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April 2014

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29th April 2014

We're not sure if we should applaud, or cringe?  You decide!

Posted by Tina at 5:25am

Aspirations Day at Royal Cornwall Showground

25th April 2014

Aspirations Day at the Royal Cornwall Showground

Tina was invited by Headteacher Lee Bachus, to the Royal Cornwall Showground, where she chatted to kids from schools across the North Cornwall area including Boscastle CP, Camelford CP, Delabole CP, Otterham CP, Port Isaac CP, St Breward CP, St Teath CP and Tintagel CP (all primary) and Sir James Smith's Community School (secondary).

Many companies were there supporting the event, giving kids the opportunity to find out first-hand the skills they need to develop for future career aspirations?

Find out more and listen again below.

 
Tina also eavesdropped on Pippa from Newquay Zoo

 

Aspens  Caterers (Martin and Tracy) explain their ethos

 
And Tina caught up with pupils Fin and Mathilda

 
Neil and Tina's Signature

Posted by Tina at 11:30am

Karen Robins wins £500 in cash - just by listening to Pirate FM!

24th April 2014

Big Cash Weekend Winner - Karen Robins

A Grandmother from St. Austell became our latest £500 cash winner - just by listening to Pirate FM!

Karen Robins calimed the cash as part of the station's "Big Cash Weekends", where she had to identify that weekend's featured artist - and answer the phone with the artist name when Neil and Tina rang during the breakfast show on Tuesday morning.

After a few rings, it sounded like no-one was going to asnwer the phone, and Neil and Tina were preparing to move onto the next winner. However, just as they were about to give up, Karen answered the phone and declared "Madonna" - winning the money.

Chatting afterwards, Karen revealed that the delay was due to a mad dash for the phone downstairs.

Karen now plans to spend the cash when her and the family travel to Spain next month.

Pirate FM’s Big Cash Weekend returns this weekend, with another £500 up for grabs. You can find out more here.

Posted by Winners Blog at 3:14pm

Embarrassing clothes

24th April 2014

Embarrassing Clothes Mum Choose

Neil - hideous clothes Tina embarrassing clothes

 

Neil spent time at his parents and his Mum found his old clothes!

Take a look at embarrassing pictures of Neil and Tina.

And they were'nt alone in their pain - have a listen!

 

Men and Flashy Cars

What's the truth?

Find out here...

 
Neil and Tina's Signature

Posted by Tina at 2:46pm

Zoe Barber grabs a grand!

24th April 2014

£1000 minute winner Zoe Barber

Zoe Barber was on her way to a pretty mundane training course in Truro - but her day got a million times better after claiming a grand courtesy of Cornwall's Pirate FM.

Zoe tried her luck at the competition, where she correctly answered ten general knowledge questions in 60 seconds. However, many would say that her knowledge of the greatest hits of Hear'Say helped her win the cash, as the now-dufunct, and largely-forgotten band featured in one of the questions.

The £1,000 minute gives you the chance to win cash every single weekday morning with Neil and Tina. Find out more online here.

Posted by Winners Blog at 2:36pm

Happy St George's Day

23rd April 2014

Tina  DragonHappy St George's Day

Neil and Tina are not really that bothered about St George's Day, as Neil is fiercely Cornish and proud and Tina's just such a mixed bag that unless it's a Bank Holiday, who really cares?!

However, the English (British and Cornish!) do like to complain about the weather, and other matters...in fact complaining is a national sport.

Listen to an occasion, when complaining backfired, and almost had the Stag Party thrown out of the hotel in Tenerife!

 

Advice for chaps

Neil likes to think of himself as a public service, and giving advice on what might just improve mens' chances with women...here's his classic advice (no-brainers really!)

 

Is Zoe good at General Knowledge?

Zoe Barber played the Thousand Pound Minute quiz, correctly answering 10 questions in sixty seconds and takes away a cool Grand to put towards her wedding.

  

Many congratulations!

Zoe decided not to risk 'Double or Quits' where if she'd answered one more question correctly, she could have won £2,000.  Of course, if she got that 11th question wrong, she'd have lost everything!

How would you have got on with Zoe's questions?

 

Neil and Tina's Signature

 

Posted by Tina at 10:55am

Post Easter Blues

22nd April 2014

BIG CASH WEEKEND WINNER

So although it's been a Bank Holiday - lucky listener, Karen Robins got to the phone in the nick of time to win herself £500.

 

More chances still to come on the Big Cash Weekends and YOU can be a part of it.I love Tina sand

Romantic Easter?

Did you get romantic on your 4 day weekend?  

Tina's hubby benefitted from another romantic soul....

 

Five things women need permission for...

Neil in a dressing gown

If you missed them, Neil laid out things that women should ask permission for before doing from their other halfs...

 

Tina wasn't impressed.

And has Britain's Got Talent lost its way?

Hear Neil's view...

 

St George's Day tomorrow!  So more fun and games along the way!

Neil and Tina's Signature

 

 

Posted by Tina at 11:27am

Hilarious Flight Attendant

22nd April 2014

You might need to watch a few times, as she speaks so fast...but its very funny!

Posted by Tina at 5:14am

Ghost Car

19th April 2014

In almost 'Back to the Future' like wierdness, a car appears out of nowhere and causes an accident - and no, it wasn't Tina driving!

Posted by Tina at 7:25am

Debbie from Wadebridge shares her £500 Big Cash Weekend winnings with her best friend

17th April 2014

Debbie Oxby Big Cash Weekend Winner

A generous listener from Wadebridge has claimed £500 courtesy of Pirate FM - revealing that she is going to share the cash.

Debbie Oxby is the latest winner on Pirate FM’s Big Cash Weekends, claiming the money with Neil & Tina on Monday morning's Breakfast show.

Debbie told Pirate FM that she plans to share the £500 with her neighbour Pat Moss who also entered the competition. Wouldn’t we all love neighbours like that!

She correctly answered the phone with this weekend’s big cash artist – Robbie Williams.

Pirate FM fan Debbie explained exactly how easy it is to win the cash “I listened to the song after 9 o’clock, 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock and registered online and won the money”.

Pirate FM’s Big Cash Weekend returns this weekend, with another £500 up for grabs. You can find out more here.

Posted by Winners Blog at 1:53pm

Happy Easter

17th April 2014

Happy Easter

So it's almost the big Easter getaway weekend and Neil and Tina #fightfortheflashback.

It's our fight, but you, the listeners settle it.  Neil asked you to vote for Tanita Tikarum and Good Tradition.  Tina's choice was The Steve Miller Band with Abracadabra.

Winning with 91% of the vote was Tina (Neil got a spanking!) which slightly evens up the annual running total to make it Neil = 8 and Tina = 6

Online Dating Advice

It seems that doing some simple things, can improve your chances when online dating!

Do's for Girls Onling Dating Profiles Do's for Guys Online Dating Profiles
Pose with a Dog Pose with a dog
Natural Makeup Have a photo outside (with a dog)
Have an indoor photo Use words such as 'spontaneous' and 'ambitious'
List hobbies as running and yoga List hobbies as running and yoga
Be open to new ideas and new places

Be open to new ideas and new places

 

Happy Easter!

Neil and Tina's Signature

 

 

 

Posted by Tina at 1:18pm

Why you should always keep an eye on your children in an arcade

17th April 2014

"Where's your sister? Oh, she's INSIDE that arcade machine!"

Another reason why you need to keep an eye on your kids at the arcade...

 

Posted by Matt Bunt at 9:03am

Easter holidays are almost here

15th April 2014

Relationship guidance from Neil (and Tina)

It seems that Neil and Tina should never speak to eachother on a Monday and Friday - listen to find out why?

 

You might want to find out if they've eaten Breakfast before tuning in tomorrow...

Stockings could spice up your love life - but its not what you think!

 

Texter Paul reckons he might try them to see what reaction he gets from his other half!

And Ricky Gervais was an 80s popstar! Yes really!

Neil breaks this revelation to Tina....

 

And...meet a man who's doing an amazing thing for charity...

After all those amazing London Marathon runners, Neil and Tina catch up with a Camborne local, who's doing an amazing event for an amazing charity.

Jon Dennis from Sugar Coating tells Neil and Tina about how he is cycling nearly 300 miles from London to Paris in aid of Dementia UK.

 

If you'd like to sponsor Jon, click through to his online charity site:

http://www.doitforcharity.com/jdennis

Good Luck Jon.

Neil and Tina's Signature

Posted by Tina at 10:56am

The Past Few Weeks

10th April 2014

Hi I'm Ollie, the Pirate FM apprentice. Here is a snippet of some of the exciting things I've been doing at Pirate FM.

I'm really enjoying my time at Pirate FM and the apprenticeship; it’s a fantastic experience for me. I undertake some really important tasks, one of the main parts of my job that I really enjoy is managing the station Twitter feed. This gives me an opportunity to get creative and come up with some fun tweets to get our message across to our followers on Twitter in a fun way.

This week I have been in the studio recording a voice over for the upcoming promotions for apprentices in Cornwall with Cornwall College Business. Soon you'll be able hear me across the duchy again on some of the commercials. 

Posted by Ollie Coleshill at 3:26pm

Cornwall's Miss London candidate

10th April 2014

Amy WrayLocal Girl takes on Miss London

Neil and Tina catch up with Cornish girl, Amy Wray on her career since being in the Pirate FM girlband, Eden.

From modelling for Amy Child's clotheswear range, to working with Peter Andre, Amy's decided to enter the Miss London Beauty Pageant, following in the footsteps of Amy Willerton!

Listen to the full interview again here:

 
You can support Amy's fundraising efforts for Beauty with a Purpose and her Fashion Show at Hotel Victoria, Newquay on Saturday on 19th April 2014.

Tina's eventful evening

When should a parent let their child call the shots?  Tina's little boy's been nagging her for a haircut...and the deed took place last night!

woody haircut montage

Costly mistakes

Tina's had a bit of a an expensive time recently!  Here's the story:

"Last week was manically busy.  It was the end of term so kids had lots of appointments like music exams, swimming lessons, vet appointment and the like

One of the things I needed to do was get my car serviced, so in what I thought was a masterstroke of planning, I organised to drop my car at the garage late afternoon and pick up a courtesy car, then go on to the dentist with the kids so the garage could service my car the next day and I could collect it after work on my way to Local Heroes.

Now here’s my first gripe…why is it that people leave a courtesy car, with only fumes in the tank?

The red light was flashing, but I needed to get kids to the dentist, so drove carefully there -  we had our teeth checked – passed with flying colours – cos the dentist is always like an exam isn’t it?! - and afterwards – with even less fuel, I drove to the nearest garage.

So I stopped at the garage…. the courtesy was a newer model of EXACTLY the same car that I drive, so I knew which side to fill up the fuel, I put the nozzle back into the machine having put a reasonable amount of fuel in the tank knowing what journeys I had to do…I was thinking about all the things I still had to do - get kids home for tea, prepare for the next days show, and get my daughter to Surf Life Club -so I was a bit distracted…

and as I placed the nozzle back, I realised it was green – and it should have been black! 

WRONG FUEL

My heart sank – so I went into the garage and explained my mistake – obviously had to pay for the wrong fuel – It was quarter past 5but I rang the Dealer who’s courtesy car I had – who said, I’d have to recover the car to them but they didn’t have another courtesy car, and my own car was now locked in the workshop with oil draining out of it. 

Anyway – a lovely man from Wrong Fuel Ltd rescued me from Plymouth and thanks to the very nice staff at Westways garage who didn’t laugh at me too much and also the mid-cornwall landscaping boys who pushed the car away from the petrol pumps!

Kids and I had a picnic tea on the garage forecourt – and I got Maya to nippers, and felt marginally better when one of the Dad’s said his wife had done the same the week before!"

Could  anyone top that?  Well have a listen - Debbie's a definite candidate!!

 
Neil and Tina's Signature

 

Posted by Tina at 11:59am

Christine Gibbs from St Blazey is a Big Cash Weekend Winner

9th April 2014

Big Cash Weekend Winner Christine Gibbs, with Scott Temple

A lucky St Blazey woman claimed a cool £500 in cash - just by listening to Cornwall’s Pirate FM.

Christine Gibbs was the first winner of Pirate FM’s Big Cash Weekend, claiming the cash on Monday morning’s Breakfast show by correctly answered the phone with the name of that weekend’s featured artist – which was U2.

Christine already has plans for the pay-out, telling Breakfast Show presenters Neil and Tina: “I don't believe it!

“I will put the money towards a holiday”.

Christine also explained how easy it was to win the prize: “All I had to do was listen to Pirate FM over the weekend, at nine o'clock, 12 o'clock or three o'clock, identify the artists played and register online”.

Pirate FM’s Big Cash Weekend returns this weekend, with another £500 up for grabs. You can find out more here.

Posted by Winners Blog at 5:09pm

Cury C.of E. Primary

9th April 2014

Cury C. of E. Primary, Cornwall
Broadcast Friday 11th April 2014

 

www.curyschool.co.uk

 Cury Primary

 

Neil & Tina spent an hour with the pupils and staff of Cury C. of E. Primary school just before they broke up for Easter Holidays.

The kids were practising their singing for their end of term play and assembly, as well as learning about the life-cycle of frogs, with a tank full of tadpoles.

The school has a fantastic Breakfast Club, and please do give the school a call on 01326 240549 if you'd like to join them for their Big Breakfast from 8.15 am to 9.30 am on Friday 25th April. Everyone is welcome.

Next term, the school will be focussing on green energy with visits to a windfarm planned and the installation of solar panels at school.

If you missed School Dinners on air - you can listen again here.

 

Happy Easter kids.

 

Neil and Tina's Signature

Neil and Tina visit Cury School

You can view more photos from the visit here

Posted by Tina at 1:33pm

Brannel students meet Westlife’s Kian Egan - Oh, and Neil and Tina!

8th April 2014

A group of year 11 students from Brannel School had an amazing end to their term last Friday (4th April) when they met Neil & Tina. Oh, and there was also some bloke called "Kian Egan" there too...

After winning a competition run by Cornwall College for the class group to meet a ‘special guest,’ the students were amazed to receive an exclusive acoustic performance of the Irish singer’s new single ‘Home,’ as well as a group picture and signed certificate from the heartthrob himself.

Brannel School - Eden Project with Kian Egan

Emily Libby, 15, added: “I was so excited to come to the performance as I really like Kian and couldn’t wait to meet him.”

The school won the Cornwall College competition after whistling to the song Some Nights by Fun - with pitch pipes, in their year 11 assembly that was then recorded and put onto Facebook alongside other schools’ performances and the one with the most likes won and got to go to the Eden Project.    

Andy Edmonds, Headteacher at Brannel School, said: “I really enjoyed the evening and know that the children certainly had a good time. It was a great way to end the term for a year group that has worked so hard.”

Charlotte Gifford, 15, said: “It was such a fab way to end my term at school. I was so excited and shaking when I met him. We all decided to vote for our school to win because we wanted to end the term on a high.”

Thirteen different schools entered the competition from across the county and Brannel received 128 likes for their winning performance. A close second was Richard Lander School with 93 votes and Poltair School with 81.

Tessa Claridge, Head of Cornwall College St Austell, added: “I’m pleased that Brannel students had such a great experience at the private gig last week. We wanted to try something different this year with our year 11 assemblies to engage our audience and we are pleased that it was received so well.”

Brannel School - Eden Project with Kian Egan

Posted by Pirate FM at 3:50pm

Neil and Tina catch up with The Saturdays

8th April 2014

The SaturdaysThe Saturdays Big Announcement

Neil and Tina catch up with Una and Rochelle from The Saturdays.

They'll be coming to Plymouth Pavilions in September as part of their tour.

Listen again

 

 

Sudden Death of Peaches Geldof

The big showbiz story of the morning has been the sudden and unexplained death of Peaches Geldof.  

The death of Paula Yates, from a drugs overdose, when Peaches Geldof was eleven years old.

Neil and Tina chat to Jaki Bedingham from AAAIB, who provide a drugs and alcohol counselling service, regarding how family members cope with such tragedy in their lives.

 

If you are affected by this story, please ask for help.

You can contact AAAIB via this link, or call the Samaritans who are available 365 days a year, 24/7 on 01872 277277 or their national helpline on 08457 909090.

Women's shopping habits

It seems women try on at least 4 times as many clothes as men when shopping.

Find Tina's view on shopping for jeans...and how did they get talking about Kim Kardashian?

 

Go Kart Challenge

Who is the big kid?

 
Neil and Tina's Signature

 

Posted by Tina at 11:17am

Biscovey Academy Crazy Cooking Challenge at Eden Project

2nd April 2014

Logo  Chough Biscovey Academy

Biscovey Academy, Cornwall
Broadcast Friday 4th April 2014

www.biscoveyacademy.cornwall.sch.uk

 Eden


Crazy Cooking Challenge at Eden 

Biscovey Academy invited Tina to join them at The Eden Project for their Crazy Cooking Challenge.

If you missed hearing them on the radio, you can listen to how they got on.

 

Hope you enjoyed eating the cake!

Neil and Tina's Signature

Check out more photos from the School Dinners visit here!

Posted by Tina at 2:16pm

Pasty in a Can, and Speed limits for squirrels - Were you fooled?

1st April 2014

Pasty in a can, and speed limits to help furry creature fornicate. If you were listening to Pirate FM this morning, chances are you were thinking the world was going mad...

But as many of you noticed, it was indeed part of our plans to fool you, as of course it's April Fools Day!

First of all, Neil and Tina were talking about the new speed limits that have been introduced for walkers and joggers in woods and rural areas across Cornwall - to help the local squirrel population to breed.

Listeners were told that they would end up with a £20 on-the-spot fine if they were caught breaking the 5mph limit from today. This prompted much debate and reaction from listeners, including reports that there was a gentleman at Tehidy woods who was warning dog walkers as they arrived for their morning walk.

Pasty in a Can April Fools FB Post

Meanwhile, we also started a new advertising campaign on the radio, advertising a brand new product to come from Bodmin Foods - the Pasty in a Can!

As well as the great advert on the radio, we also released a photograph of a billboard in London, advertising the new delicacy on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Neil and James Dundon with the Pasty in a Can...There was a few that fell for it, including @Littlewhitealic who tweeted: "No I can't believe they have put the pasty in a can!! Shocking."

Also, @Click_Write Tweeted: "a crime!", whilst Lewis Hawkins on Facebook said: "What on earth!!!", and the great sports at Warrens Bakery admitted: "Oh no, you're revealed our new secret product in development! We have a spy in the ranks!!"

Also on Facebook, Chris Rogers said "Will never beat our fresh ansum pasty"

Of course, not everyone was fooled. Including Kerry Webber who posted: "I was trying to think if this was nice or not then thought, oh u silly cow it's a Aprils fool", and Lianne-Carla Savage how delared "April fool but the though of it did make me heave a little!".

Posted by Pirate FM at 11:00am

Teenstar Wildcards

1st April 2014

Talented Cornwall - Teenstars

Last week we introduced you to St Ives' Molly Hocking and Newquay's Emma Chamberlain who were selected to go to the Teenstar regional finals last weekend.

 

Well done to Molly - but Emma needs your votes to gain a wildcard entry!

If you'd like to get Emma to join Molly in the Area finals, then you'll need to vote by text.

TEENSTARS

The text will call you £1.

You'll need to text 84222 with 'wildcard440'

Good luck ladies.

 

Neil and Tina's Signature

Posted by Tina at 10:59am

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