106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast from 21st June

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In The Psychiatrist’s Chair

Les Dawson in 1975
Les Dawson in 1975

This is such a wonderful series.  In this two part conversation,  Dr Anthony Clare speaks to my all time favourite comedian – the late Les Dawson.  This interview was his last – recorded a week before he died in 1993.  Here he talks with passion and humour  – which makes it hard to believe that he wouldn’t be alive long enough to hear it broadcast.  However, it is fantastic that he lived long enough to do this.  A week later, and time wouldn’t have captured this brief but sincere insight into the thoughts and feelings of a mature man recounting his life story.

A snipped of the conversation is below – where he talks about religion and the after life.

AC : Are you a religious person?

LD: I can embrace Christ but not the church.

AC:  Why is that?

LD:  Because the church is built in homage to a person who never used a church, so I don’t see the point in having great purple colours and ermine robes for a man who was very simple.  I can embrace his edicts but I can’t embrace the church.

AC:  Does that mean that you believe that death isn’t the end?

LD:  Oh no, scientifically death can’t be the end – because nothing dies.  You can’t create nor destroy matter.

AC:  So, what’s going to happen to Les Dawson?

LD:  Cosmic life force – like all of us.  That’s god.  Cosmic life force.

AC:  Will it have a persona?  Will you be around again?

LD:  No I doubt it….no, not necessarily.  One religion that attracts me is Buddhism…to a certain extent.  But, certainly nothing dies in this world.  When you bury someone, for instance, all you bury is an empty skin…a discarded lump.  I think we all create an aurora around us.  Energy is matter and you can’t destroy matter – so somewhere along the line – it carries on.

Dr. Anthony Clare speaks to Les Dawson Part 1

 

Dr. Anthony Clare speaks to Les Dawson Part 2

 

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).

In Touch With Your Balls

Written by: Matthew 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.

Monday Matters from 9th June 2014

Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan is broadcast on 106.9 SFM www.sfmradio.com. Featuring The World Tonight, My Favourite Things, Not In The News and the featured group are the queens of power ballads – heart.

Kyra Cross has the latest music news and gig guide.

Tonight 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 on 106.9 SFM, who run and manage the house about their passion for history and specifically the 1940s – including music from the 1930s & 1940s.

WWII home-front living history house

Old Forge Wartime House
Old Forge Wartime House

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 on 106.9 SFM, who run and manage the house about their passion for history and specifically the 1940s – including music from the 1930s & 1940s.

For more information:  Old Forge Wartime house facebook page.