweather confirming he’s to meet Manny Pacquiao…

 
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Slush free Valentines

A great line up of music on this week’s show, including a few songs for Valentines by the likes of Usher, the Tourists, Drake & Rihanna and Fragma – but nothing too…

 
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So much talent

Included in two hours of great music this morning were songs recorded live for Phoenix by a couple of the many talented singer songwriters we feature regularly on the station. First…

 
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Be with me

On this week’s show I asked if you could identify the song that includes this brief clip: I gave the clue that this was the final single release for a…

 
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Vicar of Dibley

I always admire the work of amateur theatre groups – whether they’re performing musicals, serious plays or comedy – but perhaps one of the hardest challenges is putting on a version…

 
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More Music Diversity

One of the things I love about Phoenix is the diversity of music we play, not just with specific shows focusing on particular genres such as electronic music or jazz but…

 
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A controversial song on daytime radio…

This week’s show saw the return of a feature I’d not run for a while – Stuck in a Moment – where I ask if you can identify a song…

 
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The story of 1980

I went back 35 years for some of the music on this morning’s show, inspired by a recent TV showing of Top of the Pops: The Story of 1980. It was…

 
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A year of fabulous guests

One of the things I love about being a presenter on Phoenix is the opportunity to meet so many interesting people doing positive things in our community and beyond, and the…

 
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Another year draws towards its close

The last Feelgood Saturday before Christmas – with festive tunes by the likes of The Darkness, Chris deBurgh and the amazing Kate Bush. Whether you’re working or playing; spending time…

 
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Rockin’ around

Some fine tunes on this week’s show, including a fair sprinkling of seasonal favourites by the likes of the Pretenders, Wham! and Brenda Lee. My own favourite was Stop the…

 
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Brentwood Arts Cinema Club

Brentwood Arts Cinema Club have their final meeting of 2014 next weekend with a screening of The Lives of Others – a story about abuse of power, set in East Germany during…

 
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Christmas begins in Brentwood

The focus of this morning’s show was Lighting Up Brentwood, which promised to be the biggest and best yet. Phoenix has been delighted to be hosting it all again this year,…

 
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SweetChix

If you watched Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year you’ll no doubt have been impressed by 5-piece Essex band SweetChix, who were told by Simon Cowell he thought they had…

 
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Bieber, bullying… and vintage musical memories

Another packed show this morning, with news of Justin Bieber facing possible arrest if he fails to appear in court in Argentina over an alleged assault and denials by Strictly…

 
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Tinchy’s back!

The tabloid press published the names today of some of those rumoured to be heading to the jungle for I’m A Celebrity, which returns to ITV next weekend. Whilst such…

 
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Unearthing a power ballad

As ever there was a diverse mix of fantastic music on this morning’s show, including songs by Badly Drawn Boy, Dionne Warwick and Thin Lizzy – together with another song from the…

 
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Godspell

Before this morning’s show I knew little about Godspell other than it being an iconic musical of the 70s that had something to do with the Bible, and my guests…

 
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Summer gives way to Autumn

Sunshine filled the studio when I started this morning’s show at 10 o’clock, but just 60 minutes later gloomy skies brought a reminder that summer has finally given way to…

 
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Another 80s song clue

A great variety of music on the show this morning, including songs by Macy Gray, Kosheen and Chad Kroeger – together with a song from the 80s that doesn’t often…

 
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Remus needs your help!

We have a number of organisations in our area caring for needy animals and I caught up with one of them this morning – Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary – based…

 
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The Ladykillers

Following their excellent stage performance of Trainspotting earlier this year I welcomed back to the studio this morning regular guests Early Doors Productions to talk about their next next performance. It’s another comedy…

 
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Re_Public

It was great to play host to a live session on this week’s show, with the popular Essex-based function band Re_Public. Chris, Paul, Ben and Mark play an enormous range…

 
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Help make a little girl’s wish come true!

The focus of this week’s show was on some of the people helping others in our community with various needs of one sort or another. Firstly I chatted with Stuart…

 
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A cocktail of great songs

V Festival getting under way just up the road gave the perfect opportunity this morning to spin some songs by some of those taking part – including Justin Timberlake, The…

 
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Was life so much better then?

Another busy show, including a look ahead to the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games and a stack load of good songs to wile away the morning as many of the roads…

 
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Festival Favourites

We at Phoenix are delighted to be involved with the Brentwood Festival, and with last weekend’s being such a success I took the opportunity this morning to play out some…

 
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Sounding festive

A busy show this morning, with a look ahead to the third round of the Open at Hoylake, England’s second Test against India at Lord’s and the rest of the…

 
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Is it really 30 years?!

A bit of an 80s theme to this morning’s show, including songs from Godley & Creme, Fairground Attraction and that for which I gave you the following clue: The lyrics…

 
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Making a real difference to children’s lives

On this morning’s show I played out a couple of interviews I recorded last weekend when I had the pleasure of attending the annual barbecue hosted by the South Essex…

 
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The loss of another music legend

Another great selection of songs this morning, including a less well known cover of an 80s song following the sad news of the death of a soul legend. Bobby Womack…

 
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Anyone for… strawberries?

You can always tell when it’s mid summer as that’s when the Strawberry Fair comes to town, and I caught up this morning with Phoenix FM’s Tony Smith just as…

 
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Whatever happens now – well done Gareth!

Following my chat a few weeks ago with Pilgrims Hatch Scout Leader Gareth Sell about his epic challenge of cycling the nearly 1,000 mile route from John O’Groats to Land’s…

 
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Feelgood Saturday – 31/5/2014

PLAYLIST: Texas – Summer Son Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only HAIM – If I Could Change Your Mind (Cerrone Funk Remix) Lorde – No Better Fiona Apple –…

 
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More like mid winter!

It felt like the middle of winter this morning, despite mid summer being just a few weeks away! As always on Phoenix, though, the songs helped clear away the gloom –…

 
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An impossible challenge?

You often hear about people travelling the length of the country – from John O’Groats on the North Eastern tip of mainland Scotland down to Land’s End – by various…

 
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A pre-election coalition

I was joined this morning by not one but five politicians – although it wasn’t the forthcoming local elections we talked about, but a local initiative they’ve joined forces to support…

 
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Old music and a very… New Song

The usual great mix music wise this morning, from current songs by the likes of Imelda May and Aloe Blacc alongside classics from Squeeze, Queen and Kate Bush – not forgetting another…

 
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Wishing…

The last Saturday of April already – and as well as all the usual features I dug out another song from the 80s that you probably hadn’t heard in a…

 
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Are you up for a 4,000 mile walk?

Hopefully something for everyone music wise this morning, including songs from Aqua, The Manhattan Transfer and my guest from a couple of weeks ago, Annie May Adams – who’ll be…

 
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Wester Ross to Novia Scotia

A great mix of music for a Spring Saturday morning, from Katrina & the Waves to Divine Comedy and the Rolling Stones to Gwen Stefani. We also took a trip…

 
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Annie May Adams

Annie May Adams is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Romford, and it was a pleasure this morning that she gave her first ever radio session to Phoenix! Despite being…

 
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All mixed up

This morning’s show saw the return of a popular feature with a song that was Acceptable in the 80s – a top 40 hit single from that decade that, chances…

 
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A spirit of unity – World Scout Jamboree

Alan Johnson chats to some of the Essex scouts off to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan

 
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I am what I am

I chatted this morning with three members of Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society about their production next month of La Cage aux Folles. Based on a French play first performed…

 
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Make bananas fair

As the annual fortnight to promote the Fairtrade campaign across the UK and beyond drew to a close it was good to be joined this morning by Caryl Kwei from…

 
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Another lyric teaser

A great variety of music on this morning’s show, including songs from some of the artists who played at our second Phoenix Fridays gig last night. My Word Up! lyric…

 
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Working together for mental wellbeing

Following on from #TimetoTalk Day a couple of weeks ago it was a pleasure this morning to welcome back to Phoenix three of the volunteers with the Essex Mental Health…

 
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Trainspotting…

…not noting loco numbers, but the forthcoming production by my guests this morning, Early Doors Productions. Danny Boyle’s highly acclaimed 1996 film was based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, which…

 
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Mud, madness & an accordion

Today was a big day for St Francis Hospice, with the Mud ‘n’ Madness challenge at Stubbers Adventure Centre near Upminster. Phoenix FM’s adrenalin junkie Rob Jelly was there, not just…

 
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Essex Tourettes Action

I had a fascinating chat this morning about the tic disorder Tourettes Syndrome, with the founders of a local support group – Brigette and Peter Carter – along with their…

 
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More pitch inspections!

Another busy and varied show, with – amongst other things – a look ahead to the first Phoenix Fridays gig at the Old Brentwoods Club next weekend, previews of today’s…

 
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A sponsored head shave and the return of Manilow

We heard this morning about a woman in Shenfield having her head shaved later to raise money for the Essex Tourettes Action Group, which was preparing to celebrate its first meeting…

 
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Saturday sampling

Another airing this morning to a couple of the many talented up and coming musicians we’ve featured on Phoenix recently. First up was Greg Hummell, otherwise known as Prismism Project, who…

 
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Cryin’ in the rain

Another wet morning weather wise, and sad news from California, with the death of one half of the biggest acts of the 50s and 60s, Phil Everly. With his brother,…

 
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Remembering a year of Feelgood Saturdays

One of the great things about being a presenter on Phoenix is the privilege of meeting so many wonderful people, and as 2013 draws to a close I’ve been remembering…

 
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The shortest day – but only just!

The last Feelgood Saturday before Christmas – and the shortest day across the northern hemisphere! It certainly seemed like it too, with one of the gloomiest days in a long…

 
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Rockin’ with Julie Jive & the Bigshots

We took a trip back to the 50s this morning, with a welcome return to Phoenix of the excellent Julie Jive & the Bigshots. Ken (drums), Graham (guitar), Graham (sax), Julie…

 
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Small Business Saturday

Today’s Small Business Saturday, a national initiative to encourage people throughout the UK to support small businesses – and on this morning’s show we took a look at some of…

 
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Let us entertain you!

The main focus of this week’s show was to look ahead to what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of celebrations in the town centre for Lighting Up Brentwood,…

 
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Blame it on the weatherman

It was a pleasure this morning to be joined by the newest member of our team of presenters, Matt Taylor, who’ll be bringing a brand new warm and chilled out…

 
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Your chance to win!

.. tickets to the launch of the Penny Blue Picturehouse in Brentwood on 7th December

 
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Helping not just the horses

Listen here:Feelgood Saturday 09 11 13 Fran Smith Longstanding volunteer at the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Fran Smith, popped in this week to give an update on some of the…

 
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Let me tell you

A real variety of great music on the show this morning, with oldies from the likes of the Beach Boys and Savage Garden through to current songs by Northcote, Matt…

 
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One night in October

Another busy weekend of sport, and as well as the main Premier League matches we took a look ahead this morning to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup…

 
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Winter tyres

Advice from Hutton tyre specialists Skidmarques on what to put on your wheels this winter

 
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Not for the fainthearted…

Listen here:Feelgood Saturday 12 10 13 Early Doors Productions Amy Clayton – co-founder of the excellent local theatre group Early Doors Productions – dropped by this morning, along with virtually…

 
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Dancing outside the kitchen

A look ahead to another busy weekend of sport this morning – including Premiership action, Brentwood’s FA Trophy match against Hastings Utd, tonight’s Super League final and tomorrow’s Prix de l’Arc…

 
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Holly Trees leads the Fairtrade way

We heard this morning from yesterday’s coffee morning at Holly Trees Primary School in Brentwood, which recently became the first school in the Borough to be awarded Fairtrade status. I…

 
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Inspirational Irene

“Inspirational Irene – From the Heart” is a new book telling the story of a woman from Great Burstead who passed away last year after living for several years with…

 
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By Jove Missus! Another packed programme this morning…

…including a preview of a busy afternoon of football with a whole host of Essex teams taking part in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup; a song performed…

 
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When you think everything’s ok…

One of the great things about Phoenix is the great variety of music we play, so you’re never far away from a favourite or a song that brings back a…

 
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Lions and Donkeys

Martin Hardwick-Smith, 1st Vice-President of Brentwood Lions Club, popped in this morning to talk about tomorrow’s Stock Charity Donkey Derby. This promises to be a great day out for the…

 
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Doom and gloom…

…weather wise, but anything but on Phoenix today, with a stack load of music and chat to brighten up a thoroughly miserable summer’s day! My Word Up! lyric teaser was…

 
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Another lyric teaser

Another busy weekend sports wise – with the new Premier League season, World Athletics Championship and our local teams playing – and we took a look ahead to all the…

 
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The 27 Club and Heinz 57

I had the pleasure of welcoming some fantastic guests to Phoenix this morning. First up I was joined by blues/soul singer Rhonda Merrick, along with her partner Ritchie Swann. Ritchie’s…

 
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A new season already

It’s that time of year already, with the start of a new football season launching the Football League’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Our local teams don’t play until next weekend –…

 
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England v Germany – at the Brentwood Centre

It was a delight this morning to be joined by a charity fundraiser who’s already raised over £116,000 for Cancer Research UK, received a standing ovation from a packed Premier…

 
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Don’t steal my sunshine!

A real summer feel to this morning’s show, with news from the first test of the Ashes, together with loads of great outdoor events taking place around our area, and…

 
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Festival’s here!

A brilliant weekend for the Brentwood Festival weather wise, and to get a flavour of things music-wise we heard songs this morning from some of the acts taking part, including…

 
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Chernobyl Children and Billericay’s Art Trail

The South Essex Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line are very busy at the moment entertaining 8 girls and 4 boys from south eastern Belarus, one of the areas worst…

 
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Who’s the greatest Egghead?

A very busy show this morning, with a look ahead to the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race from Steve Robertson, live from France; closer to home, all the fun…

 
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Boxcars on the road

Today’s Creative Sessions band being featured throughout the day was Boxcars, a recently formed 5-piece alternative band from Southend. We heard two of their songs during my show – The Road and Promises –…

 
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Promises from the Outset

Another busy weekend sports wise, with previews this morning of  the French Open Tennis finals, rugby union and cricket matches against Australia and tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix. The main focus…

 
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Isn’t she pretty…

Another busy show this morning, including news of Bradley Wiggins being forced out of the Tour de France by injury, a plug for the forthcoming issue of the Billericay Town Guide…

 
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Word up!

A packed show this morning, with a look ahead to this evening’s Champions League Final, tomorrow’s final heat of our own Battle Stage contest and the Go Spike weekend at the…

 
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The 7th Century comes to Billericay

Listen here:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Chris Brewster, Curator of Billericay’s Cater Museum, told us this morning about a very exciting visit to the museum by members of…

 
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And the World Goes ‘Round

Listen here:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Nina Jarram, Chair of Brentwood Operatic Society, joined me this morning to talk about their forthcoming production at Brentwood Theatre. Written by…

 
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French connection

Listen again:[Audio clip: view full post to listen] A busy show this morning! Firstly the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Ann Coe, popped in with her husband, Paul Barrell, to give…

 
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Sunshine and showers

…typical April weather, perhaps, although despite the sunshine it’s still much colder than its should be for the time of year. Thankfully things always feel much warmer with Phoenix FM,…

 
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Chernobyl Hero

Chernobyl firefighting hero Petr Makarenko talked about the nuclear power plant disaster.

 
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Tractors at bedtime and picking the fruit out of muesli!

To listen again click here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] My guest this morning was Michelle Robinson, author of picture books for “lap age” children with wonderful titles…

 
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British Summer Time… and still below freezing!

I’m sorry to say today’s weather forecasts were all too familiar – another cold day, predictions of sub-zero temperatures overnight, and a similar outlook for tomorrow. The clocks go forward…

 
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Wired for sound

For this week’s lyric teaser I chose a song by an artist who’s pretty much shunned by many radio stations these days. The lyrics were: Give me the ring on…

 
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Listen to us!

A bit of self approbation this morning, as we reflected on just some of the great programmes and features on Phoenix over the past few days – such as Sylvia…

 
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Real Essex girls

To listen again click here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Essex Book Festival is in full swing, and as part of this a debate taking place next…

 
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The Stondon Singers

To listen again click here: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I chatted this morning with Matthew Butt, PR Officer with the Stondon Singers, ahead of their Choral Masterpieces…

 
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Brentwood First

Click here to listen again to the interview: [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I was joined this morning by the leader of the area’s newest political group, Brentwood…

 
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Another musical tease

We had all the usual features on this morning’s show, along with some great music – including the song for which I earlier read a couple of lyrics in the…

 
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Mud ‘n’ Madness live

Today was the big Mud ‘n’ Madness 7.5km adventure race in Upminster, with Rob Jelly and Bryan Powis eagerly taking up the challenge to raise money for St Francis Hospice….

 
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Foray to the Foyer

A foray normally suggests something alien, but in fact this one’s just the opposite as the foyer in question is, of course, the recently refurbished bar at the Brentwood Centre,…

 
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The first day of spring?

That assumption would be far too premature and it would no doubt play havoc with the natural order of things, but it was nevertheless welcome this morning to see the snow…

 
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Winter tyres and adding years to a child’s life

Managing director of tyre and alignment specialists Skidmarques, Keith Playell, popped in this morning to talk about winter tyres. Keith explained that a better description is cold weather tyres, as…

 
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Brentwood Arts Cinema Club

It was a pleasure this morning to welcome back to Phoenix Jill Dimmock from the Brentwood Arts Cinema Club, whose 2013 season of monthly meetings starts next Sunday. Jill spoke…

 
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Word Up!

The first Feelgood Saturday of a new year – and the return of an old favourite radio teaser with Word Up – a well-known song to identify from just a…

 
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I’ll be honoured… Not!

With this morning’s news bulletins dominated by the publication of the Queen’s New Year Honours List I took a look at some of the names of people who, in the…

 
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In the mood?

With the world not ending yesterday we can now look forward to Christmas, although the wet and mild weather is hardly in keeping with the traditional festive feeling! That was…

 
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There was the news…

On this morning’s show we remembered someone who was, for people over a certain age, something of a national treasure, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88. Kenneth…

 
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Sooner or later…

It was good to be joined this morning by prospective new presenter Alex Hoggett, a regular with his band The Felonie on Nick Field’s Curveballs, who took part in our…

 
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Lighting up the High Street

On this morning’s show we took a look ahead to what turned out to be a great afternoon of entertainment hosted by Phoenix FM at the heart of this year’s…

 
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Stop the traffik

Sarah and Nigel joined me this morning from the Chelmsford based group Active Communities against Trafficking. They began by explaining what trafficking is, and how the victims – often children…

 
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One should be amused…

Next weekend the Brentwood Centre goes back to the 40s, 50s and 60s when it plays host to the Essex Vintage Weekender, and this morning we took a look ahead…

 
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Helping keep the brass in YOUR pocket

I chatted this morning with Nick Brown, Principal of the recently formed Brentwood Bills Club, which helps businesses, homes and community groups in the Brentwood and Billericay area save money…

 
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Stuck in the 80s!

My clues to this week’s song that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in a while – were that…

 
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End of an era

I had a brief chat with Scott Ross this morning about the end of an era this week in the world of TV in the UK, with the final switch-off…

 
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Another musical trip back to the 80s

We enjoyed another nusical trip back to the 80s this morning, with one of those songs that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit single that…

 
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Well and truly puzzled!

We learnt this morning that the Rubik’s Cube European Championships were taking place in Poland, with over 300 contestants from 26 countries taking part. Something about this tickled me –…

 
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Encouraging young people through sport and music

I was joined this morning by Richard King, Chairman of Brentwood Rugby Club, who are hosting the Golden Boot Festival, a one day tournament for under-16s in teams from as far…

 
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Where does she find the time?!

Prolific local author Sylvia Kent popped in this morning to talk about two fascinating ebooks she’s recently published, both on aspects of local history. In “St Mary Magdalene: Billericay’s Church…

 
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Coffee time again!

We caught up this morning with Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade Steering Group, who next week will be hosting one of the many local events that make up MacMillan…

 
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GX0TRG calling the world!

Pete Sipple of the recently formed Thames Amateur Radio Group popped in this morning to explain exactly what amateur radio is all about and why it still holds its appeal…

 
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The one man band

This morning I was joined by Paolo Morena, the Chelmsford based singer, songwriter and musician whose looping techniques of layering a song as he plays live effectively make him a…

 
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An Inspector calls…

…In fact it was the Chief Inspector, as I was joined this morning by Justin Cartledge, who’s starring as the infamous Jacques Clouseau in Early Doors Productions’ forthcoming performance of…

 
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Who – or what – is Nicki Minaj singing about?

We took a look ahead this morning to some of the many brilliant events talking place in and around our area over the next week or two, including next weekend’s…

 
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Essex Dog Day 2012 on Feelgood Saturday

Was a pleasure to sit in for Alan this week on the Feelgood Saturday. Thanks to Sarah Courage and Roy Dyer for coming into Phoenix FM to tell us all…

 
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Will you need the Egghead?

Lynda Head, St Francis Hospice’s Community Fundraising Manager, popped in this morning to talk about their Big Yellow Q Quiz Night next Friday at the Brentwood Centre, where BBC TV’s…

 
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The Horn behind the music of the 80s

On this morning’s show I unearthed yet another song that was acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit that you probably hadn’t heard in a while. In…

 
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More local talent!

I had the pleasure this morning of giving the first airing to four songs recorded exclusively for Phoenix FM by Brentwood based singer/songwriter Paul Coogan. Paul was one of 23…

 
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A gentlemanly journalist – an oxymoron?

Stephen “Mr 80s” Bealey sat in for Rob on breakfast this morning, leaving behind a bit of an 80s whiff that wafted across this morning’s Feelgood Saturday – including another song that…

 
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Another vowel please, Carol…

Well, it was still Carol when I last watched Countdown! With yet more rain meaning that so many things have had to be cancelled – including Phoenix FM’s Family Fun…

 
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From Belarus to Billericay and farewell to a friend

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] It was fantastic this morning to welcome to Phoenix FM eight of the twelve children mostly from the Bragin area of Belarus currently…

 
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Hello from Belarus!

We heard this morning from a dozen children from Belarus who are currently enjoying a recuperative holiday in Essex organised by the Billericay Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line. Each…

 
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To be, or not to be, honoured?

With today’s publication of the Queen’s Birthday Honours list we took a look this morning at some of those who, in the past, have turned down an award from Her…

 
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Strawberries and a stripper!

There are so many things going on around Brentwood and Billericay at the moment – many of them, though by no means all, connected with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commemorations…

 
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Southgate and Lee – from busking to the big time!

This morning I gave the first play on Phoenix FM to the debut single by the duet Southgate and Leigh, Reena. Composer and keyboard player Phil Southgate grew up in…

 
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Two great bands – live! …and all about the Marillac

With the seventh Phoenix FM Creative Sessions being recorded a stone’s throw from our studios at the Brentwood Centre it was great this morning to welcome a couple of bands…

 
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Who’ll be Queen for a Day?

Mark Reed popped in today to talk about a very exciting competition being run by Bennetts Funeral Directors, in conjunction with the Gazette and various local businesses. They’re on the…

 
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FA Cup Final day and a stolen Bra!

Very much enjoyed covering Alan Johnson on Feelgood Saturday today. Along with some great Feelgood music we heard some Interesting local news and sports stories including a story about a…

 
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The oldest horse in the world?

I was joined this morning by Fran Smith from the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary. As well as explaining how the Sanctuary came about and what it does, Fran also talked…

 
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Elizabeth Lord – She just can’t stop writing!

This morning I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with prolific local novelist Elizabeth Lord. Elizabeth, who lives in Billericay, has published no fewer than 23 novels; she’s also about to publish the…

 
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A great way to remember a friend

I chatted this morning with Oliver Rowe, one of the organisers of a special day of events to remember his friend whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK. The Alan…

 
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My not so Feelgood Saturday – 7th April

A bit of a different sound to the programme today – as I was suffering from a sore throat :(. As Scott Ross later suggested, from my point of view…

 
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Feelgood Saturday, Skidmarques and Annette Carey Couture

It was my great pleasure to be sitting in for Alan on Feelgood Saturday this week. In the first hour, apart from the usual mix of great music we heard…

 
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Undiscovered Upminster and an evening for ladies only – Feelgood Saturday 24th March

This morning I chatted with Phoenix presenter and filmmaker Mike Jones, about his fascinating new documentary Undiscovered Upminster. Mike shared one or two of the interesting facts about his home…

 
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One of the most sampled songs of the 80s – Feelgood Saturday 17th March

Following the success of last weekend’s Fairtrade celebration in Brentwood High Street, this morning I gave a mention to the many local businesses and organisations whom the local Steering Group…

 
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Fairtrade Celebration! – Feelgood Saturday 10th March

On this morning’s show I caught up again with the Brentwood Fairtrade Group, who were celebrating the culmination of Fairtrade Fortnight with a big display in the High Street. The…

 
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Just how many Humperdincks are there? – Feelgood Saturday 3rd March

Following this week’s news that Englebert Humperdinck is to represent the UK in this year’s Eurovsion Song Contest I decided to type his name into predictive text on my smartphone, which replaced…

 
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Fairtrade and Brentwood’s youngest councillor – Feelgood Saturday 25th February

Caryl Kwei from the Brentwood Fairtrade steering group popped in this morning, to talk about Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts on Monday. This year’s theme is Taking a Step towards Fairtrade,…

 
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Belarus to Billericay – Feelgood Saturday 18th February

This morning I was pleased to welcome back some good friends of the programme from the Billericay Link of Chernobyl Children Life Line. Chairman David Gladstone reminded us about the…

 
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Day 1 in our new home – and a Government inspection! – Feelgood Saturday 11th February

Day one of broadcasting from our brand new studios in the Brentwood Centre made for a somewhat different programme from normal, with an unexpected visit from Brentwood & Ongar MP…

 
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A free day out and a charity that empowers people – Feelgood Saturday 4th February

Skidmarques‘ MD Keith Playell popped by again this morning to give us the latest news on their big Open Day next Sunday afternoon to celebrate the company’s move to bigger…

 
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Fast cars and new talent – Feelgood Saturday 28th January

Skidmarques‘ MD Keith Playell popped in again this morning, to share some of the exciting things already planned for their big Open Day to celebrate the company’s move to bigger premises….

 
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Pothole Watch

Keith Playell from Skidmarques tells us the roads to avoid in Brentwood

 
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Excellent stage and screen, all on our doorstep – Feelgood Saturday 14th January

We covered both films and theatre on this morning’s show, both of which are flourishing across Brentwood and Billericay. First up Jill Dimmock popped in from the Brentwood Arts Cinema…

 
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A “P” please Bob… – Feelgood Saturday 7th January

It was sad this morning to hear the news that broadcasting legend Bob Holness had died. He’s probably best remembered for presenting the TV quiz Blockbusters in the 80s and…

 
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Brentwood’s officially Fairtrade – Feelgood Saturday 31st December

Following last week’s announcement that Brentwood has been designated an official Fairtrade Town I chatted this morning with Caryl Kwei, whose local steering group have worked so hard over the…

 
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Roll on summer! – Feelgood Saturday 24th December

This morning we heard that Brentwood had been named the fifth most desirable place to live in the UK, according to the Halifax Bank’s annual Quality of Life Survey, which looks at…

 
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Why don’t you… – Feelgood Saturday 17th December

I promised not too many cheesy Christmas songs this morning, and think I kept my word. I did give East 17’s Stay another day an airing, but it doesn’t really…

 
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A pet greyhound, Victorian Billericay and central heating – Feelgood Saturday 10th December

Carol Cannavan, editor of various publications for the plumbing and heating industry, and Danny Davis, Operations Manager with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, popped in this morning…

 
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Christmas angels, a friendly banker and a very long river – Feelgood Saturday 3rd December

This morning I enjoyed chatting with Hil Jennings and Steve Meacham, two members of a band called Amazi, about their song Christmas Angel. Hil explained how he was inspired to…

 
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After the fire – Feelgood Saturday 26th November

It was back to 1985 for this morning’s song that was Acceptable in the 80s – a UK top 40 hit single that you probably hadn’t heard in a while….

 
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If only every winter’s day could be like this – Feelgood Saturday 19th November

 A beautiful sunny morning across Brentwood and Billericay, and a bit of a smooth feel to some of the music, including this morning’s song that was Acceptable in the 80s –…

 
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Around the Horn – Feelgood Saturday 12th November

It was a laid back show this morning, packed with great songs, ranging from Nero to Mike & the Mechanics. Amongst them was another song that was Acceptable in the…

 
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