Videos For Radio

“Would you mind if I also film a couple bits with you?”

“Oh… I thought you did interviews for radio…?”

A typical response from people who find it odd that the reporter from Heart says she not only wants to interview you but also get you to say a few words for people on Twitter to watch and click on.

Video’s now being expected in all radio newsrooms and just taking a couple pics for the website or news twitter account isn’t enough. Luckily for me I’ve had a good training in how to use a camera and edit a decent package, so going out to film as well as do all the usual radio bits isn’t too much of shock to the system.

But, something new I’m having to get used to is filming almost everything from a device that I can fit in my backpacker instead of lugging around a hefty camera and tripod.  

Shaun the Sheep Bristol Trail Challenge

What’s Giving Blood Like?

Twitter Video 

Also couple of examples of more instant video stuff that goes straight to Twitter.

Bournemouth Bistro Terrace Pavilion experience

nerve logoA review for Nerve Magazine of the Bistro Terrance and Pavilion dining and show experience

Bistro terrace bournemouth

Popular podcasting

I was putting up catch-ups of my show on my Mixcloud page for over a year and the time had come for me to make a proper podcast to go on iTunes and other podcasting sites.

The Charlotte Gay Podcast

The Charlotte Gay Podcast

For those who are not aware, iTunes has a New and Noteworthy section of it’s podcasting page where they put the top podcasts they reckon are worth a listen to. At this point The Charlotte Gay Podcast has bounced around in there for coming up to two weeks, which means there are some people out there who like what they hear or at the very least are intrigued by my name.


New and Noteworthy

The podcast is listed under the music tab but this doesn’t completely limit the podcast’s content. It will be a compilation of my Nerve radio, new Hot Radio shows and interviews from the world of music and comedy.

The great badger battle. Friend or Foe?

The debate of the future of our friend the badger has been toing and froing for years now but with the badger cull targeted at summer 2013, what a political pickle the government have found themselves stuck in with such adamant opposition.

Bovine TB was once a disease affecting only a small percentage of the farming community, however it has now rapidly spread through the UK with new cases doubling every nine years. In 2011, farmers had 26,000 of their cattle slaughtered and over the past decade TB has cost the taxpayer over £500 million. It is estimated this figure will sky rocket to £1 billion in control measures and compensation over the next ten years unless something is done.

Badger strip tail


A Devonshire farmer wishing to remain nameless who breeds pedigree Friesian Holstein cattle and lost over a third of his cattle to Bovine TB in less than a year.

“It is ruining a lot of people’s livelihoods at the moment. I had the cattle for about 22 years and it was all of my own breeding. It’s heart breaking to see them being loaded up in the lorry and some of them got shot in front of me.”

To stop the spread of TB, the government planned two pilot culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire with the National Farmers Union (NFU). The aim of the cull is to reduce TB in cattle by approximately 16% over nine years in the immediate areas. Evidence from the 1997 Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) suggested 70% badgers had to be killed in these controlled areas to reduce the spread of disease.

The Welsh government has chosen a system of badger vaccination, as there are no cattle vaccinations approved by the EU, while Scotland is officially TB free.

Until October 23rd it was full steam ahead until these pilots were postponed following a letter sent to the Environment secretary of state Owen Paterson, by the NFU’s president Peter Kendall on behalf of the companies coordinating the culls, when it was realised the amount of badgers in the cull zones were significantly higher than expected.

The department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) have justified the cull with evidence of the RBCT, however Lord Krebs, one of the government’s most respected scientific advisers and whose research was cited in evidence, has described the cull as ‘crazy’.

Lord Krebs told the BBC that Defra has no way of knowing how many badgers are in one area and so will not know when they have shot 70% of the creatures in the cull zones.

“I would go down the vaccination and biosecurity route rather than this crazy scheme that may deliver very small advantage, may deliver none,” he said

MP for West Devon and Torridge, Geoffrey Cox who has been on the government’s select committee for the past five years believes Krebs’ comments are not based in science.

“Krebs’ discussions and remarks, I think are regrettable and irresponsible.

Geoffrey Cox. MP for West Devon and Torridge

Geoffrey Cox. MP for West Devon and Torridge

“It isn’t crazy; the only reason the scientists don’t accept it is because they didn’t think it would be economically and socially acceptable.

“If the science says there can be some reduction, and it does, then it’s judgement for politicians to decide whether it is socially and economically acceptable.”

Huw Rowlands, a farmer near Chester in Gloucestershire has organised his own badger vaccination plans on his farm at his own expense as he disagrees with the notion of killing to remove disease.

“I completely disagree with this idea that the way to control disease is by killing things. I’d like to see lots more money thrown into researching into a [cattle] vaccine and to see lots more negotiating with the EU to get it licensed.”

Only two days after the government announced the delay on the cull, the majority of the MPs in the House of Commons voted to abandon the controversial cull in England entirely. The debate was granted after over 150,000 people signed an official government e-petition to stop the plans for a badger cull. The motion stood at 147 votes to just 28 yet with the government not being legally bound by the vote, the cull still stands.

Is it a wise decision for the government go so directly against the views of the general public and of the parliamentary vote? Cox believes their decision is justified: “You can only when faced with opposition, search your conscience, but ultimately you’ve got to do what you feel is right and I firmly believe that on the limited lines we are proceeding it is the right policy. You can’t be ruled by numbers and sometimes the majority isn’t always right.”

What is Bovine TB?

Bovine TB is a form of bacilli caught by cattle breathing in droplets of fluid containing the cells. Unfortunately badgers can also catch TB, so cattle grazing in the same fields as badgers cause this to spread. When in the lungs, immune cells usually destroy disease by consuming the bugs but that’s what these bacilli want and inside multiples. Some instances mean the bacilli get trapped in a lump but unfortunately often the bugs get out and the disease spreads through the body even getting into the bones of the infected.

Gordon McGlone OBE, chief executive of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is concerned debate of the cull is distracting the general public from what else needs to be done to manage this disease.

“With the Badger cull people are talking 12-16% benefit, that leaves 84% of the problem still not tackled but this is rarely discussed. So whilst badger vaccinations similarly don’t solve the problem, there is 4-8% improvement, it certainly doesn’t make it worse.

“The cattle vaccine still requires good industry and political leadership and still we are hearing all the reasons why it can’t take place instead of all the reasons how the problem could be resolved.”

It seems the coalition has more than enough to tackle with arguments over the logistics and effectiveness of the cull, its financial benefit, it’s dealings with the EU in approving and the role of a farmer in controlling their land.

As the winter draws in the creature in question heads southward to begins its underground winter holiday but the badger is the only one to put this debate on hold for the season.

Boardmasters: Interviews

I was fortunate to be granted three interviews from bands playing at Boardmasters festival this year and here they are in full.


Young Guns

Pulled Apart By Horses

Boardmasters: Review


Check out  my review of Boardmasters. Below’s review was published in September’s issue of Nerve Magazine, click on the image to read the whole magazine. Beneath that is the full review.

Published: Musos Guide

Those who took advantage of the festival’s helicopter rides must have had a blissful view of the sun beaming down on the tops of Newquay’s Watergate Bay – the musical home of Boardmasters 2012. Back for its 31st annual music, surf, skate festival, the Great British summertime happily disregarded its usual drizzly weather for those flocking to the ever popular event.
The activities began on Wednesday 8th kicking off with the sport events going down at Fistral beach accompanied by all new free day sessions of music followed by evening beach sessions with the likes of Real Big Fish and Xavier Rudd.
But it was the main weekend event which drew the thousands of people down to Newquay’s shores. Friday’s high shorts/shirts off weather saw the crowds disperse amongst the six main stages of this year’s festival.
Over the weekend the main stage saw likes of The Big Pink, Maximo Park, The Ting Tings, Delilah, Maverick Sabre and the real hero of Friday night had to be the fabulous Ed Sheeran. Holding the stage for an almighty two hour set, the young singer song writer admitted never playing for such a long festival set before but easily captured the throngs of Boardmasters fans enraptured with his voice. Laughing could also be heard with Ed as he brought the audience into his confidence telling of anecdotes. Even those who wouldn’t label themselves as Sheeran fans were found to be singing along to his chart smashing hits as he called on them to be his festival gospel choir.
For those who wanted to warm up out of the cool evening’s breeze, the Unleashed stage certainly let forth an energy created by Sway and headliner DJ Fresh. However if it was a night of dancing you were after, Saturday night main stage headliner Dizzee Rascal blew these two out of the water creating himself a class above the rest.
The East London rapper could not put a foot wrong as he belted out tunes ranging from classics like Jus’ a Rascal and Fix up Look Sharp to his recent chart toppers Bonkers, Dirtee Disco and Holiday. The crowds kept a constant bounce as the MC surged an unstoppable energy into them for his hour set.
With the main stage finishing up at about 11pm, those hyped up were able to expel this excitement with Radio One and 1Xtra DJ’s Zane Lowe and Misterjam. Zane controlled the Unleashed stage but it was Misterjam’s superb remixes at Marley Point which gave the ending Boardmasters deserved.
Aside from the Main stage, other popular acts of the weekend included The Young Guns and The Plastic Thumbs DJ set on the Relentless stage. CJ Beats also got the festival goers in the party spirit down at Marley Point, and Pulled Apart by Horses rocked the Vans stage.
Throughout the whole of the weekend, Boardmasters’ Watergate Bay site was also treated a taster of the sports happening down at Fistral at the Desperado’s mini half pipe ramp. With BMXs to skate boarders taking to the ramp for the change to earn some cash, the hilarious commentators definitely knew how to keep the attentions of every passer-by.
For those whose stomachs rumbled Boardmasters stalls represented possibly every kind of food imaginable. From traditional burgers, chips and fried chicken to pie stalls, vegetarian dishes, paella, cream teas and even ostrich burgers, Boardmasters clearly knew they how to cater from the homely to the exotic with this abundance of choice.
The overall vibe of Boardmasters is clear, they’re ever growing in popularity and ability to bring in great acts yet their home Cornish roots will always keep their heads above the tide of commercialism. Aside from the obvious sponsorships, the festival was kept clear of big names squashing out any local businesses.
This combination is guaranteed to keep bringing audiences from near and far returning to the sunny shores of Newquay for Boardmasters – it’s worked for 31 years, they must be doing something right.


Leopallooza: Review

The echoes of music, fun and laughter have been replaced to the gentle lowing of cows as Leopallooza VII draws its 2012 festival to a close. Their story began seven years ago when four avid music lovers wanted to create a festival with genuine intentions, fair prices, volunteering friends and a great atmosphere.  Leopallooza mark 7.0 proves their core values have not changed. They’re getting recognised for their work too with the Guardian this year naming it as a favourite boutique festival and one of the cheapest at that.

The DIY weekend snuggled away in The Wyldes of North Cornwall has left their followers with a warm fuzzy feeling of nostalgia as many didn’t want it to end with requests for next year’s early birds tickets.  It has been by far the biggest and most successful Leopallooza so far. Expanded by popular demand, music lovers were treated to an extra day with bands like BackBeat Soundsystem and Adventures of making the Friday night.

With everyone settled in by Saturday, the music was ready to kick the crowds into gear starting with Brother and Bones performing to audiences holding aloft unconventional crowd surfers in rubber dinghies. Later on the main stage saw the Man Like Me boys absolutely smash it, getting the crowds bouncing hard to their set and calling for encores whilst they clambered over the speakers and each other making full use of the stage. Of course the headline act Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip really made the night special and later tweeting and posting to Facebook “Leopallooza was dope, not sure we’ll play at a nicer festival for a long time!”

Of course the night couldn’t stop after the headliners retired. The Tree Line, this year’s open dance tent, kept the ravers going as long as they could last with eclectic remixes of chart toppers and popular new genres such as electro swing.

And if the music from the main stage, Beaver Bandstage and The Tree Line dance tent wasn’t enough, this year had another stage, The Rooks Nest, erected and playing home to Holland DJ Godden and The Goodtime Boys.  Another surprise to welcome to the Leopallooza fields was the roller disco, with adults and children alike revelling in the seventies nostalgia alongside the tunes of today.

As often comes with Sunday morning’s a hangover is much lovelier to nurse with chilled out music and great food. With a wonderful surprise guest of Newquay’s singer song writer Ruarri Joseph audiences munched of gourmet homemade crumpets and luxury crepes. Lucy Rose headlined the main stage with her delicate voice drawing the festivities to a close but it has to be Charlene Soraia who stole Sunday’s limelight. With only a few hours’ sleep, the dedicated performer chatted like friends and astounded audiences with her incredibly high vocal range.

The only complaints heard were of the energetic few wanting to party even harder into the early hours of the morning instead of sleeping. With memories of the iconic burning car, the bands and the audiences alike will not be forgetting Leopallooza in a hurry. We can only hope that Team ‘Pallooza keep delivering as they have each year so far.

Published: North Devon Journal

Published: Muso’s GuidePublished: 247 Magazine

Published: North Devon Journal Online

Review: Noah and The Whale & The Vaccines – Eden Sessions

Noah and The Whale. 11 July 2012

Noah and the Whale, more like Noah’s ark!” said one of the wittier members of the crowd as the rain came lashing down onto the tops of the exposed heads. Nevertheless, when the five piece indie folk band entered the stage the crowd’s enthusiasm was not dampened, as Life is Life proceeded to energise the masses.

Fulfilling all expectations of recognised formal attire, Charlie Fink led the group in slim fitting suits, ties and waistcoats – so much so even the roadies followed suit in tailored outfits.

Not too put off by the rain, Charlie roused the crowds into popular sing-alongs with their classics like L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N, Give a Little Love and Give it all back, while to prancing almost like a dainty antelope on the front stage platforms.

Despite the lack of Laura Marling’s charming vocals, the summer time tune 5 Years’ Time had by far the biggest crowd response of the set, with the audience going crazy for the child like fun lyrics of their first single.

With it being the first time Noah and the Whale have performed at the Eden grounds the band could help but comment on the ‘magnificence’ of the scenery with Charlie playfully suggesting  a water fight in the blazing heat of the jungle biomes.

Unlike The Vaccines‘ lead singer Justin Young, who in the set before Noah and the Whale revelled in the fact he was performing on the same stage that he had once watched Pulp perform on, back in 2002.

The Vaccines. 11 July 2012

After only releasing their debut album, What Did You Expect From The Vaccines, the crowd found it no trouble finding the words to belt out along with the West Londoners. Justin played the ace indie rock front man, confidently making use of the entire stage as they began their opening number Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra).

Rocking the denim look the lads had the throngs of captive listeners bouncing along to favourites like Post Break-Up Sex, Norgaard and Wetsuit – no the irony of the weather was not lost. Even when the band snuck in their soon to be new single Ghost Town, often the seen as the beer break time for some, the crowd failed to lose their energy. Someone even succeeded to persuade Justin to do the honours of announcing an eminent proposal in the crowds –the answer we are yet to find out.

With the Eden Project itself being a charity, it was hardly unwelcome that contributing to the festival atmosphere of the day the Biotik stage, set up in one of Eden’s iconic biomes, was hosted by MaK performers. Manchester Aid to Kosovo was set up in 1999 during the height of the ethnic cleansing campaign, and presented musicians throughout the day including Karmia Francis and The Travelling Band. The intimate stage captured the attentions of their own sizable audiences whilst promoting the Mak compilation album Ten featuring great Manchester artists.

Finishing off this year’s Eden Sessions, both headliners and the entire festival atmosphere reminds us of how the Eden Project hosts one of the best stages to see your favourite musicians take to the stage – even in the traditional British weather.

For more photos click here

Published: 24/7Magazine

Published: Musos Guide

Elaine’s Story – The Care Division

In a side project to our course studies, a group of journo’s and I agreed to create this video for the Care Division and Dot Community.

It is a video showing what Elaine’s life is like now she is out of institutional care and living within the Poole and Bournemouth community. It was the first time any of us had worked with someone with learning disabilities and made for an interesting and important learning experience.

Also we were pleased to be treated like a production company in our efforts, so as well as being paid for this production we also understood we needed to follow a client’s brief.

Although we all helped each other, our roles were roughly:

Director: Charlotte Gay

Editor: Alice Simons-Denville

Camera: Ben Tyrer

Sound: James Hibberd

For more information on Elaine’s life, I’ve written a small online feature about people with learning disabilities living in the community here.