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Nurses appeal gets a Fireman’s Lift

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Basildon firefighters gave Macmillan nurses a fundraising lift when they turned up at a charity quiz night on 21 August at Club Kingswood. The fundraiser sought to raise funds and awareness for the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Macmillan Team. The nurses’ team is an independent fundraising arm of Macmillan Support, so the money raised goes directly to the care of patients ... Read More »

Mike le Surf’s concerns over cuts in services for young people

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Mike le Surf, the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (Labour) for South Basildon and East Thurrock tells Yvonne of his concerns at the impact of Government cut-backs on young people. He also found time for a word or two about Scottish independence while having to hurry for his train at Liverpool Street. Read More »

Chicken with Tomatoes and Garam Masala

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Today’s Basil Spice recipe is a delightful blend of chicken, tomatoes, selected herbs, spices and with a tasty touch of garam masala to complete an Indian classic. Abbas says: This simple chicken dish is a great favourite with our children. I generally serve it with plain long-grain rice and whole green lentils, with garlic and onion. Serves 6 Ingredients: 5 tablespoons vegetable ... Read More »

Basil Spice Recipe: Chicken Korma

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Chicken Korma (chicken with cream) This rich creamy dish may be served with aubergine cooked in the pickling style* and rice. Serves 6: 31b (1Kg 350g) of jointed chicken parts, skinned 1 ½ teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons ground cumin seeds 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander seeds ½ teaspoon ground turmeric ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper Freshly ground black pepper 6-7 cloves ... Read More »

Apprentice Vacancy from the Job-Spot on Gateway 97.8


Basildon Computer Centre’s new shop in the Lower Galleries of the Eastgate Centre (just below Gateway 97.8′s studios) has a vacancy for an Apprentice Computer Technician. Call in at the shop or phone Paul on 07768 901944 for info. Read More »

Your Future -14


Your Future 14 — Helping young people into work As Basildon students await their GCSE results on Thursday, more than 20 regional organisations are working together to deliver a special careers event for the Borough’s young people. ‘Your Future 14’ is for local 15-19 year olds who feel they could benefit for some direction and careers guidance. Organised by Basildon Council, ... Read More »

Saag Aloo


This recipe for saag aloo (spinach with potato) from Basil Spice serves 4 – 6. You can hear Yvonne’s guest, Abbas, as broadcast on Good Afternoon. Ingredients: 20 oz (550g) (2 packets) frozen leaf spinach 1/2 pint (275ml) plus 2 tablespoons water 4 oz (110g) onions, peeled 5 tablespoons vegetable oil A pinch of ground asafœtida (optional)* 2 teaspoons whole ... Read More »

Opinion: Mayor Mo Vindicated

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Every now and then a headline story surfaces that proves to have been hardly worth a light. All too often it seems to be the case that political opponents and journalists succeed in making a mountain of a molehill with scant regard for the feelings of those unfairly attacked. For the background to this story, listen to Yvonne Read More »

DP World London Gateway — a Woman’s Place

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At one time the environment of a dockside would be the last place any self-respecting woman would want to work: heavy, dirty work, no job security, exposure to all weathers, poor conditions and pretty rough company being just a few of the drawbacks. How times have changed. Lisa Johnson is one of those women to have discovered a world of ... Read More »

Clare Panniker, Basildon Hospital Chief Exec Talking

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Clare Panniker, the Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital talks to Yvonne Williams during a frank and revealing interview. Read More »