Apr 262012
 

Graeme Logan packs in the guests for Brunch between 10am and 2pm on Thursday:

Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

Comedian Backs Award Winning Website

The search term ‘I Want To Die’ is currently averages 33100 Google searches a month in the UK. 1000 of these are part of the search term ‘I hate myself and I want to die’. ‘How do I kill myself’ is averaging 22200 UK searches a month.

These shocking statistics were uncovered during the preparations for a comprehensive restructuring and revamping of www.studentdepression.org – an award-winning and widely-used website offering clinically-validated self-help information and resources to students affected by depression.

Alexander Armstrong, who experienced the pain of losing a friend to suicide when he was a student, is supporting the revamped website which launches today (26th April 2012).

The updated site is launched in the week that students return for the summer term – known to be one of the main risk periods for student suicide when university and college support services are recommended to pay particular attention to their availability. However, this comes during a period when counsellors and mental health advisors have already been reporting increased demand from students for their services against a background of cuts or underinvestment in many university and college student support services.

Large numbers have used the site since its launch, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. A recent example was this young man in the 17-21 age group who said:

Thank you so much for creating this site i had been depressed for 2 years, as a kid I thought it was as made up term and it would never affect me ever, but the constant negative thought loops, unable to function, unable to eat, sleeping for 14 hours, hate and self harm + increasing drug use were turning me into a person i hated more and more…
reading through this site helped me identify and cope with these feelings, why i had them and how to just let go of them,.. yeah the people that made this site probably saved my life, so thanks guys/girls 🙂

The site is also used and appreciated by non-students, and is now set to be found by even more of the 823,000 UK monthly searchers for ‘What Is Depression’ and the 14,800 searching ‘Am I Depressed’

Alexander Armstrong studied at Durham School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1992, while at Cambridge, he and Ben Miller, were both were in Cambridge Footlights, and they formed the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller.

The Armstrong and Miller Show has been shown on both the BBC and Channel 4. It won them a BAFTA in 2010 and led to a live tour and a book deal.

Alexander and Ben Miller came together once again for Felix and Murdo, a studio-based sitcom set in 1908, the year the Olympics first came to London. The pilot was broadcast on Channel 4 in December 2011.

Working solo, Alexander is a frequent guest host on the BBC’s satirical panel game show Have I Got News For You. He had a starring role as Reg Arwell in 2011’s Christmas Day episode of Doctor Who opposite Matt Smith and Karen Gillan and hosed a comedy panel show called Alexander Armstrong’s Big Ask on Dave from February 2012.

Out in September this year is Julia Davis’ new black comedy Hunderby which Alexander has just completed filming. The programme is being shown on Sky HD and is set in the 1800’s

Gonzalez

During the early to mid-1970s you could find yourself packed shoulder to shoulder with a group of like-minded music-loving strangers in numerous sweaty little London clubs watching the wonderful Gonzalez and listening to their fantastic blend of Latin jazz funk fusion.

By 1977 they had found an audience among disco enthusiasts with the song ‘Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet’. The bands one and only Top Twenty Hit was recorded in 1977 and was written for the group by U.S soul singer Gloria Jones, the girlfriend of Marc Bolan. The track reached #26 on the Billboard Top 100 and a remix of the song reached #7 on the US Club Play chart and #15 in the UK singles chart. They are also talking about their new single released this year.

Duncan McCrone - ColourblindDuncan McCrone

‘Colourblind’ is the superb and long awaited follow-up album to ‘All You Need to Know’ from Duncan McCrone. Duncan is no new comer to music, he is a Glasgow-born singer-songwriter with over thirty-five years experience of live performance both solo and with a variety of traditional bands.

Hazel Jade

Aged just 16 years old, Hazel Jade has already crammed more into her music career than artists three times her age.

Quoted as having the potential to be another Rhianna or Britney, Hazel Jade was the youngest artist to perform live with her own songs at Ruby Sessions in Dublin; this record was previously held by Ed Sheeran. Since then, she has gone on to have a song placed in the MTV library, a track published in the USA, and currently has a song in the final three for consideration in an American movie. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.

The Cry Baby

Talking about the new single Antibodies


Zack Knight

Zack Knight

Brunch on Friday 10-12pm

Zack Knight

Zack is being hailed as the next Jay Sean. The 21 year old is British born of Eastern descent and is the UK’s newest multi-talented, singer, songwriter and producer.

Paul Freeman

Paul was born in Newport, South Wales. Named after Paul McCartney, his songs are impeccable crafted, rich and well rounded. He has written songs with Mark Owen (Take That) and hatched ideas that would later come to fruition on Take That’s Circus Circus album.

Paul re-located to Los Angeles where he played guitar with Shania Twain and later James Blunt who asked him to play on his hit single “You’re Beautiful”. He has also headed out on a succession of US tours, opening for Los Lobos, Joe Cocker and Todd Rundgren who said “If there was any justice Paul Freeman would be a household name”.

Paul returned to the UK and signed to Universal Estupendo Records and was handpicked to support Roger Dalty on his UK and US tours. In late March 2012, Daltry asked Paul to play with him at a charity show. He found himself onstage at a packed Royal Albert Hall, performing his new single “Tightrope”, backing Roger Daltry, Amy McDonald, Steve Winwood and jamming with Ronnie Wood!

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