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Growing Shoes and Computer Rage!

Growing Shoes and Computer Rage!

Bob Simpson April 22, 2015 0

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 music and chat and

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There’s nowt so English as curry

There’s nowt so English as curry

Scott Ross April 21, 2015 0

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 George’s Day celebrations, on

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The Petres of Ingatestone Hall

The Petres of Ingatestone Hall

Scott Ross April 20, 2015 0

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 7th, 8th and 9th

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Jobs for the boys

Jobs for the boys

Scott Ross April 14, 2015 0

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 those for a press

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That’s the way to do it!

That’s the way to do it!

Scott Ross April 13, 2015 0

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 testament could be contested

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Is 30 years out of date?

Is 30 years out of date?

Scott Ross April 7, 2015 0

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treat “sell by” and “use by dates” with a bit of flexibility  – but you might think twice when something is 30 years out of date. Well apparently a 77-year

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It’s the first Bank Holiday of the Year!

It’s the first Bank Holiday of the Year!

Scott Ross April 6, 2015 0

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 police sirens and flashing

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Get this man working for UK GB!

Get this man working for UK GB!

Scott Ross March 31, 2015 0

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 and aptitude for deception

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Who’s really in charge?

Who’s really in charge?

Scott Ross March 30, 2015 0

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 accounts for some of

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From a castle to the Land of Oz

From a castle to the Land of Oz

Scott Ross March 24, 2015 0

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: - We also heard the

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They do things differently move across the Channel

They do things differently move across the Channel

Scott Ross March 23, 2015 0

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 their faces. Whilst admitting

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

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

Scott Ross March 20, 2015 0

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 (!) so he can

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Would you create a stink over this?

Would you create a stink over this?

Scott Ross March 18, 2015 0

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 space and forced to breathe

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A ghost of a chance!

A ghost of a chance!

Scott Ross March 17, 2015 0

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 go back to sleep!

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It’s all about Will Power

It’s all about Will Power

Scott Ross March 16, 2015 0

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 should you become in

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Where do I go from here?

Where do I go from here?

Scott Ross March 13, 2015 0

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 at a couple of

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It’s my party!

It’s my party!

Scott Ross March 10, 2015 0

On today’s programme we learnt about the political party banned by the Electoral Commission from taking part in this year’s general election. The reason – it’s name the Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party, could

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It’s all gone to pot!

It’s all gone to pot!

Scott Ross March 9, 2015 0

    On today’s programme we heard why if you are doing something illegal it really isn’t a very good idea to alert those appointed to enforce the law. We also heard about the

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Another bonus Show

Another bonus Show

Scott Ross March 5, 2015 0

Hey I’m back with another bonus show this week!     On this, for me, “bonus” edition of the show, we heard all about taxmen insisting that some taxpayers are dead – although I

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It’s all about ghosts!

It’s all about ghosts!

Scott Ross March 3, 2015 0

On today’s programme we learnt all about the man who has put his 8 year old laptop up for sale on eBay – and claims it’s haunted. With bids exceeding $6000 the ploy clearly

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How to ring-fence all you hold dear

How to ring-fence all you hold dear

Scott Ross March 2, 2015 0

 In the first hour of today’s show I was joined by DAN ATTFIELD and NICK GOLDBERG from AFFINTY WILLS. On today’s programme they lifted the veil off the potentially complex issue of LIFETIME ASSET

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Need a break from work pressures? Well how about break away from it all in UKRAINE!

Need a break from work pressures? Well how about break away from it all in UKRAINE!

Scott Ross February 25, 2015 0

Yes on my bonus show this week we heard about the holiday company offering escorted tours of the war-torn areas of Eastern Ukraine. A four day trip will set you back around £2000 plus

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A truly remarkable product – perhaps!

A truly remarkable product – perhaps!

Scott Ross February 24, 2015 0

Today we heard about a product which the manufacturers claims to provide a burst of sensuality as plump wild strawberries, succulent peaches and voluptuous vanilla which come together to create a fragrance as addictive

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I’m back – I think

I’m back – I think

Scott Ross February 23, 2015 0

Yes after an enforced week away I am delighted to be back and away from the boring 4 walls at home. On today’s programme we heard all about the Cornish man who appears to

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Jon Ouin from Stornoway and Shenfields Nuns in the studio

Jon Ouin from Stornoway and Shenfields Nuns in the studio

Mike Jones February 20, 2015 0

In a packed programme today Mike welcomed Jon Ouin who is the keyboard player with Stornaway to talk about the new album and tour You can hear that interview here The lovely ladies from

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It’s Pancake Day! and Dan Attfield from Affinity Wills

It’s Pancake Day! and Dan Attfield from Affinity Wills

Bob Simpson February 17, 2015 0

It was my pleasure to deputise for Scott Ross today on One 2 Three. My guest was Dan Attfield from our sponsor Affinity Wills, today talking about trusts.   You can listen to our

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Are you old enough to buy fruit?

Are you old enough to buy fruit?

Scott Ross February 10, 2015 0

We heard today all about the supermarket which demanded proof of age when a 37-year old woman tried to purchase a £1 pot of fruit, insisting that this new policy had been introduced over

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How a 70 year old tragedy is to be marked

How a 70 year old tragedy is to be marked

Scott Ross February 9, 2015 0

It was 70 years ago tomorrow  – on the 10th February 1945 – that a US airforce transport plane crashed in Brentwood. It actually crashed through the roof of a house in Broomfield Gardens,

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Tall Dark Friend Plays live in the studio

Tall Dark Friend Plays live in the studio

Mike Jones February 7, 2015 0

One of the most unique and interesting artists Jordan Gray joins Mike in the studio for a chat and to play some new some old and actually quite brilliant music. This artist’s big break

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Time To Talk

Time To Talk

Bob Simpson February 5, 2015 0

People are being encouraged to spend five minutes today talking about mental health as part of the second annual Time to Talk day. If more of us speak about mental health problems, the belief

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Emotions can be priceless!

Emotions can be priceless!

Scott Ross February 3, 2015 0

It was good to welcome back Margaret Mills who presented her final tips on how you can set about tracing your family tree. If you missed what Margaret hads to say today, listen again

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From The Leader

From The Leader

Mike Jones February 3, 2015 0

Mike welcomed Leader of the Brentwood Borough Council, Barry Aspinell, into the studio for another chat about everything Brentwood. You can here the whole interview again here

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It’s all about trust

It’s all about trust

Scott Ross February 2, 2015 0

I was joined today by the team from Affinity Wills to talk about Trusts in Wills. We are now beginning to explore rather more complex areas however NICK and DAN explained in simple terms

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Just the ticket!

Just the ticket!

Scott Ross January 27, 2015 0

Tuesday is upon us once more and so MARGARET MILLS joined me again with some further tips on researching your family history. Listen again to Margaret’s suggestions here: - We also heard about the

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Getting into bad habits!

Getting into bad habits!

Scott Ross January 26, 2015 0

On today’s show we heard about the beggar who seems to have managed to persuade many of London’s rich and famous to part with their money to help put a roof over his head

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It’s My Party!

It’s My Party!

Scott Ross January 20, 2015 0

On today’s programme we heard all about the 5-year old who after failing to turn up to a friend’s birthday party has been billed nearly £16 for a non show! How traditions for birthday parties

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A pub with no gas!

A pub with no gas!

Scott Ross January 19, 2015 0

On today’s show we  heard about the Essex pub that has received a gas bill, ostensibly intended for HRH Prince of Wales. This was especially strange given that the pub is not connected to

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Birmingham – the Mecca of the UK!

Birmingham – the Mecca of the UK!

Scott Ross January 13, 2015 0

Controversially we examined the remarks, made recently by a self-styled expert on terrorism and security, in a live TV broadcast during which he claimed that Birmingham was one of many no-go areas in Europe, for

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Now that’s what I call a “sickie”

Now that’s what I call a “sickie”

Scott Ross January 12, 2015 0

Now I guess that most of us have pulled a “sickie” to get a day off work now and then but get this, Mr Shri A.K. Verma, an executive engineer, left his job at

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Mike Le Surf on the NHS on the Economy and local stuff

Mike Le Surf on the NHS on the Economy and local stuff

Mike Jones January 10, 2015 0

Always a pleasure to welcome back into the studio the PPC for Basildon South and East Thurrock. Mike Le Surf. Mike Jones chatted and debated for nearly an hour on the topics of the

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Nazi Cows – Yawohl!

Nazi Cows – Yawohl!

Scott Ross January 6, 2015 0

On today’s show we learnt about problems resulting from the decision by a farmer to import a herd of cattle that had been created at the behest of Nazi officials. The breed thus created exhibited excessive

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Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Where there’s a will there’s a way!

Scott Ross January 5, 2015 0

Dan Attfield from Affinity Wills came in to talk about the whys and wherefores of will-making

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It’s out with the old……………

It’s out with the old……………

Scott Ross December 30, 2014 0

As this was my final show for 2014, I thought it would be good to take a listen back to some of the music that made 2014 the year it was. Some years are

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Is this a circus – or what?

Is this a circus – or what?

Scott Ross December 29, 2014 0

First off let me express the hope that you had a great Christmas. Of course if you are really lucky you may still be off work in which case maybe you caught today’s show.

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It’s Almost Christmas

It’s Almost Christmas

Scott Ross December 23, 2014 0

Yes the big day is almost upon us so I finally succumbed to the inevitable and played some Christmas songs. Having been plagued by them in supermarkets since October I vowed to keep my

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Elvis is truly here!

Elvis is truly here!

Scott Ross December 22, 2014 0

On today’s show I had the privilege of speaking with ELVIS. Well not quite, but my guest SAL BASHIR looks and sounds so much like the real thing that it’s hard to believe that it’s

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Red tape and loo rolls

Red tape and loo rolls

Scott Ross December 18, 2014 0

On today’s, and for me, bonus edition of the show we heard about the triumph of red tape over common sense which has resulted in two schools in Carmarthenshire having to remain open with

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It’s all in the name!

It’s all in the name!

Scott Ross December 16, 2014 0

On today’s show we heard about an exciting competition to name a new leisure centre in Selby. The winning entry which was truly inspired came up with the jaw dropping, creative and imaginative name

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Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? – Just dropping in for a chat!

Oh Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? – Just dropping in for a chat!

Scott Ross December 15, 2014 0

Although I was losing my voice today I still managed to relate the story of the Dutchman who thought he would propose to his girlfriend by singing to her through her bedroom window. Unfortunately

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It’s all happening in Spain

It’s all happening in Spain

Scott Ross December 10, 2014 0

We are always hearing about big multi-nationals managing to evade paying taxes, but you really do have to admire the ingenuity of this tax dodge being undertaken by an all woman Spanish theatre troupe.

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It’s a cracker!

It’s a cracker!

Scott Ross December 9, 2014 0

Being a Tuesday I was again joined by Margaret Mills who provided us with the story of a well known 19th century authoress who, back in 1852 published a book – “LADY AUDLEY”S SECRET”

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Don’t touch the rice pudding!

Don’t touch the rice pudding!

Scott Ross December 2, 2014 0

Today we heard from Margaret Mills about a woman who lived near Saffron Walden, believed to have poisoned her children and husband by lacing their rice puddings with arsenic. Although never convicted of murder,

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It’s Cyber Monday and a pig of a day!

It’s Cyber Monday and a pig of a day!

Scott Ross December 1, 2014 0

Yeah if you missed all the mayhem of “BLACK FRIDAY” today is “CYBER MONDAY” so you can do it all over again – but this time on line. But enough of that! So far

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The Boy who grew up into a Woman . Jordan Gray on One to Three

The Boy who grew up into a Woman . Jordan Gray on One to Three

Mike Jones November 29, 2014 1

I first became aware of Jordan Gray AKA Tall Dark Friend back in 2008 and ever since that first meeting I have fully appreciated the sheer talent and scope of Jordans work. Seven albums

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Gift ideas for Christmas and tips for job hunters

Gift ideas for Christmas and tips for job hunters

Scott Ross November 27, 2014 0

On today’s, and for me, bonus edition of the show, and with Christmas on the horizon we took a quick look at a couple of gift ideas you might want to consider.    

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A pot of gold?

A pot of gold?

Scott Ross November 25, 2014 0

Yesterday we heard about the poo powered bus service operating between Bristol and Bath and today we heard about the American organisation trying to buy poop. Seemingly they will cough up $40 (£25) per day

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A pile of poo

A pile of poo

Scott Ross November 24, 2014 0

Just when you think you’ve heard it all comes news that a Polish town that is trying to ban POOH BEAR from a new playground due to his portrayal as a part naked hermaphrodite of “dubious

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That’s another fine mess!

That’s another fine mess!

Scott Ross November 20, 2014 0

On today’s – and for me, bonus edition of the show, we learnt about the car that’s clocked up over £14,000 in parking fees in very mysterious circumstances and about the university student student who

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It’s Your Move!

It’s Your Move!

Scott Ross November 18, 2014 0

No vipers this week but it was gunpowder instead that featured in today’s folklore feature from Margaret Mills. Not that this was Margaret’s suggestion, but the cure for stomach complaints and indigestion, proposed by

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Keeping your head in a crisis

Keeping your head in a crisis

Scott Ross November 17, 2014 0

I was privileged to be joined today by LORD PETRE of INGATESTONE HALL who kindly agreed to tell me a bit about his family history. It is astonishing, how at a time when religion was such

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The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

Scott Ross November 13, 2014 0

“HAVING THE LAST LAUGH” is the title of a book just completed by today’s guest, AARON KUMAR. If you’ve ever been the victim of bullying, or just of people trying to “put you down”, fear

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It’s no good “whining” about it!

It’s no good “whining” about it!

Scott Ross November 11, 2014 0

Having tried to scare us all half to death with all her recent stories of ghosts said to haunt various parts of Essex, Margaret Mills turned her attention to some folklore remedies for various

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It’s Showtime!

It’s Showtime!

Scott Ross November 10, 2014 0

We heard today from Clive and Linda Paish about a show they are staging at the BRENTWOOD THEATRE next Sunday evening at 7:30. Two years in the planning, and with a cast of 33

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What A Mistake to make!

What A Mistake to make!

Scott Ross November 6, 2014 0

After a week of celebrating my birthday by sunning myself in Tenerife, it’s back to cold old England, but with last night being bonfire night we took a look at a few facts about

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It’s the original MAN OF ACTION!

It’s the original MAN OF ACTION!

Scott Ross October 28, 2014 0

For most of today’s show I handed over the reigns to the original “MAN OF ACTION”, KEITH ROGERS but Margaret Mills joined us again for our Haunted Essex feature. Keith played the following tracks:

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Timing is everything if you don’t want a stack of trouble

Timing is everything if you don’t want a stack of trouble

Scott Ross October 27, 2014 0

Back on Easter Bank Holiday Monday I got to talk with Sarah Smith about her book “The Secret of Aldwych Strand – END OF THE PIER AFFAIR”. This was the first in a trilogy

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Movember and Mike Le Surf

Movember and Mike Le Surf

Mike Jones October 24, 2014 0

Mike was delighted to welcome]amie West from Funeral Directors West and Coe who are launching their campaign for Movember which includes one member of staff shaving off his moustache after 47 years . You

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Snap up a bargain

Snap up a bargain

Scott Ross October 23, 2014 0

I had expected that Keith Rogers would be taking care of business on today’s show, but regrettably he was indisposed. So undaunted Jess Davis and I soldiered on alone! On today’s show we found out

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Once a “pirate” – always a “pirate”

Once a “pirate” – always a “pirate”

Scott Ross October 21, 2014 0

My show today was mostly taken over by a radio legend, KEITH ROGERS. Dating back to the “watery wireless” days of the 1970’s, it was great to welcome Keith to Phoenix FM. A professional

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A posting from Italy or a field day

A posting from Italy or a field day

Scott Ross October 20, 2014 0

  On today’s show we heard all about the Italians trying unsuccessfully to get “quickie” divorces by claiming they were living in the UK. Unfortunately the plan failed when it was found that they

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Would you want to bet on this girl getting a good job?

Would you want to bet on this girl getting a good job?

Scott Ross October 16, 2014 0

Another “bonus” show for me this week. And what a bonus it was as I was joined in the studio by a radio legend – Keith Rogers and I was also assisted by Jess

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Who’s paying for my burger?

Who’s paying for my burger?

Scott Ross October 14, 2014 0

Last week on this show we heard about the breakfast to die for – and at 8000 calories, you probably would if you ate it all. Well this week we heard all about the

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Well I never!

Well I never!

Scott Ross October 13, 2014 0

On today’s programme we learnt all about the dog running for mayoral office in Oakland, California. Not sure if he has a “lead” in the polls or whether, if successful, his opponents will try

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It’s Bonus Time

It’s Bonus Time

Scott Ross October 8, 2014 0

It’s bonus day for me today as I was deputising for Mike Jones who is currently sunning himself without caring about us lot dissolving in the rain and chill. Anyway on today’s show we

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Anyone feel like a late breakfast?

Anyone feel like a late breakfast?

Scott Ross October 7, 2014 1

This time last week it was still summer and now look what’s happened! Now I’m always being told that you should always start the day with a good, hearty breakfast and that it’s even

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A swan song for a local band legend

A swan song for a local band legend

Scott Ross October 6, 2014 0

On today’s show I was privileged to be joined by Lee Probert who is the lead singer/songwriter and rhythm guitarist of the Maldon based band – THE DOLL SET TONES. The band will be releasing

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Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Coping With Depression – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson October 3, 2014 0

I was pleased to be joined today by our regular contributor Carol Finney Carol is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Today we talked

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Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Arbutus Music Workshops and Pictures of Lily – Can You Help?

Bob Simpson October 2, 2014 0

Arbutus Music have launched a new programme of singing events  The first one is in two weeks time Thursday 16 October at South Weald and the next is at St George’s in Brentwood on

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The One Arm Bandit to the rescue

The One Arm Bandit to the rescue

Scott Ross September 30, 2014 0

On today’s show we learnt about the man who was saved from jail in the nick of time. Just as police arrived to arrest him for non payment of a fine, he hit the

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Billericay in the Great War

Billericay in the Great War

Scott Ross September 29, 2014 0

As part of our continuing series of features commemorating the start of the First World War, I was joined today by KEN PORTER and STEPHEN WYNN who have just completed their book about how

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Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Brentwood Mind, Jo Harman, Paolo Morena, Colin Wade and… Michelle Ward!

Bob Simpson September 25, 2014 0

An Evening with Jo Harman and Friends is a fundraising concert for Brentwood Mind at The Brentwood Theatre on 25 October. I was joined in the studio today by the concert’s organiser, Colin Wade,

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Radio Ray and the Pirates

Radio Ray and the Pirates

Mike Jones September 24, 2014 2

Essex Legend Ray Clark popped into Phoenix to see his old colleague Mike Jones to talk about his career in Radio and about his new book which tells the story of his pirate days

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OK. Who’s for the high jump?

OK. Who’s for the high jump?

Scott Ross September 23, 2014 0

A very busy show today as not only did we have another tale of ghosts from Margaret Mills, but we were also put through our paces by Garry Sapsford, the head of PE at

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Referendums, North Korean style!

Referendums, North Korean style!

Scott Ross September 22, 2014 0

On today’s programme we learnt that the Russians suggested that as the turnout in last week’s referendum in Scotland was of similar proportions declared in North Korea, the vote might well have been “rigged”.

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Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Margaret Mills’ Book Review – “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore

Bob Simpson September 19, 2014 0

Margaret Mills returned to Phoenix FM today for her latest book review. “The Lie” by Helen Dunmore, (paperback, fiction,) published 2014 by Windmill Books, price £7.99   In 1920, Daniel returns to Cornwall, after service in the trenchesduring World War 1. 

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Christmas is Coming…

Christmas is Coming…

Bob Simpson September 18, 2014 0

On today’s show our thoughts went out to Australian golfer Greg Norman… Last week, he posted a picture of himself using a chainsaw to trim a plant. He wrote alongside it: “Never ask someone

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Not all banks are the same!

Not all banks are the same!

Scott Ross September 16, 2014 0

These days we are always hearing about what the banks have been up to – but of course these are the normal banks you find on the High Street.  But now comes news of a

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The Home Front in the Great War – What was it like?

The Home Front in the Great War – What was it like?

Scott Ross September 15, 2014 0

It was just like old times today, as I was joined by FRANCES CLAMP. Now Frances has just completed a book on what life was like on the home front during the First World War.

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Classic Cars and Politics today

Classic Cars and Politics today

Mike Jones September 13, 2014 0

Mike was joined in the studio today by political journalist and Classic Car nut Chris Smith To hear the chat again you can listen again here

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It’s a dead loss!

It’s a dead loss!

Scott Ross September 9, 2014 0

On today’s show we got to enjoy our first story of HAUNTED ESSEX from Margaret Mills. Today we got two ghosts for the price of one, both of which are said to haunt Ingatestone

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The crowning glory!

The crowning glory!

Scott Ross September 8, 2014 0

Another Monday so, of course, the sun is shining and it’s a lovely warm day. Anyway on today’s show we heard all about the beauty queen who it’s been claimed has “done a runner”

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Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Mental Health Issues in Adolescents and Young People – Carol Finney

Bob Simpson September 5, 2014 0

Carol Finney is a  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist from CBT Services Brentwood at The Brentwood Clinic in Shenfield Road, Brentwood. Carol will be joining me on the show each month to talk about a range

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It came from the sky

It came from the sky

Scott Ross September 2, 2014 0

Now I guess we’ve all heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge. Whether or not you accept that only around 7% of what money is raised actually funds research with the majority paying for admin,

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Life on the Front line

Life on the Front line

Scott Ross September 1, 2014 0

On today’s show I was joined by STEVE ROBERTS, a man who spent 30 years on the front line with the Metropolitan Police so who better to tell us what life is really like dealing

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If music be the food of love – play on!

If music be the food of love – play on!

Scott Ross August 28, 2014 1

It may be a Thursday but yes, it’s me again back on ONE-2-THREE whilst Bob is taking a break – well not a break exactly, more like Breakfast! Yes he’s currently deputising for JOE

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Now that’s what I call a mouthful!

Now that’s what I call a mouthful!

Scott Ross August 26, 2014 0

After a miserable Bank Holiday Monday it’s back to work today but mercifully the weather is still not up to much so to cheer ourselves up in between the usual mix of great music,

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Bang, Bang, you’re dead – or are you?

Bang, Bang, you’re dead – or are you?

Scott Ross August 25, 2014 0

On today’s show we heard about two people – one in this country and one in France – who both received letters telling them that they were dead!  The French pensioner even had to

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Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Brentwood Yoga Studio raises £3,000 for MIND

Bob Simpson August 22, 2014 0

The Brentwood Yoga & Wellbeing Studio celebrated it’s first Birthday by bringing 100 people together to do a mass Yogathon on Shenfield Common in May and raised more than £3,000 much-needed funds for Brentwood MIND

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£7,500 for a Cupboard

£7,500 for a Cupboard

Bob Simpson August 21, 2014 0

Today on One 2 Three I featured a story that shows just how crazy the housing market is getting. Yes an estate agent has a 7ft by 12ft cupboard for sale in London available

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Straight from The Leaders Mouth

Straight from The Leaders Mouth

Mike Jones August 21, 2014 0

The leader of Brentwood Council and Fire authority member Barry Aspinell came into the Phoenix Studio to talk to Mike about how the new Accord was getting on. The past present and the future

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A Body of Evidence

A Body of Evidence

Scott Ross August 19, 2014 0

On today’s show we heard about two murders. Carl Merry’s Essex Tale concerned the Headless Saint – St Osyth who was murdered by Nordic invaders but we also heard of a more recent case

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Right who’s the man of the house?

Right who’s the man of the house?

Scott Ross August 18, 2014 0

On today’s show we heard about the woman claiming that she shouldn’t have to pay the bedroom tax because her spare room is occupied by a ghost. Well that’s got to be a first! She

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The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

The Monthly Book Review – Margaret Mills

Bob Simpson August 15, 2014 0

On today’s One 2 Three it was time for our monthly book review with Margaret Mills. This month Margaret was  reviewing… “Payback“  by Kimberley Chambers, (paperback, fiction),  published 2014  by HarperCollins, price = £7.99.   A tale of a

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Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Drew Levi Performs Live on One 2 Three – Watch Here

Bob Simpson August 14, 2014 0

It was great to welcome multi talented Drew Levi to the studio today. Drew is a 21 year old Singer/Songwriter who is currently finding his rightful place in the music industry. He taught himself

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Is that a body I see floating down the river?

Is that a body I see floating down the river?

Scott Ross August 12, 2014 0

Normally on a Tuesday, CARL MERRY presents his ESSEX TALES, but this week as we continue our tribute to, and recollections of, the First World War, Frances Clamp made a welcome return to PHOENIX

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They Did Their Duty

They Did Their Duty

Scott Ross August 11, 2014 0

Continuing our reflections on the First World War and how it impacted on life locally, I was joined today by local writer, Andrew Summers who’s book on the subject – THEY DID THEIR DUTY

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Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Christmas Shopping, Boris Does Gangnam Style and Don’t Forget the Memory Walk.

Bob Simpson August 7, 2014 0

After a week away it was good to get back in the driving seat at Phoenix FM today. With only 140 shopping days left until Christmas, is it too early to start shopping? We

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I fought the law – guess who won?

I fought the law – guess who won?

Scott Ross August 7, 2014 0

I was honoured to find myself sitting in for the sensational MICHELLE WARD again today. Well I have to say that or she’ll let my tyres down or have me wheel clamped or something!

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The Future Of The Thameside Theatre   John Kent Interview

The Future Of The Thameside Theatre John Kent Interview

Mike Jones August 6, 2014 0

Following yesterdays press release regarding the future of the Thameside Theatre Mike spoke to Cllr John Kent The leader of Thurrock Council to explain the Councils proposals and ideas regarding this centre for Arts

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How high can you fly?

How high can you fly?

Scott Ross August 5, 2014 0

Clearly some airlines believe that their passengers could be flying higher than the plane. Well certainly that seems to be the case with the Australian airline, Jetstar, who warned those flying with them from a

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It was 100 years ago today

It was 100 years ago today

Scott Ross August 4, 2014 0

At 11pm on Sunday 4th August 1914, Britain entered the war which would become known as the First World war or somewhat curiously, the Great War. But how any war can be described as “great”

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Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Carol Finney and Fundraising for Alzheimers

Bob Simpson July 25, 2014 0

My guest today was Carol Finney. Carol is a therapist from CBT Services Brentwood who offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy throughout Essex and London. CBT deals with a wide range of conditions and problems including:

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Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Cameron Southcott – 17 Year Old Contemporary Violinist

Bob Simpson July 24, 2014 0

My guest today was Cameron Southcott Cameron Southcott, is a contemporary violinist from Brentwood. Among other events Cameron recently performed in the big top arena at the Brentwood Strawberry Fair. He is self-taught, and

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Paper Planes on 123

Paper Planes on 123

Mike Jones July 24, 2014 0

Its time for the wonderful Queens Theatre Community play once again. The story this time involves William Leefe Robinson and tells the story of this hero of the 1st World war Cast and Crew

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eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

eMoov – Online Estate Agent – Russell Quirk

Bob Simpson July 21, 2014 0

With the cost of everything on the rise these days it was good to chat to Russell Quirk today from online estate agency eMoov to discover a way to potentially save thousands of pounds

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Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Book Review with Margaret Mills and Goodbye Edd Buckley

Bob Simpson July 18, 2014 1

Today it was time for Margaret’s monthly book review. “A Green and Pleasant Land (how England’s Gardeners fought the Second World War)“  by Ursula Buchan, (paperback, non-fiction), published 2014  by Windmill Books, price = £9.99.   As WW2

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A visit too far

A visit too far

Scott Ross July 15, 2014 0

In the first hour of today’s show we heard about a man who went to visit his son in jail, only to be incarcerated himself for more than 30 hours in a soundproof room,

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Bitten off more than you could chew?

Bitten off more than you could chew?

Scott Ross July 14, 2014 0

In a music packed show today we still had time to hear about the toddler determined to win a toy from one of those claw crane machines that always drop your prize before reaching

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Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Songs from the Children of Chernobyl

Bob Simpson July 11, 2014 0

This radio lark is a funny thing. Unexpectedly today I found myself covering for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch. Just as unexpectedly I was delighted to meet Michelle’s guests today. The Billericay and

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D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

D’ukesFest at The Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 10, 2014 0

Ever Thought About Playing The Ukulele? If you have, then the best place to go is D’UkesFest on Saturday 26 July at the Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch. Organised by ukulele band D’Ukes in conjunction

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It’s Daylight Robbery

It’s Daylight Robbery

Scott Ross July 8, 2014 1

On today’s show we heard all about one of Britain’s thickest bank robbers. I have to say that I can’t think of too many people, who if they were going to rob a bank,

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It’s Festival Time

It’s Festival Time

Scott Ross July 7, 2014 0

We are in the middle of various festivals taking place in both Brentwood and Billericay at the moment. This Thursday sees the start of the BILLERICAY ARTS FESTIVAL, so I was pleased to be joined

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A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

A Winning England Team at The World Cup – Lionsraw

Bob Simpson July 4, 2014 0

About a month ago Daniel Hearn came into our studio here at the Brentwood Centre to tell us about his forthcoming trip to Brazil with the charity Lionsraw. The aim of the trip was

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Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Mad Scientists at The Energy Show – Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Bob Simpson July 3, 2014 0

I had a chat on the phone today to two mad (but lovely) scientists who are bringing The Science Museum’s “The Energy Show” to The Queens Theatre Hornchurch this weekend. Methane bubbles are set

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Joining Joni’s Army

Joining Joni’s Army

Mike Jones July 2, 2014 0

Today was probably one of the hardest interviews I have ever had to do but at the same time it was a pure joy. Joni-Mai is a 8 year old girl fighting Ewings Sarcoma

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Highway Robbery!

Highway Robbery!

Scott Ross July 1, 2014 0

On today’s programme we found out why drivers might be thankful not to live in Brentwood, California, where due an error drivers were only allowed a minute of parking time and were being ticketed

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Can you make your home more ECO friendly?

Can you make your home more ECO friendly?

Scott Ross June 30, 2014 0

This time last week I was talking with BIJAL SHAH who provided us with some useful tips on adding value and comfort to your home with some  improvements that anyone can make cheaply and

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Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Billericay Community Choir Summer Concert

Bob Simpson June 27, 2014 0

Tomorrow evening at the Billericay Baptist Church, The Billericay Community Choir will be holding their Summer Concert. The choir was only formed in October last year and already has over 80 members. It was

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Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Fun in the Park – Lake Meadows Billericay

Bob Simpson June 26, 2014 0

On today’s show I gave a mention to a forthcoming great family event that has been organised by Churches Together in Billericay. I need say no more about it because all the details are

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Now that’s what I call a “SMASH”

Now that’s what I call a “SMASH”

Scott Ross June 24, 2014 0

We can all remember the old advertising jingle “FOR MASH GET SMASH”, but today we heard all about the new meaning given to this after a lorry shed its load of mashed potato in

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Time for a Makeover?

Time for a Makeover?

Scott Ross June 23, 2014 0

On a very busy show today we took time out to re-live last Saturday’s STRAWBERRY FAIR. And what a fair it was this year with the weather being really kind to us. Vic Damhar cornered

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Genesis maestro Steve Hackett talks to Phoenix

Genesis maestro Steve Hackett talks to Phoenix

Mike Jones June 23, 2014 0

Guitar legend and Genesis Axeman Steve Hackett spoke to Mike about the Past Present and Future If you really want to hear what he thinks about a possible reunion then you can listen again

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Let’s make it “snappy”

Let’s make it “snappy”

Scott Ross June 19, 2014 0

    On today’s show I got to talk with a man, who has been working in the field of photography for many years. Having done commissions for the likes of the BBC and SKY,

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Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Drought Already? What Drought? – A Drought of Real News in the Papers

Bob Simpson June 18, 2014 0

It’s been reported in certain newspapers that a drought could be on the way. Surprising that, as much of the country spent weeks underwater earlier this year. It is true that the long range

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A good “KOREA” move?

A good “KOREA” move?

Scott Ross June 17, 2014 0

On today’s show we heard why working in the weather centre in North Korea might not be such a good idea right now. Just like weather forecasters everywhere they don’t always get it right.

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Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Women! Help with Learning The Offside Rule…

Bob Simpson June 16, 2014 0

With all the football on the telly at the moment, some bright spark has come up with a way to help women understand the offside rule. This has been doing the rounds on the

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Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Brentwood Arts Festival Music – Bob Scott and David Worsfold

Bob Simpson June 13, 2014 0

The Brentwood Arts Festival comes to town this year between 5th and 12th July. There are dozens of events happening this year including some great music events. To tell us all about the music

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Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Giving Something Back – Cezara Nicorici and Bokwa

Bob Simpson June 12, 2014 0

It was a delight to welcome Cezara Nicorici in to Phoenix today. Cezara is a local Bokwa instructor who has arranged a great family Bokwa event in Brentwood in aid of The Royal Brompton

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You don’t always get what you pay for!

You don’t always get what you pay for!

Scott Ross June 10, 2014 0

A few weeks ago we heard about a chap who had placed the word “the” up for sale on e-Bay. Surprisingly he had already received a number of bids. What is more astonishing is

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How was school for you?

How was school for you?

Scott Ross June 9, 2014 0

On today’s show I was very pleased to have the chance to talk with STEPHEN DREW, who is not only the headmaster of BRENTWOOD COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, but was also the “star” of  Channel

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World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

World Cup Heroes – Daniel Hearn and Lionsraw

Bob Simpson June 6, 2014 0

With the World Cup nearly upon us, Lionsraw is a movement that mobilises passionate football fans who believe they can make a difference in the lives of others locally and globally. During the World

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Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Arbutus Music – Sing Sea Songs and Beware – Cyber Attack

Bob Simpson June 5, 2014 0

Arbutus Music was set up  by Christine Gwynn and Frances Quintrell in 2008 to provide a range of musical activities. Arbutus Music courses include voice coaching, ideas and tips, and the opportunity to build

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Welcome aboard Bedpan Airlines

Welcome aboard Bedpan Airlines

Scott Ross June 3, 2014 0

Ahead of the arrival of my regular Tuesday visitor, CARL MERRY, we heard all about the hospital in China that requires its nurses to dress as air hostesses. Seemingly the intention is to offer a

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Choice and Change and The Band from County Hell

Choice and Change and The Band from County Hell

Mike Jones June 2, 2014 0

Former Phoenix Presenter Ches Moulton was back in the studio talking about his new book Choice and Change. If you missed the interview with Mike you can hear it here Mike also popped along

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We’re getting airborne again

We’re getting airborne again

Scott Ross June 2, 2014 0

  To mark the start of NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK, of which this year is the 30th anniversary, I was pleased to be joined today by JILL JENNINGS from ESSEX & HERTS AIR AMBULANCE to

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Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Eric Pickles and the Team From Fitness in Mind

Bob Simpson May 30, 2014 2

Today at The Brentwood Centre, the Brentwood Mental Health Fair was taking place to celebrate new mental health initiatives being introduced by statutory, voluntary and commercial organisations across the borough and county.   Right at

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Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Brentwood Songsters Need Your Help

Bob Simpson May 28, 2014 0

It was a pleasure to sit in for Mike Jones today on One 2 Three. Mike will be covering me tomorrow in return. Today’s programme included an appeal for new members from one of

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Is this the sale of the century?

Is this the sale of the century?

Scott Ross May 27, 2014 0

  It never ceases to be amaze me just what items go up for sale on eBay, and that amazement is only surpassed by the fact that there are people out there who actually bid

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Oh to be young again!

Oh to be young again!

Scott Ross May 26, 2014 0

Well I guess it was too much to hope for a third sunny Bank Holiday weekend. When I was a young lad the weather always seemed to be sunny, and I guess it’s looking

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Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Phoenix FM Book Review – Margaret Mills – Ghostwritten by Isabel Wolff

Bob Simpson May 23, 2014 0

Margaret Mills is an adult education history & literature tutor, and also regularly gives talks to various societies & organisations, including talks on aspects of Essex history, legends and folklore. Margaret is joined me

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That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

That Was The Firewalk – Now it’s Time for a Tea Party!

Bob Simpson May 22, 2014 0

So last Saturday evening was a great evening here at the Brentwood Centre, with crowds enjoying music, conversation, food and drink and walking on fiery hot coals! It was of course the Brentwood Community

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Putting on The Show

Putting on The Show

Mike Jones May 22, 2014 0

Its Godspell month at The Queens and a busy one for Production manager Dave Godin. Mike went along to watch the tech rehearsal and spoke to Dave You can hear the interview again here

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A field day for the music

A field day for the music

Scott Ross May 20, 2014 0

We welcomed back CARL MERRY into the studio with another ESSEX TALE. This week’s story went back to the year 991 and the Battle of Maldon – a battle that the men of Essex,

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Two tales of crime

Two tales of crime

Scott Ross May 19, 2014 0

Regular listeners will recall the appalling incident suffered towards the end of last year by the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary when they lost much needed equipment to thieves. It was therefore good to talk

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A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

A Busy Weekend in Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson May 16, 2014 0

With so many events happening in our area this weekend (see the Phoenix FM events guide) I devoted most of today’s show to all that’s going on. We heard all about Saturday’s Yogathon on yesterday’s

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Jesus Christ!  Sam Kordbacheh talks Godspell

Jesus Christ! Sam Kordbacheh talks Godspell

Mike Jones May 16, 2014 1

Sam Kordbacheh talks about his role in the Stephen Schwartz musical, now at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch

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Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind – This Saturday

Bob Simpson May 15, 2014 1

This Saturday 17th May there’s a yogathon in aid of Brentwood Mind.  To tell us what a yogathon is and to talk all things yoga, Jo Kemp and  Jessica Livingstone  from Brentwood Yoga and

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The Band From County Hell

The Band From County Hell

Mike Jones May 15, 2014 0

Always keen to promote different genres of music it was a real pleasure to play tracks from the new The Band from County Hell CD and it was great to talk to bass player

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Another one for the block?

Another one for the block?

Scott Ross May 13, 2014 0

Back to a full two hours today, and being a Tuesday it was good to welcome the smiling face of CARL MERRY with another Essex Tale. More on that in a moment but first

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A mini ONE-2-THREE

A mini ONE-2-THREE

Scott Ross May 12, 2014 0

I found myself somewhat “snookered” today, but that will come as little surprise as the man doing the “snookering” was none other than the legend, RONNIE O’SULLIVAN, who I discovered was in to talk

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The Bishop affair, street lighting and much much more

The Bishop affair, street lighting and much much more

Mike Jones May 8, 2014 0

Brentwood first councillor Russell Quirk joined Mike in the studio to discuss all things Brentwood including the national news story regarding Disgraced Tory Councillor David Bishop. Plus potholes ,new developments ,street lighting, UKIP and

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An embarrassing lock out

An embarrassing lock out

Scott Ross May 6, 2014 0

Hey it’s the Tuesday after another Bank Holiday, but at least you know it’s another short working week. As usual on a Tuesday I was joined by CARL MERRY for another ESSEX TALE. Today’s

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A Bank Holiday – and sunny to boot!

A Bank Holiday – and sunny to boot!

Scott Ross May 5, 2014 0

What a wonderful time of year this is. First off it’s Easter then the May Day Bank Holiday and we have another long weekend to look forward to in just 3 weeks time. Already

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Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Jenny’s Match – Saturday at Billericay Town FC

Bob Simpson May 2, 2014 0

On today’s show I was pleased to welcome to the studio, a fine young man, Ross Kerwood who has been raising money for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, in memory of his

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A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

A Defibrillator for Billericay – Phil Norton

Bob Simpson May 1, 2014 0

Lifesaving equipment could be introduced to Billericay High Street in a joint initiative between the Street Pastors, the Community First Responders and the wider community. Phil Norton, Billericay Street Pastor co-ordinator and Community First

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What Makes You Wild?

What Makes You Wild?

Scott Ross April 29, 2014 0

On today’s show, Carl Merry returned with the story of THE WILD MAN of Orford. To find out what made him wild, listen to story by clicking on the following link: – Essex Tales 29th

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Oh dear, it’s that day again!

Oh dear, it’s that day again!

Scott Ross April 28, 2014 0

Many years ago a political party said that if elected they would ban Mondays. Well if they had we’d have missed out on our MAXIMUM MUSIC MONDAY!         But not just

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Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Brian Southall – Banned on the Run – Tales of Music Legends

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

It was my great pleasure to spend almost an hour in the company of Brian today, who kept us royally entertained with tales of his experiences with some of the biggest names in music

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Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Matthew Shepherd Live in Studio 1 – Listen Here

Bob Simpson April 25, 2014 0

Matthew Shepherd is a 19 year old singer, songwriter and guitarist from Loughton, Essex. Matthew is no stranger to Phoenix FM having performed on Michelle Ward’s Eat my Brunch show and in the run

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk Around Great Britain Coming to Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 24, 2014 0

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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Keep calm it’s only Tuesday

Keep calm it’s only Tuesday

Scott Ross April 22, 2014 0

Being a Tuesday I was joined on today’s show by CARL MERRY for another Essex Tale. Today’s story concerned the daughter of the King of Colchester and if you missed it you can listen

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An Easter surprise

An Easter surprise

Scott Ross April 21, 2014 0

Well after a week off I had a real surprise to find that I was starting two hours early today as Michelle had thoughtlessly taken her Bank Holiday as real holiday. What a cheek!

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Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Veterans in Action – 4000 Mile Walk to Come Through Brentwood and Billericay

Bob Simpson April 17, 2014 1

Veterans In Action is a charity which helps veterans of the armed forces who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult, by helping them to

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The Great Really Good Gatsby and Alison Thea Skott

The Great Really Good Gatsby and Alison Thea Skott

Mike Jones April 17, 2014 0

Alison Thea Skot joined Mike on the show today and chatted about the Queens latest production “The Great Gatsby” You can hear what Mike thought of the show and the interview with Alison right

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Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Get Naked or Keep Your Shirt On?

Bob Simpson April 15, 2014 0

Well we’re all supposed to be Europeans now, so why is there such an intolerance here of naked flesh when over in the German city of Munich they have given people the go-ahead to

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Tales of Prague…

Tales of Prague…

Bob Simpson April 14, 2014 0

So it’s good to be back in Brentwood after almost a week away in Prague. I had a great time touring around this beautiful city and on today’s show I talked a bit about

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Hey It’s Friday

Hey It’s Friday

Scott Ross April 11, 2014 0

Yes, it’s Friday and another bonus show for me this week. After yesterday when we heard all about domestic abuse, today we heard a case in point involving a postman who shut his wife

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Men have rights too

Men have rights too

Scott Ross April 10, 2014 0

I was joined in the studio today by GERALD CASH and on the phone, by ERIN PIZZEY to tell us about the event they are holding tomorrow in Brentwood at the Marygreen Manor Hotel.

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A concise history of Local Radio by Scott Ross

A concise history of Local Radio by Scott Ross

Tony Smith April 9, 2014 2

Excerpts from Scott's recent talk covering the last 100 years of radio!

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No wonder TV is on its deathbed

No wonder TV is on its deathbed

Scott Ross April 8, 2014 0

On today’s programme, we heard all about a 9-hour TV spectacular which aired last week in France. This wondrous programme consisted entirely of a man walking backwards through Tokyo – and yes it ran

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What is the world coming to?

What is the world coming to?

Scott Ross April 7, 2014 0

Another “MAXIMUM MUSIC MONDAY” and with it being such a grey miserable day we certainly needed the music to cheer us up, but to cheer us up even more we took a peep at

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The Eco-friendly Greenhouse at Shenfield High School

The Eco-friendly Greenhouse at Shenfield High School

Mike Jones April 7, 2014 0

Shenfield High School are attempting to build a eco-friendly greenhouse using plastic bottles, and prevocational studies teacher Andy Christiani came in to talk about it

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Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Eric Pickles and The Bishop of Chelmsford Open Essex Savers in Brentwood

Bob Simpson April 4, 2014 0

Today saw the official opening of the Brentwood Branch of Essex Savers.net Credit Union. I popped along this morning to watch the proceedings and have a chat to those involved. First I spoke to

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Opportunities to save and earn money

Opportunities to save and earn money

Scott Ross April 3, 2014 0

On today’s, and for me bonus edition of the show, we heard all about the Nottingham woman who saved £3000 and saw her weight drop from around 25 Stone to 17 stone, in just

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It’s all about Theatre

It’s all about Theatre

Mike Jones April 2, 2014 0

Local playwright and actor Luke Coldham is attempting to encourage a whole new audience for his improvisation show at the Thameside on the 23rd May. Mike spoke to Luke about the birth and and

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Get ready to invade Ukraine – well one town anyway!

Get ready to invade Ukraine – well one town anyway!

Scott Ross April 1, 2014 0

Being a Tuesday I was once again joined by CARL MERRY for another ESSEX TALE. This week’s tale was set in East Mersea at the height of the civil war between the Royalists and

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Do I save money or splash out on a treat?

Do I save money or splash out on a treat?

Scott Ross March 31, 2014 0

On today’s programme we heard about the 14 year old American boy who’s shown the US Government how to save up to £240m a year just by changing the font used in printing government

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A Musical Journey Across Europe – Choir For All Seasons

A Musical Journey Across Europe – Choir For All Seasons

Bob Simpson March 28, 2014 0

This Saturday at the Mayflower Hall, Chapel Street, Billericay, The Choir for All Seasons are holding a concert called Music on The Orient Express. This is described as a romantic musical journey across Europe,

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How the police have seen the light

How the police have seen the light

Scott Ross March 24, 2014 0

It’s another MAXIMUM MUSIC MONDAY but we still had time to poke a little fun at the Metropolitan police. Now they’ve not been enjoying a great press of late and are also facing many

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Stella The Raw Food Goddess visits Phoenix

Stella The Raw Food Goddess visits Phoenix

Mike Jones March 21, 2014 1

  If you bring food into the studio Mike is going to eat it and thats exactly what happened here. Here the interview again with the Lovely and very clever Stella Phillips in between

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Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Faire Is the Heaven – The Stondon Singers at Brentwood Cathedral

Bob Simpson March 20, 2014 0

David Schacht talks about the group's new concert

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Where am I?

Where am I?

Scott Ross March 18, 2014 0

On today’s programme we heard a truly Devilish tale from Carl Merry relating to the consequences of throwing caution to the wind and building a house on land known as the Devil’s Wood. It

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EKCO’s of the past

EKCO’s of the past

Scott Ross March 17, 2014 0

            Some time ago I got the chance to talk with local publisher and author, Audrey Snee who should have been with me today had she not been prevented

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First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

First Responders Want You! – and a song from Matthew Shepherd

Bob Simpson March 14, 2014 0

Community First Responder volunteers are trained to attend emergency calls received by the ambulance service and provide care until the ambulance arrives. Following a 999 call, one of a group of trained volunteers is despatched to the patient by

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The Need for Vinyl and Mike and Claire talk Sex

The Need for Vinyl and Mike and Claire talk Sex

Mike Jones March 14, 2014 0

Two and Two Make Sex opened this week at the Queens and Mike went along to see this brilliant farce which includes in its cast the lovely Claire Storey. An actress with an impressive

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James Torme and all that Jazz

James Torme and all that Jazz

Mike Jones March 14, 2014 0

James Torme and his brilliant band delighted audiences at a unlikely Leigh on Sea venue last week into a laid back Jazz speakeasy. Mike Jones watched the gig and afterwards got a chance to

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A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

A Visit from D’Ukes and a Tale of Being Lost in Iceland

Bob Simpson March 13, 2014 0

After their crowd pleasing performance at our recent Phoenix Fridays gig, it was great to welcome back to the studio, the finest Ukulele band in the known universe! – D’Ukes. Members Martin Burdikin, Jo

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All about poachers and politicians

All about poachers and politicians

Scott Ross March 11, 2014 0

Being Tuesday I was delighted to welcome back CARL MERRY with another ESSEX TALE. Today’s tale concerned a poacher of old by the name of Samuel Peacock who seems to have had a bit

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Lost in music and the garden, as well

Lost in music and the garden, as well

Scott Ross March 10, 2014 0

It’s the start of the working week again but at least the weekend, and especially yesterday was good to us weather-wise.         Anyway being a Monday we needed something to cheer

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Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Chaos at Billericay Town Council Meeting – Cllr Jules Bottazzi

Bob Simpson March 7, 2014 2

Billericay Town Council had to cancel its full council meeting after around 280 people flocked to Billericay Day Centre. They swarmed the Chantry Way building in protest of Basildon Council’s proposals to build 2,300 homes on the town’s

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