Monthly Archives: December 2019

Adriana Davoli joins John this Tuesday on Afternoon Delight 17th December


Adriana Davoli joins John this Tuesday on Afternoon Delight 17th December We will discuss Yoga and Mindfulness Adriana felt in love with yoga practice and its philosophy when she was 14 years old. Yoga has absolutely changed her life; helped me to live happier, healthier emotionally and physically. Adriana feels privileged to be a yoga teacher and to have an opportunity to pass this ancient wisdom to other people. Summary of work experiences relevant to Yoga teaching: 2012-2015 I studied and worked under supervision of Jackie Lee- British Wheel of Yoga teacher; my responsibilities were to manage part of class, to provide suitable adjustments and to teach class as supply when needed. 2013-to present teaching yoga to teenagers (age 11 to 19); and to teaching staff members in Kingsmead secondary school, Enfield, EN1 1YQ 2015-to present –supply teacher in North London Yoga – yoga for beginners, general hatha yoga, hot yoga and dynamic yoga, ashtanga 2017-to present – I have opened my own ARYA yoga studio. I am teaching small groups and one to one sessions. Sessions are design to address the clients’ individual needs. Summary of qualifications relevant to Yoga teaching:

Lauren Lucille and her music 10th December Afternoon Delight 1 to 3 pm

Lauren Lucille shares her love and life lessons and stories through a musical fusion of folk/jazz/pop. She has a sassy, soulful and versatile voice and either plays solo or with a band!

​Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, Lauren was surrounded by music from an early age. Her original musical inspiration came from her parents, in particular the musical family of her mother, renowned jazz vocalist Sharny Russell. She could often be found at her mother’s gigs, learning how to swing before she even knew what swing was.

Lauren’s songwriting started at the age of ten, and through her teens, Lauren was writing folk and pop songs on guitar and piano. She is now acknowledged by her peers as a great composer and performer and was twice a finalist in the QMusic Awards for two of her jazz compositions.  James Morrison the great Australian trumpet player added one of Lauren’s compositions to his ‘best of jazz’ list for QANTAS international and national inflight entertainment!  She is blessed with a magnificent voice, a sound grasp of harmony and sophisticated rhythmic sense.

Lauren has been performing professionally since 2006 firstly around Australia, and since her move to Europe in 2013, mostly in London, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Vienna.   Her desire is to travel and sing and ‘to make people feel something’ with her music.  She has performed in the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival (Brisbane), Yeppoon Village Festival, WOMAD (UK) and Jazztime (Germany).

Lauren launched her 2012 all original album ‘Hidden Here’ produced by Garry Smith to a sold out theatre (200 people) in July 2012, and had an encore launch to which 100 people attended.  This album has been received well by the general public and also radio stations across Australia including ABC.  The genre is mostly melancholy jazz with pop influences using a jazz quartet and string trio.

And finally, in 2019, Lauren released her second all original album ‘Let Go’ produced by one of UKs top pop and jazz producers – Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter). This has more pop influences using electric guitars, a moog and a hammond.

Lauren will tour this new album in 2019/2020 and she is still doing jazz gigs and solo gigs in London and Germany.


Helen Best Shaw joins John Smeeton and Frances this Tuesday 3rd December

Helen is a freelance food writer & photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines.
We will talk about the preparations for Christmas as this year, it’s time to banish your festive fears; with a little menu planning you can be ready to take it all in your stride. We have all the necessary recipes for the perfect Christmas dinner, along with all the other festive accoutrements you might need including Christmas biscuits, cranberry sauce, dinner party ideas and wickedly potent Christmas cocktails. Looking to up your side dish game? We asked a whole host of the UK’s best chefs for their favourites, and we’ve got plenty of recipes to browse if you’re after a little Italian flavour this year over on Great Italian Chefs. Read on; from icing the cake to keeping stockings stuffed with edible gifts, our guides, recipes and menu ideas will see you through every stage of the Christmas season.