FM launch show Friday 23 October
At 7am, Dino and Ruth threw the switch and turned on our FM transmitter. To celebrate Rocket’s first show on FM for our 2015 season, we broadcast a specially extended live Up With Dino and Ruth, featuring some fascinating guests:
Maria Caulfield MP > LISTEN AGAIN
Maria Caulfield became MP for Lewes in May this year. Before going into politics, Maria worked as a nurse at the Royal Marsden hospital, as a Research Sister leading a team in the field of breast cancer research. Dino and Ruth asked Maria about winning the election, her first impressions of the House of Commons, what she has achieved in her first six months as Lewes’ MP, what she thinks about the leadership of Lewes District Council, and whether she supports Bonfire. You can hear our interview with Maria here.
Chris Bowers is a writer and broadcaster, known mainly to tennis fans as a commentator and the biographer of Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. He has also written the biography of former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and is an environmental campaigner of more than 20 years’ standing. He was the Lib Dem candidate who stood against Britain’s sole Green MP in the Brighton Pavilions constituency.
Norman Baker > LISTEN AGAIN
Norman Baker ended 28 years of elected office earlier this year when he lost his seat in the General Election. As an MP, he established a reputation as one of the most dogged and persistent of parliamentary interrogators the modern House of Commons has known. Following the 2010 general election, he was appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, then Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office. Norman presents his own show on Rocket FM but this morning he joined Dino and Ruth to talk about losing the election, his life since, and his new book, Against the Grain.
Steve Ankers’ wife Margaret and big brother John have been vets all their lives, so Steve has spent a large part of his life helping one or other of them, sometimes both, through amusing, harrowing and occasionally disgusting encounters with creatures of all varieties, shapes and sizes. The experience has given him a hilarious fund of tales about adventures with animals and their owners, from llamas, wallabies and escaped alligators to dodgy greyhound trainers and the cat that ate a Chihuahua. Steve has crammed all this into a book, It’s a Dog’s Life for the Other Half.
7.30am Richard Eastham talked about the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan
8.00am Tim Locke told us about New Sussex Opera‘s next production, Mignon
8.30am Debbie Twitchen discussed Social Housing in Lewes
7.30am John Bleach revealed the early history of Lewes including Saxonbury
8.00am Simon Giddey updated us on a cycling and walking survey of Cliffe
8.30am Fiona Kay from Cheese Please talked about a charity concert she was organising in aid of the St Peter and St James Hospice (and probably about cheese too – we hope there are samples!
7.30am Robert Cheesman told us about the work of the Friends of Lewes.
8.00am We talked about fostering and adopting Petlink animals with Adel Burnett.
8.20am Carmen Slijpen told about plans for The Depot, Lewes’ own purpose built three screen cinema set to open early in 2017.
8.35am Richard Pearson outlined the work of the Lewes Fund.
7.30am Ian McCrae celebrated the music of the Lewes Concert Orchestra
8.00am Richard Morley helped us discover the Enchanted Forest in Southover Grange Gardens
8.30am Graham Mayhew revealed the fascinating history of The Monks of St Pancras and talked about his book on the subject
7.30am Colin Belsey, Chair of East Sussex County Council, talked about his role and the work of the council.
8.00am Rosalyn St Pierre informed us about the work of Lewes Soroptimists.
8.30am Susan Murray, the Mayor of Lewes, joined Dino and Ruth to talk about her year in office, the role of Mayor and the Mayor’s charity.