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From one drummer to another…

In this interview, our very own Rowan Jackson interviews his drumming idol, UB40'S Jimmy Brown. Together they discuss the reggae genre, where the band has been, and the future that lies ahead...


Hi Jimmy, let me just introduce myself…

My name’s Rowan Jackson. I’ve been a professional drummer for years. Thank you for taking this opportunity to talk to me.

I use to play with Nine Below Zero, Bonnie Tyler, and other 80’s players back in the day, but I haven’t done it for years now.

You must have been a real player then, to play with those kinds of people?

I wasn’t too bad but I didn’t make my millions from it so I turned to teaching to give something back. I don’t play much now but I still love a bit of drums, love a bit of reggae as well, so it’s a dream come true talking to you!


The story of UB40

The story of UB40, and how this group of young friends from Birmingham transcended their working-class origins to become the world’s most successful reggae band is not the stuff of fairytales as might be imagined. The group’s led a charmed life in many respects it’s true, but it’s been a long haul since the days they’d meet up in the bars and clubs around Moseley, and some of them had to scrape by on less than £8 a week unemployment benefit. The choice was simple if you’d left school early. You could either work in one of the local factories, like Robin Campbell did, or scuffle along aimlessly whilst waiting for something else to happen.

By the summer of 1978, something else did happen, and the nucleus of UB40 began rehearsing in a local basement. Robin’s younger brother Ali, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers and James Brown all knew each other from Moseley School of Art, whilst Norman Hassan had been a friend of Ali’s since school. Initially, they thought of themselves as a "jazz-dub-reggae" band, but by the time Robin was persuaded to join and they’d recruited Michael Virtue and Astro – who’d learnt his craft with Birmingham sound-system Duke Alloy – the group had already aligned themselves to left-wing political ideals and forged their own identity, separate from the many punk and Two Tone outfits around at that time. The group had nailed their colours to the mast by naming themselves after an unemployment benefit form. Their political convictions hadn’t been gleaned second hand either, but cemented in place whilst attending marches protesting against the National Front, or rallies organised by Rock Against Racism.

Mayor of Poole unveils ‘Portraits of Poole’ vinyl

Mayor of Poole unveils ‘Portraits of Poole’ vinyl

An artistic shop vinyl, which fills the window of a vacant unit on Falkand Square, has been unveiled by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams.

The new vinyl showcases the talent of students at the North Light Centre for Art and Design. The project is the result of a close collaboration between the Borough of Poole and Bournemouth and Poole College in a bid to capture the diverse range of people living and working in the area. The photos are shot at a selection of iconic Poole settings and events.

The images were initially showcased in February at a week-long exhibition at the Dolphin Centre and following such positive feedback they have now been incorporated into a more permanent display.

Centre manger of the Dolphin Shopping Centre, John Grinnell, said: “At the Dolphin Centre we are so pleased to have facilitated this exciting project. It’s great to see the students work creating such positive, modern images of Poole.”

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Come Dine With Me

Are you a couple?

Do you have a cooking partner in crime?


It's all changed!

Channel 4's hit show Come Dine With Me is coming to Bournemouth and Poole with a new twist, and we're looking for COUPLES to take part!

Father and Son find Barrel Jellyfish on Bournemout

Father and Son find Barrel Jellyfish on Bournemouth Beach

Phil Evans and his seven year old son Lucas were taking a stroll along Bournemouth Beach when they encountered a Barrel Jellyfish that had been stranded on the shore, near West cliff.

Normally found in the Northeast Altanlic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Irish Sea the Barrel Jellyfish is the largest Jellyfish in British waters. As seen in the photo, this Jellyfish was over two foot in diameter!

It is not common to see Barrel Jellyfish close to the coast, making the appearance of this Jellyfish even more unexpected. It is assumed that the Jellyfish was swept to shore. Having said this, it is not the first Barrel Jellyfish to have been seen along the south coast in the past few weeks.

According to the Marine Conservation Society it also means that Leatherback Turtles may be in the area, as these Jellyfish are a primary source of food for the sea dwellers.

Tony Hadley surprises fans in Bournemouth

Tony Hadley surprises fans in Bournemouth

UK Tour comes to Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday 8 October

In celebration of his nationwide tour performing hits of Spandau Ballet with the Southbank Sinfonia, Tony Hadley visited Bournemouth on the 22 May and performed a surprise acoustic set under the clock tower.

In true star fashion Tony Hadley arrived to the venue in a Rolls Royce Phantom courtesy of Wheels Festival taking place in Bournemouth from 24-26 May. Tony also met a small select group of fans at the Terrace Bar and Bistro where he performed an exclusive track.


Paloma Faith & Peter Andre confirmed for Wave 105 Live!

Paloma Faith, Level 42 and Peter Andre confirmed for Wave 105 Live!

Paloma Faith has already had a great start to 2014 with the release of her new hit single ‘Can't Rely on You’, which was produced by Pharrell Williams. Now the platinum-selling artist has announced she is set to return Wave 105 Live! 2014.

Paloma was just one of the many artists to perform to a sell-out audience at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) last year, now she will take centre stage again on Saturday May 31.

80’s pop funk band Level 42 will also star. With a career spanning 30 years that has included highs of more than 30 million albums sold worldwide and a sold out 21-night stint at Wembley arena, they are one of the most successful and enduring bands to come out of the 80’s.

business services Bournemouth

Local Women Offered a Life Changing Opportunity

Dorset law firm Harold G Walker offers six local women a life changing opportunity as they join forces with the Springboard Women’s Development Programme.

Harold G Walker have joined forces with the Springboard Women’s Development Programme and are offering six free places on a women’s development programme starting in Dorset on 13th May 2014. The law firm aims to give six deserving women a chance to take part in an award-winning career and personal development programme.

If you work within the voluntary, charity, community sector or you are a full-time carer, or if you are looking to return to work after time spent at home, or soon to retire then you are welcome to apply for this free opportunity valued at £2400.

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Navitus Bay formalises commitment to working with local port

Wind park developer and ports sign ‘memoranda of understanding’

Navitus Bay Development Ltd (NBDL) has today officially entered into ‘memoranda of understanding’ (MOU) with three local ports – Poole, Yarmouth and Portland.

These formal agreements commit the developer to undertaking studies with the ports that will explore how their facilities could be best used in both the construction and operation & maintenance (O&M) phases of the wind park.

Navitus Bay first shortlisted the three local ports to host the wind park’s O&M functions in summer 2013. This latest development formalises the developer’s commitment to using local facilities.

Bournemouth news

South coast residents named local heroes

Three south coast residents have been awarded ‘local heroes’ in the 2013 Churchill Awards founded by Churchill Retirement Living which recognises excellence amongst the over 65s.

The three winners of the Wave 105 local hero award as voted for by the radio station’s listeners were Ted Taylor, Gillian Watts and Ron Halls. They received their awards at a private lunch in London on Thursday March 20.

Ted Taylor, 76 was acknowledged for his achievements in supporting local people in the West Howe and Kinson area of Bournemouth. He is a familiar face locally and since the 1960’s has championed youth and community work as well as inspired others to pursue work voluntarily or professionally.

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Wayne Fontana forced to pull out of Solid Silver 60's Tour

Wayne Fontana forced to pull out of Solid Silver 60's Tour 2014 due to ill health.

Manchester R&B singer Wayne Fontana, famed for such hits as Pamela Pamela and Hello Josephine, has been forced to pull out of the 2014 Solid Silver 60s Tour, coming to the Bournemouth Pavilion Wed 30 April, due to ill health.

His illness is considered to be serious and regrettably this means that Wayne will not be appearing on the up-and-coming Solid Silver 60s Tour 2014.


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