29/12/2017

Steve and Larry Special 2017 [Podcast]

It's the 2017 Steve and Larry Special, looking back at the entertainment news from the year.

You can also get the specials from 2016 and 2015.

Less Justin Beiber but way more Beckhams, more Game of Thrones and a little bit of UK politics, have a listen.

You can get all the rest of Larry's work on his SoundCloud page here.




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Have a very merry one and see you for more fun in the new year.

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Podcast ep13: Christmas Build Up and Trump

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The Friday night show on BBC Radio Kent that reviews the week's news is now a podcast too. Edited highlights are packaged up into pod-form for you listening pleasure and it's free.

In this week's episode, episode 13, it's the run up to Christmas and a lot of the news looked at the downside of the season, we get a Trump update, Larry has showbiz news and Paul Ross looks at the films.

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27/12/2017

The Sketches Podcast - December 2017

This is a podcast of the comedy sketches that were made for BBC Radio Kent during 2017.

This one is December.

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The Sketches Podcast - November 2017

This is a podcast of the comedy sketches that were made for BBC Radio Kent during 2017.

This one is November.

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The Sketches Podcast - October 2017

This is a podcast of the comedy sketches that were made for BBC Radio Kent during 2017.

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The Sketches Podcast - September 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - August 2017

This is a podcast of the comedy sketches that were made for BBC Radio Kent during 2017.

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The Sketches Podcast - July 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - June 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - May 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - April 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - March 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - February 2017

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The Sketches Podcast - January 2017

This is a podcast of the comedy sketches that were made for BBC Radio Kent during 2017. It's part of a series, and because I am predictable it starts with January.

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17/12/2017

Christmas Stories [Podcast]

This is a Christmas story podcast special. On the radio show we somehow ended up reading a festive story everyday as part of an appeal. We've put them all together in to one bumper podcast, it's a biggy, but have a listen.

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16/12/2017

Podcast ep12: The Pill, Roy Moore and Man Flu

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In this week's episode, episode 12, we talk Brexit, the proof of Man Flu, that big rock that's floating through space, and some Westminster scandal about expenses.

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[Newspaper Column] Brexit

Each week the Romford Recorder and Ilford Recorder have the Steve N Allen column. If you're around East London and West Essex you can buy the newspaper every Thursday/Friday, or follow @mrstevenallen to see the columns on Twitter. You can also read the archive of past ones, which can be found here.


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I'm starting to enjoy the Brexit coverage. For months it was a little repetitive but now it's the best drama on TV.

This week's episode saw Theresa May try to settle the issue over the border with Ireland. It seems one idea was to effectively leave Northern Ireland in the single market and that's where the fun starts.

Ireland, who are in the EU, don't want there to be a border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The DUP, who got £1 billion to support Theresa May, refused to support her plan as they don't want a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Scotland then said, "If they can do that so can we," and they want to still be in the single market because Scotland was majority remain. They don't mind a border with England as they already have the wall.

Wales was majority leave, so they don't want a border with the rest of the UK, but they don't mind charging us to go over the bridge. They say if Northern Ireland can have something so can they or it's not fair, even though they don't want it.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan thinks that if Northern Ireland could be in the single market maybe London could too but there's no way London could have a border with England as it's in England.

Although the M25 might work as a boundary because down in Dover, which is an actual border with the EU, they worry that after Brexit there'll be massive queues of lorries causing chaos.

If there's one thing the M25 is used to it's massive queues of lorries.

All of this stems from the disagreement of people about Northern Ireland. That's the kind of issue I'm sure they'll sort that before next week's episode.

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09/12/2017

Podcast ep11: Brexit Deals and Blue Planet

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In this week's episode, episode 11, we get the latest on the Brexit deal that will move us on to stage 2, we hear about how Blue Planet lies to us, and how trains will be more expensive but roads will be clear.

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03/12/2017

[Newspaper Column] London Underground WiFi

Each week the Romford Recorder and Ilford Recorder have the Steve N Allen column. If you're around East London and West Essex you can buy the newspaper every Thursday/Friday, or follow @mrstevenallen to see the columns on Twitter. You can also read the archive of past ones, which can be found here.



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How often do you make use of our proximity to London? In no time you can be on the London Underground but you have to go without the internet between stations.

That few minutes without a connection to Kim Kardashian's Instagram and whatever else is online is a worry for some. Good news, the London Underground is getting 4G.

At the moment you can get WiFi in most stations but instead of letting you simply connect for free you have to go to a webpage on your browser. You get into the station, wait for your phone to find the WiFi, when it connects you open the browser and by the time you can click the button to get your WiFi the train has left the station. This repeats in every station till you arrive at your destination never having connected to the internet but having used 50% of your battery.

By 2019 you'll have 4G. By then 4G will probably be considered an old fashioned system, like when you're in a bad signal area and you notice that E on your phone which means you'll be there all day checking an email.

But do we need it? The Tube used to be the one place where you could get away from the constant connection. If someone tried to call and you missed it saying, “I was on the Tube,” was a good enough excuse. Now we'll be obliged to reply to work emails and if you read a WhatsApp message you'll leave the telltale two blue ticks that means you have to reply or lose that friendship forever.

Now if you want to go to a place where you don't have a signal connecting you to the Internet all the time you'll have to go to most places in the North or South West or East Anglia.

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02/12/2017

Phone Over-Use

New research says we check our mobile phones 28 times a day. That means we're doing it 10,000 a year. That seems like a lot of work, I didn't think I did anything that much.

4,000 of those 10,000 checks are done without thinking. We're so addicted to our phones that we check it without realising we're checking it. I might be checking mine right now, I simply don't know.

This new research has looked at the most commonly checked apps on your phone. For most of us it's Facebook.

For Donald Trump it's probably Twitter. “Let's see who is having a go at me now. Oh, a leader of a close ally country. Sad.”

Have you noticed with Facebook, if you have a conversation about, let's say gazebos, the next time you check your Facebook on your phone it will have adverts for gazebos.

It's because the app listens to what you say even when you're phone is off and spots words that you might be interested in.

You can switch that feature off but I have left mine on. It's rare that anyone is actually listening to what I want, so why ruin it.

But it does mean when my friends leave their phones near me and nip to the loo I lean into their phone and say things like, “Pile cream. Pile cream.” Just so they get a shock when they look at their Facebook.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in tech news there's now technology that shops will get where they will use cameras to look at the faces of the people shopping, then use facial recognition and find you on Facebook, meaning they'll know your name and anything else you post about you.

It's like Minority Report.

You could take pictures of your face off your Facebook, but it's called FACEbook. The only other option is to cover your face. So I go shopping with a pair of tights over my head.

I'm due in court next Thursday.

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01/12/2017

Podcast ep10: Brexit Impact and Royal Weddings

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In this week's episode, episode 10, we hear that Theresa May may be banned from pubs, the Brexit impact statement doesn't have much impact and of course, some royal people are getting married so we talk about that a bit.

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[Newspaper Column] Royal Wedding

Each week the Romford Recorder and Ilford Recorder have the Steve N Allen column. If you're around East London and West Essex you can buy the newspaper every Thursday/Friday, or follow @mrstevenallen to see the columns on Twitter. You can also read the archive of past ones, which can be found here.




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Ever since the royal engagement was announced the news has been filled with it. It's a case of the royal family doing what they have always done, providing news for the rest of us.

Before the days of Heat magazine and Larry with his entertainment news people would enjoy the gossip about the royal family. Which prince is marrying which princess. Which royal has fathered which lovechild. In the olden days that was their version of watching a reality show.

And now the royal family meets entertainment news with a celeb in her own right, Meghan Markle. This is the perfect storm of news to keep up distracted from the real issue here. We are not getting a bank holiday.

They made their announcement, he was wearing a blue suit, she was wear a white coat, which has now sold out by the way. I'm never sure why that happens. Do people think it's the coat that landed her a prince?

They spoke of their love, we saw the ring, all of the usual stuff but no mention of a day off for us. I thought that was the deal. We spend a lot of money on these royal events and the kick back is that we get a day of sitting at home moaning that there's nothing on TV other than the royal event coverage.

We have one of the fewest bank holidays of any European country but if you have a royal family who are good at jubilees and weddings it ups the average. They have broken that agreement.

We got one for Kate and Wills back in 2011, which means I was due to buy some new tea towels soon, but if we're not getting that bank holiday I'm not interested.

Hurry up Prince George. Marry young. I have some DIY that needs doing.

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29/11/2017

Podcast ep9: Footloose and Budget

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The Friday night show on BBC Radio Kent that reviews the week's news is now a podcast too. Edited highlights are packaged up into pod-form for you listening pleasure and it's free.

In this week's episode, episode 9, S01E09 as they'll call it on the bit torrents, we hear my new plans for a film about North Korean, we find what what the budget means for us and Asda get tight on pie abuse.

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