STARS CARS GUITARS – The Podcast Series

STARS CARS GUITARS – The Podcast Series

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If you like rock, pop and classic cars, you are going to LOVE Britain’s most exciting brand-new podcast…

STARS CARS GUITARS

The Podcast Series

With Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke

SIR ROD STEWART says, “Come to my house and drive my Lamborghini and Ferrari!”

ABOUT STARS CARS GUITARS

What is Stars Cars Guitars?

It’s a brand-new podcast, with new episodes every week, presented by singer Tony Hadley, guitarist Jim Cregan and broadcaster Alex Dyke.

What is Stars Cars Guitars all about?

It’s three guys talking about rock and roll adventures, their favourite cars and tales of the stars and friends they met on the way.

So, it’s all about stars, cars and guitars – right?

Yes… and no. It’s also about success, fame, family, laughter, memories and dreams. It’s really a show about friendship. It’s a conversation between three old mates, who like telling stories and sharing jokes. It’s a safe place. Join them!

MEET THE GUYS

Tony Hadley is one of Britain’s best loved singers. He’s a big man with a big voice and a heart of gold. He was the frontman of Spandau Ballet in the 1980s with a slew of massive hits including a number 1 with True.

Now as a solo artist he entertains audiences around the globe with hit packed shows.

A charming, sharp dressed man, Tony’s an international heartthrob and a brilliant storyteller. From Live Aid to Los Angeles, he’s been there and done it, selling millions of records. Tony is also a radio presenter and tv performer, going into the jungle in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.

If the guys were in a car, Tony would be in the driver’s seat with his hands on the wheel.

Jim Cregan is an award-winning rock guitarist, songwriter and producer. He’s been a professional musician since the 1960s and he’s seen the inside of more hotel rooms than Howard Johnson or Lenny Henry. He’s smashed a few up on occasion too.

Jim has lived a rock and roll life on the road, playing with best friend Rod Stewart’s band for more than twenty years. He’s played with everyone, from Cockney Rebel to Cat Stevens and Katie Melua. He’s survived alcohol, drugs, swinging London, flower power, high times in the States and he’s got the Hawaiian shirts to prove it.

If the guys were in a car, Jim would be in the passenger seat, reading the map.

Alex Dyke has been a British broadcaster for 35 years on the tv and radio. He’s worked for the BBC, UK networked commercial radio and Radio Luxembourg.
He’s an award-winning presenter, surprising everybody when he won a bronze Sony Radio award in 2006.

He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in show business, including Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, BB King and George Best. Alex has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and if he pays more attention in class, he could really amount to something.

If the guys were in a car, Alex would be in the back seat, asking “are we there yet?”, and Tony and Jim would be wondering whether they’d have been better off if he’d got the bus instead.

STARS CARS GUITARS

The Podcast Series with Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke

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Parenting The Modern Way

Parenting The Modern Way

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Parenting the modern way

The ways in which people, including those who identify as LGBT, can create a family, have evolved greatly over the years. Modern families are wonderfully diverse, and it is a huge positive, that society is more accepting of different family structures. Jemimah Fleet, family solicitor at B P Collins, who specialises in modern parenting, offers advice on the routes available to creating a family.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is a way of building a family where a woman, who does not intend to be the baby’s mother, carries and gives birth to a child for someone else, whether that’s a single mum or dad, heterosexual couples or same sex couples.

Surrogacy is possible both in the UK and in some countries around the world. Currently the Law Commission is reviewing the UK’s outdated surrogacy laws, which do not meet the interests of those involved in the process.  For example, there are various legal obstacles such as the surrogate (as the birth mother) is always considered the legal mother and the intended parents can only apply to court for a parental order, to be recognised as their child’s legal parents, once the child is born. This inevitably places the child in an uncertain legal limbo until legal matters are resolved. This process can take months to finalise – a delay which is both frustrating and creates uncertainty.

The Law Commission’s consultation will help to reform the law which hasn’t changed in decades and aims to ensure the child’s best interests remain the key focus and provides reassurance to all those involved on the surrogacy journey.

Donor conception

Many parents also choose to build their families through donor conception, particularly single women and lesbian couples, who conceive with a sperm donor.

A clinic sperm donor may be chosen, where the clinic will match with a donor who is anonymous at the point of donation.  The law surrounding anonymity changed in 2005 and identifiable information is now available to children, who are conceived with donor sperm, if conception was in the UK.

Some may choose to use a known sperm donor, who could be a friend or family member. A key advantage is that there may be a continuing relationship with the donor and you will have more background information about them.  But the relationship and the intentions of the donor may need to be managed carefully. Having a pre-conception agreement on the arrangements moving forward, which could vary from minimal involvement to full co-parenting, could be invaluable and hopefully avoid a dispute in the future.

It’s important to remember that legal parentage can be more complicated in these arrangements as the law only allows two legal parents. The birth mother will always be the mother but identifying the second parent will depend on the circumstances of conception.  It is vital to seek expert advice to ensure that the full legal position concerning parentage is understood.

Co-parenting

B P Collins work with many clients embarking on a co-parenting arrangement, which are usually single women or men; or sometimes friends deciding to conceive a child together.  There has also been a surge in people “self-matching” online, having a child together, but continuing to live separately and co-parent. In a similar way to donors, the relationship between co-parents needs to be managed very carefully and we would advise creating an agreement to ensure expectations are aligned. This will again help to avoid disputes in the future and establish a strong foundation for raising the child.

For further advice on modern parenting, please contact Jemimah Fleet on familylaw@bpcollins.co.uk or call 01753 279046.
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THE PLASTIC PROBLEM IN OUR SEAS

THE PLASTIC PROBLEM IN OUR SEAS

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More than two decades ago I had a conversation with the lovely Actor, Alison Steadman, who was then married to legendary Film Director Mike Leigh.  They were already heavily into promoting environmental issues of pollution and waste, and educated me into the hazards of buying coloured loo paper, saying it was non-biodegradable.  I have bought the white stuff ever since.

So where did it all go wrong, and why is it only now we are being made aware of the amount of plastic in the World’s oceans, which is set to treble in the next decade unless drastic action is taken to prevent it.

We have been warned that plastic is one of the most enormous threats facing the world’s seas, along with metal and chemical pollution.

It has apparently been swept under the carpet or beds of the Ocean for decades, and now only as it is now at danger level are we on high alert where our sea waters are concerned.

The Netherlands, who are famous for their environmentally friendly approach, have led the way by opening the World’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle and other Nations are encouraged to follow.

But we need to take it further and take control through research and awareness before the problem escalates even more.

Louise Edge, Senior Oceans campaigner at Greenpeace UK warns us “Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans, with items ranging from whole plastic bottles to tiny microplastics being found in seas all around the world”.

“If strong action isn’t taken now, the problem will get exponentially worse. More research is needed on the many different facets of plastic pollution, but it is already clear that we must end our relationship with throwaway plastic and find alternative packaging solutions which won’t harm our environment.”

Professor Edward Hill, executive director of the National Oceanography Centre, said it was time to change the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude to the world’s oceans.

He said the Blue Planet television series has helped people visualise what is going on in the oceans, provoking both wonder at what is down there and horror at the impact humans are having.

“It’s this sense of the unexplored world on our own planet, but also it’s important to us. We know less about the bottom of the sea than the moon or Mars, but nothing lives on the moon or Mars, but things live in our ocean and they’re vitally important to us,” he said.

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If we want to contribute to the awareness of this alarming discovery, we can make a difference by creating plastic free awareness in our own homes, and pass the knowledge onto our kids, so that they lead by example.  If you click onto www.plasticfreetuesday.com, it will give you some great tips for the start of your own plastic free awareness campaign.

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LINDA LAMON – Hold On In Love’s Name – New Release

LINDA LAMON – Hold On In Love’s Name – New Release

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“Wow! So pretty and so heart-felt. We need to be pretty strong here.” – Dr Brian May (Queen)

 

Linda Lamon

Hold On In Love’s Name – Released 25th September 2020

The response from Queen guitarist Brian May about her new song Hold On In Love’s Name, contributed to Linda Lamon making her decision to release the single, which was inspired by wildlife and the environment, to help his Save Me Trust. Linda decided to support the charity after seeing how hard the Surrey based team work to help reverse the effects of global warming and environmental damage by planting forests and caring for wildlife.

“We have very sadly seen a decline in wildflower meadows by 95% in the last 40 years and some of our insect population, such as butterflies and bees, reduced by up to 60%.  This all effects our ecosystems and the natural food chain, which in turn affects us – and it’s all down to deforestation and building development. We desperately need afforestation programmes to help address the balance to save our planet for future generations.” – Linda Lamon

Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, Linda first met Brian after she penned The New Woodland Song to celebrate the planting of 100,000 native trees in his 160-acre woodland whilst living in Dorset in 2013.  She performed it live with the village ladies and children’s choirs for the opening of the tree planting ceremony, only a few yards away from the rock star.

“The planting day was truly one of the most memorable and different days of my life – if those trees develop into healthy adults, I will feel that I contributed something significant in a small way in the rescue of the British countryside.” – Brian May

Linda & Brian May

The keen photographer went on to write two more songs with the charity in mind and has watched the wood flourish through her lens each year since 2013, creating a record of the growth and keeping the owner updated with photographs of the trees, shrubs and wildflower meadows.

“May’s Wood is now attracting new wildlife and it’s wonderful to see. We need lots more forests like this to be planted around the world before it’s too late. The UK government have recognised this but have not gone far enough. As we come out of lockdown in these unprecedented times living with the virus, we have seen that green spaces are vital for human health and well-being.”

It’s taken a while, you could say, for Linda to get fully on track with her music. At the age of 70, with two grown up daughters and four grandchildren, she is bringing out her first album, after launching her new single.

“Whilst many of the pop and rock stars from my teenage years are now enjoying a revival, I feel like I’m just beginning. We owe it to my grandchildren’s generation to make right what’s wrong and I’m hoping this song will go some way in creating awareness about this very real plight that affects their future.”

The forthcoming album, ABOUT TIME is aptly named to reflect the fact that it is about time she recorded songs she has been writing since she was 16. It also explains that these pieces really are about time as they cover four decades, from the eighties to the 20 twenties. A blend of country and pop, the tracks were recorded remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown by musicians in Nashville, USA, with Linda adding the vocals and mixing in Dorset and Manchester. Overseeing the project was producer Lynton Guest, former member of The Love Affair who had Number 1 hits in the 1960s with classic tracks Everlasting Love and Rainbow Valley.

Linda Lamon

“It took a 17 -year- old band mate to encourage me to record my own songs after I had spent years being involved with music in some form.  But it still took me another ten years to get around to doing it. It was only after my husband died from Motor Neurone Disease that I picked up the gauntlet and ran with it.”

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Sarah Class – Natural High – New Album Out Soon

Sarah Class – Natural High – New Album Out Soon

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S A R A H   C L A S S

N A T U R A L H I G H – Released 25th September 2020

The album Natural High is a joyful and reverential tribute to the powerful magic of nature and miracle of life. There are many layers to the natural world. Those we perceive with human eyes to be beautiful or awe inspiring, or intrinsically feel we need to protect or even be fearful of, are perhaps only touching the surface of its extraordinary qualities. Nature is also working behind the scenes affecting us on an entirely different plane.

“Our relationship with Nature is powerfully symbiotic. Nature nourishes us and it has the ability to move and heal us, to energise and uplift us. It is a living organism with a heart-beat, a soul and molecular memory, just like human life. We need to forge a new and positive relationship with the Natural world that sustains us.”  Sarah Class.

Beyond Nature’s physical manifestation, Sarah believes there is a powerful spiritual vibration existing in multi layers. It is this version of Nature – its heavenly imprint, which fuels the music of Natural High.

Scientists know that Nature is proven to de-stress us, but equally they are aware this is not the full explanation. As scientist and cognitive psychologist David Strayer says, “something mysterious will always remain”.

Sarah says, “Natural High is also about Unity – the unifying God of all things and the connection between us and Nature. Our place within the natural world is not a separated one. We are of each other.”

The album explores Nature’s euphoric diversity through the ethereal lens. Through waterfalls, rivers, holy wells and more, each track aligns with various Nature deities from myths and legends of different cultures.

A true lockdown album written at the height of the pandemic, Sarah recorded much of the album with Sinfonia Nord, a wonderful orchestra in Iceland via remote link to her studio in Bristol. She also collaborated remotely with talented musicians all over the world to achieve the special sound she envisaged for Natural High.

 

S A R A H  C L A S S

Sarah Class

 

Award winning, Emmy nominated, Sarah Class has become one of Britain’s most sought-after composers and is described as having the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to creating music. She is an accomplished musician, scoring for ?lm, television and the concert arena, producer, songwriter, and singer.

A classically trained pianist from an early age, Sarah developed a huge love of jazz and improvisation. Brought up on a nature reserve in a large unspoilt part of the Isle of Wight, she spent her childhood surrounded by rare orchids, bluebell woods and carpets of wood anemones – something that would come to inspire not just her music, but inform her very way of thinking and living.

She quickly started to make her mark in the world of television and subsequently the film industry. When she was asked to compose the score for an independent feature film titled ‘The Weekend’ Sarah caught the attention of legendary producer Sir George Martin who subsequently took her under his wing to help and guide her career.

Since then her career has skyrocketed and boasts 3 Emmy Award nominations, a Classical Brit Award nomination, a No.1 album collaboration with Hayley Westenra, a Best Score Award for Sir David Attenborough’s BBC TV series ‘BBC Africa’, plus numerous other hugely successful and highly acclaimed scores for movies and TV.

Sarah is also Ambassador for the World Land Trust. Sir David Attenborough, Sir Chris Packham and Steve Backshall are also patrons. The charity has directly protected and saved a million acres of threatened habitat including rainforest and helped save a further five million  acres, in more than 20 countries over the past 30 years. Sir David even made an appearance on Sarah’s music video ‘I Will Fight’.

Sarah Class

www.sarahclass.com


 

 

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