Category Archives: The Breakfast Show

Talk To All Animals

We welcomed Animal Communicator and Apprentice Holistic Health Practitioner Ruth Bradshaw to the station today.

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Ruth talked about how animals really can communicate and how you can understand them better. You can hear the interview again here:


You can find more about Talk To All Animals on their Facebook page.

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The Living Years – Saint Francis Hospice aim for Christmas No 1!

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A newly-formed choir of 300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 hospices are aiming for this year’s Christmas number 1 – and to raise awareness of the hospice movement – with a cover of “The Living Years” alongside Paul Carrack, who was also lead vocalist on the original 1991 hit. 

The multi-generational London Hospices Choir recorded their new take on the classic track at the world famous Abbey Road Studios and shot the moving music video with patients at Clapham’s Royal Trinity Hospice, under the direction of top Hollywood film director Annabel Jankel (Super Mario Bros, Live from Abbey Road).


Saint Francis Hospices’s Jane Merrigan came down to chat to Mike about the project. You can hear the interview again below:

Lead vocalist Paul Carrack said, “The Living Years has been an important song for me for many years, but this is the version that means the most. Recording it with this incredibly special group of people for such a worthwhile cause has created some kind of magic. It’s a powerful and inspiring track, and I hope that everyone gets behind it this Christmas.”

Choir member Lillian John (94), a patient at St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than 9 years ago said, “I have been given a new lease of life being part of the London Hospices Choir. St Joseph’s Hospice has been like a family to me, and now I feel like I am part of a huge extended family with 300 people all wanting to give something back to these wonderful places.”  

Former MP Derek Wyatt, Chair of Trustees at Royal Trinity Hospice, who brought the choir together in honour of their 125th anniversary, said, “We hope that this song will encourage families to take time to have those important conversations as they come together for Christmas. Everyone who buys the song will also be helping London’s hospices to offer the best possible care at a time when every day is precious.”

Music producer James Hawkins said, “The idea of recording ‘The Living Years’ with this wonderful choir came to me as I was walking around the pond at Royal Trinity Hospice. The song’s message was reflected so strongly as I watched generations come together at a place of such serenity and life to share important conversations. It couldn’t be a better message for everyone to hear this Christmas.”  
All profits from the sale of the single will be divided between the 18 hospices involved, helping them to support those reaching the end of their lives, and their families.

As well as Saint Francis Hospice, the other hospices contributing are Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, Harlington Hospice, Haven House, Marie Curie (Hampstead), Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, North London Hospice, Pembridge Palliative Care Centre, Princess Alice Hospice, Richard House, Royal Trinity Hospice, Shooting Star Chase, St Christopher’s, The Hospice of St Francis (Berkhamsted), St Joseph’s Hospice (Hackney), St Luke’s Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice.

“The Living Years” by The London Hospices Choir and Paul Carrack is being released on December 16th. It’s available to pre-order now from:

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Monday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.

1 Boy George – Everything I own

2 Mel & Kim – Respectable

3 Ben E King – Stand By Me

4 Jackie Wilson – I Get The Sweetest Feeling

5 Mental as Anything – Live It Up

6 Freddie Mercury – The Great Pretender

7 Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman

8 Man 2 Man Meets Man Parish – Male Stripper

9 Alison Moyet – Weak In The Presence Of Beauty

10 Jets – Crush On You

But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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Wednesday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.

1 UB40 – Red Red Wine

2 Culture Club – Karma Chamelion

3 Peobo Bryson & Roberta Flack – Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You

4 Madness – Wings Of A Dove

5 Genesis – Mama

6 KC And The Sunshine Band – What Am I Gonna Do

7 Rod Stewart – What Am I Gonna Do

8 Modern Romance – Walking In The rain

9 Paul Young – Come Back And Stay

10 Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita

But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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What’s happening at Saint Francis Hospice?

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Saint Francis Hospice’s PR and Communications Manager, Peter Stremes, came back to Phoenix FM for his regular slot about the hospice’s latest fundraising news.

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For further information be sure to check out their website which has a dedicated events section.

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Bringing Hollywood to Billericay High Street!

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Billericay Community Cinema is a new volunteer-led, not-for-profit community cinema, run by a group of volunteers who want to give something back to Billericay.

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Adam Adshead and Emma Neppl came in to talk to Greg Dukeson to talk about the new project, how viewers can shape decisions on which films will be screened – and how much money they can save by avoiding the multiplexes!

You can keep up to date with which films will be screened on their official website and Facebook pages.

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Peter Stremes from Saint Francis Hospice talks about Hospice Care Week

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Greg Dukeson is sitting in for Mikey this week and welcomed back an “old friend”, Peter Stremes from Saint Francis Hospice!


Peter spoke about the recent Classic Car Rally and Hospice Care Week, which takes place next week. He also spoke about the Hospice’s bereavement walking group, and forthcoming fundraisers including Queen tribute show Freddie at the Mercury, taking place at the Mercury Mall in Romford on 10 October.

You can find out more about Hospice Care Week on Hospice UK’s website and, of course, the latest news from Saint Francis Hospice can be found at

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Monday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.

1 Wet Wet WEt – With a Little Help from my Friends

2 The Timelords – Doctorin the House

3 Bros – I Owe you Nothing

4 Kylie Minogue – Got to be Certain

5 Desireless – Voyage Voyage

6 Aztec Camera – Somewhere in my Heart

7 Maxi Priest – Wild World

8 Fat Boys and Chubby Checker – The Twist

9 Belinds Carlisle – Circle in the Sand

10 Fairground Attraction – Perfect


But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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Thursday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.

1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax

2 Queen – Radio Ga Ga

3 Cyndie Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

4 Thompson Twins – Doctor Doctor

5 Nena – 99 Red Balloons

6 Matthew Winder – Break My Stride

7 Joe Fagin – Thats Livin Alright

8 Madonna – Holiday

9 Nik Kershaw – Wouldnt It Be Good

10 Duran Duran – New Moon on Monday


But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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Friday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.


1 Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes

2 M – Pop Muzik

3 Blondie – Sunday Girl

4 Boney M – Hooray its a Holiday

5 Bryan Ferry – Dance Away

6 Abba – Does Your Mother Know

7 Peaches and Herb – Reunited

8 Racey – Some Girls

9 Amii Stewart – Knock on Wood

10 Eruption – One Way Ticket


But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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Interview with Springwatch’s Iolo Williams

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing a fascinating man – BBC Springwatch’s Iolo Williams.

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Iolo will be visiting the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch on 23 August to present a fascinating wildlife show.

If you would like to go and see Iolo call the Queens on 01708 443333 or click HERE.

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Friday’s Top Ten From When

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So this is going to be the Top Ten From When today.

1 Paper Lace – Billy Dont Be A Hero
2 Alvin Stardust – Jealous Mind
3 Hollies – The Air That I Breathe
4 Suzi Quatro-Devil gate drive
5 Charlie Rich – The Most Beautiful Girl
6 ringo starr-your sixteen
7 Bay City Rollers – Remember
8 Elton John – Candle In The Wind
9 Barry White – Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up
10 David Bowie – Rebel Rebel

But whats the month and year?
I’ll tell you after 9am

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Track of the Week – Courts

Joe and Reece from Basildon based band Courts joined me live in the studio this morning to chat about their new single, Part Of, because it’s my Track of the Week.


Listen back to us having a chat here:

Listen to Part Of below:

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Adam Wedd Live Session

Joined in the studio this morning by singer-songwriter Adam Wedd and his tuba player Nat.

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Listen back to our chat below:

Adam Wedd – Bare Necessities

Adam Wedd – Fight Fear With Faith

Adam Wedd – Orbit 

For more about Adam’s music visit his website


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Track of the Week – Louise Smith

Louise Smith was live in the studio this morning because her record Speak My Mind has been my Track of the Week. As well as having a chat, Louise also performed Speak My Mind live.

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Listen back to our chat and the live performance below:

Listen back to the live performance of Speak My Mind below:

Download Louise’s EP here:

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Catching up with Hannah Symons from The Voice

It was great to have another chat with Hannah Symons on the show this morning. We talked about The Voice and her new single Deeper with production duo Solsine.

Listen back below:

Watch Hannah take part in The Voice battles tomorrow night on BBC One from 7pm.


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Catching up with Brooklyn and Hollie from The Voice

On the show this morning Brooklyn and Hollie Barrie popped back into the studio to chat all things Voice battles and played a round of ‘Dope or Nope’ which was all about their coach will.iam. Oh, and of course Madonna falling over was mentioned.

Listen back here:

The Voice Battles begin Saturday from 7pm on BBC One.


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Chatting with Megan Clark from Ex on the Beach

On the show this morning I was joined live in the studio Megan Clark, who is appearing on the current series of Ex on the Beach.

We chatted about all things Ex on the Beach and did a TOWIE screen test.

Listen back below:

Ex on the Beach is on MTV Tuesday evenings from 10pm.

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Chatting with Aaron Floyd

Local singer-songwriter Aaron Floyd joined me live in the studio on Wednesday morning this week. We had a chat and you can hear that below:

Here’s Aaron singing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by some guy called Ed Sheeran:

Find out more about Aaron by visiting his website…

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Chatting with Brooklyn from The Voice



If you watch The Voice, you will recognise Brooklyn from the most recent episode where she sung Nicki Minaj’s ‘Superbass’ for her blind audition. I had a catch up with Brooklyn before and after her audition went out on TV. Listen back to both below:

Before audition (WARNING: Does include me rapping… Sorry)

After audition

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Chatting with Hollie Barrie from The Voice

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Billericay’s Hollie Barrie joined me live in the studio this morning to chat about being a contestant on the current series of The Voice. Hollie also played the first and last edition of ‘Pitbull or Just A Load Of Bull’.

Listen back below:

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Chatting with Hannah Symons from The Voice

On this morning’s show I had a chat with Hannah Symons, who is a contestant on the current series of The Voice. We chatted about what life has been like since her blind audition was televised, working with Rudimental and most importantly what we both order at Nandos.

Listen back below:

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Chatting Soccer Six Dunk ‘n’ Funk

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Joined in the studio this morning by Mark Abery, who is the founder of Soccer Six. He chatted about the forthcoming Dunk ‘n’ Funk event coming to the Brentwood Centre on Sunday 8trh February.

Listen back below:

Tickets and the full line up can be found here:

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Chatting with Ethan Lawrence


Actor and comedian Ethan Lawrence joined me for the final hour of this mornings show. We chatted about Bad Education, Friday Download movie, Ethan’s school days and Ethan achieved a career high by turning some Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull lyrics into a monologue.

Listen back below:

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Saint Francis Hospice January Update

Peter from Saint Francis Hospice joined me live in the studio this morning to give us a rundown of their forthcoming events.

Listen back below:

Below are the discounts Saint Francis Hospice are offering in January:

£2 off the Star Walk (£10 per person)

20% off the Big Yellow Quiz (£8 per person)

10% off Mud n Madness (£45 per person)

10% off an Audience with Elvis (£31.50 per person)


For any more information, visit their website

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Track of the Week – JK Collective

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Local songwriter, recording musician & co-producer Jaidon Kent joined me live in the studio this morning to chat about his new project, the JK Collective.

The first single, ‘Same’ featuring Sarah de Warren, has just been released online and you will hear it on the show every single morning this week as it’s Track of the Week.

Oh, and naturally we also talked about cab drivers being idiots.

Listen back to my chat with Jaidon below:

Listen to ‘Same’ here:

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Laura Hely Hutchinson Christmas Live Session

Local singer-songwriter Laura Hely Hutchinson  joined me in the studio Monday morning to perform some Christmas covers to get everybody in the festive mood. Listen back below:

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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Walking In The Air

Check out Laura’s Band Camp page here:

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X Factor’s Stevi Ritchie Back On The Show

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On the show this morning, I welcomed back X Factor contestant Stevi Ritchie.

We had a catch up about what he’s been up to since his last visit, the forthcoming X Factor tour and played a festive game called ‘Stuffing Stevi’.

Listen back below:

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The Quiet Riots App Chicken…


You may have read in the news last week about a man dressed as a chicken standing outside Shenfield rail station holding up a sign saying ‘Are you fed up with Greater Anglia too?’.

That man is called Colin and he was deployed via The Quiet Riots App. Colin joined me in the studio this morning to talk about it all.

Listen back below:

You can download the Quiet Riots App by clicking here


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Track of the Week – Låpsley

There’s nothing more depressing than seeing someone else your own age making incredible music. whilst all your doing is playing it. At the age of 18, Holly Fletcher is the focus of a lot of online hype with her track ‘Falling Short’.

It’s available to buy now and is part of her forthcoming four track EP titled ‘Understudy’, which is released on the 5th January.

Listen to ‘Falling Short’ below:

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Kieran Eldridge Live Session

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Local singer-songwriter Kieran Eldridge visited the Phoenix FM studios to perform a live session.

Listen back to the two live tracks below:

Heart In Mine

Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)

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Chatting with Alex Lynn

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It was a great to be joined on the show this morning by GP3 Series champion Alex Lynn.

We talked about his success last season, what music he listens to before a big race and looked ahead to next season.

Listen back to our chat below:

Thanks to Alex for coming on the show!


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Track of the Week – Saint Raymond

Callum Burrows, better known as Saint Raymond, recently supported Ed Sheeran on his ‘Multiply’ tour so he’s doing alright for himself.

He filmed some pretty good tour diaries which you can watch on his YouTube channel by clicking on these words your reading right now.

Saint Raymond is back on tour next February.

Anyway, I’ve still not got to the fact that his new single ‘Fall At Your Feet’ is my Track of the Week and you can listen to it here:

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Saint Francis Hospice December Update

Peter from Saint Francis Hospice was live in the studio this morning to give us a rundown about their forthcoming events. Peter discussed; the Santathon, Carol Concerts, Mud ‘n’ Madness, a Dogs Night, the Brentwood Half Marathon and an Elvis Tribute night.

Listen back to Peter talking below:

For more information regarding any of these events click here to visit the Saint Francis Hospice website.




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Chatting Peace Collective with Jon Morter

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On this morning’s show I was joined live in the studio by Jon Morter.

You may recognise his name because Jon was one of the people involved with the campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number one ahead of Joe McElderry in 2009 and he also was involved with The Justice Collective’s track ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, which got to Christmas number one in 2012.

This year Jon is at it again as he’s involved with promoting The Peace Collective, who have recorded their own version of ‘All Together Now’. Artists on the track include; Clean Bandit, The Proclaimers, Gabrielle, Alexandra Burke and Gorgon City.

Listen back to my chat with Jon below:

To pre-order ‘All Together Now’ text GET PEACE to 84222. It’s released on the 14th December.


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Track of the Week – Karen Harding

Apparently Karen Harding was an X Factor contestant in 2013, where she made it to the boot camp stage. I’m sure I’m not the only one who didn’t know this and to be honest who cares about that fact anymore.

Anyway, since then she’s clearly gone away and has now appeared again with a very good pop/house record. To be honest, as soon as I read it was written and produced by MNEK, I knew it wasn’t going to disappoint.

The 22 year old has said, “I want to bring what Whitney Houston brought to 80’s and 90’s R&B to house”. She’s heading in the right direction to achieving this optimistic aim with the song ‘Say Something’.

Zac Samuel has done a remix of the track which is well worth listening to as well.

Have a listen below:



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Stevi Ritchie live at Phoenix FM

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Fresh from the X Factor, Colchester’s Stevi Ritchie was my co-host on this morning’s show.

We chatted about his time on the show, Chloe Jasmine, The Richettes, honey on his chest and made him play his own game The Street Quiz!

Listen back below:


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Soundstock Festival


It was a pleasure to be joined by Sharon Alford on the show this morning to chat about Soundstock Festival.

It’s a new music and comedy festival coming to Roxwell next year at the start of May (Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd).

Tickets are now on sale here.

Listen back to my chat with Sharon below:

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Track of the Week – Youth Club

The new single from Youth Club is my Track of the Week.

You may recognise the name Youth Club, as they stormed the charts earlier this year with their Colours EP, which reached number 7 in the ITunes download Alternative Chart.

I first heard ‘People’ when they performed it at this years Flag Factory Festival. You can download it right now, as well as pre-ordering their forthcoming Brothers EP which is released on the 1st February 2015.

Shout out to the dog in the video. Top work by that dog. Oh and the bit where they run round a supermarket is quite good.

Listen to ‘People’ below:

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Charlie Wallis Live Session


As he was my ‘Track of the Week’ artist, local singer-songwriter Charlie Wallis joined me live in the studio to perform his song ‘Concave’ and also did an R&B mash up! You can listen back to the session below: Concave

R&B Mash Up

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X Factor 2014: Chatting With Stevi Ritchie


On this morning’s show I had a catch up with X Factor contestant Stevi Ritchie. We chatted about his experience so far, his relationship with Simon (including how he wants to take Simon to Liquid in Colchester which really needs to happen), the Chloe Jasmine rumours and his celebrity fans, which include Olly Murs!

Listen back to our chat below:

Thanks to Stevi for having a chat and hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back on the show!


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Saint Francis Hospice November Update


Peter from Saint Francis Hospice joined me on the show this morning to give us an update about their forthcoming events.

Listen back to my chat with Peter here:

Events Recap

18th November – Annual Conference.

22nd November – Christmas Market.

7th December – Santathon.

7th December – Lighting up a Life Event.

13th March 2015 – Elvis Tribute Night.

Details of these events can be heard by listening to Peter talking above.

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Track of the Week – Raye

Something brand new for this weeks ‘Track of the Week’. I was browsing the blogs recently and came across ‘Hotbox’ from Raye, instantly falling in love with it.

From Croydon, Raye was only 15 when she wrote this song. It will feature on her forthcoming 7 track EP ‘Welcome To The Winter’.

Also, Raye will be joining me live in the studio tomorrow morning from 9am to have a chat.

Listen to Hotbox below:



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X Factor: Catching Up With Stereo Kicks Member James Graham


It was great to welcome back Essex lad James Graham to the show! I had a catch up with him over the phone about the live shows so far and to get his thoughts ahead of the weekend, where one act will be eliminated after just 10 minutes of voting on the Saturday night!

Listen back to our chat below:

Stereo Kicks will be performing Everybody by Backstreet Boy’s tomorrow night!

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Track of the Week – Years & Years


My ‘Track of the Week’ this week comes from the band Years & Years. The trio are frontman Olly, Michael and Emre.

‘Desire’ follows previous singles ‘Real’ and ‘Take Shelter’ which were equally brilliant and is released on November 23rd.

Recently they have supported Sam Smith on his UK headline tour and are also set to appear on Jools Holland this week.

Listen to ‘Desire’ below:



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Chatting with Mind Reader Alex McAleer

On this morning’s show I caught up with mind reader Alex McAleer about ‘The Champions of Magic’ tour he’s part of.

Alex will be performing alongside; Young & Strange, Michael Vincent and Ben Hart at The Mercury Theatre in Colchester this Saturday and then Alex will also be performing at The Queen’s Theatre in Hornchurch on Friday 21st November alongside; Young & Strange, Fay Presto and Edward Hilsum.

Listen back to my chat with Alex below:



Thanks to Alex for having a chat!


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Track of the Week – Shura


Brand new ‘Track of the Week’ for you. This week I’ve chosen Shura’s new track ‘Indecision’ to play on the show every morning. If you haven’t heard them, it’s also  worthwhile checking out her tracks ‘Touch’ and ‘Just Once’ and she’s also recently done a remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Say You Love Me’. Expect to hear a lot more from Shura in the near future as she will probably appear on a lot of those ‘Sound of 2015’ lists.

Listen to Indecision here:

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Track of the Week – Pharrell


New week, new track of the week on the show. I’ve chosen Pharrell’s new single ‘Gust of Wind’ to play on the show every morning this week. It’s one of my favourites from his album ‘GIRL’. Pharrell has teamed up with Daft Punk once again for this track. You may have seen him perform this song on yesterday’s X Factor.

Watch the video for ‘Gust of Wind’ below:


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Catching Up With X Factor’s Lauren Platt


It was great to welcome back X Factor contestant Lauren Platt to the show. She previously visited the studio after we saw her room audition on the show. You can listen back to that by clicking here.


On Sunday evening, it was revealed at Cheryl’s judges houses that Lauren has made it through to the live shows which start on Saturday. I had a catch up on the phone with Lauren about reaching the live shows. Listen to our chat below:

Best of luck to Lauren for the competition and I’m sure you will be hearing more from her on the show in the near future!

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Chatting with Barry Hearn


It was a pleasure to be joined by Barry Hearn on the show today. As ever, there was never enough time to cover everything, however, we did cover the latest situation at Leyton Orient, Boxing, Snooker, Darts and Fishing.

Listen back to our chat below:

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Saint Francis Hospice October Update

On this morning’s show, Peter from Saint Francis Hospice joined me live in the studio to give us an update of what they are up to over the next month. The main event happening is Hospice Care Week.


Peter has summarised what we talked about below:

Monday 6th October – Friday 10th October is Hospice Care Week.

Hospice Care Week is a chance for all of the hospices in the UK to join together and promote the work they do and raise awareness of hospice care.

This year the week will focus on the many ways and places that hospice care is provided. It’s summed up by this year’s slogan: Hospice care everywhere! At Saint Francis Hospice, 85% of the patients we care for are looked after in their own home or care home.

During the week Saint Francis Hospice will have information stands at King George’s Hospital, Goodmayes, on Wednesday 8th October and Queen’s Hospital, Romford, on Thursday 9th October and will also be holding a special bumper prize of £10,000 in their lottery draw to be made on Friday October 10th.

Also one supporter, Mark Cole, from Upminster, will be running heritage buses through Havering on Saturday 11th. They will run usual bus routes but instead of a charge to use them they will be asking for voluntary donations to Saint Francis Hospice.

Details for all of these events is on



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Chatting with James Acaster


It was great to have a chat on the phone with comedian James Acaster this morning. We chatted about Sam Pepper, Kettering, our top three lads and most importantly his comedy of course.

Listen back to our chat below:

James is bringing his ‘Recognise’ tour to The Dixon Studio this Friday 3rd October. You can get tickets by calling 01702351135.


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Track of the Week – Tieks


If I say so myself, my ‘Track of the Week’ this week is a beauty. You may already recognise the song as it has been used on Tesco’s F&F adverts. It comes from Tieks, who has previously done remixes for Rudimental and Jess Glynne. The song is released on the 19th October and it deserves to be a SMASH! Listen to the track below:


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Interview with X Factor 2014’s James Graham


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Another really fun show this morning as I was joined live in the studio by James Graham from Bicknacre, who is one of this year’s X factor contestants. We chatted about his room and arena auditions which have been on the TV and also his forthcoming experience of boot camp. James also took part in my quiz ‘Judge the Judges’.

Click below to listen back to the chat and quiz:

Thanks to James for popping in this morning and the show is officially now #TEAMGRAHAM and remains #TEAMPLATT!

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Track of the Week – Sam Smith


As it’s Monday, I have a brand new ‘Track of the Week’ for you on The Breakfast Show this week. I’ve chosen the latest offering Sam Smith (you might have heard of him), which is his latest single ‘I’m Not The Only One’ with added A$AP Rocky.

I loved the original track but adding A$AP Rocky takes it to the next level. A$AP Rocky recently joined Sam Smith at ITunes Festival to perform this song. Hear it on the show every single morning this week and you can also listen to it in your own time below:

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Chatting Flag Factory Festival with Youth Club


It was great to chat on the phone to Joe from Youth Club about their performance at Flag Factory Festival earlier. The band are on stage Friday evening at 8:45pm. We also chatted about the success of their debut EP ‘Colours’ and when we can expect new material from the chaps.

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Interview with X Factor 2014’s Lauren Platt


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Really fun show this morning as I was joined in the studio by Lauren Platt from Billericay, who is one of this years X factor contestants. We had a great chat about her first room audition, which included Simon Cowell saying “I think we may have found someone special with you. I’m going to remember this name. 100% Yes”. After the interview, we did a quiz to find out which X Factor judge Lauren would be (sadly it wasn’t Louis).

Listen back to our chat and the quiz below:

Thanks to Lauren for popping into the studio this morning and the show is now officially #TEAMPLATT for this years X Factor!

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Dean Suett – Wing Chun Classes

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Guest in the studio this morning was Dean Suett from Wing Chun school in Hackney. The Wing Chun School Kung Fu, for the purpose of Self Defence and Health & Vitality, is based on the Yip Man Wing Chun Kung Fu system through the lineage direct from Grand Master Ip Ching. They have Wing Chun schools covering East, West, North, South, Central and Greater London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norway. All classes & private lessons are supervised by qualified Instructors with years of experience, and Dean starts a new class for children on September the 15th with an open day this Saturday (6th). Listen to Dean again below and for any further information head to their website


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Track of the Week – Sigma


My ‘Track of the Week’ on the show this week is the anthem that is Changing by Sigma featuring Paloma Faith. You may recognise Sigma for their previous number one ‘Nobody To Love’ from April this year. The song is co-written by Ella Eyre and will be released on the 14th September.

Listen below:



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Learning the Drums with The Shermans!

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On this morning’s show Alex and Sean from local band The Shermans joined me in the studio to chat about their forthcoming Flag Factory Festival performance and Alex taught me to play the drums!

Listen back to my first ever drum lesson below…

The Shermans play Flag Factory Festival Friday 12th September, with their DJ support coming from James Buckley, aka, Jay from The Inbetweeners!

Listen to their latest track ‘Hurricane’ below:

Thanks to Alex and Sean for coming in!

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Breakfast Boot Camp!


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On this morning’s Breakfast Show, Jo and Sue from Brentwood Boot Camp joined me for BREAKFAST BOOT CAMP! We chatted about the boot camp and then they made me do a morning workout…

Listen back to the interview below:

Listen back to the workout below (includes me suffering A LOT!):

Brentwood Boot Camp Website

Brentwood Boot Camp Twitter


Thanks to Jo and Sue for coming in (I think) and get along to one of their sessions! Although I wouldn’t advise wearing skinny jeans!






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Track of the Week – Gorgon City


A new Breakfast Show means a new ‘Track of the Week’. I’ve chosen the new single from Gorgon City called ‘Unmissable’ as my TOTW. Essentially it’s a pop smash and will do really well in the charts like their previous songs; Ready For Your Love and Here For You.

Unmissable is released on the 28th September and Gorgon City’s debut album ‘Sirens’ will be released on the 6th October. The album includes collaborations with Katy B, Maverick Sabre and Jenifer Hudson.

Listen to the song below:




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Sooty’s coming to Hornchurch!

Sooty & Friends

Richard Cadell, Sooty’s right hand man joined me to talk about the legend that is Sooty!

Recently celebrating his 65th year in show business Sooty, the nation’s favourite bear, will be embarking on a UK tour in 2014. Here is a look back at some famous friends Sooty has made during his exciting TV career.

He’ll be on stage at the Queens Theatre, Hornchurch next Thursday 21st, Fri 22nd & Sat 23rd August!

Sooty and Friends

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TOWIE’s Ricky Rayment chatting about his sky-dive THIS Sunday!

Ricky suffered a personal loss through Parkinson’s disease so his throwing himself out of a plane to raise money for.

He took time out of his busy schedule to tell me all about it.

You can donate to Ricky’s sponsorship here

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Is It Legal – with DPP-Law, Brentwood. Episode 3 – Attendance Allowance

If you know someone who is over 65 and isn’t as mobile as they used to be, they could be entitled to Attendance Allowance.

The criteria talks about problems with ‘bodily functions’ but it’s not quite as you might imagine.

For example, if the person in question has arthritis and can’t get around as easily as they used to, it might be that they’re needing to take taxi’s to and from doctors appointments or perhaps in need of adapted equipment to help them perform tasks in the kitchen.

Later today I’ll post up a full guide to go with this but, in the meantime, you can check out what qualifies someone for Attendance Allowance here:

You can download the application form here:

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Chatted to up and coming singer Riva this morning!

Riva beat hundreds of other young hopefuls to win recording contract at Abbey Road studios and a debut
at Sundown Festival.
A year and hundreds of auditionees later, Riva was chosen as the winning artist to record songs written by producer and guitarist Tom Misner.
Riva is currently in the process of recording her EP at the famous Abbey Road Studios. She’s also set to be performing at the Sundown festival’s main stage, along side Boy George’s musical director John Themis and Tom Misner on guitar. Riva won the competition ‘Fame Music’ due to her unique, powerful, soulful tone with a depth and power that touches people’s soul.
Tom Misner wanted an earthy, organic singer-songwriter to be the voice if his songs, and Riva’s pop/soul style fit the bill perfectly.
Her inspiration comes from artists such as Stevie Nicks, Tracy Chapman, Dusty Springfield and Amy
Riva studied music at the Academy of Contemporary Music.
It’s a busy time she’s got ahead – as well as a heavy recording schedule, she’ll also be sharing her dulcet tones as she joins a hot line up of acts including of Neon Jungle, Chase and Status, Ellie Goulding and Tinie Temper at The Sundown Festival in Norfolk on August 31st.

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Next week, Al Gale swims the English Channel in memory of his son Harry.

An old friend of mine Al joined me in the studio this morning ahead of his channel swim.

To quote his website: “Being told you child is terminally ill, AND that there is no specialist support on offer due to the hospice having to close – that would be so much worse.

So my aim in tackling this notoriously difficult event (as tragically proven by recent sad events) is partially to repay Acorns for the help they gave us, but more so to try to ensure the hospice is still there when other parents need their support.

Scale of the challenge: More people have successfully climbed Mt. Everest!”

Find out more and lend your support with a donation by visiting his website and donating whatever you can afford here:

Greg n Al

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Is It Legal – with DPP Law in Brentwood. Under Arrest & Drug Driving Tests

Paul Greenburg joined me to talk criminal law.

With the new drug driving tests on the horizon, we discuss the implications and, if you’re under arrest, what are you entitled to?

Paul also gives an insight to the ‘human’ impact of dealing with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds.

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Is It Legal – with DPP Law & Thaira Bibi. Episode 1: Mediation


DPP Law, High Street Brentwood provide legal advice on a wide variety of issues including: Criminal Defence; Action Against The Police; Personal Injury; Family Law and Mediation.

Every Thursday, I’ll be joined by one of the team of solicitors to talk about a different aspect of law.

Today we spoke to Thaira Bibi to find out more about Mediation when it comes to divorce and separation.

If there’s an area of law that you’d like more information on, email

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The Only Way Is…. Cafe Essex!

Andy joined me to talk about their appearance on TOWIE on Wednesday!

I caught up with him to find out what it was like being on camera and being told to ‘act naturally’!

You can see the episode again on the iPlayer and check out Andy whizzing up one of his legendary-lattes while the TOWIE gang do their thing!

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The Great Eastern Rally, Ingatestone Hall.

There’s nothing like cool things to go to when they’re free!

I spoke to Adrian Hanwell earlier this week.

Adrian’s organised The Great Eastern Rally which is free to go along to and happening on Sunday 27th.

This is what he had to say about it!

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Milia’s Makeover

Milia’s Ladies Hairdresser in Ongar Road asked Phoenix FM to find someone that deserves to have a top of the range hair makeover. Belinda got in touch with Phoenix FM to nominate her sister Ann.

Ann has been battling Leukaemia. She’s managed to hold down her job through all of this and raise her kids single handed.

It’s now her 10th year free of Leukaemia and we thought a good salon-treat was the least she deserved. This is what happened when I called her this morning.

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Track of the Week – Julia

If you’re still not convinced whether or not you should purchase their self-titled album, out this week, my Track of the Week is another example of the musical wonder that is Jungle. You can download Julia now. Listen to it. Love it. Share it. Listen to it again. Love it a little bit more.




ps. The blog pic has nothing to do with the band. there just happens to be a TV character called Jungle Julia which I think could use this track as it’s theme tune (assuming it doesn’t already?!)

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Track of the Week – Down By the River

What a great name for a band – Milky Chance. Absolutely fantastic!!! And they sound pretty darn good too. Good enough for me to have Down By the River as my Track of the Week. I think these guys are going to get quite popular in the next few months. New album out this week too, you can have this track on me.



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Track of the Week – Case Closed

A poptastic track for your audible consumption this week. And a particularly good accompaniment to this lovely weather we are experiencing at the moment too!!

Daithi has enlisted the vocal help of Senita on Case Closed and now thanks to the power of technology (and persuasion) you can download my Track of the Week for free!!!



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The Archbishop of Banterbury wants his t-shirt back

In fairness, it was his own fault but as he is such a talented young man and he has a terrific beard, how could I say no?!

And to make the deal even sweeter, Dave brought in his guitar, even though he had a cold!! Now THAT’S rock ‘n’ roll.

To hear the banter in full…

Or if you just want to hear Dave’s track I Wish I Was A Lost Boy…

So, watch this space for news of the Banter Bus arriving in a studio near you soon,


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I think we’re all guilty of not listening from time-to-time, but is it that you weren’t paying attention or is it something more severe??

Over the past 2 years, I have met and spoken with many people from all walks of life. Charity workers, Musicians, Comics, local Business Owners and more. But I think I can say with some certainty, that today’s chat with Lorraine Gailey, from Hearing Link, is one of my favourites.

For most people, losing their hearing might not seem like such a big deal, but my ears are my life and without them, I wouldn’t get to do the job I love…

For more details about Deaf Awareness Week, Hearing Tests, Hearing Aids, Tinnitus and more, head to Hearing Link’s Website or call them 0300 111 1113.


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What happens if you put Jelly on a fire??

Well, we’ll find out on Saturday the 17th won’t we?!

With a huge thanks to Bennetts Funeral Directors and many other local charities and businesses I get to tick off another of the #50ThingsRobHasntDoneYet and YOU get an experience like no other…


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Track of the Week – Call Me

Like you’re not supposed to have a favourite child, I’m not really supposed to have favourite tracks and bands but I do. And I’ve got to say that these folk are one of my newly discovered favourites and I’m very pleased to say that you can get the very cool Call Me by St.Paul and the Broken Bones for free as part of the Track of the Week scheme we run on the Breakfast Show.

You’re welcome.



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Bye Bye April… Hello May

Yep, 2 weeks running!! Well, you know how much we love a good laugh on the show right?? You don’t?? Well I think this should adequately explain how much we do…

And as if that wasn’t enough silliness, on Thursday, I tried to get hold of some Headteachers as part of Headteachers Day. You won’t believe what happened…

Same again next week??

See you there,


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Track of the Week – Take Me

A nice atmospheric track for you this week. From Down-Under, it’s described as “enticing murmurs over an arrangement built from diaphanous layers of synths and a sparkling uptempo beat”. Not sure what that means?? Me neither. It kind of makes sense once you hear it.

Take a listen and take a copy…

RÜFÜS – Take Me



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Track of the Week – Never

Don’t worry, I’m not stopping the Track of the Week, it’s just that “Never” is the title of my Track of the Week.

Oh my this is getting confusing. Right. Start again.

Hello!! Would you like some free music?? You would?!? Great!! Here you go…

All The Luck In The World – Never




ps. Great name for a band by the way.

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Abseiling for Bobby Moore!

Click here to listen again to the interview:

Champion fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman returned to the Phoenix FM studio today to chat to Rob Jelly about his latest event – abseiling down the 200ft Bobby Moore Stand at Upton Park!


Following on from his successful 50-mile Boot It For Bobby walk from Southend United to West Ham United in February, 12-year-old Jonjo is organising the event at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 26 April from the top of the stand named in honour of England’s greatest captain – although being aged under 18, he’s unable to take part himself. It’s the latest in a series of fundraisers that has seen Jonjo raise over £160,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

Jonjo said, “I’m really looking forward to the day and hope as many people as possible can enter. Those taking part will be able to enjoy spectacular views across London from the roof area, while friends and family are welcome to come along to spectate.”

It’s not too late to join the abseillers – you can find out more about it at A non-refundable registration fee of £10 is payable to secure a place and medical clearance may be required for those taking part.

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The Laughing Breakfast Pod

Once again, the man behind the most fantastic Comedy Club in Essex, Mr. Stephen Watson, joined me to give us the details of April’s, and a very special one in May ;-), Comedy events…

Book your Funnies

Follow the Funnies

Like the Funnies

Now go and be funny!!! Please and thank you.


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Things to do with Saint Francis Hospice in April

As you’ll know, at the beginning of each month, Peter Stremes joins me from Saint Francis Hospice (SFH) to let us know how the Hospice is doing and also some of the many ways in which we can all help them to continue doing the fantastic work they do.

If you like to find out more about who they are, what they do and how you can help, please visit


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“The Bear” on Breakfast

Apologies for the lateness of this, I’m blaming the weather.

Anywho, last week I was joined by a wonderfully talented young man in the form of Lochlan Bearman, or “The Bear” as I like to call him.

He’s a Champion Karter and he came in to talk about his racing but also about his work for Clic Sargent

You can find out more about Lochlan from his Facebook page and more about Clic Sargent from their website too.

You heard it here first, but that young man is a future star!!!


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No.25 – Perform Stand-Up Comedy – Booked

Yep, that’s right. I am doing stand-up!!

As part of the #50ThingsRobHasntDoneYet I have to complete a real stand-up set at a comedy night (No.25 on “The List”) and thanks to the Laughing Pod Comedy Club, it’s going to happen…

I will have my performance filmed for you all to re-live as many/few times as you like so watch this space.


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Please excuse the photo, it’s the most recent one I could find the World Wide Web. Anyway…

Every Tuesday between 16:00 & 17:00 join the digital versions of some rather lovely local people as they use the world of Twitter to have a kind of Happy Hour.

It’s gone sooo well over the past few months that they’re all going to do it in the same room next week…

Thanks to Louise & Marc from Heybridge Creative for coming in again to talk to me about their work and the #BillericayHour and no doubt I’ll be seeing them both again soon for more dairy-based hilarity.


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Track of the Week – Rockstar

Another TOTW that, on the surface, appears to have been written about my lifestyle. Alas, tis not the case. However, just like last week’s it is available to you for free, but for just one week.

A Great Big World – Rockstar, it’ll fill you with summeryness and wonderment. Listen to it. Like it. Love it. Download it. Listen to it again. Sing it out loud. Sing it in the shower. I’m not looking. You’re welcome.


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Who doesn’t like Jam??

No-one. That’s who.

And talking of The Who as well, that leads me very nicely into my guest for this morning’s show. Mr Ian Parkins joined me to promote the March of the Mods night at Billericay Town FC. An initiative set-up by none other than some avid fans of the Mod era and ALL in aid of a fantastic cause…


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48 Things Still To Go

But don’t panic!!!

I know, I know, I know.

Progress isn’t looking all that great right now. Still only done 2 things from my list and I’m nearly 8 weeks in. But here’s the thing:

1 – Beat Steve Davis at Snooker. Still no reply from the man himself. Will chase him again but I may ask my other mate, Ronnie O’Sullivan, if he fancies a match.

2 – Break A World Record. Since, provisionally, deciding that I was going to set a World Record and not break one I haven’t done much else but I am hoping to get this done by the summer. And for those who don’t know, I am aiming for the most cream pies in the face in a minute. I’m checking with Guinness on what conditions I’d have to abide by on this.

3 – Buy A House. Well I’m still saving and hopefully in the next few weeks I might be off to do my very first “house viewing”. Very exciting!!!

4 – Buy A Tailored Suit. I’m going to get this made at the end of the year so no progress yet.

5 – Carve A Pumpkin. PENDING. Calcott Hall Farm Shop have offered me a Pumpkin, come Pumpkin season, for this particular thing.

6 – Climb A Mountain. PENDING. A friend and I are looking at Scafell Pike in about May for this one. He’s got a really fancy camera so we should have some pretty good photos from this.

7 – Complete A Rubix Cube. I am going to start this one this week (w/c 24th Feb). I reckon it’ll take me a good few days of working at it, with instructions.

8 – Conduct An Orchestra. I have a friend who is a composer and I’ve been brain-storming some ideas on this one. Nothing in stone yet though.

9 – Drive A Tractor. PENDING. Back to #5 and Calcott Hall also offered me the chance to drive one of their Tractors which is tres cool!!!

10 – Feed A Zoo Animal. I can’t tell you about this one. All will become clear in time. Shhhh!!!

11 – Find A Four-Leaf Clover. Not sure where to start with this one. I’ll come back to it.

12 – Find My Doppelganger. I saw a stat online recently that everyone has approximately 8 “Doppelgangers” which has increased my hope of this one but then I realised that’s 8 in 7,000,000,000 so who knows.

13 – Fly A Hawk. I have found a local Aviary to Brentwood and so will be in touch with them. I’m really hoping that they’ll bring a bird of prey in to the studio. Would I be the first person to present radio with an owl on his arm?? World Record!?!

14 – Get A Piercing. People have asked what I’m going to get pierced and I’ve said, “Probably my ear.” I’d quite like to do this one live on-air if any qualified ear-piercers are willing to come on the show and do it for me??

15 – Get Cream Pie’d. The most popular one for volunteers by a long shot!!! Thank you all for asking to help with this one. I am aiming to tie this in with #2 as mentioned so standby for details.

16 – Get Mentioned In A National Newspaper. Not sure how I’m going to go about doing this yet but I’ll think of something. I’m also open to suggestions??

17 – Get My Car Washed In A Drive-Thru Car Wash. Sounds simple. I guess it is. But I haven’t given this one any thought yet. Might do it on the way back from Scafell Pike (see #6) as I imagine the car will get a wee bit filthy.

18 – Give Blood. Right, so I’ve already tried this but apparently I was “black-listed” from doing it!! Turns out my GP didn’t reply to the Blook clinic when I previous tried to give blood at University (note that I tried, did not succeed so this one still stands as something I’ve never done). The lovely nurses at Brentwood’s Blooc Clinic are getting the thumbs up from my Doctor and then I’ll get this one booked in.

19 – Go To A Book Signing. DONE!!! See previous blog for my review.

20 – Go To A Festival. I was thinking of one of the big ones (Reading, Leeds, Glasto) but they’re quite expensive. Plus I wanted to do something a little more local. So I’m thinking maybe Standon Calling which we were big followers of last year on the PhoenixFM Breakfast Show.

21 – Go To A Murder Mystery Dinner/Evening. A friend said she may be able to help with this. I’ll let you know as and when things get organised.

22 – Host A 24hr Radio Show. Well the boss at Phoenix said yes, in not so few words, I just need to pick a date to do it.

23 – Learn A New Instrument. This is one of the ones I’m a little concerned about. I’ve previously said that I want to be able to pass Grade 1 at least on an instrument that I can’t play. Any ideas what to choose?? ps. I can play drums, guitar & piano.

24 – Learn To Dance. Hopefully this will be tap dancing and hopefully I should be starting that this week. Time dependent.

25 – Perform A Stand-Up Set. PENDING. If you listen to the show, you’ll know I’ve made friends with the Laughing Pod Comedy head honcho and he has agreed to find me a slot on one of his nights at The Ivory Rooms in Billericay which I am very excited about. I have also already written most of material too. Wanna sneak preview?? Hahaha, yeah. Not likely sunshine!!!

26 – Plant A Tree. Another one of the relatively easy ones which I could and probably should get done sooner rather than later so that I have something to show for it by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll grow a Christmas tree. They grow quickly right??

27 – Play A Part In A Musical. I did make an enquiry as to an audition but I was quite unwell a few weeks ago and missed it. I will keep my eyes and ears open for more auditions.

28 – Pull A Pint In A Pub. Haven’t done anything with this one yet but I’m hoping I can help The White Horse (Coxtie Green Rd, Brentwood) with some promotion in return for a lesson in “Pint Pulling”.

29 – Ride A Horse. PENDING. One of the girls in the office owns a horse and has offered to teach me but she did recommend waiting a few months for the weather to improve. Apparently, with all the bad weather we’ve had, the horse has been kept inside a lot more than usual recently as is quite restless and not a very good/easy ride at the mo. It’s not called a challenge for no reason!?

30 – Ride A Segway. I’ve reached out on this one but with no response so far. Can anyone help?? I only want to borrow it for 5 minutes. Supervised I assume.

31 – Ride A Tandem Bicycle. So there’s a bike hire place in Thorndon Country Park. I’ve dropped them an e-mail today (Sat 22nd Feb) to perhaps join me in the studio and once their “season” starts at the end of March I’ll get myself a bike hired. Who wants to the Jerry to my Tom?? The Hardy to my Laurel??

32 – Ride An Open-Top Bus In London. Was thinking of doing this one in the summer when the weather’s a bit better. Probably do it during the World Cup when everyone else is in the pub. See?? Not just a hat-rack my friend.

33 – Scuba Dive. Haven’t looked into this properly yet. I’m thinking that I’ll probably have to do some practice in a swimming pool first. Does this count as Scuba Diving??

34 – Send A Message In A Bottle. PENDING. So I wrote my message while on-air this past week. Got my bottle. All I need to do now is put it in the sea. May take it down to Southend (nearest coastline for me)

35 – Shoot A Gun. This might seem like a bit of weird one but I’ve watched a lot of TV and film where people seem to have no problem hitting the smallest target in the world while it’s moving and their doing a barrell-roll through the window of a moving train so I want to have a go. Anyone know of any local gun ranges??

36 – Sky Dive. PENDING. So Saint Francis Hospice, friends of PhoenixFM are hosting 2 of these fundraising jumps this year. I’m pretty much signed up to do one. Probably the one in September giving me a chance to raise a nice healthy sum of money for them while ticking off #36 on my list.

37 – Spend The Night In A Treehouse. Sounds simple but I don’t think people have Treehouses anymore?!? If you have one, even the most basic of one, can I borrow it for a night?? All I want to do is sleep in it for one night and that’s it. Nothing else. If you have a business that wants some free promotion on my show, I am totally happy to do this.

38 – Stilt Walking. Anyone know a local circus school??

39 – Walk On Fire. PENDING. In May, the Brentwood Centre are hosting a Firewalk. And yes I am signed up to it. 800C apparently. A bit warm then.

40 – Write A Children’s Book. PENDING. Being the creative type, I have ideas, thoughts and stuff bouncing around my tiny little brain all the time. And a few years ago, I wrote a children’s story. Turns out, according to the Chicken & Frog Bookshop (who are a little knowledgable on the world of children’s books I’ll have you know) it’s actually pretty good!! It needs a little tinkering and some drawings done for it but it has some potential so I’m working on it with them for now. Standby for more on this soon.

And now on to your suggestions. Yes, the things on my list that my friends, family and listeners of the PhoenixFM Breakfast Show have come up with.

41 – Wear A Pregnancy Belly for 24 Hours (Liz). Errr, where do I get one of these from?? Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

42 – Host Story Time (Ruth). I’ve been asked if I’d host story time by a local library and the Chicken & Frog so I just need to organise a date for this.

43 – Perform As A Living Statue (Michelle). I do have some rather wonderful friends don’t I?? Yeah, so another for the summer I think.

44 – Kiteboarding (Philly). I have no idea. Anybody??

45 – Be An Extra (Richard). Thanks to the Mr. Frog (of Chicken & Frog) I have been put in touch with the Casting Producer of Eastenders!!! How cool would that be?? I’ll let you know if anything comes of this contact. I really hope so.

46 – Book The Most Expensive Room In A Hotel (Nic). DONE. See previous blog for my review of this one.

47 – Get Chased By A Police Dog (Sally). Now, strangely enough, what I was expecting to be quite a difficult one has already turned up first contact with a Police Dog Trainer. I will enlighten you all as to when and where this is happening if you fancy watching me get mauled by a big dog. You sadistic bugger!!!

48 – Walk Hadrian’s Wall (Kyle). It is what it is and I need to plan a trip to the far North I guess. More to follow.

49 – Drive A Steam Train (Alec). Another one of the tasks I thought might be near impossible but it would appear not. Just down the road is a company called Epping Ongar Railway who do Driver Experience days!!! How cool is that?? So I’ve made contact with them and hope to complete this one in the coming few months.

50 – Complete A Cross Stitch (Becky). A fairly straight-forward task I’m guessing but I have no idea how to cross-stitch, so not so straight-forward. Anyone fancy teaching me??


And that’s where I am. So not doing as bad as you first thought eh??

It was while talking to my friend about #8 that the phrase “just ask” came up and he’s bloody right. If you “just ask” you might find that you can actually do more than you thought. So I am hereby introducing the use of #JustAsk into the #50ThingsRobHasntDoneYet

If you can help in ANY way, shape or form then please let me know. I am willing to do/help you with something in return for your help so please #JustAsk. And hey, if you want to do any of the things with me, let me know too!!!

Be sure to check back to this blog regularly to read more about the whole challenge and individual parts too.

I know this has been a long blog, but hopefully you’ve enjoyed and maybe even been inspired to carry on doing/start doing something you’ve been thinking of giving up on. I’ll write to you soon.

Cheers for your *ears




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Track Of The Week – Fall Into The Sky

Happy Single-Tasking Day!! Definitely aimed at guys this one.

My TOTW however is aimed at you all, like a crazy-daisy hose attachment, I hope to spread the love, or free music, anywhere and everywhere. And this week it’s Olympically themed with Russian-born Zedd (or Anton Zaslavski) and his mate Lucky Date AND some vocal help from Ellie Goulding too.

Fall Into The Sky is your TOTW. Download it, play it, play it again, love it, play it once more, tell your friends, smile.

You’re welcome.


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Moon Unit Records – The Best Record Shop This Side Of The Moon

Before I met both Simon & Ben today, I had heard only two things about them and the store Moon Unit Records:

1 – They ONLY sell Vinyl


2 – The shop is also a pub.

Sounds good eh?? It gets better!!!

Maybe we can arrange a Show Day Out??

They’re on the High Street in Bishops Stortford if you wanna visit them but if you can’t find them, call 07941 142 779 or drop them an e-mail to yeah. Good.


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#TimeToTalk Day on Phoenix FM

Thursday 6 February was the first ever Time to Talk Day – 24 hours in which to start conversations about mental health, raise awareness and share the message that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, neither is talking about it.

At Phoenix FM we had four groups in organised by Wayne Banks from the Essex Mental Health Community who came in and talked on specialist subjects:

On the Breakfast Show with Rob Jelly we spoke about Time to Change, Mental Health & Young People, and Volunteering

Click below to listen to the interviews again:

TimeToTalk Breakfast

Time To Talk 1

Our guests were:

Paul Howard

Paul is a mental health service user. He works for a national medical charity and in his spare time volunteers for Essex Mental Health Community.

Emma O’Leary

Emma is a recent Neuroscience graduate who has volunteered as a Peer Support Volunteer for Mind in Brighton, and for an Essex based charity for those with various learning and physical disabilities.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah is a mental health service user. She runs her own business and is a passionate campaigner for better mental health services.

Laura-May Written

Laura is a Time to Change champion, and Communications Manager at ECDP, which runs a work experience programme to help people back into employment.

Robin Steer

Robin has lived experience of mental ill health, and is an Ambassador for ECDP.

Daisy Simpson

Daisy is a mental health service user, and Young Involvement Volunteer for Time To Change

On Eat My Brunch with Michelle Ward we spoke about Art Therapy, Talking Therapy, Mindfulness and Physical Activity

Click below to listen to the interviews again:

TimeToTalk Brunch


Our guests were:

Jane Ward

Jane is the Abbott at Brentwood Buddhist Centre, and offers the local community physical, mental, and spiritual happiness and wellbeing.

Nicky Smith

Nicky Smith is Leisure Services Manager at Brentwood Leisure Trust.

Shaun Petrie

Shaun is a Senior Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinician and Art Therapist at Basildon Child and Family Consultation Service.

He is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists –

Clare Gardiner

Claire is a Trainee Art Therapist currently working with Children and Adolescents with mental health difficulties.

Ann Carter

Ann is the head of service for Therapy for You, the talking therapy service located in GP surgeries and local community hubs.

Roger Black

On One 2 Three with Mike Jones, we spoke about Mental Health Challenge for Local Councils, and Peer Support

Click below to listen to the interviews again:

Time To Talk 2014 – Mike Jones One 2 Three


Our guests were:

Wayne Banks

Wayne has bipolar affective disorder, and is a Time To Change Champion. He is looking for work and currently volunteers for Essex Mental Health Community.

Andrew Gordon

Andrew is Basildon District Councillor, nominated Mental Health Champion, and a lead officer for the South Essex Recovery College.

Ann Naylor

Ann is an Essex County Councillor, Chair of Health and Wellbeing Board, and nominated Mental Health Champion.

Jan Pound

Jan is a Brentwood Borough Councillor, Chair of Health and Community Boards, and nominated Mental Health Champion.

Andy Bell

Andy is deputy CEO for the Centre for Mental Health, and lead officer for the Mental Health Challenge for Local Councils.

On Drive with Bryan Powis we spoke about Adult Services, Mental Health in the Elderly, and Family Carers

Click below to listen to the interviews again:

Time To Talk 2014 – Drive


Our guests were:

Peter Ferrier

Peter has depression, and is a shadow director of Brentwood Community Print.

Audrey Clark

Audrey is a director of Brentwood Community Print, a social enterprise that provides mental health support, work experience and work skills training to people in recovery from mental illness.

Colin Wade

Colin is a mental health support worker for Brentwood Mind.

Karen Undrill

Karen is a professional counsellor from Essex Counselling at Home Organisation, or ECHO for short. ECHO specialises in visiting clients at home to provide individual or couple counselling to everyone aged 55 and over.

Louisa North

Louisa is a professional counsellor from Essex Counselling at Home Organisation, or ECHO for short. ECHO specialises in visiting clients at home to provide individual or couple counselling to everyone aged 55 and over.

Links to groups and organisations featured on Phoenix FM during #TimeToTalk Day:

Essex Mental Health Community: TwitterFacebookEmail

ECDP (Essex Coalition of Disabled People):
Brentwood Buddhist Centre:
Brentwood Leisure Trust:
SEPT (South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust):
Therapy for You (NHS):
Essex County Council:
Basildon Borough Council:
Brentwood Borough Council:
Mental Health Challenge for Local Councils:
Brentwood Community Print:
Brentwood Mind:
ECHO (Essex Counselling at Home Organisation):
Basildon & South Essex Disability Forum:

Links national mental health and relevant organisations:

Time To Change:
Centre for Mental Health:
Mental Health Foundation:
Young Minds:
Together UK:
Depression Alliance:
National Autistic Society:
Alzheimer’s Society:

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Giggles with The Laughing Pod

You know how much we like to find the funnies in life. And they’re not just on the Internet, they’re all around us and if I’m going to stop being vague they can also be found at The Ivory Rooms in Billericay on the 1st Sunday of every month thanks to The Laughing Pod Comedy Club.

And thanks to the man in charge, Mr. Stephen Watson, the next 10 months are already lined up and awaiting you…

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Track of the Week – Gone

Morning (or Afternoon or Evening. In fact, whatever time of day it is, please apply the appropriate greeting, thanks. Where was I?? Oh yeah…)

You like free music right?? Of course you do, who doesn’t?? Well that’s how my track of the week works. I find a song that I can give you for free each week and pour into your ears each morning. This week it’s the abstract hip-hop, experimental ambience of Supreme Cuts ft. Mahaut Mondino with Gone.



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I’m A Firewalker

Or at least I will be. It’s just one of the things on my “Bucket List” and with the help of lots of local people I will be ticking this one off my list this year …

2014-01-29 Paul Barrell

Brentwood’s first Community Firewalk is the brainchild of Jane Bennett from Bennetts Funerals and my guest today was Paul Barrell, part of the organising team behind the event which will be taking place at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday 17 May. You can hear our interview again here:

Brentwood Firewalk

The idea of the Firewalk is that people involved with different charities and communities with connections in the Brentwood, Billericay and Basildon area can raise funds for their particular charity or community by taking part in the Firewalk. A charity may wish to nominate one or two people to take part and to raise funds. Those charities who have nominated a Firewalker and have paid the £50 registration fee, per Firewalker, are entitled to have a small stand at the event to raise further awareness.

If you are a charity or community group working locally and would like to register a ‘champion’ to take part please complete the registration form and return it to Chris Froebel or Jane Bennett at Bennetts Funerals, 120 High Street, Brentwood, CM14 4AS. The registration fee is to cover the cost of the UK Firewalk team, the training provided to those talking part and the certificates afterwards. Any amount remaining after expenditure will be forwarded to local charities.

The organisers are also looking for companies to sponsor the event – if interested please read the sponsorship information which gives a bit more information about these opportunities.

You can keep up to date with the build up to the event by following the Facebook and Twitter pages.

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49 Things To Go

So in the first week of my challenge #50ThingsRobHasntDoneYet I managed to tick one thing off the list but since then it would seem I have gone a bit quiet about it all. That is where you are wrong my friend. Not at all. I have working away to organise many of the bigger tasks such as, Climbing A Mountain, Drive A Steam Train, Feed A Zoo Animal and so on…

This weekend I will be heading into Billericay to pick up my copy of “The Story of Billericay” by Charles Philips and then taking said book to the Library to meet the man himself where he is signing copies. So that’ll be Number 2 (or 19 if you’re looking at the list itself) done!!

And here’s the thing, next week I have some guests coming in to the studio to talk about some of the things on my list and some things that aren’t too.

Louise from Heybridge Creative will be joining me on Tuesday to talk #BillericayHour and on Wednesday I will have Paul Barrell in to talk about Brentwood’s Firewalk!!! Ooh! Ah! Eee! Yep, a real firewalk which is very handily one of the things on my list!!!

See you all Monday!!!


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British Weather is free

“Of course it is Rob” I hear you say. Yes, well that’s because you think I’m talking about the meteorological happenings of the atmosphere on this fine rock we call Earth.

I am actually referring to my new Track of the Week by Decade. British Weather is a brand new song from the 5-piece indie band from Bath. Grab your copy now. It’s a nice short track, straight to the point and it’s got a great energy too!!


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A Pattern is emerging

Actually, there is more than one. They are Patterns, as in more than one, and their track “This Haze” is our first Track of the Week for 2014 and of course you know what that means?? It’s yours to download now, for free!!

Help yourselves, tell your friends, tickle your boss, shred your shoelaces, play it, play it again, have lunch, do a press up etc etc.


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The Breakfast Show “Bucket List”

This blog is the one-stop shop for all the completed “things” on my list. Individual blogs can be found from the Breakfast Show Blog Top Page but if you’ve stumbled upon this “idea” for the first time, you are in the right place to find out all about what on Earth I am doing…


Welcome one and welcome all to 2014!!!

And would you look at that. According to the Back To The Future movies we’ll have hover-boards next year. Cooool.

Now I realised something over the Christmas/New Year period. As much as I have amassed quite a plethora of adventures and tales to tell my children and my children’s children and, if I live long enough, my children’s children’s children, there are a few things that I am yet to tick off my life’s “Bucket List” if you will. And that’s what I plan to do, with your help.

As part of the show in 2014 I endeavour to complete a list of 50 things that I have NEVER done before. Some will be obvious, others might seem simple and a few will make you question whether or not I have lived under a rock all of my life, but they are all absolutely and honestly things I have never done in my 27 years, or so, on this third rock from the Sun.

It will all start on Wednesday the 8th of January giving us one week to discuss the list before setting off on the first “thing”. 50 weeks, 50 things, 1-a-week (although the plan is it not necessarily to do one thing each week as some will take some serious thought and planning and others I’ll be able to complete, hopefully, in just a few hours) so by the end of the year, it’ll leave us with one week from Christmas Eve to New Year 2015 to round-up and summarise the list.

I plan to document the whole escapade in photo and video form as much as possible so as to share with you the results of each challenge and an overview from the whole year at the end. I will update this blog as and when things are completed but you can also keep track of how I’m doing by heading here.

So what’s on the list?? (And remember, these are all genuinely things I have never done but by 2015 will hope to have. And they are arranged alphabetically because it looks prettier, not because that’s order I want to do them in.)

  1.  Beat Steve Davis At Snooker
  2.  Break A World Record
  3.  Buy A House
  4.  Buy A Tailored Suit
  5.  Carve A Pumpkin
  6.  Climb A Mountain
  7.  Complete A Rubix Cube √
  8.  Conduct An Orchestra
  9.  Drive A Tractor
  10.  Feed A Zoo Animal
  11.  Find A Four-Leaf Clover
  12.  Find My Doppelganger
  13.  Fly A Hawk
  14.  Get A Piercing
  15.  Get Cream Pie’d
  16.  Get Mentioned In A National Newspaper
  17.  Get My Car Washed In A Drive-In Car Wash
  18.  Give Blood
  19.  Go To A Book Signing √
  20.  Go To A Festival
  21.  Go To A Murder Mystery Dinner
  22.  Host a 24 Hour Radio Show
  23.  Learn A New Instrument
  24.  Learn To Dance
  25.  Perform A Stand-Up Set
  26.  Plant A Tree
  27.  Play A Part In A Musical
  28.  Pull A Pint In A Pub
  29.  Ride A Horse
  30.  Ride A Segway
  31.  Ride A Tandem Bicycle
  32.  Ride An Open-Top Bus In London
  33.  Scuba Dive
  34.  Send A Message In A Bottle
  35.  Shoot A Gun
  36.  Sky Dive
  37.  Spend The Night In A Treehouse
  38.  Stilt Walking
  39.  Walk On Fire
  40.  Write A Children’s Book
  41.  Wear A Pregnancy Belly for a Day (Liz)
  42.  Host Story Time (Ruth)
  43.  Perform As A Living Statue (Michelle)
  44.  Kiteboarding (Philly)
  45.  Be An Extra (Richard)
  46.  Book The Most Expensive Room In A Hotel (Nic) √
  47.  Get Chased By A Police Dog (Sally)
  48.  Walk Hadrian’s Wall (Kyle)
  49.  Drive A Steam Train (Alec)
  50.  Complete A Cross Stitch (Becky)

I have listed 40 of the “things” and the other 10 “things” have been suggested by the people who’s names are in brackets (hopefully that was obvious enough but I don’t like to assume).

Now I had loooaads of great suggestions from lots of people and I want to take this opportunity to thank you if you made one. If I didn’t add your suggestion, I apologise but I had to draw the line somewhere otherwise it would have quickly become the #12597ThingsRobHasntDoneYet and it may have actually become a “Bucket List”.

But remember, if you want to join me on one/some/all of these quests, then I’d be more than happy to make this happen.


Here goes nothing…

Bucket List



Completed Quests


No.46 Book The Most Expensive Room In A Hotel (Nicola) – Complete

Yep, that’s right. Under a week in to the challenge and I have already ticked off the first “thing” from the list.

It was in fact the one suggested by my fiancée, and before you roll your eyes and mutter, “under the thumb”, it was just a coincidence that the one I completed first happened to be her suggestion but either way, it is done.

And what an experience it was. A TV at the end of the bath, a shower with those massage jet thingys, a King Size bed, another TV at the end of that, 2x sofas, yeah not just one, but 2!! I sat on them both for at least 15 minutes just to feel like I’d used them. Standard tea and coffee facilities which I happily used up!! A huge desk which I sat reading the provided literature (I can’t remember what it was, I wasn’t really paying attention), a hair-dryer in the bathroom (just because I could) and I used all 3 of the towel rails. Yes I’m an idiot.

The other thing that comes with booking “the best suite in the hotel sir” is that you get treated a little differently. Now it does sound a little wrong, but when you’re paying for their top room, people look past the face value opinion they have of you (and you should have seen the guys face when I told him I had the Wingfield Suite, hahaha) because of money which is wrong but sod it, it was bloody marvellous!!

(A panoramic shot of the L shaped suite. See, I told you it had 2 sofas!!)

I would recommend it to anyone. Of course, what I’ve essentially done is paid waaay too much for a room that all I did essentially was wash and sleep in but it was a very good wash and a very good sleep!!


No. 19 Go To A Book Signing

Yep!! 2 down!! 48 to go!! I have my copy of Charles Phillips’ The Story of Billericay, and I have it signed!!

I’m not entirely sure what I expected from a Book Signing but I think in my head it was going to be like going to a music gig. Now I know that sounds daft but when you think about it they’re kind of similar.

When a band/artist writes a new album, they go on tour and they show off their new material. When an author writes a new book, they do book signings. See!! Not as daft a comment as you first thought eh??

So yeah, it wasn’t quite the big shiny, flashing lights, long queues thing I somehow managed to persuade myself it would be. Firstly, Charles isn’t a famous celebrity. And secondly, his book is not an International Bestseller. And before you start thinking I’m putting Charles or his book down, I’m not. I’m going to cherish this book and I am going to read it. As I’ve said, probably a million times already this year, I’ve never met the author of a book and had them sign my copy of it to me before, so this is special. Whether you know the author personally or not, I think it’s a lovely way to show them that you care about their work.

The Story of Billericay by Charles Phillips

Having not read it yet and having only met him a few hours ago, I can tell that this book is going to have a lot of love in it. A man with a real passion for the subject at hand.

Would I recommend going to a book signing?? Absolutely!!! Whether it’s Morrissey’s Autobiography, the next J.K. Rowling or even a friend of yours that’s written a children’s book, go!!!

I’d like to thank Charles for firstly writing this book, secondly hosting a signing session and thirdly taking 5 minutes of his time to talk to me about Billericay (and also a bit about Holland too). If you would like to get yourself a copy of ‘The Story of Billericay’ you can pick up a copy from the WHSmiths in Billericay (I asked them so I know) or you can order a physical copy online from WaterstonesAmazon or WHSmith. You can also order eBook versions for your iPads and Kindles too.


No.7  Complete A Rubik’s Cube

That’s right!!!

This time last week, while sat about 10 feet to my left, I completed a Rubik’s Cube. But, not content with the lack of proof I provided, I decided to do it again, on camera…

Now bear in mind that I have only ever done this once in my entire life AND it did take me near on 2 weeks of trying to finish it. So you would have thought that I’d have chosen a nice quiet environment with no distractions to do it on camera for wouldn’t you…

Yeah, I may have used instructions on the Rubiks website but so what!? I think this re-enforces the addition of #JustAsk. Sometimes by just asking for a little help we can actually do the things that sometimes seem impossible!!!

3 down, 47 to go.

Remember to check back soon to see how it’s all going.


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This is what the Foxes say

Ok, so that was a bit of a rubbish play on words but did you really expect anything else?? No. Of course you didn’t.

Anyway it is time to give you some new music. Yes. Give you. It’s free. If you’ve stumbled upon this page by mistake then by Jove are you in luck. What are the chances of that?!? Seriously?? Of the 264 trillion pages on the Internet you’ve landed on one with free music. And what makes this even better is that the music is Foxes – Holding Onto Heaven How about that??

Sometimes I think I’m too good to you. But then I’m not paid to think am I??


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The Phoenix FM Daytime Collective – Santa (Thank you) ft. The Popettes



A brand new Christmas song for you this year courtesy of your Phoenix FM daytime presenters.



The Phoenix FM Daytime Collective are:
Bryan Powis
Rob Jelly
Michelle Ward
Bob Simpson
Mike Jones (as Santa)
The Popettes

And here it is, the video that you’ve all been waiting for…

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Essex Spartans

Now. Alongside all the festive talk with Peter Davey from Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council and the theatrical festive talk with Karen from Dreams Theatre School this week, I was also joined by Coach. Head Coach to be precise. Newly appointed Head Coach, Sean Benton, of the Essex Spartans. He came in to talk about their upcoming trial days as well as next season. We chatted about all sorts from Spartans history to NFL at Wembley and even Thanksgiving. And to hear it again, well I’m sure you know what to do…

Essex Spartans


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Dreams Theatre School

Me again!!

Alongside having Peter Davey in last week I was also joined by Karen Easteal from Dreams Theatre School who performed for us on the Main Stage at Lighting Up Brentwood on Saturday the 30th of November. She was a fantastic laugh and if you’re interested, or know someone who’s interested in Theatre School for kids aged between 5 & 16, then hit play…

Dreams Theatre School


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Another Riptide

Yes, another Riptide but not in the Sea/Moon/Gravity-based sense. No. In the musical sense. Not that many weeks ago, we had the wonderful Emma Stevens as our track of the week with her song Riptide but now it is time for Vance Joy’s Riptide. And for the next 7 days (give or take a few hours) you can download it for free!! Click the link, press play, enjoy. It’s as simple as that.


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PhoenixFM Breakfast Leftovers

Hello there lovely podcasters. Back to catch up on last week’s action eh?? Well it has to be said that I did go on about McBusted a lot more than I initially thought I had so my apologies for that. Otherwise though I think it was a pretty good week. Got invited to play games with some others boys, I tried to choreograph a dance to Duran Duran and ended up kicking myself in the hand and I tried to fold a piece of paper in half more than 6 times. Oh yeah!!! You won’t find anyone else providing you with such top-notch entertainment I don’t mind telling ya…


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Get the Roots right…

… and everything else will take care of itself. That’s exactly what Dublin-based songstress Orla has done here with this beautiful track. And best of all, is it’s absolutely free for the next week. We’ll be playing it each morning for you incase you’d like to hear it first or if you’re sold with our simple words, you can download it from the link below.

Orla Gartland – Roots


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PhoenixFM Breakfast Leftovers

Hello there.

For those who don’t know me, I am Tim. Producer of the PhoenixFM Breakfast Show hosted by Rob. Spoken of, but never heard on-air, I do however help Rob with filling the Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our blog here.

For the past few weeks, I’ve left Rob to make the podcasts and to post them on here for you, this is something he can and has done in the past. However, he seems to have made a huge meal of it over the last 3 weeks and has managed to break our Mixcloud players. This essentially means I have spent the last 2 days trying to fix them, only to have to re-produce them from scratch for you. So without further delay, here is the podcast for the week beginning October the 21st.

Thanks for your patience.


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Would you like some free music??

Yes, I know that’s a stupid question but it’s better ask and get that look you just gave me than not ask and then you miss out eh??

Anywho, you know how it works by now surely. We have a free track to give you and this week it comes courtesy of PAPA with Put Me To Work.

It’s a bit energetic and it won’t be for everyone but if you do like it, help yourselves. I’ll give it a spin each morning so you can hear it first if you’re not sure you want it.


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Here’s a post-storm treat for you

But firstly, apologies that last week’s podcast is still not available. It will be as soon as possible. Hopefully, to make up for the lack of this, we have some brand new music for you and it’s absolutely free, as usual.

She burst in to our attentions with Royals and now we are excited to hear and give you Buzzcut Season by Lorde


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After Earth

What will be left?? Cockroaches?? Daim bars?? People??

Well if you fancy learning a few survival tips and trying a totally new experience this Hallowe’en make sure not to miss out on Essex County Council & Warescot Farm’s “diet” Fright Night this weekend…

Would Rob survive After Earth??

If you’re really lucky, you may see yours truly there… If I can man-up a bit.

More Info here!!

Follow Warescot Farm Here!!          Follow Essex County Council Here!!

And Like Warescot Farm Here!!!


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