Monday, 31 May 2010

Monday 31st May

A very good morning to you.

iCowley - Family History

Carl Boardman came in to the studio to talk with Phil about a new project opening its doors in Cowley this week, to offer a free service helping people to trace their family tree.

It is in the Templars Square Shopping Centre, 39-41 Pound Way, and will be open 1st – 30th June, Tuesday – Saturday 10.30am - 4pm.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sunday 30th May

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Churches and Prostitution

The recent events in Bradford have highlighted the vulnerability of women who work in the sex trade. There are hundreds of church groups working to help these women and these groups have united under the banner of an organisation called Beyond the Streets. Phil spoke its Director, Mark Wakelin. Phil also talked to Kerry Mitchell from the English Collective of Prostitutes.

Peddling Padre

We connected live to an aircraft carrier off the coast of Dunkirk to talk to Father Roger Dawson, who has just completed his charity bicycle ride from Normandy to Dunkirk.

His fundraising site is:


After the woes of following the UK entry's progress, Phil caught up with reporter Alex Grundon to go over the highs and lows of last night's Eurovision Song Contest.

Sunday Papers

Our paper reviewer this morning was Shaunaka Rishi Das, the Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Saturday May 29

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Bank Holiday Weekend

As the Bank Holiday weekend begins so the weather turns grey!
However, there's still plenty going on and we caught up with a host of people involved in some of the big events this weekend.

Dunkirk Flotilla
British and French veterans gather on the beach of Dunkirk today to remember Britain's biggest rescue operation on its 70th anniversary, we spoke to Commander Tony Long from Iffley, who has been guiding the flotilla.
We also spoke to our reporter Gavin Lee, who is in Dunkirk.
He explained what was happening in Dunkirk including the veteran soldiers returning after evacuating 70 years ago.

Science Saturday
Jheni Osmond from BBC Focus magazine joined us to give us the lowdown on among other things Man Flu!

Golf Marathon
Lucy Eckley and Stella Krajewski from Macmillan Cancer Support urged listeners to get involved in a golf fundraiser next month.

Macmillan have organised a Longest Day Golf Tournament which includes:
300 shots, 72 holes, 20 miles and four golf courses - it's a tough challenge
They explained how Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for teams to enter its Longest Day Golf Tournament on Sunday 20 June, its first ever in Oxfordshire, to help make a difference to people affected by cancer.

Teams can sign up online at or call 01869 322279

The annual pageant of pop and pap is almost upon us. Up to a hundred and fifty MILLION people are expected to watch the Eurovision Song Contest around the world tonight -- and this year it's being hosted by Norway. Our reporter Paul Henley gave us the rundown on who's hot and who's not.

English Music Festival
The 4th English Music Festival takes place in and around the Oxfordshire village of Dorchester-on-Thames, over this late Spring Bank Holiday weekend.
Highlights include a lost symphony and 'world premiere' by York Bowen and the rarely heard 1st Piano Concerto by Montague Phillips with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Founder and director of the event Em Marshall explained what the English Music Festival is all about?

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Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday 23rd May

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John Sentamu

Following his visit to Oxford, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, spoke about Mission in the new century, and the new government of the UK.

Love Oxford
Ahead of today's big event in South Park, we were joined by the organiser of the event, Rev. Charlie Cleverly and also Ellen Harvey (above) who is attending today for the first time.


Phil spoke to Hadani Ditmars, who has written several articles for the New Internationalist magazine, about her travels in Iraq- both before the start of combat operations in 2003, and again recently, seven years on. She is also the author of "Dancing in the No-Fly Zone", all about her Iraqi journeys.

The Peddling Padre

Phil was joined in the studio by Father Roger Dawson, who is about to embark on a very special charity bicycle ride from Normandy to Dunkirk. His sposorship page is here:

Our paper reviewer this morning was Jo Duckles, editor of The Door.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Saturday May 22

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Booby Birds
As we brace ourselves for the hottest weekend of the year (so far!) we caught up with a group of brave women taking part in a major fundraising event for Breakthrough Breast Cancer today.
They're doing a skydive at Weston on the Green, and raising thousands of pounds for the charity.
One of them is TV and radio presenter, Caroline Feraday who told listeners how she got involved and how being a flying travel reporter will hopefully stand her in good stead.

Building award
As three Oxfordshire buildings were given top awards for their design this week, from the Royal Institute of British Architects, we spoke to their chairman for the southern region, Phillip Waddy about the county's success.
One is a world famous museum, the Ashmolean, another is a performance space, the Auditorium at Corpus Christi College, and the third is the refurbishment of a private house, albeit a rather posh one!

Lawnmower man
As the weather hits high temperatures, we spoke to Don Wales who is attempting to break the lawnmower land speed record. Don, the son of Malcolm Campbell, who broke the land speed record at the seven-mile long beach in 1924, and the nephew of speed hero Donald Campbell, is taking an Oxfordshire built MOWER to the famous Pendine Sands in Wales to try to go faster than any gardener has been before.

Mud house
An enterprising couple from Oxfordshire told listeners all about how they are building a trully eco-friendly house made of mud, clay, straw and sand. Lutvi and Rubi Radwan who live at Willowbrook Farm, Hampton Gay, told us all about what inspired them to make the bold move and how they are running workshops to help others looking to follow suit.

Paper review
Stephen Tall, head of development at the Bodliean Library, was our paper reviewer today and found a host of interesting stories.
Stealing the most column inches was Boyzone's Ronan Keating marriage breakdown.
Also making the news was Nick Clegg's start in the Government, MP's expenses (still making the headlines) and how keeping books at home will increase the chances of youngsters staying in education.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sunday 16th May

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Church, Choirs and Technology

Phil was joined in the studio by (from left to right) Rev. Hugh White - the Vicar of Deddington, David Phalatse - Choir Director from the South African parish of Resurrection in Mafikeng, Hans Boeryd - a Priest from Sweden and the Rector from the parish Sofiakyrkan in Jönköping, and David Rogers from Rally FM.

This weekend in Deddington is the Maurice Frost Festival ( ). Choirs from Deddington's link parishes in South Africa and Sweden will be joining the Choir of St George's Windsor for some remarkable, inspiring international music and worship.

The Big Game

Ahead of the big match at Wembley Phil was joined by Oxfordshire author Peter Tickler (above), who wrote "Blood on the Cowley Road", who chose the Kassam Stadium as his Faith Place some ten years ago. Phil also spoke to our own Malcolm Boyden at Wembley.

Our paper reviewer this morning was the Revd. Dr. Gillian Straine, the Curate of Kidlington.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Saturday May 15

U's Mania
This weekend revolved around Oxford United's march to Wembley as they look to gain promotion to league two.
We looked at the build-up to the game as well as a host of events taking place around the county.

Strictly Great Tew
Political editor and strictly star John Sergeant spoke to us about why he feels Great Tew is his iconic place in England.
He explained how growing up in the village during the 1950's as the son of a vicar was an interesting childhood and how the village managed to stave off modern living to uphold its traditional ways.

Identity Project
Dr Daniel Glaser joined us to explain all about The Identity Project happening this weekend in Oxford.
The project is a series of exhibitions, talks and films exploring who we are and what influences our thinking and understanding of human identity and will take place throughout the summer at venues across the city.
Dr Glaser told listeners about a host of events happening in the city including a screening of Nature's Great Experiment - a short film looking at twin studies.
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Levellers Day
Oxfordshire plays host to world experts today to discuss the future global food shortage.
It's happening in Burford on Levellers Day - which commemorates the stand Levellers soldiers took against Oliver Cromwell's supression in the 1600's.
Author Tristram Stuart spoke to us about the event and some of the discussions that will take place. He explained that they will be looking at why are we facing this potential food shortage in the future and how serious the problem could be.

The OSCA's come to Oxford
Eco-guru Simon Kenton from the Community Action Group (CAG) joined us to explain about the new green awards taking place in Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire County Council will be hosting the Oxfordshire Sustainability and Conservation Awards (OSCA's) in July.
If your local school or community group is currently involved in a project that helps to reduce waste, save energy or increase biodiversity then they want to hear from you!
The top prize for each category is £1,500. For more information and to enter online, visit:
Deadline for entries 16th June 2010.

Paper Review
Mark Mullen, music teacher from Cokethorpe School, reviewed this weekend's papers and all the top stories.
Stories making the headlines included: the fallout from the election, the nurse victimised for whistleblowing abuse at her hospital and England striker Wayne Rooney sporting a big beard.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Sunday 9th May 2010

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

Saturday May 8th

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Election 2010

Election fever still lingers as discussions of coalitions and partnerships take place. We gave a comprehensive rundown of who took the seats in our county and spoke to the various leaders.

Science Saturday

Jheni Osmond from BBC Focus Magazine brought listeners up-to-date with the latest science news from around the world. She explained about how the technology behind the six million dollar man is making it in to reality and even on to the High Street.

Indian Song and Dance
Dr Samuel Rabi joined us in the studio to tell listeners all about a colourful evening of song and dance planned in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance service.
He organised the event to raise money for a charity that does life-saving work day in and day out but rarely gets the kind of publicity or support it deserves.
Held at the Helena Kennedy Student Centre at Oxford Brookes University next Saturday, the evening will include: classical dance from Meera Shah, folk-dancing from students at the Kala-Arpan school of dance and a sumptuous three-course dinner.
For more information and to book tickets you can contact Dr Rabi at

Teddy Bears Picnic
If you go down to the Radcliffe Square today expect to see a furry surprise as teddy bears gather for a picnic this afternoon.

One of the organisors of the event Mary Ann Mackenzie, spoke to Vicky about the picnic in aid of the Oxford Children's Hospital and a new children's book aimed at being polite.

The picnic runs from 1pm-5pm.

Wallingford Car Rally
Car enthusiasts can head to Wallingford this Sunday to see a host of vintage cars including the 1973 Triumph Stag featured in the TV show Ashes to Ashes.

There will be over 150 vehicles of every type, including cars, vans, commercials, military vehicles, fire engines, police cars and Top Fuel Dragsters. There will even be a traction engine, plus a vintage motorcycles and bicycles.

The event will start from 11am- 5pm

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RAF Falcons
Flight Lieutenant Rory Jackson spoke to listeners about the launch of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team 2010 season. They will be performing one of their world famous, and breath taking, displays over the skies of Oxford.
You will have the opportunity to talk to members of the team about their job, not just as a member of the Display Team, but in the wider context of training personnel in specialised parachuting roles.
The Team have been invited to "drop in" at Oxford Parks at an Event organised by the Rotary Club of Oxford before donning their running shoes to take part in the 5k Oxford Fun Run where they will be running for their chosen charity "Headway".
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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Sunday 2nd May

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A very good morning to you.

Paul Jenner in for Phil on this wet, wet morning.

Speak No Evil

Following a now notorious incident with a radio microphone in Rochdale this week, Paul spoke to Rabbi Pete Tobias about the power of the tongue, and how the dangers of its misuse were well undertood all the way back to biblical times.

Just Politics
Krish Kandiah (above) from the Evangelical Alliance came into the studio and talked with Paul about the intersection between Christianity and politics. He has written a book called 'No Spin, Sleaze or Scandal... Just Politics.' For the book, Krish spoke to three politicians - a Conservative, a Liberal Democrat and a Labour MP -about their faith and their political life. He believes that Faith and politics are intrinsically connected. Would more politicians acting through their faith mean that there would be less spin and sleaze in our nation's political life?

Our paper reviewer this morning was Imam Monawar Hussein - the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire and the Muslim Tutor at Eton College.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Saturday May 1

Live from Magdalen College
The big May Day celebrations were taking place in the city today and the show came to you from Magdalen College to catch all the action.
Joining us were Daniel Hyde, Michael Duffy and Edmund Smith from the Magdalen choir to tell us all about how they prepared for their early start.
Superintendant Amanda Pearson was also on hand to give listeners a rundown on how many people broke through the barriers to make the jump off Magdalen Bridge.

Discovering Places
Debbie Dance from the Oxford Heritage Trust explained how a new initiative, Discovering Places, aims to get people to visit some of Oxford's less known green spaces.
A series of walks are taking place this weekend to celebrate Oxford's best kept secrets including around Old Headington and Boars Hill.
For more information about the walks visit:

Pole Dancing
Dance tutor Kate Whitely and pupil Nicola Stokes told listeners all about dancing around a different pole.
Kate has set-up a pole dancing class which is used as a way of keeping fit. The pair explained how people can attend a six-week course to learn all the moves to manouvere around a pole.
They will be hosting a show at the Regal tonight in aid of charity Pathways workshop.
If you are interested in attending you can turn up at The Regal tonight where tickets are on sale on the door or for more information visit

History of May Morning
Mark Blanford Baker Head Bursar of Magdalen College gave an insight into the history behind May Day and its celebrations.

Paper Review
Today's guest reviewer was Ann Spokes Simmons who gave a rundown of what is making the news in this weekend's papers.
Hitting the headlines (still) is Gordon Brown's microphone gaffe, the oil spillage in the Gulf of Mexico and the volcanic ash which is still lingering.