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August 2012

Rugby? Help!

30th August 2012

Tomorrow I'm presenting the Soundtrack to your Workday between 10 and 2 instead of Home-Time as Adam Newstead and I are heading to London for a weekend away.  Not together as such but with the CEO of the company that owns KL.FM and a few other members of staff from other radio stations across the country who have also been chosen for their hard work and contribution.

As you may of heard or even seen KL.FM is part of UKRD, The number 1 Sunday Times Best Company to work for in 2012.  Aside from day to day life at KLFM which I love, it's also occasions like this that make our company stand out from any other I've ever worked for.  The whole weekend is paid for, travel, accommodation at a top swanky hotel, food, drinks and even the mini bar in my room.

However the reason we are in London is to spend the day in an executive box watching the opening two Rugby matches of the season at Twickenham, again it’s all paid for and very plush.  I'm very excited but what I know about Rugby you could write on the back of postage stamp. I love sport but have never really watched a lot of Rugby due to fact I was rubbish at it at school and always got hurt being the little lad. 

Here is where you come in; please help me understand the rules; send me some history on the London teams, who are playing, anything so I'm clued up for the day!  You can post a reply here or Tweet me via @simonrowe. 




Posted by Simon Rowe at 3:45pm



23rd August 2012

Last week it was A-Levels, today it was GCSE’s.  Today I spent another morning with the Headmaster, staff and students of Springwood, King’s Lynn as their big moment arrived.  The schools doors opened at 10AM for the very nervous and very keen students to find out if the hard work and study had paid off.  

It really was great to see so many happy students collecting their results that had no doubt been on the back of their minds all summer long, below are some of the happy faces.



Posted by Simon Rowe at 5:10pm


A visit to the Dentist

22nd August 2012

DENTISTToday I did something I haven't done in 6 years. Something I haven't done because to be honest I'm a big wimp.  Before tonight I hadn't had enough courage but my visit to dentist was unavoidable due to the lack of front teeth and my inability to say 'F', which to be fair is important when you work for a radio station called KL.FM.

As the clock ticked ever closer to 6pm I grew more and more apprehensive about by my impending appointment with the drills and needles.  My nervousness was not helped as KL.FM was playing in the waiting room and Tim Lewis who was covering my show thought it would be funny to play a dentist drill sound fx, much to the amusement of the other patients awaiting their turn in the chair.

"Mr Rowe" said the assistant, appearing from nowhere as she led me to my biggest fear. Once i was in the chair, on went the funky glasses, the bib and out came those tools; why do they make such a horrible noise? My only job was to lay back, open my mouth and grip the chair for dear life.




I knew the moment I’d been dreading was just seconds away when the dental nurse put that “sucky thing” in my mouth.  50 minutes later and after lots of drilling, polishing, sucking and scrapping, my chair was upright and my time with the dentist was done! I didn't get a sticker or anything but knew I was a good boy as I didn't stop the dentist, fidget or fuss once!

I'm pleased to say the whole experience didn't hurt one bit, the price didn't hurt my wallet either and was nowhere near as expensive as I'd expected. The other big surprise was all my other teeth are fine and that I don't need to go again for 6 months, ok it's 5 years and 6 months sooner than this time, but now I know there is nothing to fear!

A massive thank to you everyone at "...Dentist in Gaywood", see you Friday with the doughnuts!

I'm off to brush my teeth, speak tomorrow at 2pm (-:

Posted by Simon Rowe at 9:45pm


Football - Linnets vs Chase Town

19th August 2012

On Saturday the Linnets played their 1st game in the Evo-Stick Division One South (Northern Leauge) in the blistering summer sunshine.

King's Lynn took the 3 points in a hard fought 90 minutes after Dunkley’s super cool 66th minute goal which I just about managed to capture on my Iphone. See the video of the goal and the interview with manager Gary Setchell below.



Manager Gary Setchell's video thoughts on the game are below.



Posted by Simon Rowe at 8:55am


Ingoldisthorpe and more doughnuts

17th August 2012

I spent the day in IngoldisthorpeIngoldisthorpe today.

 The sun was shining and the brand new village sign looked great on the green. The money for the sign was raised by the Women's Institute to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.

 Just opposite the sign, the footy pitch was looking good ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) match. Good Luck Ingoldisthorpe FC! - It's their first match on actual home turf in two years, previously hosting home games in nearby Snettisham, Old Hunstanton and West Lynn.

There's a fun day at 1pm with a bouncy castle, stalls and face painting at the field to celebrate.



I also met lots of locals including the Roye Sisters who invited me to sit with them during their picnic, they didn’t ask me to play rounders!



Tomorrow I'll be at the Walks watching King's Lynn Town FC in their 1st match of the season, if you are there too, please come and say Hi.  If you aren't going you can keep up-to-date-with my tweets via @simonrowe on Twitter.


Have a great weekend!



Posted by Simon Rowe at 5:35pm


Springwood Exams

16th August 2012





This morning I visited Springwood High School in King’s Lynn to offer some support to the students collecting their exam results and to say every emotion was in the air would be an understatement!  So much happiness, relief and so many tears of joy from everyone made the morning an experience I won’t forget and one that the schools staff no doubt experience every single year. 

I spoke to the school’s headmaster, the head of 6th form and maths before the results were released to the students and I got the idea that there was going to be lots of smiley faces, and there most defiantly were!

Well done to everyone.



If you are wondering why I’m smiling and holding a certificate that’s my pass from when I re-took my GCSE Maths again back when I was hosting the KL.FM Breakfast with Claire, I never got round to picking it up!



So you have said goodbye to school, you have your results and the rest of the summer is ahead of you...but now what?

If you have achieved the grades you expected UCAS will automatically update the status of offers for the universities or colleges you applied to online.

If your exam results are better than you expected you may be able to use 'Adjustment'. This service is accessed through Track and allows applicants who meet and exceed the conditions of their firm choice to reconsider where and what to study while retaining the option of their original place.

If you haven't got the results you were hoping for DO NOT worry. There are other options available through UCAS. Or alternatively you can re-sit some exams over summer.

If you did not get the results you wanted but still want to apply for university or college you can do it through 'Clearing'.

Students who want to consider a Clearing place can start looking at courses with vacancies from early in the morning on Thursday 16th August.  You can find a list of universities and colleges with free places on the UCAS website or in the Telegraph.  You should then contact the university or college directly and discuss the course and vacancy with them.  Then from 5pm on Thursday 16th August you can make a formal application through Clearing through UCAS.

Some top tips...

  • Make sure that you are available to speak to universities and colleges - treat your Clearing application like a job application - deal with it yourself. Don't leave it to your parents or friends to sort out.
  • Start contacting the universities and colleges about the courses that interest you as soon as you can. An institution that is interested in you will ask for details such as your Clearing number and your Personal ID. You will probably also be asked questions about your exam results.
  • When looking at courses through Clearing - make sure that the content of the course meets your needs, and check the entry requirements.
  • Visit UCAS Connect which brings you the digital side of UCAS. It's the home of the online advice and tips about applying to university and college. Why not try following @ucas_online or @ucasclearing on Twitter for the latest updates?
  • If you need help applying through Clearing or have a query about your application, you can contact the UCAS helpline on 0871 468 0 468. Lines are open from 07:00 - 19:00 from results day.
  • For independent advice on the full range of post-exam options, you can call the Exam Results Helpline on 0808 100 8000. Lines are open from 08:00 - 20:00 on results day.

Please use the comment button to say well done, say "Hi" or congratulate your friends. 



Posted by Simon Rowe at 4:19pm


A day in Dersingham

15th August 2012


Another day of 'Doughnuting' in Dersingham... Dersingham

Posted by Simon Rowe at 6:10pm


King's Lynn Community Football - Ability Counts

14th August 2012



KLCF delivers sporting opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through its Saturday morning club. The club offers individuals with a range of learning and physical disabilities the chance to socialize and keep active through a safe and friendly football programme. Sessions are led by our caring and experienced FA qualified coaches, enabling players to learn and develop new skills with confidence.

 Listen to KLCF's Podcast








Posted by Simon Rowe at 6:54pm


Do you like free food?

14th August 2012

When I woke up this morning I was dreading my trip to the Heacham and Snettisham as the sky was very grey and looked like it was about to spring a major leak, but on my arrival it was lovely and sunny if a little muggy.  Loaded with doughnuts and cookies I once again made lots of new friends including these very beautiful people pictured below.

 Heachem Snettisham

Hello to everyone at the Old Bank Bistro, Stockley’s Pharmacy, The Jet Garage on the A149, the girls at Chatterbox, Heachem Building Supplies, Pet’s Emporium, Snettisham Village Store, Cutting Crew, Rachel at Scatty Cat Crafts and the team at 86 Hair, Nails & Tanning.


Place a comment below if you would like me to come see you with FREE FOOD!



Posted by Simon Rowe at 4:01pm



13th August 2012

The 2012 Olympics were amazing, but not all of it went to plan!  Enjoy this little video I found on You Tube!


Posted by Simon Rowe at 6:50pm


Si's Summer Holiday

13th August 2012

This year we decided to stay in the UK rather than travel to somewhere hot due to a lack of pennies and opted, after much hunting, to rent a cottage in Yorkshire for a fSi's Summer Holidayew days during the kids summer holiday. From our base in a wonderful little village called Howarth we visited lots of top attractions in and around the area. We were so 'Jet-Set' visiting such glorious locations as Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford and Thirsk. If you get the chance you must take the kids to Water world, it’s an awesome indoor water park with so many slides you won't know which one to try next and the most awesome whirlpool which if you not careful can end up in all afternoon trying to get out. Thanks to our Sister station Minster FM and their 'Half-Price days out we visited Camelot Theme Park where I enjoyed the Jousting and the Log Flume, but by far the best family day out was the free one at Bradford's Media Museum; WOW is all I can say, the kids loved reading the weather and the news, they got to film a soap opera, play retro computers and so much more. Another attraction at the museum was the Super Hi-Def demonstration which was showing some of the best Olympic moments from the crowd’s point of view; it was the closest I imagine you could possibly get to actually being in the stadium. The day was topped off with seeing "The Dark Knight Rises" in the IMAX which again was out of this world.

 After a week with the kids the wife & I spent a day, just us, at the races where a win on the 1st race paid for my losses over the next 6 races, it didn't however cover the stupid amount of money they were charging for Pimms and Strawberries!


Si's Summer Holiday

Posted by Simon Rowe at 12:54pm



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