Who was CRIB Advisors Mentors Singapore, Women networking Singapore?


We envision a society where women, particularly mothers, are able to achieve work-life balance – having a fulfilling career while making family a priority – and where women entrepreneurs are part of a vibrant community with a robust support ecosystem, enabling them to create successful businesses, especially enterprises which create a social impact.


Our mission is to empower women to obtain self-fulfillment and financial independence, build strong families, and benefit the economy and society at large, by helping them to start sustainable, socially-minded businesses.   Our long term goal is to successfully introduce CRIB to other countries, especially developing nations, where entrepreneurship significantly impacts the lives of women at the bottom of the pyramid – many of whom are the main (or even sole) breadwinners for their families.  We believe CRIB can give these enterprising women the opportunity, network and know-how to start viable, sustainable businesses as well.


We help women entrepreneurs by:

  1. Creating a community of like-minded women to form a support and business network,
  2. Providing invaluable guidance and advice from our experienced and successful CRIB mentors,
  3. Helping to obtain funding whether through government grants or private investors, and
  4. Providing a database of trusted business resources and services

We recognize the significant contribution that women provide to the economy and to society, and we benefit the economy by helping women develop viable businesses, creating jobs, and increasing productivity

We create a community of understanding employers who are mothers themselves and thus, provide greater work-life balance oriented employment opportunities for other women and mothers-to-be

We want to change the mindset of society as a whole:

  1. To recognize the importance and strive towards the creation of work-life balance,
  2. To view being an involved mother while contributing financially to the family and society as a viable option, and
  3. To increase the willingness of women to start families

We aim to help the women in CRIB build strong, loving family relationships; and where possible, contribute to an increase in Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate aka more babies!

We support businesses that are conducted responsibly, ethically and morally. In choosing businesses to support, we will have a preference towards social enterprises


CRIB fulfills a societal need. We aim to create successful women entrepreneurs with profitable and sustainable businesses.   In so doing, we can help:

  • Individuals achieve fulfillment in their lives,
  • Strengthen families by providing mothers with work-life-balance, and
  • Benefit society by creating a positive mindset change, increasing economic output, introducing innovative businesses and social enterprises, and raising Singapore’s Total Fertility Rate

As a social impact business, CRIB endeavors to reinvest all returns towards sustaining and growing our operations, with a portion of finances channeled towards complementary social causes that benefit women entrepreneurs.

New Mothers Support Group Singapore: Sensory Play & Art at Tanderra

Recognized as a fundamental element to early development, sensory play and art sessions at Tanderra are a fun way for your child to be engaged and messy in a safe, child focused environment.

Facilitated by qualified early childhood educators, sessions include water, paint, sand and more, and offer children an opportunity to stimulate their senses as they discover and explore the world around them.

This event will take place on the 1st Friday of every month.

Ages: 6 months to 3 years

Time: 9.30am to 11.00am

Cost: $15/child (includes tea/coffee for mum)

Please register for this event via the NMSG Meetup group

New Mothers Support Group Singapore looks forward to seeing you there.

Location: Art Pegola @ Tanderra, Block 73 Loewen Road, #01­21, Singapore 248843 www.tanderrasingapore.com

Dates 2016

Friday 2 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 4 November

Friday 2 December


Nicole O’Connor

The Hay Group Singapore on Pharma deals don’t have to threaten innovation

In pharma, the big story of the spring and summer has been M&A. The drama began in April with an asset swap between GSK and Novartis. The most recent headline grabbers have been inversion deals like AbbVie’s $54 billion acquisition of Shire.

All this deal activity is a potential threat to innovation. Why? During a deal, it’s easy to overlook the intangible drivers of development: people and culture.

Deal mania makes it easy to forget that people and the way they work together are the main drivers of innovation. Drug development is a team sport, and the way the players interact is a major factor in achieving success. Too often, deals break up environments that have made innovation possible.

M&A integrations also create atmospheres of anxiety within a company that dampen R&D productivity. When layoffs occur—or wind of them blows through an organization—people focus less on their jobs and more on job security. The threats to innovation don’t end there:

  • R&D budgets shrink, jobs are cut and research projects dry up.
  • Researchers have to adjust to a new team and a new work environment.
  • When two distinct research cultures merge, it can destroy delicate ‘ecosystems’ of climate and culture that support scientific discovery.

Integration doesn’t have to harm innovation. But you have to stay focused on people.

So with our most recent white paper “Keep your innovation from walking out the door” we want to share three key people strategies to keep innovation rolling.

Source: blog.haygroup.com/

Careers at BGC Partners Limited Tokyo

Our Employees are central to BGC’s business strategy and recruiting and retaining top tier talent is vital to our success and the reputation of our brand.

Our dynamic, fast paced global business provides a challenging career opportunity for both graduates and experienced financial markets employees looking for rapid career progression. Our flat structure and meritocratic approach enable our people to really make their mark and gain maximum exposure across the business.

If you are looking for a unique employment experience, then we are the employer for you. BGC Partners Limited Tokyo is actively recruiting for a diverse range of opportunities. BGC Partners Limited Tokyo offer competitive pay/benefits packages and a work environment committed to professional growth. BGC and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers.

Bacall Development: How to find a good commercial property

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re looking for a commercial property. Finding the perfect property for your business can be difficult, so Bacall Development advise you to keep reading to help you search for the right one.

Location can set a great difference to the kind of business you own. Not every business rely on location for the success of their business. If you depend on customer contact in a retail setting, then be in a place that is accessible to your customers because it could affect the success (or failure) of your business.

You may choose a location that offers a peaceful environment if you don’t see clients that much. Your staff will be more focused to do their tasks with serene surroundings. Creating a home office is also advisable to save on operating costs and provide potential tax savings if you’re not expecting visits from your customers and don’t have any employees in site.

Size is also an important factor to consider, based on reviews gathered by Bacall Development and its associates. See to it that the property fits perfectly to the kind of business you have. To avoid added expenses because of retrofitting, make sure that the place has been outfitted with wiring to complement your communication and electrical needs. You should know the zoning ordinances of the place as well.

Even though the location has high rent but is accessible to your potential customers and meets the needs of your business, then it is perfect for the growth of your enterprise. It’s good for a retail business owner to place its business near similar businesses according to reviews. Ensure that the property offers comfort and safety to your customers.

You can find affordable properties through courthouses and get a list of business closings or property foreclosures. Consider different alternatives as well such as buying a lot and have control over the construction and design, leasing a build-to-suit, and renting an existing space.

Consulting a real estate broker can help you find a commercial property and lessen your options. If there are places that interest you, better visit them in person to assess some issues that may affect your business such as competition, traffic, and overall convenience.

But if you’re not the type that likes to go in different places by foot, you can search available properties online through real estate websites. Bacall Development wants you to act quickly in case you already found the right one for you and your business because a good commercial property does not stay available for long.

Simple Investment Tips for Women

“A woman’s best protection is a little money of her own.” – Clare Boothe Luce

Majority of women are independent individuals; thus they take charge of their money and manage their own financial stress. However, if you’re having a hard time doing so, online financial blog prepared some simple and easy tips on how to handle investment and your personal finance.

Apparently, every woman in the world doesn’t want to get widowed or divorced; however, the possibility is there. You should always be prepared and learn to do everything yourself, especially handling your money. You should have a deeper understanding of financial investment because you don’t want to get into trouble with your personal finances, right? Everyone wants to reach her financial goals. It’ll be better to take charge of your money and make wise investment decisions at an early age. If you don’t have sufficient knowledge about personal finances, it’s only natural that you’ll fear investing money, plus the fact that you don’t want to make the wrong investment decisions.

If the economy is unstable, a lot of investors get worried about their financial funds. However, when it comes to money management, women are usually more emotional than men.

Studying each financial investment should be your first assignment. You should keep your worries and fears at bay. You can’t made the right financial decisions if you don’t understand the financial figures. In order to eradicate emotions from a decision and be more logical, it’s really important to understand your personal finances.

Your second assignment will be determining your financial growth and progress. Focus on how far you’ve come instead of taking a look at where you want to be. Each year, make your own 3 to 5 financial goals, and at the end of the year, check to see if you’re still taking charge of your money. Your financial goals may include a raise or job promotion; increase your 401k contribution by 1% or lower your budget and save more. Each financial success is worth celebrating, just do your best and trust yourself.

For your last assignment, identify where you would like to go financially. But first you should know how much money you have. Some women have no idea what they actually have for investments. A financial planner can be a huge help to you, and if you’re working with one, allow her to explain your investments until you understand them, regardless how long it takes. You need to understand what you’re paying for the investment; so always ask about the fees. If you do necessary research and understand them, you can manage your own investments very well. Research each fund on the web to make sure you’re choosing the best money management possible when you’re deciding your 401k allocation. Evaluating your time frame, financial need and investment risk tolerance are the basics of a solid financial plan.

Some women just need a little push to discover what they’re capable of. Remember that having negative thoughts will only consume that little light of hope in your heart. You just need to understand the facts, your goals, the time-schedule, and your risk tolerance. You can establish a better plan if you have a deeper understanding on those things, and you’ll be in a better shape than you think. Move forward and reach your financial goals using this knowledge.

Everyone is facing money stress, not just women. Financial disorder also makes even the experts wonder if their strategies are sustainable. Cope with the changes in the market and your new financial reality by developing a careful financial plan. This will put you ahead of the pack.

Welcome to Insurance Fraudulent Claims Investigators

Welcome to Claim Investigators, a venture of Greves Verification Solutions (GVS) DMCC, DUBAI – UAE; a group with wide range of risk management services with a separate division of insurance Claim investigative services. The Company is proud to have our partners and associates in more than 115 countries and our network is spread in all dimensions of Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America and South America by covering even the remotest locations. The Company here to serve you and to replace your uncertain decision while remitting any claim. Our services are specially design to protect the Insurance sector. The Insurance sector is very wide and the company through our services tries to curb the fraudulent activities assisting the sector on every step.

Claim Investigators have experienced and trained partners/associates across the globes that have expertise for investigating the insurance claims with wide vision. They are holding good reputation and are known in their respective locale especially to tackle difficult situations. This makes us unique for providing the best services and with quick results. Our team of Claim investigators promises to serve clients round the clock, while you are in any corner of the globe. The Company follows a simple process while documenting the case but through proper analyzing and directions. Claim Investigators tackle each case with different Modus-Operandi and with this specialization; Claim Investigators undertake all kind of insurance investigation matters ranges from Insurance Fraudulent Claims Investigations, Accidental Benefits/Vehicle Crash Claims, Life Insurance Claim Investigations, Third-Party Claim Investigations, Fatal Accident Investigations, Death Verifications and Medi-Claims Investigations and other claim related issues.

Our services are retained by many insurance companies and they are a witness to the fact that they have gained the benefits of our services. Claim Investigators successfully verify the legitimacy of the claims, identifying the liable fraud, false claims and provide better risk management service of Insurance sector. Claim Investigators always believe that investigation should be conducted in a manner that the company obtains all evidences relevant to save our client’s money. Our teams of investigators in each country are professional and capable to figure out the true facts so that the company helps our clients to save a big amount of money. The claim investigations mainly are conducted through open enquiries but if the need arises we make discreet investigations with complete confidentiality. As an important part of every claim investigation, our investigators put in their bets of efforts to trace the witnesses. There are numerous cases where we abstract the details through different language transcript and our translators compile the reports by translating the reports. The Company always makes sure that our reports are compiled with proper statements and provide the end results. Claim Investigators always keep the clients budget into consideration but with real outcome. In few cases, our team has obtained relevant evidences of actual status of the claim which are far costlier than it’s worth. Claim Investigators are well equipped with latest equipment for surveillance which helps us in giving our best and satisfying services.

Claim Investigators always try our level best to guide and help Insurance industry by handling the growing problems of Insurance Frauds. If you feel suspicious about a claim, The Company is there to assist you. Our only aim is to serve our clients and provide solutions by suggesting the best ways to curb the fake claims. With our expertise and skills the company makes it harder for the bogus claimant to succeed. To avail our services based on your need and desirability, kindly contact us on info@claiminvestigators.com according to your requirement and suitability.

Taller de dibujo y pintura para niños de Mossack Fonseca

Gracias al Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), hijos de los colaboradores del Grupo Mossack Fonseca disfrutaron de talleres gratuitos

ARTE | Gracias al Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), hijos de los colaboradores del Grupo Mossack Fonseca disfrutaron de talleres gratuitos de dibujo y pintura dictados por instructores expertos. Esta actividad forma parte del programa educativo del museo denominado ‘EducArte – Los niños unidos por el arte’ y está dirigido a niños y jóvenes de diferentes edades con la intención de darles una visión positiva y emprendedora del mundo que los rodea y, sobre todo, despertar la creatividad de cada individuo.

Redacción La Estrella de Panamá periodistas@laestrella.com.pa

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Meir Ezra: The Honest Way to Get Rich

Meir Ezra –You can get everything you want in life as long as you give others enough of what they want. If you give nothing of value, you get nothing of value. Your method of exchange determines your wealth.

The type of exchange you use determines your financial success. Nothing else you do has a greater impact on your income. L. Ron Hubbard outlines the four types of exchange.

“1. First consider a group which takes in money but does not deliver anything in exchange. This is called rip-off.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Examples of this first condition of exchange:

— You pay a $1,000 deposit for a new car. The dealer goes bankrupt. You get no car and no refund.

— A plumber loosens a pipe, shows you the “leak,” tightens the fitting, makes noise, charges you $159.

— Someone in your office avoids doing work. Lots of excuses, lots of smoke screen, no work, full pay.

This first exchange condition is basically theft. The second exchange condition is cheating.

“2. Second is the condition of partial exchange. The group takes in orders or money for goods and then delivers part of it or a corrupted version of what was ordered.” — L. Ron Hubbard


— County fair booth promises to show you a two-headed cow, but actually shows an odd-looking skeleton.

— The “$99 Dream Vacation Package” turns out to be a smelly motel room by the freeway.

— Instead of working, an employee reads a magazine, surfs the net or makes personal calls while being paid.

“3. The third condition is the exchange known, legally and in business practice, as `fair exchange.’ One takes in orders and money and delivers exactly what has been ordered.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Most successful companies and individuals use this principle. Examples:

— You pay for a dozen fresh eggs, you get a dozen fresh eggs.

— A $10-per-hour employee works 40 hours of normal work and is paid $400.

— You pay your power bill and get electricity.

“4. The fourth condition of exchange is not common but could be called exchange in abundance. Here one does not give two for one or free service but gives something more valuable than money was received for.” “This fourth principle above is almost unknown in business or the arts. Yet it is the key to howling success and expansion.” — L. Ron Hubbard

Individuals and businesses who use this fourth method of exchange flourish when others are in trouble.

— You pay an artist for a painting who then frames it for you at no extra charge.

— You invest with a real-estate group expecting a 12% return each year and get 15% instead.

— An employee not only does all of her own work, she trains a new employee, works on her day off when another employee calls in sick and assumes new management responsibilities without demanding more pay.

Employees who give more than expected receive promotions, raises, bonuses and extra benefits. Job security is excellent as they are valuable to the company.

Businesses that exchange in abundance get more referrals than anyone. Investors are anxious to buy its stock. Customer loyalty is guaranteed.

At first, giving more than expected seems unfair. You give extra effort without recognition. You add value to your work or products without anyone noticing.

Yet eventually, you rise to the top. People like working with you above others. Your company is selected above the competition. You earn a reputation of being more than fair.

Instead of trying to get more, work on giving more as your method of operation and see what happens!

Gilles Peterson Worldwide Blog on Happy New Year // Gilles P Looking Back On 2011

Not sure if it’s new or old but I just watched this LENNONYC doc on the plane. Really good – Yoko is amazing throughout – a really good insight to a remarkable artist.

So here we are again, as the clock ticks on and a new year kicks in… 2012 should be amazing for us east Londoners as the Olympics are coming! It’s gonna be big – I’m not leaving Hackney in August. I wanna take it all in… even if I never managed to get tickets… and Lord did I try!

I’m playing in Jakarta for NYE – I played here 2 years ago and loved it – and the thought of a few days in the sun was too good to miss, especially after the madness of the last month.

I’m going to announce the shortlist for the Worldwide Awards on Tuesday… by the way, in case you didn’t know – the shortlist is chosen by a panel of ‘esteemed’ music fans who happen to know each other through the Browns wood Forum. We had our annual meeting just before Christmas and spent a few hours discussing the year in music… so it’s not entirely my list, but a well discussed ‘Mercury Prize’ style breakdown. All roads lead to the awards on 21st Jan at Koko – be quick if you want tickets as it’s gonna be sold out within the next few days I’m sure.

2011 has been unforgettable for me. Firstly, and most importantly from a personal point of view, I completed a marathon. Yes I know – completely boring to anyone who doesn’t run, but to me a landmark moment completing in 4 hours 44… and I have to say going past Big Ben in the final straight is up there with the greatest moments of my life (next to drinking Romanee Conti 1961 and the birth of my kids!!). Next stop Tokyo marathon Feb 26 (oh shiiiiit!)

Obviously, I fell back into my DJ being, but at least I managed to do something that got me into shape and also attracted interest to the Steve Reid Foundation which was set up to aid musicians and celebrate the spirit and work of a great master. The Foundation will continue to work alongside the Musicians Benevolent

Fund this year. We released a tribute record put together by Nick
Woodmansey and his group Emanative – it’s gone down really well – and many thanks also to Kieren Hebden for a great edit and heavy sponsorship of my run!

I want to thank Ayian as well, who has been working closely on how to develop the Foundation – we’re going to broadcast a ‘drumathon’ when the new “Brownswood studio” is completed around April time… watch this space.

Talking of Brownswood, as you may know I moved out of the building in April for a much needed renovation – it was meant to take 4 months but as with most projects like this, its taken 3 times that long! It’s also meant that I’ve been working from boxes this year and haven’t been able to record radio shows and interviews in the same homely comfort as before – so you can imagine how happy I’ll be when the place is ready for a whole new lift off – cannot wait.

This year kicked off with the release of the latest book that I’ve worked on with Stuart Baker from Soul Jazz: Bossa Nova and the rise of Brazilian Music in the 60′s – if you don’t have one already, where have you been! You can get it HERE. We’re currently working on something Latin, taking in Cuba and everything Nuyorican – hopefully something will come out this year. These books are such fun to do and help me reacquaint myself with my record collection.

Cuba has been another regular destination of mine these last couple of years – so it was great to get another chance to develop my relationship with that country and its musicians. For the second volume of the Havana Cultura series which came out in the Autumn I went over with Vince Vella, Simbad and Mala to add some different spices – January recordings with Roberto Fonseca allowed me some time to work on arrangements and go back in April to complete. Mala even played a DMZ set on a night off and true Dubstep (not Skrillex!!) landed in Havana – memorable! Mala’s version of Havana Cultura will come out in the spring – it’ll blow your head off!

We toured the project this autumn too – great shows in Berlin and Istanbul amongst others – and big thanks to the whole band for making it such a laugh – with Fonseca unavailable for the live shows I was a bit worried, but thankfully Roberto Carcasses did his thing and the project took on a whole new vibe. By the way Roberto Fonseca recorded a new album in Paris (which I partly co-produced) and it sounds amazing – great collabs with Mike Ladd and Fatoumata Diawara amongst others.

Label wise we had a good one at Brownswood – well, good considering hardly anyone buys records anymore! Ghostpoet went from strength to strength and even got nominated for a Mercury and the Owiny Sigoma Band delivered a staggering Kenyan/London mash-up – the most memorable show being in Brussels during the early summer – big up to Lefto for pulling out the stops at lightning speed – and doing a great live session with them for his show on Studio Brussels.

Zara McFarlane released her debut album too – I’m so excited about this young lady. Her early recordings had been passed onto me via Simbad and Bopstar and it’s been so satisfying to release great vocal jazz – I get the same tingles of excitement as when we released Jose James’ music… watch her grow. In fact I’ll be touring with her around the UK in April (Dingwalls vibes) – and she’s already working on album 2…

The comps did well too – Brownswood Bubblers continues to focus on the more soulful end of electronica and the worldwide family collection from Simbad and Lefto began a series focusing on likeminded DJs to celebrate the left side with great artwork by Grems – next up is Kutmah who’ll be out in March. Alex Stevenson followed up his Electric series with a brilliant volume 2 and has been busy A+R’ing the forthcoming Gang Colors album which is sounding special and should be out before Easter too – he’s also started releasing some gems on his Earnest Endeavours label and done some great radio on NTS Live which I have to say has been the most played radio station in my kitchen – big ups to Marshmellow and the irrepressible Thristian (aka the BPM) who’s just gone from strength to strength this year with the Boiler Room sessions… big tings agwaaaan! Thanks also to Fawaz and his great support at the label this year – he too started his own imprint – Push & Run – releasing Pedestrian and Ifan Dafydd 12″s – quality stuff.

I released a comp with Ministry Of Sound called Masterpiece which was great fun to do – the interview about the CD with Ross Allen was one of the most well received podcasts of the year – but nothing touched the David Rodigan show – wow – what a response! He was also immense at the Worldwide Festival this year – as was James Blake in the theatre – possibly my music ‘moment’ of the year being in the encore when he performed a monstrous version with Latin ending of CMYK – still need a copy of that! But the live gig of the weekend had to be The Pyramids who came across like a Sun Ra show with added Blues and consciousness… check the podcast HERE.

The Festival as a whole was a huge success – even though it ended with me cracking a rib whilst running across stage and tripping up over a monitor – don’t ask! All that I can tell you is that landing in Laurent Garnier’s lap unable to breath was surreal… it took 3 months before I could sleep normally again. The festival next year will go for a whole week (July 3 til 10) – so be prepared – line-up should be announced soon and yes, we’ll be doing more club nights in the outdoor theatre too – Mala vs Rodigan vs Channel One is more or less confirmed and me vs Moodyman looks like it could happen too.

I really enjoyed gigging this year – did less festivals and more all night long sessions. One of the best events was in Tokyo at the Liquid Room for the annual Worldwide Showcase. The event, organised by Mari Kimura (my Japanese angel!) and the folks at Jwave/Shalala has become one of the highlights of the year. This year was themed around the birthday of John Coltrane and made extra sense following the horrific disaster that struck Japan this year – Masa Sextet, Soil&Pimp Sessions (joined by Robert Glasper on one song) and an incredible tap show from Kazu Kamagai were all unreal and so good to have 1000 people letting off to some spiritual jazz – only in Japan!

Difficult to do lists but super memorable nights included The Mod Club – Toronto / The Block – Tel Aviv / Hot Flush party – Berlin / Air – Tokyo / Lift – LA / Bateau Concorde Atlantique – Paris / Strictly Niceness – Brussels/ Dingwalls – London and as always Rootdown in Freiburg…

You know, the thing about what I do that I love the most still – is playing out – basically I started as a DJ and will end as a DJ! Thanks to everyone who comes out, dances hard and fills the room with deep positive knowing energy – I love you!

Save-the-DJ record of the year this year was probably the Adele/Jamie xx remix – with strong support from tracks by Julio Bashmore, Lovebirds feat Stee Downwes and anything in Rainer Truby’s box. Jazz wise Austin Peralta, Matthew Hallsall, Greg Foat Group, Bad Bad Not Good, Finn Peters, Richard Spaven, Tigran Hamasyan, Robert Mitchell all delivered.

Tropical wise – Owiny Sigoma Band, DRC Music, Fatoumata Diawara, Bjork and Omar Souleyman, Lucas Santana, Fresh Touch, Mo Kolours, Seun Kuti… too many comps to mention but constant respect to Sofrito, Analog Africa, Soundway, Honest Jon’s and Strut and the brilliant album ‘Oi! A Musica Nova Brasileira on Mais Um Discos’…

Bands and stuff – The Stepkids, The Park, Michael Kiwanuka, The Weeknd, Liz Green, King, Obenewa, Nick Mulvey, Frank Ocean, Tanya Auclair, 2morrow’s Victory… Maida Vale Sessions one off tracks – Raphael Saadiq ‘The Answer’, Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Ishmael’ should both be released commercially!

So many great albums – Little Dragon, Sbtrkt, Thundercat, Hype Williams, Machinedrum, Shlohmo, Dimlite, James Blake, Africa Hitek, Locussolus, Grey Reverend… Producers – Addison Groove, Marlow, EVM, Ifan Dafydd, DJ Rum, Gerry Reid, Koreless, Mr Raoul K, Tall Black Guy, Objekt, Stubborn Heart, fLako, Blawan, Onra… the list goes on and on…

I spent many hours in record shops even if there aren’t as many as there used to be – Sounds of the Universe, Kristina, Cosmos, Disc Union, Phonica, SuperFly… please keep doing it guys!

Big up the dealers – here I keep the names to myself as it’s secret information – but you know how you are… Radio show of the year has to be Loefah on Rinse FM – he does it good and proper – funny with great music – proper Northern vibes too -big up DJ Parrot the original Sheffield soldier – only in the UK! Ross Allen always delivers, Nihal does amazing stuff every week (gonna miss our record swap mate) and Peter Allen on 5live (the master!!)

Download of the year – I still need my weekly fix – has to be Kermode and Mayo’s film reviews – they remain the best double act on radio. Coming in second and rising: Football weekly from The Guardian – yes James Richardson – always on point – and Barry Glendenning an essential bounce off man… Football brain of the year has to go to Philippe Auclair from France football – the man is KNOWLEDGE… and probably enjoys late night chats with Arsene Wenger! Sky pundit has to go to Gary Neville who I used to hate with a vengeance but now can’t get enough of – a bit like spinach…BBC pundit – Lee Dixon – a better pundit than he was a footballer… (and he wasn’t at all bad!)

Music blogs:

Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Ancient to Future’ is essential for all those of you who still miss Straight No Chaser.Pitchfork – always a good read – first with the Sam Rivers news…

Films of the year – thought it was quite a disappointing year actually – maybe I didn’t see enough films – Melancholia caught me off guard and ‘Drive’ had a killer cast but the best film I saw by miles was ‘Shame’ – the new one from Steve McQueen who did Hunger – I saw it at the BFI London Film festival and, if only for Carey Mulligan’s performance of ‘New York New York’ I can’t believe there’ll a better film to see in 2012…

I’m out of time. Need to get my set ready for tonight at Loewy in Jakarta… what to play at midnight??? The annual dilemma! To end with thanks so much for all your support on the news of my leaving Radio 1. It was quite breathtaking to see so much reaction to the radio show.

Happy New Year!!


P.S. Thanks to all the team at Brownswood for their ongoing drive and hard work in the search for the perfect beat… Simon Goffe, Mita (and Emily),
Alex, Fawaz, Ollie, Arthur and Peggy. Thanks to Toshio Matsura in Tokyo and Maurice Bernstein in New York. All the radio stations that continually host the worldwide radio show. Love to Remy KK in Paris. Thanks to Simbad and Lefto and all the diggers who help me week in week out sourcing the new music. Big Up to Earl Zinger who got me through the marathon and coffee maintenance. Cheers to my Radio 1 and Jwave producers Alex Kenning, Dave O’Donnell, Lucy Madge, Tom Green and Charis Blyth… and thanks to Francois Renie at Havana Club for his cigar smoke!


We’re pleased to announce that BADBADNOTGOOD will be joining us for another instalment of live Boiler Room X Brownswood Basement Sessions. A firm Brownswood and Gilles Peterson favourite – the jazz trio from Toronto, Ontario are on tour around the EU to promote the release of their new album III. Sure to be a good one… Don’t sleep!