Brits Are A Nation Of Quitters!!

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The average Brit makes 104 social arrangements every year – but will only actually turn up to half of them, according to a new study from Mentos.

The majority of Brits (49 percent) claimed they are usually “too tired” to go out – with a further 36 percent admitting they would simply “rather stay in”.  A staggering one in ten (7 percent) claimed they would avoid a night out if their “favourite TV programme was on”.

And it would appear honesty is not the best policy for the majority of us – with almost 60 percent claiming it is “easier to make an excuse” to get out of something.   Topping the list of excuses was “sickness” – with 60 percent of Brits saying they regularly use illness as a way out of an arrangement.

Other excuses included “I double booked” (20 percent), “I thought it was a different day” (18 percent) and “the children are poorly” (15 percent).

One in ten Brits have even wheeled out the old ‘I’m waiting for a delivery” line.

The ease at which we are now able to cancel was revealed as the main reason for the “cancellation nation” – with 80 percent claiming it is easier to cancel in this day and age because of email, text and messaging apps.

The study also found we are most likely to blow out work colleagues (54 percent), with friends (28 percent) next in line.

Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopolous said, “What we all have to remember is that stepping out of our comfort zone and making fresh connections is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. We all need to make the time to say yes because the simple act of getting out and connecting with new, and old friends is so important.”

Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast Show

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Jason McCrossan’s Saturday Breakfast show includes Who Is The Voice from 7am; Play Your Celebrity Cards Right from 8am and Pick of The Number One Pops and as it is National TV day – we have a special bits & pieces game after 9.

Kyra is looking after your texts, calls and emails.

Jan has this mornings local and news headlines & our Strange But True files.

In Pick Of The Number One Pops after 9 – we will play the song that was number one on this day in: 1956, 1966, 1976 & 1986.

CCTV footage of Gang armed with shotgun

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 14.27.00This is scary!  Also, the robbers seem to have no real fear of being seen or caught!! It happened on a Monday afternoon in broad daylight in Romford.

Met Police released CCTV footage of a gang involved in an armed raid at a home in Romford.

The gang arrived at the house in the black convertible Porsche and a black Mercedes before charging towards the front door as one of the burglars started smashing up an external CCTV camera, flashing an expensive watch at the lens in the process.

The three people who lived in the property were at home at the time. Police said the residents, who are in their 20s and 30s, sustained minor injuries from the broken glass.

 

Ten years of community radio in the UK

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Community radio, which offers thousands of volunteers the chance to get involved in broadcasting across the UK, is now ten years old.

The last decade has seen the number of community radio stations increase from just a handful to more than 230 stations, each reflecting the local needs and interests of its audience.

Community radio is a not-for-profit sector, largely run by an army of 20,000 dedicated volunteers, who collectively work for around 2.5 million hours every year to bring original programming and locally-made content to listeners around the country.

Stations usually broadcast to everyone in a geographical area, but around a third tailor their output to serve a particular community– such as older people, or an ethnic or religious group.

Community radio stations typically cover a 5km radius, broadcasting on average 93 hours a week of original output. Many reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests in their region. Stations also work within their community to offer a range of benefits such as training opportunities, work experience, local news and information resources.

Susan Williams, Community Radio Manager at Ofcom, said: “Community Radio stations have deep-rooted connections in their communities. Local people run these stations, producing content to inform and entertain their local community and offering real benefits like radio training.

“In ten years we’ve seen the sector grow in popularity, with large numbers of volunteers continuing to be involved and stations becoming a central part of communities up and down the country.”

The first station

Ofcom launched the first phase of community radio licensing back in September 2004 and received 200 applications for the firsScreen Shot 2015-11-27 at 12.08.02t licences. The first station to launch after this was The Eye in Melton Mowbray, which was recently honoured for its long-standing contribution to its local community.

The Eye has doubled its workforce in 10 years, with all staff volunteering their time. Other stations reaching their 10-year milestone in the coming weeks include Unity 101 in Southampton, Awaz FM in Glasgow, Angel Radio in Havant, Cross Rhythms City Radio in Stoke on Trent, and GTFM in Pontypridd.

Earlier this year Ofcom began trialling a new technological approach which could provide a more affordable way for smaller stations to broadcast on DAB digital radio, ensuring UK listeners could benefit from hundreds more local and community radio stations in the future.

Miss Piggy covering Hello by Adele

They had one of the most high-profile splits of 2015 (kinda) – so it seems only right that Miss Piggy has recorded a cover of the biggest song of the year in an attempt to win back a certain Kermit the Frog. Yep, its Miss Piggy covering Hello by Adele – and it’s every bit as brilliant as that sounds.

Breakfast Show – Paris Attack

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On the evening of Friday 13th November 2015 a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris and its northern suburb, Saint-Denis, killing 130 people.

Jason McCrossan’s 106.9 SFM Saturday Breakfast show was broadcast the following day and reflected the shock felt in the UK and around the world.