One of Phoenix FM’s newest voices, Elliot Smith, joined me this morning, and did a great job reading the Events Guide and generally helping me keep the show on the straight and narrow!
Bank Holiday Monday there’s a Family Fun Day in Billericay to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, and I had a chat with the organiser, Alex Chambers.
I also talked to Caryl Kwei, of the Brentwood Fairtrade Group, who were offering samples of Fairtrade products at Brentwood Theatre, including a new range of chilled ready meals. Caryl also gave an update on the Group’s application to win Fairtrade Town status for Brentwood.
I started a new feature this morning, inspired by the thought of how many songs from the decade of big hair and loads-a-money have been all but forgotten, even though they may have been big hits at the time. Acceptable in the 80s is an opportunity to dig out some of those songs that’ll either make you think, “wow – I haven’t heard that in ages!” or, particularly if you weren’t around at the time, “I can’t believe people used to listen to this!” This morning’s revived song was For America, a 1986 top 10 hit single for Red Box, who had only one other UK hit single, Lean on me. If you’ve any ideas of 80s songs you’ve not heard in ages – whether or not they’ve stood the test of time – let me know. All I ask is that they made the UK top 40 singles chart some time in the 80s – and that they’re not songs you tend to hear all the time.
My cryptic Where am I? clue to a location somewhere in our area was “this water trench was dug by a comparatively young person,” with the hint to think of an industrial park near South Weald.*
* The water trench in my Where am I? clue is a way of describing a ditch, and a young person is a child. Comparatively refers to the usual practice of adding the letters “er” to an adjective; in this case you add “er” to the noun “child” – then the word ditch – to give Childerditch!