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Kev's Friday Breakfast show Blog

On this Day

1905   Las Vegas was founded

1957 - Britain dropped its first hydrogen bomb on Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean.

2018 - Thomas Cook said it was calling time on its legendary "Club 18-30" brand because millennials prefer 'ego travel' to a cheap week of sun, sex and alcohol.

Another year older today  Sir Andy Murray 1987  33

Today is 

National Work from Home Day. Encourages people to work from home for the day instead of commuting to their usual place of work.

Beat the Kettle Question

Who became the first American to travel into outer space in May 1961 when he made a sub-orbital flight, and walked on the moon 10 years later?

Answer    Alan Shepard

Our Survey Sez

Question: 30% of us say our significant other will not do this. What?

Answer: Apologize for anything

Inspirational Quote of the Morning  

Don’t be afraid to get back up again, to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart.

Wacky Fact     

 The man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the most hated forms of advertising

TV Tunes - Name the Show!

 How well do you remember some of the nation’s favourite shows of the 70’s and 80’s

just for fun after 8 I’ll play some bars of a well known TV tune that you are bound to know - call us on 01702 893031 and name the show!

In the News today

One in 400 people in England is infected with coronavirus, a survey of 11,000 people in households suggests.

The government says it is "opening the door" for the return of professional football in England in June.

 

The International Olympic Committee has set aside $800m (£654m) to help with the "severe" financial impact caused by the postponement of the Tokyo 2020.

Tonight’s TV Highlights

7.00 EMMERDALE ITV         Priya’s ready to go public with her and Al’s secret.

7.30 CORONATION STREET ITV    Oliver is moved to intensive care.

8.00 GREAT BRITISH MENU BBC2    The final sees the chefs cater for a banquet of children’s authors. What is the collective noun for authors of children’s book? A soft-play-library of children’s authors?

 

 When asked, “What is the hardest driving maneuver?”

Parallel parking was the #1 answer.

Number 2 was reversing into a parking space

 

Eurovision fans around the world are going to determine which act they think should have won this year's contest.

The annual competition - which should have been held tomorrow - has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

A global vote is taking place later so enthusiasts can find out who the fans' favourite is.

 

Day 53 of the UK lockdown

It’s the 80th anniversary of McDonalds first opening in California.

 

Keith Duffy says it was a wonderful experience to re-record a Boyzone track - 20 years on.

'No Matter What' was first released in 1998.

The singer's performed alongside Brian McFadden and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this latest version.

He says he's been much more involved in the production this time around, and can't wait for Boyzlife fans to hear it.

 

In a survey conducted by OnBuy.com, 3,446 soap fans were asked ‘Which of these British soap characters has the most iconic style?’

The top 10 can be seen here:

1    Pat Butcher    Esatenders   36%

2    Liz McDonald  Coronation St  18%

3    Dot Cotton   Eastenders    14%

4    Kat Slater     Eastenders    14%

5    Bet Lynch    Coronation St

6    Bianca Jackson   Estenders

7    Mandy Dingle    Emmerdale

8     Linda  Carter   Eastenders

9     Deidrie Barlow  Coronation St

10   Viv Hope     Emmerdale   

 

 

Paul Simon has praised Welsh NHS staff after their stirring cover of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ went viral.

The Simon & Garfunkel musician said the performance by construction workers, medics and council staff at a field hospital in Llandudno was “extraordinary.”

He also praised workers as Ysbyty Enfys, which means Rainbow Hospital in Welsh, for their bravery.

“Here is an extraordinary performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by the brave men and women from NHS in honour of the Llandudno’s Venue Cymru, which has been turned into a temporary coronavirus hospital,” Simon wrote on Facebook.

“During this process, the facility has been renamed to Ysbyty Enfys, which is Welsh for Rainbow Hospital, as a symbol for hope.”

As well as NHS staff, the video also features messages from Jools Holland and Welsh actors Mathew Rhys and Rhys Ifans. It sees the performers delivering the track in both English and Welsh.

 

Online searches for love stories have risen up to 154 per cent in parts of the country, with those in Norfolk and the East topping the table.

Yorkshire and Humber were not far behind, with searches for Jilly Cooper novels and books such as Fifty Shades of Grey rising by 133 per cent.

Across the UK, searches for sensual novels soared by 82 per cent. The research, by Reboot Online, found Londoners were the least interested – with a rise of just 24 per cent.

The biggest decreases in searches were for cinema times, restaurants and flights – all of which have seen three-fold falls.

Over the UK as a whole there has been an 82 per rise in Brits reading and searching for raunchy novels

 

 

A new study has looked at 20,000 celebrity monikers to reveal the top three boys and girls names that are destined for fame, and it seems sticking to tradition is key.

If you want to give your little one the biggest chance of celebrity status, you may want to call your child John, if they are a boy, or Kate, if they are a girl.

These names were the most frequent names that popped up in the study of A-listers, conducted by Flowercard.

After John, which had 546 celebrities with the moniker, Robert (450) and James (396) also made the top three famous men.

For women, Kate (232) was followed by Elizabeth (175) and Anne (160).

TOP TEN BOYS' NAMES DESTINED FOR FAME

1. John (546 celebrities)

2. Robert (450)

3. James (396)

4. Michael (393)

5. William (389)

6. Richard (297)

7. David (274)

8. Tom (227)

9. Chris (204)

10. Steve (191)

TOP TEN GIRLS' NAMES DESTINED FOR FAME

1. Kate (232 celebrities)

2. Elizabeth (175)

3. Anne (160)

4. Mary (118)

5. Margaret (113)

6. Jennifer (105)

7. Laura (95)

8. Julie (92)

9. Patricia (91)

10. Susan (88)

 

Motorists who fill up their cars with petrol at motorway services are currently being charged £20 more than if they topped their tank at a supermarket fuel station.

With Morrisons, Asda and Tesco all lowering the price of unleaded below £1-a-litre this week, the gulf between fuel prices at motorway services and supermarkets has widened by over 36p per litre.

The AA also suggests that non-supermarket retailers had held back cuts for weeks, with retailers slashing prices by up to 8p-a-litre as soon as Morrisons announced sub-£1-a-litre petrol on Monday.

While drivers can fill their car's tank today with petrol for as little as 99.7p-a-litre at supermarket forecourts around the country, at Taunton Deane services on the M5 the price of unleaded at the Shell station is 135.9p per litre.

That's a staggering 36.2p difference.

Filling an average family petrol car with a 55-litre tank at a supermarket forecourt currently costs as little as £54.84, while those topping up at the M5 service station will be forking out a staggering £74.75 - a whopping £19.91 more.

 

People stand a greater chance of remaining fit and healthy after the age of 65 if they are happily married, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa studied public health data from Albania, Colombia and Brazil.

They found that those with a strong and stable relationship with a life partner were more likely to be involved in regular physical activity than single people.

This activity included long walks to exercise classes for instance - they also found couples had a good network of friends that helped keep them fit in mind and body.

The team say that relationships were the biggest impact on the amount of regular exercise, overall health and family for each participant in the study