with kate bush, lord sewel report & micky the magician

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Monday Matters with Jason McCrossan is broadcast on 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne & Swale.

On the show tonight: In our Night-Time Report: Lord Sewel – who was in charge of standards and conduct in the House of Lords is taking a “leave of absence” from Parliament after a video appeared to show him taking drugs with prostitutes.

Our featured artist is Kate Bush who celebrates her birthday on 30th July.

Kyra Cross has the latest music news and also our festival guide.

And in the final hour we are joined by Micky the Magician who specialises in Magic, Balloon modelling, Puppetry and Juggling in and around Kent.

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Why does the moon change shape?

The Moon - high resolution

The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon and the Earth are tidally locked, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth.

This face is variously sunlit depending on the position of the Moon in its orbit. Therefore, the portion of this hemisphere that is visible to an observer on Earth can vary from about 100% (full moon) to 0% (new moon).

The lunar terminator is the boundary between the illuminated and darkened hemispheres. Aside from some craters near the lunar poles such as Shoemaker, all parts of the Moon see around 14.77 days of sunlight followed by 14.77 days of “night” (the “dark side” of the Moon is a reference to radio darkness, not visible light darkness).

Sittingbourne Breakfast Show Jason McCrossan 18 JUL 2015

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Saturday Breakfast with Jason McCrossan on 106.9 SFM is broadcast to Sittingbourne and Swale as well as online via www.sfmradio.com and the tuneIn or Radioplayer Apps.

Today we play Whose The Voice; Blankety Blank; Pick of The Number One Pops and Jason is joined by Sue Flipping after 9pm to talk about the Newington Festival.

supertramp & Terrorism with Dr Afzal Ashraf

Monday Matters radio show with Jason McCrossan

On this edition of Monday Matters our featured group tonight is Supertramp: Rick Davis, vocalist and keyboardist with the band is 71 on 22 July. Rick is the only member of Supertramp to have been with the group for their entire history, and has composed many of their most well-known songs, including ‘Goodbye Stranger’, and ‘Bloody Well Right’.

After 8pm we have more on the speech given by the Prime Minister David Cameron about how the Government plans to tackle extremism included a five-year plan which will target Muslims who hold “intolerant ideas”.

Also after 8pm we have the latest music news and then after 9pm we speak to Dr Afzal Ashraf who is a consultant fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. Tonight Jason discusses the rise of IS – or Daesh as some would prefer we call them; what action needs to be taken to defeat them & how safe are we here in the UK.

Inspirational words from Caitlyn Jenner

Inspirational words from Caitlyn Jenner who was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards 2015.  The video is really worth watching.

An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

Greek Bailout, XTC & bonnie britain meets Why Not People

Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 11, 2015. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday to support their new anti-austerity government which was locked in tough negotiations with euro zone partners in Brussels. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4P7AN
Protesters take part in an anti-austerity pro-government demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens February 11, 2015. Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday to support their new anti-austerity government which was locked in tough negotiations with euro zone partners in Brussels. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST) – RTR4P7AN

On this show we play 4 songs back to back from the featured group XTC; founder and drummer in the group Terry Chambers celebrates his birthday that week.

After 8pm SFM’s Greek correspondent Elleni Panayiotou joins the show live from Athen’s on the day that the Grexit was averted. Eurozone leaders have come to a “unanimous” agreement over a third bailout for Greece after marathon talks, averting the danger of a Greek exit from the euro. The new package is said to be worth €35bn.

After 9pm Monday Matters Reporter Bonnie Britain went along to the launch night of a new club called Why Not People. It’s a members club established exclusively for people with disabilities. As well as the organiser of the event Jameela Jamil and those in attendance Bonnie got a dance lesson from the boy band flawless!