Hi Gang,

I know it has been a long time, so put the kettle on and hit the link BBR And let’s have a bit of a catch up.

First, I want to that everyone for all the support that you have given to both myself, and the Radio Station.  Not only tuning in, in your droves, but by supporting the events which we put on around the country, and in other countries.  I would like to also thank you on behalf of the team.  Who have seen an increase in subscribers/listeners to podcasts, So thank you for that.. We would also like to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported ‘Soulful Sundaes’.  You have come down to Herne Bay in your 100’s and we thank you for all the positive feedback, and look forward to seeing you down at the Bandstand, as the Summer continues.

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This weekend 11th-12th August 2018, We have Herne Bay Carnival 2018, and we have brought some special guests over from BBR Tenerife.  David Manso & Le Canarien!

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We look forward to seeing you all down in Herne Bay, on Saturday.  If your in Reading on Saturday night you can catch the Duo from Tenerife, alongside BBR’s Rob Randell!! At the ‘Purple Turtle‘ (Yep.. I said it).

ONWARDS!!

I have been known to use these pages to have the odd rant, bit of politic’s, I steer well clear of religion.  But I have seen some weird thing going on with other stations.  I always say we are in a business, which is full of competition, and that means that you have to either be very niche, or very broad in terms of what you do.  At the same time it’s a business, and the minute you go on air, you have a responsibility to your listeners!  Take what you do seriously, and have a plan to be broadcasting in 10 years time.  I took a financial punt, but at the same time their was, and is a long-term plan.  Kind of build it, they will come!!  And I am grateful that you all share the enjoyment,ent we hope to bring with BBR.

With that in mind, it has alway been our strategy to expand our operation in Tenerife (Canary Islands), and we shall start broadcasting on FM in Tenerife in 2019.  This will run alongside our current online programming, and will offer the not only our online users, but our FM & Online Listeners the opportunity to experience a new schedule of dual programming, with live shows from both the UK & Tenerife.  This has been something we have been working on for some time, and look forward to our launch in January 2019.

THERE’S MORE!!

Fun in the Sun 2019‘ Someone booked today, and paid £398.00pp flights & Accommodation.  So don’t take my word for it! book for yourself, and buy your BBR Wristband, and you will be in store for one hell of a week!!  We will be bringing to Tenerife, from Italy ‘Camera Soul‘  for two Amazing shows at the Legendary ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ Los Americas, Tenerife. In January 2019 as part of FITS 2019.

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‘FITS 2019’ Just got bigger, so why not be a part of it.. Book your trip & get yourself a BBR Wristband, and be a part of Fun in the Sun 2019, in Tenerife. for more info: boogiebunkerradio@gmail.com

For all you need to know about Tenerife, follow our Partners Tenerife Buzz (www.tenerife.buzz)

FINALLY!!

It’s been a hectic few weeks with all the project’s me and the team are trying to juggle.  The Wife has been back and forth to hospital with her mother, so it has been all hands to the pump.  Hence the delay in the update!  Lot’s of exciting stuff in the pipeline, so follow this blog, or subscribe to BBR..

Have a great weekend, and if you can’t be good? Be careful!

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?

 

HOLLA AT ME!

 

JJ

 

 

Hi Gang,

I know it’s been a while… So lot’s to catch up on! So kettle on and click the link for some tunes BBR

World Cup, Brexit, Soulful Sundaes, to name but a few are the topic, we are going to cover.  First up Brexit.. I saw my old mate Danny Dyer on Television, giving his opinion on Brexit, which went viral, and basically, I can’t help but agree with him at every turn.  No matter what side of the argument you are on? Leave or Remain! Your not going to get what you want, and in the mist of it all is a great big mess? And Danny is right? Where is David Cameron! In France, with his trotters up! Darn right! but he is right… What a twat!  David Cameron had the opportunity, as Prime Minister to go to Europe, and said.. We want, and if you don’t give us.. We will leave! And on the result of the Referendum, I have a feeling, he would have got us a great deal, and we would be having our cake and eat it! Instead, and I am going to say it, because Danny couldn’t on National Telly! We are Fucked!! Let’s not make any bones about it, we are in deep shit!

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In the last 2 years since the referendum, We as a country have spent Billions, working out how we are going to get out? Without making the country bankrupt? Good luck with that.. Teresa!  Now we all remember that famous £350 Million!  Let’s for a minute, say it exists? The cheapest solution to the Irish Boarder Situation? Would Cost £25 Billion, Yep £25 Billion.. for a £350 million a year saving! You do the math!  Some of the issue’s prior to the referendum was immigration.. That has dropped, mainly from Non-Europeans! and Europeans, has not only dropped, but people leaving the country has increased! mainly Europeans.  One of the concerns of Brexit, is that immigrants, have been the backbone of the country for so many years, that the lack off, or the loss of, does not in-fact create more jobs for British people, because they were the jobs, that Brit’s didn’t want to do! Anyone fancy working 10 hours on a chicken farm, or picking fields in Kent, for 10 hours, on your hands and knees.. Hell No!

Everyone keeps telling me, about getting our boarders back, and control of trade! Sounds good.. But let’s take a look at that.. President Trump, is in the middle of a trade war, and We think that he will do us a favour, by giving us Tariff free access to his US Market? Is that ‘Putting America first‘? I think not, so I can’t see any sweet deals for us? And if there is… What does America have, that we can’t get cheaper, and quicker from Europe? Even with a new Tariff agreement.. After all we are going to get a good deal?

Our Boarders.. Like America, we can dictate, who we let into the country… Even with freedom of movement rules! I will explain…  AT EVERY UK BOARDER THERE IS A SIGN! “We have the right to refuse entry into the UK… TO ANYONE”!  We have control of our Boarders! WE CHOOSE NOT TO!! FACT!!

The final point from the referendum, was our Parliament being in control, and not a bunch of bureaucrats in Brussels.. Fair and interesting point!  Have you ever watched our parliament?  Nuff Said! And let look at some of those rules.. We know the bent Bananas was a joke! So how bad are these rules? And some of the counties having to suffer these rules! I can only talk from personal experience, but I am sure you will see my point, if you have travelled round Europe. Holland, Rotterdam, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, to name a few, each have their problems, but as far as I can see the laws, and rules that those Bureaucrats have put in place, seem to have done each of those countries as service, and each of them, have managed to negotiate favourable terms, while inside the EU!

I am going to leave this topic, for now, and I am sure over coming weeks we will no doubt have to revisit it, but I am praying that Prime Minister Dyer, get’s in and sorts this mess out.. and in his words.. ‘Soon As‘.

Onwards!

World Cup fever is upon us.. And I for one am loving every minute, it have been the only thing that has keep my eye off the Premier League transfer market.. (Come on West Ham, few more players in).  But this World Cup, in Russia has been the first time I have been able to truly believe, we could actually win the thing! Fingers crossed, and not wanting to ‘jinx’ things I will leave the subject there for now… Save to say.. Come on England!!

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Summer is here!

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Last weekend we launched ‘Soulful Sundaes’, Boogie Bunker Radio’s Summer Event.  Held in the Glorious Seaside town of Herne Bay, Kent.  We Take over the Central Bandstand, with our partners Makcaris Ice Cream Parlour!  We bring an afternoon of across the board Soul & Dance music, with a hint of Reggae!  We had great weather, and a great crowd throughout the day.  We shall be back every Sunday, as Well as Saturday 11th August for the Famous Herne Bay Carnival, when we will have some extra special guest joining us.

So why not come and join us for a day at the seaside, and some great music. Free entry throughout the Summer!

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This week on the family front, hasn’t been great, NO! The wife is very much alive... But her Mother has been unwell, and it has put a strain on the family, as a whole.  My wife is a little bundle of energy, as many of you know? But with hospital visits, and the worry, it does have its effect all round.  I unlike most am very pragmatic, and to some very strong and capable.  Which to a degree I am, I am a good businessman, and run a successful business, which I built from scratch.  But there are days, that my wife puts me to shame!  She has been exhausted, but each day, she gets up, and brushes her teeth, and gets ready for another day, of more unknown.  Yes, there have been tears, and couple of nights of waking up, in her clothes.. Where I have pulled the covers, over her corpse!  I have had to cope with a couple of ‘Bitch‘ moments, but I can take all that, because I look at my wife, with great pride.  My admiration for how she has coped is immense, and I hate to say it… I am a lucky guy, to have such a loving & caring person by my side.. And if anyone tells her, they are a dead person!

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You know what to do?

 

HOLLA AT ME!

JJ.

 

Hi Gang,

I am back, sun-tanned… What’s so funny… You know the drill.. Kettle on.. hit the link BBR

First I want to thank everyone involved in our recent trip to Tenerife.  My DJ’s, Rob Randell, Jackie Allsorts, Malc, Ed Mahon, David Manso, Sergio, LUUH, Aitor Robles, Alby, and everyone involved.  To all the superb venues, thank you for all your assistance and we look forward to seeing you again, very soon.  Some of the photo’s and videos are available via the radio station website.

Never one to shy away from controversy.. I return to find out that the Brexit situation, is no better, and still costing us a fortune.  Which make me wonder! Tenerife is not part of the EU, but a member of the EEA.  It’s cheap, it’s well run! bins are collected daily? unemployment is average! By taking this possibility off the negotiating table, not shooting ourselves in the foot? Just going to leave that out there!

Moving on!

Going to try to get it all in… We went to Tenerife to do some promotion, for ‘Fun in the Sun 2019’ Our annual trip to Tenerife.. We needed to test Venues, and check on new venues, all the tech stuff.. We did however stumble over an amazing venue which will add something to next years ‘FITS 2019’.  And we shall add 2 night’s under the star’s as part of next years event.

We have also added an amazing new Sponsor ‘Tenerife Buzz’ This brand new app is not only a tour guide for the island, it will offer discounts, and a host of business listings, and information, invaluable to our ‘FITS’ travellers.. This year it will make up the ‘FITS 2019 Wristband’ listing venues, times, travel info, and where wristband holders can claim their discounts.  The app will be online in mid-September! However anyone ordering their ‘FITS 2019 Wristband’ before 1st September 2018, will get FREE subscription to ‘Tenerife Buzz’.  So FITS 2019 is shaping up into something really special…

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While we are on the subject of Tenerife… I want to thank everyone at Parque Santiago 6, and the Staff at Loft, Coffee & Food.. For allowing us at BBR to take over the whole shopping centre!! Something we could never dream of doing in the UK, and anyone who saw the videos, will agree it was some spectacle.. We are going to do it again, in January! be a part of it..

Moving on.. Again!

My Plans to set up BBR Tenerife, moved another step closer! I will not say too much for now! However, FITS 2019 should be broadcast across the south of the island on FM!! As well as worldwide online!

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I know some may be sitting and reading this, thinking! what a cocky git! I feel you… But I said this was my plan 2 years ago, and I get up at 6am each day, and start work, and am still working when my wife puts my dinner on the table in the evening.  Apart from my wife, no one has any idea, the hours I have had to put in to get the Station, and the brand that we are building around it together.  There is more for us to do, and I still need to put things in place, so that we are not just a flash in the pan radio station.  I have a great team of DJ’s both here in the UK, and in Tenerife.  I can’t put into words what it feels like to see them all working together, sharing ideas, teaching each other tricks, and the love they all have for the music, I know it’s all a little cliché, but truth be told, I keep saying I started this station, as someone pissed me off, but now we are here, let’s make it the best..

I am never going to change in that thinking.  Cocky, far from it.. I can’t afford to be! As those same DJ’s I mentioned who I am so proud of, look to me to keep this thing rolling, which of course I intend to.  People have not been too sure about us, and our numbers show that a hell of a lot of people listen, so we can’t be doing so bad.  We have a plan! And we are going to stick with it.  If you clicked the link above… Not too bad is it?

Onwards!

Summer…. Ice Cream… Soulful Sundaes!! Forget Shopping Centre’s… Bandstands!! This Summer.. Boogie Bunker Radio & Makcaris Ice Cream Parlour. Herne Bay, Kent… Bring you ‘Soulful Sundaes’ Starting on 1st July 2018, Then every Sunday until end of August! Every Week it will be hosted by a new BBR DJ from Both BBR UK & BBR Tenerife! Bringing the Sunshine to Herne Bay, Kent.  Live from the Bandstand at Herne Bay, Exclusive to Boogie Bunker Radio, and broadcast live worldwide. Come and meet the BBR Team!IMG_1448

So that’s summer in the south east of England sorted! But fear not.. Look out for other member’s of the BBR team, in a town near you! And our Tenerife DJ’s are Resident’s at Monkey Beach, Hard Rock Hotel, Le Club, Siam Park, Loft Coffee & Food, Roca Negra! to name a few!

Getting to the end now…

Finally… I want people to know, all these trip’s, are not for the faint of heart.. I am not going to lie, 3 day’s in and I was knackered! But I want to make a special mention to my wife..

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Corinne Williams is one great big ball of energy, forever the hostess, and sometimes a bit of a bitch! But she has earned the privilege..  But I am truly nothing without her.. My life is hectic, and she manages to help keep it all on track.  She peck’s my head, on the odd occasion, but I love her for caring, although I can’t say that! She was and this trip, she was my rock, yet again, and made sure the villa was the place to be, for the 10 days.. Love you Bub, x

You know what to do?

HOLLA AT ME!!

 

JJ

Hi Gang,

It has been a while, but plenty to catch up on… So kettle on! Hit the link, and lock into the station Boogie Bunker Radio

First, I want to take about my wife.  Anyone who knows my wife, will know that she is a little bundle of energy! In her head she’s 15, and still thinks that she is capable of doing the same things now, as she did then.  This weekend, we had the Spring BBQ, my wife always hostess with the mostest.. Worked like a trooper! granted she was no good, to man, nor beast for a few days afterwards, but I want to say how much, I love and enjoy having her by my side. I just wanted to let her know how important she is too me, and my day-to-day life, and I would be lost without her.

Onward!

Well, I am a few days away from arriving in Tenerife for some LIVE broadcasts with a few of the UK & Tenerife BBR Radio DJ’s.  Which is always fun, and we get a chance to have some down time together which can always be messy, one of our presenters is part of a Stag crew who will join us for the finale! Which see’s us all at the ‘Lagoon Party‘ at the Hard Rock Hotel… Very messy.. Will report on that on my return! For details on the Shows & LIVE Broadcasts, visit the BBR Website

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And there’s more!

Sometime’s as a parent your torn between hugs, or strangulation. As father of 5, I find it always a surprise to find that my children have a belief that I as an adult, have not lived a life! And that I haven’t either pulled the same if not similar strokes myself, or know someone who has? Further than that.. Any advice we give them, is all just our way of in some way spoiling their fun, or bursting that ever inflated bubble.  Of all my children I have a deep-seated love for, some days they piss me off, some days I burst with pride for their achievements.  I have 4 girls, and each is a survivor in their own way, one is a mother, and is getting used to being a parent, and the new perspective on life that she has to adapt too making rules for her own.. She has my support and I will do all I can help.  I have a daughter, that is so much like me that it would shock her, if she was to admit the truth. at times all of my children have clashed with me, or their mothers, and my philosophy, has a will always be… We are parent and child, no matter how old you are, we are note mates.. We can be close, but we are not mates!  If we become mates, then you will be able to call me a C**t, like you do your mates, I will become less important over the years, like your mates! I am forever, and I am the person that you should turn to when in need.

Note I haven’t mentioned my son, this isn’t for any specific reason.  I am not going to lie, he recently let me down, which in turn let himself down, another story, and not for this blog.  But my point is this, our children have no idea how much we worry about them.. No we don’t always show our concern, and that is another parenting trait! we much be brave for them.  But I have sat a watched my wife having a restless night, because one of the kids has a cold, and that will never stop.  And who as a parent would want to have that trait programmed out of them? Not me!

I liken my job as a parent to that of a priest!! No I can’t wed you, but I give out more ‘forgiveness’ than the pope! As a parent, we are either blessing, or taking confession!  Point being this, our kids will make mistakes, and it is my hope that they learn from them, and in turn become better people.  It’s my hope, but DNA isn’t something which should define us as parents.. It’s what should define our children? As it’s our DNA that they are made from!

Just Saying… Moving On!

I would like to thank everyone who came down for the BBQ, we had great weather, and the Punch went down a treat, and half a pig was well and truly consumed, and the dog made whoopee to the bones. Now, we have had requests to do it again, as a great summer is promised… But at BBR we have something planned to the 12 weeks of Summer, check the website for info.

I have said some time ago that for me, the Radio Station was a progression, of my love for music, and although owning a station was never part of the plan.  I have picked up the gauntlet, and run with it, and I owe to those that work for me, to make the station as best as it can be. Without financial backing no Radio station can survive in this world of podcasts, and Spotify.  I have a plan, and to some it’s a dream, but BBR was a dream to some, and it’s success is a formula, which has been tested before! But that’s my secret.

In the coming month or to we will be making some brand changes, and the station will change in the way we do things, and these are busy, but exciting times for me, and my family. I will do my best to cover some of the goings on in my blog, but all will possible be revealed soon.

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Another 4 day weekend is upon us, and it’s my hope to spend as much of it relaxing, as I am Knackered! But looking forward to some Sun & Cocktails in Tenerife next week.

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Have a great weekend, and be nice to each other.

You know what to do?

 

HOLLA AT ME!

JJ.  

 

Hi Gang,

As you can see from the title, we are gearing up for a holiday weekend.  The blog recently has focused on some of the issues, which effect our day to day live’s in the UK.  I wanted to talk about my day to day life, and running a Radio Station, and DJ, as well as an insight into my family life!  However, I have to save something for the book! So you will have to make do with, all the boring stuff!!

It’s Festival Season in the UK, and most of those which are held outside! You buy a ticket in the hope of good weather.  Now that may seem a risky prospect in the UK, with our inclement weather conditions, but those are the risks.  Now this can become a double edged sword, as you try and play safe, and opt for events which have both inside and outside facilities?  I this year am taking a risk by announcing the day of our annual BBQ!

I figured if we used the Royal wedding day! They would of at least check the long range forecast, from sources better than the BBC? We are talking Royalty! And they have an open Carriage bit, so they must know something we don’t!! Well fingers crossed, to anyone who is planning to take in a festival this year.  I will be attending one or two, although not trying to sound like a snob, I only try and attend those that offer VIP facilities! Brother has to have some standards.

I am just over 3 weeks away from returning to Tenerife (Spain), for a few show’s with the team from BBR, from the UK & Tenerife.  I have been going to Tenerife for around 30 years on and off, and my wife and I have made some great friends on the island over the years.  I have made it no secret of my intention to settle on the island, and see out my days, drinking cocktails with the wife.  Who doesn’t? But you have to look at things, that you never previously considered. Be assured our decision making isn’t on a whim!  We have no children, that live at home! They have lives, and make their own choices, we are just here to support, and offer an alternative perspective, to our children’s nonsense?

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The issue for us… Is time! We both work, and have busy lives!  West Ham at a weekends, and family & friends in-between.  And then their is our dog!  Granted she is pushing on, but it’s like having a child, she needs to be fed and watered! and even she has here ways, and routines!  Granted we look at a lot of property online, but that doesn’t really cut it.  And after a few trip’s which saw very little new come to the market, we went to plan B!!

Why not find a bit of land, and build what we want! Which solves all our problems, but going to find a ideal piece of land, has proved equally as difficult as our property search, so Plan C, has come into effect! I will let you know what that is in the coming weeks… When the wife, tells me!

Onward!

It is expected that we shall have great weather for the holiday weekend? I have already given you my thoughts on the weather in the UK.  Now anyone who doesn’t hold with the theory of global warming, come and live here! Beast from the East will soon have you changing your mind?  We name weather fronts, in the UK!

I am hoping that I will be able to wear a pair of shorts, before I return to Tenerife?  I am savourily lacking in vitamin D, or B, or Both!

Have a great weekend!

HOLLA AT ME!

 

JJ

Hi Gang,

My last blog about the ‘Windrush Generation’ draw a few raised eyebrows from certain quarters, this blog is going to require a diaper for some!! Hold tight!

I woke this morning to see Nigel Farage, and some young black guy debating St Georges day, which it happens to be today.  For those of you who do not know who Saint George is well I will give you a quick run down.. First he was Turkish, and their were no dragons, and your going to have to trust me on that one! So he is about as English, as St Patrick was Irish? (He wasn’t Irish?).  Nigel Farage was saying we should celebrate today, and the English flag!

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Now some in the UK, will be slightly confused by the above image, some will note that it doesn’t have the words ‘ENGLAND’ or bear ‘THREE LIONS’

Now it’s the patron saint of England’s day, so why would there be a debate about this day, and the flag.  I key reason is why Nigel Farage, who has some very radical views, on immigration, and we can say very Pro-Brexit!  Also Parties, like his former party BNP have used this flag in a very right-wing context.  The defunct ‘National Front’ made this flag a symbol for their party, and for those who shared their beliefs, and parties, of the same ilk have used the flag also in a similar fashion.  So it was logical, and more-so this week when we again learn more from the Government with regards the ‘Windrush’ debacle.  I shall say this, and end the ‘Windrush’ debate! Our current Government, can try to pass the buck, and say that they are not at fault.. Bullshit! Regardless, of lost/destroyed Landing cards, or anything else…

In the last 40 plus years, there have been at least 5 Census’s, at which stage everyone gives details which, will have been more than sufficient to clarify any status, or the fact of Citizenship? Or is that too easy… So Mrs May, you can no longer dodge the bullet.. Just fix it, and compensate the people involved.

Back to the Flag and the Turk! As I explained above, there has been very little for ethnic minorities to see today, that they should be flying this flag, from the top of their homes.  Now people around the world, may find this whole situation a little odd.. So I shall explain for those of you who live in a normal country with one flag..

 

Great Britain is made up of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales.  No the dragon on the Welsh Flag has nothing to do with George’s Dragon.. I did point this out earlier! never the less.  A black Scotsman (yeah, there are black ones there). Can wear his flag with pride! As could a Welshman, and yes indeed, there are Black Paddy’s whom can also fly their National flag with pride! Now picture this.. Me walking down Brixton High Street waving an English Flag. I am not too sure, who would give me a beating first.. But rest assured the ‘Brothers’ Wouldn’t be best pleased!!

I want to make it very clear, I was born in England, and within the sound of Bow Belles. which makes me more of a Londoner than ‘Jim Davison’ and more to the point, more of an Englishman than Nigel Farage! But much as I would like to celebrate this flag, and what it should stand for in my country, unfortunately I cannot celebrate the day!  Much as I am grateful for all the dragon slaying! It doesn’t take away from the fact that I am British, and until the people of England, take back their flag, so that all creeds, colours, and races, can pick up the flag, and wave it in celebration of being English regardless of Colour.  Being British is the best we can hope for! My passport say’s British Citizen, Not English National, and my pride for my country isn’t based on a flag! But a belief that being British means something around the World, Being English, is a statement!

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Now, I know some are going to say that I am letting the racist win, far from it.. I have had to deal with people who see this flag as a racist symbol, for most of my life. And I see it in different connotations, every Saturday at West Ham’s Stadium? I have also be in the old stadium, when the flag was used as a warning that although we would suffer Black players, Black fans where a step too far.. Unless you could punch a skinhead or too!  Those days thankfully are over (ish).  But the memories are still fresh for some, I remember this same flag being burned by people, who saw it as a symbol of the National Front!

I am proud to be British, and it’s not a status I would give up lightly.  Am I am happy to fly the Union Jack from my flag pole! But when it comes to celebrating my English Heritage, I am going to have to pass on that one.  And many of my community feel the same way, and if you ask the question the reason will be the same? Try it? You don’t need too!! You know I am right, and that’s the shame.

St George’s day, should be a national holiday, but until you we take back our flag 60% of England, won’t be able to celebrate the day.

Comments below…

You know what to do..

HOLLA AT ME!!

 

JJ.

Hi Gang,

I have taken a few days, before I wrote this weeks blog, and I hoped that i would have time to gather the fact, and in that time, I further hoped that I would calm down… Not much chance for the latter I afraid, So this blog may not be for the faint of heart!

Never has there been a more controversial Home Secretary, than Theresa May.  Some will remember ‘Short, Sharp, Shock’ Willie Whitelaw.  However Mrs May took the crown, on all fronts.  A post that she held for many years, and through many a controversy.  As head of the prisons, and immigration, as well as the police, she managed to be hated by them all! the lady was not for turning, and was pleased each reshuffle when she found herself keeping the post.

Any politician with half a brain, would have worked out that she was not keeping her job, it was just that no one wanted the job, after she had made a hash of the whole department.  In the end they broke up the department, so that it was palatable, to a potential successor!  That never really happen, as she volunteered for another job, which no one at the time wanted, within her party.. Prime Minister!

So let’s get to it… Most leaders, are in a position, to blame others for what happened in the past, Trump blames Obama, Cameron blamed Blair, the list goes on.. Always someone else, but not in this case. Theresa May, was Home Secretary, and she created the bills concerned, the fact that she is now Prime Minister, she has to face this issue head on.. Yes I am talking ‘Windrush’ and the fallout.

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For those of you who do not know, I will give a little background.  After the second world war, Britain faced a shortage of labour, as the country was in need of rebuilding after the blitz, and sort help from its commonwealth counterparts.  Namely the West Indies, and offered Caribbean members the opportunity to come to Britain for work, and a new life, in the land of their queen.  Promises were made, the key one being, not just commonwealth citizenship, but British Citizenship, for them and their families.

Although, thousands of miles away from any warfare, apart from recruits being sort from these same Caribbean islands, for the British services. Britain had very little use for these islands in the Caribbean, apart from a holiday destination for the wealthy.

Poverty therefore on these islands were high, and the chance to earn, and live elsewhere, on streets, paved of gold, was an opportunity, many could not refuse.  Further, their citizenship being ratified by the Queen, was far too much an offer to turn down.  Although the Empire Windrush, was not the only ship bringing West Indians to the UK, right up to the early 1960’s, the so-called ‘Windrush Generation‘ continued to arrive in the UK, Same promises, and the demand for workers just as high.

Many will know that children under a certain age, were able to travel on a Parents Passport? I myself never had a passport until I was in my teens, and that was only because I was no longer on my Mothers passport, but I remember the hoops I had to jump through to get it, as I didn’t in theory exist? I will get back to that! So many arrived here, from the Caribbean as children, without any documentation.  Anything from the West Indies, became useless on arrival in the UK, and it would take years to build a history in a new land.

A Passport is not only a form of ID, the wording inside (I see you reaching for yours).  Is a declaration backed by the sovereign (Government), that the person bearing this document is not only the true person, and has been verified as such, and should be given freedom of passage as a sovereign citizen.  In lay-mans terms ‘I’m British and should be treated as a British and if anyone has a problem with that… Ask the queen, she will vouch for me!! no other document does that.. No, not your birth certificate!

In the early 70’s Britain, stated that those who had arrived from Commonwealth Countries would be given the right to citizenship, and those would be afforded the rights as anyone Britain, and with that came ‘indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK. Naively some of these people from the Caribbean, did not realise that this meant you had to affirm that right! HOW? The easiest way? Apply for a British passport!  Why? The checks made to apply for a British passport, someone to confirm that they know you, and that the photo you are using is a true likeness, that person must have known you for a number of years, you need a birth certificate, NHS number, etc! Years of background information which they kind of have anyway, and its all cross checked! then if you are who you say you are, Bingo! British passport official British citizen!

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What if you came here, in the 50’s, worked (as little proof was needed to get a job), worked for 30 years, never took a holiday? Paid taxes, National insurance, bought a home! Retired, and thought I will treat myself to a holiday of a lifetime, and return to the Caribbean, and visit what is left of my family.  You have no birth certificate! As your mother has long passed! So has the hospital you were born in! (hurricane in 1980). But you’ve paid tax, NI, have your marriage certificate from Hackney Town Hall. So you gather what papers you have, go into a travel agents, book your flights, and head off to London to apply for your passport. You have filled out the form as best you can, and produce what you have as documentation! your told to return the next day, as it will take time to process, in excitement you arrive at the passport office bright and early, and await for your name to be called.

‘Mr Johnson’ that’s me.. Come with us, Mr Johnson never saw his home in Tottenham again. Those two gentlemen at the passport office took him into a back room, where he was informed that, he was illegally in the UK, and was to be taken into detention, and possibly deported, to Jamaica. Fact or Fiction?

In 2009, So Mrs May has tried to slip out of this one… It was not on my watch! Well sorry love, laws don’t come in over night? you may of left office, but it was your brainchild! The Brexit debate had brought immigration to the forefront, and in an attempt to stop Europeans from coming to the UK, to burden our NHS, and our Benefits, our Theresa panicked and came up with a law, with the effects of we are now debating.  Now let’s be very clear! There was more to this law! It was also a way of quickly deporting anyone Britain felt unsuitable. The law is long-winded, and basically states, that unless you can produce 4 bits of ID, you’re not eligible, for Work, Benefits, NHS, and will be subject to deportation.

Now I was Born in Ilford, Essex. in 1966. I do not have 4 bits of official ID? I do however have a passport? Which I mentioned earlier? I was previously on my Mothers passport, have travelled back to the Caribbean in the 70’s. At which time my mother applied for her first British passport (yep, my mum’s safe…). When I went to apply for my first passport, I took Birth Certificate, photo, NHS card, etc. Now we know that one of the questions is? Have you had a passport before? Yes I had technically, as I had travelled, But it wasn’t in my name? how do you put that down on a form? Long story short, I had to go to court, and get a signed affidavit signed by a judge, to confirm who I am? I shit you not!

Now how many of you, have 4 bits of ID? If you don’t have a passport which, I may add is the only document excepted a proof of who you are in the UK? Because you will need those documents to get a passport! But don’t got with just 3 bits to the passport office, as you may find yourself on a plane!

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As I write, there have been apology’s, and yet we have no idea of the numbers who have fallen foul of Ms May’s Dickensian law, How many have been returned to a country, that they know in name only! How many have been sacked, and become unemployable! How many have been denied NHS treatment? How many have died due to the stress of such a situation?  Theresa May, you can shove your apology up that well-heeled arse of yours! As I for one am not listening.  And as I don’t think the police, will be beating on my door over this comment, as they know what your really all about.

Ms May, I implore you to not waste time apologising, as without the about figures, you apology is merely lip service, at which I know you are proficient. You need to stand up in parliament, and say, everyone involved will be compensated, those deported? returned, and those who have been denied treatment, given access immediately. with access to all services…. Today!!

Failure to do so will lead to not only more people falling foul of this stupid law, which was put in place to reduce the number of Polish entering the UK? Who I don’t see being asked for 4 bits of ID? And are not in detention centres, having been a law-abiding, Tax paying, national insurance contributing, British Citizens, for all of their Lives.

They have done their bit for this country, Now Theresa, do what you paid to do.. and put it right… NOW!

HOLLA AT ME! (You too Theresa)

 

JJ.