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Dope abounds!

Today we heard about the woman who asked police to check the quality of the cocaine she was selling as she wanted to be sure customers would be safe! Unsurprisingly…

 
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A clean sweep

  We reported today on the 70 year old Bristol man looking for a nude cleaner “to do” for him and on the panic caused on a US university campus…

 
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The Landslide Festival is coming to Brentwood

Chris and Toby Scott chat about the new event coming to town in August.

 
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Parents today – a different breed!

Now to be perfectly honest I normally made myself fairly scarce during my son’s birthday parties even though they were fairly low key events with just a few of his…

 
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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…

 
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Stephen Rudd – Live Session – Listen Here

A great performance of some excellent songs from Stephen this afternoon. Stephen Rudd is a singer songwriter originally from Billericay and now based in Southend. He has recently released the…

 
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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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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 With over 50 entries so far this promises to…

 
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Potentially – a really bad day!

On today’s programme we heard about the man who, it was claimed, managed to destroy his entire company and business by mistyping some computer code. Oops! For a time he…

 
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All the secrets of Chelmsford revealed

It was good to welcome back our old friend JIM REEVE today. Jim has just written a new book called SECRET CHELMSFORD and he popped by today to tell us all…

 
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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. Whilst any kind…

 
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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…

 
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Animals talk with regional accents, apparently!

We learnt today that apparently cats have regional accents! Not only that but it seems that wolves, birds and even cows have them too, with a farmer from Glastonbury asserting…

 
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The sale of the century

On today’s show we heard about two property “bargains”. First off came news of the toilet in London available to rent for just £3000 per month. Alternatively you could consider…

 
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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. The Silver…

 
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A near “catastrophe”

We heard today about the cat who got posted in error with a parcel of DVD’s only to end up 260 miles away from home. Seemingly no one noticed that…

 
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A few too many, perhaps!

To start the working week we heard about a couple of people who might have slightly underestimated their ability to handle their alcoholic intake. First off we heard about the…

 
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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…

 
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Anyone fancy a “sneeze” burger?

We learnt today why it is sometimes wise not to send back an unsatisfactory meal at a restaurant – more especially if it happens to be of the fast food…

 
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An Easter Bank Holiday eggstravaganza!

  Welcome to Easter Bank Holiday Monday! Typical Bank Holiday weather, of course, but at least Friday was magnificent. Anyway on today’s show we heard about the school kids who’ve…

 
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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…

 
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Has bureaucracy gone mad?

On today’s show we heard about the couple just “ticketed” for parking on their own drive. They’ve been parking there happily for the past 14 years but have now been…

 
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Essex means Business

I was delighted to welcome AIDAN SQUIRE, Chairman of the Essex Business Forum onto to today’s show. Now it’s been a little while since I was engaged in the “hurly burly” of…

 
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The Brentwood Half Marathon

Mike Hawkins from Brentwood a Becket Rotary Club talks about this year’s event

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Keep death off the roads

To start another week we reported on the woman caught driving with a 15 foot tree impaled in the front of her car. Must have been on a “trunk” road,…

 
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It’s all in the fine print!

On what was for me a bonus show this week, we heard all about the parking attendant who parked on a double yellow line whilst ticketing another illegally parked vehicle….

 
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Could this be a rotten Apple I see before me?

It seems that the computer giant Apple is in trouble again! No it’s not the FBI  this time but it seems that people have been taking the Micky out of…

 
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Careful what you say!

On this show last week, we heard about the man fined for emitting a loud belch in Vienna, but now closer to home comes news that residents and visitors to Salford…

 
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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. 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. Currently in the middle…

 
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How do you fancy the idea of a fully automated supermarket?

Yes the fully automated supermarket without any staff has arrived – well in Sweden at least. Under the system you scan each purchase using your mobile phone so first off you…

 
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Suffer from flatulence? Don’t go to Vienna!

Today we learnt about the fate suffered by bartender, EDIN MEHIC, when shortly after consuming a kebab, he inadvertently emitted a voluminous belch close to a police officer in Vienna’s…

 
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The Music Man -Luke Coldham

One of the rarer musicals is coming to town The Music Man will be at the Thameside Theatre very soon and Luke Coldham who plays the lead role Professor Harold…

 
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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….

 
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Anyone for coffee?

  On today’s programme we reported the sad news of the demise of the man who launched over 333 million MOKA Coffee Makers onto world markets, only to end his days…

 
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It’s all happening in the EU

Well I guess for the next 4 months we are going to be hearing more about the EU than you can shake a stick at. Today at least we reported…

 
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Jordan’s still got The Voice

Recent star of BBC’s The Voice is back in for another session!

 
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Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians Jazz Band

It was great to have the studio filled with young talented musicians today. The Brentwood Orchestra for Young Musicians a group of eight orchestras of varying ages and abilities, linked…

 
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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…

 
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More from the House

This afternoon we aired the second part of my interview with the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable JOHN BERCOW MP. You can find out more on…

 
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Order, order!

Last week I was privileged yesterday to interview the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP. Mr Bercow fielded questions on, amongst other topics, MP’s…

 
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Free as Air

In the first hour of today’s show we heard part one of my recent interview with the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable JOHN BERCOW MP which…

 
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Thames Crossing Kiss me Kate and Tzu Kingdom

Wow . Uber busy programme today First up on the phone with Mike was Adam Small whos just about to open at the Queens Theatre in Kiss me Kate You…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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A woman’s work is never done

Last Saturday our very own ANTONIA JONES related a story on her Breakfast Show that was just so good that I couldn’t resist giving it another airing today. It seems…

 
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History in the making

I got to chat with JOHN DEBENHAM once more about the book that he and ANDREW SUMMERS co-wrote on the ESSEX HUNDRED HISTORIES. The new edition of this book has just…

 
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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…

 
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Doesn’t Tuesday come round fast?

Being a Tuesday I was pleased to welcome back Margaret Mills. But first off we heard about the man who lives next to a beach in Somerset, who is not…

 
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Well that’s January out of the way

During our first outing in February, we heard all about the girl in Norway who believes she should have been born as a cat! She may not have managed to…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Life is but a dream

Have you ever wanted to control your dreams? Well today we heard about a product which claims to allow you to do just that. A bottle of 60 tablets will…

 
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In a bit of a pickle!

Today we heard about two people who got themselves in a bit if a pickle. First up came news of the pensioner who, because his bus to Edinburgh airport was…

 
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Brentwood Holocaust Memorial Weekend

Mike Jones spoke to Moira Dare-Edwards about the events held in Brentwood.

 
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Brentwood Biscotti – Luke Adams

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

 
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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…

 
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The wrong kind of sun – and other excuses

Last week it was reported that trains were delayed due to “the wrong kind of sun” so today we looked at some other implausible excuses including that of the 10…

 
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Oh dear it’s Monday – again!

Yes the start of yet another week but hopefully we were able to brighten up your day a bit with a couple of oddball stories. First off we heard about…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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David Bowie

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

 
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Stranger on the shore

Yes believe it or not a retired CIA operative has come up with the idea that far from committing suicide at the end of the war, Hitler may well have…

 
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Be afraid ……… very, very afraid!

On today’s show we learnt about the man who has a total freak out whenever he sees himself in the mirror. Well he’s actually a clown but the problem is…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Roundabouts of the world

With a new year comes the annual supply of new calendars – some more exciting and colourful than others! And lovers of roundabouts – we’re talking traffic control features here…

 
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Hey it’s 2016!

Well at least as far as we are concerned we are already in 2016, but if you were one of the 30 inhabitants of the island of Foula in the…

 
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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…

 
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Now that’s what I call a real pot of tea!

It emerged last week that a cafe in Italy has unknowingly been serving customers with cups of tea with a little extra ingredient – cocaine.   The issue came to…

 
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Would you like it to be Christmas every day?

Now I don’t know about you, but for me the magic has rather gone out of Christmas and I’m quite glad when the whole thing is over and done with, but…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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The last show before Christmas!

Being my final show before Christmas I thought it might be interesting to report on the findings of a survey which suggest that astonishingly more than half of mothers-in-law in…

 
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It’s all happening in the USA

We learnt today that in a poll conducted last week, no less than 30% of people claiming to be Republican voters, said they were in favour of bombing the Middle Eastern…

 
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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…

 
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Want to feel like a child again?

I never ceased to be amazed by the human condition and today proved no exception as we learnt about the father of 7, who after 23 years of marriage has decided…

 
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It’s a fair cop!

Unfortunately these days we do have to be ultra vigilant when we are out and about, especially in crowded areas, but you have to be somewhat sympathetic for the guy who…

 
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Frank Allen From The Searchers Chats on Phoenix

Taking a Break from 54 years on the road the fabulous Frank Allen called Mike to chat about past times and the upcoming gig at the Queens Theatre Hornchurch You…

 
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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. Paul’s performances as Rod Stewart are stunningly accurate. He looks…

 
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Now here’s a taster for you!

If you’ve been glued to the goggle box recently watching the antics of a load of celebrities enjoying life in the jungle, maybe you’ve wondered just what some of the…

 
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Aren’t we lucky to be free?

Last week our very own Chris Hood caught up with ANDREW THORPE-APPS, chair of AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL’s CHELMSFORD branch who explained what the organisation is and does and also told us…

 
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Where does our food originate?

Crikey – December already! Christmas is just over 3 weeks away when we’ll all be tucking into roast turkey with all the trimmings. Now hopefully everyone knows just what a…

 
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Two lessons in marketing

After Lighting up Brentwood on Saturday, we are now clearly entering into the Christmas season of markets and Dickensian Fairs and whilst Brentwood’s lighting up event went smoothly, up in…

 
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A law unto themselves!

Today we heard about two very different people who seem to have taken the law into their own hands but with very contrasting results! First off came news of the man…

 
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There’s a time and a place for romance!

We heard today about the over amorous dog who got its head stuck in a cat flap in its efforts to reach a mate in the garden. In the end…

 
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Blowing in the wind

Returning refreshed from a week in the sunshine, mercifully without any emergency landings, we heard today about one flight forced into an emergency landing, not due to technical faults or…

 
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Good Mental Health In The Workplace

Chris Siviter talks to Andy Woodcock and Cara White about their presentation

 
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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…

 
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What will the future look like?

On my bonus show today we tried to peer ahead into the future. First off we examined one prediction of a new style fortune teller who employs her fortune telling…

 
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Riots in Steeple Bumpstead – could this be the end of the world?

If you’ve been perusing the popular press of late you will probably have seen that the world was supposed to end firstly on the 28th September, and then when that didn’t…

 
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The 11th Lord Petre

                I was delighted once more to be joined by Lord Petre from Ingatestone Hall who regaled us today with news of another…

 
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It’s Halloween

A bonus show for me today as I was sitting in for the holidaying, MIKE JONES. With Halloween almost upon us we took a look at two related stories. From…

 
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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…

 
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There’s one born every minute

If you are a criminal on the run, it’s usually a good idea to keep a low profile but we heard today about one such individual who took the unorthodox…

 
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Back to being a kid, maybe!

Do you remember the days when you used to be hanging by an arm each between Mum and Dad kicking the autumn leaves around? Well as some parts of the…

 
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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…

 
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Food for thought!

How would you feel if when you took your date to a restaurant, she tucked into a plate full of washing-up sponges whilst you were enjoying a nice juicy rump…

 
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This is crackers!

Can you imagine innocently buying some Christmas Crackers in a major department store and then being challenged as to what you were going to use the gunpowder for? Well that’s tantamount…

 
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Neil Speight. The Straight Talking Newspaper man

Editor in chief of the Enquirer group of newspapers Neil Speight visited the programme today and enjoyed a long chat with Mike. Neil has been involved in the newspaper business…

 
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Jeff Brown – 23 Years

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

 
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Frontline Partnership – Jo Rayment

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

 
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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…

 
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It’s my party

We discovered today that believe it or not, it is now illegal to cut a wedding cake in the Russian Republic of Chechnya. Not only that but the bride is…

 
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A drink too many, perhaps!

Today we heard all about the duck who is quite partial, to a refreshing drop of beer. Unfortunately after perhaps indulging rather more enthusiastically than usual, became involved in a pub brawl…

 
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A packed studio discussing the Shenfield by-election

The Shenfield by-election takes place on October 29th and Mike invited all the parties taking part in for a debate. In the studio with Mike was Cameron Ball (Labour), John…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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 Tracey was asking us to spread the word about their new Snowdrop…

 
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You could be on your knees

We heard today about the Welsh lady who, due to administrative failures and red tape, for the past 3 years, has had to suffer having treatment for each of her knees…

 
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It’s hospice care week

Whilst deputising for Michelle Ward last Friday, I had the pleasure of talking with LESLEY BURROWS of St Frances Hospice about HOSPICE CARE WEEK. As this event is taking place all…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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The long commute

On last week’s show we heard all about buying and selling property from local estate agent, Nicholas Court and about the chap who went to rent a room in East…

 
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A real mixed grill!

On today’s programme we heard why the Labour Party might want to put too much “meat on the bone” about their new policies. This followed news that spokesperson on farming…

 
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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. Attila The Stockbroker has…

 
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A room with a view?

Last week I had the pleasure of talking with a local estate agent but in spite of what he told me about rising costs, even that did not prepare me…

 
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Help and guidance is at hand!

We learnt today that an Alabama councillor is seeking divine guidance for a plan to ban the wearing of saggy jeans, trousers and shorts in public. “ I’ve prayed about…

 
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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…

 
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Is this the thickest bank robber ever?

On today’s show we heard about the man who held a knife to the neck of a cashier at his local NatWest Bank and demanded that she deposit £500 into his…

 
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Are you on the move?

  I was joined today by Nicholas Court from local estate agents, Court & Co who provided an insight into many aspects of buying and selling property. Listen to what he…

 
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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…

 
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Could this man be the butt of people’s jokes?

We learnt today about the man who inadvertently dialled police on his mobile phone which was in his back pocket. Shame for him really as he was in the midst…

 
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Pack up your troubles!

If you have concerns about your weight, we reported on the new craze sweeping Hong Kong. Rather than going on a straight diet, women there are spending up to 44 minutes…

 
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Now here’s a spectacle not to be missed!

We learnt today all about the sheep dung spitting contest recently held in Northern Ireland as part of a local festival. Apparently this event is classified as a sport in some parts…

 
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Another gloomy Bank Holiday

The last Bank Holiday of the year before Christmas and it’s raining again! Wouldn’t you just know it? Well at least we tried to cheer you up with news of…

 
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Emoov – The Brentwood-Based Online Estate Agent That’s Moving Forward

eMoov have been expanding since Russell Quirk started his on line estate business not very long ago. So much so that today they were hoping to raise over £1m in…

 
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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…

 
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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. Daynah (16) and Liam (17) each performed individually and…

 
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It’s a dog’s life

On today’s show we heard about the woman who’s trained her dog to share a large amount of her housework. Apparently it can do the weeding in the garden, take…

 
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It’s a laugh a minute at DISMALAND”!

After a week away in a country which believes itself to be top dog in the EU, but where if you want to get an internet connection you have to pay…

 
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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 –…

 
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A holiday on the run?

We heard today about the three girls who were a bit short of the “readies” for their holiday spending money so struck on the idea of ripping off your favourite…

 
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The deal of the century!

On today’s show we had been expecting to learn all about the government’s new campaign aimed at encouraging people to make a will before it’s too late from DAN ATTFIELD but…

 
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Election Aftermath and The Labour Leadership

Former Brentwood Councillor and PPC at the last Election Mike Le Surf came into talk to Mike about the Labour leadership contest and where it all went wrong on May…

 
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A midsummer’s nightmare?

We heard today about the man suing his new bride for deception after he saw her for the first time without make up. He said that she had always appeared…

 
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Anything to save your bacon

Today we heard all about the Yorkshire man who tried to have his girlfriend and her cat arrested after the cat ate his bacon. Surprisingly the police showed no signs…

 
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Was Rake a pirate?

Margaret Mills popped by today to relate tales of the pirates of old who used to ply their trade along the many remote creeks and back waters which make up the…

 
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Crime doesn’t pay!

On today’s show we heard all about the drunk, illiterate and would-be robber who mistook a fish and chip shop for a bookmaker. Clearly he was not on a good…

 
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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…

 
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I was all in a haze!

From the end of this month you will be able to go to a bar in London’s borough Market, and for £10, get totally smashed out of your brains in…

 
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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…

 
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The things people want!

When you are going on your travels by plane have you ever noticed that some people seem to have more and larger hand luggage than you’d put in the hold?…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Stars behind bars

After TRIP ADVISOR and other review sites, Google Reviews are now appearing for some of Her Majesty’s jails and we heard some of those reviews today.       Later…

 
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It’s all about carefully considering your options!

In the second hour of today’s show we heard all about the drunk driver who fled from his car, jumped into what he thought was a taxi and ordered the…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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. Residents…

 
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The Lawyer and the Insurance man

On today’s show we heard about the lawyer who reportedly insured his cigars against, amongst other things, fire and then successfully claimed on his policy, only to be subsequently charged…

 
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Help is in the air

I was joined today by Sabi Blyth, the Fundraising Manager and Clair Mitchell, the Fundraising Coordinator for the Essex division of the ESSEX & HERTS AIR AMBULANCE TRUST. Sabi and Clair outlined the latest…

 
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Watch out you could lose half your car overnight!

Yipee! I get to do a bonus show this week. On today’s programme we learnt why owning a Vauxhall car particularly if living in Bedfordshire, the county which gave birth to…

 
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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…

 
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It’s all about the demon drink!

On today’s programme Margaret Mills told us all about the man known as THE SPIDER MAN of STOCK. He was actually a chap called Charlie who worked as an ostler…

 
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We find out about Myofascial Release

I was joined on today’s show by NIKKI ROBINSON from HOLISTACARE who told us all about what is claimed to be a ground breaking new pain relief technique known as MYOFASCIAL…

 
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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…

 
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This has to take the biscuit!

We learnt today that as a direct result of  the imposition of new rulings by the Home Office, the incidence of violent crime in your area could be about to…

 
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Things to do in the summer holidays

I was delighted to be joined once more by Lord Petre of Ingatestone Hall.   On his previous visits Lord Petre has provided us with some insights into some his more…

 
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You’re not welcome here!

A bonus show for me today as I was deputising for the magnificent BOB SIMPSON.     On today’s show we heard about two unwelcome guests – well kind of! First…

 
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It’s far from fine!

On today’s programme we learnt about the Scottish pensioner receiving a parking fine even though she doesn’t own a car. And now the real car owner has been told she…

 
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It’s all a case of mistaken identity!

We heard today about a bit of a rumpus that’s been caused north of the border up in Scotland due to mistaken identity. Well actually not once but twice!  …

 
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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…

 
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Turn down that rocking chair!

We heard today about the Canadian pensioner served with a penalty notice due to the sound of her rocking chair disturbing the peace. Yes, believe it or not neighbours of 91-year…

 
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The Magna Carta and Essex

The Magna Carta was agreed in a field in Runnymede in Berkshire so what does it have to do with Essex? Well quite a lot it seems, as my guest, JOHN…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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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?…

 
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A cut above the average, perhaps?

On today’s show we reported the incredible tale of of the surgeon in Ayr forced to carry out an amputation using a rusty old hacksaw found in a store cupboard…

 
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Get on down to the biggest quiz in the world!

I was joined on today’s programme by STAN KELLER, District Governor of the predominantly ESSEX Rotary Clubs, who’s been charged with organising THE WORLD’s BIGGEST QUIZ which is to be…

 
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Ronnie O’Sullivan back on air!

Click here to listen to the show again: It was great to have Essex snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan back at Phoenix FM today for a two hour special. Ronnie had…

 
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Step up to the plate to pay for a fairy tale wedding

This afternoon we heard about the unemployed woman who wants taxpayers to stump up £10,000 to pay for her wedding plus an extra £2000 for a honeymoon in Mexico. Yes,…

 
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From the cradle to the grave

I was joined today by Tina Lassman who is owner and manager of The Little Legs Nursery and Pre-School in Hutton. Although a local girl Tina has spread her wings by…

 
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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…

 
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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…

 
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Are there some things you can’t bequeath?

The answer to the above question is definitely “YES”. To learn more listen to what DAN ATTFIELD and NICK GOLDBERG said on this subject today by clicking on the link below:…

 
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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. You can listen to…

 
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The bare minimum for a funeral?

Have you ever given thought as to how you would like your funeral to be conducted? I ask this because it seems that in China many rural people believe that…

 
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Another Bank Holiday!

With the Early Spring Bank Holiday upon us I should really have joined the Phoenix FM Morris Dancing Formation Team prancing round the Maypole in the car park but instead…

 
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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…

 
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Vote for me!

On today’s show we took a peep at one or two of the policies on offer from some of the lesser known parties standing in next week’s general election. How…

 
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The Act of Caring

I was joined today by DAN ATTFIELD and NICK GOLDBERG to unravel the intricacies of the CARE ACT 2014. Listen again to what Dan and Nick told me today, by…

 
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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…

 
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There’s nowt so English as curry

With St George’s Day coming up on Thursday, we heard about the English City Council that tried to ban a curry stall being set up as part of their St…

 
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The Petres of Ingatestone Hall

I was once again delighted to be joined by Lord Petre who turned the clock back to the years between 1689 and 1801 to look at the lives of the…

 
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Jobs for the boys

Well I doubt if any of the jobs currently being advertised by the terror group IS will be offered to females! Amongst the keenly fought for posts on offer are…

 
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That’s the way to do it!

On today’s show I was joined once again by DAN ATTFIELD and NICK GOLDBERG from AFFINITY WILLS. The chosen subject today was a challenging one – how your last will and…

 
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Is 30 years out of date?

I guess we all treat “sell by” and “use by dates” with a bit of flexibility  – but you might think twice when something is 30 years out of date….

 
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It’s the first Bank Holiday of the Year!

Well it’s the first Bank Holiday Monday at any rate and the sun is shining to boot! On today’s programme we heard about the impatient guy who equipped his vehicle with…

 
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Get this man working for UK GB!

I doubt that many people would disagree that governments the world over are probably pass masters at misinformation and deceit so when an individual surfaces who demonstrates a real skill…

 
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Who’s really in charge?

On today’s programme we heard about the revelation by the Iranian authorities that the USA has really been governed since 1945 by an evil band of German Nazi aliens. Perhaps that…

 
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From a castle to the Land of Oz

On today’s programme we were treated by MARGARET MILLS to a trip to Castle Hedingham. Listen again to what Margaret told us today by clicking on the link below: –…

 
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They do things differently move across the Channel

On today’s show we heard about the French fashion designer, seemingly making a name for himself by half dressing models in ill fitting oversized paper bags with brown paper masks obscuring…

 
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You can fool some of the people ………………..

On today’s for me EXTRA, EXTRA BONUS edition of the show we learnt about the evangelist who is trying to persuade his flock to divvy up the equivalent of £200 EACH…

 
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Would you create a stink over this?

On today’s, and for me, bonus edition of the show we heard about some truly horrific travel related stories. How would you feel if you were stuck in a confined…

 
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A ghost of a chance!

It’s hard to believe the nerve of some people but astonishingly a Russian burglar actually persuaded one of his victims that he was a ghost and that the man should…

 
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It’s all about Will Power

Dan Attfield from AFFINITY WILLS was on hand today to explain all about the different kinds of POWERS OF ATTORNEY which are now available to cover various eventualities which can arise…

 
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Where do I go from here?

The boss was really looking for a top flight presenter to deputise for Mike Jones this afternoon but in the event I was the only one available! Anyway with the weekend coming up we looked…

 
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