POEM Robert Frost – Come In

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Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM GIll Fraser Lee @Ahappyflower reads a poem in our Tranquil Time section.

This morning she reads the American poet Robert Frost’s poem – Come In.

Frost is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. He’s one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century. He was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

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Interview with Voodoo Room

Voodoo Room

Voodoo Room are a new and exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to both “Hendrix” & “Cream.” Featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musicians, they perform a kicking, world class show in total appreciation of these two massive pioneers from the world of classic blues/rock!!

Pete Orr & John Tonks joined Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM for an acoustic mix of their favourite music . They perform at the Hazlitt theatre in Maidstone on 30th January 2015.

The Medway Queen Preservation Society speak to Jason McCrossan

Medway-Queen-afloat

The Medway Queen was among the “little ships” that helped rescue soldiers from northern France during World War Two.

The Medway Queen Preservation Society is hoping to raise enough funds to enable an historic paddle steamer to appear at the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.

Brian Goodhew from the Society spoke to Jason McCrossan and Kyra Cross on 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show www.sfmradio.com about the campaign

Author and film producer Peter James

Dead Simple has been turned into a play currently touring the UK in 2015
Dead Simple has been turned into a play currently touring the UK in 2015

 

International best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James spoke to Jason on 106.9 SFM about his life and his play, currently touring the UK called Dead Simple. It’s adapted from his best selling novel of the same name.

 

106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast 17 Jan 2015

The 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show is broadcast in Sittinbgourne and everywhere else onwww.sfmradio.com.

On the show today: Who’s The Voice; in tranquil time the poem is WInter by Robert Louis Stevenson – read by Gill Fraser Lee; Feather Barkweasle brings us Blankety Blank after 8 and then at 9 it’s Pick of The Number One Pops.

Kyra Cross brings us the latest from our listeners and travel.

POEM- Thomas Harding – The Darkling Thrush

The-Field-GateRead by Gill Fraser Lee. Each Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM’s breakfast show, Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – where we hear a poem on the radio. Tune into www.sfmradio.com at 07:50 every Saturday morning.

The Darkling Thrush is a poem originally titled By the Century’s Deathbed, 1900, it was published on 29 December 1900 in The Graphic.   A deleted ‘1899’ on the poem’s manuscript suggests that it may have been written the year before.  It was later included in a collection entitled Poems of the Past and the Present (1903).

The first stanzas open with a description of the dreary, bleak winter landscape, but the melancholy tone is transformed by the bright, optimistic singing of “an aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small.” In the end, the speaker concludes that the small bird possesses “some blessed Hope, whereof he knew and I was unaware.”

Well this is embarrassing….

Birmingham Terrorist School

Fox News in America once again show just how cultivated they are when they got a so called “terrorism expert” was giving his perspective on the terror attacks in France.

To be fair -Steven Emerson did come out with a few gems “In Britain, it’s not just no-go zones, there are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.”  There are many reasons not to go to Birmingham…… (some of them still speak funny) – but being over run by Muslim militants – is certainly not one of them.

He also made another gaff when he suggested that “London is patrolled by violent religious police”- if he’d of just left out the word “religious” -most of us who live in London – would probably agree that he had a point!!!

Anyway – here is that interview….

Learn How To Laugh – Stephanie Davies CEO of Laughology

Baby laughing

Stephanie Davies is the founder and CEO, of Laughology a company that seeks to use comedy and humour as the cornerstone to help people understand what it means to create an engaged, motivated and happy work force.

Stephanie spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday nights Monday Matters 106.9 SFM on 12th January 2015 about happiness and how seeing the funny side of life – is something that you can actually learn. She also gives some tips on things we can do everyday to train ourselves into thinking happy.

#JeSuisCharlie

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo

When you look at the faces above – it is difficult to think of the circumstances and drama – that they saw, sensed and felt in the final moments of their life.

Each person pictured was part of a debate into the story of our lives – one which religion has played a major part for our entire rememberable history.

That they were taken down by a couple of people with guns is not all that surprising.  Maybe it should be.  But that is not the world we live in.  That it was done with such black and dark precision and indifference to extinguishing human life is no longer a shock.

The life of those who loved and believed that it was important was taken away from them by those who didn’t.  Imagine- it is a life that belongs to you.  Or so you think?

When I look at the faces above – I see a courage that I could not and cannot match.  I have no religion – as far as I see – that is their time here done – for them – there is just darkness and rest.

Killed by those who cling on to an existence in another life that is more prosperous and important than the lives they currently lead. Like being poor and forced to stand outside Harrods – to be told that if you want the doors to part and you then be able to enjoy everything for free – you just need to kill someone/people and you will be accepted.

And that is the crunch – in the West we crave the pleasures of the life and materialism that is open to us – if we are good enough.  For others – that materialism involves their death and a promise of pleasure comes from ending their own life and taking others with them.  But as it includes their death – the ability of investigative journalism to question the accuracy of this – or what life on the other side is like – is not possible.  And so there is nothing to halt the flood – the gates are open.

Many people have decided to retweet the pictures that made  Charlie Hebdo  infamous and have criticised broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV for not showing them.

However, by showing pictures of Mohammed – only serves to offended a large number of people.  I don’t think that is the place of the BBC and actually respect their decision.  Everything is about choices and what separates us from extremists – is that we mumble, grumble and moan…but we do NOT kill.

Charlie Hebdo  must continue and if they want to print material that people find offensive – they MUST be allowed.  But at the same time – companies must be allowed to also CHOOSE not to print images that others will find offensive. If they want.

Guess what – it’s part of being human.  Nothing, but nothing should result in the scenes we saw in Paris on Wednesday morning.  However, I don’t believe it will be the last. And that makes me sad.  However, the fact that I am alive and able to write this – you know what – I’m very grateful and happy to be alive and all that life brings.

I just wish everyone love life as much.