Brits Are A Nation Of Quitters!!

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The average Brit makes 104 social arrangements every year – but will only actually turn up to half of them, according to a new study from Mentos.

The majority of Brits (49 percent) claimed they are usually “too tired” to go out – with a further 36 percent admitting they would simply “rather stay in”.  A staggering one in ten (7 percent) claimed they would avoid a night out if their “favourite TV programme was on”.

And it would appear honesty is not the best policy for the majority of us – with almost 60 percent claiming it is “easier to make an excuse” to get out of something.   Topping the list of excuses was “sickness” – with 60 percent of Brits saying they regularly use illness as a way out of an arrangement.

Other excuses included “I double booked” (20 percent), “I thought it was a different day” (18 percent) and “the children are poorly” (15 percent).

One in ten Brits have even wheeled out the old ‘I’m waiting for a delivery” line.

The ease at which we are now able to cancel was revealed as the main reason for the “cancellation nation” – with 80 percent claiming it is easier to cancel in this day and age because of email, text and messaging apps.

The study also found we are most likely to blow out work colleagues (54 percent), with friends (28 percent) next in line.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous said, “What we all have to remember is that stepping out of our comfort zone and making fresh connections is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. We all need to make the time to say yes because the simple act of getting out and connecting with new, and old friends is so important.”

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Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show

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Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show includes Who Is The Voice from 7am; Play Your Celebrity Cards Right from 8am and Pick of The Number One Pops and as it is National TV day – we have a special bits & pieces game after 9.

Kyra is looking after your texts, calls and emails.

Jan has this mornings local and news headlines & our Strange But True files.

In Pick Of The Number One Pops after 9 – we will play the song that was number one on this day in: 1956, 1966, 1976 & 1986.

CCTV footage of Gang armed with shotgun

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 14.27.00This is scary!  Also, the robbers seem to have no real fear of being seen or caught!! It happened on a Monday afternoon in broad daylight in Romford.

Met Police released CCTV footage of a gang involved in an armed raid at a home in Romford.

The gang arrived at the house in the black convertible Porsche and a black Mercedes before charging towards the front door as one of the burglars started smashing up an external CCTV camera, flashing an expensive watch at the lens in the process.

The three people who lived in the property were at home at the time. Police said the residents, who are in their 20s and 30s, sustained minor injuries from the broken glass.

 

Ten years of community radio in the UK

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Community radio, which offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK, is now ten years old.

The last decade has seen the number of community radio stations increase from just a handful to more than 230 stations, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.

Community radio is a not-for-profit sector, largely run by an army of 20,000 dedicated volunteers, who collectively work for around 2.5 million hours every year to bring original programming and locally-made content to listeners around the country.

Stations usually broadcast to everyone in a geographical area, but around a third tailor their output to serve a particular community– such as older people, or an ethnic or religious group.

Community radio stations typically cover a 5km radius, broadcasting on average 93 hours a week of original output. Many reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests in their region. Stations also work within their community to offer a range of benefits such as training opportunities, work experience, local news and information resources.

Susan Williams, Community Radio Manager at Ofcom, said: “Community Radio stations have deep-rooted connections in their communities. Local people run these stations, producing content to inform and entertain their local community and offering real benefits like radio training.

“In ten years we’ve seen the sector grow in popularity, with large numbers of volunteers continuing to be involved and stations becoming a central part of communities up and down the country.”

The first station

Ofcom launched the first phase of community radio licensing back in September 2004 and received 200 applications for the firsScreen Shot 2015-11-27 at 12.08.02t licences. The first station to launch after this was The Eye in Melton Mowbray, which was recently honoured for its long-standing contribution to its local community.

The Eye has doubled its workforce in 10 years, with all staff volunteering their time. Other stations reaching their 10-year milestone in the coming weeks include Unity 101 in Southampton, Awaz FM in Glasgow, Angel Radio in Havant, Cross Rhythms City Radio in Stoke on Trent, and GTFM in Pontypridd.

Earlier this year Ofcom began trialling a new technological approach which could provide a more affordable way for smaller stations to broadcast on DAB digital radio, ensuring UK listeners could benefit from hundreds more local and community radio stations in the future.

Miss Piggy covering Hello by Adele

They had one of the most high-profile splits of 2015 (kinda) – so it seems only right that Miss Piggy has recorded a cover of the biggest song of the year in an attempt to win back a certain Kermit the Frog. Yep, its Miss Piggy covering Hello by Adele – and it’s every bit as brilliant as that sounds.

Breakfast Show – Paris Attack

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On the evening of Friday 13th November 2015 a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis, killing 130 people.

Jason McCrossan’s 106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast show was broadcast the following day and reflected the shock felt in the UK and around the world.

Roald Dahl Interview

bfg_2165178b.jpgRoald grew up in Cardiff, Wales as the son of Norwegian-born parents.  He went on to author such children’s classics as James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Matilda. Many of his popular books, including The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Fantastic Mr. Fox, have been made into feature films.

He was involved in what he called the “Great Mouse Plot of 1924,” in which he and a few other boys put a dead mouse in a jar of gobstoppers inside “a loathsome” woman’s candy store. The conspirators were later caught by the school principal and struck with a cane, and Dahl was sent to boarding school. In 1939, Dahl became a pilot with the Royal Air Force.

What your name says about how generous you are

462653748_d1.jpgSo, Christmas is now literally around the corner and YOU may already have started dropping hints – in the shell like ears of your dear beloved about the kind of presents you want.

But- new research has suggested that the name of the person you drop hints too – could affect the likely hood of you getting what you want.

The study conducted by personalised gift specialists GettingPersonal.co.uk compiled data from over 250,000 gift givers, and takes into account not only the number of gifts purchased but also the total amount spent.

The results reveal that Paul, David and Mark are the top three most generous men’s names, while Adam, Lee and Ben came at the bottom of the list. It turns out that Paul McCartney is the person we should want opening presents with us on Christmas day, and not Ben Affleck.

It also looks like Dame Julie Andrews never lost her Christmas spirit, as the name Julie topped the list of generous women, along with the names Karen and Rebecca. Watch out for Patricia, Diane and Janet, though because these ladies turned out to be the stingiest.

When it comes to our royals, Kate might want to start dropping some serious hints because ‘William’ didn’t even make it into the top 100.

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John Smith, co-founder of GettingPersonal.co.uk said, ‘the generosity list is just a bit of fun, and obviously there are lots of generous Adams and Patricias in the UK. As we specialise in personalised gifts, we thought it would be interesting to see whether there was any link between peoples’ names and their gift giving habits.’

According to a survey of 250,000 names by a gift website, how generous or otherwise someone is has been linked to their name.

The results showed that Rebecca, Karen and Julie were the most generous women.

Paul, David and Mark, meanwhile, were supposedly the names of the most generous men.

Top 10 Lists:

Most Generous Men:
Paul
David
Mark
Andrew
Chris
John
Michael
James
Richard
Daniel

Most Generous Women:
Rebecca
Karen
Julie
Sarah
Jane
Nicola
Amanda
Katie
Charlotte
Emma

Least Generous Men
Adam
Lee
Ben
Steven
Martin
Ian
Matthew
Robert
Peter
Simon

Least Generous Women
Patricia
Diane
Gillian
Janet
Kerry
Heather
Anne
Hayley
Kim
Jackie

What Was Your Last Good Deed?

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Doing a good deed really does go a long way.

random-acts-kindness-3.jpgNew research has revealed that nearly three quarters of men and women (73%) say that whenever they are on the receiving end of a good deed, they will then carry out one for someone else.

In fact, the study shows the typical person will do 1.27 good acts every time someone helps them out and a quarter (23 per cent) will pass on a good deed at least twice.

The average Brit typically carries out eight good deeds a month, with four in five of us saying that we have carried out an act of kindness at least once a week.

Sadly, one in ten Brits say that they don’t receive any acts of kindness at all during a typical month. While, a lucky third of us receive an average of five acts of kindness during the same period.

random-acts-kindness-1.jpgBritain’s most common act of kindness is holding a door open for others – something 89% of us have done in the last three months and which 66 per cent would reciprocate for someone else.

Giving directions to someone who is lost (69%), stopping to let someone cross the road (62%) and letting someone with very little shopping go ahead of you in the queue (61%) are other common good deeds.

Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for GALAXY Hot Chocolate who commissioned the research says: “Often simple acts of kindness cost nothing but have an immediate positive impact on both those giving and receiving the kind gesture.

“In addition to these random acts, there are a huge number of volunteers and organisations that go out of their way to help their local community. Our survey revealed that the average Brit benefits from the acts of volunteers about 26 times a year, which is a phenomenal accolade to these warm-hearted people.”

kindness-heart-image-orgspring.pngThe research showed that two thirds (68%) of the nation have never given up their time to volunteer despite almost the same number (65%) saying that they really admire people that give up their time to volunteer.

Interestingly people would rather give a tenner to charity than undertake an hour’s voluntary work, which may explain why one in five people are giving a little more to charity than they were five years ago.

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To discover more about heart-warming community projects or to apply for one of the 85 financial awards on offer visit http://www.galaxyhotchocolate.com.

Top 10 Acts of Kindness 
1. 89% – Holding the door open for a stranger
2. 69% – Giving directions to someone who looks lost
3. 62% – Stopping to let people cross the road
4. 61% – Letting someone with very little shopping go ahead in a queue
5. 61% – Putting money in a collection tin
6. 60% – Buying your partner their favourite food as a treat
7. 58% – Picking up something that someone has dropped
8. 58% – Letting a car out of a junction or driveway
9. 57% – Complimenting someone who isn’t your partner on how they look
10. 56% – Giving spare change to a charity collector

 

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