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Hannah’s head shave

Today it was my pleasure to talk to an amazing person.

Just over two years ago Hannah Anderson’s sister, Katie, died after a four year battle with a brain tumour. She had many rounds of chemotherapy which caused her hair to fall out on more than one occasion. The Princess Trust gifted Katie a wig which was styled just for her and Hannah promised Katie that she would shave off my hair and donate it to the Princess Trust.

Katie would be 16 years old on the 22nd January and Hannah felt the need to celebrate her special day in some way – so it’s time the hair came off.

You can hear the interview again here:

You can find out more and make a donation on Hannah’s JustGiving page.

The ExtraJordanary Show | Episode 28: Mo Omar

Theme: … Mecca?
Guest: Mo Omar (comedian)

Episode 28 kicks off the new year in style as a first time meeting turns into full-on Grade 8 bantomine! Comedian Mo Omar (winner of the 2017 Leicester Sq. New Comedian of the Year) regales us with tales of camel milk, mumble-rap, Mecca LOLs and overselling underlay.

Mo riffs on “having too much face”, Jordan defends her honour in “You’ve Been Trumbled!” and the pair discuss plans for Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Follow Mo @MoKUltra (like M K Ultra, ya dig?)
Follow Jordan @Talldarkfriend
Follow the station @PhoenixFM

Musical Theatre celebration – listen again!

Now and again I get to indulge in a Musical Theatre show! I celebrated brand new musical Hamilton, old favourites including Les Miserables and The Lion King, and shows that are coming back to London this year like Chicago and The King & I.

Listen again here:

Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Sir

42nd Street
Shuffle Off to Buffalo, We’re In the Money

Kinky Boots
Land of Lola, Everybody say Yeah

You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling
I Feel the Earth Move

Les Miserables
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Bring Him Home

A Whole New World
Never Had a Friend Like Me

No Good Deed
Defying Gravity


The Smell of Rebellion
When I Grow Up

The Lion King

Hakuna Matata
Can You Feel The Love Tonight

School Of Rock
You’re In the Band
Teachers Pet

The King and I
Getting To Know You
Shall We Dance

Little Shop of Horrors

Skid Row
Suddenly Seymour

Mr Sellophane
Razzle Dazzle
All That Jazz

A Guide to Planning Your 2018 Holiday

Once Christmas and New Year’s is all said and done, the January Blues set in as the frosty mornings we used to enjoy are suddenly unbecoming. Rather than wrap up in jumpers, hats and scarves, the majority of us are considering our next holiday destination, but the problem is, where do we head to in 2018? Every year, new locations become the ‘in’ place to visit, while old favourites continue to reign supreme. This can become overwhelming. To help you plan your next vacation, here’s a guide on how you can come to an informed decision on your next destination.

Consider Your Points of Interest

You most likely already have a destination in mind, one that you’ve been thinking about for months or possibly even years now. Maybe it’s a location you’ve been to before and thoroughly enjoy, or perhaps it’s a new destination that intrigues you. Although this pre-existing thought is a strong contender, try and refrain from buying plane or ferry tickets straight off the bat. Instead, research similar destinations that are just as appealing to you.

If you are, however, struggling on where to go, here are the hottest destinations of 2018:

  • Seoul, South Korea – with high-rise buildings, and an abundance of cafes, bars and nightlife incorporated with culture and history, this city has much to offer.
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia – hugely popular in 2017, with its popularity remaining intact in 2018. This is ideal for Game of Thrones fans and anyone who loves beaches and island-hopping.
  • Western Australia – when people travel to Australia, many people turn to the East Coast to have a good time. Western Australia has a lot more to offer, though. With a large selection of beaches to explore, beautiful seas, Margaret River (the wine region) and Rottnest Island, there are many experiences to be had here.

Rather than make a final decision in haste, it’s best to compile a list of your favourite destinations and start deducing from there. If you’re travelling with others, everyone in your travel party should do the same; then, when you’re deciding on where to go, you can try to cater to everyone’s wants and desires. Once everyone is happy with the final decision, it’s time to plan where to stay, what to do and even how to get there.

Use Comparison Sites and Be Flexible

When you go can be dependent on where you’re travelling to; some countries are more expensive at certain times, so if you want to save some money, it’s best to be flexible in your departure and arrivals. However, if you’re going somewhere for a certain festival or time of year, be prepared for high-costing flights and accommodation; for instance, visiting Japan in the Sakura Season is far more expensive than, say, October.

Use sites such as Skyscanner or when searching for flights and hotels; when searching, though, make sure to look on Incognito Mode, so your internet browser cannot track your search history and raise any prices.

Plan Your Activities in Advance

You may have a good few months before you’re boarding your flight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to your holiday or even find things to do in advance. For finding things to do, turn to trusted travel guides – these can be found in bookstores or even online. Sites such as Mr Hudson Explores have many guides readily available online; you can find a Palm Springs guide, as well as guides for the rest of America. Create a loose itinerary, decide what you wish to see, and if you need to book in advance, make sure you do so to avoid disappointment.

The beauty of today is that we can go anywhere, almost instantly. Travelling from one country to another has never been so accessible, and so, if you’re feeling a little blue this January, planning and booking your next holiday can give you enough excitement to pull you through this dreary, English month.

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 4

Welcome to the fourth episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. This episode features the conclusion to my conversation with Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and a clip from YouTube channel provider Wild Thing.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

With Chris we continued with topics including the effects of nutrition on mental health, the confusion with genders and societal and political changes and continuing to look at solutions.

Based in Suffolk, but practices around London and through Essex. He wouldn’t specifically call himself a mental healer, with all the technical connotations that would convey, but a lot of work certainly helps along those lines. And he was able to fully describe what he does and how he is able to help people.

You can learn more about him and get in touch here:

And find out more about his nutrition and amino acid business here:

During the episode I also included a video clip from a Youtube creator called Wild Thing who covers many topics on how we can improve and move forward in life. In the clip he talks about how we can listen to our bodies more and life around us. I have recorded a conversation with him to share in the next episode.

Here are links to the news items I shared during the show. First of all how mental health issues are the last thing we want to share with our colleagues at work. I don’t 100% see this as bad news, because the other issues mentioned in the survey were still issues we can share and help each other with:

Also, more news on the effects of social media, and in this case ‘selfies’ have on us. These issues come up a lot in the conversations I have on the show:

Music played during the show:
Narayan Jyoti & Ron Paz – Invocation (Doors Of My Heart – 2010)

Maneesh De Moor – Interlude (Om Deeksha – 2007)

Snatam Kaur – Deep Blue Sea (Celebrate Peace – 2005)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: or

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) –

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) :

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or

Did you experience the Kindertransport?

Did you experience the Kindertransport 80 years ago? Was your relative one of the thousands of children rescued through the Kindertransport before the outbreak of World War II? If so, and you’re local to Essex / East London, the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch wants to hear from you.

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is bringing this rich piece of history to the stage. It is estimated that 10,000 children were evacuated from Europe into the UK through the Kindertransport to escape the threat of World War II. The train came through Harwich to London Liverpool Street with many children being rehomed in Essex.

The theatre is reaching out to people in Essex and East London who experienced the Kindertransport or know of someone who had a connection with the rescue mission to get in touch. They will be able to share stories and memories and have the chance to connect with other individuals who have come forward.

To share your experience with the theatre please call Rachel as soon as possible on 01708 462376 or email and she will be happy to answer any further questions.

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch is co-producing Diane Samuels’ extraordinary and haunting play, Kindertransport, which she wrote 25 years ago, with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in association with Selladoor Productions. Kindertransport runs in Hornchurch from 8 – 24 March, plays at Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg from 27 – 31 March and then embarks on a UK tour to the New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Richmond Theatre and Manchester Opera House.

To book tickets for Kindertransport at the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch visit or call the Box Office on 01708 443333.

The West Ham Way – show 68 (with Jackson Wray)

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from West Ham website Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole with help from the mysterious @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

On this week’s show Dave and Ex discuss West Ham’s unfortunate match against Bournemouth, rumours from inside the club and questions from listeners.

The podcast also includes bonus material – more answers to questions which weren’t originally broadcast on the live show, and a chat on the phone with Saracens rugby player and West Ham fan Jackson Wray.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI

The Billericay Discussion Page Christmas Request Show

The Billericay Discussion Page is a Facebook group with over 23,000 members discussing all things Billericay, from lost shoes to the best takeaways, taxi services and moans about bad parking. In fact it’s anything Billericay related and is a great community resource if you want to know what’s going on in the town.Santa-Claus-carrying-sack-of-gifts

So last month I asked the good people of Billericay via the discussion page to tell us what their favourite Christmas song of all time was and this show contains all of their requests and dedications. But let’s not forget the good people of Brentwood too, you are most welcome to listen in!

You can listen to the show here:

The requests featured are:

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl – Fairytale of New York for Karen Watson,  Sarah Ann Horgan, Nikki Hammond, and Kellie Davison

Wham – Last Christmas for Susan Dale and Kerry Nicholls Pearce

The Crystals – Parade of the Wooden Soldiers for Neill Tobin

Roland Rat – Ding Dong Ding Dong Christmas Down the Drain for Bill Ratkins

The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping for Jo Hardiman, Nicci Swainbank and Jude Edwards

Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas for Ash Drake

Billy Fury – My Christmas Prayer for Daniel Heeney

Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You for Julie Newman, Susan Dale, Amy Rendell and Debbie Butcher

Bad Religion – White Christmas and The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) for Neil Burgess

Kylie Minogue – Santa Baby and Jonah Lewie – Stop The Cavalry and Bobby Helms – Jingle Bell Rock for Emma Stevens

The Ronettes – Sleigh Ride for Sarah Kilby

Dora Bryan – All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle for Jacqui James

Elmo and Patsy – Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer for Maggi Warren

The Darkness – It’s Christmas Time for Jackie Rayner

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa for Anne Clarke

Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody for Adam Adshead

Pentatonix – Mary Did You Know for John Humphries

Wizzard – I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day and Bing Crosby and David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth for Linda Campling

Thanks to all who contributed their requests to the show. I couldn’t have done it without you!


Nigel Harris 1960-2017

All of us at Phoenix FM were very sad to hear of the passing of Nigel Harris, one of Billericay Town’s biggest supporters over the last four decades. Mark Kettlety offers his own tribute, which will also be distributed at the Boxing Day match v Thurrock. RIP Nigel.

I sit here with a very heavy heart on Christmas Eve penning this tribute to our friend and fellow Billericay Town FC supporter Nigel Harris, who was sadly taken from us on Friday night/Saturday morning.

It is always difficult to express sufficient words on occasions like this but to say we were shocked is a vast understatement and myself having to break the news to many people on Saturday was probably the hardest task I have ever had to do. It was felt by the whole club just hours before our big game at Burgess Hill Town. From the owners of the club, Management staff, players and supporters, everyone found the whole day sombre and emotional and I have no idea how we managed to pick up the 3 points following the news.

As the Boxing Day Match Programmes were already printed, I decided to publish this 4 page tribute, although I could easily have filled 40 pages, such is the heartfelt loss within the club and the town as a whole.

At the time of writing, I do not know any details of funeral arrangements until I speak to Nigel’s family, but please check the club’s website and social media for news of this.

What we do know is that we will be holding an official wake at The AGP Arena clubhouse very soon. Again details will be issued in due course.

As a mark of tribute, we will have a minutes applause in the 57th minute (Nigel’s age) and we thank you in advance for joining in with us.

God bless and thank you.

Mark Kettlety

More tributes from players, staff and fans:

My highlight on a sad day for BTFC losing one of our own special fans was a selection of Billericay supporters singing “One Nigel Harris, there’s only one Nigel Harris” ….Nice Touch guys…RIP Nigel.

Danny Hazle
RIP Nigel Harris, billericay legend and a non league supporter. That one’s for you today. Great support from our fans today.

Paul Jennings
Very sad today to hear of the passing of our friend Nigel. He made me laugh many times both intentionally and unintentionally and he will be sorely missed. I raise a glass to him tonight with a tear in my eye. Cheers Nige!

Nigel Howe
RIP Nigel, miss u mate

Billy Bricknell
RIP Nigel

Neil Goliath Grove
R.I.P. Nigel…

Joe Varty
Sleep tight Nigel. You’ve left a huge void in many peoples lives. Keep shining bright wherever you are now mate @BTFC will do you proud

Jake Robinson
Would like to dedicate my part in today’s win to Nigel Harris. A lovely man who I enjoyed speaking to every home game in my short time at Billericay. RIP Nigel.

Rob Debenham
Lovely words Jake. He was an iconic figure around the club for years. Well loved.

BTFC Unofficial
I remember a home match he wasn’t at, it was the main topic of discussion. When I first started going to New Lodge I stood with Nige, Keith and the lads. Happy days.

Ricay Fan Zone
Always put a smile on people faces. Every home/away game I’ve been he was there absolute legend and a true blue.

Izzy Unite
So many stories shared today about Nigel. He will be missed by so many. But thinking about him will always put a smile on my face. So many stories. So many memories.

Completly shocked and devastated hearing about Nigel Harris’ death. It will be strange walking into the clubhouse on my next visit and not seeing him around. Small in height, but a giant as a supporter. R.I.P. Nigel.

Jack Williams
R.I.P Nigel. A genuinely nice man and friendly face at every game. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

Billericay Town FC
Today’s Match is dedicated to Nigel Harris who sadly passed away last night. One of the true supporters who’s hardly missed a game since the 1970’s. You will be sadly missed by all at Billericay Town our deepest condolences go out to all his friends and family.

Neil Gardener
RIP Nigel! What a lovely man! Who loved his club! Always see him in the high street. Loved talking about his team. Very sad day

Jon Read (Chelmsford City FC)
Terrible news, a real shock. Nigel helped @OfficialClarets during the groundshare and I got to know him a bit. Lovely man, passionate about grassroots footy who will be sadly missed by many.

Chelmsford City FC
The thoughts and prayers from all at Chelmsford City Football Club go to Nigel’s friends and family at this time.

R.I.P Nigel Harris, taken too soon mate, makes you realise how short life is.

Harry Wheeler
Owed the fans that 2nd half performance. Players showed good character and made sure the job was done so we could complete our objective of staying top at Christmas. That one was for Nigel Harris, everyone at the club will miss you.

Mark Baker
Totally shocked to hear about Nigel..certainly had blue blood, truly loyal fan. Always remember him when I was a kid watching the game up the front with us! Great memory of Nigel performing Eminem’s ‘Slim Shady’ on the karaoke at the old White Hart pub quiz. RIP Nigel.

Mark Mattholie
Today was for you little Nige. Will be sadly missed. RIP

Jamie O’Hara
R.I.P mate will be badly missed

BTFC Unofficial
Shocked by today’s news. Little Nigel was one of the faces at the club and the place won’t be the same without him.

Andy Cosias
I’m absolutely gutted at the loss of a lovely lovely man RIP mate

Such a sad day but so many funny memories. A true blue legend

Danny Hazle
2-0 down 3-1 down. Unbelievable character to come back and win 4-3. RIP Nigel Harris, Billericay Towns number 1 fan. Will be missed by all the at the blue family. In honour of this man we go on to win the league for this man. Everybody to come Boxing Day and sings his name from the start of the game, as you did today, Great away support from the fans today, our 12th man. Top at Xmas, that’s where we stay

Jane Mapp
Such sad news can hardly believe it. The photo below speaks 1000 words

Gary Howard
Can’t believe it Danny Hazle, well done today, RIP Nigel Harris

Chris Payne
I’m stunned to hear about Nigel, very sad news. He truly was the No.1 fan.

Tolo B Mas
Yes me too Chris Payne, proper non league fan he will be missed. I’m sure the club will do something special for him

Sherrie Louise Earl
Still can’t believe it, RIP Nigel billericay just won’t be the same without you. Xx

Jacci Line
So sureal… we have lost a large man in our town.

Antoinette Smith
So shocked, such a sad day. xxx

Scott 父Kettlety
I’m gutted! truly gutted!

Natalie M Smith
Sad news x

Robin Francis
What a shame, he was always on FB posting something about his beloved BTFC. Small clubs need the Nigel’s of this world. R.I.P fella.

Patsy Clark
Bless him will be sadly missed x

Kim Redwood-Lee
Just makes you realise how special the people in our lives are. We take too much for granted x

Joe Lane
RIP Little Nigel Harris. Always had an opinion on all things Billericay Town FC. Will be sadly missed by all us Blues. Will raise a glass to you this day. Joe and Jan

Keeley Thain
“he’s always a blue, he’s always a blue, little Nigel, we won’t forget you”

Ian Thain
Would always say hello and have a smile… top geeza! Can’t wait for the Boxing Day game and the 57th minute… Keeley said it all!!!

Graham Millar
Very sad for us all

Trever Pressman
Still can’t absorb the shocking news. He would always joke with me if I had got a cab to the ground! Xx Nigel

Danny Hazle
Absolute Billericay legend

Paul Chatting
I’m absolutely gutted by this sad news. RIP Nigel

Neil Matthew Wiltshire
Being closer to 60 than 50 I have seen far too many of my peers from Billericay days leave before their time, but few have hit me as hard as the news today that Nigel Harris passed in his sleep last night at just 57 years old. A true Ricay legend, not just at the football club, he was loyal beyond words to his club and a huge part of life in the town – show me anyone who ever walked down the high street and claims they never bumped into him and I will show you a liar !! It’s taken a while but I have found this photo taken at Bromley in 2007 which is Nigel all over – RIP little fella.

Nigel Howe
RIP Nigel, what a great and funny guy always a true blue and glad the boys got the 3pts for u today

Lisa Parker
Sad to hear of his passing..,such a crusader for the community of Billericay, may he rest in peace

Paul Bakewell
Lovely fella.

Alan Symes
RIP Nigel Harris you will be missed at Billericay

Dilly Wiseman
Very sad. RIP Nigel xx

Shaun Legge
RIP Nigel

Steve Lewis
Where to begin with this one…somehow Billericay Town without little Nigel Harris doesn’t seem right. So many funny stories over so many years. Hope they win today for him. RIP mate

Katie Wood
RIP Nige. Always a character! Woody and Kate x

Ben Waine
A big part of the club and town

Kirsty Jo Barnett
No way when did that happen? RIP Nigel Harris x

Rhys James Mills
Billo legend

Rob Appleby
I assumed he was invincible. What a great character, will be sorely missed i’m sure

Debbie Mayne
Ah, sorry to see this

Mark Thomas
Heartbreaking. Simply cannot believe it

Rob Debenham

Graham Haylock

Matthew Stenning
A true Blue Army legend

Helen Jennings
So sad, so many memories… RIP Nigel x

Paul Oxley
Dreadful news.

Paul Marshall
RIP Nigel Harris

Chris Terrell
Still can’t believe it, gutted

Steve G Jones
Really sad to hear the news of Nigel

Russell Burcham
RIP Nigel Billericay Town Legend

Robert Mason
In the crown with the boys at the mo in tears

Sonja King
I’m in complete shock, so very very sad

Sharon Lynn Kent
Nigel passed away, so sad – a true blue fan

Carole Johnson
I’m so shocked and sad! Richard has known him since school, he often messaged bits of gossip and what was going on. He loved being in contact with all us old Mayflower crew from school…. he’ll be so missed

Lynn Pullin
Little Nigel? He was in my infant class, I can’t believe it, what a shock

Steve Unite
A little fella with a lot of friends. Will be sadly missed. RIP.

Mick J BTFC U23
You will be greatly missed at the club .RIP Nigel

Mark Kettlety
God bless little man. xxxx