Friday, 6 December 2019

Friday 27th December 2019

Stewart Bailey - KING OF THE SMILES !  I swear that has been some thought transfer between us ! On the left is the SMILE Stewart sent over first thing this morning. He also sent this:  Something to mention on Air & on the blog?
When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take one card and send it to this address: A Recovering Soldier, c/o Complex Trauma or Neuro ward. Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, LE12 5QW Or RCDM, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2WB. Would be great if you could pass this on. Just a quick copy n paste. Please show them that they are never forgotten and their actions and sacrifice will always be appreciated. A simple gesture goes a long way! For the price of a stamp. What they give is priceless or even better donate to them the amount you would spend on cards and stamps.

Then I found this post on Facebook:

On Friday 27th December I will be banning all Christmas music until Advent 2020. My show that day is to be titled: THEY GAVE THEIR CHRISTMAS SO WE COULD ENJOY OUR CHRISTMAS.

I spent a couple of hours yesterday writing to all of our local emergency services, to our hospital and
local care homes thanking them and sending cards for staff giving up their Christmas for others. STEWART I have added those wonderful people to my list, cards will be sent out by the end of the day. May I invite all reading this to do the same.
I have not written the playlist for Friday 27th December yet. I like to be well ahead when it comes to writing playlists, with five shows and ten hours of
broadcasting I have to keep ahead of myself. I have written the list for Boxing Day - 26th December and will this week-end work on 27th. Not sure yet what I will include but I promise it will be fun - lots of fun as we all thank those who gave their Christmas so we could have our Christmas.

All the above was written in the studio. I am back home now and have decided how I am am going to play 27th December. Listen to today's PODCAST and get the flavour. We are going to have a ROCK AND ROLL PARTY.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Escape From Armageddon

Did you catch my show yesterday ? Wake Up With The Classics featured the iconic music of Jeff Wayne telling the story of H G Wells War Of The Worlds. Check the PODCAST.  Great music and at the end of the story the world does escape Armageddon. 

But that was fiction. What about fact ?

My show on Monday 11th November took the title THEY

FORTY MILLION people were injured in World War One, TWENTY ONE MILLION died in The Great War - the world to end all wars. This is my grandfather, I never knew him, he did not die in the trenches but from tuberculosis contracted in the trenches.

In World War One we came close to ARMAGEDDON but did manage to escape.

That escape did not prevent another attempt at Armageddon. This is my Uncle Billy, I never knew him. His Lancaster Bomber was blown up on a raid over Germany on 8th March 1945. He was part of the world's 3% of its population who died in World War Two. Another escape from Armageddon.

Going into schools each week to work with teenagers I was so deeply impressed with the attitude of those teenagers in remembering those who gave their young lives so we could live our old lives.  Attending the Remembrance Service at the war memorial within the location where I am a
council member I was impressed by the age range of people there, from babies in pushchairs to elderly in wheelchairs.

In one school there was a teenager wearing a hippie shirt. I commented. He then launched into talking about Woodstock. That was 50 years ago ! 1967 The Summer of Love, 1969 Woodstock and the hippie movement changed pop music across the world, it was a reaction to The Vietnam War where another quarter of a million perished as the world again escaped Armageddon.

If it had not been for Nikita Khrushchev backing down during The Cuban Missile Crisis US President J F Kennedy would most certainly have pressed the button and our planet would not have escaped Armageddon. 
Is suicide part of the human make up ?  It would appear to be so from 1914 to the present day.  YES THE PRESENT DAY. This time we will NOT escape Armageddon.

Driving to the studio this morning to present my Thursday show I drove through Central Milton Keynes, an obscene collection of Climate Cowboys determined to destroy the world we live in.  Milton Keynes, a local authority which is claiming it wants to be the greenest city in the entire world. I
can think of a rude word to describe that but let's settle for RUBBISH !

This is my fourth blog attempting to bring to YOUR attention the way Milton Keynes is destroying the world we live in.

Yet a year ago on 3rd December 2018 when I fooled about with Christmas pop music 2,698 read my scribbling.

Unless there is a dramatic change of mind right across the world this time we will NOT escape Armageddon. I am involved in so many projects playing music to make people smile, be happy and show love. My working week is always somewhere between 60 and 65 hours.    BUT WHAT IS THE POINT ?  Why love and care for people when we are destroying the world in which those people live ?

I have four grandchildren, I love them so much. Will they live to be grandparents themselves ? Will there be a world in 60 years time. Not if we continue the way are heading.

Last summer, wasn't that a crazy season, I was in London when the heat ground us all to a halt.  Another day I went into the radio studio to pre-record. It was so hot I could not work and had to go home. Driving home after broadcasting last week I was angry to find that Marlborough Street had been closed, closed with no diversion in place. Traffic chaos. How I cursed Milton Keynes Council but the road had not been closed for maintenance, it was closed due to flooding.

I contacted Extinction Rebellion - YES I did and told them of my concerns for the way Climate Cowboys are destroying Milton Keynes as a starting point to destroy our world. They were not interested. We need the hippies.

There are 22 million trees in Milton Keynes and 229,941 people live here. Let me grab the calculator.... 95 trees in Milton Keynes for every
member of the population. According to Google there are three trillion trees in the world and a population of 7.7 billion. I am not sure if the calculator can cope with this but let's try.....That's 389 trees for every person. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH TREES IN MILTON KEYNES !

As a local Councillor I boast I represent the greenest ward in the greenest part of Milton Keynes, that is true but it is not green enough.

Trees are the lungs of the world. There are not
enough trees !

CLICK HERE and read something I found on MKFM's website.

I am a vegetarian. For most of my life I ate meat then drifted into vegetarianism. I then looked at my little dog Jake and though how disgusting it would be to eat him !  Now as a confirmed non-meat eater I understand how serious mass raising of animals to eat is for global warming.

If every local authority across the world planted 389 trees for every resident and if every human being stopped eating meat PROBLEM SOLVED ! We would escape Armageddon.

If not..........

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The Death Penalty

In last week's edition of Pick Of The Pops the time machine went back to 1958 when the death penalty was in force in Britain.  I played this song from Lonnie Donnegan and told the story of a man who was executed at Winson Green Prison in Birmingham. I said how I sang this song putting his  name in place of Tom Dooley. My mother told me not to do that as it was disrespectful. I have tried to find the executed criminal using a Google search but found no mention.
So do you believe in the death penalty ?

In 1981 I was called to jury service at Aylesbury Crown Court where we tried three drug smuggling cases. In the first case we found the accused innocent, in the second one was found guilty and one innocent, in the third we returned a guilty verdict. ALL were guilty but cases prepared by UK Customs were just not strong enough.

In that third case one jury member was arguing reasonable doubt but I launched into  fierce declaration of guilt and changed the sway of the jury. The accused went to prison. Had capital punishment been in force would I have set myself up to change the jury verdict in the way I did ?


The only words a judge was allowed to speak when passing the death sentence in a British court.

As a teenager my father knew a man, Sir Donald Finnemore, who was a high court judge and had spoken those words several times. I remember Sir Donald coming to our home and walking into the sitting room where I was doing my homework. I was in awe. No I was scared, scared stiff. Here was a man who held the power of life and death over criminals. I stood up and stuttered as I spoke.

As a teacher at Leon School I had an extended essay project I ran debating the death penalty with students in my English
classes.  We studied cases where an innocent person was executed.

Timothy Evans was hung by the neck until dead for the murders Reginald Christie committed.

Derek Bentley was a young vulnerable adult who fell in with an under eighteen year old criminal Christopher Craig.  Together they robbed a warehouse, Craig had a gun. When the police arrived and told Craig to drop the gun Bentley said: LET HIM HAVE IT CHRIS. Bentley shot and killed a police officer. The prosecution said those words meant shoot him. The defense said it meant hand over the
gun. Both were found guilty of murder. Bentley was executed but because Craig was under age he served a prison sentence.

In my book The Case Files of Dave McDermott a fictional criminal is fascinated by locations of past crimes. One of these is the A6 Murder which took place between Bedford and Luton. I remember this case as a young lad. It was a major news item.

James Hanratty was found guilty and executed in Bedford Prison. There have always been doubts as
to his being guilty.

So if the death penalty were still in force and I was again doing jury service how would I feel about my vote taking away a person's life ?

Would I have made the impassioned appeal to fellow jury members as I did and changed their minds to bring in a guilty verdict ?

How would I feel if I were part of a jury that found someone guilty, that person was executed then subsequently found to be innocent ?  How did the jury members in Timothy Evans case feel ?  

I was in San Francisco some years back when a convicted murderer was executed in the gas chamber. The press and media coverage before and after the execution was OBSCENE !

Margaret Thatcher's government gave parliament a free vote on the restoration of the death penalty. Parliament voted not to bring it back. What is your opinion ?

I began by saying the three cases I tried as a jury member were drug smuggling.  All involved bringing cannabis (A
Class B drug) through Heathrow Airport. If there was a referendum today to bring back the death penalty for dealing Class A drugs I would vote, indeed I would campaign, for all convicted drug dealers at any level to face those words: YOU WILL BE TAKEN FROM

YES, there was a Tom Dooley, he was a real person and he did die on the end of a hangman's rope !

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Where were you when you heard ?

Where were you on 16th August 1977 ? Where were you when you heard that Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll had died ?

I was on a beach in Cornwall.

Elvis Presley died at the age of 42 !  My show TUESDAY TERRIFIC TUNES featured two hours of music from The King. Click here for the PODCAST.

Allow me to dispel a couple of myths. NO - Elvis Presley was NOT a drug addict. He was a sick man who was dependent on prescription medication. YES he did die on the toilet. He suffered a heart attack, fell to the floor and was found in his own vomit.

What about 22nd November 1963 ? The day John F Kennedy, President of The USA was assassinated. Were you even born ?

It was a Friday and I was at my local youth club when one of the leaders came in and told everyone the news.

No you are probably too young to remember, I doubt you were born. It was the
height of the Cold War, we all expected to die in a nuclear holocaust. If Kennedy had his way we would have !  At the time of The Cuban Missile Crisis it was Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev who backed down. Kennedy would have pushed the button.

What about Kennedy's brother, Robert Kennedy ? He was assassinated on 6th June 1968 ? He was running for president when he was shot dead in Los Angeles.

I was 17 years old and working as a management trainee in Lewis's Department Store - Birmingham.  I remember the news coming in as if it was yesterday.

John Lennon assassinated on 8th December 1980. Leon School lunchtime disco. I remember so clearly the news, I can picture Jimmy McCarthy stopping the music and putting on a Beatles single. For the rest of the disco we only played songs from The Beatles.

31st August 1997. The death of Princess Dianna.

It was a Sunday morning, I was in the kitchen making some toast to take upstairs for Maureen and I to have breakfast.  A reporter was speaking about the accident, I wondered who had died as the report was so dramatic. 

When her name was announced I and the rest of the world was stunned.

One more. 24th January 1965. The day Winston Churchill died. He was ill and his death was expected, it was not sudden like Elvis Presley, John and Robert Kennedy,
John Lennon and Princess Dianna.

I was 14 years old. His funeral was held on a Saturday. I had a job in a local hardware shop. I went to work that day wearing a shirt and tie, a black tie.

We teenagers had heard so much about this man from our parents and grandparents.

Icons in life, it is not strange how the dates of their deaths have gone down in history. I doubt my passing will be anything like theirs. Where were you on these dates ?

16th August 1977
22nd November 1963
6th June 1968
8th December 1980
31st August 1997
24th January 1965

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Friday 13th

By tradition of FRIDAY 13th is an unlucky day. It never is of course, it's just a bit of silly suspicion, but Friday 13th December 2019 is going to be the most unlucky day since Adam and Eve munched on an apple in the Garden of Eden !

Britain, the Mother of Democracy, has not had a working democracy for three years. Parliament is broken and politicians of all parties have firmly established themselves as lower life forms. These lower life forms have made our country into the laughing stock of the world, they have plunged us into chaos and one thing is certain FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER will lift that chaos to a new and higher level.

Have you got election burn out ?  Are you sick, tired and totally fed up with politicians pontificating towards the general election on Thursday 12th December ? Are you as certain as I am that FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER when the results of the election is known this will be the unluckiest day since one dinosaur said to another:   What's that shooting star in the sky ?

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY which does not comprehend
that at the end of its policies are real people.
THE LABOUR PARTY which knows full well there are real people but could not care less about them as it plays with its own politics.
THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY which does not believe in democracy.

Bold statements but let me share examples from my own life which prove what I am saying and prove that all politicians are lower life forms.

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY:  I wrote personally to every single Tory member of Milton Keynes Council regarding the
knife carrying drug dealers who go about their daily business without fear.  I wrote to both of our Tory members of Parliament, NOBODY REPLIED.  I wrote to Boris Johnson, I wrote to The Health Secretary, I wrote to The Justice Secretary. NOT ONE OF THEM REPLIED.  Drugs continue to be readily available within Milton Keynes, the best place to find a dealer is adjacent to Milton Keynes Civic Offices. Three people are dead in Milton Keynes after being stabbed
with knives and still it would appear that Conservative politicians have yet to notice ! Notice ?  Or is it just that they do not care ?

I wrote to The Environment Secretary regarding the obscene Climate Cowboys of Central Milton Keynes. I did get a reply but I have yet to find the right person to translate that letter into plain English !

The Conservative Party = A LOWER FORM OF LIFE

THE LABOUR PARTY: Headed by Jeremy Corbyn who has a record decades long of anti-British activity. Jeremy Corbyn who we are warned by a former intelligence chief is a danger to national security. Jeremy Corbyn who we are told by loyal
members of his party is not fit to lead our country.

The Labour Party manifesto which even Walt Disney could not animate into a plausible fairy story.

What kind of mentality allows a person to belong to such a political party ?

We have The Chief Rabbi telling us that Jeremy Corbyn is not a fit person to hold office.

Let me direct your attention to Labour Party member and deputy leader of Milton Keynes Council. Following the recent double knife murder this person was put in charge of a fund of £180,000 to prevent further knife crime. £180,000 that is £12,000 more than Milton Keynes Council pays to its Chief Executive !

I wrote to this person, I gave her documentation I had previously given to members of the Conservative Party. I asked if we could meet. She did not give me the courtesy of a reply !  I wrote again. Her bad manners ignored that second letter. What was it I said earlier ?   The Labour Party knows full well there are real people but could not care less about them as it plays with its own politics.

This person is now a Labour Party candidate in the general election. Obviously far too busy playing politics in the shadow of Jeremy Corbyn to be in the least bit interested in real people.

The Labour Party = A LOWER FORM OF LIFE

Now for the most ridiculous party of all THE LIBERAL
DEMOCRATIC PARTY:  There is only one thing more frightening than Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and that is the gobby cow who leads The Liberal (ANTI) Democratic Party getting hold of the keys to Number 10 Downing Street.

Anyone who campaigns against democracy is a traitor. To campaign under the banner of democracy to destroy democracy is a treason.  Traitors belong in the Tower of London !

I recently received this from the Liberal ANTI Democratic Party. Allow me to analyse it.

First of all why have I received it ?  I HAVE never voted against democracy in my life and while I have attempted to engage with the failing Conservative and Labour parties I have never wasted my breath on this disreputable ANTI DEMOCRATIC party ! Do I look like a traitor to my country ?

Where did this ANTI DEMOCRATIC organisation get my name and address from ?  Not the electoral roll where I am listed as David John Bekah Ashford - NOT David Ashford. My listing on the electoral roll has the box ticked saying I do not give permission for my name to be used for marketing
and spam purposes. My name can only be in possession of this ANTI DEMOCRATIC organisation by way of a breach of data protection.

The voting age is 18, how old is the child featured in the ANTI Democratic Liberal Party campaign leaflet ?  NOTE THE CHILD IS HOLDING A LIBERAL ANTI DEMOCRAT BANNER ! Is he 8 years old ? He certainly is not 18 ! I find it so wrong that this antic democratic party is exploiting a child in this way.

Anyone who says they are a DEMOCRAT yet campaigns against DEMOCRACY has to be  a TRAITOR to democracy and to Britain The Mother of Democracy. There is only one place for traitors and that is The Tower of London.  SERIOUSLY, if I had my way every single member of the LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY would rot in a cell deep inside The Tower Of London.  Every single one of them WITHOUT EXCEPTION !

The Liberal Democrat Party = A LOWER FORM OF LIFE

Polls currently show The Conservative Party in the lead.
But the lead is not big enough to win a majority, to form a government and end the chaos we have had to endure for the past three years.

FRIDAY 13th DECEMBER 2019 will announce CHAOS. Armageddon ?

Monday, 25 November 2019



Santa's sleigh will not be visiting any establishment within Central Milton Keynes this Christmas.

Rudolph lights the way for Santa's Sleigh, there is no need for the obscene overnight lighting of Central Milton Keynes.  Mrs Claus has been trying to purchase sunglasses for her husband, Rudolph and the rest of the team to wear but nothing with powerful enough lenses could be found to dim down the light pollution of Central Milton Keynes.

Santa's workshop operates every day of the year in preparation for the night of 25th December but Christmas officially commences on the first day of Advent - Sunday 1st December. It does not commence on Saturday 16th November when Central Milton Keynes turned on its Christmas lights. Obviously a
commercial decision but this has only served for Santa to instruct his little helpers not to purchase anything from The Centre MK and The Intu. Both have their lights blazing throughout the night, every night doing their bit to destroy our planet.

Christ The Cornerstone has got in on the act as it works to raise its carbon footprint with Three Unwise Men. No wise man would ever burn electricity all night !

Once upon a time within Milton Keynes no building was allowed to be taller than the surrounding trees. Long Forgotten. At The North Pole
there IS a policy that no building shall be taller than the surrounding icebergs. While Central Milton Keynes works to melt these icebergs Santa will boycott Central Milton Keynes. If you love our planet you will do the same.

Boycott Central Milton Keynes until those operating there start adopting a more responsible attitude and stop destroying our planet.

All photographs of Central Milton Keynes were taken between 4.20am and 4.30am on Monday 25th November 2019.