Author Archives: Scott Ross

A hotbed of contraband!

In today’s feature, Margaret Mills looked back at the smuggling activities in Essex, but especially around Rochford, where it seems that St Andrew’s Church was once the centre of much illicit contraband activities.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today:-

See you next time,
Scott


How to make a profit from travelling – well maybe!

Today we heard how 27- year old Tom Church discovered  it was cheaper for him to buy a car and drive it to Bristol and back rather than than going by train.

He had been quoted £218.10 for the return train ticket from London and so purchased the 1997 Honda Civic, which was being sold for scrap for £80. Road tax for 6 months was £81.38, insurance for one day £20.43 and petrol was £25. A total of £206.81, a saving of more than £10 over the rail fare. 

And at the end of it he still has the car and thinks that with a bit of TLC he might even be able to sell it for £200, and since any unused rad tax is refundable, he might even end up making a small profit!

An entrepreneur in the making perhaps!

In the second hour of today’s show, Margaret Mills told us all about smuggling in Essex, and particularly in Rochford where St Andrew’s Church was a hot bed of contraband activity.

If you missed it you can listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you next time,
Scott


Mediation for family break-up

Just for a change it was SANDY BROWN who took BRIAN HUGHES’ place today to explain why MEDIATION is so vital when it comes to family break ups especially in divorce cases involving children.

You can listen here to what Sandy told me this afternoon: –

Keeping loosely to a legal theme, we looked at the case of the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir who seem to have fallen foul of some membership issues.

Reportedly the Chief Constable of Derbyshire feels that a Male Voice Choir associated with the police force, if it is to continue it’s police association, must allow women to join.

The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir has been singing and helping raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity since 1956 but Chief Constable Peter Goodman now says that as the local police is an equal opportunities employer and committed to having an organisation where there are no enclaves where people from different backgrounds cannot go. that having a male voice choir representing the organisation is incompatible with this.

As a result from June the choir will be re-named as the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir and they will no longer be able to wear the police uniforms which will be replaced by new costumes “to create a more contemporary image”.

Chairman of the choir, Kevin Griffiths said that to attempt to recruit 50 new female members would have destroyed the choir and felt it was better to sever our association with the constabulary and continue the good work we do under a new name.

Well there you go!

See you again tomorrow,
Scott


Time to look at your savings and investments?

 

I was joined again today by GAVIN PERRETT of HAWKHURST ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS LTD.

The last time I got to speak with Gavin was just ahead of his first seminar of the year at Mary Green Manor Hotel, Brentwood, and if you missed out, the next one is being held at the same venue on the 25th April.

On today’s programme Gavin provided some worthwhile “DO’s and DONT’s” and you can listen again here to all that Gavin told me today: –

I was both surprised and privileged this afternoon, to get to chat with the star of this weekend’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Brentwood Centre – the one and only CHESNEY HAWKES.

 

The show’s producer, former Brentwood Mayor, MARK REED, was also on hand to provide some additional information.

Listen here to what both Chesney and Mark had to tell me: –

If you are quick there are still a few tickets available if you call 0333 6663366 or go to the Brentwood Centre Events page, click on the orange boxes shown on either side of the stage

Performances are at 7pm on Saturday 14th April and 2:30pm on Sunday 15th April.
Scott

Later on today’s programme, MARGARET MILLS told us all about the religious sect known as THE PECULIAR PEOPLE.

If you missed it, listen again here to what Margaret had to say on this subject: –

See you again next week,
Scott


The One and Only – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

I was both surprised and privileged this afternoon, to get to chat with the star of this weekend’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Brentwood Centre – the one and only CHESNEY HAWKES.

The show’s producer, former Brentwood Mayor, MARK REED, was also on hand to provide some additional information.

Listen here to what both Chesney and Mark had to tell me: –

If you are quick there are still a few tickets available if you call 0333 6663366 or go to the Brentwood Centre Events page, click on the orange boxes shown on either side of the stage

Performances are at 7pm on Saturday 14th April and 2:30pm on Sunday 15th April.
Scott


A holiday that is truly “out of this world”

Yes, we were delighted today to alert you to a whole new dimension which you might want to consider for a future holiday destination as plans have just been announced for a new hotel with a guaranteed room with a view – but at a price.

Indeed the price for a 12-day stay is currently set at a cool £6.7m and those keen to book their places will need to put down a deposit of £57,129

Obviously for that kind of money it will really need to offer something OUT OF THIS WORLD – and that is precisely what’s on offer as the hotel, which is due to open in 2021 with the first guests being hosted the following year, will be situated in outer space

Two crew members will look after the 4 guests in first class accommodation.

Guests will be able to experience the exhilaration of zero gravity and gaze upon stunning views of the planet below without the fear of getting lost in space, with the added perk of being able to witness an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets a day.

Optional extras include the chance to take part in research experiments such as growing food in orbit and try out state-of-the-art virtual reality technology on the holodeck.

It goes without saying that high-speed internet is included which will allow people put together some truly incredible Snapchat stories.

So if interested, you’d better start saving now!

We also reported on the US town of Youngstown in Ohio which seems to have been invaded by a load of unwelcome visitors in the shape “zombie-like” raccoons.

Residents have reported that the usually nocturnal creatures have been seen during the day standing on their hind legs, baring their teeth and then falling over backwards. in a comatose condition, which reminds of one or two people I know!

Vets believe that the animals are probably suffering from distemper – a viral disease that causes coughing, tremors, seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans.

The disease can be contracted by dogs, so owners are being advised to get their pets vaccinated.

Dear me!

Well I’ll see you again tomorrow so long as I don’t get attacked by any zombies.
Scott


A bonus show for me!

Poor old BOB SIMPSON is not too well so I got to deputise for him today.

On today’s show we reported on the man who, on seeing his bride unveiled for the first time, during the marriage ceremony, demanded an instant divorce. The incident took place in Saudi Arabia but after seeing her face for the first time when a photographer asked them to pose for pictures, her husband was not impressed – and instantly demanded a divorce.

‘You are not the girl I want to marry,’ he said.

‘You are not the one I imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you!’

Well I bet that put the mockers on the day!

Staying in that part of the world we heard that 32 Iranian MP’s have submitted a bill to parliament which proposes a punishment of 74 lashes for people caught playing with, stroking or exercising their dogs outdoors.

The bill says such activities “harm the Islamic culture and the safety and peace of mind of other people, especially women and children”. Anyone who ignores police warnings could also be fined up to 100m rials ($3,740 – £2,350) under the plans, as well as having their animal taken away. The MPs say confiscated pets should be moved to “a zoo, forest or desert”, and that owners would have to foot the bill for the transfer. Some notable exceptions are mentioned in the bill, including for farmers, shepherds and licensed hunters.

Over the past few years Iranian police have been cracking down on dog walking, and some owners have been arrested, because under Iran’s Islamic laws the animals are considered “unclean”. Nevertheless dog ownership is a growing trend in the country, particularly among the urban middle and upper classes in major cities like Tehran.

Now there’s a thing!

See you again next week,
Scott

 


The Goons, Great Bardfield and an exhibition of British snow in Khartoum

And now for something completely different!

No we’re not talking about MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS but well before the days of Python and co, their radio forerunners were THE GOONS.

What you may well ask can possibly be the connection be between THE GOONS, who hark back to the halcyon days of radio in the 1950’s and an Essex village?

Well believe it or not there is a connection between one of their shows and the Essex village of Great Bardfield.

To learn more listen again here to what Margaret told me today on this subject : –

See you again next week,
Scott


There’s none so queer as folk!

On today’s show we heard all about the teacher, who having found her lifestyle far too mundane and dull has decided to chuck it, along with her one time husband all away and become a dominatrix.

Yes 35-year old DAHLIA RAIN, now lives with her boyfriend and slaves, Chris and Mike – AKA FLUFFY, who she walks though the park on a lead. 

And as a reward for being a slave, they receive gifts such as being bound, gagged and whipped. Sounds like great fun!

Dahlia says that “Play is a reward for them, but they have to earn it, it’s not easy, but this is something I plan on doing forever. I’m going to be an old lady with slaves pushing my wheelchair.”

Now I really do think I’ve heard everything!

Staying with some people who were always completely “off the wall”, Margaret Mills took us back to the halcyon days of radio and the 1950’s cult comedy show – THE GOONS and the connection of one of their shows with the Essex village of Great Bardfield.

Learn more by listening again here to what Margaret told me today on this subject right here: –

See you once more next week,
Scott