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The UK just shrunk in stature

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After many months, years and decades of political wrangling and debate over whether the UK should be in or out of the EU – we finally got a decision.

The United Kingdom voted via referendum to leave the EU.  No one really knows how the result of Friday 24th will pan out, but I can’t say for certain that it will be negative – like those who voted to leave can’t say for certain that everything will be ok.

But I do believe the consequences will be far reaching and I do not think we understand them fully.  In 20 or 30 years from now we will look back and be able to trace events which have occurred, events we do not yet know of, back to the result today.

Some of those events will be positive but I’m sure some will also be negative. And

Who would have guessed that the awful events of September the 11th, would have lead to a 10 year war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand about Afghanistan- but the problems were on the Afghan/Pakistan border – Iraq had nothing to do with it and has tainted our international politics ever since. When David Cameron tried to help Syria out during its civil war the only thing that was shot down was his plan.

And then, who would have guessed that a street vendor setting fire to himself in Tunisia in 2010 would have lead to an Arab Spring, which eventually lead to tens of thousands of desperate migrants streaming into Europe – which would then be used as means of scaring UK voters via an outrageous poster during the EU campaign.

Who would have guessed that the Labour parties decision to elect Ed Milliband instead of his brother would have lead to an old anti-EU left winger being at the helm of the Labour Party when the UK was asked to make a crucial to stay or leave the EU.   Had Labour chosen David, maybe the referendum wouldn’t have happened at all!

Like most disasters there is no one single incident that proves fatal.  It’s a series of events some linked, some not that come together  at a crucial point just does disaster strikes.  As it was, the vote ended up being about a lack of political buyin from our voters, a fear of immigration and a boot in the face of our politicians.

And so here we are.  The Prime Minister resigns; the stock markets plummet; business is unsure about whether to invest; some considering a move.

What will happen next?  My guess is that it won’t be as bad as people suggest and it won’t be as wonderful as those brexiters would have us believe.  Given the amount of pro-EU support in parliament – I wonder if the anger felt by those of us who voted to remain – will soon be felt by those who voted to leave.  Outcome. Yet again, no one is happy and everyone feels cheated.

Well done, politics, you did it again.

 

 

 

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Saturday Breakfast 05 March 2016

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On 106.9 SFM in Kent every Saturday morning – the breakfast with Jason McCrossan.

On today’s show: Kyra is in control of all the contacts and communicaitons and Jack has the news.

Who is the voice – between 7am and 8am – can you guess the mystery character?

After 8am -Dickie and Feather return for Play Your Celebrity Cards Right

After 9am – it’s pick of the number one pops- the songs we play were number on that day.

 

Airbus A321 flying into Gatwick

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I recently spent a week in Spain and on the way back used my ipad to record the view from the wing as we made our approach and landing.

Global travellers’ destinations 2016

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Brighton Beach, 2015

If you haven’t ever caught the train down to Brighton to eat fish & chips on the pier, 2016 is definitely the year to do it. Because TripAdvisor has announced the world’s leading destinations for 2016, according to feedback from millions of TripAdvisor travellers – and Brighton has been named sixth trendiest holiday spot on the planet.

Top spot was claimed by the somewhat sunnier and arguably slightly more glamorous resort town of Tulum, Mexico. Other trending destinations include Cartagena, Colombia, and its Caribbean beaches, and Portugal’s second largest city, Porto.

And while you might struggle to justify a trip a two-week holiday in Mexico this summer, there’s really no excuse for failing to make it down south in the next 12 months. If you haven’t been, it’s time to tick Brighton off your bucket and spade list. Start planning your 2016 summer hols now.

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India, 2015

 

Global travellers’ choice destinations on the rise in 2016

1. Tulum, Mexico (+74% booking interest YoY) Las Palmas Maya, £92 per night

2. Cartagena, Colombia (+49% booking interest YoY) San Lazaro Art Lifestyle Hotel, £87 per night

3. Porto, Portugal (+39% booking interest YoY) Moov Hotel Porto Centro, £36 per night

4. Gatlinburg,Tennessee (+67% booking interest YoY) Zoders Inn & Suites, £74 per night

5. Moscow, Russia (+27% booking interest YoY) Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya, £46 per night

6. Brighton, United Kingdom (+60% booking interest YoY) Artist Residence Brighton, £123 per night

7. New Delhi, India (+28% booking interest YoY) bloomrooms @ Link Rd, £38 per night

8.Banff, Canada (+43% booking interest YoY) Rundlestone Lodge, £104 per night

9. Lima, Peru (+33% booking interest YoY) Hotel Vila Santa Miraflores, £51 per night

10. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil (+34% booking interest YoY)

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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One of the newly arrived kittens.  Many kittens and puppies come to Battersea because breeders have been unable to find homes for them.

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.

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Bonnie on our meet and greet!

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.

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Jason asks Hooch – the Dogue de Bordeaux, how he’s finding not having a proper home at the moment  – he said he was finding it “rough”.

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 12246693_10153260915193443_8376998241883413331_n.jpgbecomes 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.

Sewers are invited to use the pattern available.

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.

12291197_10153100450076230_8151491576403214176_o.jpgThe 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.

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Rehomer Ros Davies with Matilda – an elderly cat who has been waiting to be rehomed

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.


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Poem: The Song Of Mr Toad by Kenneth Graham

Poet Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh on 8th March 1859. While still a young man in his 20s, Grahame began to publish light stories in London periodicals such as the St. James Gazette.

His penultimate book and the publication of his triumph, was The Wind in the Willows.

Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time where poems are read out on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com).

Brian Conley – He’s Back & It’s Personal

Brian Conley was born and raised in West London and studied Performing Arts at The Barbara Speake Stage School and then at the age of 16 hit the road and made a living performing cabaret in nightclubs.

He began his TV career as a warm up man for Terry Wogan, Noel Edmonds and Kenny Everett, but soon started appearing in front of the cameras with regular appearances in Five Alive and Live from the Palladium.

He spoke to Jason McCrossan about his life and also his one man show currently touring the uk “The Life of Brian Conley”.

 

Post Cards From Scotland

ukip are MAD, but not as dangerous as the killers we keep!

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How is this possible?

The current coalition Government and their opposition numbers in the Labour party denounce UKip for the “racist” and the “dangerous” language they use when speaking on matters of immigration.  I wouldn’t wish to take this valid point away.

However, how well does our Government’s record stand up to scrutiny when it comes to the immigration status of the truly undesirables in the UK?

The UK political elite state that UKip’s protestations, that there are too many ‘immigrants’ in the UK, is nothing short of dangerous racism, yet at the same time – have allowed our courts to give ‘leave to remain’ to some of the worst murders and war criminals at large from around the world.

They seem not as affronted when a foreign killer of a few or many – wins the right to stay in Britain indefinitely – after claiming his human rights would be breached if he was deported.

Or when a mass murderer is allowed to roam our streets freely because to send him back to the country that seeks him – to answer for his crimes- may use capital punishment and to that end – we will not go.

I do not agree with capital punishment – but I agree even less with a murderer or someone connected with genocide escaping to our country and using our laws to hide the justice that seeks them.

I cannot comprehend what it must be like to know that the person who killed your family member (or family) is being protected by another country- that defends them that slaughtered your loved ones the “right to family life”?

Yet we have it here in the UK.

The test for our politicians is not just to point at UKip – accuse them of being racist and hope the problem will go away – but to look at the reality of modern day Britain and ask…

Who would you rather stayed in our country?

  • A mass murderer
  • A student whose visa has expired

Currently – if you are on a student visa which expires – we’ll grab you by the collar and throw you out on your ear and our courts won’t lift a finger to help! However, let us say you are a mass murderer…well, errrm… “Welcome To The United Kingdom”.

Here are just a few examples…

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Foreign war criminals ‘able to stay in UK’ 

Immigration judges block foreign killer’s deportation on ‘human rights’ grounds

IRA terror suspects told they would not face prosecution in ‘comfort letters’

Killers on our streets: 207 war crime suspects living in Britain including five ‘Nazis’

Britain home to nearly 400 war crimes suspects

100 war criminals apply for UK asylum in a year

 

Yet it takes years for us to deport known extremists and the only way we seem to get any kind of conviction is in a foreign court!

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Abu Hamza found guilty of terror charges in US court

Britain finally deports Abu Qatada

 

And if they are not mass murders – just ordinary people – they have even more of a struggle…

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Nigerian Lesbian Posts Video Plea For Asylum, Facing Death or Prison if Deported

19-year-old Mauritian student Yashika Bageerathi deported

UK decides to deport Indian girl’s entire family back to Mauritius despite protest

Community shocked as Sajid family is deported

Derry man Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh tells of wife deportation fear

 

Others just have to fight….

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FORMER British Army soldier Isimeli Baleiwai fights to stay in the UK

Najibullah Hashimi seeks help raising cash to fight deportation

Convicted boat race protester Trenton Oldfield fights deportation from UK after visa denied

Thankfully they won…but only after a BIG fuss….

Soldier given leave to remain in UK

Teenager ‘over the moon’ after winning deportation battle to Afghanistan

Boat Race protester Trenton Oldfield wins deportation case

I guess the question is – what are human rights in the 21st Century and does that apply to those who seek to evade justice?