Category Archives: Media

Beverley Craven chats to Jason about her new album

The lovely Beverley Craven
The lovely Beverley Craven

 

Beverley Craven is best known for her 1991 hit single “Promise Me”. On the 28th of July 2014, the beautiful Beverley celebrated her birthday and was kind enough to speak to Jason about her forthcoming album Change Of Heart which is released on 1st September.

 

MH17 AIRLINE CREW RECALLS HAPPY VOYAGERS BOARDING FLIGHT

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An airline ground crew member who checked passengers in at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for the doomed flight MH17 has made an emotional post on Facebook, recalling sending off holidaymakers, children and grandparents with wishes for “a pleasant flight”.

 

Renuka Manisha Virangna Birbal recounted her memories of the passengers

 

She wrote

A smile, a greeting, a happy face ..

At the transfer desk, I get two football fanatics, one is checked in and the other not, “can you check me in Love”. They were not seated next to each other in the business compartment , “would you like to sit together sir?” Any doubt,, I want a few hours of rest joked the other one. ‘’cheers’’

A loving family of six with their 10 pieces luggage that I had to put in the system. “After long time we’re returning home”

It was busy at the check in desk, so I went there to help my colleagues.
A child smiling and waving at me.

They thank me for my help so she could sit together. excited children “mom when do we see our luggage again?”

The crew running towards me waving and signalling.  They were ready to drop their luggage at the odd size belt.

A man who is about to start a new life in Malaysia.

A family get dropped off by their grandparents, kids first holiday far away.

Grandma makes photos of how her children and grand children check in. This time I do not mind that I am in the picture.

Arriving at the gate G03 a young man asked if he has time to buy something quickly. “Of course, sir, if you only ensures that you are back here at 1130”

My colleague helps an elderly woman inside, all the way to her seat in row 21, she had difficulty walking and traveling alone. The lady had the same name (one letter difference) as the son of my colleague and said that she would remembered the name.

I appeal to everyone to go to the toilet before they enter the gate because there are no toilet facilities at gate G03. A few passengers went back out of the line.

A woman traveling with her husband and her mother still asks her mother a few times if she had to go to the toilet, the elderly lady has a bladder problem. I allowed them to wait outside and they can come inside the priority line when their ready.

A newly married couple, on the way to their honeymoon.

A beautiful little girl hold by her mother, her father behind them pushing the stroller. What is she beautiful, a half Dutch half Malaysian with beautiful big eyes. She kindly smiled at me.

A man who could still join the flight to be on time for the funeral of his mother.

Grandchildren traveling with their grandparents.

Suddenly I see a familiar face, it is our colleague from the MH ticket counter

He proudly shows me his son, wife and daughter. With a big smile he waved “See you soon”

A woman want to go out of the gate unable to go to the toilet, unfortunately, we have already begun boarding and nobody can go out. “May I board first then?” of course.

I walk quickly along with the last two passengers who may eventually join the flight, and what are they happy …

A final farewell to the crew, till next time!

And then we removed the bridge.

Passengers traveling for business, on the way home, on the way to family, on the way to their holiday, on the way to a new beginning …

Group travel, families, couples, individuals, infants, children, grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, partners, uncles, aunts, colleagues, friends, neighbors, acquaintances.

The last time I saw them, talked to them and wish them a pleasant flight the passengers of flight MH017 on 17jul14.

One last smile, one last salute, a happy face …

+ Rest in peace dear passengers & crew +

On behalf of the ground handling agents of flight MH017 on Thursday 17-07-2014

 

 

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Artist, band or musician? Get in touch…

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If you are an artist, in a band or write music of any kind and would like to get your music played on the radio – I’m always on the hunt for new stuff to play on Monday Matters.

Also – if you are a band or artist local to Kent, London or the South East of England and are looking for some radio exposure – do get in touch.   Also, if you fancy coming into our studios and doing a live set – I’d happily set this up and you’ll get a copy of your session.

To get in touch – send an email using the “contact me” page of this site.

A swing vote for UKiP? Watch this…

People think that Nigel Farage is a refreshing change in politics because he talks like them, says what they want to say and is someone who is “not” like those “other politicians”!

Actually – he is completely like all those other politicians as his interview with LBC’s James O’Brien proved.  He uses skewed statistics, lavish claims and is only pretending to be one of “us”.

What you can’t take away from him is that – compared to us – he’s just a bit cannier.

 

I Can’t Sing! A mediocre musical!

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I went to see the production of “I Can’t Sing” last month.  I have held off writing a review as I saw it – ‘pre-release’ ie: whilst it was still developing.  When I saw it – a week before opening – they had already went through a number of production overhauls  and changes to dance routines.  However, it has been out for over a month and the reviews have been at best – mediocre.  I thought I’d give my 2 pence worth.

I Can’t Sing, was created by comedian Harry Hill and tells the story of a young contestant from London who faces the challenges of overnight success.

Firstly the whole premise of this musical is wrong.  It is a musical that is supposed to poke fun at the ever serious Simon Cowell.  Well, the fact that someone has went to all that effort to write a whole musical based around Cowell’s character – kinda has you thinking – who is exactly having the piss taken out of them…him…or us?

Secondly – the show is called – I can’t sing – well,  in fact, all the cast can sing – they can dance and they can act.  I had thought that the show would have spent more time dealing with the part of the Xfactor which I actually hate the most – the bit where they get people who they know are really bad – and shove them in front of an audience to make fools of themselves – for no other reason than it makes good television.  I was therefore, interested in how they might do this.  As it was – not much time was spent on this – which I actually think was to miss a trick.

Turning to the story – ok, let me first say that it is a bit like they have lifted a “how to make a musical” – template and crowbarred the story into it. Template:  introduce the characters; add a disappointment; then a failure;  follow that with sorrow; a desire to abandon; have a break; then – the rally around; a turn of events; a fight back; a triumph – with a big show number to end; hold it all together by a love story.

I Can’t Sing doesn’t stick rigidly to the above – but not far off.  Then they get to the ‘live show’ part – where Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Dermot O’Leary are all portrayed in the musical.

The only characterisations which are funny and interesting is Cheryl and Dermot’s.  Louis’s character is as a bumbling old man – which isn’t funny or original.  And Simon’s character – is supposed to mock…but actually – only if you are a Simon superfan would you see the mockery.  I just felt it was another extension of the man himself – and couldn’t help but think….hmmm, like he needs the publicity??

I can’t work out whether these characterisations are the result of lazy writing or just too many people being involved in the process – constantly watering down and diluting ideas.  I think it was George Lucas who said on film making – I won’t quote as this is only from memory….there is the film you want to produce; then think you are producing; and finally get – all 3 are different.

How to improve the show?
Hard to say – I’d get rid of the Simon Cowell character and make him something else – like the devil or an angry fairy – who is always in the air and feet are never allowed to be on the ground.  If you are going to call it “I Can’t Sing” – I’d focus more on that element- the worst elements the Xfactor brings to our screens.

I can’t sing – says it is a piss take – but actually, it’s not.  It’s also part funded by Simon Cowell…say’s it all.

So, it looks like Harry may sadly follow in the footsteps of the last celebrity comedian whose work didn’t survive the crossover from television to theatre – Viva Forever! the musical of the Spice Girls written by Jennifer Saunders.  But I can’t help think – as George Lucas said – the production they wrote – probably wasn’t the productions the public saw.

The World’s Most Viewed Photo

From twitter account 

Bliss was the name of the default computer wallpaper of Windows XP.  The photograph was made on June 24, 1996 for the digital-design company HighTurn by Charles O’Rear, a former National Geographic photographer.

According to O’Rear, the image was not digitally enhanced or manipulated in any way.  The image was captured from the side of the highway 12/121 with a hand held medium-format camera. The approximate location is 3101 Fremont Drive  (Sonoma High Way), Sonoma, California.

3101 Fremont Dr. (Sonoma Hwy.), Sonoma, CA
3101 Fremont Dr. (Sonoma Hwy.), Sonoma, CA

 

 

The same location in November, 2006, showing vines covering the hillside and foreground.
The same location in November, 2006, showing vines covering the hillside and foreground.

Aviation expert Chris Yates on Flight MH370

Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 on Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday), and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT).

Malaysia Airlines says the plane lost contact less than an hour after takeoff.

No distress signal or message was sent.

Jason McCrossan talks to aviation expert Chris Yates about how it is possible for a plane with 239 passengers & crew to just disappear.

Marc Bolan reads “A Ship Of Rhythm”

In 1969, Marc Bolan published his first and only book of poetry entitled ‘The Warlock of Love’. Every Saturday on Jason’s breakfast show at 07:50 am – it’s tranquil time – a time for poetry on the radio. Let the stresses and strains of the day…wash away!

“Cut BBC Local Radio” says Noel Edmonds

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Noel be nimble, Noel be quick; watch him swim & then the oil slick!

I’m not sure what is going on in the private life of Noel Edmonds at the moment.  At the age of 65 – he’s gone past the ‘mid-life crisis’ point – or at least, let’s hope so! Maybe his contract is up soon at Channel 4 and he is just trying to prove to the boffins at C4 – he is still bankable and can create waves?

First he demands to be able to buy the BBC as a commercial enterprise and before he’d managed to take another breath he’d went on to say that if he did get his fake tanned hands on auntie – he’d cull BBC local radio.

I wonder if he was all alone one evening in bed – struggling to get to sleep and weighing up what the world would look like if he was in charge?  If he had his nibble finger on the button of control! Suddenly…an idea….

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IF I RAN THE BBC….(dot dot dot)

I can’t claim to be an expert on BBC local radio as I very rarely listen – but then, I don’t suppose Noel does either.  What I do know is that BBC local radio is cheap and provides a service that commercial radio doesn’t want to compete in.

The nearest thing to this would be Community Radio – that is unshackled from the need for speeding through 15 songs an hour – with a DJ occasionally telling the listener about their ‘crazy night’!

As independent commercial radio seems to be homogenising  into one or two branded blobs – culling a service that is geared to get the community on the air – is not the way to go. In fact, more BBC resources should be put into local output – and not more managers – more presenters – getting out in the community.

So, I say No to Noel.  It seems like there is more than one Banker on Deal or No Deal!