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January 2015

Bike Challenge

31st January 2015

From 6am on Friday's Show Neil embarked on his 26.2 miles or 42.2 km to cycle the distance of London Marathon - as part of his training programme.

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Posted by Tina Bessell at 10:23am


30th January 2015


Maroon 5 gatecrash weddings - SUGAR - this is going to be MAHOOOSIVE!
Hear the track on Monday 2nd Feb on Pirate FM

Posted by Tina at 1:57pm

School Dinners Mawgan-in-Pydar

30th January 2015


Broadcast Friday 30th January 2015

 Mawgan in Pydar


Tina paid a school dinners visit to the staff and pupils at Mawgan in Pydar County Primary School.  The kids have been working very hard on producing a campaign for Westminster as part of a competition to introduce a new law - or amend an existing law. Class 1 decided to focus on litter and tell us why.


And the Key Stage 1 enjoy all the activities in the playground, whatever the weather.


Also, the ladies in the house unveil Jungle Beats FM. 


Neil and Tina are worried about their jobs now.

Thanks everyone for sharing your school dinners with Tina.

Neil and Tina's Signature





To see all the photos from the school, check out the gallery. 


Posted by Tina at 12:31pm

Pirate FM sends Spencer to Hell!

28th January 2015

Spencer Bowers at Hell

Spencer Bower at Hell 2

A man from Helston has been sent to hell after winning a competition on Neil & Tina at Breakfast.

Last year, Pirate FM gave one lucky listener the chance to be sent to Hell (… in Norway!). Spencer from Helston, won the competition last year after a gruelling task (courtesy of Tina, of course!) which involved bobbing for Apples!

Neil & Tina hosted a competition on The Breakfast Show for two weeks on the run up to Halloween in 2014 and listeners were asked to listen out for the ‘hellish’ track which would be played. Listeners rang in when they had heard it, and finalists were selected every day.

Finalists were then put through their paces by having to guess how many apples Tina could bob. Spencer chose a high number and he was the nearest to the correct amount – which ultimately meant that he had won!

Pirate FM can now say that they have now sent Spencer to Hell and it looks as if he has a really great time. Spencer took his partner, Kim, on January 21, to celebrate his birthday.

Posted by Pirate FM at 1:20pm

Supermarket shopping with a difference

27th January 2015

Posted by Tina at 2:06pm


25th January 2015

250115 Procrastinating

In my job, procrastinating is the worst thing you can do. Over the years it becomes the norm to 'get it done now' and 'don't put it off until tomorrow'...but as for my London marathon training - I have become the worlds greatest procrastinator!

On Friday night my excuse was 'I'm too tired', Saturday morning's was 'I'll do it later' and Saturday afternoon's was 'it would be more effective to do it in the morning'. Well, Sunday morning arrived and I finally got out there...and it was brilliant. I pounded out a few miles around Respryn and Lanhydrock. The last time I did this route I literally bumped into a deer - we both stopped, stunned at being near to each other, and exchanged eye contact for what seemed like for ever! Unfortunately Doris the Deer wasn't out today to see how my running had improved - maybe next Saturday morning. Or next Saturday afternoon. Or Sunday morning......


Posted by Tina Bessell at 8:44pm

Doctor Love

23rd January 2015

Neil gives advice as Dr Love, we hear from Malcolm on driving etiquette and our Secret Sound Turnaround contestant, Hayley Wilson from Frogpool is Donald Duck!!

Ollie after the Apprenticeship

22nd January 2015

On 17th February 2014 I started at Pirate FM as an Apprentice studying Sales with Cornwall College and it has now been confirmed in writing that from 17 February 2015 I will become a full time member of staff in the Digital Department on 17th February 2015.

There has never been a dull moment in my apprenticeship, I've done everything from creating websites to changing a car tire, running the broadcasting studio to filming sharks, and no 2 days are the same!

Now after my hard work for the last year, I'm really pleased to continue working at the place a love 1 year one.

Apprenticeship work and are a great alternative to traditional learning!

Posted by Ollie Coleshill at 2:57pm

2014 Friday Flashback Forfeit

19th January 2015

Neil does dog agility as his 2014 Flashback forfeit

Lip Sync Copper

18th January 2015

Posted by Tina at 5:11am

Neil gets treatment

16th January 2015

Neil gets a health checkWeight gain

Have a listen to the moment that Neil finds out that actually, he is not as fit as a fiddle.


The scales read 14st 5lb this morning so not too bad compared to 6 months ago, but his blood pressure was a little high!

And it seems he needs to see a physio for his "hurty leg"  before he commences his London Marathon training in earnest - no more cheese for the overweight with high blood pressure, former athlete!

Hurty Leg

Neil makes Tina feel VERY awkward... she sits in on the physio session where physio John Horner examines Neil's hurty leg.


The bottom line is that Neil's back is OK, but he needs to stretch more, and can use dynamic stretchy tape - and whilst John recommended massage, Tina wasn't offering.



Neil and Tina's Signature

Posted by Tina Bessell at 12:30pm

First training run 2015

16th January 2015

I've been sweating it, not because of my training but my LACK of it! After hurting my leg just before Christmas at the CHICKS charity Santa Run the only action I've been doing (amongst other things) is shovelling food into my mouth...and lots of it - and its left me sweating it out with worry that I've not been doing anything.

But, after 3 weeks of no limping around the Pirate office the morning had arrived to try my legs out again. Now, years ago I used to run for Britain. My fastest mile time of 3mins55secs was ranked just outside the World Top 20 that year. I was sponsored by many company's over the years wanting me to wear and be seen wearing their shoes and clothing...but in 2015 they'd probably pay me to NOT be seen in it but, in my opinion, the best contract I ever had was with ASICS. Their kit was by far the best and the shoes were amazing - I've spent the weekend at my parents house and lo and behold I found some ASICS trainers bought a couple of years ago when I 'thought' about a return to running. I've given 'em a spin today...and the leg is painless (haroo!!) although I think my weight will make them wince again some time soon.

So today is a good day - a couple of miles under the belt, a bit of sweat, a bit exhausting but fingers crossed the extra stretching before and after exercise will help keep some aches and pains at bay. 

Neil Signature

Posted by Tina Bessell at 12:27pm

'The Hole' in Scorrier, Redruth

16th January 2015

Neil and Tina talk to Mining Expert, Nick Petit from Cornwall Consultants

School Dinners Grampound Road Village Primary School

16th January 2015

Grampound Road Village Primary School

Broadcast Friday 16th January 2015

 School dinners


Tina paid a school dinners visit to the staff and pupils at Grampound Road Village Primary at the start of the Spring Term.  The fire alarm drill took place just as she arrived which made for an interesting reception.

If you missed School Dinners on air, you can listen again:


First of all we have the fire alarm....


Then the kids tell Tina their talents....


And finally Oliver talks about the school and we get talking crisp sandwishes with the little ones!!   

Thanks everyone for sharing your school dinners with Tina.

Neil and Tina's Signature


School dinners 

School dinners 


To see all the photos from the school, check out the gallery here. 


Posted by Tina at 10:13am

Rescue Me....

12th January 2015

After a lad used twitter to get rescued with loo paper on a train, we asked you for your rescue me stories - Cornwall - you didn't disappoint.

School Dinners Treleigh CP

8th January 2015

Treleigh Community Primary School, Redruth

Broadcast Friday 9th January 2015

 Treleigh CP school


Neil and Tina went to visit the staff and pupils at Treleigh Community Primary for a school dinners visit at the start of the Spring Term.  The builders had just arrived to start work on their 4 brand new classrooms as the school expands its intake to support the local community.

If you missed School Dinners on air, you can listen again:


School sports clubs and activities as well as balance bikes for Class R.


Playground activities, and award winning choir and the Year 5 teacher as Gandulph, Lord of the Rings!


School dinners, a visit from Santa from a helicopter and the school trip to London to see the Lion King, visit the Harry Potter studios and spell casting Hogwarts style!

Thanks everyone for sharing your school dinners with us.

Neil and Tina's Signature


Treleigh CP school 

Treleigh CP school 


To see all the photos from the school, check out the gallery here. 




Posted by Tina at 2:01pm

Confused Otter plays with a Deer

8th January 2015

Posted by Tina at 11:01am

Dancing Old Couple

8th January 2015

You won't believe what have 2 mins 30 secs in!

Posted by Tina at 5:28am

Kickboxing Gran takes on Neil

7th January 2015

A delightful story about how kickboxing has literally saved Penzance's Sharon Garner from her lifelong depression - and she visited the studio today to show us how its done!

Neil gets a Healthcheck

6th January 2015

Treliske occupational health nurse Emma Duley pops into the studio to give Neil a healthcheck ahead of his London Marathon training.


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