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Kev's Wednesday Breakfast Show Blog

On this Day

1998    Disney's Animal Kingdom opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.

2000    The Big Number Change takes place here in the United Kingdom

2014    David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United

Today’s Celebrity Birthday was born on this day 1951  Paul Carrack 69 today.

Today is 

“Earth Day”, the 46th anniversary of the international celebration of the planet we all call home. Begun in 1970, it’s now the largest environmental event worldwide.

World Stationary Day

Beat the Kettle Question

Ocular Coloboma is a condition affecting which organs?

Answer   Eyes

Our Survey Sez

20% of us have missed out on a promotion at work because of this

Answer  Dressing too casually. 

Inspirational Quote of the Morning  

Go 24 hours without complaining (not even once). Then watch how your life starts changing.

Wacky Fact

Cans of diet pop will float in water, regular pop cans will sink

3’s A Crowd

This week we’ve found some very useful stuff to give away on 3’s A Crowd all related to films that have recently been released on DVD  -

We’re managing to find supplies.

This morning you can win a gym bag, colouring pens, CD soundtrack, pencil case and notebook from the film Ugly Dolls

A Weird & Wonderful film. Join this band of adorable oddballs as they celebrate the weirdness in us

Today’s words       Alarm  Ticket   Station   Engine   

In the News today

The government is facing fresh questions over the time it took to join an EU scheme to source medical equipment.

President Donald Trump has said his plan to ban immigration into the US will last for 60 days and apply only to those seeking permanent residence.

Netflix has seen subscriber numbers surge this year. Almost 16 million people created accounts in the first three months of the year, the firm said.

Tonight’s TV Highlights

Testing times for Vanessa and Charity in Emmerdale (ITV), Joe Lycett gets crafty with The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC1) and we get to see what effect the war had on our monarch in Our Queen At War (ITV). 

 Good news

We’re talking to our neighbours more than ever before – using technology to overcome barriers COVID-19 has created

Almost half of us are talking over the fence or wall (using social distancing)

More than ever before, we’re checking in on vulnerable neighbours – and understanding more about their needs.

(72%) of UK adults now know which of their neighbours are classed as high risk and over a quarter (26%) have checked in on their neighbours in the last two weeks

 

Captain Tom Moore is being sent so many birthday cards the Royal Mail has given him his own sorting machine.

The war hero who raised more than £27 million for the NHS by walking laps of his garden, has already received 25,000 cards so far, but that number will likely rise before his 100th birthday on 30 April.

Mail manager Stephen James says‘None of the team have ever known one person receive so much mail.’

The mail centre in Northampton had to adapt its sorting machines to re-route all of his mail into a dedicated collection box.

Gareth Eales, from the Communications Workers Union, said Captain Tom ‘has been an inspiration to us all’.

Thousands have backed petitions for the Second World War veteran to be knighted by the Queen, while children across the country have made making him birthday cards in preparation for his big day.

 

Coronation Street actor Andy Whyment has warned that the ITV soap could go off air for the first time in its 60-year history as it runs out of episodes.

The Manchester-based soap was forced to suspend filming last month following government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

ITV slashed the number of Corrie episodes a week in half from six to three in order to extend the time it can stay on air.

But Andy, who plays lovable Kirk Sutherland, has said that the pre-recorded episodes will last until July.

He told The Sun : " We worked up until the Friday when Boris closed all the pubs and clubs.

"We had a schedule to work until the following Thursday then on the Sunday we got an email saying they were standing everyone down.

"It was the right thing to do."

 

Day 30 of the UK lockdown

 

This lunchtime’s Prime Minister’s Questions is too soon for the recuperating Boris Johnson, which could delay Keir Starmer’s debut as opposition leader with convention dictating that his deputy, Angela Rayner, will face off against Boris’s stand-in Dominic Raab. Although it’s possible Kier Starmer will still go ahead,

 

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has revealed that he is helping 750 kids from the ghetto get into university.

He launched his i.am.angel Foundation in 2009 to help provide financial support and opportunities for young people to go to university and he reckons it’s like having his own family.

He said “I send those kids to college and connect them with my network of folks and see what they can accomplish in life.

“I think my choice of family and responsibility is I’ll serve 750 kids this year.

“Last year was a really proud year for us, we sent kids to Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth, and these are like Ivy League, amazing schools and the kids come from the ghetto that I come from.

 

Sweltering temperatures are expected to hit the UK at the end of the week as the hottest April in almost a decade is set to continue.

A sunny Thursday and Friday will see the temperature reach as high as 24C as London will be hotter than Lanzarote and Corfu.

The Met Office has forecast sun and baking heat to finish the week, with temperatures staying above 20C until then.

But many of the UK's beaches and open spaces will be largely empty as Britons are urged to stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

Most of the country will bask in the sunshine on both days, with temperatures reaching up to 23C in Wales

 

We need three feel good 'energy boosts' a day to keep them going - including a cheeky flirtation, getting a letter in the post which isn't a bill.

A poll of 2,000 adults found putting the 'out of office' reply on ahead of time off and finding forgotten money in a coat or item of clothing, also puts an extra spring in our step.

Our Top best energy boosters.

Getting some fresh air

A good night's sleep

Getting some good news

Chocolate

A hot cup of coffee .

A cup of tea

Waking up on a sunny day

The sun shining through the window

Sharing laughter with friends

Having a snack

A sugary treat

Listening to your favourite song  

Positive attitudes

When spring has sprung

Having a clean house

Booking a holiday

Finding money in a pocket that you didn't know you had

Getting out for a walk at lunchtime

A text from a friend or loved one

Sweets

Finding something you thought you had lost

Doing a good deed

Having a problem to fix and fixing it

Watching a favourite TV show

Realising it's Friday

An alcoholic drink on a sunny day

Hearing a joke

Nice emails

 

A flock of sheep have been spotted queuing outside a McDonald's restaurant drive-thru in the latest episode of animals roaming free during the coronavirus lockdown.

The farm animals were pictured outside the closed fast-food chain in Ebbw Vale, south Wales.

'Even the sheep in Ebbw Vale are having McDonald's withdrawals,' shopper Andrew Thomas said.

A flock of sheep have been spotted queuing outside a McDonald's restaurant drive-thru

'There are always sheep wandering the streets of Ebbw Vale where they come down off common but never seen them in McDonald's before.

'I was leaving Aldi next door after doing some shopping for my mother who is on isolation and stopped on the way out to take the picture.'

McDonald's closed its restaurants last month for the safety of its staff and customers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

A woman has accidentally engraved her personalised headphones with instructions for her delivery driver.

Rosa Falcini from Market Harborough, Leicestershire shared the blunder after receiving her £25 headphones from Wowcher on Saturday.

The 21-year-old thought the personalised message section was meant to be instructions for delivery.

As a result, she received the pink, wireless headphones pictured, emblazoned with the phrase: 'Leave in back garden if I am not there...'

Rosa's awkward mix up recently went viral after she posted about the hilarious gaffe on Twitter.

Rosa's post, which racked up more than 361,000 likes online, has had social media users in stitches.

She said 'The good news is they're brilliant quality, so I have bought two for my family members and made use of the personalised message as I should have.'


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