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DRIVE MONDAY 2ND AUGUST - THURSDAY 5TH AUGUST: Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Drew-Levi Huntsman, Nicola Williams

So here we are at the end of a whirlwind week on brand new Drive. I feel really excited to be joining the team at Phoenix FM full-time, and thank you to everyone who has helped me settle in so quickly; not just the guys here but my also my studio guests this week and of course our listeners.
Particular mention should go to Paul Golder our chairman for replying to the dozens and dozens of ‘I’m a bit stuck’ emails I’ve sent; Michelle Ward for helping me the other week when I was covering her programme: Eat My Lunch; and Ed Wellman who not only made sure I wasn’t locked out in the rain on day one and had everything I needed to assume command of Drive, but also covered me on Friday when I otherwise engaged.
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One of this week’s highlights was speaking to Sam Duckworth on Thursday’s show, AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. The Southend artist told me how he’s looking forward to performing in his home town when he takes to the stage again at musician’s favourite Chinnerys on Friday 17th September. The date is part of a two-month tour he’s about to embark upon, which culminates at the Electric Ballroom in town on the 13th October.
We played the new single, due out on Monday 9th August. Collapsing Cities features Shy FX. It’s the first release from the forthcoming self-titled album out on the 13th September. Sam also revealed how he came up with his stage name by taking the header from an open ZX Spectrum magazine in Chinnerys. The section was a solution to a Batman computer game.

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On Wednesday’s programme, Upminster singer/songwriter Drew-Levi Huntsman popped by to talk about his recent success at UK Unsigned 2010. The musician, who goes to Performing Arts College in Romford, won the national finals in his category at the O2 Shepherds Bush last week. The judges’ love of his five-minute medley of hits means he now progresses to the Winners’ Showcase at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill on Sunday 26th September.
We played two tracks on Drive, This Love and What If. The latter, co-written with Devin Belle and David Thomas, has been added to the Phoenix FM A List as of 6th August. I was blown away when I first heard the songs, not just by Drew, who appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a child star, but also at the blinding production.

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Nicola Williams from the Basildon and Brentwood branch of the Alzheimer’s Society spoke on Thursday’s Drive about the forthcoming Memory Walk at Weald Country Park on Sunday 26th September. With her Dad diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she spoke first-hand about how it affects a family’s day-to-day life, and how beneficial the work is that the society does throughout the year.
The event is their biggest annual fundraiser, with almost £500,000 raised up and down the country last year. This year’s Memory Walks aim to raise £750,000, and all the money from the local event will go towards projects in the local area. I’ll be there to open the event on the day. It kicks off at 11am at the Cricket Green Entrance. You can choose a 3km or 9km course and sign up online. Nicola has her sights set for 500 walkers. 

Nicola Williams - 01268 581689
Aphrodite is the eleventh studio album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue. It is her first studio album in three years, since her 2007 release, X. Aphrodite was preceded by the release of lead single All The Lovers and was released worldwide in July 2010.
The album has debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, on the same week as her debut album, Kylie, debuted 22 years ago in 1988. It is her fifth album to reach number one. Minogue is the only female recording artist to date in UK chart history to have a number one album in four consecutive decades (80s, 90s, 00s and 10s).

This is quickly becoming one of my favourite songs of the year. Example (b. 20 June 1982 as Elliot John Gleave) is a British singer and rapper. His pseudonym arose due to his initials being e.g. which is a common abbreviation for “for example”.
Last Ones Standing has been confirmed as the fourth single from the album Won’t Go Quietly, due out on 12th September.

This week we found out that butterflies taste with their feet; a hurricane releases more energy in ten minutes than all of the world’s nuclear weapons put together; a duck’s quack doesn’t echo (apparently because it’s at an inaudible pitch); and Americans eat an average of 18 acres of pizza every day.
Selfridges opened their Christmas shop on Monday this week selling pre-lit trees, crackers, fairy lights and a £500 life-size donkey. We asked if it should be BBQs and not baubles in the shops at this time of year – to which most agreed.
After seeing girls avoiding manhole covers on the way to the studio on Tuesday, I wondered what else our listeners were superstitious of. Answers included magpies, ladders, black cats, chaffinches, new shoes on the table, the number 13 and Stevie Wonder!
Parking is up 30p in Brentwood so on Wednesday we pondered everyone’s feelings on car park charges. Unsurprisingly most were anti and said they were glad they no longer drive, or would travel elsewhere or park out of town to avoid them. But online listeners in Edinburgh failed to understand why we were up in arms when some car parks there charge £2 for 30 minutes!
A reader’s digest article about horror stories from waiting staff made us all think twice on Thursday about what’s happening with our food when we go to a restaurant. One listener told us that where she worked, a colleague hated his manager so much that he wiped his bottom with a slice of beef, spat in her veg and watched her eat that roast dinner right up. Yuk!
And on that note, it’s goodbye from me. See you next week!

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