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I cannot believe I am at the end of week two on all new Drive already. Just where has the time gone? And I like to think I’m getting used to the routine of doing the show. My transport arrangements took a little bit of trial and error before working out that paying to park in the town centre car parks is not the brightest of moves.
So instead it goes like this. I leave my house in Harold Hill just gone 2pm; get halfway down the street before realizing I have forgotten something; turn around to collect said something before sauntering down the road to Harold Wood train station; run to catch the 14:23 service to Brentwood, and then more sauntering until I reach the Phoenix FM studios at the Baytree Centre. Marvellous!

On Tuesday’s programme, Phoenix FM’s Ed Wellman spoke with the leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay, about the forthcoming strategic budget review. As balancing budgets becomes increasingly difficult, some tough decisions need to be made in regards to Brentwood Council's budget.
In her interview, Cllr McKinlay invited local listeners to choose their top three priorities to help shape the future of council services in the area. She also spoke of a second open surgery at Ingatestone Library next Wednesday 18th August, 6.30pm-8.00pm.
The survey forms the first part of the consultation process which runs until Friday 20th August. Brentwood residents can take part at
Daniel can usually be heard on Stick Around For Joy with James Mawer on a Thursday night. But on Wednesday’s programme, he graced the Drive studio to talk all about his love for photography and provide essential tips for budding amateur picture takers.
Choosing his subject was an easy task as Daniel has had a love for nature for a number of years. Fifteen years ago he acquired his first SLR camera. What was at first a hobby became a profession for Daniel as he became able to earn a living doing something he was passionate about, something we can all be envious of in life. He is currently focusing on one-to-one tuition and a series of workshops which are detailed below.
Photography In The Park:
Close Up and Macro Nature Photography:
He can also be seen at Camera World in Chelmsford this Saturday for a free in-store tuition day.
Ocean Eyes is the second full-length by synthpop act Owl City, aka Adam Young. The album features guest vocals by Relient K vocalist, Matt Thiessen on the songs Fireflies, Cave In, The Bird And The Worm and Tidal Wave.
Fireflies was released as the album's first single on 14th July 2009 in the US and on 8th January this year in the UK. It climbed the Billboard Hot 100 slowly until reaching number seven and leaping to number one the following week. Here it reached No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart on 24th January and is currently the biggest selling single of 2010.
Love Love is the forthcoming single from Amy MacDonald due out of the 4th October. It’s the fourth release from her second studio album A Curious Thing.
Amy is a Scottish rock/folk singer and songwriter from Glasgow. Her 2007 debut album This Is The Life has so far sold over 2½ million copies worldwide, mainly in Europe. That LP made the top of the album charts here and across Europe in countries like Switzerland. However, the songs themselves have never eclipsed the success of the one that propelled her to the mainstream, Mr Rock And Roll, which made number 12 in 2007.
Rock Singles
3 (2) Pretty Reckless – Make Me Wanna Die (12wks)
2 (3) Goo Goo Dolls – Iris (163wks)
1 (1) 30 Seconds To Mars – Closer To The Edge (9wks)
UK Singles Chart
3 (2) Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – We No Speak Americano (5wks)
2 (5) Flo Rida & David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me (2wks)
1 (*) Ne-Yo – Beautiful Monster (1wk)
On this week’s show we discovered that elephants can’t jump, 35% of people that use personal ads for dating are already married, and whilst your eyes are the same size from birth, your nose and ears never stop growing (nor do your feet, nails, hair and skin according to our participants).
On Monday’s show, following news that it costs £34 on average to impress someone on a first date, I asked for first date stories. I did ask for things that went well and what would constitute an ideal encounter. But all that came back were the blunders: a blind date announcing they are without a large intestine one hour in, and an excited female falling down the stairs and rendering herself unable to open the door to her Romeo topping the list of head scratchers.
On Tuesday’s Drive, I wanted to see if there was local agreement to the findings that more and more of us are happy to dump people via text message. Mixed opinions on this one: some had had it happen and thought their former admirers were spineless; some text others to pass the message on; others found it best to pick up the phone and have Goodbye by Spice Girls and End Of The Line by Honeyz playing as a soundtrack in the background. One comment foretold the future of being dumped – Facebook wall post!
Matt Titus’ book How To Tell If He’s Into You paved the way for Wednesday’s subject. To match his giveaway body language descriptors, we invited listeners to share the tell-tale signs they looked for. One looks for the guy’s eye line, with a genuinely interested party addressing the eyes whereas those looking for fun address other parts of the anatomy. Others take notice when a fella tries really hard to make you laugh. But the pessimists say the signs only last for the honeymoon period when you’re given a beer swilling sod as a replacement.
With the story of a dog restaurant opening in America, on Thursday’s Drive I wanted to know what other human-esque things people’s dogs could do. The results were fairly impressive. Who would have known that dogs could dance, play poker, watch TV and ride a skateboard?
Now if they could present a radio show, I could take next week off. As it is, I’ll be back from Monday. See you then!

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