Joe McElderry chats to Jason McCrossan on Monday Matters


Former X Factor contestant and winner of the 2009 final Joe McElderry spoke to Jason McCrossan on Monday Matters on 106.9 SFM 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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POEM I Do Not Love Thee by Caroline Norton


Caroline Norton was born in London on 22 March 1808 into a grand but impoverished family. She was the granddaughter of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Her father died when she was eight years old, leaving the family with serious financial problems. She found solace from her unhappy to George Norton, who was Tory member of parliament for Guildford, in her writing and the publication of her verses ‘The Sorrows of Rosalie’ (1829) and ‘The Undying One’ (1830) resulted in her appointment as editor of ‘La Belle Assemblée’ and ‘Court Magazine’.

Every Saturday morning on 106.9 SFM ( at around 07:50 it’s tranquil time – where poetry is read out on the radio. Today Gill Fraser Lee reads I Do Not Love Thee by Caroline Norton.

Peter Jukes discusses the Phone Hacking Trial of 2014

Phone Hacking Trial

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.

POEM The Snow Storm by Edna St Vincent Millay


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.

Encounters of an Alien Kind – Nick Pope talks UFO’s and Aliens

Alien Encounter

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