Sunday, 28 February 2016

What's on this week on Secklow Sounds

TALK BACK - NEWSLETTER W/C FEB 28th



Every Sunday we'll update you on the special shows on Secklow Sounds.
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W/C 28TH  Feb 2016,THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST SPECIALS ON SECKLOW SOUNDS...

MONDAY Feb 29th, 10AM "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING DR FEELGOOD and HANNAH from HANNAH'S YARD
The Sticks is YOUR what's on & lifestyle guide for Herts Beds and Bucks

Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show as his guests are Kevin Morris, the drummer with Dr Feelgood and local singer/songwriter Hannah from Hannah’s Yard

plus what’s on this week in MK and surrounding areas.


The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.
www.the-sticks.co.uk
thesticks9@gmail.com
Twitter: @thesticks9

Contact Terry with requests, dedications, shout-outs
Twitter: @thesticks9 Email: thesticks@secklowsounds.org







TUESDAY March 1st, 10PM "SOUNDTRACKS” WITH TONY CARTY – GREAT ORCHESTRATORS


The names might be even less well-known than film composers (!!) but these incredible talents provided orchestrations for some truly great music - and formed regular collaborating partnerships.
Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am

Upcoming shows:


8 March: EGYPT

15 March: ROME (The TWO HUNDREDTH Soundtracks Show on Secklow Sounds!!)

Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am
Catch past shows on Mixcloud

A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:


The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 180!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE



Rewind - in case you missed it

LIFESTYLE MK - SATURDAYS 12 - 2pm - NEW SEASON! ...with Dr Audrey, Gill and Dave

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LifestyleMK - Dare to be Different
The team look at difference and why we should embrace our individuality, but not be trapped by making it define us! Feature presenter Ro Linton tells the story of a girl who was bullied for being different - and the wonderful woman she has now become, PT Robb gives his advice on exercise for special populations, as well as discussing the inspirational story of Jay Vincent a disabled body builder, and we have a special feature from the students at Brunel University, and of course our very own Ashley Alymann all about why it's good to "get'cha freak on"!!
12.00 - 12.30 - Brunel University, Helping your pet through amputation
12.30 - 1.00 - PT Robb - Special populations
1.00 - 1.30 - Ro Linton - overcoming bullying
1.30 - 2.00 - Gill - "tribes" and difference; Ashley Alymann - get'cha freak on!
NEXT WEEK: Lifting the mask off mental health!
Tune in from 12 - 2 www.secklowsounds.org/player or catch the show's repeats on SPREAKER orMIXCLOUD

@draudreyt
@gili80
@davejsanderson
#lifestylemk
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Thursday, 25 February 2016

Join the board!

Opportunities to join the Board of Trustees at The Parks Trust
by Laura Tarry

Are you passionate about Milton Keynes and its parks, lakes and woods? Could you spare some time as a volunteer? Would you like to contribute to your community? If so, we would like to invite you to apply to become a Trustee for The Parks Trust.
The Parks Trust is a self-financing charity that owns and cares for 5,000 acres of Milton Keynes’ parks and green spaces and is looking for three new Trustees to join its Board in 2016.
Trustees are volunteers who are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust and ensuring it is performing well.
David Foster, Chief Executive of The Parks Trust, said: “We are looking for people with the right business acumen and skill set appropriate to our organisation. We value all of our board and their commitment in their three year term. We appreciate the knowledge and experience the volunteers currently bring to the board. As part of our succession planning it is now time for some of those Trustees to stand down and for new Trustees to be appointed.
“The Board of Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust and ensuring it performs well.  Due to the Trust’s significant role in the city’s future, being a Trustee is a position of influence and great responsibility, now and for future generations.”
This year we are particularly looking to appoint people with knowledge and experience of:
·         Wildlife and Land Management
·         Business Management and financial investment
·         Commercial property investment and management
Trustees are people who care passionately about Milton Keynes and who recognise the vital contribution the parks and landscape make to the city’s prosperity, and the quality of life of everyone living and working here.  If you support our aims and are prepared to give some of your time to this important role, we would like to hear from you.  The role of Trustee is interesting and rewarding and one in which your knowledge and skills will be harnessed to make a really positive contribution.
How To Apply To Be A Trustee
If you would like to be considered please take a look at the details of the role on our website and then email or write to David Foster, Chief Executive at: d.foster@theparkstrust.com
The Parks Trust, Campbell Park Pavilion, 1300 Silbury Boulevard, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, MK9 4AD
For more information on how to apply visit: http://www.theparkstrust.com/about-us/becoming-a-trustee

Monday, 22 February 2016

JOB OPPORTUNITY!!!! (The National Museum of Computing)

by Jacqui Garrard

The National Museum of Computing are currently looking for volunteers and student staff to work during the holiday periods:
Easter 25th March -10 April.
Thereafter the Summer holidays 30 July 28 August. Please check out www.tnmoc.org/bytes
 
 


Location: The National Museum of Computing Bletchley Park 
Hours are 12-17:00 Monday - Sunday
Contact: Matthew.yeomans@tnmoc.org
Tel: 01908 374707
Hourly rate: £7ph
Roles: supporting the bytes festival activities welcoming and engaging with the public families.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about computing and see the first programmable, digital and electronic computers working!!

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Newsletter

TALK BACK - NEWSLETTER W/C FEB 21



Every Sunday we'll update you on the special shows on Secklow Sounds.
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W/C 21st Feb 2016,THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST SPECIALS ON SECKLOW SOUNDS...

MONDAY Feb 22nd 10AM "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING BEN VOLPELIERE-PIERROT

The Sticks is YOUR what's on & lifestyle guide for Herts Beds and Bucks
Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show as his guest is Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot of 80’s band Curiosity Killed The Cat, plus lots of 80’s music and what’s on this week in MK and surrounding areas.


The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.
www.the-sticks.co.uk
thesticks9@gmail.com
Twitter: @thesticks9

Contact Terry with requests, dedications, shout-outs
Twitter: @thesticks9 Email: thesticks@secklowsounds.org





TUESDAY Feb 23rd, 10PM "SOUNDTRACKS” WITH TONY CARTY – NEW RELEASES


New movie and soundtrack releases including Misconduct, Exposed and Touched with Fire, plus music for games and books, plus a sadly-named composer and some infrequent birthdays.

Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am

Upcoming shows:

1 March: ORCHESTRATORS

8 March: EGYPT

15 March: ROME (The TWO HUNDREDTH Soundtracks Show on Secklow Sounds!!)

Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am
Catch past shows on Mixcloud

A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:


The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 180!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE



Rewind - in case you missed it

LIFESTYLE MK - SATURDAYS 12 - 2pm - NEW SEASON! ...with Dr Audrey, Gill and Dave


LifestyleMK -Travelling Tales
Dr Audrey and the team look at why travelling is good for you with feature presenters Ashley Alymann looking at his top destinations, and Ro Linton reflecting on her move to the UK from Australia. PT Robb Henderson looks at keeping fit while on holiday, and Vet Dr Jamie teaches us what to do with our pets when travelling. Dave's Man Cave points out the best Road Trips in the world, Gill looks at how to travel light - and Audrey learns how to pronounce "Lynard Skynard". ...and as always we discuss YOUR travelling tales!!
12.00 - 12.30 - Ashley - Top Destinations; Dr Jamie - Pets and Travelling
12.30 - 1.00 - PT Robb - Exercise while on holiday; Dave's Man Cave - Road Trips
1.00 - 1.30 - Ro - Moving abroad; Gill - Travelling light
1.30 - 2.00 - Travel quiz
NEXT WEEK: Dare to be Different!!
Tune in from 12 - 2 www.secklowsounds.org/player or catch the show's repeats on SPREAKER orMIXCLOUD

@draudreyt
@gili80
@davejsanderson
#lifestylemk
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Thursday, 18 February 2016

ESCAPE THE ROOM in the "home of the codebreakers"

The Escape Game phenomenon is slowly making its way around the UK.  Based on the Japanese computerised "Escape the room" games, it was Europe that first discovered the enjoyment - and team building benefits of a "live" version.

Teams of 2 - 6 (some London games cater for larger teams) are "locked" in a room for 60 minutes and have to find and solve clues and decipher codes and puzzles in order to "escape".  Each room has a storyline - often "Mummy's Tomb", "Sherlock Holmes/Murder Mystery" and a "Heist" in the UK please visit the extensive blog by Chris M Dickson: www.exitgames.co.uk to find games, and learn more.

LifestyleMK's Dr Audrey, along with business partner Richard Atterton, is opening the first Escape Game in the Milton Keynes Area in March.  Not only is it in the area - but it's in BLETCHLEY - where better than the "Home of the Codebreakers"!?

Audrey says "We love Escape Games, and have been playing them around the world since early last year.  When the opportunity came to open our own we jumped at it.  Ours is designed by Pfeffermind Games in Berlin, and we have been able to adapt the story with them to suit a Turing/Imitation Game styled room."

There is only one room available at the moment and it can cater for a team of 2 - 6.  Please visit the website for more information  and to book:  www.agreatescaperoom.com

This week they are offering the chance to win one of 3 FREE GAMES on Friday 18th March (6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm) for their launch weekend (details on their fb page) and all games are offered at a 20% discount on Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th if you type in the code LAUNCH on booking.

Please keep checking their fb page: https://www.facebook.com/agreatescaperoom/  and website for more opening offers through March and April.

For a little more on the room, please check out the feature in the MK News: http://www.onemk.co.uk/Enigma-Room-live-escape-game-Milton-Keynes-open/story-28697765-detail/story.html

Website: www.agreatescaperoom.com
Fb: https://www.facebook.com/agreatescaperoom/
Twitter: @agr8escape

Clean for the Queen

The Parks Trust staff and volunteers are set to take part in one of the UK’s largest litter picks
by Laura Tarry

Clean for The Queen is a call for volunteers to join the UK’s largest litter pick and help get your local area looking its very best in the year of The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The aim of the campaign is to attract one million people during a special clean-up weekend on 4, 5 and 6 March 2016.
The Queen for the Queen Campaign Director Adrian Evans said: “Our ambition is to create a community inspired, grass-roots mass action event – one that will become a recurring annual initiative. We feel that marking The Queen’s 90th birthday with the inaugural clean-up is a wonderful way to kick-start it to life.
"We want to show that millions of people in this country care passionately about the litter affecting the nation and are prepared to get out and do something about it. Everyone in this country will reap the benefits.”
The Parks Trust staff and volunteers will host their litter pick on Saturday 5th March from 10am-12noon, Stanton Low Park, Milton Keynes.
The Parks Trust Head of Community Engagement Briony Fox
said: “We value our volunteers and all their hard work throughout the year. Being part of Clean for the Queen means we can encourage more people to get involved so that everyone can enjoy a cleaner place to live.”
Please meet in the car park off Selkirk Drive, Oakridge Park.
Litter pickers, gloves and sacks will be provided. Please wear sensible clothing and footwear. See theparkstrust.com or call 01908 233600 for information.


For more information visit: www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk  

Monday, 15 February 2016

MK FOOD FEAST THIS WEEKEND

If you're a foodie, (or if you just enjoy a decent bite to eat!) get down to the MK Food Feast this weekend at Bradwell Abbey.

Organised by MK Food Revolution there will be entertainment, stalls, and of course FOOD!!





Details on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/466668660189874/

Sunday, 14 February 2016

What's On This Week



TALK BACK - NEWSLETTER W/C FEB 14th



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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!
Big kisses from all at Secklow Sounds Community Radio



W/C 14th Feb 2016,THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST SPECIALS ON SECKLOW SOUNDS...

MONDAY Feb 15th 10AM "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING HEATHER SMALL

The Sticks is YOUR what's on & lifestyle guide for Herts Beds and Bucks
Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show as his guest is Heather Small of M people!

The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.
www.the-sticks.co.uk
thesticks9@gmail.com
Twitter: @thesticks9

Contact Terry with requests, dedications, shout-outs
Twitter: @thesticks9 Email: thesticks@secklowsounds.org





TUESDAY Feb 16th, 10PM "SOUNDTRACKS” WITH TONY CARTY – Mainly
Mediterranean!

A generally MEDITERRANEAN feel as we recall the Italian actor RAF VALLONE, composer RON GOODWIN and various subjects including singer GENE PITNEY.
Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am
Catch past shows on Mixcloud

A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:


The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 180!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE



Rewind - in case you missed it

LIFESTYLE MK - SATURDAYS 12 - 2pm - NEW SEASON! ...with Dr Audrey, Gill and Dave


LIFESTYLEMK - Feb 13th - Love is in the Air
It's all things red on this week's show as the team talk Valentines Day, Lunar (Chinese) New Year, and blush as Fitness expert, PT Robb Henderson looks at "sexercise"! Feature presenters Ashley Alymann and Ro Linton discuss the meaning of love, Vet Dr Jamie reminds us "A pet is for life NOT for Valentines!", the Man Cave is all about the 5 C's of the engagement ring (Cut, Clarity, Carat, Colour and COST!), and Gill looks at how to pamper yourself - and your significant other.
We also have an EXCLUSIVE interview with Writer and Actress Lucy Sheen about her life as a transracial adoptee, and success within Theatre, TV and Film - follow her here:
Twitter: @LucySheen
12.00 - 12.30 - Ashley Alymann - what I'd do for love, Ro Linton - Love v Romance
12.30 - 1.00 - PT Robb - Sexercise, Dave's Man Cave - engagement rings
1.00 - 1.30 - Dr Jamie - pets and relationships, Gill - Pamper yourself
1.30 - 2.00 - Exclusive with Lucy Sheen
NEXT WEEK: Travelling Tales...
Tune in from 12 - 2 www.secklowsounds.org/player or catch the show's repeats on SPREAKER orMIXCLOUD

@draudreyt
@gili80
@davejsanderson
#lifestylemk
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Transition is on the offence...

OLASS Executive Director Sally Alexander joins David in the studio to tell us all about one of MK Colleges hidden gems.
Hear all about the outstanding work Sally & her team do, taking further education into over 20 of the UKs prisons.

OFFENDER LEARNING & SKILLS SERVICE at Milton Keynes College
Milton Keynes College is one of the largest providers of Offender Learning in England, operating programmes at thirty prisons across the East Midlands, West Midlands and South Central England.
Milton Keynes College has been providing offender learning and services to prisons in the UK for over 20 years. Providing high - quality education and training for over twenty years.
Established in 1984, Milton Keynes is proud to be an accessible College with a strong reputation for providing high-quality education to learners of all levels.
Interested & want to know more
http://www.mkcollege.ac.uk/page/olass

Transition with David Stimson: Mondays 2pm on Secklow Sounds
or catch it on SPREAKER




...and if you want to get involved:

Career opportunities at one of England’s largest providers of Offender Learning 

Milton Keynes College, one of England’s largest providers of Offender Learning, is recruiting. The College currently delivers courses at twenty eight prisons across the West Midlands, East Midlands and South Central regions, and is recruiting for a number of roles, including: 

· Lecturers/ tutors 

· Administrators 

· Learner support tutors 

· Vocational trainers (Bricklayers, Joiners, Motor vehicle, Barbering) 

· Programme Managers 

· Education Managers 

Full and part time positions, as well as sessional, are available across the 3 regions, with HMYOI Aylesbury and Glen Parva, HMP Bullingdon, Spring Hill, Huntercombe, Woodhill and Birmingham having immediate vacancies. 

Sally Alexander, Executive Director of Offender Learning at Milton Keynes College, has worked in Offender Learning for over twenty years, starting her career as a lecturer at HMP Bullingdon. Sally says “Offender Learning is an area which many people that work within the education sector do not even think about for a career path, yet it offers great career progression opportunities. It is very fulfilling to see the learners develop and progress, and for many, education can be life changing. In addition there are flexible holidays, on average fourteen students to a class, and opportunities to transfer across to one of our other sites, should relocation prove of interest.” 
If you're looking for a rewarding career and are keen to pass on your experience, apply now via www.mkcollege.ac.uk/career or call Nicky Palmer –Trew for more information on 01908 637015

Friday, 12 February 2016

Junior Rangers Conference

Eight schools across Milton Keynes enjoyed a fun filled day getting up close to nature with The Parks Trust staff to celebrate the annual Junior Rangers’ Conference.
by Laura Tarry
Junior Rangers with James Walsh, Education Ranger of The Parks Trust

Students from eight different schools spent the day with The Parks Trust staff at the Junior Rangers’ Conference on Tuesday 26 January 2016.  Twenty-four Junior Rangers enjoyed a day at our education centre at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve.
The Junior Rangers’ Conference gave students the opportunity to find out about The Parks Trust team and their roles in the community, take a tour of the nature reserve; try bird watching and have a go at pond dipping to see what creatures they could identify.
The Parks Trust Biodiversity Officer, Martin Kincaid was on hand to answer questions about the types of animals they may spot in the Nature Reserve he said:
“It was great to spend time with the Junior Rangers and see their enthusiasm for the natural world, while giving them an insight into the wildlife of Linford Lakes.
“The students were keen to learn about the birds at the reserve and the environment they live in.”
The role of a Junior Ranger is to tell other children in their school about what they can see in their parks and how they can keep their parks clean and full of wildlife.  Rangers have three main tasks: they read out a monthly parks’ bulletin in assembly; run competitions, quizzes and campaigns to raise awareness about issues in the parks; and set up and maintain a noticeboard with posters, pictures and maps.
Students from the eight schools presented ideas to The Parks Trust staff on how they will continue to act as ambassadors of the trust and some of their plans for the coming year.
Caylin Gans, The Parks Trust Education Ranger said: “Our Junior Rangers are valued members of our community. The Conference celebrates their commitment to showing interest in learning about the environment. It is also a good opportunity to award success and highlight those who have gone above and beyond their role.”
The Parks Trust runs an extensive education programme and provides environmental education sessions, including Forest Schools, for over 5,000 local children.
This scheme is free to join, simple to run and is fully supported by staff at The Parks Trust. If you are interested in signing your school up to the Junior Rangers scheme or want more information, please get in touch with Caylin Gans, Education Ranger, on 01908 255378 or email c.gans@theparkstrust.com.


To find out more about The Parks Trust’s environmental education activities visit www.theparkstrust.com.  

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Viccars' Film Review - The Big Short

The Big Short (2016)

Director: Adam McKay

Writer: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt.

Genre: Bio, Drama.

When watching The Big Short, a movie based on Michael Lewis’s book, I could see the similarities with The Wolf of Wall Street. The narrative style and breaking of the 4th wall are all very similar. But instead of using the same narrator (Ryan Goslings character Jared Vennett) throughout the film, Adam unfortunately chose to explain complex financial jargon using celebrity faces, one of which being Margot Robbie in a bubble bath, whom starred in The Wolf of Wall Street (seriously? Think we wouldn’t catch on to that one Adam?), and then later with Selena Gomez playing Blackjack. These cameos take me out of the movie and didn’t seem necessary, they should of put Ryan Gosling in that bubble bath sipping champagne, that would of made more sense.

It’s shame because the underlying story of the stock market crash in 2008 is a seriously interesting. The performances given by Steve Carell playing Mark Baum, the only man with a conscience, was the standout for me. He depicted how awfully ignorant the whole system was and knowing the underlying truth, this is a standout performance from the previously comedic actor(this guy played Brick for crying out loud!). Also another performance worth a mention is Cristian Bales depiction of aloof genius Michael Burry, a hedge fund manager whom blasts out heavy metal and walks about the office bare foot and clenching drum sticks, betting against the American economy all the while being under extreme pressure by his investors.

Unfortunately the film had all the makings of being a great but falls short when it came to the execution, I felt the film didn’t need any of the celebrity cameos breaking the 4th wall that could have easily been executed by the stories narrator Ryan Gosling character, the typically stereotypical arrogant banker. I can’t tell you how gutted I am for this movie as the underlying story, is really something of interest, the script written by Adam McKay and Charles Randolph’s seemed to have created something decent but it seemed like the movie was too busy and needed to just be simple, focussing on the story at hand.


★★☆☆☆

by Paul Viccars

Catch The Mayo & Viccars Show on Mondays at 8pm

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Knees Up with Harry and Edna!



This Wednesday Harry & Edna on the Wireless was recorded at Wiltons Music Hall in London and we also have a chat with Paul Carradine, host of the cockney 'sing a long'.

So listeners ready for your knees up?

Harry & Edna on the Wireless, Wednesdays 7 - 8pm
Or catch them on SPREAKER

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Viccars' Film Review - The Revenant

Paul Viccars (of The Mayo and Viccars Show) has turned his critical mind to Movie reviews:


Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writer: Mark L. Smith, Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.

Genre: Action, Drama.

Leo is so darn determined to get that Oscar on his mantelpiece he even had a fist fight with a bear!

The film is based partly on the novel “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” written by Michael Punke; which focuses on the story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his death defying journey of vengeance after being left for dead in the American mid-West during the 1820’s.

During fur trading endeavour lead by Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) and his men consisting of the selfish and cowardly John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) and a young man with a heart full of morals Jim Bridger (Will Poulter); whom right from the get go are ambushed by Native Americans in a brutal and action packed scene. It was shot in such a way it felt like you were there with them running for your life, this movie takes you on a sensory journey and puts you in the heart of it all.

Alejandro González Iñárritu isn’t alone, choosing to work again with cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki who again brings visually stunning scenes to screen. The way he catches the American wilderness in such tranquillity is something to be admired, Lubezki’s high standards have become expected with his previous work on films such as Birdman and Gravity both of which winning him Oscar’s for cinematography; if you thought two Oscar’s on the bounce would get him slacking off then you’re wrong!

Leo’s acting is again on point, the man can do no wrong and he is consumed by his character. Tom Hardy also delivered a decent performance becoming a very easy to hate villain. The end fight scene between the two is something that puts you on the edge of your seat, I became so engrossed that I genuinely wanted revenge for Leo, no punches were held in this brutal climax!
This film reminded me of another similar plotted movie The Gladiator, obviously the plots are similar 
but also with the whole visual aspect and the spirituality undertones. Every pause for a poetic pan out on the American landscape is like a pause for breath during this extremely intense endeavour.

Every pause for a poetic pan out on the American landscape is like a pause for breathe during this extremely intense endeavour.

Hopefully The Revenant can emulate Gladiators success.

★★★★☆

Ratings:
★☆☆☆☆ = BAD

★★☆☆☆ = OK

By Paul Viccars

Catch The Mayo and Viccars Show on Mondays at 8pm

Monday, 8 February 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!! - we have an exclusive interview with Writer and Actress Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

Actress and Writer Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen
With both Lunar (Chinese) New Year AND Valentines Day to celebrate next week, LifestyleMK are DELIGHTED to have an exclusive interview with Writer and Actress Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen (Lucy Sheen).
Lucy describes herself as "Made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK", she is an adoptee, dyslexic, and a successful playwrite and actor.
Here is a beautiful poem read by Lucy herself called "Chinese Water Thoughts": https://youtu.be/T4zCAr7-R3w
Lucy is currently promoting her debut documentary "Abandoned Adopted Here" in the WIRE FILM FESTIVAL: 

She, and us here at LifestyleMK, would love it if you would view and LIKE the documentary.  Like our previous shows, "Oh Baby Baby" (last Saturday) and "Taboo Topics" the Saturday before, Adoption is an area which is common, yet not spoken about often.  Strangely enough of course, one of our favourite British Icons was adopted - Paddington Bear!!
The WIPER app download is free: https://gowiper.com
Lucy's documentary is here on WIPER: https://gowiper.com/v/w4guni6
Lucy is also hoping that you know of an venue in Central London that could be donated for a screening and Q&A session with Lucy herself.  (This event is to raise funds for an sister project which is a stage play about the adoption triad (birth mother, adoptive mother and adoptee called "Conversations with my Unknown Mother")
Tune in to LifestyleMK on Saturday Feb 13th to hear more!!!
...and follow Lucy Here:
Twitter: @LucySheen @AAHere and @CWMUMother 
For more information about Lucy, please visit her website: http://www.lucysheen.com
...and check out her interview with CineWomen for their Bicentennial Magazine http://issuu.com/cinewomen/docs/cin_wom_iss0011b7_cinema_art_dance/38
Plus - see her in action in her own works here:


MEANWHILE:  Whether a taboo topic or not, we wish you a wonderful Lunar New Year with your families - may the Year of the Monkey bring you excitement, success and just a little bit of mischief.

LifestyleMK Saturdays 12 - 2, or catch us on MIXCLOUD
#lifestylemk
@draudreyt
@gili80
@davejsanderson


Sunday, 7 February 2016

What's On This Week




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W/C 7th Feb 2016,THIS WEEK'S PLAYLIST SPECIALS ON SECKLOW SOUNDS...



MONDAY Feb 8th 10AM "THE STICKS WITH TERRY SULLIVAN" - FEATURING STEVE PARRISH

The Sticks is YOUR what's on & lifestyle guide for Herts Beds and Bucks


Joining Terry Sullivan on this week’s Sticks show as his guest is Motorcycling and truck racing World Champion – BBC TV Presenter – Practical Joker – Prankster- Hooligan –Pain in the Ar** Steve Parrish.

The Sticks show can be heard at 10am Mondays. Tune in via the Secklow Sounds web site or via the TuneIn radio app.

www.the-sticks.co.uk
thesticks9@gmail.com
Twitter: @thesticks9
www.facebook.com/sticksmag
Contact Terry with requests, dedications, shout-outs
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TUESDAY Feb 9th, 10PM "SOUNDTRACKS” WITH TONY CARTY – GHOSTS, GULLIVER and CIGARETTES

A new CD release of selections from some classic film scores links several subjects – there’s more from films based on GULLIVER’S TRAVELS; we hear several pieces of HAUNTING music and SMOKE gets in our eyes. Some new releases as well, including that obvious mixture: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.




UPCOMING SHOW:

16 Feb: A MEDITERRANEAN feel as we recall a gifted Italian actor, a great British composer and a pop performer with a fine voice who was more than just a pop star.

Soundtracks: 1 hour Tues 10pm, repeats Sunday midnight and Mon 11am


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A TREASURY OF FILM MUSIC:




The stock of ALL the past SOUNDTRACKS shows (over 180!) on a variety of topics RIGHT HERE






Rewind - in case you missed it



LIFESTYLE MK - SATURDAYS 12 - 2pm - NEW SEASON! ...with Dr Audrey, Gill and Dave




LifestyleMK: Oh Baby Baby

LifestyleMK chats all things baby. Taking an honest look at pregnancy and childbirth as well as the more taboo topics of infertility and breastfeeding, the show is packed with YOUR experiences.
PT Robb Henderson talks about exercise when pregnant, Vet Dr Jamie looks at breeding animals, and we have features on breastfeeding from Host Gill, and on children and identity from Ro Linton. We also have an exclusive feature in Dave's Man Cave from "The Unexpectant Father" - a blogger who writes about his experiences with infertility:https://www.facebook.com/unexpectantf...
12.00 - 12.30: Ro Linton - My Children My Life
12.30 - 1.00: PT Robb Henderson - Pregnancy and health
1.00 - 1.30: Dave's Man Cave with "The Unexpectant Father"
1.30 - 2.00: Vet Dr Jamie - Animal breeding


NEXT WEEK: Love is in the air!!!

Tune in from 12 - 2 www.secklowsounds.org/player or catch the show's repeats on SPREAKER orMIXCLOUD


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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Making a right Spectre-acle!

Did anyone catch Lifestyle MK's Dr Audrey in "Spectre"? It's out on DVD soon, but if you are a little curious - and fancy a giggle at "honest trailers" - she's on at around 3.16 after the lines "...and a bunch of crap you don't want to see in a Bond Movie" ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mu4kFqmv3RM


Cheeky screen shot of "the Nine Eyes meeting" from "Honest Trailers"

Lifestyle MK - Saturdays 12 - 2pm on Secklow Sounds
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Friday, 5 February 2016

The sheep are baaaaa-ck

by Laura Tarry 

The city’s popular flock of sheep will return to Campbell Park to continue their important conservation work, next week.

The flock of 100 sheep graze about half the park, as part of our farming portfolio, the parks large grass area offers great grazing for the sheep.

Periodic grazing is also a vital conservation tool, helping to manage large areas of grassland in order to create a much richer diversity of wildlife. Grazing deters scrub and encourages the growth and spread of wildflower in these grass rich meadows. The sheep return to Campbell Park on the week beginning 8th February 2016 for a minimum of three weeks.
Landscape and Operations Director of The Parks Trust, Rob Riekie said: "Please can we remind dog owners to keep your dog close, calm and on a short lead, and stay nice and clear of livestock.

“Cyclists and walkers are advised to slow down and also keep clear of the sheep and take particular care when travelling through grazing areas.”


For more information call The Parks Trust on: 01908 233600

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Play it Harry & Edna, play it again!

Sunday 14th February 2016
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,
she walks into mine.” ~ Rick Blaine

Let this Valentine’s Day be different with one of the most romantic movies of all time.

Enjoy a drink in the Harry & Edna Café Américain and watch the classic romantic film Casablanca.

The quintessential Hollywood film about romantic love with Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, a hard-drinking American running a bar in Casablanca, a city full of refugees fleeing the Nazis. Then one evening his lost love Ilsa, played by Ingrid Bergman, walks in...

Immerse yourself in this timeless 1942 classic on the big screen, as The Stables Theatre is transformed into Harry & Edna Café Américain

For more information and tickets visit www.homefrontfriends.org.uk/film or call the box office on 01908 280800

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Howe Park Wood Management Plan Launched

Maintaining the habitats for rare species of butterflies and  protecting the landscape for the future
by Laura Tarry


Purple Emperor
The Parks Trust recently completed and updated an extensive management plan that defines how Howe Park Wood is to be managed for the future. The plan explains how the Trust will continue to maintain and enhance the Semi-Natural Ancient Woodland’s character, biodiversity conservation interest and recreational value of the woodland. Howe Park Wood has ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI) status, as designated by Natural England.
The woodland has some unique offerings including that it is a very important woodland habitat for butterflies.  27 species have been recorded in and around the wood over the last 15 years, in comparison only 17 species were recorded when surveys were carried out in 2003 and 2004. The Howe Park species list includes White Admiral Ladoga camilla, Purple Hairstreak Quercusia quercus and Black Hairstreak Satyrium pruni. Black Hairstreak is the rarest of these two species as in the UK it only occurs in the Midland woodland belt. In July 2015, the spectacular Purple Emperor butterfly was recorded in Howe Park Wood for the first time and was also spotted in other woodlands nearby.
White Admiral
Some of the key parts of the plan include:
  • Conservation of habitats and biodiversity, including preserving and enhancing the Wood’s characteristics, it’s woodland habitats and protecting species found in it , including the resident Black Hairstreak butterfly and other forms of wildlife.
  • Managing the wood to include higher canopy trees, while influencing light levels so there are the right conditions for a healthy mid-storey (future high canopy trees) to flourish, along with a coppiced understorey of  native shrubs and a vibrant and species rich layer of ground vegetation.
  • Create better and more favourable habitats for indigenous mammals (including bats), woodland birds and  invertebrates through such measures as creating a mix of habitat and retaining more decaying and dead wood (while ensuring the wood is safe to its visitors)
  • Encouraging a diversity of indigenous species,  to help protect the wood from threatening pests and diseases (e.g. Ash Dieback) 
  • Providing public access for relaxation and leisure activities (e.g. walking and experiencing the natural and historic environment).
  • Providing information about the Wood and enabling it to be used as an educational resource.

Rob Riekie, Landscape and Operations Director at The Parks Trust, said: “We have owned Howe Park Wood since 1992, and we are very privileged to be able to continue to enhance and maintain the site.
 “We’ve always had detailed plans for managing our landscape but in publishing this plan and making it downloadable from the website or available on request we want to help people understand our work better and make it easier for them to access this information.”
You can request a copy of The Howe Park Management Plan by emailing landscape@theparkstrust.com  or calling 01908 233600 or download at: http://www.theparkstrust.com/downloads/h-p-wood-mngt-plan---13-nov15-low-res.pdf