Packed Lunch

One Final Packed Lunch

Yes, it’s all very sad but after more than two and years, it’s time for me to pack my Saturday Lunchbox away! But my word we are going out in…

 
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It all started with a newspaper

On today’s penultimate programme I was joined by the president of the Rotary Club of Billericay, KEITH WOOD who doubles up as Chair of the Trustees for The Reading Rooms…

 
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Stone me it’s a sunny Saturday

After all the weeks of high winds and rain it’s a joy to see some sunshine today – makes you feel that spring is indeed in the air. On today’s…

 
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Time to go on the defence!

Paul Church from the newly formed organisation, Essex Self-Defence Partnerships dropped in to explain what his newly formed organisation is all about. All too often we hear about nurses, paramedics…

 
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A very blustery day

When you see the devastation wreaked in some parts of the country you realise just how lucky we’ve been in Essex. Nevertheless once again it is proving to be a…

 
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That’s January out of the way at last!

    Well we got through January without any snow or significant ice so let’s hope we can do the same with the shortest month of the year. Mark you…

 
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Tales of a dragon to warm us up

January always seems to go on for ever, but at least it’s still mild if somewhat dull. But as the month ends we have LIVE AT OLD BRENTWOODS to look…

 
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A wash out – well not entirely. we still had the music!

Well at least the rain seems to have stopped but it’s very soggy under foot and many of today’s sporting events have had to be postponed yet again, but in…

 
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No lost Coates here

          On today’s show I was delighted to be joined by a very talented local singer-songwriter, EDD COATES. Edd has been on the station before and…

 
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A very soggy Saturday

Hi and a very Happy New Year. I hope your first couple of days back at work after the long Christmas and New Year break were not too awful and…

 
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Out with the old …………..

With the final Packed Lunch show of 2013 it seemed appropriate to take a look back at some of the music that helped to make 2013 such a great year….

 
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T’was the last Saturday before Christmas

As Christmas is now less than a week away, I relented today and played a few Christmas songs. I didn’t go mad though – that will come on the Christmas…

 
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Bah – Humbug!

It may be less than two weeks to Christmas but it’s still too early for me to put up my Christmas decorations, send out my cards and start playing Christmas…

 
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The Partying continues

Last week saw the big switch on of the Christmas Lights in both Brentwood and Billericay and the fun keeps coming with events taking place today in Brentwood, Shenfield and…

 
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Just a “light” lunch today!

It was LIGHTING UP BRENTWOOD today so it now really feels like CHRISTMAS is coming. Mulled wine, chestnuts and all the other goodies were on display in the town centre,…

 
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A good day for a crisp walk in the park

Not exactly warm today but at least it’s sunny so a good day to get out for a quick blow of fresh air. But if you decided to snuggle up…

 
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How about a brisk walk in the park?

Children’s authors Nick and Annette Butterworth popped in for a chat

 
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Any late firework parties?

When I was a kid I used to love this time of year. First off it was the Southend Illuminations, then it was my birthday, followed swiftly by Guy Fawkes…

 
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Making The Most of things

I had expected to have local band THE MOST playing live in the studio today but unfortunately their drummer, Jay couldn’t make it so we had to forego the live…

 
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No Accident here

In another truly PACKED LUNCH I was joined today by Colin Wade from BRENTWOOD MIND the local charity established 40 years ago to help people get over depression, stress etc….

 
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Now that’s what I call SUPERNATURAL!

Back in June I got to chat to  local singer/songwriter, LORRETTA who had just won the TRUE COLOURS COMPETTITION. Then lo and behold who should I run into at a…

 
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PACKED was the operative word today!

    Yes,  in a truly packed programme today I was joined by Jo Overfield, Ray Morgan and Chris Davison from the Essex based voluntary-run arts organisation, SUNDOWN. Sundown is…

 
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The Spooks have flown

I had expected to be joined by THE ESSEX GHOST HUNTERS today, but unfortunately they had to cry off at the last moment. Fear not, however they will return next…

 
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Another pub crawl – well it is Saturday after all!

Another Saturday and it’s still fine and dry but we needed a liquid lunch today as Frances Clamp returned to take me on another pub crawl in Billericay. Well we…

 
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An extra tickled lunch

Last Thursday BOB SIMPSON spoke with entertainment legend, KEN DODD so if you were at work and missed it, we repeated some highlights of their conversation on today’s show. It’s…

 
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All about Essex Girls (and boys)

If you had been waiting for some jokes about Essex Girls you might have been disappointed but my guest today, Karen Bowman who after many years of painstaking investigation and…

 
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Freecycle – Diane Evans on a busy Packed Lunch

It was great to welcome Diane Evans from Brentwood Freecycle to the studio today. You can hear our chat again here – Freecycle Well I think Freecycle is a fabulous…

 
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A truly “funky” lunch

A really big show today – and I mean BIG as I was joined by THE FUNKY VOICES – around 40 of them crammed into the studio. Now these guys…

 
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It’s another Bank Holiday so of course it rains!

Well it may be wet today but the next two days are looking good  – but whatever you are not at work so life is good! On today’s show we…

 
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Now we’re SUPERSIZED!

Yes as of today your PACKED LUNCH is even bigger – 3 whole hours every week instead of two. The extra time allowed me to re-visit a couple of weird…

 
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A real life saver

On today’s show I was very fortunate to be joined by TIM SHEPPARD of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. There are still a lot of people who do not realise…

 
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The Ghost Hunters are back from The Other Side

A specially large portion of Packed Lunch was served up today, lasting a full three hours. And to celebrate I was again joined by the Ghost Hunters fresh from their…

 
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It’s still sunny

Doesn’t it make you sick – you’ve been sitting at work all week looking out at all that sunshine, and come Saturday when you could get some tan on your…

 
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An early start for a very full lunchbox

Typical isn’t it – you’ve been stuck at work all week long, looking enviously at the glorious sunshine outside, the school holidays begin, the weekend comes along – and so…

 
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What a day for a daydream!

Wow a hot and sunny weekend and boy did we have the music to match today. Hopefully you’ll have taken your radio into the garden with you so you could…

 
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A fine day to be out ghost hunting!

Yes – they’re back again, those intrepid ghost hunters! The first time they joined me I was regaled by eerie sounds, the second time some of the furniture apparently moved on…

 
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All aboard THE TOKYO EXPRESS

Here we are, another saturday and amazingly the weather looks set fair for the weekend. A good time to go fishing perhaps – especially in Billericay. Quite why this should…

 
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All the fun of the fair

Mid-summer weekend and the STRAWBERRY FAIR is in full swing! Meanwhile back at the studio I was joined today by LORRETTA, who has just won the TRUE COLOURS competition which…

 
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A big celebration day

Well it’s finally arrived, our 6th birthday bash which we are celebrating about 3 months late. Well we hoped the weather would be better but clearly that was not to…

 
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A lunch fit for Kings

An extra large bulging PACKED LUNCH today as we had an extra hour to feast on the music. No ghosts to surprise us today but FRANCES CLAMP did pop by…

 
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The spirit moves – or does it?

Once again I was joined by THE ESSEX GHOST HUNTERS and after my experience of seemingly unearthly sounds during their last visit, I was unsure what to expect this time…

 
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Ah – A bank holiday Saturday and the sun is shining!

Normally we swelter in the office all week and as soon as the weekend arrives (especially an extended  Bank Holiday weekend), it chucks it down with rain. But this time…

 
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Two trips down Memory Lane

We took not one but two trips down memory lane today. First off I was joined by JOHN DEBENHAM who is co-author with ANDREW SUMMERS, of a fabulous new book…

 
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A Packed Lunch for a spring day

Well the weather may be a bit “iffy” but we managed to get through without it actually raining on us! No spooks or Frances Clamp this week, but Frances had…

 
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A “spirit” filled PACKED LUNCH

Well I knew it was going to be a spooky show today. It couldn’t be otherwise with guests like THE ESSEX GHOST HUNTERS. But even I was unprepared for the…

 
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Is there anybody out there?

Today we celebrated the birth of the father of radio Guglielmo Marconi. He would have been 139 next Saturday and to mark the occasion it will be open day at…

 
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A very creative Packed Lunch

    Two weeks in a row and I’ve been lucky enough to have been joined by acts appearing at THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE. This week saw the annual CREATIVE SESSIONS…

 
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If music be the food of love – play on

For this the first Saturday after the Easter break in an extended show, I was very fortunate to be joined by DREW LEVI, just one of the many artists and…

 
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Gissa Packed Lunch

Easter Saturday, the clocks go forward to British Summer Time tonight and yet the weatherman says that winter is still with us. And indeed the snow flurries have continued on…

 
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Is this really spring?

This weekend last year we were enjoying beautiful spring sunshine and warmth and now look at us! On top of that it’s our 6th birthday so we were looking forward…

 
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A very soggy lunch

A couple of weeks ago I really thought spring had sprung. How wrong can you be? After a week which started out with ice and snow now we have wind…

 
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A cold and soggy Packed Lunch

Just when we thought the spring was on its way, the icy tentacles of winter started to claw their way back with a thoroughly unpleasant day. A good day to…

 
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A Packed Lunch with a learning curve

Well we’ve finally got the worst two months of the year out of the way! The March hare has arrived and now we’re Springbound. To celebrate that fact we played…

 
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An Activity Related Packed Lunch

For this, the final Packed Lunch for February, I was joined by DOMINIQUE BRUNNING, the fundraising manager of the Chelmsford based, J’s Hospice. The J’s Hospice is primarily for people…

 
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A lunchbox bulging with music!

Whilst January seemed to drag on forever, we seem to me to be making much better headway in February – maybe it’s the lighter afternoons or just the recent milder…

 
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After two curries on the trot (!) a solid diet of music was the order of the day

After two nights indulging in my favourite Indian food, I needed a special diet today of music, music and yet more music to calm things down a shade! So from…

 
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A musical feast

Thank heavens we’ve got January behind us. The month seemed to go on forever and whilst it is still pretty chilly the days are getting longer so it was good…

 
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A Fevered Feast of Rock ‘N Roll

I was thrilled to be joined by Rock ‘N Roll/Rockabilly band FEVER. Fever is made up of Wil, his son Billy and Nick who popped in to chat to us…

 
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Bringing the Happy Empire up to the table

We could all have been well and truly snowed up by this morning but the gods were shining on us so I was very lucky that neither I nor my…

 
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A cold but spooky Packed Lunch

Now as many of you will know we stream our shows via webcam, but when I got back home after today’s show I was surprised to be met by my…

 
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A good first lunch box for 2013

Happy New Year one and all!   For my first PACKED LUNCH for the New Year I was delighted to be joined by Steven Cooper. Steven who runs Haddon Events…

 
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2012 – A true feast of music for a Jubilee Year

Well for the final show for this year, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the songs that made 2012 such a memorable year for music. Some…

 
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Definitely a day to hold our Packed Lunch to be indoors!

Well the world didn’t end yesterday but I did wonder today if I should have given serious consideration to building an ark! It might be almost Christmas but the weather…

 
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A Feast of Music ahead of Christmas

Well it is just 10 days to go to the big day (assuming, of course, that the world doesn’t end next Friday, but still for me a bit too soon…

 
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An extra large portion with a few surprises today!

In an extended edition of PACKED LUNCH today, after an initial panic that he might not make it in today, I was delighted to see a welcome return of local…

 
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Brrr! An ideal day for roast chestnuts

December is here already and with it the start of the festive season. Whilst I was sitting cosily in our studio many of the Phoenix FM gang were out braving…

 
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A GOOD DAY FOR AN INDOOR PACKED LUNCH

I can hardly believe it, this time last week I was sitting in the outside, cradling a beer and looking out through palm trees over a sun drenched beach leading…

 
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A LUNCH TO REMEMBER

    This being Remembrance Weekend, it was fitting that my guest today brought with him a story of war and reconciliation. Norman Wilson’s brother was one of the first…

 
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A PICNIC FOR BONFIRE WEEKEND

Very unkindly, some people at the station have nicknamed me “The Firestarter”. This is on account of the problems I sometimes have grappling with the electronic equipment we have at…

 
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THE FINAL SATURDAY OF “SUMMERTIME” 2012

Yes, the clocks go back tonight! I’m still waiting for the summer that never really started and already we had sleet today! How I hate those long dark winter evenings…

 
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AN AUTUMN EXTRAVAGANZA OF MUSIC

Well the weekend is with us again and after the deluge we had yesterday, mercifully for a Saturday,  dry and mild. Today’s show featured the usual mix of great new…

 
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A PACKED LUNCH BRIMMING WITH NEW MUSIC

Mid October already and it’s getting pretty chilly as well! As good a reason as any to ensure that our Packed Lunch today was full of some real goodies. And…

 
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Cushh live on Phoenix FM

Saskia and E from Cushh dropped in to play a couple of songs live on Scott Ross’s Packed Lunch show.

 
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SD-Jem

Brother and sister Denis and Shanel – who together are SD-JEM – have been singing and writing material together for about 4 years. The guys have their own website, sdjem.com…

 
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A STAR STUDDED PACKED LUNCH

What a fabulous show we had today! The Indoor Family Festival was taking place at THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE and I was privileged to be joined by two of the acts appearing…

 
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A LATE SUMMER PACKED LUNCH

We started the month of September with temperatures of 28 or 29 degrees – the sort of highs we have seen all too little of this summer, but whilst it…

 
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A BRIGHT SUN SIGN PACKED LUNCH

A mercifully sunny, if somewhat cool day, brightened up by my guest, PHILIPPA BARR who popped in to tell us about her experiences gained from the world of journalism which…

 
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PLENTY OF “HAM” ON THE MENU TODAY

A big day for us today at Phoenix FM as apart from it being the date of our first PHOENIX IN THE FOYER gig with a host local talent performing…

 
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NO DEVELOPMENTS TODAY

Well I had been expecting to be joined by a local photographer today but unfortunately he forgot. Well actually he blamed his wife saying that she made him go shopping!…

 
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A REALLY TALENTED GUEST AT THE LUNCH TABLE

Well the weekend’s here again and with that comes another PACKED LUNCH SHOW. And what a show we had today as I got to chat to a 17-year old star…

 
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ANOTHER SOGGY BANK HOLIDAY PACKED LUNCH

You just have to admit we really have suffered this year with the Bank Holiday weather. We may have enjoyed extra bank holidays but every one without exception has been…

 
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THE IDEAL DAY TO PUT YOUR BLANKET ON THE GROUND

Wow, what a fabulous day! Brilliant sunshine coupled with balmy temperatures and today we had all the music to match the weather. Bags of summer fun sounds with the widest…

 
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A PACKED LUNCH FIT FOR THE OLYMPIANS

Once again the sun was shining (and we haven’t been able to say that too often on a Saturday this year)! This was the weekend the Olympic Games came to…

 
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A SUPER GOLDEN SATURDAY PACKED LUNCH

Today is Super Saturday with no les than 25 gold medals up for grabs at the Olympics. While we were on the air Team GB took no less than 3…

 
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A PACKED LUNCH WITH SECRET INGREDIENTS

I was joined today by DAVID CLARK who made a welcome return to PHOENIX FM to disclose some of the hitherto secrets of the cold war era and our independent…

 
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A VERY SOGGY PACKED LUNCH

Well the drive into the studio today was more like a cruise down the Thames than a drive on an A road! With the car producing a bow wave for…

 
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A PACKED LUNCH IN THE MUD

Well what a week it’s been. Yesterday the Olympic Flame went through Brentwood and coupled with this there were numerous associated celebratory events and sideshows. Mercifully the rain even stopped…

 
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A MUSIC FILLED PACKED LUNCH

With summer seemingly finally with us – well at least it’s dry and sunny and at a weekend to boot, we celebrated with a show literally bursting at the seams…

 
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AN ASIAN PACKED LUNCH

On today’s show I was joined by local author and businessman, Patrick Forsyth. Now Patrick is one clever guy as he’s managed to combine all his experience of business travel…

 
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A TWINNED PACKED LUNCH

I was joined on today’s show by David Clark, the publicity officer for the Friends of Chauvigny, Billericay Town Twinning Association. No mere mortal is David, however, who apart from…

 
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ANOTHER FULL BLOW OUT

After the long Bank Holiday washout, it was good to see an improvement on the weather front – not much but at least it was something! With so many people…

 
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A RIGHT ROYAL BANQUET

Another bank holiday weekend and once again the weather seems to know it’s a bank holiday! Mercifully today was dry and the sun even made an appearance for a while…

 
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WHAT A DAY FOR A PACKED PICNIC IN THE PARK

What a fabulous week it’s been and contrary to the forecast earlier this week, the weekend weather is proving to be a real treat. To celebrate this we had an…

 
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A PACKED LUNCH FIT FOR A KING

This weekend saw the 24-hour music marathon of CREATIVE SESSIONS involving two dozen local bands performing live at the BRENTWOOD CENTRE. I was fortunate enough to be joined by local…

 
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A TRADITIONAL MORRIS DANCE

Whilst, given the lack of sun and warmth, you could be forgiven for thinking we were in March rather than May, the spring blooms, blossom, lengthening  of the days and…

 
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A SOMEWHAT SOGGY PACKED LUNCH

I don’t know about you but I can’t believe that these cold, wet conditions can keep going for much longer. Sooner or later the sun must return to allow us…

 
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JAZZ AT LUNCHTIME

Hello again. I was thrilled today,  to welcome back JAZZ BLAACK, who had been my very first guest on the PACKED LUNCH SHOW, way back in October. She may be…

 
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NO LADY WRESTLERS HERE JUST ANOTHER VERY PACKED LUNCH

For a second week running our packed lunch was an extra large repast today, spread over a whole 3 hours! I was privileged today to be joined today by Ann Wiseall,…

 
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AN EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA

Easter Saturday and what happens, the sun disappears behind thick cloud, a northerly wind sets in and the temperature plummets! Not a good day for heading to the hills with…

 
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A MEAL FIT FOR ANY PALETTE

On today’s PACKED LUNCH I was joined by local artist, JIM MERRIOTT and a more talented man would be hard to find. A one-time fireman forced to abandon that career…

 
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A PICNIC FOR A BEAUTIFUL SPRING DAY

Well after sitting in yesterday on EAT MY LUNCH, it was back to my regular Saturday PACKED LUNCH SHOW. I’m beginning to wonder if the management keep herding towards lunchtime…

 
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A REAL IRISH STEW FOR ANOTHER PACKED LUNCH

Having been away from my Packed Lunch for the past 3 weeks I had a welcome return and was joined at the table today by local author Celia Pyke who…

 
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BACK FOR A VERY BIG LUNCH

After a week off from the show, I was delighted to return today with a very full menu indeed.   Today I was privileged to be joined by DREW-LEVI HUNTSMAN and JAE…

 
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A WELCOME RETURN TO LUNCH ON SATURDAY

Having been “sloping shoulders” for the last 3 weeks, I was really pleased to be back in harness this afternoon, especially as Brentwood based author, PATRICIA POUND came in to…

 
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A Packed Packed Lunch! 21 January 2012

‘Twas my great pleasure to sit in for Scott Ross on Packed Lunch today. It went something like this… EMF – Unbelievable Intro by me to the programme in which I…

 
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THE LITTLE GREEN MEN ARE AMONG US!

For this the first PACKED LUNCH SHOW of 2012 I was joined by local author SUSAN HEGEDUS. Between bringing up her three children, since 2001 Susan has been contributing articles…

 
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A NEW YEAR REVELRY

Without any guests this week, not even Frances Clamp, today’s PACKED LUNCH was stuffed full of some more of the goodies that made it to PHOENIX FM’s coveted “A”List during…

 
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A FESTIVE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS SONGS

Well we may have been a bit light on guests this week, but made up for this with a whole sackful of Christmas favourites past and present. One of the…

 
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AN EARLY FESTIVE PACKED LUNCH

   As an early treat for Christmas, I was joined by local singer KAREN LEE BURNETTE. Indeed I was doubly fortunate as Karen’s mother JAN BURNETTE who made recordings…

 
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BACK FROM GERMANY WITH A LARGE PACKED LUNCH

Well first things first, must just express my appreciation to Andrew Babicz for doing such a sterling job on my behalf last week. Yes, last week I spent a couple…

 
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Jim Reeve

Local author chats to Scott Ross about his experiences as a schoolboy in the war

 
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AN EXTRA LARGE PACKED LUNCH

As Nikki Mills, PHOENIX FM’s very own confidante to the stars, was off today (probably hobnobbing  with all her show biz friends) I got an extra hour this afternoon, which was just…

 
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A VERY PACKED LUNCH INDEED!

  Well another week has gone by. Where does the time go? A very packed show this week as I was joined by Dorothy Slevin who is a local singer,…

 
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BIG BONFIRE PACKED LUNCH SPECIAL

This week we started the show an hour later than usual – and not because I failed to adjust my clocks correctly last Sunday! Still two hours long, just running…

 
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MUSIC MARATHON ON THE FINAL PACKED LUNCH IN SUMMERTIME

Well I was a bit light on live guests for this the final PACKED LUNCH show before the clocks go back, but in spite of this the sun was shining…

 
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PACKED LUNCH – 22nd October 2011

    For this my third show, I was privileged to be joined by local singer/songwriter, Chris Hobart. Apart from being lead singer in his own local cover band, 22nd Centur, Chris…

 
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PACKED LUNCH FOR 15TH OCTOBER 2011

Having been away all week, guests this week were thin on the ground with just our BRENTWOOD & BILLERICAY BYGONES feature provided by Frances Clamp. As such the lunchbox this…

 
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JAZZ BLAACK ON PACKED LUNCH – 8TH OCTOBER 2011

Today saw the first of my Saturday PACKED LUNCH shows. I was especially excited as for this first show I was joined by JAZZ BLAACK, a young and very talented…

 
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