Saturday Breakfast Art In The Park & Newington Festival 16 July 2016

Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan running order
Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan running order

On Breakfast this morning with Jason: Jan has your travel; Calum the sport.

Between 7am & 8am
NEWSQUIZ? What’s The Story? Jason plays a clip from the news – but can you work out the story?

In TRANQUIL TIME our poem is How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear by Edward Lear.

Between 8am & 9am

Katy Perry has released her first new single in 3 years – we play it around 08:10
Also this hour we play Treasure Hunt: We’ll send Jan up in the SFM Helicopter with Jock McSporran – but can you guess where she is?

A report out this morning from the AA says on average seven children need rescuing from locked cars every day Jason talks to Edmund King from the AA.

Between 9am & 10am
Pick of the number one Pops, playing songs that were number one on this day from; 1970; 1980; 1990; 2000.

It’s Milton Creek – Art In The Park – we cross live to the event with Colin Jones & Pete Flynn and also today is the Newington Village Festival: Sue Flipping will join Jason on the phone.

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Monday Matters Tony Blair & the Chilcot Report 11 July 2016

Tony Blair gave a 2 hour press conference to defend his actions
Tony Blair gave a 2 hour press conference to defend his actions

On Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan this week.

After 8pm Jason discusses a research out today which suggests nine in ten people think that drink or drug drivers who kill someone should be charged with manslaughter. Jason speaks to Gary Rae from the campaign charity BRAKE about these findings.

The Pet Shop Boys are our featured group. Neil Tennant celebrated his birthday yesterday. He was 62.

Also celebrating her birthday is the Award-winning singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega. After 9pm Jason will play 4 songs from her live album – In Concert (Live at the Coach House, San Juan Capistano) 1993.

The Chilcot report was published last week Jason speaks to Professor Ruth Blakeley from the University of Kent. We also discuss a project Professor Blakeley is running in conjunction with Westminster University called The Rendition Project – which looks at the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) programme.

Saturday Breakfast & Medway river Festival 09 July 2016

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We start with the News Quiz and Tranquil time which features the poem: Love is Not All by Edna St Vincent Millay read by Gill Fraser Lee.

After 8am former racing driver Amanda Stretton joins Jason to talk about their report out today which says we are now paying more than 700 pounds on average for comprehensive car insurance.

Our quiz today is Blockbusters – feature the late and great Bob Holness who Jason will channel just after 0815.

It’s ladies’ final day at Wimbledon and Richard Newman reports from the All England Club.
After 9 we are in Cardiff for the Euro 2016 celebrations yesterday as Wales welcomed back their football team.

Also after 9am today is the Medway River Festival in Chatham: Medway Cllr Howard Doe will join Jason to talk about today’s events.

After 9am in Pick Of The Number One Pops, Jason will play the songs that were number one on this day in….: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995

Monday Matters Motoring edition 04 July 2016

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On the show tonight we have reaction from another day of resignations – as Ukip’s the latest political party looking for a new leader – after Nigel Farage announced he’s standing down. Nigel said last month’s referendum result means he’s achieved what he set out to when he first entered politics.

The music news is after 8am and a survey out today says that one in eight cars on the roads in east London do not have insurance, according to analysis which names the capital as the worst place in Britain for uninsured drivers. Jason chats to Mark Chiappino is from Churchill car insurance.

The featured artist is Bill Withers who is 78 years old today. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007, his song “Lean on Me” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

A report’s been published suggesting replacing T-junctions with mini-roundabouts could reduce the number of crashes involving older people. Ian Crowder’s from the AA joins Jason after 9pm.

New Gay Drama: Man In An Orange Shirt commissioned for BBC One

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Patrick Gale by Dan Hall

BBC One has commissioned a two-part 1940s gay love drama written by British novelist Patrick Gale.

Man In An Orange Shirt tells two gay love stories, 60 years apart – stories linked by family, and by a painting that holds a secret that echoes down the generations.

Writer Patrick Gale says: “Man In An Orange Shirt is the most exciting screen project I’ve worked on to date: an original drama exploring strands of gay male experience since the 1940s. It has been such a privilege to be given such an open brief and then allowed to run with it. I don’t want to give too much away but after much experimenting, we’ve ended up with two hour-long films – one set in the 1940s and 50s, one set in the violently contrasted present; one depicting a love story made impossible by pressures from society, one a love story nearly derailed by the long-term fallout from the 1940s story.”

Man In An Orange Shirt is produced by Kudos for BBC One. The drama was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, and Ben Stephenson, former Controller of Drama Commissioning. Executive Producers are Diederick Santer for Kudos and Lucy Richer for BBC One.

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Channel 4 Announces First Dates Spin-Off

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First Dates on Channel 4 has commissioned a spin off series

Channel 4 has commissioned a spin off to their First Dates serious called   ‘First Dates Hotel’.  The spin off will see Maître D’ Fred Siriex and his team welcome a whole host of hopeful singletons from all over the UK. First Dates Hotel will follow blind dates with a difference in a romantically charged boutique hotel in the French countryside.

This new series will include a brand new format where if the answer is ‘Yes’ their stay will be extended in romantic hotel and French countryside. And for some who don’t meet with success on their first date, they will be re-matched for a second chance at finding love.

Series Editor, Adam Chapman said: “Having worked across multiple series of first dates we’re really excited to develop the format and take into a new space. The hotel, whilst retaining all of the charm of the restaurant series will give the viewer the chance to see first dates develop into second dates answering that eternal question ‘what happens next’. Maitre-D Fred will be on hand as always to deliver a bespoke first date like no other. The First Dates Hotel will be the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life; an oasis of romance where daters can concentrate on one thing and one thing only – finding love.”

For the past three years, First Dates have brought to us a contemporary but romantic alternative to the frustrations of modern dating. Now, for daters looking to take the next big step, First Dates is opening a hotel for a variety of people from all different backgrounds and ages.

 

Lir Shilton releases debut single ‘Flower’

Lir Shilton to release debut single ‘Flower’

London-based folk singer-songwriter Lir Shilton is marking her debut single release with ‘Flower’, taken from her upcoming debut album, ‘Nothing But A Ghost’, mixed by John Cornfield (Neil Halstead, The Verve).  ‘Flower’ is a slow-core alternative folk song, written about Lir Shilton’s beloved dog and lead by her classical guitar fingerpicking style and a soft downtempo drumming.  Lir’s pure troubadour songwriting skills and soothing voice tells an honest story that immediately pierces the listener’s heart.

Saturday Breakfast with Wimbledon & scams 02 July 2016

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On Saturday Breakfast – Jason starts by celebrating the Welsh historic win at the Euro 2016’s as the beat Belgium 3-1. Also, can you guess the story behind the news clip in this weeks News Quiz- or is that all just French as well? Gill Fraser Lee returns with Tranquil Time reading the poem – To My Brother by Vera Brittain – as we commemorate 100 years since the Battle of the Somme.

After 8am – Jason test your cryptic thinking with our BrainBox quiz and he gets serious as research out today says that people who fall victim to investment scams lose up to £20,000. Matthew Upton from Citizen’s advice spoke to Jason on the launch of Fraud Awareness month.

After 9am – in Pick of the number one pops – we hear songs from Hot Chocolate, Pet Shop Boys, Faith Evans and Puff Daddy and Rihanna.

And after England’s disastrous knockout at the Euro’s – we hear from FA chairman Greg Dyke about why he thinks England did so badly and we also hear from Calum Leslie in France.

Professor Ruth Blakeley: Chilcot report & Rendition

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The Chilcot report was published on 6th July by ex-civil servant Sir John Chilcot with the report looked into the origins, conduct and aftermath of the Iraq war – all 2.6 million words of it!!

In this programme Jason McCrossan speaks to Professor Ruth Blakeley from the University of Kent whose had a bit more time to digest the findings and we’ll get her reaction to some people’s call for Blair to be tried for war crimes.

Jason also discusses a project Professor Blakeley is running in conjunction with Westminster University called The Rendition Project – which looks at the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) programme.

Martin Meredith: Mandela A Biography

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Today is Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day).  An annual international day celebrated each year on 18 July, which was Mandela’s birthday.

The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.

Jason McCrossan spoke to one of his biographer Martin Meredith about a biography which was published in 2010. Also broadcast on http://www.sfmradio.com 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne.

 

 

 

 

Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo , Transkei, on 18 July 1918. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. In 1930, when he was 12 years old, his father died and the young Rolihlahla became a ward of Jongintaba at the Great Place in Mqhekezweni 1 .

Hearing the elders’ stories of his ancestors’ valour during the wars of resistance, he dreamed also of making his own contribution to the freedom struggle of his people.

Mandela, while increasingly politically involved from 1942, only joined the African National Congress in 1944 when he helped to form the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

In 1944 he married Walter Sisulu’s cousin, Evelyn Mase, a nurse. They had two sons, Madiba Thembekile “Thembi” and Makgatho, and two daughters both called Makaziwe, the first of whom died in infancy. He and his wife divorced in 1958.

Mandela rose through the ranks of the ANCYL and through its efforts, the ANC adopted a more radical mass-based policy, the Programme of Action, in 1949.

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Nelson Mandela on the roof of Kholvad House in 1953. Image courtesy of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation