Author Archives: Charlie Davy

The First Phoenix Family Business Networking Event

Thursday 12th April saw the first of the Phoenix Family Business Networking Event take place at the Shenfield Cricket Club. This was an opportunity for some inter-business networking and a chance to find out what’s happening in our local business community.

Our Drive presenter, Charlie Davy, spoke with a number of attendees to find out a bit more about their business and what they get out of a local networking event like this:

 
Kimberley from Define Beauty: Based at the Holiday Inn at Brook Street.

 
Brian from Rainer Hughes: Spoke about being an advertiser with Phoenix FM and having close links with businesses in our area.

 
Charlotte from Utility Warehouse: Helping you to reduce your energy costs as well as save on phone/broadband.

 
Sheila from Mellow Moments Minfulness Training for dealing with stress, anxiety and emotion control. E-Mail mellowmoments@btinternet.com

 
Ruth from the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary spoke about the range of animals and how it’s a great attraction for all the family.

 
Vidushi from Tastefully Yours, authentic & fresh Indian home-cooked food.

 
Sandy from Legal Mediation: family, workplace and civil mediation.

 
Caroline from Magnetix: Stainless-steel and copper jewellery.

 
Sen from Sen Fitness Professional: Helping you with fitness, nutrition and well-being.

 
At the end of the event, I spoke with Steve Roach, our Sales and Marketing Director about success of the event and how it hopes to be a regular thing.


Movies with Mark Searby

Friday on the Drive show at 3:30 means the movie review with Mark Searby – a special edition this week as Mark brought 3 cinema and 2 Blu-ray/DVD offerings to the table as well as me bringing-up the forthcoming The Predator movie.

Cinema: RampageThe Titan … Custody
Blu-ray/DVD: The Disaster ArtistStar Wars: The Last Jedi

Mark’s reviews can be heard below…

I surprised Mark with a comment about the new The Predator movie which sees Lethal Weapon writer, Shane Black, as director (who was involved with, and co-starred in the original 1987 film).  The amusing aspect to this was discussing Jean-Claude Van Damme as the original actor inside a very early (quote: a stretched Kermit-the-Frog) Predator suit!  Have a look at that on YouTube here!

Here’s our The Predator chat…


Poppy Phillips Sings in Joseph with Chesney Hawkes

On today’s show, I was joined by Poppy Phillips who is one of the singers in the production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat which is on at the Brentwood Centre.

Hear Poppy speak with me about singing, a selfie with Chesney, and her fondness for Taylor Swift…  This audio can be downloaded here.

Earlier in the week, Scott Ross welcomed Chesney Hawkes into the studio and you can listen to chat conversation here…


A Week on Drive by Charlie

Was there a Bank Holiday this week?  Your 5-days-a-week radio chappy, Charlie Davy, managed it all week bringing you the latest travel updates, local events news and some mighty fine tunes.

On Tuesday’s show – there was some quality Easter Egg bants with Naomi Hefford…

Being behind on my show admin and a quick mention about Bullseye…

Slam-dunkin’ Drones dropping your Amazon gubbins into your garden (usually the fish-pond)…

More Amazon chatter…

My very basic Facebook profile: #NoCatPictures

On Friday, we had our regular movie review with Mark Searby – that can be heard on its separate page here…


Movies with Mark Searby

Friday on the Drive show means movies with resident film-lover and popcorn-hater, Mark Searby

Death Wish – starring Bruce Willis in a remake of the 1974 original.

Ghost Stories – Yes, it’s horror!  Cast includes Martin Freeman and Paul Whitehouse.

Blade of the Immortal – Japanese slice ‘n’ dice revenge thriller…

Stronger – Based on a true story of one of the survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Mark will be at the screening of …And Justice for All at the Phoenix Cinema (no relation) and hosting a Q+A with actor Thomas G Waites (The Warriors, The Thing) on Thursday 19th April.  Details here…


A Week on Drive by Charlie

Happy 10 weeks (if you were counting) of Drive and it’s time for another best/worst of the show so here is a recap of what went on, who said what and stuff like that…

On Tuesday, I spoke with Gemma Lang, founder and director of iSocialCircle about her new website that’s designed to encourage people to make new friends and enjoy lift a bit more by making it easier to find like-minded companions.  Listen again here…

The Best/Worst
Here’s some selected audio gubbins from this week’s show:

A screwdriver selfie!

All new Phoenix Filth!

More selfie talk – just how hard can it be to take one?

Don’t be afraid to catch fish…

Facebook Privacy – they’ve got your data!

Getting that selfie on the first take… Nah!

On Good Friday – the usual show went out the door…

On Friday, it was movies with Mark Searby – listen to that again here.

If you follow @PhoenixFMDrive on Twitter, you may have seen our Mid-Show Video Diaryif not, click here!


Movies with Mark Searby

Friday means movies with our resident film guru, Mark Searby…

In the cinema this week: Ready Player One – Sci-Fi from Steven Spielberg that, on the face of it, could be the plot to “Tron”, but has a lot more to offer…  Isle of Dogs set in the near-future of Japan and involves a search for a dog – yes, really!  With an ensemble cast including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum, you wonder how this was made for *only* $1.9m.

Click the player for Mark’s opinions on these 2 cinema offerings…

Available to buy on Blu-ray/DVD are Justice League : Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg etc.  There’s a LOT of Bruce Wayne (he’s Batman, you know).  Wonder tells the story of a young boy, played by Jacob Tremblay, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome.  Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson play his parents and the film deals with a child trying to “fit it”.

Click the player to hear Mark’s thoughts on these 2 films…

Mark’s even got 3D ‘specs!

Mark Searby 3D Glasses

There’s more from Mark next Friday at 3:30pm – and if you have Twitter, he’s worth a follow for regular film recommendations and the occasional giveaway/competition.


Gemma Lang from iSocialCircle

On today’s show, I welcomed Gemma Lang, founder and director of iSocialCircle which is a new social-media website that allows people to search for like-minded people in their area as gig-buddies, shopping companions etc.

Users of the website are called Socialites, and can search for people relevant to them for a particular activity/event they are looking to find a companion for.  Gemma spoke about why she created the website, how it fills a gap in the current trend of the various social-media websites – is there a need for another platform?  Yes, it would appear!

Click the player above to listen to the interview…

This seems like a great way of getting out of the house and, with many people working from home or not within the confines of an office – a handy way to stay active and enjoy life whatever the circumstances.  Inspiration and ideas are also offered on the website: Coffee day, a trip to Italy, places/sights to see etc – Often it’s not just a case of who to enjoy an activity with, but what activity and where!

Below: Charlie and Gemma pose in the Phoenix FM studio…

Charlie and Gemma from iSocialCircle in the Studio

iSocialCircle is also supporting the Havering Tribute FEST, taking place on Saturday 21st July in Upminster – this is a live music event and details are on Faceboook here.

iSocialCircle is online here and they are also active on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


A Week on Drive by Charlie

The end of another week means a collection of the best/worst of the Phoenix FM Drive show – and that means a delve into the thoughts of its host, Charlie Davy.

Songs that sound like something else, an insight into what goes on in our station’s toilet plus an assortment of tat that may just make you giggle.

An encounter with a gritting lorry…

George Ezra sings like the South Park theme!

Space Junk…

Memories of PE class at school…

Exceedingly good shampoo – and an insight into the Phoenix FM khazi…

A little bit of rapping…

Facebook data and stalking people…

The new song by Bilk sounds a bike like an old track by Sham 69…

What colour are these tennis balls?

Charlie hates the term “influencers”…

Keep your eyes on the road…

Is this Bruno Mars or a song by The Police?

The world’s greatest hug from Xanthe Bearman…

A Bit of Tongue Action…

We’re back for more fun and games Monday at 3pm!


Film Review with Mark Searby

Every Friday at 3:30, our resident popcorn-hater, Mark Searby, give his opinions on the latest cinema releases as well as a couple of Blu-ray/DVD offerings…

To watch: A Wrinkle in Time … Proud Mary
To buy: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool … Daddy’s Home 2

You can follow Mark on Twitter here – and also enter his competition to win some Al Pacino goodies!