Monday, 25 June 2007

Alan Johnston's latest video released

The latest video of captured BBC reporter Alan Johnston has been released. Mr Johnston is shown wearing what appears to be an explosive vest and talks openly about how his captors say they will not waste any time in detonating the vest should a rescue attempt be made.

Alan said "Captors tell me that very promising negotiations were ruined when the Hamas movement and the British government decided to press for a military solution to this kidnapping."

Last week leader of Hamas in Gaza Ismail Haniya, said Mr Johnston's captivity could not carry on, and have threatened to use any force necessary to secure Mr Johnston's release.

Please lets just take a step back and consider all actions before rushing into this situation with force. While image of Alan held captive are extremely distressing for his family it is better that he remains alive rather than the possibility of a bungled attempt to release him.

The British government in talks with Hamas must ensure that force that could endanger Alan's life is not taken.

You can watch this distressing video on the BBC website or sign the online petition here.

Len enjoys liquid refreshment at airshow.

Taken during the airshow in Newtownards last weekend. The photo was taken just before the seriously cool Eurofighter blew our eardrums away !

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Cultured night out in Newtownards

Andy and Len celebrate the launch of FUSE FM 106.2, Newtownards brand new radio station on Friday night.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Ulster's bedbug infestation

Increases in foreign travel and hotter weather have contributed to a huge rise in cases of Bedbugs throughout Northern Ireland.

The blood sucking bugs can grow to 5mm long and can hibernate for 1 year between a "feast".

In warm weather the numbers of bugs can multiply at a huge rate, living in mattresses, bed frames, headboards and even electrical fittings.

Fuse FM 106.2

A brand new radio station is coming to Newtownards in Northern Ireland this week.

Fuse FM is funded by the Ulster Scots Agency and has been setup and run by Citybeat Presenter David Gordon.

The two week RSL radio licence has been given to the station to help promote the Ulster Scots language in North Down. As well as Ulster Scots Language programming the station will also carry content in English.

Tune in from Friday 22nd June on 106.2FM.

Plus, hear Andy Kane presenter the breakfast show every Sunday!

Monday, 4 June 2007

"Authorized" to access all areas?

Frankie Dettori riding the 4-5 favourite Authorized finally won the Derby at the weekend. This is the first time since the 80s that a favourite has won the race and the first Derby win for Frankie.

BBC 1 television showed the race live on Saturday afternoon. After the race of course they interviewed the trainer and Frankie, then the camera followed Dettori backstage to the dressing room area.

Frankie was overcome with joy and while talking to fellow jockeys backstage he swore three times on live saturday afternoon television, the camera also panned the dressing room and caught another Jockey totally naked !

Frankie can in no way be blamed for his language, the BBC shouldn't have allowed these backstage events to go out live without any editing.

Everything these days on television has to be "Reality", the punters no longer want to just see a sporting event, they want it from every angle and to hear every opinion, this really doesn't enhance our viewing at all and the extra cameras, equipment and staff add to the licence fee.

Saturday, 2 June 2007

Big Fat Donor Liar

Endemol, the Dutch inventors of the Big Brother format and announced that the Big Donor Show that they showed on Dutch TV this week was a hoax.

The show attracted huge condemnation, especially from organ Donor charities however Endemol claim that it was an attempt to highlight the issue of donor shortages.

TV presenters in Holland encouraged viewers to text in their vote to decide who should get the terminally ill patient's organs. I don't know if these texts were premium rate or not but if this happened in the UK we'd all want our money back, I think the true message of the show would be lost !!!

Friday, 1 June 2007

It was 80 years ago today...

....That Sergeant Pepper told the band to play.

One of the most wonderful and iconic albums ever made is 40 years old today. Listeners to my Wednesday night radio show will now just exactly how much I adore this piece of musical genius.

The Beatle's "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" hit first place in Rolling Stone magazine's top 500, not bad for an album which cost £25,000 to record. The first rock album to win Grammy Awards it wasn't without controversy, especially for drug references (Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds), allegations that Lennon strongly denied.

Peter Blake designed the wonderful cover featuring a collage of cardboard cut-outs representing famous people throughout history. Both Hitler and Jesus were set to appear on the cover but were pulled at the last minute, a wonderful photo exists of the cutout's being held at the side of the studio during preparations of the photograph.

If you don't own it, buy it today!