Stephen Hawking sings Monty Python’s Galaxy Song

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It was only recently that I stumbled upon this recording of Stephen Hawking singing Monty Python’s Galaxy Song – recorded for Record Store Day in 2015 and was made available as a digital download in April, and also on a limited edition 7” vinyl of which only 1,000 copies were made.

“Galaxy Song” was previously included on the 1989 album “Monty Python Sings”, and included in the 2014 reissue of the album, “Monty Python Sings (again)”, in its original form – sung by Eric Idle – to coincide with Monty Python’s record breaking “Monty Python Live (mostly) – One Down Five to Go” run of 10 live shows at The O2, London. On film during the live shows, Professor Brian Cox berated the scientific inaccuracy of the “Galaxy Song » lyrics before Professor Stephen Hawking knocked him to the ground. Hawking then began reciting the “Galaxy Song” lyrics as he lifted off to journey through outer space. It is this unique rendition of “Galaxy Song” which is now available as a single.

Monday Matters with Tom Petty & cast of McQueen

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Vegoose Music Festival 2006

Jason has the regular features including The World Tonight & Not In The News – with a special Stephen Hawking rendition of Monty Python’s the galaxy song.

Our featured group tonight is Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Ron Blair, the bassist with the band celebrates his birthday tomorrow.

In our Night-Time Report: The New Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his full shadow cabinet, amongst criticism that women have been left out of some of the top shadow cabinet posts.

Kyra has the music news including stories about U2’s home coming gigs and news of the Hank Williams biopic.

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Actor Stephen Wight who plays the role of Alexander

In the final hour our reporter Bonnie Britain reports from London’s West End. She catches up with the writers and stars behind the new James Philips play McQueen – about the legendary and troubled fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

On the programme for 14 September:

Kyra has the music news including stories about U2’s home coming gigs and news of the Hank Williams biopic.

In the final hour our reporter Bonnie Britain reports from London’s West End. She catches up with the writers and stars behind the new James Philips play McQueen – about the legendary and troubled fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

WW1 The Battle of Loos with Chris Langdon

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The Battle of Loos was the largest British battle that took place in 1915 on the Western Front during World War I. It was the first time the British used poison gas and the first mass engagement of New Army units. The British battle was part of the attempt by the Allies to break through the German defences in Artois and Champagne and restore a war of movement.

Jason McCrossan chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the ‪‎Southend‬ museum about this battle which took place 100 years ago this month.

Charlie Hebdo – pulling at your scabs to make you bleed

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French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is doing what the magazine was born to do.  Go in hard. Be controversial and court controversy by pulling on a badly scabbed wound – yanking it off and letting the blood gush out.  The latest cartoons which are currently getting people angry is their response of predominantly Christian European countries to the migrant crisis gripping our shores and our headlines.

There are two drawings which have caused the greatest offence.  The first is a depiction of the harrowing sight of Aylan Kurdi whose limp body was carried off a Turkish beach and whose image has single handedly lead to a change in the discourse of Europeans on migration.

The cartoon shows the boy beside an advertising billboard offering two children’s meal menus for the price of one with the caption “So close to making it”.

The other offending cartoon suggests “Proof that Europe is Christian” and depicts a Jesus-like character walking on water besides another up-ended charter wearing shorts with the caption “Christians walk on water” and the latter “Muslim children sink”.

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But it’s important to remember what is going on.  The cartoon is not mocking dead children.  It mocks western culture – but I think it also goes deeper and asks questions of those who risk the lives of their children. In this case – the family of the boy who died  – were in Turkey. They were out of Syria. When they put their children on that dinghy – were they fleeing for their lives or because they wanted to better their lives? Does the ends justify the means? Did they have to take the risk? And what exactly is their understanding of what Western culture is?

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You don’t have to agree with how Charlie go about it – because they are just trying to be clever. I suppose – at least they are trying… It’s more than I  have done. But condemn at will – their point is made.

  • They highlight the superficial nature of those who don’t give a thought to the message they are imparting – & instantly condemn & get enraged:  like McDonald’s – most people want stuff fast, tasty & cheap so they can devour without much thought about what it is they are actually consuming. Charlie like enraging these people just as much as;
  • Those who do ponder a little longer & scratch the surface of the varying messages they impart…& have a smug sense that they understand these matters better than anyone else. When actually – they don’t.

I’m not a big fan of the Daily Express and have never personal paid any cash to buy it.  However, it did run what appears to be a reasoned piece on the story that has become – the boy on the beach

monday matters with the pretenders & WW1 history

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On Monday Matters tonight: Jason chats to the historian Chris Langdon from the ‪#‎Southend‬ museum about the 1st World War and the Battle of Loos – a battle which took place 100 years ago this month & where the British army used poisoned Gas for the first time.

In our Night-Time Report – The Prime Minister has confirmed that 2 British citizens fighting for Islamic state have been killed by an RAF drone in Syria. However, there are claims that it may not have been lawful – nor was it approved by parliament. More on this after 8pm.
Kyra has the latest music news including Kylie Minogue & Radiohead and she’ll delve into the latest new releases.

Our featured group tonight: The Pretenders. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde celebrates her birthday today.

In our Monday Matters tribute – Freddie Mercury would have celebrated his birthday on Saturday – he would have been 69 years old. We have music and interviews from him after 9pm.

POEM Lewis Carroll – Jabberwocky

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Jabberwocky is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll and included in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book tells of Alice’s adventures within the back-to-front world of a looking glass.

In an early scene in which she first encounters the chess piece characters White King and White Queen, Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realising that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognises that the verses on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems, and reads the reflected verse of “Jabberwocky”. She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has passed into, later revealed as a

On 106.9 SFM‘s Saturday Breakfast we do tranquil time where we play poetry on the radio.

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Bonnie Britain talks to the cast of McQueen The Play

McQueen the Play

Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain was in London to catch up with the writers and cast behind the new James Philips play McQueen – about the legendary and troubled fashion designer Alexander McQueen who died in February 2010.

For more information: http://mcqueentheplay.com/

apple product announcement and reviews Sept. 2015

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Apple announced an augmentation of their products, including a new pencil and raft of new features and functions at their event this week in San Francisco.  The event, which is held every year, always seem to have a varying amount of favourable coverage and success.  The main problem for Apple is that since the launch of suite of innovative products like the iPod in 2001, followed by the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010- the amount of self publicity that these innovative product launches created – means that these events never quite live up to what Apple people want.   The next future technology device.  Upgrades, new designs, stretches, add-ons, fancy features – although welcome, always fall short of what that people want.  Apple to lead.

What you can’t argue against is Apple is a lead marketer and promotional entity.  However, the question of whether it is a market leader in terms of it’s technology- as many Microsoft people like to point out – Apple is often seen as catching up where others have lead.  It is commendable that Apple customers hold the company in such high esteem  – but it is a curse that they have to deal with.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook likes it big.

The new super sized iPad Pro, which has a screen size of 12.9 inches and a battery life of around 10 hours.  It measures 12 by 8.68 by 0.27 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.57 pounds.  You also get an 8-megapixel camera on the back with a front-facing camera with only 1.2 megapixel.  One new addition to the Pro: four speakers on each side.  The display features a 2,732-by-2,048 Retina display that which contains 5.6 million pixels. Under the hood you’ll find a new A9X chip, Apples 3rd generation 64-bit chip which should make it much fast than all that have gone before.

New iPad Pro

Independent iPad Review

Apple’s New Pencil

Apple Pencil

The apple iPad has a new Pencil specifically designed for those creative types and for technical drawing.  It is pressure sensitive. Press lightly, and the stroke gets thinner. Tilt the pencil, and the stroke gets thicker.

Independant Pencil Review

Apple New Smart Keyboard

Apple Smart Keyboard

Apple also announced a portable keyboard specifically designed for iPad Pro. It has a smart connector for transferring power and data. Coated in a water‑ and stain‑resistant finish. 3.2mm thick.

Independent Smart Keyboard Review

New iPhone 6S

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As was expected, the iPhone 6s was released with new hardware, technological advances and features.  The screen size is the same – although they are a little thicker – but this time they introduced a new ‘rose gold’ colour.

New features include “3D Touch” technology which lets you apply different pressure to the screen to provide different options, such as their new sub-menu or “peeking” at a photo or web page.




Independent iPhone 6S review

New Apple TV

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The company’s latest set-top box, has received a major upgrade including a revised physical design, faster internals, updated remote, and key new features including a built-in App Store.  It will be fully integrated with Siri, the voice-controlled personal assistant of the iPhone. It comes with a touch sensitive remote that is used to select programmes, and is motion sensitive for use in gaming.  The Apple TV goes on sale in October.

Independent Apple TV Review

sittingbourne saturday breakfast 5 september

Jason on 106.9 SFM  100% Local Radio for Sittingourne
Jason on 106.9 SFM
100% Local Radio for Sittingourne

Actress Emma Thompson has written a poem to express her anger at Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. We have the full poem just after 8. And also this morning we are ask you – if you were to write a poem about something close to your heart – what what it be on? Subject and a reason why would be good – as we pry through your curtains and into the window of your soul.

Our poem in tranquil time this morning is Lewis Carroll – The Jabberwocky.

Also after 8am – Blankety Blank returns with Feather Barkweasle – all you need to do is guess the word from the question and match with either Jason or Feather.

After 9pm it’s Pick of The Number One pops – today we start in 1968.

Kyra is talking your calls, texts and emails.