Show Highlights – 20th April 2017

Record Store Day – the velvet hands

To celebrate Record Store day on 22nd April, we play a track from The Velvet Hands, an up-and-coming young band who come from Cornwall and are making a big impression with great reviews from some of the most important music blogs and publishers plus a string of high profile gigs.

TEDx talks in totnes on the theme of change

Providing Alternatives to Experimental Mammals for Research – Dr Olivia Champion founder and CEO of BioSystems Technology Ltd talks about her non-mamallian systems which provide low cost, high-throughput, ethical solutions for researchers who require alternatives to animal testing.

Mary Daniels – Wild Awakenings: 9 Questions that saved my life – With a natural ability to transform every challenging situation into a triumph, Mary has spent most of her adult life working with vulnerable people in the community, including mentoring and working with young offenders in and out of prison, within schools, coaching women’s groups and working with inner city charities and community projects.

Earth. Food. Love. The Zero Waste Shop

Just opened in Totnes, Earth Food Love is the Uk’s only Zero Waste, organic, bulk-buy, plant-based, wholefoods shop.

The Portraits Rhythms of The World Album Launch

Anglo-Irish alt-folk duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Jeremy and Lorraine Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively. Their sound is a warm fusion of folk, music theatre, jazz and classical styles with beautiful harmonies and their material is strongly influenced by their own experiences of travelling the world and encountering its forgotten corners.

ARC Marine, Brixham

Based in Brixham on South Devon’s coast, Tom Birbeck & James Doddrell formed ARC Marine with the passion to regenerate our fragile and damaged marine ecosystems. Having spent long hours experimenting with various prototypes, they have now invented a number of products ranging from artificial reef modules to sea grass habitats. In early 2016 they applied and successfully gained Investment from Virgin StartUp, and is proud to have been officially named a Virgin StartUp Ambassador in 2016!

Brixham Marine Conservation Day

Brixham Marine Conservation Day is on Tuesday 30th May 2017 bringing together Marine Conservation, Education, Research and Tourism.

Wildlife Boat Safari – Thursday 27th April 2017

Fun Fish Trips and WeFerry together with award winning Rockfish Fish and Chips and Wildlife Expert Nigel Smallbones are collaborating in organizing a wildlife boat Safari with fish and chip supper and wildlife commentary in order to raise funds for Brixham Marine Conservation Day.

Things to Ponder About – Manners

One of the overwhelming memories that has stayed with me from my childhood is that of my parents, grandparents and teachers constantly teaching me and reminding me about manners. (Read the complete piece here)

Rob Greenfield

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger.

the duke of cambridge & Prince Harry – Mental Health

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge & Prince Harry talk about their goal to shine a spotlight on the power of conversation and discuss bereavement, modern childhood, and dealing with trauma in the workplace. Prince Harry said, “when you speak peoples families and to kids you think ‘wow’ I don’t want them to have to go through the same things; with a little bit of experience you want to help as much as you can”  In their FaceTime call, The Duke and Lady Gaga discussed how opening up and having conversations about mental health is vital to ending the stigma that still surrounds these issues. Lady Gaga said she felt people with mental health challenges were ‘not hiding anymore’ and the The Duke added that it is time ‘to feel normal about mental health – it’s the same as physical health’ and that good conversations can ‘really make such a difference.’

Friendship bench

“In many parts of Africa, if you are poor and mentally ill your chances of getting adequate treatment are close to zero.” says Dr Karlee Silver, Vice President Programs at Grand Challenges Canada” In Zimbabwe, that’s changing thanks to the Friendship Bench, the first project with the potential to make mental health care accessible to an entire African nation.”

Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual event on 22nd April – a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmental friendly.  The Earth Day theme for 2017 is environmental and climate literacy.  One way you can get informed is to listen to this excellent review of a new play which offers a timely look at the practice of fracking.

Fracked or Please don’t Use the F Word – The Play

Suzanne Hunter Review the fantastic new play from Alistair Beaton called “Fracked… or Don’t Use the F Word” Starring the superb Anne Reid, James Bolam and exceptional cast. If you see one play this year make it this! Hear Suzanne’s review now.

And if you’d like to help more trees to be planted, then take one small action and switch your search engine to Ecosia today. The Ecosia community plants a tree every 7 seconds.

Finally why not get out and about in nature and take part in the Big Bluebell Watch which will help The Woodland Trust to map where all these special flowers are located


Songs Played

Pet Shop Boys – Left To My own Devices
Velvet Hands – Sick of Living
Eleanor and The Lost – The Calling
Shaun Escoffery – When The Love Is Gone
The Portraits – Rhythms of the World
The Portraits – Left Brain Right Brain
The Chamber Orchestra of London – Downtown Abbey (The Suite)
Terry Callier – Ordinary Joe
Georgia O’Marah – Moving On
Soneni and The Soul – Siyahamba
Cat Stevens – Morning Has Broken
Classico Latino – Earth Song
Irene Conti – The Man Who Still Believes
Prince – Diamonds and Pearls

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