Blogs > February 2014
27th February 2014
Party like it's 1985
So Tina has been choosing the Fancy Dress costume for the Pirate FM presenters...have you bought your tickets yet?
Great group discounts so come along with your mates.
Here's the Mrs Richards and kids talking to Neil and Tina.
And who won the skipping competition?
Have a great Weekend.
Posted by Tina at 3:10pm
26th February 2014
This week along with Neil and Tina we went to Arcol Engineering in Threemilestone, Truro and Inkfish Hair & Beauty Salon in Truro. Both businesses have apprentices working part of the Cornwall College Business Apprenticeship scheme.
We got a real insight into what the apprentices do at both businesses as well as trying our hand at some of the everyday tasks they will be asked to complete.
Also this week, with a little help from Vikki, I put together 220 promotional bags ready for the upcoming Expowest Show, that took a while. This was the finished product:
Listen to the clip from Arcol Enternaring below:
Tina's not afraid to give it a go:
Listen to the clip from Ink Fish below:
Apprentice Jade gets her hair washed by Neil Caddy:
Posted by Ollie Coleshill at 4:53pm
25th February 2014
Date My Dad
So Cornwall - you have been having your say in the outcome of the Love Triangle of Darren, Jess and Sue.
1. Sue goes on the date to Charlies Boathouse in Charlestown with a friend of her choice.
2. Darren honours the date and goes out with Sue.
3. Darren goes on the date with Sue, but takes Jess along for a threesome.
4. Darren has to find a single friend to go along and make it a double date for Sue, with him and Jess.
Listen to the results.
So how will they get on?
Posted by Tina at 11:12am
22nd February 2014
So that is the first week of my apprenticeship finished. I've had a really enjoyable week, met and worked with some fantastic people and settled in really well. I've got to know how some of my main tasks work, such as updating the Pirate FM Jobspot and the Voucher Shop section on the website.
As well as updating some of the key parts of the website, I'm now in charge of most of the content that gets put on Twitter, follow us @PirateFM, this is a very important job for me. I've also been passing on some good leads onto the sales team.
I'm really looking forward to my second week at the station, I have a few important meetings going on next week and I'm looking forward to going out with Neil & Tina on Wednesday conducting some interviews.
Posted by Ollie Coleshill at 5:26pm
21st February 2014
Pirate FM on the Hotel Inspector
Emma Carton reveals all the behind the scenes gossip on Hotel Inspector. Pirate FM were featured on last night's episode, on Channel 5 interviewing Falmouth hoteliers, Lynne and Ziggy from Eden Lodge. It seems Emma gushed "I love you" to Alex Polizzi and came over like groupie.
Date my Dad
We caught up with the 'other' lady in the Date my Dad Love Triangle, Jess from Probus.
You can hear Neil giving her a difficult reception for 'messing up' the date for Sue from Charlestown!
Have you voted for what happens next?
Did you singalong to the Friday song? You can hear this weekes offering again.
Have a great weekend.
Posted by Tina at 5:08pm
17th February 2014
Hi, I'm Ollie the new Pirate FM Digital Services & Sales Co-ordinator apprentice. I have a huge passion for radio and digital services. Within my new role at Cornwall's Pirate FM I will be working alongside the Digital Media and Sales Team to improve and manage the products Pirate FM provide to its clients.
The day I have been looking forward too finally arrived on Monday 17th February. The day started with me spending some time with Neil and Tina in the studio and editing audio to go out later in the day. I was greeted with a Pirate FM tradition of receiving a cake and an introduction to everyone in the team. I say greeted with a cake... a cake that was given to me to share with everyone!
I then spent much of the day getting to know how everything at Pirate FM works and starting to work on some of my day-to-day tasks I will be asked to complete each day.
Posted by Ollie Coleshill at 4:31pm
17th February 2014
Date my Dad - Valentine's Date
So how did the Date my Dad Valentine's Date go on Friday at Tregenna Castle Hotel?
We find out about how they are feeling pre date as Holly Day catches up with Eve Adams from Troon...
Half Price Wedding
Don't forget the Tregenna Castle Half Price Wedding on sale from 10am - it will go quick!
What's In Tina's Hand (#WITH)
Brand new game... Tina gives clues as to what she is holding for you to guess and win.
Clue 1: It's long, thin, and slightly knobbly, slightly thicker at one end than the other
Clue 2: It's colurful with a red tip.
Clue 3: It's a plastic rubbery texture.
Wrong guesses included a stick of rhubarb, a snooker cue, a pen, a match, asparagus. No winner!
The answer's in the picture.
Posted by Tina at 7:00am
14th February 2014
We all want a friend like this...
Posted by Tina at 1:56pm
14th February 2014
Happy Valentine's Day
To all listeners, whether you are loved up or single.
Neither Neil or Tina had any presents or cards to open before work, so Tina decided to make a card for Neil - he didn't like it...
Funny man Neil?
Neil's best ever Valentine's joke fell on deaf ears, with Tina.
Have a listen and see what you think.
Date my Dad Date Night
And its the Date my Dad Finale with Darren Pegler from St Austell and Eve Adams from Troon heading off to the Tregenna Castle Hotel for a slap-up meal.
Psychic Sue Clarke gave her predictions.
Posted by Tina at 1:24pm
14th February 2014
Ladies, your first initial is more than just a letter. It reveals the kind of lover you are and points the way to the mate most likely to make your dreams come true. The study of letters, acrophonology, is an amazingly accurate way to delve into the psyche, says psychologist Andy Cummings. “Researchers found ancient texts that support the belief that your first initial relates to specific personality traits,” she explains. “And what the ancients believed is still valid today.In particular, studies have found that acrophonology is especially relevant to passion and romance.”
What does your first name say about you?
Look for your letter below and see what it reveals about the lover who lurks in your soul.
a.You’ll do whatever it takes to win the heart of your lover. Your soul mate to keep hidden from others.
b.There’s nothing you value more than gifts that prove your lover’s devotion. Sentimental and giving, you love papering your mate as well.
c.You’re a social animal who craves the closeness of a long-term partner. You want a mate who’s both a pal and a lover. Communication and closeness are vital.
d.You’re highly passionate and intense, and you require the same zeal from your honey. You may be too possessive at times, but your loyalty is beyond dispute.
e.Your mate should be a good listener because you love to talk. But beyond all the chatter, once you give your heart away, you’ll never stray from his side.
f.You’re a born romantic who loves to turn fantasy into real life. Notorious for showing affection to public, you need a mate who’s not shy.
g.You’re a perfectionist, but you don’t demand more of your lover than you do of yourself. He must be your intellectual equal to keep you interested.
h.Financial status is high on your list of priorities. You’re hesitant about sex during the dating phase, but you jump right in once you know the love will last.
i.Lusty and sure of your powers, you prefer an older man. You need to be worshiped by a lover who appreciates your sexually adventurous spirit.
j.It takes someone with stamina to be your lover because you’re a dynamo. Although you’re a bit of a loner, you’re idealistic about love and need it to last.
k.Shy and secretive, no one would know there’s a wildly sensual woman behind the mask. You take love seriously and have the patience to wait for the right person.
l.You must have a man in your life. You especially enjoy the wining and dining rituals of dating, and a guy with a brain is a real turn on.
m.When you fall in love, it’s head over heels. Your all-consuming passion must be met with equal ardor to keep you happy.
n.You’re unassuming on the outside, but an insatiable lover is lurking just below the surface. You need a lover patient enough to bring out your wilder side.
o.As a lover, you’re secretive about your desires, but once they’re unleashed with a trusted partner, look out. You must curb your tendency to be jealous of your mate.
p.You’re flirtatious and love a good party. You value your reputation and social standing, so a good-looking, intelligent mate is a must.
q.You require constant activity, so you crave a partner who can keep up with you sexually and otherwise. Also, you’re intrigued by people from other cultures.
r.When it comes to a lover, you’ll take an Einstein over a Schwarzenegger. But under your buttoned-down, sweet exterior, you’re a sexy gal who’s a demanding playmate.
s.Your career and finances must be in order before you’ll even consider romance. You don’t give your heart away lightly, but once you do, it’s for life.
t.You want a partner who takes the lead in the game of love. Flowers, soft music, and candlelight are guaranteed to ignite your sexual fireworks.
u.You have a generous heart and lavish love and gifts on your sweetheart. When you’re not with a partner, you’re constantly on the prowl for someone to adore.
v.Eccentric guys peak your interest. Settling down is tough for you because you value your freedom and love living on the wild side.
w.Your willful spirit makes you determined when you’re pursuing a love interest. Sometimes blinded by love, you believe nothing is too good for your sweetheart.
x.You’re adept at carrying on several relationships simultaneously. Even when you’re committed to one person, your mind never stops whirling.
y.You’re sexy, sensual and in control at all times. If your love interest won't let you run the show, therr could be a test of wills in your relationship.
z. You're a selfless lover who attracts men with problems you think only you can solve. Sincere, passionate and dreamy, you enjoy a rich fantasy life.
Is it accurate?
Posted by Tina at 7:10am
12th February 2014
When Typhoon Haiyan hit in Nov 2013, 14 million people were affected.
Four million were displaced. Up to ten thousand were killed. Four thousand schools were partially or completely destroyed.
Three months on and the government has put up tarpaulin covered outside spaces at these schools and aid agencies have delivered tents or marquees to some but Byond reckon around 90% still have no permanent rebuilding project in the offing.
During my deployment with the charity permanent rebuilding was done or arranged at six schools. Everything was bought locally, including labour, meaning vital money was being put back into the economy.
There was no other charity on the ground doing this. Not only that, because Byond is still a new and small charity, funds were being ploughed directly into the work we as an aid team were carrying out or arranging. And the vast majority of those funds are raised in Cornwall.
Byond has a long list of schools in Leyte, Western & Eastern Samar (the worst hit areas) where it would like to work next. As projects at existing schools draw to an end plans are being drawn up to begin at new sites. A rolling program of work.
Having experienced first-hand how important education is to the Filipinos, how important it is to get schools back up and running properly for children's future and safety, how - for some -school is the best part of their lives and also seeing how deep their gratitude runs, I feel even more proud to be Cornish.
We have and will continue to help change people's lives.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 10:07am
11th February 2014
Today we finished the main work at Patag school. We were under strict orders to be at the school this morning for a 'little surprise'. When we got there we were guests of honour on the main stage and after all the children shouted 'THANKYOU!' we were inundated with flowers. All of them wild and picked from the surrounding area, some hand tied, some just individual blooms. It is the best thank-you I've ever had. After the 6th Grade had said a few words together the headteacher at the school, Cora, simply told us: "Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) took away the smiles from our children's faces. Byond have put them back" It was quite a moment for all of us.
The children at this school, and all the others Byond are working in, are amazing. They are so happy and friendly, polite, interested and really do touch you deeply. They live such a simple life and it is a joy to see them playing ... quite happy with a stick to roll a tyre along or a skipping rope. They are all genuinely pleased from the bottom of their hearts with the work that is taking place in their schools. I have lost count of the little cards, flowers and 'thank yous' we all have received in the last couple of weeks.
After lots of photos and a celebration lunch for one of the teacher's birthday's we headed to Naugan school on the other side of Ormoc, where the team of Cornish builders are working. They have finished the main building they were working on and are hoping to get another one done before they head back at the end of the week. We managed to get them to go back to the hotel for a rest in the midday sun - so we could teach the children a song to say thank you in Cornish.
They were brilliant and picked it up straightaway. The guys who have been working here have really worked hard and done a great, professional job on the roof. Byond's aim is to 'build back better' and that's certainly what's happened here, despite the heat and conditions the team have been working under.
As Byond's projects at these two schools near completion thoughts are already turning to other schools which need help and how much money is in the kitty to be able to buy the materials and labour needed. This is where Cornwall's donations really do matter.
Our team leader JB stops in at the bank to see if a transfer from the charity HQ in Redruth has been made, so he can take out cash to buy more timber from the local hardware store. Not only helping schools recover but also the local economy.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 9:44am
10th February 2014
Work on the schools is going at a great pace. Linao has been finished, the team of Cornish builders are finishing at Naugan, the parents are ready to start work at Jauton and materials have been bought for the community at Biliran Island.
Today myself and Steve head up to Patag to help the local guys. They have already roofed three buildings and the outside stage. Today work starts on a fourth room. Getting up on the roof is interesting on an extremely rickety bamboo ladder - but I felt it was the better option given the only other way up was a plank of wood with the odd baton nailed across for a foothold. Up on the roof it is boiling hot - and it is only 9.30am.
The heat makes the tin hot to touch and also reflects off it. Despite this we get to work prising out the old fixings and removing the old damaged tin. A bit of work is needed on the joists which I leave to the Filipino builders. Then I am given the task of being the 'glue girl' - basically coating fixing nails in a bit of adhesive before handing them over to be used to nail down the new tin sheets.
By lunchtime nearly the whole of the back of the building is re-covered. We take a break as the sun hits its hottest and I go and hang out with the kids who are also on a break. I have brought with me a bag of clothes and colouring books and crayons from a little girl who lives in my home village called Phoebe.
She was so struck with the news of Typhoon Haiyan and also Byond's Raise the Roof campaign that she asked me to bring out some of her old clothes and toys to share with other children. I give the clothes to the Kindergarten teacher who makes sure the most needy in her class get them. They keep the colouring things for their classroom.
We have a bit of food and then it's back to work....via a quick health and safety lesson from Steve! He has brought harnesses for our safety and decides to give the local workers a master-class. Given that they are used to shinning around the roof in bare feet or flip flops and with no hats they look on with interest and amusement ... then have a laugh while they have a go anyway.
By mid-afternoon most of the roof is nearly done and it's time for me to head back into town and to OCHA so I can do my live call to Neil & Tina. OCHA is the hub for aid agencies working in the area. It is here where cluster meetings are held and where teams have access to the latest information, maps, health advice and WIFI.
A room at City Hall has been given over to operations and amongst those working there today were the International Medical Core, World Health Organisation, UNHCR and Save The Children. City Hall itself is very badly damaged. Glass windows are blown out or dangle over walkways with their frames buckled, ceilings have been ripped out and there are piles of aid everywhere. It also provides a great view of the sunset over Ormoc.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 4:21pm
8th February 2014
Last night I finally slept! 11 hours straight in a bunk in a tent shared with eight other aid workers.
The IHR camp is a great place for organisations to make contacts, swap information and co-ordinate work. Before we head off to check out schools in this area the Byond team make a few links with other groups which could lead to future funding and co-operation.
Then it is back on the road. We visit several schools and the picture is the same at each. Each has buildings which have been completely razed to the ground, some still have walls but no roof joists and others have joists but no covering. Clearing work is happening at some, at others the military or local workers hired by aid groups are rebuilding.
We come across a couple where no work seems to be happening and jot down their details. All have temporary learning spaces in the form of tents. Taking photos of the sites I am struck by the motivational slogans and mission statements painted on walls in and outside of classrooms. It pushes home just how important education is here.
At one school we are greeted by hundreds of people waiting in queues to get into the temporary learning spaces. I ask a dad what was going on and he tells me that once a month they can apply for what he calls 'assistance with the children'. The queues are for interviews to see if they are entitled to aid, but he didn't know whether this would be in the form of money or food. All the while, at this and every other school we visit, children are everywhere.
They use their school as a playground at the weekend, shooting hoops, playing football, hanging out with mates or playing with the water supplies set up for the local community (for which they get a good telling off!).
As we travel back round the coast and past the shells of abandoned surf and holiday resorts we drop back into the council offices in Guiuan. Here we meet Recti who is co-ordinating the humanitarian effort. He shows us a list of all the schools in the area and tells us which have been pledged help and which Byond can go into. He tells us the government is doing very little and they are relying on aid organisations.
At the moment children are being taught in shift patterns which means they are only getting a partial education and he is worried for what that means for the future of the area. He is hoping that classes can be repaired and rebuilt by the start of the new academic year to minimise the impact. Byond explain what it can do to help and that, given what the team has seen, it is an area that it can help in.
Travelling back to Ormoc started with a detour to Hernani, a collection of villages by the sea where the storm surge also hit. Our driver, Armond, tells us how over 80 people died, some of which were his family and some of which are still missing. Bunk houses are being built by the government where hundreds of homes stood on the beaches underneath palm trees. The High School has been completely demolished, other buildings teeter at dangerous angles ... yet families are living underneath for any bit of shelter they can find.
The graveyard has been torn apart by the force of the water and next door in the ruins of the old church there are newly dug mass graves for those who died. Armond has donated some of his land on the hill for a new school to be built and for rows of bunkhouses. A new evacuation centre will also be built there which will hopefully prevent such a large loss of life in future. The visit is a stark picture of how lives have been devastated in so many different ways.
Before we arrive back in Ormoc we drop back in to see Lyn and let her know that the team will be back next week with shelter kits so villagers can start to permanently rebuild their homes. She is given the task of identifying the most needy in the community so they are the ones who benefit the most from the help Byond can give.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 4:14pm
7th February 2014
So, day four and up at 4.30am to start the journey to the areas worst hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Myself and two others from the Byond team (Lasse & Mike) are travelling through Tacloban to Guiuan via coastal villages to assess what help is getting through and what we can do to supplement it. First stop is Tacloban.
The pictures in the linked gallery speak for themselves. This is where the storm surge powered through. Three months on and the area is still a carpet of rubble with families living in amongst the debris, having salvaged what they can and trying to live as normal a life as possible. Children play amongst the piles of concrete, picking up toys, sticks, making dens, collecting water. Their parents work on temporary shelters or getting on with the daily chores. A little shop has been set up in a shack of a building.
The situation here is still in the clear up stage for many with teams of local workers hired by aid agencies. Some of the scenes of families living on the concrete floor of what is left of their homes, ships washed inland onto buildings and roads, cars upturned and piles of debris surrounding half standing homes are difficult to take in.
We pass through to a beachside village called Caluwayan. This is an area where Byond distributed emergency tents and tarpaulins in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon. We catch up with Lyn who tells us it has made a huge difference. It has meant she and her family have a home to live in and also a place to work from.
Lyn starts her day by baking break to sell to her neighbours for breakfast. For this she earns 20 peso (around 30 pence). She then spends the rest of the day making Nipa roof tiles which are woven out of palm leaves. She can make 20 of these in a day and sells them for 10 pesos each. In a day she earns around £4 which is enough to buy fish for the family dinner, flour for bread, coffee and sugar.
After a chat with Lyn we revisit the local schools to see how they are getting on. The headteacher at one, Linda, tells us they have the government temporary shelter and tarpaulins but they need a more permanent solution, electricity and books. Another teacher tells me how she found her books sodden on the mud after the typhoon hit so she salvaged what she could and dried them out in the sun. These are the only resources she has for teaching the curriculum, the whole school is struggling but she tells me they teach the best they can.
After checking out another school in the village and seeing how Byond's original tents are being used and withstanding the weather we carry on our journey to Guiuan.
Usually this route would be a trip through lush coconut forests and beachside villages, a mini paradise with the odd resort along the way. Now it is a picture of devastation with trees snapped and blown over, ripped out by their roots and strewn across the hillside. 33 million trees were destroyed in Haiyan. It is a main source of income and will take at least 20 years for the industry to recover. The wood is being used to help reconstruct but it is not long term material.
As we draw closer to Guiuan the rain hammers down and it is evident this is an area still in desperate need. Also evident, the destructive power of the wind. This is where the typhoon first made landfall with 200 mile an hour force.
Huge concrete buildings are buckled and torn. It is more like an earthquake zone. We head to the municipal buildings to see what information we can gather on the state of local schools and a place to stay for the night.
The building has no roof. Water is leaking everywhere. It has not even been cleared up properly. Belongings are strewn across the 'roof' (the floor of the top floor). The nearby police station has a tarpaulin over it which is torn and hanging off. We are asked to come back tomorrow for the information we need and are given details of the IHR (International Humanitarian Relief) camp where we can stay for the night. It is £10 a night which gets us a bed, shower, food, Wi-Fi and work areas.
We get a pep talk on mosquito protection as there have been cases of Dengue Fever in the area. This is the place where all the aid agencies working in the area, such as World Food Programme, Save The Children and UN organisations, are based. Some teams have been here for three months and it is now 'home'.
For us, it is a welcome night's sleep.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 4:01pm
6th February 2014
The frustrating news today is that our container of aid has been delayed, meaning it will not arrive in Ormoc until February the 13th at least.
In the container are more materials for roofing schools and also shelter kits for families. These contain things like a pick axe, shovel, saw, nails etc. so people can start to rebuild their homes. Now it has been delayed, my team's focus is to check on work in progress at schools and investigate other areas and schools which need our help.
On popping to see the local builders working at Patag school we were told that the school and village were still without water. It is thought the mains pipe is damaged further up the hill. We hopped on the back of a couple of motorbikes and headed into the countryside. Once in the right place we headed off into the vegetation. It took a ten minute walk to find the pipe and then another ten minute clamber to find its source. No sign of damage was found so we followed the blue piping back down the hill towards the village.
On the way, amongst the plants and on the dirt tracks, personal belongings were strewn about having been picked up by the typhoon and dropped maybe miles away from home. Bits of clothing, shoes, papers, books and some film negatives of a family happily posing.
Despite a good search we had no luck finding the damage to the pipe. We arranged for a couple of locals to track it further and let us know where the break in supply was so we could go back to fix it and restore supplies.
By now it was the height of day and heat so we headed back to base for a bit of shade before driving up to a new school to see what work was needed. Juaton, like many other schools, has been given a temporary classroom by the government but it is woefully inadequate.
The parents here had got together to put tarpaulins over buildings but now a more permanent solution was needed. Parts of the school needed clearing, but we were told not to move the pile of debris as it was protecting the children from a wall which was in danger of collapse. We agreed with the principle to run a project whereby Byond provided the materials and tools and parents did the work to re-roof buildings over the weekend, The PTA were more than happy to do so meaning Byond could now look for extra schools to help.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 4:25pm
5th February 2014
We've been at three schools today to get the lay of the land and to see what help is needed.
The first was Linao, which was the first school Byond (Shelter For Humanity's new name) helped.
It has nine classrooms and around 250 pupils. The courtyard the rooms stand around is now clear of trees and a lot of classrooms now have roofs on.
I spoke to teacher Mr Cambos who explained how grateful they and the children were to have classrooms back in use and children learning again.
The second school was Naugan. This is the school that Byond are working on right now. A team of Threemilestone builders, led by Owen Jose, have been re-roofing a classroom with materials bought from local suppliers.
We were here mid-morning and already the heat was searing. For these guys working on the tin roof it is tough going.
Finally we hired a van locally to visit Patag Elementary school which is in a more remote village.
This school as yet has not had much help to rebuild other than a temporary shelter put up by the government. At this school Byond are piloting an idea to purchase materials locally and contract local builders to do the work.
This means work can continue when the charity's latest deployment finishes and it also pumps money back into the local community.
Mimi who teaches at the school told me how clearing the site and getting up tarpaulins has meant children are coming back - which is vital for families and to keep them safe.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 12:35pm
4th February 2014
Myself and three other members of the Byond team, Ed, Steve & Mike, have arrived in Ormoc after a 25+ hour journey.
Stepping off the ferry not only were we met with a humid 35 degree wall of heat but also a wall of colour and sound.
We are staying in the heart of the port and it is a vibrant happy place - despite the evident damage. Roofs have been blown clean off buildings or roofing sheets have been torn & buckled, concrete blocks, metal and other debris is strewn along the water line, windows of buildings have been blown out - the roof of our hotel is missing and the top two floors unusable.
As we sailed into Ormoc we caught glimpses of seaside villages which had been ripped apart - but still so colourful - and behind them the silhouette of trees and the huge gaps left where others had been torn out from their roots.
But life goes on and the spirit of the people is unassailable. All you can hear is loud animated chat, laughter, music and the drone of scooters, squeaky tuk tuk brakes and the beep of mini vans.
Everyone is going about their business with a lovely smile. It feels such a genuine place to be.
Posted by Rachel Yates at 3:00pm
4th February 2014
Michelle Trimmings from St Austell won £200, after correctly guessing Cornwall's Secret Sound with Neil and Tina at Breakfast on Tuesday 4th January.
It was the sound of a bottle of hand sanitiser being squirted.
Find our more about Cornwall's Secret Sound here
Posted by Pirate FM at 2:31pm
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