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Vampires – A Horrid History

Dr Richard Sugg is a lecturer in the Department of English Studies and a member of 17th century Studies and has authored books such as “Murder after Death” and ” Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires”.

Bram Stoker published his book Dracula in 1897 and it could be argued that this and the 1958 Hammer film production of Dracula starring Christopher Lee truly brought Vampires to our screens and into our

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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!

Monday Matters – Dark Toursim

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On the show today, Jason speaks Catherine Roberts about the subject of Dark Tourism – people who visits places or sites that have been the location for an event involving death or murder.

Also the featured artist is US country singer, songwriter and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century Johnny Cash whose birthday is on 26th February. Kyra has the gig guide and latest music news.

In Music Matters we play interviews and music from the life of George Harrison who would have been 71 on 25th February. George was the guitarist and vocalist with The Beatles, the world’s most successful group. As a solo artist he had the 1970 worldwide No.1 single ‘My Sweet Lord’. He was also a member of the Traveling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Roy Orbison & Bob Dylan.

And we give the last word to Harold Ramis died at the age 69

Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan on 106.9SFM – broadcasting to Swale in Kent and to the world on www.sfmradio.com.

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/


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Monday Matters 3rd February

Jessica Zhu
Jessica Zhu

On this programme Jason speaks to musician and Chinese-American pianist Jessica Zhu. Jessica made her orchestral debut in 2006 at the University of Houston, when she played Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Houston Symphony. She’s since performed with many orchestras in America. In 2009 Jessica was awarded the highly coveted Marshall Scholarship with which she completed a Masters programme with distinction at the the Guildhall School of Music & Dramas.

Also on the show, the featured group is The Kinks as we say happy birthday to Dave Davies, guitarist and founding member who celebrated his 67th birthday today.

Also,  Kyra brings us her all round geeky knowledge, the gig guide and latest music news.

We feature music from: Blondie, Crystal Fighters, Buddy Holly, Sara Bareilles, Empire Of The Sun, Trench City, Fickle Friends, The Waifs and Tori Amos.

And we give The Last Word to American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died on 2nd February 2014.  Philip had won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, was nominated three times for Best Supporting Actor, and received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theatre.

For more information about Jessica Zhu you can visit her website http://www.jessicazhu.com/

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.