Tag Archives: Maidstone

Learn How To Be A Fabulous Flirt

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We’ve all been there – an alarmingly attractive individual walks toward us in the street, you can see them giving you a look and you think, ‘Well, hello there!’. You feel a momentary flutter in your stomach as you anticipate a conversation and them asking for your number. And then the cold wind that follows in their wake hits you as they just keep on walking…

Were you reading the signals wrong? If not, what happened? Should you have gone up to him/her? But what on earth would you have said? Confusion reigns.

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Flirting expert, Jean Smith is hosting Fearless Flirting Tours of London. She will teach you how to flirt, and to approach anyone you want without fear, by arming you with top tips and techniques and a whole new way to view this flirting business.

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Jean will join me on my 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show on 6th February 2016 at 08:10 so we can learn how to be a fabulous flirt!

Flirting tours run monthly in London. The next tour date is 11th Feb at 5:30pm and 7:45pm.

Tours begin at the National Portrait Gallery and cost £39.

For more information you can visit the website: flirtology.co.uk

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Robin Hood & His Merry Men @ The Hazlitt Maidstone

Robin Hood & His Merry Men - On Tour

Robin Hood & His Merry Men is a Springtime panto that will be at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone on the 15th April 2015.

Robin Hood, played by CITV’s Hi-5 Chris Edgerley, puts right the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham who rules over the good people of Sherwood, collecting taxes to pay for his own evil plans. Silly Willy Scarlet (played by the hilarious Tom Swift) is eager to help and join the Merry Men (Britain’s Got Talent comedy impressionist Philip Green as Little John, and from Harry Potter and Channel 4 Seven Dwarfs Josh Bennett as Big John).

The auditions for ‘Sherwoods Got Talent’ are the perfect distraction as the Sheriff kidnaps Maid Marian – will Robin Hood and his very Merry Men be able to rescue her in time?

Jason spoke with the actor Jimmy Burton-Iles who plays the character of Fryer Tuck on 106.9 SFM’s DriveTime show.

Joe McElderry chats to Jason McCrossan on Monday Matters

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Former X Factor contestant and winner of the 2009 final Joe McElderry spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday Matters on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com about his latest tour – Evolution – which is heading to Maidstone in March 2015.

Since winning the X-factor Joe, has also crowned the winner of the second series of Popstar to Operastar in 2011 and the first series of The Jump in 2014 – won this year by Joey Essex.

For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk

Interview with Voodoo Room

Voodoo Room

Voodoo Room are a new and exciting Classic Power Trio, paying tribute to both “Hendrix” & “Cream.” Featuring some of the U.K.’s finest musicians, they perform a kicking, world class show in total appreciation of these two massive pioneers from the world of classic blues/rock!!

Pete Orr & John Tonks joined Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM for an acoustic mix of their favourite music . They perform at the Hazlitt theatre in Maidstone on 30th January 2015.

CUTTING EDGE – MEET THE POLICE COMMISSIONER

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Ann Force 1

Channel 4 recently aired a documentary entitled “Meet the Police Commissioner” – which was a fly on the wall look at Kent’s first Commissioner who is charged with efficient and effective policing Ann Barnes

The documentary paints a pretty unflattering picture of Ann who seemingly bumbles her way from one meet to the next.

And there in lies the trap door of life…never agree to a television programme without having a veto on the final edit.

Television makers employ people to make their subjects like and trust them.  To tell them all the stuff that said subject thinks and feels they want portrayed on the screen – make them feel like they are the ones writing the script.

The truth is – the only people writing the script are the TV production company and all those moments when you thought you had their trust, when you thought you’d made a real friendship – goes right out the window – they will tell you anything you want to hear to get their story.

And that is why I feel really sorry for Ann Barnes.   I do not for one second believe that the image portrayed by this documentary is fair and rounded and certainly not what was promised.  Out of all the hours of filming – they have focused on maybe 10% of who Ann is.

Imagine for one second, if you had camera’s following you 8 hours per day at work for 3 months and you were trying to be as open and honest as possible.  There would be, I’m sure, many good things – but also – there would be some embarrassing moments, a few mistakes, some points you’d rather weren’t show and some that you hope they do.

Now imagine if over the course of an hour – you saw all those negative bits – those big nasty warts that’d you’d hoped would have been cut or edited – the main focus of the programme.  I guess, like what may have happened to Ann – the blood draining from your face.

I can only imagine that Ann’s agreement was part genuinely wanted to engage the public in understand her role and part ego.  Maybe she allowed herself to believe the sweet talk from the producers who, I’m sure, assured her that she’d be pleased with the results and all was fine.

The truth is television relies on those who take part to be flattered into signing away the right to your personal identity and allowing a production company to define your image – put it out for everyone to see – then walk away.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

Thursday 14 February 1895 was the triumphant opening night of The Importance of Being Earnest and the zenith of Oscar Wilde’s career. Less than 100 days later he found himself a common prisoner and bankrupt, sentenced to two years hard labour.

The Trials Of Oscar Wilde is a new play using the transcripts from the trial that took place in 1895 and which is about to start a UK wide tour starting in Maidstone’s Hazlitt Art’s Centre on 3rd May.  Co-written by the Oscar Wilde’s only grandson Merlin Holland and Director of the European Arts Company John O’Connor.

Jason McCrossan spoke with co-writer and producer of the show John. For more information: http://www.europeanarts.co.uk

Monday Matters 10th Feb 2014

Gyles Brandreth is Looking for Happiness
Gyles Brandreth is Looking for Happiness

On the show today, Jason speaks to writer, broadcaster and former MP Gyles Brandreth who is currently on tour with his one-man show called Looking for happiness. Gyles is a reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4’s Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.

Also on the show, the featured artist is Peter Gabriel who turned 64 years old during this week and Kyra has the gig guide and latest music news.

We aslo feature music from: Tom Petty, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Paul McCartney, Shivaree, MØ, Broken bells, Pink Floyd, Ultravox, Suzanne Vega and Jack Johnson.

And we give The Last Word to cultural theorist Stuart Hall who died at the age of 82 on the 10th February 2014.  Stuart coined the term ‘Thatcherism’ and profoundly influenced New Labour.

For more information about Gyles you can visit his website at http://www.gylesbrandreth.net/


Listen to Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan

My chat with Giles Brandreth

Gyles's show is called "In Search Of Happiness
Gyles’s show is called “In Search Of Happiness”

I’ve always been a fan of Mr Brandreth.  Well, ok, in the 1990s I thought of him as a bit of a buffoon – but then, didn’t everyone? However, he has redeem himself in spades through his brilliant novels and wonderful contributions to Just A Minute.

So, I was very happy when he agreed to chat with me – even it it was for 15 minutes.  If you like Gyles, just know that he is performing up and down the country on his one man show “In Search for Happiness” – and I can only imagine it is nothing short of fabulous…just like Gyles.

On Saturday Breakfast on 15th February I will be giving away a pair of tickets to his show taking place the same evening.  Listen to http://www.sfmradio.com to win.