The award-winning charity football match LES MISERABLES v THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is returning for The Decider! Having each won two matches in recent years, the two titans of the West End will battle it out for the title of Ultimate Champions at Bromley Football Club on Sunday 7th August 2016.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain was there and spoke to the event organisers and players.
Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain was lucky enough to meet up with lead singer and writer Dan Gillespie Sells from The Feeling. The band members worked as session musicians for several years before coming together as a group.
Their debut album Twelve Stops and Home was released in the UK in June 2006 and their most recent album “The Feeling” was released on the 4th March 2016.
Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan is broadcast on 106.9 SFM in Kent.
On the show tonight: Our featured artist tonight is Gary Numan who produced commercial electronic music and had hits with “Cars” and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”. He is 58 this week.
In the music Kyra brings news about John Lennon, Massive Attack and music from Years & Years.
Also, we hear of a new virus directly targeting Apple computers – which locks users out of their files until they pay a ransom – 1 bitcoin (£200).
We sent Reporter Bonnie Britain onto the wet and windy streets of London where she bumped into Dan from the band The Feeling – who invited her into his home to discuss music, and the band’s new album which was released on FRIDAY – called The Feeling.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain returns with a look at an event aimed at breast cancer awareness called Coppafeel. Boobball is a charity game held in the olympic park and Bonnie managed to get interviews with some of the players. Tom Fletcher from Mcfly, Ashley James, Gaby Roslin, Dan Edgar and Kate Write from TOWIE and Kristin Hallenga all spoke to our Bonnie.
As we creep closer to Christmas – Jason presents the Not Quite Christmas Show where every song that we play was in the charts on the 25th of December of the given release date.
Tonight after 9pm Jason talks to the author and blogger Lisa Wilson about the life and trial of a man who was at complete odds with his public image – Oscar Pistorius. Find out how Oscar shouldn’t of been at the Olympics at all – but he bullied his way on to the ticket. Lisa met the family of Reeva Steenkamp and discusses the continuation of the work that Reeva was embarking by her mother June.
After 8pm it’s Jason’s Christmas December Disco – songs that were in the top 20 on the 25th of December and roving Reporter Bonnie Britain files her latest report of 2015 about a MoleculeArt event in London’s South Bank Oxo Tower – where she drank cocktails and sprayed all different types of paint on to canvas as part of an art exhibition.
Situated in South London, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is the oldest and most famous home for dogs and cats in the United Kingdom.
Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats – none of which would be possible without its team of over 1000 volunteers who help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community.
And so it was on a cold November morning that I met up with Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain for a coffee and light breakfast with the Battersea team.
Bonnie first spoke to the Operations Manager Carly Whyborn about how they cope at this time of year with the influx of unwanted pets and Carly spoke of the need for foster families. To foster a cat or dog means helping to prepare them for their permanent homes by getting them used to a domestic lifestyle and handling by humans or monitoring their recovery following treatment by their Clinic team. You can find out more information about being a battersea foster family by visiting either the dog foster page or cat foster page.
There were just so many wonderful animals at the rescue centre that both myself and Bonnie could have taken one or all of them home.
Battersea used to have a policy of not rehoming any animals just before Christmas, as families would often want one for their kids – but upon getting it realised the dog or cat needed more attention than they could offer – or was more expensive than they thought.
However, this has been changed as it was deemed unfair to the animals and their potential owners – just because it’s Christmas. Plus, there are a lot of people who may be older or single who don’t have a family who live nearby and would love to re-home a pet – just in time for Christmas.
The rescue and rehoming centre has recently launched a campaign in which they are asking crafty supporters of the home to make and donate dog bandanas so that these scents can be sprayed on the bandanas and the soothing smells can linger with the dogs as they move around their kennels.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tyson has spent over 100 days at Battersea Old Windsor and is one of the many dogs in Battersea’s care who would benefit from a comforting bandana. The fun and excitable four year old loves to be outside exploring but becomes stressed when returned to his kennel.
Bandanas for small, medium and large dogs would be gladly received, in any colour and print material, so dogs like Tyson can remain happy and calm while they wait for their new forever home to be found.
Whilst at Battersea myself & Bonnie heard how over the past year, they have seen 21 dogs come through its doors that have been used for breeding then abandoned. We were told how Battersea is urging people not to buy puppies from breeders.
Many dogs are sold through well-known classified adverts – online and print, so unsuspecting buyers have to just take the sellers word for what they’re getting. They may think they’re buying a Shih Tzu, but more often than not, that cute fluffy puppy, turns into something completely different.
The majority of the 21 ex breeding bitches dumped at Battersea’s gates were bull breeds and the average cost of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy is £300-500. So if their puppies were sold for that amount their unscrupulous owners could have pocketed as much as £126,000 between them, and £6000 each.
After spending time with the dogs, our guide Francesca Vitale took us to the Cattery which was opened 5 years ago by the Duchess of Cornwall and cost £5 million. Something that I was unaware of, but Battersea has been rehoming not only dogs but cats of all ages and sizes since 1883 and have found homes for more than 200,000 felines. A great achievement for the charity.
Bonnie spoke to full-time member of staff and rehomer Ros Davies about her work and met some of the cats waiting for a new home. Ros said that in the run-up to Christmas rehoming slows down but they get a large number of cats through their doors.
Please help support Battersea by visiting their online shop.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain was in London to catch up with the writers and cast behind the new James Philips play McQueen – about the legendary and troubled fashion designer Alexander McQueen who died in February 2010.
On this show we play 4 songs back to back from the featured group XTC; founder and drummer in the group Terry Chambers celebrates his birthday that week.
After 8pm SFM’s Greek correspondent Elleni Panayiotou joins the show live from Athen’s on the day that the Grexit was averted. Eurozone leaders have come to a “unanimous” agreement over a third bailout for Greece after marathon talks, averting the danger of a Greek exit from the euro. The new package is said to be worth €35bn.
After 9pm Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the launch night of a new club called Why Not People. It’s a members club established exclusively for people with disabilities. As well as the organiser of the event Jameela Jamil and those in attendance Bonnie got a dance lesson from the boy band flawless!
Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the launch night of a new club called Why Not People which has been founded by Jameela Jamil who says: “I one day decided I simply can’t continue living in a world that excludes such a large part of society. Some of my best friends are those people. I am so grateful that I am finally in a position where I can help to do something about it.”
Why Not People? has been created to host accessible live gigs and events to enhance the experience for its members and their friends. These showcase events are designed to help impact significant change in society for the 11.8 million people living with disability in the UK – helping to solve the issues often faced when booking and attending live events.
It’s a members club established exclusively for people with disabilities. Membership is free. It will include accessible events hosted by us with a line-up of music, comedy and dance from World Class artists!
Since its launch in January 2015, Why Not People? has received support from global musicians and TV personalities such as Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson, Tinie Tempah, James Blake, Paralympic athletes Ade Adepitan, Jordanne Whiley, Hannah Cockroft, Hannah Russell, TV personalities Alex Brooker, Martin Dougan and Sophie Morgan.
Monday Matters reporter Bonnie also meets the boyband Flawless and there is live music from artist Tinie Tempah.
Christopher Biggins & Barbara Windsor were the judges at the first ever West End Bake Off held on 23rd May at St Anne’s Church Courtyard, London.
Baker-partakers included, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Les Misérables, Wicked, Beautiful –The Carole King Musical, Billy Elliot The Musical, The Book Of Mormon, Mamma Mia!, The Mousetrap, The Phantom Of The Opera, The Railway Children and War Horse.
All funds raised at the Bake Off, which is supported by The Mackintosh Foundation, will go towards Acting For Others, the umbrella organisation representing 15 UK theatrical charities that offer emotional and financial support to members of the entertainment industry who have fallen on hard times.
Monday Matters are big flans of bake off’s and felt the knead to send along their rising reporter Bonnie Britain to see how much dough had been raised and get a slice of the action.