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Thought For The Day

2015-03-24 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 6m 3s

Every Sunday Morning on Daz Lawrence's Breakfast Show at 08:30 - Jenny gives her "Thought For The Day" which finishes with a song. This is taken from 28th Feb 2015…

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POEM: At The Last Watch by Rabindranath Tagore

2015-03-10 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 22s

Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse",[3] he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.[4] In translation his poetry was viewed as spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM's Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan - Gill Fraser Lee reads poems in Tranquil Time - poetry on the radio today. Today she reads Rabindranath's poem "At The Last Watch".…

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Joe McElderry chats to Jason McCrossan

2015-02-25 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 11m 19s

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.…

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Phone Hacking Trial with Peter Jukes - Beyond Contempt

2015-02-18 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 30m 18s

Allegations that News International journalists were involved in hacking people's phones for information led to the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid in 201. The scandal went to the heart of Downing Street with two of the Prime Minister’s friends in the dock – Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks. Alongside Brooks and Coulson was former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. Five others had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hack phones before the trial began: private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, news editors James Weatherup and Greg Miskiw and reporters Neville Thurlbeck and Dan Evans. Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months – Rebekah Brooks and Stuart Kuttner were found innocent. One man was there from the very start and ended up covering the whole of the trial – which lasted 138 days and cost up to £100m. He is the journalist Peter Jukes and he’s written a booked about what was the trial of the century - called Beyond Contempt and he spoke to Jason McCrossan.…

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POEM: The Snow Storm by Edna St. Vincent Millay

2015-02-13 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 55s

Poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in Rockland, Maine in 1892. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry and was also known for her feminist activism and her many love affairs. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work. The poet Richard Wilbur asserted, "She wrote some of the best sonnets of the century." Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower) reads poems in our Tranquil Time feature at around 07:50. Today Gill reads Edna's The Snow Storm.…

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The UFO and Alien encounter files

2015-02-12 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 18m 22s

Nick Pope used to run the British government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defence. It was while working on the MoD's UFO project Nick also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognised as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. In 2007 the MoD released its entire archive of UFO files and Nick was given access to the files. He spoke to Jason about these files as well as the Encounter in Rendlesham Forest - all as he took part in the Conscious Life Expo event Los Angeles. You can find out more about Nick Pope from his website www.nickpope.net…

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POEM: THE JOURNEY BY MARY OLIVER

2015-02-10 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 48s

Mary Oliver is an American poet who was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, a semi-rural suburb of Cleveland. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963, when she was 28. She has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times described her as “far and away, [America’s] best-selling poet” Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 on 106.9 SFM – Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower) reads poems in our Tranquil Time spot. Today’s poem is by Mary Oliver and is called The Journey…

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Author William Stafford speaks to Jason McCrossan

2015-02-04 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 9m 0s

William Stafford lives and writes in the Black Country. After working in libraries and teaching Drama in schools and colleges, he now devotes much of his time to his novels, which blend his irrepressible sense of humour with science fiction, historical fantasy, or whodunits. He speaks to Jason McCrossan about his latest novel Kiss of the Water Nymph: A Hector Mortlake Adventure …

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POEM Robert Frost - Come In

2015-02-02 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 12s

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM GIll Fraser Lee @Ahappyflower reads a poem in our Tranquil Time section. This morning she reads the American poet Robert Frost's poem - Come In. Frost is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. He's one of the most popular and critically respected American poets of the twentieth century. He was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.…

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Interview with Voodoo Room

2015-01-30 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 39m 50s

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 Jan.…

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Author and Film Producer Peter James

2015-01-21 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 55s

International best-selling crime thriller novelist Peter James spoke to Jason on 106.9 SFM about his life and his play, currently touring the UK called Dead Simple. It’s adapted from his best selling novel of the same name.…

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POEM: The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

2015-01-16 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 3m 15s

Read by Gill Fraser Lee. Each Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM's breakfast show, Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time - where we hear a poem on the radio. Tune into www.sfmradio.com at 07:50 every Saturday morning.…

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Learn How To Laugh – Stephanie Davies CEO of Laughology

2015-01-13 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 19m 44s

Stephanie Davies is the founder and CEO, of Laughology a company that seeks to use comedy and humour as the cornerstone to help people understand what it means to create an engaged, motivated and happy work force. Stephanie spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday nights Monday Matters 106.9 SFM on 12th January 2015 about happiness and how seeing the funny side of life – is something that you can actually learn. She also gives some tips on things we can do everyday to train ourselves into thinking happy.…

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POEM: John Berryman: Winter Landscape

2014-12-19 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 49s

John Berryman was born John Smith in McAlester, Oklahoma, 1914. From 1955 until his death in 1972, he was a professor at the University of Minnesota. In the final tranquil Time of 2014 - Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem Winter Lanscape - originally broadcast on Jason's Saturday Breakfast programme on 106.9 SFM…

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Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway Santa Train

2014-12-16 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 13m 20s

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.…

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POEM: Winter by Robert Louis Stevenson

2014-12-11 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 1m 54s

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Every Saturday morning on www.sfmradio.com 106.9 SFM Gill Fraser Lee presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio. Today’s poem is called Winter.…

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John Lennon Special

2014-12-09 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 26m 10s

In the final hour of Monday Matters Jason had the John Lennon hour - which included music as well as an edited 20 minutes of the final interview John ever did with the BBC's Andy Peebles on 6th December 1980 - two days later he was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City. Chapman had been stalking Lennon for days and asked for an autograph as Lennon walked through the courtyard. After he signed a piece of paper Chapman fired. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm.…

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POEM: John Clare - December

2014-12-05 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 43s

Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 - Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time - where listeners to 106.9 SFM hear poetry on their radio. Today's poem is by John Clare and is titled "December". The poem is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower). For more info. www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Astronomy and Space update with Mike Culley Nov 2014

2014-12-02 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 14m 56s

Mike Culley is from the Southend Planetarium and chats to Jason about NASA's Rosetta mission to land on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet as well as his highlights of 2014 and a look forward to 2015.…

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Rock Trek To Mount Kilimanjaro

2014-11-26 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 22m 36s

Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain spoke to Noel Sullivan, Lauren Samuels and Dan Fletcher who are embarking on a trek to Mount Kilimanjaro on the 2nd December 2014 for two charities: The lullaby trust and Bliss. When Noel was younger, his family suffered two devastating tragedies; at only 6 months old, his brother, Dominic, was lost to sudden infant death syndrome. Just three years later, his sister, Alicia-Monique died prematurely aged nine days of complications relating to a brain tumour. Noel wanted to find a way to honour his siblings memory and felt these charities best serve this purpose. He will be joined by both Lauren and Daniel a mammoth 8 day trek to an altitude of 19,341 feet!…

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POEM: FOR THE FALLEN BY LAURENCE BINYON

2014-11-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 3m 25s

The poem is read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) on Jason McCrossan's Saturday Breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com. This is one of the most famous and enduring war poems, and it was written at an historic moment … just after the retreat from Mons and the victory of the Marne. For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Memphis the Musical comes to London

2014-11-14 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 33m 32s

Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain was back out and about in London this time chatting to the writers and cast of Memphis the Musical: David Bryan, Joe DiPietro, Waylon Jacobs and Rolan Bell. Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS the Musical follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. …

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Gill Fraser Lee reads Ghost House by Robert Frost

2014-11-06 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 3m 13s

Robert Frost was an American poet highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. His work frequently employed settings from rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. A popular and often-quoted poet, Frost was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry. On Saturday morning breakfast on 106.9 SFM with Jason McCrossan Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem Ghost House.…

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Part 1: Halloween 2014 Dr Richard Sugg

2014-10-29 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 16m 50s

The name Halloween (originally spelled Hallowe'en) is a contraction of All Hallows Even, meaning the day before All Hallows Day (better known today as All Saints Day), a Catholic holiday. Dr Richard Sugg is a lecturer in English studies at the University of Durham who has just completed volume one of Faces of the Vampire called the (The Real Vampires) – which will be published next year. He spoke to Jason on Monday Matters.…

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POEM HUNTER TRIALS BY JOHN BETJEMAN

2014-10-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 1m 57s

On the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show with Jason McCrossan – Tranquil Time at 07:50am is our poetry spot – a time to allow the stresses and strains of the day to wash away. This poem is called the ‘Hunter Trials’ by John Betjeman, It is read by Matthew Ward.…

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Edible Cinema Experience with Bonnie Britain

2014-10-15 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 19m 53s

Monday Matters reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the Electric cinema for their Edible Cinema event – a unique way to experience a film: through aroma, texture and taste. Each guest is supplied with a tray of numbered mystery boxes containing a bite-sized tasting menu tailored to specific moments in the film. Bonnie talks to the creators behind the idea - Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters & the British singer, musician and DJ Bishi.…

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Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

2014-10-12 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 14m 31s

Dr Pak Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent and spoke with Jason McCrossan. The demonstrations in Hong Kong also known as the Umbrella Movement or Umbrella Revolution, began in September 2014 when pro-democracy campaigners, angry at China’s plans to vet candidates when they hold elections in 2017, protested outside the government headquarters and occupied several major city intersections.…

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Part 1: Invictas Games 2014 with Bonnie Britain

2014-10-08 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 21m 16s

On the 10-14th September the Invictus Games took place in London. Over 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Teams came from the armed forces of nations that have served alongside each other. The Games used the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. The Monday Matters roving reporter Bonnie Britain went to the Invictas games.…

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Oscar Pistorius Trial - the verdict

2014-09-25 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 11m 9s

After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Judge Thokozile Masipa gave her Judgement on the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics. She found him not guilty of premeditated murder but guilty of culpable homicide. Jason spoke with respected South African legal expert and President of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Llewellyn Curlewis about his views on the verdict.…

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Puppy Farming? Yes...it happens....

2014-09-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 27m 50s

Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without a thought for the welfare or happiness of the pup, breeding bitch or stud dogs. These poorly pups are then sold en masse to pet shops, online or from free newspaper ads and usually die soon after reaching their new home. Pupaid is a yearly campaign designed to raise awareness and to change the law to prevent the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without any thought for the health, welfare and quality of life of the puppy and its parents. Pup Aid is determined to bring about an end to this cruel and unnecessary practice. Monday Matters roving reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the PUP AID 2014 - event on 6th September and spoke to various celebrities including Sue Perkins, Jeremy Edwards, Matt Johnson and many others.…

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Campaign Against Living Miserably: Depression & suicide

2014-08-21 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 16m 22s

The untimely death of Robin Williams made the headlines throughout the world and highlighted not only depression, but male suicide - which is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-49. In 2012 there were nearly 6,000 suicides, of which 77% were male.
 Jason McCrossan spoke to Jane Powell – Director of the men's charity CALM - Campaign Against Living Miserably.…

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Film Review W/E 17th August 2014

2014-08-16 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 12m 41s

On Jason McCrossan's Friday DriveTime show, Chris Olsen from www.ukfilmreview.co.uk provides us with the top picks of the week in films and DvD releases.…

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Part 2 Les Mis V Phantom charity football match

2014-08-13 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 22m 58s

The Les Mis V Phantom charity football match took place on 3rd August. The inspiration for starting the event was a girl called Melanie Oakley-Dow who sadly lost her battle with cancer at the end of 2013. Our roving reporter Bonnie Britain went along and interviewed some of the celebs including Ralf Little, Niall Sheehy. For more information please visit www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Les Mis V Phantom charity football match

2014-08-11 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 21m 45s

The Les Mis V Phantom charity football match took place on 3rd August. The inspiration for starting the event was a girl called Melanie Oakley-Dow who sadly lost her battle with cancer at the end of 2013. Our roving reporter Bonnie Britain went along and interviewed some of the celebs includng Hollyoaks Danny Mac & Ayden Callaghan. For more information please visit www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Astronomy Update with Mike Culley

2014-08-05 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 14s

Mike Culley is the Education & Learning Officer at the Southend Museum & lecturer at the Planetarium; the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east of England, outside of London. He regularly speaks to Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM about the latest developments in our space and solar system.…

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Beverley Craven chats to Jason about her new album

2014-07-31 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 13m 55s

Beverley Craven is best known for her 1991 hit single "Promise Me". On the 28th of July, she celebrated her birthday and was kind enough to speak to Jason about her forthcoming album Change Of Heart which is released on 1st September. …

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Prince Charles does Robert Burns

2014-07-29 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 4m 6s

Taken from my Monday Matters radio show on 106.9 SFM - Jason introduces a notable person who died on the day the programme was broadcast. On this day it was Robert Burns (Rabbie Burns) and just managed to find a clip of HRH Prince Charles reading out the Burns poem "My Heart's In The Highlands"…

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POEM: Octavio Paz Between Going and Coming

2014-07-26 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 42s

Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM - Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time - a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee. Octavio Paz was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.…

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How To Sound Scottish for the Glasgow Games

2014-07-23 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 12m 55s

The 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow opened in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park on 23rd July 2014. Glaswegians can be difficult to understand, at the best of times, and are often wary of strangers with strange voices (mainly English speakers). So - to help the weary English traveller survive their encounters with my Scottish countrymen, Jason thought it would be useful to teach his English neighbours how to sound Scottish and avoid being given wonky information or dodgy directions. Voice actor Jay Britton was drafted in to see if he could get our very own Kyra Cross tawlkin scowtish http://www.voiceofjaybritton.com/…

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POEM Camomile Tea - by Katherine Mansfield

2014-07-19 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 51s

Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM - Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time - a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee. Katherine Mansfield was courageous, contradictory, self-willed, single-minded, argumentative, elusive, in both her life and her work, and always defied the attempts of posterity to pin down the qualities that fascinated her contemporaries. Bertrand Russell admired her brain and would have liked to seduce her; Virginia Woolf said she ‘stank like a civet cat that has taken to street walking’ but admitted that she loved her ‘I suppose in my own way’, and that Katherine was the only writer whose writing she was jealous of. …

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The Hop Farm Festival Part 3

2014-07-18 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 16m 40s

The Hop Farm Music Festival is an annual music festival at The Hop Farm Country Park in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Jason McCrossan and reporter Bonnie Britain, as well as getting their lips painted pink - soaked up the atmosphere from the likes of Billy Ocean, performer Dan Clews and we also have a snippet of the live performance from Grace Jones - who played the festival out on Sunday night.…

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The Hop Farm Festival Part 2

2014-07-16 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 43s

The Hop Farm Music Festival is an annual music festival at The Hop Farm Country Park in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Jason McCrossan and reporter Bonnie Britain went along to soak up the atmosphere and hear music from the likes of Arrested Development; Sophie Ellis-Bextor; and London boys Chaz & Dave.…

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The Hop Farm Festival Part 1

2014-07-14 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 21m 6s

The Hop Farm Music Festival is an annual music festival at The Hop Farm Country Park in Paddock Wood, Kent, England. Jason McCrossan and reporter Bonnie Britain went along to soak up the atmosphere and hear music from the likes of The Feeling; Curtis Stigers and Squeeze.…

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Oscar Pistorius Trial with Judge Chris N Greenland

2014-07-08 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 26m 3s

In the early morning of Thursday, 14 February 2013, Oscar Pistorius shot and killed South African model Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend of three months, at his home in Pretoria. The trial began in March 2014 and garnered world attention. Jason McCrossan speaks to retired Judge Chris N Greenland - who is a former High Court Judge in Zimbabwe and as an Acting High Court Judge in South Africa.…

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Part 2: West End Live 2014 with Bonnie Britain

2014-07-05 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 30s

Thousands of people gathered together in Trafalgar Square at the end of June to enjoy West End Live – a free event that showcases the very best that London’s West End has to offer. There were performances from 25 West End shows including an appearance from The Royal Opera House Chorus, conducted by Pla-ci-do Domingo; the English National Opera and an exclusive of Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. A huge highlight of the weekend - saw old favourites take to the stage once more including Avenue Q, Chicago and Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical - all presented by Oliver Tompsett.…

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West End Live 2014 with Bonnie Britain

2014-07-04 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 41s

Monday Matters roving reporter Bonnie Britain returns with coverage of West End Live – the free event in London's Trafalgar square that featured performances from the best of West End Theatreland.…

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The Song Of Mr Toad by Kenneth Graham

2014-06-26 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 36s

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). For more information visit: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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In Touch With Your Balls

2014-06-24 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 38m 15s

Written by: Matthem Fray. Two one-hour plays presented by The Alternate Shadows. 'What does it mean to be a man? How can we be a better man? And would a real man wear a onesie?' Join Broomfield Community Men's Group to see whether they can come up with the answers. The War Room by Chris Brake. They won’t fight on the beaches, they won’t fight on the landing grounds, they might even surrender. Britain is at war with her closest ally and the bombs are flying as fast as the barbs in The War Room.…

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WWII home-front living history house

2014-06-19 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 53m 39s

A successful experiment in recreating the daily grind of life on the Home Front circa 1943 opened in 2014 in Sittingbourne. The house is filled with original fittings, furniture, artifacts and characters from South East home front groups bring the whole place to life. Jason McCrossan spoke with owner Debbie and her colleagues who run and manage the house about their passion for history and specifically the 1940s - including music from the 1930s & 1940s…

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POEM: There will come soft rains by Sara Teasdale

2014-06-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 44s

Read by Gill Fraser Lee on Jason McCrossan's Saturday Breakfast Show on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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POEM: A Parsonage in Oxfordshire

2014-06-13 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 1m 55s

William Wordsworth was born in April 1770. He was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. He died in April 1850 aged 80. Gill Fraser Lee reads his poem A Parsonage in Oxfordshire on Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM.…

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London's West End Live returns to Trafalgar Square

2014-06-09 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 30m 26s

West End Live showcases the best of what London’s West End has to offer - for FREE! The event takes place on 21st & 22nd June. Last year, Monday Matters sent our roving report Bonnie Britain and her producer Noor to cover West End Live 2013 - where they spoke with the cast of Let It Be, The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Mouse Trap and actor and singer Oliver Tompsett. For more info: www.westendlive.co.uk…

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POEM Dear One Absent This Long While by Lisa Olstein

2014-06-06 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 59s

Lisa Olstein grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her first book of poems, Radio Crackling, Radio Gone (2006), won the Copper Canyon Press Hayden Carruth Award. On 106.9 SFM's Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan - Gill Fraser Lee reads her poem Dear One Absent This Long While. For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Brian Conley - He's Back, & It's Personal!

2014-06-04 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 19m 19s

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".…

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Henry V - year of glory - 1415

2014-05-18 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 33m 20s

Henry V was born in the tower above the gatehouse of Monmouth Castle (and for that reason was sometimes called Henry of Monmouth). He was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 35 in 1422. His military successes culminated in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt (1415) and saw him come close to conquering France. Jason McCrossan spoke with the historian, author and biographer Ian Mortimer who wrote a book called 1415 Henry V's Year of Glory.…

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Absence by Elizabeth Jennings

2014-05-11 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 48s

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM Jason McCrossan plays a poem in his Tranquil Time slot. This week's poem was read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyFLower) and was called Absence by Elizabeth Jennings…

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Hello Darlings! Biography of Kenny Everett

2014-05-09 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 45m 13s

Kenny Everett was revolutionary in television and radio comedy. Chris Evans, Chris Moyles, Rob Brydon and Steve Wright have all cited Kenny as a huge influence on their work - even the great Spike Milligan called him a genius. It was Kenny who developed the radio show format with which we are so familiar today: a mix of music, jingles, funny voices and sound effects. When he seamlessly made the move to television in the seventies, he created unforgettable characters such as Sid Snot, Cupid Stunt and Marcel Wave. Jason McCrossan spoke with the author James Hogg…

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde

2014-05-01 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 46m 19s

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. But what happened during the trials and what did Wilde say? The European Arts Company touring the UK with a new show about the libel and criminal trials of Oscar Wilde. Jason McCrossan spoke with co-writer and producer of the show John O'Connor. For more information: www.europeanarts.co.uk…

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The Norman Conquests - 11th-century invasion

2014-04-24 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 22m 1s

The Norman conquest of England was the 11th-century invasion and occupation of England by an army of Norman, Breton, and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy, later William the Conqueror. Author and historian Marc Morris spoke to Jason about his new book.…

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POEM: I Have Loved Hours at Sea by Sarah Teasdale

2014-04-23 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 53s

I Have Loved Hours at Sea by Sarah Teasdale read by Gill Fraser Lee @Ahappyflower on Jason McCrossan's Saturday Breakfast Show on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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XVI by AE Housman

2014-04-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 1m 54s

A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad. On Saturday breakfast with Jason McCrossan on www.sfmradio.com Gill Fraser Lee Tweet @ahappyflower read XVI by A. E. Housman. For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk…

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Oscar Pistorius Trial - Llewelyn Curlewis

2014-04-15 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 36m 21s

It was on the morning of the 14th February 2013 that 4 shots rang out from the gun of Oscar Pistorius – a Paralympic athlete and rising star in his country and around the world. 3 of those shots hit the 29 year old South African model and reality TV star – Reeva Steenkamp. She died not long after a fatal wound to her head. Criminal lawyer and the special legal advisor to Sky news in South Africa Dr Llewellyn Curlewis spoke to Jason McCrossan…

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Christina Rossetti - I Loved You First

2014-04-11 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 3s

Christina Rossetti was born in London in 1830, one of four children of Italian parents. She is increasingly being reconsidered a major Victorian poet. She has been compared to Emily Dickinson but the similarity is more in the choice of spiritual topics than in poetic approach, Rossetti's poetry being one of intense feelings, her technique refined within the forms established in her time. Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower) - read her poem, I loved you first which was played on Jason McCrossan's breakfast show on www.sfmradio.com…

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North Korea - Dr Jim Hoare

2014-04-08 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 18m 27s

After Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000, North Korea Expert, Dr James Hoare, was appointed British Chargé d’affaires in Pyongyang; and his work laid the foundation for the establishment of a full embassy in the North Korean capital. Jason McCrossan spoke to Dr Hoare about this secretive and often brutal country.…

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POEM: Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Sonnet from the Portuguese XIV

2014-04-03 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 1m 26s

Read by Gill Fraser Lee (@AHappyflower). Broadcast on Jason McCrossan’s Saturday morning breakfast show on 106.9SFM www.sfmradio.com…

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Astronomy with Mike Culley

2014-04-01 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 14m 31s

Mike Culley is from the Southend Planetarium and on 31st March, he spoke with Jason McCrossan about the latest happenings in the sky at night. Monday Matters broadcasts on 106.9 SFM every Monday night from 7pm and online at: www.sfmradio.com…

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Poetry: Robert Herrick - To Daffodils

2014-03-28 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 10s

This week's peom read out in Tranquil Time on Saturday breakfast is by the 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric Robert Herrick. It's read by Gill Fraser Lee (@Ahappyflower)…

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Vampires - A Horrid History

2014-03-26 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 26m 0s

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 nightmares.…

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Marc Bolan reads "A Ship Of Rhythm"

2014-03-19 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 2m 20s

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!…

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Missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370

2014-03-17 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 20m 20s

Flight MH370 departed from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 00:41 on Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday), and was due to arrive in Beijing at 06:30 (22:30 GMT). Malaysia Airlines says the plane lost contact less than an hour after takeoff. No distress signal or message was sent. Jason McCrossan talks to aviation expert Chris Yates about how it is possible for a plane with 239 passengers & crew to just disappear.…

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Sir John Betjeman - Cornish Cliffs

2014-03-14 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 3m 19s

- Read by Gill Fraser Lee Every Saturday morning on Jason McCrossan's Saturday Breakfast show - we give space in the schedules for a little contemplation - known as Tranquil Time. Sir John Betjeman's succeeded C.Day-Lewis as Poet Laureate in 1972. He had a lifelong love of Cornwall and in particular North Cornwall. He died in Trebetherick in May, 1984.…

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The Case of Stephen Lawrence.mp3

2014-03-12 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 15m 22s

Stephen Lawrence was a popular 18 year old living in South East London who was killed in April 1993 in an unprovoked attacked - because he was black. Jason spoke to professor Brian Cathcart - a journalist and former editor of the Sunday independent – currently he is Director of Hacked Off . In 2000 he published a book “The Case of Stephen Lawrence”…

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UFO Police Investigations

2014-03-06 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 20m 11s

Jason chats with former Police Officer and UFO investigator Gary Heseltine about his UFO police database as well as sharing some of his most intriguing UFO stories.…

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Maya Angelou - I know why the caged bird sings

2014-03-06 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 3m 8s

Read by Gill Fraser Lee. Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM breakfast - it's Tranquil Time - poetry on the radio.…

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Dark Tourism

2014-02-27 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 16m 36s

Catherine Roberts is an Associate member of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research at the University of Central Lancashire, currently researching and writing a thesis on Dark Tourism & Other Death -Mediating Relationships in Contemporary Society. She spoke with Jason McCrossan about her research. …

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Weatherman Bill Gyles OBE

2014-02-20 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 17m 35s

Former Weatherman Bill Gyles's broadcasting career began in 1972 when he transferred to the London Weather Centre to become part of the team forecasting for BBC Radio moving to television forecasting in 1975. Here he talks to Jason McCrossan about the recent spate of bad weather that has hit Britain…

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Paul Jacobs: Injured in Battle

2014-02-15 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 19m 53s

Paul Jacobs, of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles was injured by a Taliban roadside bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan. In 2010 he collected the George Medal for bravery from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. From Ramsgate he spoke with Jason McCrossan about Remembrance day, the explosion which took his sight - the lack of care since leaving the army and how his family life and charity work has been his main motivation. He was five months into his first tour of Afghanistan in August 2009, leading a patrol up an isolated alleyway in the Upper Sangin Valley, when an enormous explosion from a hidden bomb killed a colleague. Paul was in the process of attempting to bring his colleague's body back to his comrades when second bomb went off that caught Paul. The second blast killed another British soldier and seriously injured Paul, who lost his right eye and was blinded in his left. Remarkably he was able to drag himself to a mine-free area of ground so that his colleagues could rescue him safely. Paul was left in a coma for three weeks after the incident after he was flown home to Selly Oak hospital, Birmingham. …

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Gyles Brandreth: name dropping tour

2014-02-10 :: Jason McCrossan
Length: 17m 58s

Gyles is currently on a national tour with his one man show Looking For Happiness. He spoke with Jason on 106.9 SFM about his show and his life. www.sfmradio.com …

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Monday Matters: Yakety Yak

Monday Matters is presented by Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM in Kent. The show is a mixture of new music, kitsch music, the days news & views and is packed with information about events happening in and out of Kent, UK. The programme can be heard or found on www.sfmradio.com outside of Swale. For more programmes please visit: www.jmccrossan.co.uk

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