Former Mi6 agent Matthew Dunn

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As an MI6 field officer, Matthew Dunn acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He was trained in all aspects of intelligence collection, deep-cover deployments, military unarmed combat, surveillance, and infiltration. Matthew has written a new book which is released today called The Spy House and he spoke to Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM about spying and his new novel.

The book is avaiable from amazon.

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How Would UK React to Paris Attack?

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David Videcette is an Ex-Scotland Yard detective, who worked on the anti-terrorism branch of the Met police during the 7 July London bombings in 2005.

He spoke to Jason McCrossan and explains what the UK police and Security Services learned from the 2005 bombings and also says how the cuts to policing could have a detrimental affect on our ability to stop a terrorist attack like that seen in France.

BRITAIN the Road Rage Capital

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BRITAIN is the world capital of road rage, a global survey has revealed.

We came top of the league for aggression on the roads, outstripping countries traditionally seen as having hot- headed drivers such in Italy.

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The survey of 20 countries said 76% of British drivers have experienced aggressive gestures on the roads.  It found that 53% have been the target of verbal aggression and 73% have found their path blocked on the road by an angry driver.

 

In contrast the politest country is Turkey where the figures were 23%, 15% and 13% respectively.

Britain’s closest rivals were France on 73 per cent, 44 per cent and 42 per cent, the Czech Republic on 70 per cent, 40 per cent and 72 per cent, and Germany on 43 per cent, 47 per cent and 62 per cent.

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India, whose drivers are often portrayed as aggressive, scored just 52 per cent, 44 per cent and
59 per cent.

And Italy was on 48 per cent, 37 per cent and 44 per cent.

The survey ranged from Australia to America which was only in the middle of the table.

The survey also found that British motorists are guilty of “distracted driving” with large numbers eating and making phone calls while at the wheel.

Over the weekend an AA survey found that three-quarters of British motorists think other drivers are not considerate enough.

The poll showed that the vast majority of us think motorists are always in a hurry.

The road safety charity Brake said we’re a nation of “selfish” drivers picking up fixed penalties at the rate of one a minute.

And children are among those paying the price, with two in 5 primary school children saying they have been hit by a vehicle or had a near miss while cycling or on foot.

Why I Won’t Apologise for Supporting France

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I have seen a number of facebook posts over the past few days which challenged those of us who briefly changed our profile picture to reflect our support for the people of France.  They challenged us by asking the question – why do you show so much support for France – yet there was a terrorist outrage in Beirut and Baghdad – why do you choose who to grieve over?  Implied in this question is  – “Do you think a European life is worth more than one in the Middle East?”

The question is simple enough – but it shows a remarkable misunderstanding of the relationship Britain has with France – not over 10 years, not over 100 years – but over 1,000 of years.

The fact that it is implied that grief is something that can be chosen – I’ve decided to weep over the 120 or so dead in Paris – but made a choice not to weep over the 40 or so dead in Beirut says a lot about the person(s) who pose the question.  Grief cannot always been chosen but yes IT IS SELECTIVE.

I don’t weep over every name I come across in the obituary section of a newspaper.  I don’t weep more if they are British or less because they are asian.  Grief in itself is selective and it is about personal connections with the individual or group of people who died.

Let us be clear about the French.  Britain has great historical ties with our garlic loving neighbour which are deep rooted and not always favourable.

I understand that there are people whose genealogy within this country only goes back one, two or three generations – and therefore they may not fully understand our affiliation with the land that loves frogs legs and snails [a combination that’s vomit inducing to those of us brought up on mince and chips].   Those with a short British genealogy may feel a strong connection with the middle east because of their family connections – and that is fine and we respect that.  But the majority of England, Scotland and Wales  DO NOT have connections with Arab countries or the middle east. We are europeans.

12239346_1071698219531001_1740804879240104236_o.jpgFrance isn’t just another ‘nation’ to us in the UK.  Over the centuries Britain and France have  ruled, been ruled, argued, agreed, disagreed, joked at, joked with, fought, killed, tunnelled to, laughed at, laughed with, cried, sympathised, & clashed with each other like petulant children.

The people of France – unlike most other European countries –  aren’t just a close neighbour – they are like cousins – the swish relatives – the really annoying ones – who find us uncouth and like to imply how smart they are, whilst at the same time – eat way too much smelly cheese and tell us that their house is nicer, food is better and don’t like that we get drunk too much. But deep down you love them all the same & you love them because you know them and have a joined history & past.

So, I don’t apologise for not putting the flags of Beirut or Baghdad on my profile. They have my sympathy. Of course they do. As do the Russians who also lost its people to terrorism.  My heart goes out to the 28 British tourists who lost their lives whilst lying peacefully on a in Tunisia.  Where was the poster outside the Mosque in Birmingham then condemning terrorism against BRITISH people?  Maybe it was there…maybe I just missed it.

It doesn’t really matter.  When those close to you suffer – you also suffer.  And I refuse to apologise.

 

106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast Radio Show for 7 Nov 2015

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Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan – the Running Order

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 from 9am

Kyra is looking after your texts, calls and emails.

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

On the show this morning we play the new song from the John Lewis advert after 8am and play the Christmas Advert edition of the old radio 1 roadshow game – Bits & Pieces.

In Pick Of The Number One Pops after 9 – we will play the song that was number one on this day in: 1961, 1971, 1981 & 1991

Bigotry Reinforced at the BBC

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Local BBC Radio station Three Counties Radio which serves Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire has confirmed that presenter Ian Lee will no longer present the breakfast show on their station.

It follows a recent heated interview  with Libby Powell, a lawyer representing Christian Concern, who believe that certain religious interpretations of the bible are more important than laws and equality.

Libby had consented to speak to Ian about an employment tribunal which is being sponsored by Christian Concern  – in defence of a prison gardener called Barry Trayhorn who got into trouble after lecturing prisoners on sin – including homosexuality.

Barry had acted unofficially as a chaplain to prisoners however, when a prisoner complained about one of his sermon – it was discovered that Barry shouldn’t have been conducting sermons in the first place.  Mr Trayhorn then claimed stress and finally resigned days before the disciplinary hearing in November at the prison. He has now launched an employment tribunal against the prison saying he was forced out – supported by Christian Concern.

It is important to point out that all prisons are places which try and espouse a zero tolerance on bullying and discrimination – including remarks that would imply that a sexual preference for the same sex is wrong.  It doesn’t matter what your religious belief is – if you want to work with prisoners and in a prison environment – you better understand their policies on discrimination in the work place.

And then came the interview.  Ian asked Ms Powell straight out “do you support bigotry?” and then read a passage from the Corinthians 6:9-11 of the bible “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God..”

Ms Powell suggested that the passage wasn’t bigoted because it was gods word and written in the bible.  Ian dug in and said that that both the opinions that Mr Trayhorn expressed and that Ms Powell defended them meant they were both bigoted.

Ian has since apologised for the interview on air saying “Last week I interviewed the Revd Barry Trayhorn and solicitor Barry Powell about their understanding of biblical teaching on homosexuality.  I want to make it clear that I apologise for any offence that may have been caused over the way I conducted the interviews”.

One is left wondering how these spineless wonders in BBC management slide into their suits without their webbed feet getting caught.  I think Ian was strong in his interview style – but why not.  Why should we favour bigots – she is a solicitor for god’s sake. She can’t defend herself? SO why go on a radio show?  Maybe she thought it would be all cuddles and smiles – at her indirect homophobia and bigotry.

Good on you Ian, you done the profession proud. I just wonder how many other presenters would have had his balls?  I’ll let you ponder that one.

 

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The BBC went ahead and sacked him anyway.  He received lots of support from various corners including from chat show host Matthew Wright and broadcaster Emma Kennedy.

@iainlee with you all the way! #notobigotry
Matthew Wright (@Matthew_Wright)

I’m proud of @iainlee for calling out a homophobe and appalled at BBC Three Counties Radio for lacking the balls to support him.
Emma Kennedy (@EmmaKennedy)

Loving the Twitter support for Iain Lee this morning.
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The BBC treatment of @IainLee is a disgrace. If I had said what he did and stood up to bigotry @LBC would have praised me, not sacked me.
Iain Dale (@IainDale)

The Only Man In The World Who Can Swim With A Polar Bear

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Grizzly man Mark Dumas, 60, is the only man in the world that can swim with a polar bear. The fearless polar bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia, regularly goes for dip in his swimming pool with 16-year-old female polar bear Agee, and the pair enjoy a watery cuddle together.

Grizzly Man Mark and wife Dawn, 60, train the 60-stone (800lb) friendly polar bear – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV adverts. Agee has also performed in movies like ‘Alaska’ in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old. With his incredibly intimate bond Grizzly Man Mark wrestles on the grass with Agee, kisses her, puts his head in the polar bear’s huge jaws, and even bear hugs her as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet.

Mark and Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old and the now colossal bear lived in their home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed.

It’s Friday the 13th

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Don’t drop mirrors, take the Lord’s name in vain and keep eyes peeled for lucky pennies because it’s Friday the 13th!

Other things to avoid include touching wood, throwing salt over our shoulders and avoiding walking under ladders….

The unluckiest day of the year has us so spooked some of us are too scared to leave the house, drive or fly abroad.

But to make you feel better we’ve come up with 13 freaky facts to keep your mind off the ever-looming accidents, mishaps, break-ups and breakdowns that the day may bring

1. Fear of Friday the 13th is called friggatriskaidekaphobia. Just like some people are afraid of spiders and the dark, others suffer from a deep-rooted fear of this day surrounded in superstition.

2. More than 60 million people worldwide claim to be affected by a fear of Friday 13th. Some of them won’t go to work, drive cars or get out of bed on this day.

3. According to the British Medical Journal there is a significant increase in traffic-related accidents when the date is Friday 13th.
4. And research in Finland has shown that women are more likely to die in traffic accidents on Friday the 13th than on other Fridays.

5. Every year has at least one and at most three Friday the 13ths.

6. The longest period that can occur without a Friday the 13th is 14 months.

7. The first reference to an unlucky Friday the 13th came in an 1869 biography of the composer Rossini who died on Friday November 13, 1868.

8. But it is believed to have Biblical origins. According to a report from LiveScience, the association is believed to have stemmed from the idea that the 13th guest at the Last Supper was the one who betrayed Jesus prior to his death, which occurred on a Friday.

9. The independent horror flick Friday the 13th was released in May 1980 and despite only having a budget of $550,000 it grossed $39.7 million at the box office in the United States – pretty lucky really.
10. The Uruguayan rugby team’s plane crashed in the Andes mountain range on Friday, 13 October, 1972.
11. Many hospitals have no room 13, while airports don’t have a Gate 13. Hotels and skyscrapers also tend to dismiss the unlucky floor by skipping straight from 12 to 14.
12. Famous people born on Friday the 13th include Margaret Thatcher (October 13, 1923) and Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926)
13. Today is not only Friday the 13th but it is also a full moon. For the first time in over a decade two of the great Western superstitions have arrived together bringing a potential double dose of dire luck.