Friday, 31 July 2009



Alexander O'Neal


Cancelled After Teen Knifed


A performance by US soul singer Alexander O'Neal at a London festival was cancelled at the last minute after a teenage boy was stabbed and 'bottled' at the carnival.

Police were called at 7pm on Saturday night to Bermondsey Carnival in Southwark Park in southeast London, after the teenager was found with leg and facial injuries.

He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident led to the main concert being stopped shortly after 8pm just as O'Neal was due on stage.
Several thousand people attended the day-long event.
O'Neal - whose hits include Criticise and Never Knew Love Like This - had reportedly flown in from the US to attend the free event.
The Metropolitan Police said an inquiry was under way.

Ben Kinsella's murderers 'face retribution' during life jail term

The killers, from left: Jade Braithwaite, 18,
Juress Kika, 19, and Michael Alleyne, 20

Ben Kinsella Knife crime victim,
he dies of his injuries

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CCTV of Ben Kinseller after her was stabbed
eleven times, he collapses off camera

On June 29 2008 sixteen-year-old Ben Kinsella became the seventeenth teen in London to die as a result of violent crime.

Last week, almost a year after his death, Michael Alleyne (18), Juress Kika (19) and Jade Braithwaite (20), were found guilty of murder and were sentenced to life imprisonment, serving a minimum of 19 years.

Ben's sister and former Eastender actress Brooke Kinsella said: "It's good enough but it is little more than Ben lived, so it is not really enough."

Speaking after the verdict Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald praised the witnesses that came forward and said that Ben's killers were ignorant.

"They have no social abilities whatsoever to interact with people. This was a non-event in a pub and they resorted to violence straight away. Ben ran into three cowards. They were older than him, bigger than him, they were armed with knives. He had no chance at all."

Three men who stabbed the schoolboy Ben Kinsella to death were jailed for life yesterday after being warned that they face retribution in prison for the murder.
Jade Braithwaite, 20, Juress Kika, 19, and Michael Alleyne, 18, have all received letters from prison authorities alerting them that they are marked men.
Each will spend at least 19 years in jail for the murder of the 16-year-old brother of the former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella.
Applause erupted from the public gallery of the Old Bailey as the killers were led down to the cells in handcuffs. Police had to intervene as friends of the defendants clashed with friends of Ben as they shouted out “Bye” and “Enjoy your porridge”.

Ms Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the BBC soap, clapped once but otherwise kept silent with the rest of her family in the well of court.
Speaking outside court after the hearing she said of the 19-year minimum tariff: “It’s just little more than Ben lived, so it really is not good enough.”
Sentencing the killers, Brian Barker QC, the Common Serjeant of London, said: “Ben Kinsella was 16 when he died. Your blind and heartless anger that night defies belief. He had in front of him a lifetime of promise. You have taken all that away from him in a brutal, cowardly and totally unjustified attack.”
“It reflects yet again the futility of carrying and use of knives by some people. Crimes like these generate outrage in all like minded people.”
Earlier, lawyers for the three killers confirmed that they had received letters warning them they may be under threat from members of a notorious crime family.
Nerida Harford-Bell, for Braithwaite, said: “Jade understands he is a marked man. His mother, grandmother and aunt are in process of moving from their addresses to an entirely different area.”
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins, for Alleyne, said: “He has received a letter that will have an impact for more than many years. It is an unusual step but one he is going to take very, very seriously.”
James Nichol, solicitor advocate for Kika, said of his letter: “It is being taken seriously.”
Ben, who wanted to become a graphic designer, was stabbed 11 times after becoming the innocent victim of an argument. He had been celebrating the end of his exams at Shillibeers bar in Holloway, north London, when he was attacked in the early hours of June 29 last year.
After a mass brawl that had not involved Ben, Braithwaite recruited Kika and Alleyne to get revenge for being “disrespected”. They chased the rival group of youths down the street and picked on Ben when he failed to run away.
The straight-A student was kicked to the floor and stabbed eleven times in five seconds as he pleaded: “I’ve not done anything wrong.”
He was the 17th teenager to be murdered in London last year.
Kika was wanted by police for a stabbing and robbery in Islington days earlier but was only tracked down when he was arrested for the murder on June 30.
Alleyne was on licence after being released from an 18 month prison sentence for drug dealing. Braithwaite had served a 12-month sentence for attempted robbery in 2006. He later blamed Alleyne and Kika for the stabbing, sparking ugly scenes in court as the defendants turned on each other.
Kika and Alleyne, both from Holloway, north London, and Braithwaite from Bow, east London, all denied murder.


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Saturday, 25 July 2009

Soul Night

Paddy Grady

"BBC Radio Northampton are staging their own Soul Night later in the year!! It will feature DJ's on the night who are presenters from the station & also of course IFM presenters Paddy Grady, Mark Dean & (my co-presenter) Gadders!

No venue has been sorted yet or date but the station is working on all of that right now. The night will feature classic Soul & Motown from the 60's, 70's & 80's! More details shortly! Paddy"

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Friday, 24 July 2009


Argyros George Argyrou aka DJ Aggie
Mediterranean Mix presenter

"It's been exactly twelve months since we were awarded our community radio licence and if all goes well we should be on air by June or July next year. Right now the station is looking into acquiring new equipment for the studio and finding out which of the existing presenters will be available and how many new people we need to recruit, and of course we are still looking for more funding. Thank you everyone for being so patient. It's not long now before we will be back on air."

Thursday, 23 July 2009


Spanning the last 30 years of South Africa 's apartheid system, SKIN is
based on the extraordinary true story of Sandra Laing (Sophie Okenodo), who
was born black to two white Afrikaner parents, unaware of their black
ancestry. She grows up in a sheltered environment on a rural farm, loved
and nurtured by her father (Sam Neill) and mother (Alice Krige).

Reality sets in when she is thrown out of the all-white boarding school her
brother also attends, and is reclassified by the state as 'coloured': Sandra
will not have the same opportunities as everyone else in her family. Her
parents immediately seek to have her legally classified "white" again,
setting in motion a battle that ultimately gives Sandra the strength and
self-awareness to embrace her identity and cultural legacy as an African
woman. Directed by Anthony Fabian, SKIN stars Sophie Okenodo, Sam Neill and
Alice Krige.

SKIN is one of the most moving stories to emerge
from apartheid South Africa: Sandra Laing is a black child
born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry.
Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community,
who lovingly bring her up as their ‘white’ little girl.
But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society.
The film follows Sandra’s thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance,
betrayal to reconciliation,
as she struggles to define her place in a changing world
- and triumphs against all odds.

The film is produced by Anthony Fabian, Margaret Matheson and Genevieve
Hofmeyr. The executive producers are Simon Fawcett, Robbie Little, Laurence
Paltiel, Alasdair MacCuish, Moses Silinda and Hellen Kalenga. The
screenplay is by Helen Crawley, Jessie Keyt and Helena Kriel.

SKIN can be seen at the Odeon Kettering Northamptonshire, from Friday 24 July 2009


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Jude's Story

"I honestly felt that my life was pointless. I'd convinced myself that it was. Whether you call it depression, I don't know, but I was without a doubt in my head that the only thing to do was die. The day itself, when I threw myself from a cliff, was the happiest day I'd had in years because my stupid little life was about to end. 2003, I'd written four novels, four plays and 40-odd poems and had got nowhere and I gave up. It was from that moment on where I thought, "I've failed again in my life." "All the things that I've tried to do, I've failed." I did become far too insular, far too introspective and I caved in upon myself. In the morning I did things as normal because I didn't want anyone worrying. I had breakfast as normal, left a note on the pillow, took the bus to Rottingdean, had three or four pints, walked back along the cliff, sat on a bench, drank a bottle of wine, thought about my life, watched a most spectacular sunset, because it was a beautiful day, and at dusk I climbed over the fence, had a miniature of whisky, my last cigarette and... dived. I wasn't supposed to survive. Everything was shattered. I woke up in hospital two and a half months later and thought, "I'm so useless. I can't even kill myself properly. That is failure." That period in hospital and the rehabbing at my parents' are without doubt the worst period of my whole life. Suicide causes devastation. Bewilderment and guilt is what you leave behind as a suicide, and that's a terrible legacy, it is the biggest mistake you will ever make, and suicide being what it is, it's a mistake you only get to make once. The first thing to do is realise that suicide is not an option. It will be a huge mistake. The second thing to do is talk. If you've got friends to talk to, that's terrific, but if not there are places you can walk into and say, "Help me," and they will. They want to be bothered, that's what they're there for. I didn't feel that I was in any way important enough to bother and burden people with my problems, so I didn't tell anybody. I promised everybody that I'd never be that stupid again, and that was the starting point. As soon as suicide was no longer an option, because I'd hurt too many people, I had no choice, I had to just carry on and do each day. And that's what I've been doing since and it's gone ever so well."

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Tuesday, 21 July 2009


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Monday, 20 July 2009

Northampton Celebrates the Bangladeshi Community, 20 July 2009

A festival and exhibition organised by the Northampton Bangladeshi Association took place from 12pm to 3pm today in the playground behind the old post office building to raise awareness of the community. The event was attended by people from all ethnic backgrounds, who viewed the stalls, danced to the music and watched performances by local artists. Children played on the bouncy castle and there was also a rodeo ride for the adults. DJs and music were provided by Inspiration FM and the event was hosted by Inspiration's Mark Dean with Seema from the Ladies Talk show dancing to 200 spectators.

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Alert: Important information about swine flu

Last updated 13:33 PM Monday 20 July 2009

There were an estimated 55,000 new cases of swine flu in the UK last week, and 29 people have died so far. Read the latest official advice to help protect yourself and others.

Key messages

If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:

  • Read up on swine flu symptoms
  • Check your symptoms with the NHS Direct swine flu symptom checker
  • If you are then still concerned, stay at home and call your GP
  • If swine flu is confirmed, ask a healthy friend or relative to pick up your antiviral medication from the collection point advised by your GP

Note: If you belong to a high-risk group it is particularily important you start taking antivirals as soon as possible. High-risk groups include people with long-term conditions, those over 65, children under five and pregnant women.

Key reading

Key actions

Swine flu is spreading fast in the UK with several hundred new cases being confirmed daily. Prepare now:

  • Establish a network of "flu friends" - friends and relatives - who can help if you fall ill. They could, for example, collect medicines and food for you
  • Make sure that you have an adequate amount of paracetamol-based cold remedies in the house in case you become ill

Good hygiene

Preventing the spread of germs is the single most effective way to slow the spread of diseases such as swine flu. You should always:

  • Ensure everyone washes their hands regularly with soap and water
  • Clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs
  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Place used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
  • For more on the changes announced by government today go to Swine flu latest news.

Go to Directgov for essential cross-government information on swine flu, including latest advice on travel, schools and other public services

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New Adult Learning Courses for 2009/10

Northamptonshire County Council have created an exciting programme of courses for Autumn 2009, which includes many of your favourites and some new ideas too.

Trying one of their courses could be the first step to developing an enjoyable hobby, learning new skills, meeting new friends or getting more active.

The new programme was unveiled Monday 20th July, to find out more see the Northamptonshire County Council pages on Adult Learning Courses.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Project Reach Out

Racism continues to be the major barrier to authentic evangelization that is open to and affirming of the Black experience. Project Reach Out focuses on sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the churched and unchurched people of the Black Community.

The Secret Carribbean

Sir Trevor McDonald OBE was born on the 16 August 1939. He was born in Trinidad and is a well loved and respected British Newsreader and Journalist. He is a news presenter with ITN, notable for having been the first black news reader in the UK. He has won more awards than any other British Reporter and was knighted in 1999.

As well as presenting News at Ten, he also hosted current affairs programme Tonight with Trevor McDonald and still does the links for the Tonight series.

In the Caribbean series, Sir Trevor McDonald goes beyond the images of the region in the glossy travel brochures to discover why the rich mixture of people and cultures make it like no other place on earth.
The Secret Caribbean: Sir Trevor McDonald interview

Trevor travels 2000 miles across the islands taking in the pristine private resorts, the no-go areas, the stunning beauty and the violent natural disasters.

He meets the wealthy landowners and celebrities enjoying life in the sun, samples Caribbean communism in Cuba, meets the businessman running a coffee plantation, a chocolate factory owner and the girls with a passion for music trying to turn the lives of young people around.

He sees one of the great wonders of nature when he witnesses a giant turtle laying eggs and he sees the effects a huge volcanic eruption can have on a small island.

Trevor says: “My journey across the Caribbean is an incredible one. The islands have so many contrasts to offer, so much wealth and luxury sitting so close to poverty and crime and powerful natural disasters. I know I’ve only scratched the surface, but I’m sure of one thing, that the Caribbean really is like nowhere else on earth.”

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Saturday, 18 July 2009





The facts

Motorcyclists are more likely to be injured in serious or fatal crashes than car drivers.

In 2007 588 motorcyclists died and 6,149 were seriously injured in road accidents.

Injuries to motorcyclists are far out of proportion to their presence on our roads. Motorcyclists are just 1 per cent of total road traffic, but account for 20 per cent of all Great Britain's road user deaths.

The five most common factors in road accidents that involve injury to motorcyclists are:

* failed to look properly
* loss of control
* failed to judge other person's path or speed
* careless, reckless or in a hurry
* poor turn or manoeuvre

Around 21 per cent of accidents in which a motorcyclist was killed did not involve another vehicle.
THINK! motorcycle strategy

The THINK! motorcycle strategy is supported by two national campaigns. One promotes safer driving by both car drivers and motorcyclists and is delivered through a mix of TV and radio advertising, PR and working with partners.

THINK! also promotes motorcycle safety to leisure motorcyclists through sponsoring the British Superbikes Championships and the work of the THINK! Motorcycle Academy.

Friday, 17 July 2009



Think! Education includes a wealth of road safety information and resources for pupils, teachers and parents. Some of the resources will also be useful for road safety officers - new window.