HOT RADIO ROCKETS INTO A NEW ORBIT

The airwaves are heating up at community radio station Hot Radio with the arrival of Rocket Digital Media Ltd.

Rocket Digital Media Ltd’s Joannah Bishop, Rowan Jackson and Terry Bishop have joined the board of directors at Poole Community Radio Ltd, which holds the licence for Hot Radio.

Joannah Bishop, the managing director at Rocket Digital Media Ltd said, “We are over the moon with this exciting new development. Rocket Digital Media Ltd is a company that is not afraid to expand, develop and grow, and getting on board at Hot Radio is just the next step for us.”

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Dorset fertility forum

Emma Gibbs Ng and the Dorset fertility forum

Emma Gibbs-Ng and John Ng live and work in Dorset. They are in their 30’s, are hard working professionals, and are fit and healthy, yet for the past few years they have found it very hard to conceive and they say since making the decision to get pregnant they have been on the biggest emotional journey ever!

On their fertility journey they have had a number of knocks and setbacks along the way, including the heartache of miscarrying their baby.

They have learnt that there is often a lot of frustration and grief when it comes to getting pregnant and so, to help others they have created a Dorset Fertility Support Group, providing couples with the opportunity to get together and help one another on their fertility journey.

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Dorset fertility forum

Emma Gibbs Ng and the Dorset fertility forum

Emma Gibbs-Ng and John Ng live and work in Dorset. They are in their 30’s, are hard working professionals, and are fit and healthy, yet for the past few years they have found it very hard to conceive and they say since making the decision to get pregnant they have been on the biggest emotional journey ever!

On their fertility journey they have had a number of knocks and setbacks along the way, including the heartache of miscarrying their baby.

They have learnt that there is often a lot of frustration and grief when it comes to getting pregnant and so, to help others they have created a Dorset Fertility Support Group, providing couples with the opportunity to get together and help one another on their fertility journey.

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Grand Gesture at the Regent

Grand Gesture at the Regent

New Grand Piano donated to the Regent Centre in Christchurch

Tinkling the Ivories at the Regent in Christchurch just took on a new air of grandeur as the Centre was presented with the gift of a brand new Grand Piano by one of its founding members, Janet Townend of Mudeford.

Janet, together with her late husband, Kit Townend, were both instrumental in launching the Regent as the arts and entertainment Centre of Christchurch in 1983.

The Grand Piano that Janet has just donated to the Regent is a state of the art Bluthner Irmler Europe Boudoir Grand. The German firm of Bluthner are recognised internationally as one of the finest producers of pianos in the world. This particular model has an elegant polished ebony finish and is due to make its debut on the Regent stage on Tuesday 21 October 7.30pm for Swinging at the Cotton Club, featuring The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers with music from the Roaring 20s.

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Bournemouth news

Navitus Bay undertakes further investigation of sea bed

Wind park developer contracts Bristol-based Horizon Geosciences Ltd to progress project plans

Navitus Bay is currently undertaking a further site investigation of the sea bed off the Dorset and Hampshire coast.

This latest investigation which involves drilling bore holes into the sea bed and extracting cores of the sea bed material will help inform the most suitable type of foundation. The foundation is the structure on which the wind turbines will be supported above the sea.

In order to undertake this work, which started earlier in August 2014, Navitus Bay has contracted Horizon Geosciences Ltd, the geotechnical survey specialists based in Bristol. This is a contract worth over a million pounds placed with a UK supplier and directly benefiting the UK economy.

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reggae concerts Bournemouth

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!

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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.

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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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eating out in Bournemouth

Come Dine With Me

Are you a couple?

Do you have a cooking partner in crime?

COME DINE WITH ME

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!

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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.

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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.

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