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The ‘National Living Rage’ Christmas song!


Siobhain McDonagh is the MP for MP for Mitcham and Morden who brought together a group of MPs to release the ‘National Living Rage’ Christmas campaign song to generate higher public awareness of some UK companies who have been cutting the total pay of their long-serving staff, as a result of the increases to the national living wage.

She spoke to Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM about the campaign and her desire to raise awareness of the fact that thousands of people in this country, who are already on low pay, are receiving a pay cut.


For more information: http://www.siobhainmcdonagh.org.uk/campaigns/nationallivingrage.aspx



The Quiz of 2015

Jason McCrossan presents his quiz of 2015.  Jason is the quiz master and is joined by Kyra Cross, Roy Herbert and eventually by Stu James.  All the questions relate to things that happened in the year of MMXV.

A Very Tory Christmas


I love this picture of Prime Minister David Cameron – it really works on so many levels – in that – he could actually play this part in cartoon form!!!

The picture appeared in the Herald Scotland – under the headline “A very Tory Christmas: welfare rules leaving vulnerable families destitute over holidays” – so not a great story -but I do like the artistic impression this gives off.

Santa Paws Comes To Kent


Staff and animals at the Brands Hatch Battersea Dogs and Cats centre are getting into the festive spirit by inviting animal lovers from across Kent and the surrounding areas to join them for some Christmas fun at their countryside centre.

The Santa Paws event features a snowy Santa’s Grotto, which will be open for children to meet a special guest from the North Pole and lots of craft activities including making Christmas tree decoration and creating purrfect presents and gifts for your pets or, you can make presents to donate to the animals of Battersea.

As well as all that there’ll be christmas music, frosty cakes and loads of refreshments – as well as the opportunity to meet their countryside cats and canines up close!

Santa Paws is taking place this Saturday 12th December from 10.30am – 2.30pm.

Standard admission fees apply. Find out how to find them.

What your name says about how generous you are

462653748_d1.jpgSo, Christmas is now literally around the corner and YOU may already have started dropping hints – in the shell like ears of your dear beloved about the kind of presents you want.

But- new research has suggested that the name of the person you drop hints too – could affect the likely hood of you getting what you want.

The study conducted by personalised gift specialists GettingPersonal.co.uk compiled data from over 250,000 gift givers, and takes into account not only the number of gifts purchased but also the total amount spent.

The results reveal that Paul, David and Mark are the top three most generous men’s names, while Adam, Lee and Ben came at the bottom of the list. It turns out that Paul McCartney is the person we should want opening presents with us on Christmas day, and not Ben Affleck.

It also looks like Dame Julie Andrews never lost her Christmas spirit, as the name Julie topped the list of generous women, along with the names Karen and Rebecca. Watch out for Patricia, Diane and Janet, though because these ladies turned out to be the stingiest.

When it comes to our royals, Kate might want to start dropping some serious hints because ‘William’ didn’t even make it into the top 100.


John Smith, co-founder of GettingPersonal.co.uk said, ‘the generosity list is just a bit of fun, and obviously there are lots of generous Adams and Patricias in the UK. As we specialise in personalised gifts, we thought it would be interesting to see whether there was any link between peoples’ names and their gift giving habits.’

According to a survey of 250,000 names by a gift website, how generous or otherwise someone is has been linked to their name.

The results showed that Rebecca, Karen and Julie were the most generous women.

Paul, David and Mark, meanwhile, were supposedly the names of the most generous men.

Top 10 Lists:

Most Generous Men:

Most Generous Women:

Least Generous Men

Least Generous Women

Christmas Shopping Hacks: how to pay less for presents


Narrowing down the choice of gifts is just half the battle, finding it at the best price is a must if shoppers want to make their money go further this Christmas.

How to find the cheapest prices on everything from toys to gadgets:

1. Use a price comparison website or app.

idealo.co.uk compares prices from around 20,000 online shops. Listings show cheapest price first to help consumers spend less on the brands and products they want this Christmas.

Tip: Download the idealo app (free) before hitting the high street. Use the barcode scanner to see if your purchase is cheaper online.

2. Delivery


Buying online can sometimes mean high delivery costs, but often retailers offer free delivery once a minimum spend is reached. Double check more than one item from your list at a good price from the same shop.

3.Christmas Postbox Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

The two big shopping days which promise great deals for consumers are Black Friday (Nov 27th) and Cyber Monday (Nov 30th).

Take advantage of deals both online and in the shops on these days, but don’t assume that just because it is a big day for bargain hunting, this must be the best price.

Recent idealo consumer research
has shown that consumers can save an average of 18% on this year’s top toys simply by comparing prices online.  Speaking for idealo.co.uk, Consumer Editor, Katy Phillips said:

“If we take a look at one of this year’s dream toys, the Thunderbirds Interactive Tracy Island retails at GBP 79.99, but using a price comparison site, consumers can order online today for under GBP 60.00. Don’t assume the first price you see is what you have to pay.”

106.9 SFM Presents: Snow White and the SFM Dwarves!

The 106.9 SFM Christmas Panto for 2014!
The 106.9 SFM Christmas Panto for 2014!

The 106.9 SFM Christmas Pantomime 2014: Snow White and the SFM Dwarves!

Packed full of everything you ever wanted in a panto: innuendo, amateur acting… and Terry Wogan.


Narrator: Nick Berry
Producer:  Kyra Cross
Snow White:  Lauren Holtum
Buttons:  Dan Pope
Prince:  Gary Croucher
Wicked Stepmother:  Jason McCrossan
Widow Twanky:  Pete Flynn
Magic Mirror:  Mark Rogers
Roger, the crazy Professor: Roger Wingco Wrapson
Fairy Rockfather: Dave Fuller

Doc: Tony Weaver
Rocky: Kev Wilson
Poppy: Kevin Field
Indie: Darren Lawrence
R: Ollie Field
B: Lui Haider (R + B, geddit?)
Margaret: Sam Gillham

Terry Wogan: Stuart Baker

Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan Christmas Special

The final Monday Matters with Jason McCossan of 2014 includes the Quiz of 2014 with Kyra Cross and Nicky B; Crap Karaoke and a look back at the year in music including those who passed away.

Also, Jason and Kyra pay a visit to Santa on the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Santa Train and how else to finish but with the story ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Christmas Edition Saturday Breakfast 2014

Jason McCrossan presents the final Saturday Breakfast show of 2014. Jason is joined by Kyra Cross bringing the latest travel news and listener updates and there are the usual features including Tranquil Time with Gill Fraser Lee – the last poem of the year is called Winter Landscape by John Berryman; Feather Barkweasle makes her last appearance of 2014; there is a Christmas edition of Pick of The Number One Pops – where all the songs were number one on the Christmas days of 1965, 1975, 1985 and 1995.

In the final hour – Stu James joins the show to challenge Kyra for the Christmas Crown as we play Blockbusters with the late and great Bob Holness.

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Santa Train


The Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway is the preserved southern half of the former Bowater’s Railway built to move the raw materials for paper making and also the finished products around the mill at Sittingbourne.

Jason & Kyra from Monday Matters on 106.9 SFM took a trip on their Santa train – and even got to meet santa.

For more information please visit: http://www.sklr.net/