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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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Sunday Sunrise – 24th February 2013

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A year of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of Hornby trains, Mecccano and Dinky toys is getting under way.  Brighton Toy and Model Museum has been given a £34,000 lottery grant to celebrate the life of Frank Hornby.  “The toy museum, I would say, has got the finest collection of Hornby products to be seen anywhere, in the world,” said director Chris Littledale.  We have got a staggering collection of Mr Hornby’s trains in various sizes.”  He said the Hornby 00 Gauge railway was “a lovely thing – more than a toy”.  Frank Hornby was born in Liverpool in 1863 and began to manufacture toys, beginning with Meccano, in a small one-room factory in 1901.  The company’s HQ was at Binns Road in Liverpool for more than 60 years. It was later taken over by the owners of Tri-ang, whose factory was in Margate, Kent.  Frank Hornby became MP for Everton and a millionaire.  There is still a Hornby visitor centre near Margate.  Mr Littledale said Hornby was “quite a humble man”.  “He was one of these people who had ideas and he had this sudden idea that it would be educationally rather good to put together a geometric system whereby you could nut and bolt things together,” he said.  “The name Meccano was derived from mechanics made easy. He coined that phrase – it was very clever marketing.”  “Dinky didn’t come in until the 1930s, then Dinky toys were hugely popular right into the 1960s.”  By 1931 Hornby was the owner of a multinational business, MP for Everton, and a millionaire.  The anniversary year is being launched on Saturday night at the museum, which occupies Victorian arches in Trafalgar Street, underneath Brighton railway station.  The Heritage Lottery Fund grant will pay for new screens and interactive displays and educational resources about Frank Hornby’s life.  It will also fund a programme of events and activities, including festivals on Merseyside and Liverpool and a Frank Hornby week in Brighton.

Songs Played

Villages – The Pact, I’ll Be Your Fever
Girls Aloud – Something New
James Arthur – Impossible
Alica Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Adele – Cold Shoulder
Foals – My Number
Madness – Never Knew Your Name
Four Tops – Reach Out, I’ll Be There
Phats & Small – Turn Around
Jersey Boys – Boys Don’t Cry
Sia – Taken For Granted
Jet – Look What You’ve Done
Morten Harket – Listening
Stooshe – Black Heart
Enrique Iglesias – Hero
“Rent” Soundtrack – What You Own  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rent_(musical))
LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
Deacon Blue – That’s What We Can Do

80s Hour

Jacksons – Can You Feel It?
Simply Red – A New Flame
Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
John Farnham – You’re The Voice
Pet Shop Boys – I Want A Lover
Johnny Hates Jazz – Turn Back The Clock
Kools and the Gang – Get Down On It

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Sunday Sunrise – 17th February 2013 – Going Flying After The Show

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A month-old piglet from Florida, born without the use of its back legs, is now sporting a custom-built wheelchair to get around.  Chris P. Bacon has become an internet sensation after vet, Len Lucero, took pity on the creature’s plight and built the contraption from a toy building kit.  Chris’s exploits on YouTube have logged more than 474,000 views in two weeks.

Increasingly manufacturers and developers are experimenting with wearable technology.  Recent innovations include clothes that display twitter updates, mobile phone headsets, Google glasses, mobile phones that work in conjunction with wristwatches, and bracelets that track your fitness regime.  As an experiment in wearable tech, and to highlight the possibilities of recycling old mobile phones in an imaginative way, designer Sean Miles of Designworks was approached by O2 Recycling to integrate mobile phones into shoes.

Songs Played

Mak Ronson – Stop Me
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
Deacon Blue – That’s What We Can Do
Robbie Williams – Strong
Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody
Nathan Jay & Kaya – The Sea
Madonna – The Power Of Goodbye
Sade – Still In Love With You
Josh Osho – Imperfections
Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Lara Fabian – I Will Love Again
Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
A-Ha – Analogue (All I Want)

80s Hour

Meat Loaf & Cher – Dead Ringer For Love
Electric Light Orchesta – Rock ‘n’ Roll Is King
James Brown – Living In America
KLF – 3am Eternal
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Samantha Fox – Touch Me (I Want Your Body)
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
Bangles – Walks Like An Egyptian

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Sunday Sunrise – 10th February 2013 – A Rainy Sunday

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Nasa’s Curiosity Mars rover has finally drilled deep enough into a rock to acquire a powdered sample for analysis.  The fine grey tailings from the 6cm-hole will be sieved and inspected before being delivered to the robot’s onboard labs in the coming days.  It will represent a historic first in planetary exploration – never before has the interior of a rock on another world been probed in such a way.  The US space agency said the drilling was an immense achievement.  “This is the biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August, another proud day for America,” said Prof John Grotizinger, the mission’s chief scientist.  Drilling is absolutely central to the rover’s mission in Gale Crater, a deep bowl sited on Mars’ equator.  Curiosity is investigating whether past environments at this location could ever have supported life, and getting inside rocks to analyse their make-up will provide some of the most telling evidence.  Engineers have waited a full six months before deploying the drill tool, which is held on the end of the rover’s 2.2m-long robotic arm.  Its first action was just to hammer down briefly on a rock target last weekend – a simple check to prove the machinery was behaving as it should.  This was followed in the week by the drill turning in the chosen rock to cut a shallow, 2cm hole.  It produced a fine powder that engineers deemed suitable to try to pick up. So, the command was given to drill a second hole that was deep enough to push some tailings into the tool’s sample acquisition chamber.  Some of this material will be used to scrub the machinery’s innards of any contamination that may have travelled with the rover from Earth.

Songs Played

Calvin Harris feat Tinie Tempah – Drinking From The Bottle
Noisettes – Don’t Upset The Rythm
Daniel Bedingfield – Wrap My Words Around You
Deacon Blue – That’s What We Can Do
Vaccines – Teenage Icon
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
Steps – Tragedy
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Mika – We Are Golden
Jellyfish – I Wana Stay Home
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Kaiser Chiefs – The Angry Mob
Relient K – Pink Tux To The Prom
Foals – My Number
Meat Loaf – You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See

80s Hour

Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around
Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hangin’ On
Kiss – Crazy, Crazy Nights

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Sunday Sunrise – 3rd February 2013 – Back from France !

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More than half of nurses believe their NHS ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, according to a survey.  The Nursing Times conducted an online poll of nearly 600 of its readers on issues such as staffing, patient safety and NHS culture.  The survey also found three-quarters had witnessed what they considered “poor” care over the past 12 months.  The government said it had increased staffing and hundreds of new nurses were still being taken on by the NHS.  The survey comes ahead of a public inquiry report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.  The study found 57% of those asked described their ward or unit as sometimes or always “dangerously understaffed”.  Of those who had witnessed poor care, nearly 30% said they had seen it happen regularly.  Some 85% of those who worked on general wards said the patient to nurse ratio was eight or more to one, and 44% said the ratio was 10 or more to one.   The amount of work they (nurses) are expected to do goes up all the time but staffing levels don’t rise.”  The Royal College of Nursing considers the acceptable ratio as being compromised by staff shortages.  Joyce Robins, co-director of Patient Concern, told BBC Radio 5 Live nurses felt they could not keep their patients safe because there were not enough staff.  “The amount of work they are expected to do goes up all the time but staffing levels don’t rise,” she said.  “You hear all these stories that nurses don’t care anymore but really it’s that nurses can’t care because they don’t have time because there aren’t enough of them.”  One respondent in the study told the Nursing Times: “Safety is always at the forefront of my mind but it is becoming increasingly difficult to ensure that all patients are kept safe whilst in my care due to numerous constraints and expectations of the service.”  Also speaking to Radio Five Live Jenni Middleton, editor of the Nursing Times, said morale was very low amongst nurses.  “If you’ve gone into that job to care and to look after people and to not be able to do that is heartbreaking and very very stressful because you feel you’re incapable of doing what you’ve been trained to do because you don’t have the resources to back you up.”

A Ukrainian-Russian rocket carrying a US-made telecommunications satellite has plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch.  The Zenit-3SL rocket, which was being operated from a floating pad south of the Hawaiian islands, failed 40 seconds after the lift-off at 06:56 GMT.  The Intelsat-27 satellite was due to be positioned over the Atlantic to provide services to the Americas and Europe.  Officials say no-one was hurt as a result of the incident.  Staff from the Sea Launch company, which organised the launch, direct all missions from a support vessel that sits at a safe distance of about 6.5km uprange of the platform.  The firm said it would establish a review board to determine what went wrong.  “We are very disappointed with the outcome of the launch and offer our sincere regrets to our customer, Intelsat, and their spacecraft provider, Boeing,” Kjell Karlsen, president of Sea Launch AG, said in a statement.  “The cause of the failure is unknown, but we are evaluating it and working closely with Intelsat, Boeing, Energia Logistics Ltd and our Zenit-3SL suppliers. We will do everything reasonably possible to recover from this unexpected and unfortunate event.”  Sea Launch had not long returned from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  A spectacular rocket failure on its converted oil rig in 2007 forced the firm to restructure its finances as orders slowed and debts mounted.  It re-emerged in 2011 and had lofted four satellites successfully from the Odyssey platform before Friday’s loss.  The rig-cum-pad and its command ship are based at Long Beach, California.  For a mission, the pair move south to the equator at 154 degrees West Longitude.  The 2007 failure ultimately led to the company seeking Chapter 11 protection  An equatorial launch location gives a rocket a boost from the Earth’s rotation, meaning it can lift heavier payloads into orbit.  Sea Launch is owned now by a Russian-led consortium headed by Energia Overseas Ltd, and is headquartered in Bern, Switzerland.  The commercial market for launching large geostationary telecommunications satellites is intensively competitive.  It has been dominated for several years by the European Ariane rocket, operated by Arianespace, and the Russian Proton vehicle, which is sold by International Launch Services (although the latter has experienced a number of failures of its own recently).  Once the cause of Friday’s loss is identified and any necessary corrective action taken, Sea Launch will need to re-instil confidence in the market that its product is a good one.  The Ukrainian-Russian Zenit-3SL vehicle has a generally good reliability record.  A modified version, the Zenit-3SLB, is operated from land, flying out of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The most recent of these launches was at the end of 2011.  Launch contracts from the Luxembourg-based Intelsat company had been integral to Sea Launch’s return to business after bankruptcy protection.  Intelsat-27, which weighed some 6.2 tonnes at launch, was to have provided direct-to-home TV services and mobile broadband connections.

Songs Played

Bon Jovi – Because We Can
One Direction – Kiss You
Zoe – Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Art Brut – Nag Nag Nag Nag
Cheryl – Under The Sun
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
Celine Dion – Je Sais Pas
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LA
Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
Lily Allen – Shame For You
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Haim – Don’t Save Me
Bob Sinclar feat Gary ‘Nesta’ Pine – Love Generation
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You
Blink 182 – All The Small Things

80s Hour

A-Ha – Take On Me
Kraftwerk – The Model
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Blondie – Call Me
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
Hall and Oates – Out of Touch
Duran Duran – A View To A Kill

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Sunday Sunrise – 20th January 2013 – Snow Is Falling … All Around!

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US President Barack Obama has blamed “terrorists” for the death of at least 23 hostages at a besieged desert gas facility in Algeria.  A four-day siege at the In Amenas site was ended on Saturday by an army raid.  At least five Britons, five Norwegians and 10 Japanese are dead or missing, while Algeria said its troops had killed all 32 hostage-takers.  US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said the US would go after al-Qaeda wherever they tried to hide.  “This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al-Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa,” said Mr Obama on Saturday.  “We will continue to work closely with all of our partners to combat the scourge of terrorism in the region.”  Details are still sketchy, but unconfirmed reports say the hostage-takers summarily killed the remaining seven hostages before themselves being killed in a final army raid on Saturday.  State news agency APS said 685 Algerian workers and 107 out of 132 foreigners working at the plant had been freed, citing interior ministry figures.  The nationalities of some of the hostages killed are still not known.  The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that some British nationals caught up in the Algerian hostage crisis returned home overnight.  No details were released, but a spokesman said the foreign secretary would give an update later on Sunday.  The crisis began on Wednesday when militants attacked two buses carrying foreign workers the remote site in south-eastern Algeria. A Briton and an Algerian reportedly died in the incident.  The militants then took Algerians and expatriates hostage at the complex, which was quickly surrounded by the Algerian army.  A statement from the kidnappers said the assault on the gas plant was launched in retaliation for French intervention against Islamist groups in neighbouring Mali.  However, France only decided last week to intervene militarily in Mali. Analysts say the assault on the gas facility was well-planned and would have required advance research, as well as possibly inside help.  The leader of the hostage-takers was a veteran fighter from Niger, named as Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri by the Mauritanian news agency ANI, which had been in contact with the militants.  The Algerian armed forces attacked on Thursday as militants tried to move some of their captives from the facility.

 

Songs Played

Ian Brown – F.E.A.R
Adele – Skyfall
Morrissey – I’m Throwing MyArms Around Paris
Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
N-Trance – Stayin’ Alive
Amoriste – The Mascot
One Direction – Kiss You
will.i.am feat Britney Spears – Scream & Shout
ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme
Paloma Faith – Stone Cold Sober
We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
Missing Andy – Mr Policeman (acoustic)
Madness – Never Knew Your Name
Lightening Seeds – Life of Riley
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium

80s Hour

Midge Ure – If I Was
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5
Police – Every Breath You Take
Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Depeche Mode – Somebody
BeeGees – You Win Again
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Yazz – Don’t Go

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Sunday Sunrise – 13th January 2013 – I seem to rant a fair bit

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The governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a public health emergency because of the severity of this year’s influenza season.  The order makes vaccinations more accessible and allows pharmacists to administer vaccines to children.  Almost 20,000 cases of flu have been reported in New York state so far this season – more than four times the number of cases last winter.  The flu outbreak has reached epidemic proportions across the US.  Last week 7.3% of US deaths were caused by pneumonia and the flu, just above epidemic threshold, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Flu activity was widespread in 47 states, up from 41 the week before.  Experts recommend flu vaccines, which have been found to be 62% effective.  The 2012-13 flu season is said to have started earlier than usual, with many cases of the H3N2 strain, which can be severe.  Some analysts say the latest numbers suggest the worst of the season may have passed.  The only states without widespread flu were California, Hawaii and Mississippi.  Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, runny nose, body ache and fatigue.  Severe cases could see vomiting and diarrhoea or develop into pneumonia. Many cases are much milder.

Songs Played
Doves – Kingdom of Rust
Madonna – Frozen
Babybird – You’re Gorgeous
Owl City – Shooting Star
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc.
Lightning Seeds – Sugar Coated Iceberg
Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
Phil Collins – Who Said I Would?
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
DB Boulevard – Point of View
Queen – I’m Going Slightly Mad
Muse – Follow Me
Barden Bellas – The Sign/Eternal Flame/Turn The Beat Around  – taken from Pitch Perfect soundtrack
Girls Aloud – Something New
Gabrielle Aplin – The Power Of Love
REM – Losing My Religion
Stereophonics – In A Moment

80s Hour

Irene Cara – Flashdance … What A Feeling !
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby   – ’89 Pre-Release 7″ Version
John Farnham – Thunder In Your Heart
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
David Bowie – Underground
Cars – Drive
Madness – Embarassment
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl

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Sunday Sunrise – 6th January 2013 – New Year … not so new Stephen!

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Nasa’s Curiosity rover is very close to drilling into its first Martian rock, with the set-up operation likely to begin next week.  After breaking for the holidays, the mission team would be raring to undertake the task in the coming days, said lead scientist John Grotzinger.  The robot has driven about 650m from its landing site, dropping down into a depression known as Yellowknife Bay.  It is in this depression that the target rock will probably be chosen.  All of Curiosity’s instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed.  Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover’s onboard laboratories for analysis.  “We are firing on all cylinders now and our last thing to do is drilling, and we really hope to start on that process beginning next week,” the California Institute of Technology professor told the BBC.  As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held “hand lens” camera and X-ray spectrometer.

Songs Played

Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone (Is Not Enough)
Blue – U Make Me Wanna
Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome
Debbie Harry – French Kissing In The USA
Suggs – I’m Only Sleeping
Ocean Colour Scene – Profit In Peace
Pet Shop Boys – Memory Of The Future
Queen – Bohemiam Rhapsody
Muse – Follow Me
OK Go – Here It Goes Again
Owl City – Umbrella Beach
Phats & Small – Turn Around
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul
Morten Harket – Listening
Lily Allen – The Fear
FrankMusik – Vacant Heart
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La

80s Hour

Spandau Ballet – Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Police – De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Soft Cell – Torch
Robert Plant – Big Log
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
Depeche Mode – Strange Love
Simply Red – (Money’s Too Tight) To Mention

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Sunday Sunrise – 30th December 2012 – Last Sunday of 2012!

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David Cameron has used his New Year’s message to say the UK is “heading in the right direction”.  The prime minister said 2012 was “tough” but people can look forward to 2013 with “realism and optimism”.  In the video address released on Sunday, he admitted he had “no quick fixes” to the UK’s economic problems.  But he said there has been “real progress” on cutting Britain’s financial deficit, welfare reform and improving school standards.  Meanwhile, a leaked internal memo suggests senior Lib Dems have been urged to spread the message that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to help build a fairer society.  And Labour has responded to David Cameron’s New Year message by saying the prime minister had “promised change” but “nothing is changing for the better”.  In his message, Mr Cameron said “this is, quite simply, a government in a hurry”, adding: “There’s a reason for that.”  He added: “Britain is in a global race to succeed today. It is a race with countries like China, India and Indonesia; a race for the jobs and opportunities of the future.  “So when people say we can slow down on cutting our debts, we are saying no. We can’t win in this world with a great millstone of debt round our necks.  “When people say we’ve got to stop our welfare reforms because somehow it is cruel to expect people to work, we are saying ‘no’. Getting people into good jobs is absolutely vital, not just for them, but for all of us.

A village post office could not pay pensions or benefits for 11 days over Christmas after its broadband connection was cut off.  Sub-postmistress Wendy Telfer offered to lend her own money to any “really desperate” customers of the branch in Bellingham, Northumberland.  “It’s the busiest time. People wanting to send parcels and get their money,” she said. “It’s really affected us.”  BT is investigating what happened and why the reconnection was delayed.  The Post Office has apologised to customers for any inconvenience.  Mrs Telfer said two customers had taken her up on her offer.  The internet connection was lost on 17 December after BT installed broadband in the upstairs flat, Mrs Telfer said.  She said the company assured her the new connection would not affect the two lines in the shop and post office below.  But until Friday, the branch could not process any payments, including council tax and other bills, or any other service which uses the computerised system.

Songs Played

Brandon Flowers – Crossfire
Emma Bunton – Free Me
DB Boulevard – Point of View
Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist
The 87 – The Print
Mumford & Sons – Winter Winds
McFly – All About You
Amy Macdonald – Pride
Bee Gees – I Started A Joke
Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Animals – House of The Rising Sun
All Saints – Pure Shores
Stereophonics – In A Moment
Anastacia – Left Outside Alone
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Beautiful South – Perfect Ten
White Town – Your Woman
Arctic Monkeys – Fake Tales of San Francisco
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain

80s Hour

REM – Orange Crush
Erasure – Sometimes
Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Martika – Toy Soldiers
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
Jan Hamer – Crocketts Theme
Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For You Right (To Party)

See you all in 2013 – Have A Wonderful New Year! 

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Sunday Sunrise – 23rd December 2012 – The Eve … of Christmas Eve!

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Prime Minister David Cameron has wished Margaret Thatcher a “speedy recovery” The 87-year-old former Conservative prime minister is in hospital after undergoing a minor operation.  Lady Thatcher is understood to have had a growth removed from her bladder.  Baroness Thatcher’s spokeswoman said she is doing “absolutely fine” following what was described as “minimally invasive” surgery.  Lady Thatcher, who has suffered from ill health in recent years, was admitted on Thursday and was kept in hospital overnight.  Friends of the former PM told the BBC they expect her to remain in hospital for a number of days.  Lord Bell, a friend and former adviser, said: “The operation was a complete success and her condition is satisfactory.  “She’ll stay in hospital for a few more days and then she’ll go home.  “She’s very tough. The doctors are perfectly happy. They say the operation has been completely satisfactory.”

Norway’s foreign minister has urged the UK to assess the advantages of staying in the European Union, rather than consider leaving.  Norway is not an EU member but has access to the single market. UK euro-sceptics use it as a model for how the UK could relate to the EU from outside.  But Foreign Minister Espen Eide said Oslo had “limited scope for influence”.  “We are not at the table when decisions are made,” he told Radio 4’s The World This Weekend.  Mr Eide is pro-EU, though Norwegian voters have twice rejected the chance to join the EU in referendums in 1972 and 1994.  Prime Minister David Cameron has consistently said he supports Britain’s continued membership.  He has hinted, however, at a possible referendum to allow the British people the opportunity to give their “fresh consent” on the issue.  Mr Cameron is expected to give a much delayed speech on Europe early in the new year.

Songs Played

George Michael – Freedom
REM – The Great Beyond
Blur – Coffee & TV
2:54 – Creeping
One Direction – Little Things
Tiao Cruz – Fast Car
Stereophonics – In A Moment
Groove Armada – I See You Baby
Pet Shop Boys – Memory Of The Future
Baddies – Talk To Me Germany
Monkees – Daydream Believer
Herman’s Hermits – Into Something Good
Dean Martin – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Girls Aloud – Something New
Michael Buble – I Haven’t Met You Yet
The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Concern, He’s My Brother
Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend
Westworld – Sonic Boom Boy
Robbie Williams – Candy
Amy MacDonald – Life In A Beautiful Light

80s Hour

The Who – Eminence Front
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)
Queen – Who Wants To Live Forever?
Prince – When Doves Cry
Red Box – For America
Roxette – The Look
Kraftwerk – The Model
Kajagoogoo – Turn Your Back On Me

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Sunday Sunrise – 16th December 2012 – 9 Days Till Christmas!

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A primary school’s board of governors has resigned after £6,000 from its official budget was spent on a leaving party for the former head teacher.  The party, at the end of the summer term, was a send-off for Keith Marden, head teacher at Sherwood Park Community Primary in Tunbridge Wells.  Kent County Council said the resignations followed an audit which identified “financial irregularity”.  It said all the governors in post at the time of the party had resigned.  Mr Marden had been at the school for 25 years.  At the time of the party, Sherwood Park had been put into special measures following an Ofsted inspection in June which found its leadership, management, teaching and pupil achievement were inadequate.  The school, in Friar’s Way, is to become an academy on 1 January, sponsored by the Temple Grove Trust.

Two elephants have been saved from the deadly Siberian cold by drinking vodka, Russian officials say.  They say the animals had to be taken out into the bitter cold after the wooden trailer they were travelling in caught fire in the Novosibirsk region.  The elephants, aged 45 and 48, suffered frostbite to the tips of their ears amid temperatures of -40C (-40F)  But they were warmed up by two cases of vodka mixed with warm water, one official was quoted as saying.  “They started roaring like if they were in the jungle! Perhaps, they were happy,” the official told Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency.  The animals continued their recovery in a heated garage of a local college where they were brought by a truck under police escort.  The elephants belong to a Polish circus, which has been touring the region, reports say.  Like with humans, alcohol can make animals feel warmer but it actually lowers their core body temperature, scientists say.  But Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted Novosibirsk zoo director Rostislav Shilo as saying that the elephants were not harmed or intoxicated by the vodka, and that without it they would have died of hypothermia or pneumonia.

Songs Played

Gabrielle Aplin – The Power Of Love
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
The Justice Collective – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
Pet Shop Boys – Memory Of The Future
Girls Aloud – Something New
Rihanna feat Mikky Ekko – Stay
Livin’ Joy – Dreamer
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Simply Red – Sunrise
Stereophonics – Dakota
The Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode
Pixie Lott – Broken Arrow
KD Lang & Siss Boom Bang – I Confess
Morten Harkey – I’m The One
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
ABBA – SOS
Glam Chops – Countdown to Christmas
Air Head – Counting Sheep
Cheryl – Call My Name

80s Hour

Gary Newman – Cars
Journey – Don’t Stop Belivin’
Art of Noise – Something Is Missing
Clash – I Fought The Law
Depeche Mode – Stripped
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Cars – Tonight She Comes
Culture Club – Time (Clock of the Heart)
A-Ha – The Living Daylights
Cutting Crew – Just Died In Your Tonight

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Sunday Sunrise – 9th December 2012 – Je suis malade

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Scotland Yard has been in touch with Australian police over the death of a nurse from the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness.  Jacintha Saldanha, 46, died on Friday, days after she answered a prank phone call from Australian DJs pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.  An inquest into the apparent suicide is due to be opened this week.  The firm which owns the radio station is holding an emergency board meeting.  Southern Cross Austereo, owner of 2Day FM, has suspended all advertising on the station until Monday, while DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian are on indefinite leave.  The pair are said to be in a fragile condition and receiving “intense counselling”, because of the hostile reaction to their prank.  Regarding official contact, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Officers have been in contact with Australian authorities.”  In certain circumstances, including when a death is sudden or unexpected, police report deaths to a coroner and can be involved in investigating the circumstances.

One in six UK charities questioned for a survey say they fear they may have to close in 2013 due to public spending cuts and falling donations, the Charities Aid Foundation has said.  The poll of 252 senior charity workers also found just under half of their organisations have been forced to dip into reserves to stay afloat.  Over a third have said they may be forced to cut services or jobs.   The Cabinet Office said the charity sector “cannot be immune from cuts”.  There are more than 160,000 charities in the UK.  Almost all of the 252 charities questioned for the CAF said generating more income was going to be their greatest challenge in the coming year.  The survey was completed online by charities of differing sizes by polling group Research Now.  Some 40% of those questioned worry that they will be forced to close if the economic situation does not improve.  A quarter have already been forced to cut frontline services and staff cuts.  About 80% believe that the economic situation is the greatest threat to UK charities.  Nearly three-quarters believe that charities are unable to fulfil their goals because of reductions in donations or government funding

Songs Played

Paulo Nutini – Pencil Full of Lead
Spandeau Ballet – The Freeze
Rihanna – If It’s Loving That You Want
Robbie Williams – Candy
Olly Murs – Troublemaker
Owl City – Shooting Star
Simon Webbe – Grace
Lily Allen – Alfie
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
Adele – Skyfall
The Shadows – Apache
Dannii Minogue vs Flower Power – You Won’t Forget About Me
Girls Aloud – Something New
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
Beck – New Pollution
Basement Jaxx – Romeo
Take That – Could It Be Magic
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Stereophonics – In A Moment

80s Hour

Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
Housemartins – Happy Hour
Human League – Open Your Heart
Fine Young Cannibals – Ever Fallen In Love
Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak
Pink Floyd – Another Brick In The Wall
Genesis – Abacab
Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels of Industry
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Inner City – Good Life
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell  (Full 12″ Version)

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Sunday Sunrise – 2nd December 2012 – -2 Degrees you say?

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In a world first, on December 3 1992, an engineer sent the message “Merry Christmas” from a PC to a mobile device using Vodafone’s UK network.  This is regarded as the first text message. It has now become one of the most popular forms of communication, with hundreds of thousands being sent every day over both traditional mobiles, and smartphones.  BBC News asked a random selection of Londoners to explain when it was appropriate to text, and what life was like before the invention.  Despite the prevalence of texting, people were surprisingly critical about it. 

A five-storey home marooned in the middle of a new road in China has finally been demolished.  The motorway was built around the house over a year ago because duck farmer Luo Baogen was holding out for more compensation.

 

Songs Played

Kooks – Shine On
Elvis Presley – Rubbernecking
Adele – Skyfall
Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind (Part II)
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Marina and the Diamonds – Radioactive
Steps – After The Love Has Gone
Soft Toy Emergency – Critical
Rob Dougan – Clubbed To Death
Amy MacDonald – This Is The Life
“Closer to Heaven” – Something Special
Who – Magic Bus
Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
Morten Harket – Burn Money Burn
Olly Murs – Troublemaker
P45 – Top Floor
Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven

80s Hour

Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
ABBA – Lay All Your Love On Me
Bangles – Manic Monday
Jam – Going Underground
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Flashdance – She’s A Maniac
Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme
Rick James – Superfreak
A-Ha – Take On Me
Smiths – I Am Human

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Sunday Sunrise – 25th November 2012 …

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Gangnam Style, the dance track by South Korean pop phenomenon Psy, has notched up more than 808m views since it was posted in July.  The video pokes fun at the consumerism of Gangnam, an affluent suburb of the South Korean capital Seoul.  In it, the portly Psy dances as though he is trotting on a horse, holding the reins and spinning a lasso in a manner that has sparked a global dance craze.  The video also features the 34-year-old singer reclining on a sun lounger in tight pink shorts, gazing longingly at a girl dancing on an underground train in tight shorts and gesticulating at a woman working out on a beach – in tight shorts.  Popular parodies include one performed by Eton College schoolboys and another in the Star Trek language Klingon.  Gangnam Style, which won best video at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards, has also been number one in 28 countries.  It holds the Guinness World Record for the most “liked” song ever – currently with a little under 5.4m likes on YouTube.  Previously, Justin Bieber’s 2010 teenybopper hit Baby held the record for the most YouTube views.  Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun was the first person in the US to tweet a link to the Gangnam Style video.

Hundreds of suspected tax avoiders are to receive letters in the coming weeks warning them that their financial affairs are facing special scrutiny.  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is sending letters directly to 1,500 people who it believes have signed up to one particular avoidance scheme.  The correspondence, the first of its kind, is a pre-emptive strike before the scheme’s legality is challenged.

The National Audit Office said such schemes cost the UK more than £10bn.  In a report, published on Wednesday, the watchdog said HMRC was dealing with a backlog of 41,000 cases of aggressive tax avoidance involving individuals and small companies.  In an attempt to tackle the backlog, HMRC is sending out four versions of the same letter in a pilot scheme. The first wave of about 700 will start landing on doormats on Saturday.  One version says: “You are in the small minority of people who have made the deliberate choice to avoid tax. We focus our resources on this small minority. The choice that you have made changes the way we view your tax affairs.  “Our Specialist Investigations Unit will be carrying out a full investigation into this scheme and they will open an enquiry into your tax affairs.”  It goes on to suggest that people who use the scheme could find that they have to pay the outstanding tax, plus interest, and – in certain circumstances – could face a financial penalty.  It provides contact and payment details for people if they wish to pull out of the scheme immediately and pay up.  No details have been revealed about the recipients of the letters, who live across the UK. Although they are not all thought to be among the mega-rich, one tax expert said he would be surprised if there were no big names among them.

Songs Played

Madonna – Don’t Tell Me
Jonny Cola and the A Grades – Out Of Focus
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Nada Surf – Inside Of Love
Scatman John – Scatman
Zombies – Time Of The Season
Robert Miles – Children
Scissor Sisters – Kiss Me Off
Vaccines – Teenage Icon
Cheryl – Under The Sun
Puddle of Mudd- Blurry
Def Leppard – Animal
Little Mix – DNA
Fountains Of Wayne – Denise
Starsailor – Good Souls

80s Hour

Feargal Sharkey – You Little Thief
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
Rainbow – I Surrender
Soft Cell – Soul Inside
Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Spandeau Ballet – Only When You Leave
Talk Talk – Talk Talk

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Sunday Sunrise – 18th November 2012 …

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The 25th anniversary of the fire at King’s Cross Underground station is to be marked by a union raising concerns over Tube safety standards.  Thirty one people died when a fire on a wooden escalator engulfed part of the London station on 18 November 1987.  The blaze is thought to have been started by a dropped match and led to a smoking ban at Tube stations.  Members of the RMT union will gather on Sunday at the station to commemorate the fire and highlight safety fears.  Bob Crow, the union’s general secretary said: “Due to a culture of complacency and systemic failure, 31 people lost their lives at King’s Cross.” He has called for London Mayor Boris Johnson to withdraw the threat of cuts to staffing levels and maintenance schedules and abandon plans to introduce more driverless trains.  Frank Dobson, the local Labour MP since 1979, said such tragedies highlighted the need for stations to be “properly staffed”.  “There are all sorts of propositions put forward by people ‘Oh, you can get rid of these staff and you can rid of others’ and then there’s even this idea of getting rid of drivers on the Underground trains, which may be all very well until something goes wrong.”  More than 100 people were taken to hospital after the King’s Cross fire, after becoming trapped as the escalator went up in flames.  Nobody has ever been prosecuted over the fire. The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Railway Inspectorate said there was “no justification” for charges.

A drunk man who climbed into a crocodile enclosure in Australia and attempted to ride a 5m (16ft) long crocodile has survived his encounter.  The crocodile, called Fatso, bit the 36-year-old man’s leg, tearing chunks of flesh from him as he straddled the reptile.  He received surgery to serious wounds to his leg and is recovering in hospital, police say.  He had been chucked out of a pub in the town of Broome for being too drunk.  The man, Michael Newman, climbed over a fence and tried to sit on the 800kg (1,800lb) saltwater crocodile.  “Fatso has taken offence to this and has spun around and bit this man on the right leg,” Sgt Roger Haynes of Broome police told journalists.  “The crocodile has let him go and he’s been able to scale the fence again and leave the wildlife park.”

 

Songs Played

Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This
Maximo Park – Girls Who Play Guitars
Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
Missing Andy – The Way We’re Made
One Direction – Live While We’re Young
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Olly Murs – Troublemaker
Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Men
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes
Degrees of Motion – Do You Want It Right Now?
Cee-Lo Green – I Want You
Beatfreakz – Somebody’s Watching Me
Beatles – Taxman
Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
Rajiv feat Mr Arch – Catch Me If You Can
Westlife – Bop Bop Baby
Busted – What I Go To School For
Embrace – Nature’s Law

80s Hour

Wham – I’m Your Man
Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
Yazoo – Don’t Go
Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
Kim Wilde & Junior – Another Step (Closer To You)
Erasure – Sometimes
Bruce Hornsby – The Way It Is
Bangles – Walk Like An Egyptian
Beastie Boys – Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You
Eurythmics – Sexcrime
Chris Lowe – We All Feel Better In The Dark

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Interview: Samantha Murray – London 2012: Penathlon Olympic Silver Medalist

Today I had the honour of interviewing Samantha Murray who won Silver at London 2012 in the Modern Pentathlon.  She was opening the new Sports Suite at Brentwood School Sports Centre.

She competed at the Junior World Championships and Junior European Championships in 2010, where the British team won gold in both events. Individually, she finished 8th in the World competition and 15th overall in the European event.  The team of Murray,Katy Burke, Freyja Prentice and Heather Fell also competed in the 2010 World Modern Pentathlon Championships, where they placed overall in second place, winning the silver medal. Murray placed in 22nd position in the individual competition in her first senior competition.

Murray finished in sixth place at the World Cup event in Charlotte, North Carolina, in March 2012. Following that she competed in the Budapest Cup where she was victorious. Her first World Cup medal came in Rostov, Russia, in April 2012, when she won the bronze medal behind Anastasiya Prokopenko and Victoria Tereshuk. She had been leading going into the final day, but was overtaken during the run/shoot.

Along with Mhairi Spence, she was named to the British team at the 2012 Summer Olympics as the two female modern pentathlon competitors, and won the silver medal in the last event of the games.

My interview and photos can be found below:

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Sunday Sunrise – 11th November 2012 … Lest We Forget

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The Queen and members of parliament will pay their respects to the UK’s war dead on Remembrance Sunday.  They will be joined at the Cenotaph in London by religious leaders and war veterans for a wreath-laying ceremony.  This will commemorate British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in world wars and other conflicts.  British forces across the world, including 9,500 soldiers on duty in Afghanistan, will also pause to remember the fallen.  The Queen will be joined at the Cenotaph by Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband, and other members of the Royal Family.  And the country will observe a two-minute silence as Big Ben strikes the eleventh hour in London.  This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 11 November itself, the date of the armistice which brought World War I to an end.  Apart from the poppy wreaths being laid at the steps of the Cenotaph, there will be services across the country, including at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh and Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.  All veterans from World War I have now died – Florence Green, from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, who served as a mess steward at RAF bases in Marham and Narborough, died in February aged 110.  On Saturday, a Festival of Remembrance concert staged by the Royal British Legion was held at the Royal Albert Hall and attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the prime minister and Mr Miliband.

he BBC’s director general, George Entwistle, has resigned in the wake of the Newsnight child abuse broadcast.  He said that as the man “ultimately responsible for all content, and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards” he would quit.  Mr Entwistle had admitted Newsnight’s report, which led to Thatcher-era Tory Lord McAlpine being wrongly implicated, should not have been aired.  The broadcast covered cases of child abuse at north Wales care homes.  BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten, who appeared alongside Mr Entwistle when he delivered his statement, will answer questions on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sunday morning.  Mr Entwistle took up the post of director general on 17 September, and his sudden resignation makes him the shortest-serving BBC director general.  In his statement, he said: “In the light of the fact that the director general is also the editor-in-chief and ultimately responsible for all content, and in the light of the unacceptable journalistic standards of the Newsnight film broadcast on Friday 2 November, I have decided that the honourable thing to do is to step down from the post of director general.”

Songs Played

Adele – Skyfall
Katy Perry – Hot ‘n’ Cold
Placebo – Special K
Style Council – My Ever Changing Moods
Maroon 5 – Payphone
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Fun – Some Nights
Hurts – Devotion (feat. Kylie)
Ja Rule – Always On Time (feat. Ashanti)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – By The Way
Feeder – Seven Days In The Sun
Lily Allen – The Fear
Jack Johnson – Good People
Suede – Can’t Get Enough
Mac Band – Roses Are Red
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying BIrds – Everybody’s On The Run

80s Hour

Hall & Oats – Out of Touch
Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
Nick Kamen – I Promised Myself
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Kenny Loggins – Danger Zone
Ray Parker Jr. – Ghostbusters
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wishing Well
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Shalamar – A Night To Remember
Ultravox – Vienna
Toto -Africa

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Sunday Sunrise – 4th November 2012 … Go away rain

Songs Played

Everything Everything – Cough Cough
Lily Allen – The Fear
Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold / Breakfast In America
Queen – I Want It All
Adele – Skyfall
Maroon 5 – One More Night
Laura Marling – Rambling Man
Alphabeat – Fascination
Busted – What I Go To School For
Bryan Adams & Mel C – When You’re Gone
Florence & the Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Enrique Iglesias – Hero
Bloc Party – Octopus
TATU – Not Gonna Get Us
Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes

80s Hour

Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Pop icon Kylie Minogue is marking her silver anniversary in the music industry with The Abbey Road Sessions, an album of re-worked, stripped-back versions of some of her classic hits.
Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way
Level 42 – Love Games
New Order – True Faith ’87
Cure – Lullaby
David Bowie – Modern Love
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Bee Gees – You Win Again

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Sunday Sunrise – 28th October 2012 … Nearly November! (but cold enough!)

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Formula 1 organisers in India say they are determined to ensure that the track near Delhi is completely “dog proof” ahead of Sunday’s race.  Canine entry points to the state-of-the-art Buddh International Circuit have been blocked ahead of the race.  Last year stray dogs roaming free on the circuit during the first practice session caused some embarrassment.  However, plans to install ultrasonic devices to keep dogs away from the track have been dropped.  Officials from the circuit say that they have drawn up a plan of action to prevent stray dogs from appearing on the track following difficulties created by the animals last year.  When the racing starts, it is hoped only cars will be on the circuit, “We detected between six to seven entry points through which dogs or other stray animals were able to intrude on the circuit,” Askari Zaidi told the BBC.  “These points have been completely sealed off, while fencing around the circuit has now got two layers. In addition there will be a few teams of dog catchers around the circuit.”  Officials say that the problems caused by stray dogs last year were exacerbated by the fact that there was a lot of construction work going on.  So while it is no doubt true that “every dog has its day”, officials are confident that day will not be Sunday.

Former pop star Gary Glitter has been arrested on suspicion of sex offences by police investigating Jimmy Savile abuse claims.  Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, has previously been jailed in Vietnam for child sex offences.  He has been taken from his home into custody at a London police station.  Police are investigating allegations that the late TV presenter Savile sexually abused some 300 young people over a 40-year period.  Met Police confirmed that officers from Operation Yewtree had “arrested a man in his 60s in connection with the investigation”.  Scotland Yard has said it is following about 400 lines of inquiry as part of the operation – which is looking into claims Savile, who died last year aged 84, abused hundreds of young girls and some boys.  Police described former BBC DJ Savile as a “predatory sex offender”.

Songs Played

U2 – Vertigo
Cheryl – Under The Sun
Britney Spears – My Perogative
Semisonic – Secret Smile
Gotye – Eyes Wide Open
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Jets – Crush On You
Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
Rajiv feat. Mr Arch – Catch Me If You Can
REM – Losing My Religion
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Flo Rida feat Sia – Wild Ones
Missing Andy – Money
James Morrison – Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
A-Ha – Foot Of The Mountain
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Emotions – Best Of My Love

80s Hour

Altered Images – I Could Be Happy
Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Nena – 99 Red Balloons
S’Express – Theme From S’Express
Spandeau Ballet – True
Depeche Mode – Strange Love
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Black Box – Ride On Time
Bananarama – Venus
Hall and Oates – Out Of Touch

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Sunday Sunrise – 14th October 2012 … “Bobbler”

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Los Angeles residents have been turning out to watch the US space shuttle Endeavour as it inches through the city on a giant trolley, bound for a museum.  The spacecraft that once reached 17,000mph (28,160km/h) is trundling down the city’s famously low-level boulevards at a stately 2mph.  “It’s pretty neat to see a spaceship in the street,” a spectator told local TV.  Endeavour began its 12-mile, two-day journey on Friday and is due to end up at the California Science Center.  The 75-ton spacecraft entered service in 1992, making 25 trips, logging 123m miles and circling the globe almost 4,700 times.  Replacing Challenger, which was destroyed in an accident in 1986 that killed seven astronauts, Endeavour was the baby of the shuttle fleet.  NASA took its shuttles out of service last year in order to focus on destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, such as asteroids and Mars.

It was expected to be just another lump of dull basalt, but the first rock examined up close by Nasa’s Mars rover proved to be a little more interesting.  The pyramidal object, nicknamed “Jake Matijevic” after a recently deceased mission engineer, had a composition not seen on the planet before.  Scientists have likened it to some unusual but well known rocks on Earth.  These form from relatively water-rich magmas that have cooled slowly at raised pressures, said Edward Stolper.  “[The rock is] widespread on Earth, on oceanic islands such as Hawaii, and St Helena, and the Azores; and also in rift zones like the Rio Grande and so forth. So, again, it’s not common, but it’s very well known,” the mission co-investigator from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, told reporters.  The Curiosity rover examined Jake Matijevic three weeks ago. At the time, the dark rock was not anticipated to have high science value; it was merely an early opportunity to use the robot’s survey instruments in unison.

Songs Played Today

Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven
P45 – Top Floor
Magic Numbers – Forever Lost
Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend
Travis – Sing
Rihanna – Diamonds
Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic?
Lily Allen – The Fear
Lulu – Shout     (especially for Kelly)
Adele – Skyfall
REM – Leaving New York
Modovar – Clearly
Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor
Eternal ft. Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
Linkin Park ft Jay Z – Numb Encore
Rajiv ft. Mr Arch – Catch Me If You Can
Meat Loaf – Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself
Train ft. Ashley Monroe – Bruises
Queen – Seven Seas Of Rhye

80s Hour

January, February – Barbara Dickson
Blondie – The Tide Is High
Leo Sayer – More Than I Can Say
Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes – Up Where We Belong
KLF – 3am Eternal
Kim Wilde – You Keep Me Hanging On
Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Pet Shop Boys – I Want A Lover / Love Comes Quickly

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Sunday Sunrise – 7th October – Soma Rising Live!

Well … autumn has well and truely arrived in England.  Apart from the colder weather and being darker for longer, I do love how beautiful the leaves and trees look.  This was the inspiration for this weeks cover photo on this post !

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The BBC has promised a “comprehensive examination” of allegations the late Sir Jimmy Savile sexually abused girls while working for the corporation.  Director General George Entwistle said all “outstanding questions” would be addressed – but only after “police had finished everything they have to do”.  He also apologised to women involved “for what they’ve had to endure here”.  A growing number of women have come forward to say they were victims of the presenter.  Some have also spoken of a broader BBC culture which tolerated sexual harassment in the 1980s.  On Sunday, Prime Minister David Cameron described the Savile claims as “truly shocking”, and called for the allegations to be “properly investigated” by the corporation.

The government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit, Chancellor George Osborne has told the Tory conference.  One idea he suggested was limiting the number of children in a family that should be supported on benefits.  He said the better-off would pay more in taxes, but the budget could not be balanced “on the wallets of the rich”.  He also unveiled a plan for workers to give up a string of employment rights in return for shares in their employer.  The new owner-employee contract allows owners to award shares worth up to £50,000 to their staff, in return for the employee giving up their unfair dismissal, redundancy and training rights and also the right to ask for flexible working.  He said there would be no capital gains tax on the profits from the shares, so it would be “owners, workers and the taxman all in it together”.  Mr Osborne’s speech comes with the UK economy in recession, hitting the government’s tax takings and its plans to reduce the deficit (the difference between the amount spent by government and the amount it receives from tax etc).  In his speech in Birmingham, the chancellor made clear he was not planning to change course and said a further £16bn of savings must be found by 2015/16 to meet his target of balancing the budget within five years.  This, he said, would include cutting £10bn more from the welfare bill by 2016-17, on top of the £18bn announced in 2010.  Mr Osborne said: “Let the message from this conference be clear: we will finish the job we have started.”

Songs Played Today

Michael Gray – The Weekend
Zutons – You Will You Won’t
Fortune – Bully
Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
Status Quo – Marguerita Time
Meat Loaf – Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself
Baseballs – Umbrella
Melanie C – I Turn To You
Meck – Thunder In My Heart
REM – The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Zephyr Song
Dizzee Rascal & Calvin Harris – Dance Wiv Me
Robbie Williams – Rock DJ
Shannon – Let The Music Play
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Smashmouth – All Star
Peran – Good Time
Placebo – The Bitter End

80s Hour

Police – Message In A Bottle
Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Shalamar – I Can Make You Feel Good
Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking
A-Ha – Take On Me
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky

Guests

Today I was joined by local band Soma Rising.  The interview and live set can be heard below:

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Sunday Sunrise – Last Weekend In September

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that if banks do not separate their retail and investment arms, a future Labour government will “break them up”.  “The infection of retail banking by the culture of casino banking” had to be tackled, Mr Miliband said, as the party met for its conference in Manchester.  Recommended ring-fencing of retail from investment banking had been watered down by the government, Labour said.  The Treasury said it was “undertaking radical reform” of the banking system.  The Vickers report into banking, launched in the wake of the financial crisis, last year recommended banks split into two parts to separate the High Street side from the riskier investment side and cut their reliance on borrowed money.

Nasa’s Curiosity rover has only been on the surface of Mars seven weeks but it has already turned up evidence of past flowing water on the planet.  The robot has returned pictures of classic conglomerates – rocks that are made up of gravels and sand.  Scientists on the mission team say the size and rounded shape of the pebbles in the rock indicate they had been transported and eroded in water.  Researchers think the rover has found a network of ancient streams.  The rocks, which were described in a media briefing at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, were likely laid down “several billion years ago”. But the actual streams themselves may have persisted on the surface for long periods, said Curiosity science co-investigator Bill Dietrich of the University of California, Berkeley.  “We would anticipate that it could easily be thousands to millions of years,” he told reporters.

Songs Played Today

Girls Aloud – The Promise
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Paul McCartney – My Brave Face
Carrie Underwood – Good Girl
Vaccines – Teenage Icon
Stereophonics – A Thousand Trees
Mint Royale feat. Lauren Laverne – Don’t Falter
Fun – Some Nights
Muse – Resistance
Amy Macdonald – Life In A Beautiful Light
Bloc Party – V.A.L.I.S
A-Ha – Foot Of The Mountain
Adele – Cold Shoulder
Simply Red – Fairground
Owl City feat Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band
Alanis Morissette – Crazy

80s Hour

Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
Abba – Lay All Your Love On Me
Bananarama – Venus
Imagination – Body Talk
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
Ultravox – Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Midge Ure – If I Was
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus
Hall & Oates – Maneater

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Sunday Sunrise – 23th September 2012 – New Up & Coming Singers!

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Nick Clegg has insisted the coalition will not make further spending cuts “on the backs of the poor”.  The Liberal Democrat leader said he would not agree to more savings unless some form of “wealth tax” was agreed to by the Conservatives.  He told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show he would “not flinch” amid growing speculation about his future.  Mr Clegg also said there was “extraordinary resolution and unity” at the party’s annual conference.  The Liberal Democrats are holding their annual conference in Brighton, with the leadership keen to promote a sense of discipline amid poor opinion poll ratings.

Andrew Mitchell had earlier apologised to police for failing to show officers “respect” after being prevented from cycling through the main gate last week – but he denies using the word “pleb”.  The BBC has been told he swore in frustration at the situation.  Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said Mr Mitchell should not lose his job over the use of “inappropriate words”.  Cabinet minister Ken Clarke has also defended Mr Mitchell, who he said was a reasonable and courteous man.  The row broke out on Wednesday after Mr Mitchell was told by officers to get off his bicycle as he left Downing Street and go through the smaller pedestrian gate.  Soon afterwards, the MP for Sutton Coldfield said he did not accept “that I used any of the words that have been reported” – but did not go into specific details.  Meanwhile, a friend of Mr Mitchell, says the minister was frustrated by the row, and admits he “lost it a bit” but was “not accusing anyone of lying”.

Songs Played Today

Ms Dynamite – It Takes More
Britney Spears – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
Graham Coxon – Freaking Out
Rasmus – In The Shadows
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Lost Weeekend
Wannadies – Might Be Stars
Albert Hammond – Free Electric Band
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
Hurts – Stay
Vaccines – Teenage Icon
Ben Folds Five – Do It Anyway
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing
Hoosiers – Goodbye Mr A
Minus the Bear – Steel and Blood
Wombats – Moving To New York
Stan Ridgeway – Camourflage
Missing Andy – Dave
Massive Attack – Teardrop

80s Hour

Europe – The Final Countdown
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax
Technotronic feat. Felly – Pump Up The Jam
Lionel Richie – All Night Long
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
Curiosity – Name and Number
Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head
Jason Donovan – Too Many Broken Hearts
Genesis – Tonight, Tonight, Tonight

Live Guests

Today I was joined by the wonderful Max and Charlotte, local singers.  They are through to the final of a local “open mic” competition and were in the studio to sing live for us today.  They chose “Fix You” by Coldplay.  The interview and live singing can be found below:

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Sunday Sunrise – 16th September 2012

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Four soldiers with the Nato-led force in Afghanistan have been killed in an attack by suspected Afghan police, senior Afghan officials say.  Five police were missing after the checkpoint attack in southern Zabul province and one was killed, they said.  The incident brought to 51 the number of Nato troops killed in “insider attacks” this year.  The latest incident comes a day after two UK soldiers were killed at a checkpoint by a man in police uniform.  On Friday, two US marines were killed in a Taliban attack on Nato’s Camp Bastion base in southern Afghanistan.  Militants breached the perimeter of the sprawling Camp Bastion base in Helmand province, destroying six US Harrier aircraft.

Government plans for replacing GCSE exams in England will be unveiled on Tuesday, it has been revealed.  It is believed the new qualification will involve a one-off exam in each subject rather than modules and continual assessment.  It is also understood the changes will not come into effect until 2015.  Labour said it supported rigorous exams but only if they did not act as a cap on aspiration.  Education Secretary Michael Gove has made it clear he thinks GCSEs should be replaced by a new and more academically rigorous exam.  Liberal Democrats have insisted there should not be what they consider a two-tier system, with a second qualification for less able students.  The coalition parties have reached agreement on change, which Mr Gove and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will unveil this week.

Foreign lorries are to be charged up to £1,000 a year to use British roads – in a bid to benefit domestic hauliers.  The fee will also apply to UK-based lorries – but this will be offset by an equivalent cut in vehicle excise duty.  The move is designed to create a “level playing field” for British lorry drivers, as they have to pay for using roads in Europe.  The AA said it was concerned the system could lead to a universal road charging scheme for all motorists.  The government will publish draft legislation next month and ministers said the charge would be brought in by the end of the current parliament at the latest.  The amount of the charge would depend on the size of the vehicle and is expected to raise a total of £20m a year.

Songs Played Today

Big Pink – Dominos
Prodigy – Omen
Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas – Do You Want To Know A Secret?
Maximo Park – The Undercurrents
Suzi Quatro – Devil Gate Drive
Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
Fun – Some Nights
Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
Eels – Hey Man! (Now You’re Really Living)
Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom
Lady GaGa – Paparazzi
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Who – Pictures of Lily
Darling Buds – Hit The Ground
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
Icicle Works – Understanding Jane
Pet Shop Boys – I Started A Joke  (BeeGees Cover)
Busted – What I Go To School For

80s Hour

Jan Hammer – Crocketts Theme
Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
Stranglers – Golden Brown
Real Life – Send Me An Angel
Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight
Cheap Trick – Voices
Midge Ure – That Certain Smile
Jean-Jaques Goldman – Je Te Donne
The Who – Eminence Front
Hall & Oates – Out of Touch

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Sunday Sunrise – 9th September 2012 – The weather is b-e-a-utiful !

This weekend has been a scorcher, with temperatures up to 26 C (!!) – so everyone was out in full force to top-up the obligatory Essex tan!


Songs Played Today

Rogue Traders – Voodoo Child
Amy MacDonald – Pride
Vaccines – Teenage Icon
Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
Space – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Jackson Warehouse – Hotel By The Sea
David Guetta feat.Sia – Titanium
5678’s – Woo Hoo

Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Phil Collins – Easy Lover
spEE – Forget
We Are Scientists – I Don’t Bite
Shins – Simple Song
XTC – Senses Working Overtime
ATB – 9pm (Till I Come)
Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
Athlete – Wires

80s Hour

Elton John – Nikika
Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
Toni Basil – Mickey
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Midge Ure – If I Was
Michael Jackson – Human Nature
France Gall – Elle, elle l’a  (She Has Is)
Cars – Drive

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Sunday Sunrise – 2nd September 2012 – 25 Years of BSCWT

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An eye-controlled television has been unveiled at Berlin’s IFA trade show.  Haier’s Gaze TV uses technology developed by Tobii, a Swedish firm which already offers eye-tracking technology for computers.  Users control the set by staring at the top or bottom of the screen to activate a user-interface.  The user can then change the volume, switch channel or carry out other functions by looking at icons shown on the display.

US songwriter Hal David, who wrote dozens of hits with collaborator Burt Bacharach, has died at the age of 91.  His family said he died in Los Angeles from complications from a stroke.  He and Bacharach wrote a string of hits for Dionne Warwick, including Walk On By and I Say a Little Prayer, but also wrote for other performers, such as Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.  Their film work included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, which won an Oscar.

Songs Played Today

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Flaming Lips – Race For The Prize
Jessie J – Domino
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards From A Young Man
Offspring – Pretty Fly
Rita Ora – How We Do (Party)
Everything But The Girl – I Don’t Want To Talk About It
White Lies – Death
Morten Harket – Undecided
Steeley Dan – Reelin’ In The Years
Adele – Chasing Pavements
Andy Williams – Music To Watch Girls By
Anastacia – Left Outside Alone
Shiny Toy Guns – Rainy Monday
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Everything But The Girl – Missing

80s Hour

Heart – Alone
Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
Beastie Boys – You Gotta Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Steve Winwood – Valerie
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Spandeau Ballet – Gold
Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power of Love
Human League – Don’t You Want Me

Guest

Today I was joined by Ian Kemble of the Brentwood School’s Christian Workers Trust.  Since 1991, the primary and secondary schools of the Brentwood Borough have had the support of the BSCWT, providing Christian learning, pastoral care and prayer support through its team of staff and volunteers.  This year they’re celebrating 21 years since the start of BSCWT – on Saturday 22nd September at 6:30pm please join us, they have a special 21st anniversary celebration service followed by a finger buffet meal.  The evening will take place at Brentwood County High School where the first public meetings of BSCWT took place 21 years ago!

A link to the flyer of the event is here: http://www.bscwt.org/downloads/BSCWT%2021st%20Anniversary%20Flyer.pdf

You can contact the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust by the following:

Email: office@bscwt.org
Tel: 01277 261999

The interview with Ian can be heard with the link below:

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Sunday Sunrise – 26th August 2012 – Bank Holiday Weekend!

Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think
Phantom Planet – California
Amy Macdonald – Pride
Ben Markus – Here With You
Elton John vs Pnau – Sad
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Oasis – Cigarettes & Alcohol
Katy Perry – Wide Awake
Minus the Bear – Steel and Blood
T.A.T.U. – Not Gonna Get Us
Coldplay – Yellow
My Life Story – 12 Reasons Why I Love Her
Garbage – Battle In Me
Craig David feat. Sting – Rise & Fall
Space feat. Cerys Matthews – Ballad Of Tom Jones
Bob Sinclar feat. Gary ‘Nesta’ Pine – Love Generation
Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen – Good Time
Morten Harket – Scared of Heights
Ting Tings – Hang It Up

80s Hour

Duran Duran – Ordinary World
Elton John – Nikita
ABBA – Does Your Mother Know?
John Farnham – You’re The Voice
Rod Stewart – Baby Jane
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia
Steve Winwood – Higher Love
Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell
Kajagoogoo – Too Shy
Black Box – Ride On Time

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Sunday Sunrise – 19th August 2012 – Ciao?

Back from Palermo, raring to go the sun was shining at a cool 30 degrees, England was set for a heatwave!

Story of the day

A Brazilian construction worker has survived after a 2m (six-foot) steel rod fell from above and pierced his head, doctors who treated him say.  Eduardo Leite was taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital, where the rod was removed after five hours of surgery.  The doctors said he had responded well to treatment, suffering little pain.

Songs Played Today
Gaz Coombes – Simulator
Gossip – Move In The Right Direction
The Go! Team – Apollo Throwdown
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Proclaimers – Love Can Move Mountains
Florence and the Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name)
Captain Sensible – Glad It’s All Over
Shins – Simple Song
The Yeah You’s – Getting Up With You
Gareth Gates – Sunshine
Mel C – On The Horizon
Kaiser Chiefs – Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Kylie Minogue – Better Than Today
Mark Ronson – Pretty Green
Britney Spears – Oops I Did It Again
Blur – Under The Westway
Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do Thge Hump
Big Audio Dynamite – E=MC2
Annie Lennox – Shining Light
Reverend and the Makers – He Said He Loved Me
Killers – Runaways

80s Hour
Kraftwerk – The Model
Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
Status Quo – In The Army Now
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Fleetwood Mac – Big Love
Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
Simple Minds – Belfast Child
Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You
Fame – I Wanna Live Forever
Eurithmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Chris Lowe – We All Feel Better In The Dark

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Sunday Sunrise – 5th August 2012 – Olympic Gold, Football, Homegroup….

Snapshot of stories
This weekend, Team GB won six golds on their greatest day of Olympic action since 1908.  Including two rowing golds, track cycling, long jump and 10,000m runner! 

It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public.  The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music.
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has put aside £125m to pay compensation to customers affected by the recent breakdown in its computer systems.  Account holders at RBS and its NatWest and Ulster Bank faced disruption for up to two weeks in June after a software upgrade at the bank.
Songs Played Today
Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess of China
Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s
Madness – NW5
A-Ha – Analogue
Jam – Absolute Beginners
Paul Weller – That Dangerous Age
Hafdis Huld – Action Man
Adele – Set Fire To The Rain
Leanne Louise – Magic
OneSevenFours – Walking Away
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
Herman’s Hermits – Into Something Good
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
Pet Shop Boys – Love etc.
Maroon 5 -Payphone
Amy Macdonald – This Is The Life
Ellie Goulding – This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)

80s Hour
 

Elton John – I’m Still Standing
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Touch
Midge Ure – If I Was
A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You)
Duran Duran – Girls On Film
Pet Shop Boys – I Want To Wake Up   

Guests

Today I was joined in the studio by Nick Gaughan, Joshua Waldock and Ian Nickels.  They are members of Brentwood Baptist Church and starting a new Football Social, training from 4pm at King Georges – each Sunday, starting today!  (none of this – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-19127911)
Also, they have set up a House Group, to meet chat about life and share company with good food.  It starts at 7pm, every Friday!  If interested please contact Ian on i.nickels@hotmail.co.uk

To hear the inverview, please follow the following link:
http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Sunday-Sunrise-05.08.12.m4a

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