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Keep the change… ya filthy animal!

Saturday 9th December equals just over two weeks until the big day! And to help us get into the true spirit of Christmas I invited Andrew Schrader – Billericay local film buff (and self-proclaimed geek) onto Feelgood Saturday to talk festive films.

He has some pretty controversial opinions and some pretty tasteful knitwear, so listen back to the interview to hear his top three pick of Christmas films and why he thinks those movies are so important to make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

You may also have a view on who emerges victorious in the battle of the festive knitwear – although I’m more John Snow than let it snow! Festive film fun with Andrew Schrader

Elsewhere on the show, there was jive talking, a tribute to Billericay’s most tragic resident and we found out who was the most streamed artist of 2017!

Plus loads of feelgood music (and an increasing number of Christmas songs creeping in).

Track listing is below and you can listen back to the whole show here:

  • Let’s dance by David Bowie
  • Troublemaker by Olly Murs
  • Body talk by Foxes
  • Livin’ on a prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Diamonds by Rihanna
  • Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Rockin’ around the Christmas tree by Brenda Lee
  • Sundown by S Club 8
  • Perfect (Duet with Beyonce) by Ed Sheeran
  • Dimelo by Rak-Su (feat. Wyclef Jean and Naughty Boy)
  • I’m so excited by The Pointer Sisters
  • Sexy chick (feat. Akon) by David Guetta
  • Everybody (Backstreet’s back) [extended mix] by Backstreet Boys
  • We have all the time in the world by Louis Armstrong
  • White Christmas by The Drifters
  • The giver by Duke Dumont
  • Anywhere by Rita Ora
  • You don’t know me (feat. Craig David) by Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley

As always you can follow me on twitter (or talk to me if you’d like) on @naomisayers 

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Mark Searby’s Film and DVDs for 1st Dec 2017

On today’s Drive show, our resident movie guru, Mark Searby, popped in today to talk all things cinema and DVD/BluRay should an evening at the flicks tempt you or perhaps a cosy night in with something on the idiot lantern…

Of course, there was a festive film in the mix courtesy of The Man Who Invented Christmas which features Christopher Plummer as Ebenezer Scrooge.  Of the DVD picks this week is My Feral Heart, filmed locally in Rochford and one of the cast is our regular “Drive” host, Keith Rogers!

Click the player above to hear the audio…

Mark is on Twitter @Mark_Searby and is back next Friday at 3:30…

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The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 20: Carl Denham

Theme: “Impulsivity” (Impulsiveness)
Guest: Carl Denham – comedian, promoter, fantasy cartographer, bear (not a sexual delineation)

jordan and carl carl the bear

Carl; A Bear.

In what has been billed as the *bleepiest* episode so far, Jordan interviews the notorious “poultry pugilist” that is Carl Denham. The pair discuss Carl’s comic approach, his international affair with hip-hop and his time spent not-actually-hibernating as a massive woodland mammal.

Home truths coming spilling from every orifice in this enlightening and enlivening edition of The ExtraJordanary Show!

Carl on Twitter | @LLCoolMage

Contains Mild Peril – Comedy Night

Carl: the cartographer —


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Prokit UK Essex Olympian League – Saturday 28th October Round-Up


BBC Essex Premier Cup

The majority of the Prokit UK Essex Olympian League clubs were on BBC Essex Premier Cup duty on Saturday and as usual it served up its usual thrills and spills as holders Harold Wood Athletic finally overcame Olympian Division Two outfit Toby 5-4. Simon Bamidele and Damien Donnelly scored twice apiece for Toby who gave their Premier Division opponents an all-mighty battle. However John Bradley and Chas Liddiard also scored twice with Connor Hartwell also notching to see the holders through.


Reserves teams from Senior clubs also entered the competition and results were a mixed bag. Saffron Walden Town Res. eked out a 1-0 win over Harold Hill. Great Baddow however registered a 7-0 win over Hullbridge Sports Res. Old Chelmsfordians also progress after they beat Heybridge Swifts Res. 4-3 after extra time. Anthony Fox scored twice for Swifts with Dean Merrett scoring the other goal but that wasn’t enough to prevent them being knocked out by the Division One outfit in a shock result. Shenfield AFC finally overcame AFC Hornchurch U21s in a ten-goal thriller. Ollie Dingli’s hat trick plus goals from Ben Absolon, Josh Sumner and Sam Lock ensured it was Shenfield going through after a high scoring 6-4 victory over the young Urchins. A Max Hall hat trick; a brace from Oliver Green and a Shane Holyland strike ensured that Rochford Town went through at the expense of Burnham Ramblers Res. who scored twice via Edison Tereziu but ended up on the wrong end of a 6-2 score line. Sungate also knocked out an Essex Senior League opponent as they entertained Stansted Res. and  sent the Airportmen’s second eleven packing with a 5-1 score line. Tyrell Bull, Alfie Branch and Terrell Hunter hit the target for Takeley Res. but Snaresbrook went one better as strikes from Antoine Fontaine, Boateng Agyemang, Josh Woodcock and Dominic Herbert saw Snaresbrook through with a 4-3 away victory.


Grays Athletic Res. made progress at the expense of Great Wakering Rovers Res. in an all-ESL Reserve Division affair that ended in a 2-0 win for Grays with Rivaldo Nunes scoring both goals. Redbridge Res. also progress after a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Arlesford Colne Rangers that saw goals from Jacob Dingli, Ince Ryan and Yusuf Olajide firing the Motormen into the next round.


Kelvedon Hatch scored five without reply against Ongar Town. James Herbert’s hat trick was added to by a double from Mike Daniels. Leigh Ramblers conceded five at White Notley but scored a consolation though Justin Hazell. Matt Connolly knows what that feels like as his goal for Newbury Forest was swamped by the five goals that Coggeshall United replied with. Ryan also went out at the hands of Kelvedon Social who scored five without reply to knock the Olympian Division Two team out.  Five was also a good number for a clutch of Premier Division sides who marched onto the next round thanks to some impressive fire power. Manford Way beat Lawford Lads 5-0 with Reece Tranter’s hat-trick being added to by goals from Damien Yoxall and Julian Edwards; a Luke Woodward hat trick, plus goals from Danny Driscoll and Ashley Taylor-Forbes made sure of a 5-2 Frenford win over Ramsden Scotia. Jamie Auvache and Kurt King scored the Ramsden replies. A fine all-round team performance from Old Southendian saw them overcome Earls Colne 5-1. Stuart Judd scored twice with Elliot Hemmings, Sam Jones and Nick Cardosi also getting on the score sheet. May & Baker E.C. also scored five at local rivals Old Barkabbeyans. Lee Newton scored twice for the Premier Division leaders and was abetted by Tom Harvey, Joe Villiers and Ben Turner. Michael Ryder and Clifford Newby supplied the Old Barkabbeyans replies. Buckhurst Hill also fell after conceding five without reply at Cressing United.


White Ensign brushed past Roydon winning 6-0. Thando Moyo opened the scoring, Luke Skinner then went on to score twice; John Hilliard provided the second goal; Conor Barmby and Rick Stubbs then scored the final two to complete a good afternoon’s target practise. But fellow Premier Division outfit Rayleigh Town are dumped out of the Essex Premier Cup at the hands of Benfleet who also ended their chase for silverware in the Senior League Cup two weekends ago. Benfleet won this latest encounter  4-2 as Rob Lacy opened the scoring in the 40th minute with  second half goals from Ollie Hunter and Ben Foord extending the lead before Lacy closed the account in the 75th minute that eased Benfleet into the next round – Rayleigh meanwhile can now concentrate on league issues having been knocked out of two cup competitions by the Division Two club. Catholic United started their campaign with a 6-1 victory over Basildon Town. Max Kent and Nathan Dewberry notched braces with Mark Baptist and Dan Trenkel providing the other goals.


Upminster from Division Two progress at the expense of Division One Runwell Sports via a 2-1 score line. Warren Taylor supplied both the Upminster goals,  John Smethwick scored the Runwell reply. Shoebury Town from Division Three beat Division One opponents Galleywood in a game that required a penalty shoot-out after normal time and then extra time had ended honours even at 2-2. Shoebury made it a sweet journey home as they went on to win the tie 4-3 on penalties.


Premier Division

Canning Town make a move up the table after a 2-0 win at Bishops Stortford Swifts. The side from East London had made the trip to Hertfordshire at the foot of the Premier Division table,  but returned home sitting in tenth place courtesy of goals from Tom Quinn and Tom Phillips.

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Carmel Jane Photography 17-10-17

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the best photographers I have ever seen.

Carmel Jane


Carmel is offering a FREE 8×6 print to all Phoenix FM customers, if they quote PhoenixFM when booking (for a limited time only)




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Body Talk 1/10/17

Scientists have now discovered that the onset of dementia can be detected by a simple smelling test.That’s correct smelling! It seems to be the sense that is affected the most, several years before the start of the disease. If detected it could be possible to reverse the symptoms.

This research discovered that the worse the sense of smell, the more likely dementia was to develop in old age.

Peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather were the smells that were used. They can be used as an early warning system and take it as time to maybe change diet and lifestyle to protect your health into old age.

Dementia can go unnoticed for an incredible 20 years as the body goes into a slow decline. Five years after the test participants started to be monitored, all of those who had no sense of smell were all displaying signs of dementia, and nearly all of those who only provided one or two correct answers also had those same signs.

This simple test could provide a quick and inexpensive way to identify those who are already at high risk. Of all human senses, smell is the most undervalued and underappreciated until it’s gone. Other senses may also play a part in dementia detection, but it seems the olfactory sense could be the most important.

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Body Talk 23/9/17

What keeps your body alive? How does it know to do what it does to keep you healthy?

Keeping your core body temperature stable is vital to our survival. It needs to stay at 37.5 C. Even at rest your body generates enough energy to run a light bulb. If you get up to a sprint and you’re extremely fit, you’ll have enough energy to boil a kettle. We obviously need to shed that heat, otherwise you would literally boil yourself, so our bodies have a very efficient way of keeping us cool which is sweating. If you prevent yourself from sweating you could die quite quickly.

We grow more in the first few months of our life than at any other time. We grow 30cm in the first year. If you continued growing at that rate, you’d end up about 10 feet tall by the age of 10!

The more energy your brain demands, the less your body grows, so in childhood the brain demands a huge amount of energy which slows down body growth.

For the past few decades science believed that our short term memories were formed first, then after a period of time they are transferred deeper into the brain to become long term memories. Research is now finding that both short and long term memories are imprinted at exactly the same time. It takes about two weeks for a long term memory to be formed and the short term memory to fade.

There is no prime age for a human being either. Peak physical performance could be viewed as being in your twenties, but now we are seeing competitive sports people performing outstandingly well into their forties. The brain,however,performs better when it is younger.

It may well be many years before we fully understand how and why all of these systems function, one thing is for sure though, good diet and plenty of exercise will definitely preserve our good health well into our older years.

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Body Talk 9/9/17

Is it possible to be both fat and fit?

This is the latest debate in the medical world.  If you take a little exercise,eat reasonably healthily and avoid too much alcohol, your blood pressure is normal and you have no signs of any ill health, some researchers say that there is no need to worry. They feel that it is possible for some people to carry large amounts of fat yet still be healthy.

Other researchers say that of you are overweight you can still be putting your heart at risk, no matter how healthy you feel you are. They calculated that even if you are overweight and healthy your risk of contracting heart problems is still higher than it should be.

However,just to confuse matters,a US study found that being overweight was not a cause of premature death, but being underweight was! A Danish study also found that obese stroke patients were less likely to suffer subsequent strokes than their underweight counterparts, and a stroke was far less likely to kill them. Obesity also, is not necessarily connected with insulin resistance or a build up of fats in the arteries. A build up of fat around the internal organs is far more dangerous, and also a lot less visible. So an underweight person may have fatty deposits around the liver, whereas an overweight person could be fine.

Maybe the answer lies in genetics, but either way it would be good to find out your family history, which could be a good indication of how your body may be working on an inner level.

As always, there are a lot of factors involved and this new information isn’t carte blanche to binge.

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Body Talk 2/9/17

The latest piece of news that left me reeling, and  forced another rethink in terms of diet, was the emerging research that a low fat diet isn’t good for you!!  Apparently people who eat the least fat have the highest mortality rates. This challenges decades of dietary research which has been encouraging us to give up fat.

People with the lowest fat intake were found to be 23% more likely to die young. The scientists were saying instead to eat a high carb diet,including pasta and rice. However a high carb diet is also associated with higher mortality. These new findings add to the uncertainty about what constitutes a healthy diet. This debate is likely to continue for years to come.

The body needs fat, it provides much needed vitamins and minerals, and when you remove it, it hampers the body’s ability to function properly.

This isn’t to be taken too far though and there needs to be a balance so that your diet doesn’t consist wholly of fat and fatty foods which also isn’t healthy.  35% is the optimum, but problems start when people start to go below that level.

If you have ended up as confused as I am over this latest piece of news, I think it’s probably time to take a break from dieting, and come back to it in a month or two when there might be some better news!

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