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The Rutles at Cambridge

I went to a great gig in Cambridge on Tuesday. Now you probably need to be of a certain age to remember The Rutles but hang on because this is good stuff.

Neil Innes and The Rutles

The Rutles are a rock band known for their pastiches and parodies of the Beatles. Originally fictional band, created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes for Idle’s UK television comedy series Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles, became an actual group – whilst remaining a parody of the Beatles – which toured and recorded, releasing many songs and albums that included two UK chart hits.
The Rutles gained fame after being the focus of the 1978 television film All You Need Is Cash (also known as The Rutles). Former Beatle George Harrison appeared in the film and assisted in its creation. Encouraged by the positive public reaction to the sketch, featuring Beatles’ music pastiches, It had 20 songs written by Innes, which he performed with three musicians as the Rutles.
Well The Rutles are back with their Major Happy Tour and on Tuesday I was lucky enough to see them perform in Cambridge. It brought some great memories back of their songs, most of which I probably haven’t heard for 30 years or more.
The Rutles Tour continues until the end of next month, catch them if you can

An accident waiting to happen!

Now I guess we all know someone who is a bit accident prone, but this guy takes the biscuit.

On second thoughts perhaps he’d better not as he’d probably choke on it!

Whilst bodyboarding in the ocean off Kauai last week Dylan McWilliams was attacked by a 6-8ft tiger shark.

Probably because he’s worked as a survival training instructor he was able to swim the 30m back to the shore where a bystander called paramedics.

“I didn’t know if I lost half my leg or what,” he said before receiving seven stitches in hospital.

OK you might say, that was just bad luck but wait for it because last year he had to have nine staples in his scalp after he was mauled by a black bear at a Colorado summer camp.

He was asleep outside when the bear started biting the back of his head.

He retaliated by punching the bear and poking it in the eye and just a couple of years before that he was attacked by a rattlesnake during a hiking trip.

And he’s only 20 years old.

Bets please now as to whether he’ll make it to his 21st.

In the second hour of today’s programme, Margaret Mills sought to bring about a calming atmosphere to tell us all about the Dutch Cottage on Crown Hill in Rayleigh.

If you missed it you can listen again here to what Margaret told me: –

See you again next week,

All about probate



I was joined once more today by BRIAN HUGHES, consultant solicitor for Shenfield based RAINER HUGHES. 

On this occasion, Brian chose to tackle the thorny issue of PROBATE and you can listen again here to what Brian told me today on this subject: – 

In the second hour of the show, we heard about the man who has been regularly dining on Big Macs since the day he passed his driving test back in 1972.

To celebrate the day he got his first set of wheels, Don Gorske knocked back 9 of them in one sitting and now, with much razzamatazz, he has returned to the site of that first meal to consume his 30,000th Big Mac.

Seemingly he can’t live without them and is very dismissive of other burger chains.

Reportedly he’s only missed eating a Big Mac on two days since that first one back in 1972 – once in 1994 when he somehow managed to drive 600 miles without sight of a McDonald’s – where was he, Outer Mongolia?

The second occasion was the day his mother died.

I’m surprised he’s still going strong with a diet like that!

See you again tomorrow,

Billericay Rugby Football Club – Season’s End Community Review – Joe Clarke

Billericay Rugby Football Club has been nominated for the inaugural Saracens Community Awards. As one of only 40 clubs selected within North London, Herts Kent and Essex the nomination recognises outstanding achievements made in developing community rugby.

Joe Clarke

Club President Joe Clarke said, “For me, this not only reflects on the impact we as a club have made to our local community through our rugby initiatives like the Saracens summer camp and the Derby day at the London Stadium but also the hard work all of our coaches put in on a weekly basis through our age grades to deliver the best experience we can in a safe and friendly environment.  Indeed, the hard work that Andy Collings has put in throughout the local schools and especially, more recently, in developing girls’ rugby on a Saturday morning should get a special mention.

But even outside of rugby, our club’s involvement in supporting local charities this season has been tremendous – from Tom Warr & Elliott Palmer’s very brave white collar boxing for Cancer Research UK; Keith Young organising the Tony Bond memorial that raised an amazing amount of funds for Prostate Cancer; as well as donations to Basildon Hospital Children’s cancer ward in support of Jake Fisk’s family; the Royal British Legion and the U16’s laying a wreath and Tyne Cot as well as supporting Pancreatic Cancer and the Fight Against Bullying at our recent Beefest.

I would like to thank Paul Bolton personally for his hard work in managing the summer camps and the tremendous effort he has put into the Derby Day’s over the last few years.

This is a truly a tremendous effort and one we should all take huge pride in.

Well done Billericay Rugby Football Club.

Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018

I recently received a nomination letter for the prestigious ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ as part of the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme which provides grassroots rugby clubs and the rugby community with opportunities to recognise and reward the volunteers who make up such an integral part of the game.  These awards are presented in conjunction with the RFU and specifically, in this case, Essex RFU.

Whilst I am both honoured and humbled by the nomination it is without doubt a true reflection and culmination of everyone’s efforts and sustained hard work within Billericay Rugby Football Club.

This committed and sustained effort continues to provide the very best environment for all members to enjoy their rugby whether at age grade or senior rugby and is immeasurable in every way.  As a club we have had an amazing season from our TV appearance through to our annual Beefest.

Personally and on behalf of the Club I would like to thank each and every one of you that have contributed to what has been an outstanding season both on and off the pitch as well as within our local community.



The straw that broke the camel’s back!

Today we heard about the couple who’s combined weight of 55 stone has been blamed for breaking the suspension of two different vehicles belonging to a taxi company.

MARCUS EDWARDS and TAYLOR FAULKNER, have been using CENTREX CARS in Birmingham, to transport them to and from Marcus mother’s house as often as 4 times a day and always insist on a people carrier to allow Marcos to sit across the back seats.

But now the firm says that as over time Marcos’s girth has increased they no longer have a vehicle large enough to transport him and his partner so the couple will have to use another company.

For her historical gem this week, Margaret Mills transported us back to the 18th century and the tale of an Essex inhabitant of a house on the borders of East Hanningfield and Great Baddow.

When she became sick, she needed help from the parish but as her property straddled the parish border, there then followed an argument as to which of the two parishes would have to take responsibility.

In the end the matter was settled once it was established on which side of the bed she slept.

You can listen to the story in full here: –

See you once more next week,


A developing business

I was joined today by local wedding photographer, ROSS WILLSHER, who has also just written a book about planning your wedding.


In very broad terms the book is intended to guide couples how to have the wedding they want and avoid the stress of being pressured into other people’s ideas of the perfect wedding, all without getting into confrontational situations.

Listen again here to what Ross told me today: –

You can find out more by going to the following website   or you can e-mail Ross at

Keeping loosely to to the photographic theme in the second hour of the show we heard about a British photographer, DAVID SLATER who’s found himself in a lengthy legal battle in the USA with a 7-year old monkey.It seems that back in 2011, whilst playing with David’s camera, the monkey, named NARUTO, took a “selfie” and in 2015, animal rights group PEOPLE for the ETHICAL TREATMENT of ANIMALS (PETA) filed a law suit that sought to give NARUTO copyright over the selfie.

In spite of Mr Slater negotiating an out of court agreement last September under which Mr Slater donates 25% of the revenue he receives from the selfie to charities that protect crested macaques, and although the Court of Appeals has thrown out the case on multiple grounds, the group has declared that they intend to appeal the latest ruling.

Jeff Kerr, general counsel for PETA, said: “Naruto should be considered the author and copyright owner, and shouldn’t be treated any differently from any other creator simply because he happens to not be human.”

Mr Slater has been fighting the case from the UK, which not surprisingly has taken an emotional and financial toll on him. Even if he is finally compensated for his legal fees, with the Court battles set to continue it may be sometime before he will see any light at the end of the tunnel.

See you again tomorrow,


Billericay Volunteers Network – Carl Roberts

The Billericay Volunteers Network was set up in November 2016 in order to facilitate the growth of the volunteer community in Billericay. In June they’ll be holding their event “Volunteer Billericay 2018” Showcasing and celebrating volunteer opportunities in Billericay.
Joining me today to tell us all about it was Carl Roberts.

Carl Roberts

You can listen to our chat here –

You can find out more by visiting the Billericay Volunteers Website here

The Billericay Volunteers Network is proud to announce the launch of their first event, ‘Volunteer Billericay 2018’ taking place on 16 June 2018 at Billericay Library.

Featuring a selection of Billericay’s leading community groups and charities, this will be your chance to meet with community champions and learn about the volunteering opportunities available across the town.


Telegram with a message

There was a time when telegrams were the thing.

Telegrams were always read out at weddings and the big one, of course was the telegram said to be sent by the Monarch when you reached 100 years of age.

But today a TELEGRAM is something entirely different.

Although founded by Russian Entrepreneur, PAVEL DUROV, the Telegram Messenger Service is currently battling with authorities in that country, and now also IRAN where in an effort to get millions of Iranians to abandon the service, which it blames for promoting unrest they are promoting a domestically-produced mobile messaging app – SOROUSH – complete with a “Death to America” emoji.

Currently some 50 million Iranians, attracted by Telegram’s strong security and privacy features, use the app. But the authorities blame its use for the spread of anti-establishment protests in the country in December.

Soroush, which currently claims five million users, closely resembles Telegram in that it allows users to join channels, follow news, and conduct business online. But users don’t seem to be buying into assurances by officials – including the Supreme Leader himself – that user privacy will be fully protected on the domestic app.

Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council has issued a ban on the use of foreign apps by public institutions, amid reports that Telegram, as the most popular messaging app in Iran, may be blocked by the Iranian government any time soon.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Supreme Leader, president and other officials are still posting on their accounts on Twitter, despite being banned in the Islamic Republic, and Ayatollah Khamenei’s office is still active on Facebook. The Supreme Leader has seven pages on Twitter in different languages

Perhaps that is the only way to get their messages out!

In the second hour of today’s programme, Margaret Mills joined us to turn the clock back to the days when some one-time residents of Wickford in Essex named an area of Rhode Island in the USA in memory of their origins.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,

It’s holiday time!

Wow a Bank Holiday and the sun is shining! Miracle of miracles!

So in a show full of great “summer fun” classics we also took time out to take a peek at Britain’s First Flat Earth Convention that was held last weekend in a Birmingham hotel.

Two hundred converts gathered to hear convention organiser, GARY JOHN, declare that ‘People are waking up to an explosion of interest in flat earth theories and increasing mistrust of governments.’

Other speakers included NHS worker David Marsh who claims to have disproved planetary motion, using a Nikon camera and an app from his back garden.

Marsh said, ‘My research destroys big bang cosmology. It supports the idea that gravity doesn’t exist and the only true force in nature is electromagnetism.’

And the world of celebrities was represented by the likes of American rapper B.o.B. – aka Bobby Ray Simmons Jr and Former England cricketer ‘Freddie’ Flintoff who said, ‘If you’re in a helicopter and you hover why does the Earth not come to you if it’s round?

‘Why, if we’re hurtling through space, would water stay still? Why is it not wobbling? Also if you fire a laser about 16 miles, if the world was curved, you shouldn’t be able to see it but you can.’

He even claims to be warming to the idea of a global conspiracy to conceal the truth although you do have to wonder why governments would want to pretend that the earth is round, if it really is flat!

We also heard about the Korean airport cleaner who’s struck gold after finding seven gold bars worth a total of £240,000 whilst emptying a rubbish bin at Inchon International Airport on 26 April.

Under Korea’s “Finders Keepers” law if the owner doesn’t come forward to claim the bars within six months, the cleaner will be able to take ownership.

Now there’s a thing!

See you again tomorrow,

Offers galore!


On today’s, for me bonus show we heard about the “golden banana” – well priced at over £900 one might have expected it to be made of gold.

Actually it was all down to a computer error but he purchaser was pretty alarmed when her credit card company put a stop on her card!


Later we heard about an offer advertised in Birmingham to drivers of certain types of the larger car.

The giant mock up NHS poster appeared suggesting that male drivers of such vehicles might be entitled to free treatment which could potentially be beneficial in enhancing certain extremities of a confidential nature.

The telephone number provided was subsequently found to be unobtainable.

No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the poster which it was thought as having a dig at men buying big cars to overcompensate for other departments in which they might be lacking.

Some people thought the offer should have been extended to BMW, AUDI and Mercedes drivers.

I drive a KIA so what does that say about me?

See you next week