Category Archives: One 2 Three

Could this be the worst zoo in the world?

Chinese Zoo

News has just come in about what could possibly be the world’s worst zoo which just opened in a blaze of publicity in Yulin City in China’s southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The special opening event which advertised a display of extremely rare penguins from the South Pole attracted huge crowds.

However visitors were less than impressed when they discovered that the so-called “penguin exhibit” consisted of nothing more than a dozen plastic inflatable penguins.

To add their anger, it subsequently emerged that the only live animals to see at the zoo were chickens, ducks and a tortoise, which was placed in a glass display box and named a “fortune tortoise” with the idea that people would through money at it for good luck.

From another corner of China comes news of just how far a commuter was prepared to go in order to get a seat on a packed train.

Train fit

He threw himself on the floor and pretended to have a fit.

Intriguingly rather than springing to his aid his fellow passengers, who didn’t know he was faking, and horrified by the image of the shaking man on the train floor, took off in all directions, leaving a row of empty seats.

Immediately the man got up and smiling broadly, took one of the now vacant seats.

Perhaps I should give that a try!

See you again tomorrow,

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Everything you need to know about Feet and Knees and Back pain

Mike was delighted to welcome Neil McAllister from Kinetic Podiatry who came in to talk about problems you may be having with your posture or your gait or knee joints. A lengthy discussion followed covering all sorts of feet conditions and what to do about them

You can hear the whole interview again here


If you would like to find out more about Neil then please visit

As you know Harry’s challenge is a big part of Mikes show and this week Harry has even put pen to paper


With apologies to William Wordsworth

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Fame The Musical – Shenfield High School

Shenfield High School  has an excellent Drama department and earlier this year I was delighted to be invited to see their superb whole school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.  Each year a variety of students from all years take part in a full scale musical and their next production early next year is Fame The Musical.

Joining me today was course Teacher Mrs Rachel Bryan along with students Lily Dawson, Lucia Rawlings, Amy Hollingsworth, and Dan West.

Lily Dawson, Lucia Rawlings, Amy Hollingsworth,  Dan West and Mrs Bradley

Lily Dawson, Lucia Rawlings, Amy Hollingsworth, Dan West and Mrs Bryan

You can listen to our chat and two great live performances here –

Here are some pictures from the early rehearsals for the musical

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Want to speed up the traffic?

On today’s programme we heard about the man so fed up with traffic delays on his way to work that he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Noting that the route taken by his bus was always full of parked cars, whilst the left filter lane was always clear, he simply re-painted the road markings, thereby providing an additional straight-on lane. 

Road markings

Unfortunately for him, his activities were captured on surveillance cameras, resulting in his being fined the equivalent of £112.

The road his since been repainted so his efforts were all for nought.

Well I suppose you have to try!

Later in the programme Margaret Mills returned to tell us all about a renowned surgeon from Chelmsford in Georgian times – Dr Benjamin Pugh.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me:-

See you next time,

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More about service charges

On today’s programme I was joined once more by Brian Hughes, the consultant solicitor from Shenfield based solicitors, RAINER HUGHES.

Over the past couple of times Brian has joined me, he has been looking at questions relating to service charges and today, Brian took the issue one step further by looking into the “nuts and bolts” of what is clearly a very complex issue.

You can listen here to what Brian had to say on this subject today: –

Later in the show we heard about one man who could probably have done well to have had Brian at his side.

What had he done to need legal help?

Just posted a cheery “good morning” greeting on his FACEBOOK page. So what went wrong?

It's a good Morning from him!

Well unfortunately somehow FACEBOOK’s automatic translation software, interpreted the post in a way that alerted Israeli police to believe that he was about to commit a terrorist attack.

Mercifully after due investigation the man was released.

So with this item of good news, I’ll sign off for now.

See you again tomorrow,

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Betty Blue Eyes

Shenfield Operatic latest production is Betty Blue Eyes. Sue Gunn and leading actors Alli and Kate popped in for a chat with Mike

You can hear the interview again here

Alan Bennett’s A Private Function is given the musical comedy treatment in this hilarious and touching tale of 1940s Britain. The country is staggering under the burden of acute rationing, unemployment and the coldest winter for decades but one small community can see a bright spark on the horizon; they are determined to celebrate the upcoming Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip with a banquet. Alongside them, greedy and self-important councillors want to host their own celebration with more than just rationed spam. Enter star of the show, Betty the pig! Betty is being reared illegally for the councillors’ feast, but what will happen to her in the end? Full of eccentric characters, such as sweetly hopeless chiropodist Gilbert and his waspish wife Joyce, Betty Blue Eyes is a delightful story full of delicious, toe-tapping songs and plenty of dancing

Betty Blue EyesWednesday 7th to Saturday 10th February 2018

Evenings 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Tickets Weds, Thurs, Sat Mat £18, Fri & Sat Eve £20
Call 07734 817418 or email

The Xmas Factor Album winning song The Beautiful Game composed by Richard Hughes and Darren Clarke got its World premiere on radio during the show

You can hear the link again here


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Billericay Rugby Football Club – Joe Clarke

Billericay Rugby Football Club was formed in late 1959 by members of the St Johns Cricket Club. The Club’s first full fixture took place in February 1960 versus a Brentwood XV and since then the club has built steadily.  Billericay’s 1st team have had a very successful season so far this year winning 6 of their 9 matches and are 2nd in the Essex One division.

It was good to welcome Club President Joe Clarke today to tell us a bit more about the club and their aims.

Billericay RFC President Joe Clarke

Billericay RFC President Joe Clarke

In my introduction I managed to miss out the word “Rugby” Oh well we’re all human!

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more about Billericay RFC on their Pitcheroo website here

Members of Billericay RFC at Billericay Christmas Market last Sunday

Members of Billericay RFC at Billericay Christmas Market last Sunday

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Brentwood Theatre Christmas Show – Narnia

The Brentwood Theatre is putting on a production of a wonderful show for Christmas this year. Based on the C. S. Lewis family classic ‘The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe’ Narnia runs at the Brentwood Theatre up to the 30th December.

Today I was joined by the Director of Narnia – Ray Howes and assistant Director James Sinclair, along with Tianna Mullings to take a few photographs.

Ray Howes and James Sinclair

Ray Howes and James Sinclair

You can listen to our chat here –

Narnia runs at the Brentwood Theatre up to the 30th December.   Tickets are £15 Concessions Available and to book tickets you can call the Brentwood Theatre Box Office on 01277 200305


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Help The Homeless in Brentwood and Billericay

It all started with a wheelie bin that appeared in Billericay Library yesterday.

Lori Mountford who runs a pop up shop in the Library selling charity Christmas cards posted a picture on The Billericay Discussion Page on Facebook of the sign on the bin that appealed for donations of rucksacks and other items that could help the homeless.

I looked into this further and found out that this is a genuine scheme.


Here’s how you can help.

Essex Youth Offending Team are teaming up with the social project ‘Cool to be Kind’ to put together rucksacks for the homeless!

Our young people will be sorting through the donations and putting the rucksacks together to donate to the project!

The project will be delivering the rucksacks throughout the winter to those who are on the streets homeless.

We have set up donation stations around libraries in Essex where you can ‘drop’ your donations in the labelled wheelie bins!

The donation stations will be in place for the next few weeks!

Donation stations:

Brentwood Library
Chelmsford Library
Billericay Library
Springfield Library
South Woodham Ferrers Library
Great Baddow Library

We are in desperate need of Rucksacks/Sleeping bags and flasks also in need of:

New Undies
Warm Tracksuit Bottoms
Bars of Soap
Toothbrush and Toothpaste (if you have a dentist visit scheduled you may want to ask them for some free samples and explain what they are for!)
Tins of food (with ring pulls)
Hats  Gloves  Scarves

For any larger donations or if you cannot get to one of these donation stations please email or phone on 07921 912509 for collection.

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It’s party time!

And by golly we had a real party on today’s show as I was joined by three very attractive young ladies who together go by the name of THE ADELAIDES.


The ADELAIDES have been taking the world of country music by storm and are currently on tour supporting the singer and TV star, MEGAN McKENNA.

You can listen again here to what the girls had to say about the group, the current tour and their plans for the future: –

In the first hour of the show we heard about the AMAZON ELECTRA that left alone, got bored and decided to party on its own at full blast – but at 2 o’clock in the morning!

Party Time

Disgruntled neighbours called police, who unable to make themselves heard above the music, called a locksmith to break in.

They were naturally astonished to find that no one was at home and that the AMAZON ELECTRA was boogying away happily to itself.

The flat owner was equally bemused when he returned to find that he couldn’t get back inside and had to go to the police station to pick up new keys, where he was also presented with a bill from the locksmith.

Not knowing how to get recompense for the cost of a new lock, he turned to ALEXA for the answer, only to be rewarded by the somewhat unhelpful response, “Unfortunately, I have not found an answer to that question”

The good news is that subsequently an AMAZON spokesperson confirmed that although the device had been found to be working flawlessly, they had offered the customer to cover the cost of the incident.

Well at least there was a happy ending this time around.

See you next week,


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