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12 Years A Slave – audio book

12 Years A Slave
Scene from 12 years a slave.

I was listening to this on BBC radio 4 recently.  A ghastly narrative on the perversion of slavery and the suffering that many people suffered – over a prolonged period of time.  This is a short dramatisation (1 hour) – hard to cover 12 years in one hour….but if it makes you read the book – then it is worthy.

Reader: Rhashan Stone
Producer: Kirsteen Cameron
Abridger: Robin Brooks

Author: Solomon Northup

Local Radio making a comeback as former 60’s pirate DJ and Maidstone Lion helps launch a new radio studio in Maidstone…

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Ian Davidson (front); Jason McCrossan (back far left); Kevin Field (back near left); Stuart Baker (left); Anita Crayford (far left)

Former Big L and Capital Radio presenter Ian Davidson attended the opening at Maidstone Radio where volunteers and supporters were able to see the new studio for the first time. Ian (pictured) was joined by fellow Maidstone Lion club associate Anita Crayford to present a cheque for £3,000 at the station based in The Maidstone Community Support Centre on Marsham Street.

Maidstone Radio will provide opportunities for local people to get involved with running a radio station, everything from presenting the programmes to managing the office. It will also provide training, learning and work experience programmes to people and community interest groups of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Speaking at the event, one of the Maidstone Radio Directors Jason McCrossan said “Thanks to early funding from the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme and the Cobtree Charity Trust, we have been able to build and partly equip our new studio to a point where we can invite our volunteers and supporters in to look around, try out the equipment and hopefully get excited and motivated about our project and remind them we still need further funding and donations to help us get on air this summer”.

The radio station is seeking to raise a further £17,00 to help it get on air to buy equipment and pay for licensing costs. Stuart Baker, another Director of the station said “We want to bring back local radio to Maidstone, and The Maidstone Lions donation helps towards hitting our £17,000 target, which enables us to buy everything we need to have a fully functioning radio station and get us broadcasting”.

You can help get launch the station

Once a long time ago…..

Jason, Kevin, Stuart.jpgWell – it has been ages since I last ventured to write something on here.

2 years in fact…or there abouts I could find out exactly, but that would seem to show that I’m more interested in the gap – than I am in what has brought me back to writing here today and in the future.

Last year – myself and two friends embarked on the idea of starting a community radio station in Maidstone in Kent.  We are still developing that idea and I plan to use this blog to continue to document our progress and share interesting stories about running a volunteering business.

Like most challenges in life – it is not easy.  But then, it shouldn’t be.  And we are not even at the end.  Nor the end of the beginning….what is it old Churchill said….we maybe at the beginning of the end!!

Festive Flavours: Christmas Galette

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We continue the run up to Christmas with a variety of vegetarian recipes from the Vegetarian Society.  I will release two every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I would also like to post pictures of the result – so if you make this recipe send me the pictures of your results and I will post on each page (I will do the same).

Today I bring you….

Christmas Galette

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These filled buckwheat pancakes make a luxurious starter.

Serves: 4

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 25 mins

Can be vegan*, Gluten-free, Wheat-free

Ingredients

For the pancakes:

  • 100g buckwheat flour*
  • 300ml milk or soya milk
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil (and some extra for frying)

For the filling:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300g mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 40g walnuts, chopped
  • 100g vegetarian or vegan cream cheese
  • 100ml single cream or soya cream
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper

To serve:

  • 100g vegetarian Cheshire cheese or vegan cheese, crumbled or grated
  • Mango chutney and/or cranberry sauce
  • Small side salad (optional)

Method

  1. To make the pancake batter, whisk the buckwheat flour, milk or soya milk*, paprika and vegetable oil together and set to one side. Preheat the oven on its lowest setting.
  1. To prepare the filling, fry the mushrooms in the oil for 5 minutes, then add the remaining filling ingredients and cook for another 5 minutes. Season to taste and keep warm.
  1. To make the pancakes, heat a little oil in a medium non-stick frying pan. Add a quarter of the batter and cook the pancake for around 2 minutes on each side, until set and lightly golden brown. Slide the pancake out of the pan and fold the edges in to create a square shape with the centre exposed. Place the pancake on a baking sheet, cover with foil or greaseproof paper, and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
  1. To serve, place each pancake on a warm plate. Unfold the edges, place a quarter of the filling in the centre, then refold. Sprinkle with the extra cheese* and add a dollop of mango chutney or cranberry sauce, and a side salad if you like.

*Gluten-free buckwheat flour is available in most supermarkets.

Energy: 587 kcals Protein: 20g Carbohydrate: 40g Of which sugars: 21g Fat: 37g Of which saturates: 13.5g Fibre: 7.5g Salt: 1.4g

Visit vegsoc.org/christmas to find the recipes for these fabulous Festive Flavours. Plus there are tips on storing and freezing these dishes so you can be prepared. Or if you prefer to hang-up your apron and take the weight off your feet at Christmas then you’ll be able to get the low down on the favourite ready-made veggie products available in the shops this Christmas.

5 tips to Beat the Bloat this Christmas from NEW “Gorgeous Greens”

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Chris James Mind Body is supporting healthy eating this Christmas with “5 tips to Beat the Bloat” to accompany the launch of daily sachets of its “Gorgeous Greens”. The new formulation now includes extra enzymes, lipase, amylase, papain, and protease, which help to ease digestion and prevent bloating.

“I wanted to create a superior Greens supplement for busy healthy men and women. Enzymes are a key health trend as we head into 2017!” says Chris James, Founder of CJMB.

Packaged in a very cool cuboid box that looks great in your kitchen, a month’s supply of “Gorgeous Greens” (20 sachets) is just £29.

CJMB’s Gorgeous Greens Super Smoothie
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Serves 2

Ingredients
• Large handful of spinach
• ½ pear
• slice melon
• ¼ ripe avocado
• ½ orange
• 4 x ice cubes
• Almond milk to fill to level
• 1 serving x Gorgeous Greens
• Juice ½ lime (pealed)

Preparation
Juice the pears, melon, orange, spinach and lime. Put the avocado flesh into a blender along with the ice and Gorgeous Greens. Blend everything until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

 

5 tips to Beat the Bloat this Christmas 

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1) Mind your P’s

Avoiding bloat isn’t only about avoiding foods; it’s key to eat more foods that are effective at battling bloat. Reach for a healthy helping of the three P’s: potassium, protein, and probiotics. You can benefit from a boost of potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, winter squash, citrus, bananas, and nuts, which help regulate excess sodium!

2) Consume Fibre

Make sure you’re getting enough fibre amidst the trays of holiday snacks. If you know you’re going somewhere that you won’t have a lot of control over your food choices, a fibre supplement can help a lot.

3) Slow down

Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow more air, worsening bloat. Take a full 30 minutes to finish a meal, which will help you banish the bloat and listen for when your body tells you it’s full.

4) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Water helps to speed up digestion and can counteract the effects of salt and carb-induced bloating. Aim for eight to ten glasses a day, especially during the holidays.

5) Start again tomorrow

Most importantly, if you overindulge at Christmas don’t beat yourself up! Indulging once in a while is not that big of a deal—just start fresh tomorrow.

Hospice singers aim for Christmas number 1

Boston’s Blues Rockers Mr. Airplane Man

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Mr. Airplane Man is Margaret Garrett on vocals and guitar and Tara McManus on drums, keyboard and vocals. The band started in the late ’90s and almost immediately joined Morphine for a U.S. tour and recorded a self-titled EP with Mark Sandman (Morphine).

They have released three albums and an EP on Sympathy for the Record Industry garnering high praises from press including Rolling Stone: “Bostonians Margaret Garrett and Tara McManus are deeply sensitive to the inborn ache of the blues. But Garrett’s guitar is the real salvation. It cuts and swings and explodes, crying.” 

Since re-forming the band after a few years hiatus, Margaret and Tara have been gigging around New England and Europe, writing new songs, and recording new material. In October 2015, Dirty Water Records released “The Lost Tapes, an album recorded at The Money Shot (with Bruce Watson of Fat Possum Records) in 1999 and had not been previously released.

Saturday Breakfast with Anthony Hamilton & Dave Cash 22 October 2016.

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In the NEWSQUIZ? Jason plays a clip from the weeks news – but can you work out the story behind the sound?

TRANQUIL TIME: POEM: Alice Meynell – In Autumn

07:40: European Space Probe – It’s been confirmed an experimental Mars lander crashed on the planet’s surface earlier this week. We’ll hear from ExoMars flight operations director Michel Denis.

0810: Trump v Clinton- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded jocular insults at the annual Alfred E Smith charity dinner in New York on Thursday.

08:40: The legendary radio presenter Dave Cash has died at the age of 74. Jason will chat to radio commentator Paul Chantler.

9AM: Pick of the Number One Pops – the songs we play were number 1 on this day; 1968; 1978; 1988; 1998

09:40: FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton says he will “take it like a man” if he loses this year’s Formula 1 title to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Jason chats to Lewis’s dad Anthony Hamilton.

R.I.P Sir Jimmy Young

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The news broke late last night that the nation lost yet another veteran broadcaster in 2016.

Sir Jimmy Young has died peacefully at home aged 95.

He was one of the original Radio 1 DJs at its launch in 1967.  He then cross channels to Radio 2 in 1973 and filled the early afternoon slot until he retired in December 2002, spending 3 decades at channel 2.

Jimmy was one of the reasons why I loved radio so much.  He had wit, knowledge and timing which took him to the top of broadcasting. I still remember being in a car driven by my father listening to Jimmy – and although I didn’t always understand the content – it was the voice and the style that I was interested in.

Here is a clip of two radio greats – no longer with us – the late Sir Terry Wogan in conversation with the late Sir Jimmy Young in 1978.

Remembered: DJ DaveCash 1942 – 2016

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Dave Cash was one of Radio 1 and Capital Radio’s original DJs who later reinvented himself as a bestselling novelist. Although he originally intended to apply to Radio Caroline, fate intervened and he began working for Caroline’s biggest rival Radio London.

It was during his early days on Radio London that Cash struck up an on-air partnership with a then 19-year-old trainee DJ called Maurice Cole, who became better known to millions as Kenny Everett. After the Government outlawed pirate radio stations Cash joined Radio Luxembourg, then in 1967 he became one of the founding DJs on BBC Radio 1 alongside the likes of Tony Blackburn, Pete Murray and Alan “Fluff” Freeman.

In the late 1960s Cash hosted episodes of Top of the Pops on BBC Television. He supplied the voice-over in The Who’s cult film hit Quadrophenia in 1979 and took a cameo role alongside Dennis Hopper in the sci-fi comedy The American Way (1986). By then he had become programme controller of Radio West, the commercial station based in Bristol, when it was launched in 1981.

In 1999 Cash returned to the BBC, working in local radio across the south of England, broadcasting weekend shows of rock classics and country and western tracks on Radios Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Solent, Berkshire and Oxford. His recollections of life aboard a pirate radio ship, He Sounds Much Taller, appeared as an audio book in 2012.

Jason McCrossan spoke to radio commentator and former colleague Paul Chantler.