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Sunday Sunrise – 2nd June – Last Show … For Now

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An asteroid that measures nearly 2.7km (1.7 miles) across has flown past the Earth.  The space rock, which is called 1998 QE2, is so large that it is orbited by its own moon.  It made its closest approach to our planet at 20:59 GMT (21:59 BST), but scientists had said there would be no chance it would hit.  Instead it kept a safe distance – at closest, about 5,800,000 km (3,600,000 miles).  That is about 200 times more distant than the asteroid “near-miss” that occurred in February – but Friday’s passing space rock is more than 50,000 times larger.  Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queen’s University Belfast, said: “It’s a big one. And there are very few of these objects known – there are probably only about 600 or so of this size or larger in near-Earth space.  “And importantly, if something this size did hit us one day in the future, it is extremely likely it would cause global environmental devastation, so it is important to try and understand these objects.”  This fly-by gave astronomers the chance to study the rocky mass in detail.  Using radar telescopes, they were due to record a series of high-resolution images.  They want to find out what it is made of, and exactly where in the Solar System it came from.  Prof Fitzsimmons said: “We already know from the radar measurements, coupled with its brightness, that it appears to be a relatively dark asteroid – that it’s come from the outer part of the asteroid belt.”  Early analysis has already revealed that the asteroid has its own moon: it is being orbited by another smaller piece of rock that is about 600m (2000ft) across.  About 15% of asteroids that are large are “binary” systems like this.  This celestial event was not visible to the naked eye, but space enthusiasts with even a modest telescope might be able to witness the pass.  After this, asteroid 1998 QE2 will hurtle back out into deep space; Friday’s visit will be its closest approach for at least two centuries.  Researchers are becoming increasingly interested in potential hazards in space.  So far they have counted more than 9,000 near-Earth asteroids, and they spot another 800 new space rocks on average each year.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith is to leave his role as the Doctor at the end of this year, the BBC has announced.  After four years as the Time Lord on the BBC One show, viewers will see Smith’s Doctor regenerate in the 2013 Christmas special.  The 30-year-old actor said working on the show had been “the most brilliant experience”.  Doctor Who marks its 50th anniversary in November with a special episode, which Smith has already filmed.  The BBC said Smith’s “spectacular exit” was yet to be revealed and would be “kept tightly under wraps”.  Smith first stepped into the Tardis as the 11th Doctor in 2010. Taking over from David Tennant, he was the youngest actor to play the role.  “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show.  “I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.  “Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven – he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.  The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before.  “Your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number 11, who I might add is not done yet – I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special.  “It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”  Speaking after the announcement, he said he was “incredibly proud” of what the show had achieved over the last four years under Steven Moffat, the show’s lead writer and executive producer.  Smith also thanked fans around the world for their “truly remarkable” dedication to the show.  During his tenure, Smith’s floppy-haired, bow tie-wearing Time Lord has fought enemies such as the Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels and the Silence.  His Doctor has shared his adventures with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) and most recently, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).  Referring to his time-travelling companions, Smith said: “It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the Tardis for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go…”  The announcement of Smith’s exit is likely to spark months of fevered speculation about his replacement.

Songs Played

A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Lulu James – Closer
Villagers – The Pact – I’ll Be Your Fever
Jamiroquai – Canned Heat
Oasis -Whatever
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Noah & The Whale – There Will Come A Time
Pink – Raise Your Glass
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
ATB – 9pm (Till I Come)
OMD – Dresden
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Beatles – We Can Work It Out
Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
Frank Turner – Recovery
Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue – Kids
Arctic Monkeys – When The Son Goes Down
Vampire Weekend – A Punk
Thrills – Don’t Steal Our Sun

80s Hour

Simple Minds – Glittering Prize
Status Quo – Ain’t Complainin’
Clash – I Fought The Law
Kiss- Crazy Crazy Nights
Bluebells – Young At Heart
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
Cars – Drive
Pet Shop Boys -I Want To Wake

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. The French had no official word for French kissing… until now. It’s “galocher”.
2. XXXXXL size is being introduced for men at department store Debenhams, a three-X leap from its former largest size XXL.
3. There’s a secret rotating button underneath pedestrian push button boxes so blind people know when to cross.
4. At least one in 13 of us have feet that are specially adapted for climbing trees.
5. A new atomic clock, which is the most accurate ever, uses ytterbium atoms and lasers to precisely define a second.
6. Time doesn’t fly when you’re having fun (we just remember a lot more detail than normal after enjoying something so think it went quickly).
7. Shrimp, tuna and salmon account for more than half of the fish consumed in the United States.
8. 6X8 is the multiplication children get wrong most while 9×12 takes longest.
9. Nottingham is Britain’s poorest city.
10. More than a third of legislators in Brazil switched political parties between 1991 and 1994.

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Sunday Sunrise – 26th May – Cheeky Bank Holiday Weekend

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Walking and texting is leading to a spate of collision-related injuries. Could a new app be the answer?  We’ve all done it. You’re walking down the street and the familiar beep of an incoming text becomes too tempting to resist. As you start to fire off a quick reply – bam! You clash shoulders with a fellow pedestrian doing exactly the same.  If you take YouTube as a benchmark, watching unsuspecting texters colliding with lamp-posts and dustbins is pretty hilarious – the modern day equivalent of slipping on a banana skin. But the consequences aren’t always a laughing matter.  It is possible to sustain a really serious injury.”  Alex Stoker is a Clinical Fellow in Emergency Medicine at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey. “If it’s a tall object like a wall or a lamp-post that someone walks into, then one might expect facial injuries such as a broken nose or fractured cheekbone,” he told the BBC.  “If on the other hand the collision results in falling over, then they’re much more liable to things like hand injuries and broken wrists. There’s a complete spectrum but it is possible to sustain a really serious injury.”  A new app called CrashAlert aims to help save people from themselves. It involves using a distance-sensing camera to scan the path ahead and alert users to approaching obstacles.  The camera acts like a second pair of eyes – looking forward while the user is looking down.  CrashAlert is at prototype stage.  Just as a Nintendo Wii or Xbox can detect where and how a player is moving, CrashAlert’s camera can interpret the location of objects on the street.  When it senses something approaching, it flashes up a red square in a bar on top of the phone or tablet. The position of the square shows the direction of the obstacle – giving the user a chance to dodge out of the way.  “What we observed in our experiments is that in 60% of cases, people avoided obstacles in a safer way. That’s up from 20% [without CrashAlert],” says CrashAlert’s inventor Dr Juan David Hincapié-Ramos from the University of Manitoba.  What’s more, the device doesn’t distract the user from what they’re doing. Hincapié-Ramos’s tests showed it can be used alongside gaming or texting without any cost to performance.

An original Apple 1 computer from 1976 – one of only six still in working order – has sold at auction in Germany for more than 500,000 euros ($650,000).  The Apple 1 was one of the first 50 built by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs’ parents’ garage.  The computer – consisting only of a motherboard, signed by Mr Wozniak – went to an anonymous buyer from Asia.  Last year, an Apple 1 sold for 490,000 euros (£418,000; $633,000).  Only about 200 Apple 1s were ever made. About 46 remain in existence, but only six of those are still in working order.  Bob Luther, author of The First Apple, called the Apple 1 the “holy grail of collectable technology”.  The one sold at auction in the German city of Cologne on Saturday was purchased together with an original monitor, tape-player, keyboard. The documentation was signed by Steve Jobs.

Songs Played

Frightened Rabbit – Backyard Skulls
Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Sultains of Ping – Girlwatchin’
Public Service Broadcasting – Spitfire
The Strypes – Blue Collar Jane
Nik Kershaw – Don Quixote
Counting Crows feat. Vanessa Carlton – Big Yellow Taxi
Katy Perry – Hot ‘n’ Cold
S Club 7 – You
OMD – Dresden
Modjo – Lady (Hear Me Tonight)
Bob Sinclar fear Steve Edwards – World Hold On (Children Of The Sky)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – By The Way
Dandy Warhols – Every Day Should Be A Holiday
Biffy Clyro – Biblical
Foo Fighters – Arlandria
Savage Garden – Affirmation
Anastacia – Left Outside Alone
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Good Natured – 5-HT

80s Hour

Erasure – Brother & Sister
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Spandau Ballet – Communication
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit
49ers – Touch Me
Billy Idol – White Wedding

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Eccles cakes should not be microwaved
2. Cockroach taste cells
have evolved to outwit glucose traps
3. The creator of
the GIF says it should be pronounced “jif”
4. The French call a walkie-talkie a talkie-walkie
5. Fungi’s favourite place to live on the body is the heel
6. The Borussia in Dortmund is the Latin name for Prussia but the team is said to have been named after the local brewery
7. Vitamin C can kill drug resistant TB
8. Neanderthal babies were
weaned after 1.2 years
9. Changing the spelling of common names is known as kree8iv
10. The pigment gene SLC45A2 causes tigers to be white

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Sunday Sunrise – 12th May – 4 Hour Breakfast … phew!

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British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.  The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.  In early trials, the resulting crop seemed bigger and stronger than the current modern wheat varieties.  It will take at least five years of tests and regulatory approval before it is harvested by farmers.  Some farmers, however, are urging new initiatives between the food industry, scientists and government.  They believe the regulatory process needs to be speeded up to ensure that the global food security demands of the next few decades can be met, says the BBC’s Tom Heap.  One in five of all the calories consumed round the world come from wheat.  But despite steady improvement in the late 20th century, the last 15 years have seen little growth in the average wheat harvest from each acre in Britain.  Just last month, cereal maker Weetabix announced that it would have to scale back production of some of its products due to a poor wheat harvest in the UK.  Now British scientists think they may have found the answer to increasing productivity again.  Around 10,000 years ago wheat evolved from goat grass and other primitive grains.  The scientists used cross-pollination and seed embryo transfer technology to transfer some of the resilience of the ancient ancestor of wheat into modern British varieties.  The process required no genetic modification of the crops.


Two US astronauts have replaced a pump on a spacewalk aimed at fixing a leak of ammonia from the International Space Station’s cooling system.  
Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn completed the work an hour ahead of schedule, reporting no further escape.  The crew had spotted particles of ammonia drifting away from the laboratory on Thursday.  Nasa said the crew were not at risk but managers wanted to solve the problem before Mr Marshburn left the station.  He is due to return to Earth early next week along with the space station’s Canadian commander Chris Hadfield and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, after six months in space.  Liquid ammonia is used to extract the heat that builds up in electronic systems, dumping that excess energy to space through an array of radiators.  Ammonia flows through radiators (white panels) to dump heat into space  No leaks! We’re bringing Tom & Chris back inside,” Mr Hadfield wrote on his Twitter account, some four and a half hours into the spacewalk.  The leak was coming from the station’s port side, at the far end of the backbone, or truss, structure that holds one of the laboratory’s huge sets of solar arrays.  Mr Hadfield reported seeing “a very steady stream of flakes” on Thursday.  It is not the first time that the station’s cooling systems have caused problems.  A very small leak was identified in 2007 in the same location, and a spacewalk was organised in 2012 to reconfigure coolant lines and isolate the problem.  While the crew may have been safe, damage to the power system from the leak could affect the station’s scientific work.  The station currently has a crew of six.

Senior nurses have issued an “unprecedented warning” about hospital ward staffing levels in England.  The Safe Staffing Alliance says hospital wards regularly have each registered nurse looking after eight patients – which they say is unsafe.  The group, which includes the Royal College of Nursing, Unison and the Patients Association, says safe nursing levels have been ignored for too long.  The government said hospitals were responsible for their own staffing.  The Safe Staffing Alliance, which also includes a number of directors of nursing at English hospitals, was formed last summer.  It says the one nurse to eight patients ratio should not be regarded as a minimum acceptable level of staffing.  And it says research has shown the risk of harm and death increases if a nurse is asked to look after more than eight patients.  It is calling for any instances where nurses have to look after more than that number of patients to be publicly recorded and investigated.  The alliance quotes a survey of nurses at 31 English hospitals, in which just under 3,000 people took part.  They said that wards were run with the one to eight ratio about 40% of the time.  In a statement, the group said: “For the sake of clarity, more than eight patients per registered nurse is the level considered to be unsafe and putting patients at risk. It is not a recommended minimum.  “For nurses to provide compassionate care which treats patients with dignity and respect, higher levels will be needed and these should be determined by every health care provider.”  Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said the Care Quality Commission had cited staffing levels as a key issue for patients.  “Patients said they thought all staff, and in particular nurses, were overworked,” she said.  “A frequent comment was that staff were caring but that they ‘did not have enough time for you’.  “The fact is without adequate staffing levels, overstretched nurses are not able to give patients the care they need.”  Elizabeth Rob, the chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation – which is part of the Alliance – said adequate staffing was vital.  “We already have fundamental standards in a range of areas: in maternity, in intensive care, in children’s services – so this is not new,” she said.  “We just don’t have it for the majority of general hospital wards, and that’s really important – because it’s where our most frail, most vulnerable elderly patients are, and it is our view that this has to be brought in.”  Health minister Dan Poulter said: “It is for hospitals themselves to decide how many nurses they employ, and they are best placed to do this.  “Nursing leaders have been clear that hospitals should publish staffing details and the evidence to show that staff numbers are right for the care needs of the patients that they look after.”  And he said the soon-to-be appointed chief inspector of hospitals would be tasked with taking action if hospitals were found to be compromising patient care by not having the right number of staff on wards.  But Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers, said setting a minimum national nurse-to-patient ratio was not the best way to work out staffing levels.  “The report does say, for example, that ratios of one to four or one to six are often provided, and that the majority of organisations do do that,” he said.  “To me it would be a tragedy if we started all working towards a national nursing ratio at the expense of those other professionals that are providing fantastic care to patients too.”

Songs Played

Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Beatles – I Feel Fine
Audience – I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough)
Far East Movement feat. Flo Rida & Sidney Samson – Change Your Life
The 1975 – The City
Goldfrapp – Train
Tenek – Another Day
Ellie Goulding – This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)
Shiny Toy Guns – Photograph
Shed Seven – She Left Me On Friday
Darius – Colourblind
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Dresden
Primitives – Who Are You Trying To Fool
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
Kaiser Chiefs – Na Na Na Na Naa
Devlin feat Yasmin – Runaway
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Muse – Reistance
Artful Dodger – Movin’ Too Fast
Shania Twain – She’s Not Just A Pretty Face

90s Hour  – (as a 4 Hour Special Show!)

Maxi Priest – Close To You
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This, Then Your Children Will Be Next
Madonna – Frozen
Texas – Summer Son
Blondi – Maria
Blur – Parklife
Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
Chris Rea – Looking For The Summer
Baz Luhrman – Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen

80s Hour

Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Tears For Fears – Woman In Chains
Erasure – You Surround Me
Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive!
Van Halen – Jump
Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Pointers Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Billy Joel – Tell Her About It

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Moustache transplants are popular in Turkey.
2. Chilli flourishes beside basil but struggles to grow near fennel.
3. John Le Carre has a poster on his office wall saying “Keep Calm and Le Carre On”.
4. It’s a myth that London tap water has already been drunk seven times or more.
5. Michael Gove is learning the ukulele.
6. Moths have the sharpest hearing in the animal kingdom.
7. If the Queen’s Speech is amended, the prime minister must resign.
8. Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix tried to recruit Paul McCartney for a super group.
9. Messiah is in the top 400 names for boys in America.
10. The French use the saying “un self-made man”.

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Sunday Sunrise – 5th May – Back From Travels

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More than 700 biscuit athletes have entered a throwing competition in Dorset.  The Dorset Knob Throwing contest in Cattistock involves participants tossing a locally made, spherical biscuit as far as they can.  Organiser Nigel Collins said 5,000 people were expected to attend the event later.  The men’s title was won last year by Dave Phillips with a record throw of 29.4m (96ft).  Mr Phillips broke the previous record of 26.1m (85.6ft) set by Philip German-Ribon which had stood for four years.  The savoury biscuits have to be thrown underarm and one of the competitor’s feet must remain on the ground during the toss in order for it to count – the best of three is measured and recorded.  “They are a hard crusted projectile, about the size of a golf ball,” Mr Collins said.  “We get some people who are very competitive, the best thing to do is relax, visualise where you think it’s going to end up and pray.”  The winner receives their winning biscuit, a plaque and their name is added to a board in the village hall.  Other events include a knob eating contest and knob darts.

Songs Played

Jessie Ware – Imagine It Was Us
Geri Halliwell – Ride It
Biffy Clyro – Biblical
Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
Sam Callahan – Crazy
La Roux – In For The Kill
Zutons – Zutons Fever
Oasis – Songbird
Taylor Swift – 22
Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band
Script – The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Alt-J – Breezeblocks
Hurts – Sunday
Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – I Need Your Love
Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo
Frank Sinatra – I Get A Kick Out Of You
Loveable Rogues – What A Night
Monaco – What Do You Want From Me
Lightning Seeds – Sugar Coated Iceberg
TLC – Creep ’96

80s Hour

Big Country – Chance
Cameo – Word Up
Big Fun – Blame It On The Boogie
Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
Midge Ure – If I Was
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Midsomer Murders is massive in Denmark.
2. Quick fingerspellers can do the alphabet in five or six seconds.
3. Fruit fly maggots have cannibalistic tendencies.
4. “Lucifer” and “.” (full stop) are banned baby names in New Zealand.
5. The northern snakehead fish – aka “Fishzilla” – can live under ice and survive for days on land.
6. Crying baby contests are held in Japan.
7. A hurricane on Saturn has winds of 330mph and an eye 12 times the size of the UK.
8. An XXXXXXL uniform is being made for larger UK workers.
9. Laser beam technology is to be used by financial traders to shave time off deals.
10. Six million feral pigs live in the US.

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Sunday Sunrise – 21st April – Happy Birthday Queen!

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Hundreds of extra police officers will be on duty at the London Marathon later in a bid to reassure runners and spectators after the Boston bombings.  More than 35,000 runners are due to take part in the race, which starts in Blackheath, south-east London.  A 30-second silence will be held at the start line for the three people killed and more than 170 others injured by the bombs at the Boston Marathon on Monday.  The Met Police says 40% more officers will be on duty than last year.  The force said that it had reviewed security plans after the Boston attacks and that the extra officers would be used for “for reassurance patrols”.  The marathon route, which is lined by hundreds of thousands of spectators each year, finishes near Buckingham Palace, passing some of London’s most recognisable landmarks, including Tower Bridge and Big Ben.  Ch Supt Julia Pendry, who has headed marathon security for five years, has said this year’s police operation is “about making sure that people who come to London on Sunday feel safe when they are in the city”.  She said more search dogs would be deployed and urged marathon spectators to keep their belongings with them to avoid sparking security alerts.  But she added: “There is no link between the Boston Marathon and the London Marathon and there is no change to the threat level at this time to London.”

Have you ever seen something you wanted in a shop, tried it, checked the price online on your smartphone, found it was cheaper, and walked out? Welcome to the world of “showrooming”.  “The staff at Jessops would like to thank you for shopping with Amazon” read the sign in a shop window shortly after the British camera chain went into administration.  It was a dry reaction to a growing problem for “bricks and mortar”-focused retailers. Showrooming is said to have exacerbated the decline of high-profile brands like Comet.  Gadget stores, bookshops and the cosmetics industry are all losing sales to showroomers, but solutions have proved hard to find.  Kelly Buckle, 23, of Birmingham, sometimes spends more than £200 in a single shopping trip – but never actually gets as far as the checkout.  “I can go in and smell a perfume and then find it online for £30 less,” she says.  Research by design agency Foolproof found that 24% of people showroomed while Christmas shopping – and 40% of them took their business elsewhere.   Camera chain Jessops may have suffered the effects of ‘showrooming’.  Showroomers are not doing anything immoral. But the process can still be embarrassing.  “I feel bad about it, especially when the staff have been helpful, but it’s my money,” says Buckle.  Bricks and mortar shops have to pay rent, bills and staff salaries. Online retailers can offer cheaper prices because they don’t.  We see them in the corner with their mobile phones, scanning the barcode on a book and finding it cheaper”

Nurses are “drowning in a sea of paperwork” with more than one sixth of the working week taken up doing non-essential paperwork, a survey suggests.  The Royal College of Nursing poll of 6,000 nurses found 17.3% of their hours were spent on tasks such as filing, photocopying and ordering supplies.  Most reported the amount of paperwork was getting worse and was now stopping them providing direct patient care.  The government has said it wants to reduce bureaucracy by a third.  Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has already announced a review of bureaucracy, which is being carried out by the NHS Confederation and is due to report back in the coming months.  The union said its survey showed a culture of “ticking boxes” had developed.  The survey, which is being released on the eve of the start of the RCN’s annual conference on Monday, also found more than a quarter of nurses said their workplace did not have a ward clerk or administrative assistant to help with clerical duties.  RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: “These figures prove what a shocking amount of a nurse’s time is being wasted on unnecessary paperwork and bureaucracy.  “Yes, some paperwork is essential and nurses will continue to do this, but patients want their nurses by their bedside, not ticking boxes.”

Songs Played

Stereophonics – Indian Summer
KT Tunstall – Black Horse & Cherry Tree
Olly Murs – Army of Two
Florence and the Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
Heather Small – Proud
Tiao Cruz – Fast Car
Missing Andy – Feel Like This
Paolo Nutini – Candy
Hurts – Wonderful Life
XTC – Frivalous Tonight
Fun – Why Am I The One?
Alica Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II)
Christina Aguilera – Genie In A Bottle
Davie Bowie – The Starts (Are Out Tonight)
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Morton Harket – Scared of Heights
Charley Bird – Beside You
Four Tops – Reach Out / I’ll Be There

80s Hour

Orchestral Manouvres In The Dark – Electricity
John Farnham – You’re The Voice
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
Bananarama – Venus
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch
Roxette – The Look
Bon Jovi – Never Say Goodbye
Michael Jackson – Human Nature
Altered Images – Happy Birthday
Pet Shop Boys – Domino Dancing

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Quentin Tarantino prefers to listen to music on cassette.
2. James Bond was
originally going to be called James Secretan.
3. Woolly monkeys can
distinguish between hunters and other humans.
4. Where you stand in the lift reflects your social status.
5. The Ireland football team are banned from eating mushrooms.
6. Spanish language show Sabado Gigante is America’s longest running TV programme.
7. Moths not only use their wings but pivot their abdomen up and down to hover.
8. Roquefort was banned in Australia and New Zealand until 2005.
9. Admission to the Handlebar Club is dependent on the candidate possessing “a hirsute appendage of the upper lip with graspable extremities”.
10. David Beckham drops his H sounds four times less than he used to

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Sunday Sunrise – 14th March – Hottest Day Of The Year … 20 deg C

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is rumoured to be launching a new music service after buying the music discovery site We Are Hunted.  We Are Hunted confirmed the deal, adding “there’s no question that Twitter and music go well together” – and said it was shutting down.  The hashtag #music is also featured on the newly-launched music.twitter.com.  Reports suggest the new service will offer personalised recommendations on music through its own dedicated app.  US celebrity host Ryan Seacrest confirmed the existence of Twitter’s new app on Thursday via a tweet: “playing with @twitter’s new music app (yes it’s real!)… there’s a serious dance party happening at idol right now”.  The music app could be announced as soon as next Friday.  The We Are Hunted acquisition actually happened in 2012, according to reports, suggesting that the music service has long been in the works.  In seven years, Twitter has accumulated 200 million users worldwide, who now send an average of 400 million short messages – or tweets – every day.  Twitter’s latest move comes as music streaming – where the songs are hosted on servers by companies such as Spotify rather than bought and kept on consumers’ computers – has taken off amid a boom in digital downloading.  The streaming market is now worth £49m to record labels in the UK, the trade body BPI has said.  It comes as iPhone-maker Apple is reported to have agreed a deal with the biggest music label Universal to create an internet radio service similar to Pandora using its iTunes platform.

Songs Played

Tom Jones & The Cardigans – Burning Down The House
Taylor Swift – 22
Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
Pink – Get The Party Started
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
The Thirst – Today
Temptations – My Girl
Everything Everything – Duet
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)
Mark Ronson – Valerie
Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LA
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
David Bowie – The Stars Are Out Tonight
Killers – Human
Ben Lee Tyler – Would You Wake Up The Sun
Lara Fabien – Adagio
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Ellie Goulding – Guns & Horses

80s Hour

Bangles – Manic Monday
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
Police – Message In A Bottle
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Talk Talk – It’s My Life
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Cure – Lullaby
Chris Rea – On The Beach
Cliff Richard – Dreamin’

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Tears do not fall in space.
2. Employees who install new web browsers on their computers perform better on average than those who use the default pre-installed browser that came with their machine.
3. Methane eating micro-organisms carry out a deep clean of the oceans after an oil spill.
4. Scientists are conducting searches for signs of extraterrestrial engineering.
5. The most popular place to hide valuables is a sock drawer.
6. Fractions of virtual currency Bitcoin are known as satoshis.
7. People in China hold “fake funerals” for themselves, so they can “enjoy” the day.
8. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak belonged to a group of hackers and hobbyists called the Homebrew Computer Club.
9. Brains can be rendered transparent.
10. Countries with the death penalty are now outnumbered by about five to one, by those who have abolished it.

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Sunday Sunrise – 7th April 2013 – The Sun Has (finally!) Got His Hat On

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A police officer suing a garage after she tripped on a kerb is continuing with her compensation claim despite calls for her to withdraw it.  Kelly Jones, 33, is seeking payment from a filling station in Thetford, where she was called out to investigate a suspected night-time break-in.  She claims she hurt her wrist and leg by tripping on a kerb.  Law firm Pattinson Brewer said her claim would continue “while details of what happened to her are investigated”.  The claim came to light after the BBC saw a letter to Thetford petrol station owner Steve Jones, stating PC Jones went to the Nuns’ Bridges garage on 25 August last year following a suspected break-in.  It stated she tripped on a kerb and fell while walking towards a gap in the fencing near a jet wash, in order to access the rear of the premises.  The letter claimed she injured her left leg and right wrist and had to go to hospital.

Two landlords trapped in their pubs by snow – one of them for five days – are among Derbyshire traders counting the cost of the Easter blizzard.  Areas of the Peak District suffered snow drifts of up to 20ft (6m), blocking roads and buildings.  One pub and caravan site estimates it lost £10,000 over Easter because of the weather while another owner had to use a coal shovel to dig himself out.  With the weather finally warming, small firms hope life can return to normal.  It’s every man’s dream being trapped in a pub”  The Bull i’ th’ Thorn pub, between Buxton and Ashbourne, was closed to visitors for six days with the owner Mick Coleman trapped inside for five of those.  He was looking forward to one his busiest weeks ever at the pub and estimates his losses at about £5,000 – but he is just relieved to have made it out.  Meanwhile, the nearby Duke of York pub, in Pomeroy, believes it lost about £10,000 over the Easter period because of the weather and it still can not take bookings for its caravan site.  “It was frightening. It was totally black downstairs because the snow covered the front of the building,” Mr Coleman said.  “I had to dig myself out with a little coal shovel because my spade was in an outhouse.  “Thankfully, because it’s a pub, there were plenty of supplies and the power stayed on. It’s every man’s dream being trapped in a pub.”

Songs Played

Fun – Why Am I The Only One
Rihanna – SOS
Republica – Christina Obey
Artful Dodger – Movin’ Too Fast
David Bowie – The Stars  (Are Out Tonight)
Relient K – There Was Thief
Joss Stone – You Had Me
Beach Boys – Surfin’ USA
Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This, Your Children Will Be Next
Lightning Seeds – Sugar Coated Iceberg
Avril Lavigne – Sk8r Boi
Suede – Trash
Audio Bullys feat. Nancy Sinatra – Shot You Down
Shaggy – It Wasn’t Me
Pet Shop Boys – Footsteps
Harry – So Real
Simon & Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson
Taylor Swift – 22
Ellie Goulding – Explosions
Missing Andy – Feel Like This

80s Hour

Duran Duran – Wild Boys
Toto – Africa
UB40 – I Got You Babe
Toni Basil – Mickey
Boy George – Sold
Erasure – You Surround Me
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
Elton John – I’m Still Standing

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. “Rose-water novel” is the French term for Mills and Boon-style books.
2. Teenagers who stay up late tend to be more intelligent than their early-to-bed peers.
3. Songs stuck in your head can be shifted by solving an anagram.
4. South Africa was included in the BRICS as it made for a better acronym than Nigeria.
5. You can pay for a front row seat in the US Supreme Court.
6. Open plan offices stem from the idea of “Burolandschaft”, meaning office landscaping.
7. Female Amazonian turtles are the only turtles to care for their young.
8. Almost half the French – 43% – drink mineral water with meals.
9. The last Etonian to have a Number One hit in the UK was Humphrey Lyttleton.
10. At a Swedish dinner party you should never fold your napkin and put it on the table before the hostess has done so.

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Sunday Sunrise – 24th March 2013 – More Snow?!

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Nestle is recalling some of its varieties of Chunky Kit Kat after seven people found pieces of plastic in bars.  Peanut butter, hazelnut, choc fudge and caramel 48g bars are being recalled, along with Kit Kat Chunky collection giant eggs.  The company said the products should be returned, unopened, for a full refund.  Nestle said the products were being recalled as a precautionary measure and that no other Kit Kat products were affected.  “The safety and quality of our products are non-negotiable priorities for the company. We sincerely apologize to our consumers for any inconvenience caused by this voluntary recall,” it said in a statement.

The products recalled are:

  • Kit Kat chunky peanut butter 48g bars with a best before date range from September 2013 to February 2014
  • Kit Kat chunky hazelnut 48g bars with a best before date range from September 2013 to to October 2013
  • Kit Kat chunky choc fudge 48g bars with a best before date range from September 2013 to October 2013
  • Kit Kat chunky caramel (48g) with a best before date range from June 2013 to July 2013
  • Kit Kat chunky hazlenut multipack with a best before date range from from September 2013 to December 2013
  • Kit Kat chunky collection giant egg with a best before date of July 2013.

The affected products are predominantly sold in the UK, with small amounts also sold in Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Austria, Singapore, the Philippines and Canada.  Kit Kat is one of Nestle’s top-selling brands, with 150 bars consumed worldwide every second.

Songs Played

Cranberries – Show Me The Way
Madcon – Beggin’
DJ Dado – x Files
Taylor Swift – 22
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Florence And The Machine – Kiss With A Fist
One Direction – Little Things
Mike Sarne – Code of Love
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Morten Harket – Burn Money Burn
Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Heather Small – Proud
Little Mix – Change Your Life
Rob Thomas – Lonely No More
Thrills – Santa Cruz (You’re Not That Far)
Pet Shop Boys – I Started A  Joke
Feeder – High

80s Hour

Elton John – Nikita
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Steve Winwood – Valerie
BeeGees – You Win Again
Modern Talking – Brother Louie
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Geno
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Cars – Drive

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. American literature has become more emotional and British books less so.
2. Jaffa cakes are MPs’ favourite tea-time snack.
3. Russian bears get addicted to aviation fuel.
4. South Korean media often refer to national politicians using only their initials.
5. Despite huge variations in appearance, there is only one species of giant squid.
6. Noam Chomsky’s tipple is gin and tonic.
7. Relative to population size, Malta receives the most asylum applications.
8. Twitter’s logo used to be a garish green.
9. Locust is the only insect considered kosher.
10. Sydney Harbour ferry “the Anne Sergeant” is named after a netball coach.

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Sunday Sunrise – 17th March 2013 – St Patrick’s Day!

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Celebrities and the public have helped this year’s Comic Relief charity telethon raise a record £75m.  Comedian Lenny Henry, a founder of the Red Nose Day fundraiser which is now in its 25th year, kicked off the live show on BBC One.  Music mogul Simon Cowell, singer Jessie J, comedian Peter Kay and boy band One Direction all made appearances.  There were also reinterpretations of hit TV shows the Vicar of Dibley and Call the Midwife and Ricky Gervais resurrected his David Brent character in a mini-episode of The Office.  David Walliams featured in a sketch alongside the likes of supermodel Kate Moss, footballer Frank Lampard, Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Hugh Grant and veteran comedian Ronnie Corbett.  Meanwhile, across the country people dressed up during the day to help raise money for good causes in the UK and Africa.  The television broadcast began at 19:00 GMT, with Henry revealing a special gold Red Nose suit.  He said it had been “25 years of truly incredible fundraising, truly incredible comedy and… truly incredible suits”.  Shortly after 01:30 GMT, comedian Russell Brand announced the money raised stood at £75,107,851 – passing 2011’s total of £74.3m.  This year’s total includes a government pledge to match the £16m Comic Relief has committed to help more than half a million of the poorest women and girls in Africa.  It will go on improving literacy, helping girls go to school, provide care for expectant mothers, help women farmers, promote women’s rights and be used to help reduce violence and harmful traditional practices against women and girls, such as genital mutilation.  The government had previously said it would give Comic Relief the equivalent of whatever VAT is paid on sales of the official Red Nose Day single.  Meanwhile, a Berkshire MP is donating £14,268 to Comic Relief after posting a Twitter message saying she would pledge £1 to the charity for every retweet.  Fiona MacTaggart, Labour MP for Slough, later posted that she had “no regrets” despite being “Twitter naive”.  During Friday night’s show, One Direction performed the single, a cover version medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and the Undertones’ Teenage Kicks, on the show.  French and Saunders threatened to hoover DJ Ken Bruce’s head.  Hosts on stage included Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman and Jonathan Ross. Former Doctor Who actor David Tennant and footballer David Beckham were among those to appeal to the public to make donations.  And singer Jessie J made good on a long-standing pledge to shave her head for charity.

A decorated fibreglass Easter egg, said to be worth £10,000, has been stolen from Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre.  The 2ft-high egg was one of 100 placed around the city by charity Action for Children, as part of its Big Egg Hunt.  Many of the eggs feature unique designs from leading artists.  The charity said Strathclyde Police had joined the search for the egg, which has a design by Matthew Dent, entitled A Thousand Forests.  Charity fundraising director Andrew Harris said: “We appeal to whoever poached our egg to return it to us.”  The charity had placed 100 of the eggs around Glasgow.  Two eggs went missing when the Big Egg Hunt was held for the first time, in London, last year, but all were returned.  Glasgow’s missing egg, which features a red and yellow tree design, was taken from Buchanan Street in the early hours of Friday morning and organisers hope it will also be retrieved.  The giant eggs feature some of the UK’s best loved children’s characters, such as Moshi Monsters, Peppa Pig and SpongeBob, SquarePants.  Among those adding their own designs include author, painter and rock singer-songwriter Billy Childish, film-maker and photographer Sam Taylor-Johnson and artist Annie Kevans.  The remaining eggs can be found at St Enoch Square, outside Buchanan Galleries and in some of the city’s best-loved shops and museums.  Action for Children runs 75 services across Scotland, working with the area’s most vulnerable children, young people and families.  The Lindt Big Egg Hunt began in London on 12 February before visiting Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester then Glasgow.  The eggs will travel back to Covent Garden in time for Easter.

Songs Played

Nelly Futado – I’m Like A Bird
Kim Marsh – Cry
1975 – Chocolate
Republica – Christina Obey
Semisonic – Closing Time
Bed Folds Five – Where’s Summer B
Jennifer Lopez – Get Right
Everything Everything – Duet
Andreas Johnson – Glorious
Anastacia – Left Outside Alone
Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
FrankMusik – Confusion Girl (Shame Shame Shame)
Calvin Harris – The Girls
Bob Sinclar feat Gary ‘Nesta’ Pine – Love Generation
Offspring – Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
Hurts – Miracle
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
Shiny Toy Guns – We Are Pilot
Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier

80s Hour

Chris Rea – On The Beach
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Jackie Wilson (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Liza Minelli – So Sorry I Said
George Michael – Father Figure
Morrissey – Suedehead
Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head
Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Pet Shop Boys feat. Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This? 

 

Next week in Brentwood is the Brentwood Fun Run!  My friend Lucy Webber is running for Cancer Research UK … if  you can spare a few pennies, please sponsor her here:  www.justgiving.com/LucyWebber0713/

 

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Plants lace their nectar with caffeine to keep pollinators loyal.
2. Hemingway never used a Moleskine notebook.
3. You can attract beluga whales by singing underwater.
4. Shops get staff to strategically mess things up.
5. The phallus-shaped Spartobranchus tenuis was an ancient relative of acorn worms.
6. One of the Crossrail tunnelling machines is called ‘Phyllis’ after Phyllis Pearsall who produced the first A-Z.
7. On the net’s most crime-ridden network – Spectranet in Nigeria – 62% of addresses controlled by the ISP send out spam.
8. “Aunt” is the most popular pornographic search term in Syria.
9. Dominic West is a disciple of guru Babaji.
10. Big eyes contributed to the Neanderthals’ demise.

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Sunday Sunrise – 10th March 2013 – Mothering Sunday

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Police have named two men they want to speak to over the death of a musician who was stabbed in his Essex flat.  Jack Hummerstone, 18, of London, and Andre Vella, 19, of Frinton-on-Sea, are being sought in connection with the death of Tom Brittain, 26, on Saturday.  He was found in the property in Parkside Quarter, Colchester.  In October, police believed Mr Brittain, a songwriter from Colchester, may have been assaulted and kidnapped, but he later turned up safe and well.  Police said if anyone sees the men they are advised not to approach them but to contact Essex Police immediately by calling 999.  Det Ch Insp Mark Hall, of Essex Police, said: “We have decided to take the unusual step of issuing the names and pictures of these two individuals at this early stage as we believe it is vitally important we speak to them.  They violently assaulted and killed the victim who was unable to defend himself”  “Our message to these two men is this – you should hand yourselves in at the nearest police station as soon as possible.”  The wanted men are described as white, 6ft (1.8m) tall and of average build. They were wearing hooded tops and tracksuit-type clothing and had covered faces.  A police spokesman said the attack took place after “two white men went into a flat, armed with weapons and threatened one of the occupants”.  Police said Mr Brittain suffered multiple stab wounds and the provisional result from the post-mortem examination carried out on Saturday was that he died from a stab wound to the chest.  Another man was found at the flat with a hand wound.

The chairman of the Treasury Committee has written to financial regulators about Bank of Ireland’s plan to raise customers’ mortgage tracker rates.  In a letter to the Financial Services Authority, Andrew Tyrie said he was “very concerned” and asks if it was a case of product mis-selling.  Despite the Bank of England base rate remaining at 0.5%, Bank of Ireland is almost doubling its tracker rate.  Bank of Ireland, which owns Bristol and West, said it had no comment.  About 13,500 mortgage borrowers with Bank of Ireland and Bristol and West will see the cost of their home loan rise.  It has the power to change the interest on these home loans, even if the Bank rate does not move. But mortgage brokers have criticised the move.  Bank of Ireland blamed the rising cost of providing these mortgages and new rules on the amount of capital it must hold in reserve. Banks must hold a higher buffer of capital to a certain level in order to keep to European rules.  From 1 May, the bank will raise the mortgage rate for residential customers from, typically, the Bank of England rate plus 1.75%, to the Bank rate plus 2.49%.  It will then raise it further, to Bank rate plus 3.99%, on 1 October. Buy-to-let customers will see their rate increased to Bank rate plus 4.49% on 1 May.  Mr Tyrie’s letter, to FSA managing director Martin Wheatley, asks “what action the conduct arm of the FSA will be taking in response to the action by the Bank of Ireland”.

Songs Played

Gorillaz – Dare
Florence and the Machine – Spectrum / Say My Name (Calvin Harris Remix)
Zutons – Zuton Fever
Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band
Missing Andy – Feel Like This
Killers – Somebody Told Me
Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna
Texas – Black Eyed Boy
Keane – Is It Any Wonder?
White Stripes – Conquest
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Everything Everything – Duet
Flo Rida – Let It Roll
Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
Girls Aloud – Life Got Cold
Madonna – What It Feels Like For A Girl
September – Cry For You
Shadows – Apache
Doves – Kingdom of Rust

80s Hour

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Ultravox – We Came To Dance
U2 – Desire
Heart – Alone
T’Pau – China In Your Hand
Trio – Da Da Da
Toto – Rosanna
49ers – Touch Me  (I think this  just made it into the 80’s!)
Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly

Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.

1. Two per cent of Europeans lack the genes for smelly armpits.
2. It is possible to beam an image (the Mona Lisa, in this case) to the Moon using a high-powered laser.
3. Russian soldiers don’t wear socks.
4. Horse-eating is called Hippophagy.
5. You can make beer out of Sugar Puffs.
6. Overbites didn’t become standard until everyone started eating with a knife and fork.
7. The East Midlands has a history of small to moderate earthquakes.
8. Swiss cheese plants suffer from stress.
9. Inflatable space capsules are as safe as metal ones.
10. Trees that are more than 100m tall cannot grow leaves.

Today was Mother’s Day, so I have to say a big HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to my lovely Mum  :)
my lovely Mother!
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