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August's Information 2006
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    This page contains archived source material from Breakfast's programmes in August 2006. If you're looking for book details, weblinks, helpline numbers and other useful information - this is a good place to start.

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    Wednesday 30 August

  • Junk mail

  • Declan had more on Tuesday's story about how to stop junk mail from the Royal Mail. You can e-mail the Royal Mail:
    Please remember this is separate from the Mailing Preference Service:

  • Child trafficking

  • We had more on a report published by Unicef about child trafficking, there's more information on the organisation's website.

  • Shoot the Messenger

  • We spoke to actor David Oyelowo and writer Sharon Foster about a controversial new BBC drama that centres on one man's painful journey towards self-discovery which challenges his attitudes and expectations of his own community. It's on BBC Two, tonight at 9.00pm.

  • Sentinel

  • Kate Silverton spoke to Michael Douglas about his new film Sentinel - it opens in the UK on Friday 1 September.

  • Home

  • We spoke to the interior designer Nina Campbell who features in the BBC Two series Home, the next programme is on Tuesday at 8.00pm.

    Tuesday 29 August

  • Junk mail
    To stop unaddressed junk mail you can register at Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Out, Room 130, Wheatstone House, Faraday Rd, Swindon, SN3 5JW. Or you can email the Royal Mail at or telephone 08457950950 for the appropriate form. Alternatively you can use the Mail Preference Service to cut out around 90% of junk mail. Go to

  • Maureen Lipman's Illustration Auction
    To find out more about Maureen Lipman's 'The Gibbon's In Decline but the Horse is Stable - Illustration Auction' and make a bid go to All proceeds go to the Jack Rosenthal Memorial Fund at the International Myeloma Foundation UK.

    Friday 25 August

  • Guitars
    Guitar sales in the UK have hit an all-time high. Musicians splashed out 110 million on electric, bass and acoustic instruments last year - up from 102 million in 2004. The Music Industries Association (MIA) said an influx of cheaper models made in China had pushed down prices. Guitars are the "bedrock" of UK instrument sales with nearly a million sold last year - up 200,000 on 2004, the MIA said.

    Thursday 24 August

  • World Rowing Championships

  • Sue Thearle was at the championships in Eton, you can watch the television coverage on BBC One and BBC Two
  • Saturday 26 August LIVE BBC2 12:00-13:00 (BST)
  • Saturday 26 August LIVE BBC1 13:05-14:15 (BST)
  • Sunday 27 August LIVE BBC2 13:05-15:35 (BST)
    Digital viewers can also get live coverage on Thursday and Friday from 1100 by pressing the red button. (Thurs 1100-1410, Fri 1100-1310).

  • Photographing Food

  • We spoke to photographer Chris Gillet about his photographic exhibition which is on at his local gallery in Bradford on Avon, the Ale and Porter Gallery

  • Who Won the War?

  • We spoke to the author, Brian James, who has an article published in the current edition of History Today magazine, arguing that it was the Navy that prevented Hitler from invading Britain during the second world war.

  • Alfie Boe

  • Alfie is the car mechanic turned opera singer. He is appearing at the Royal Festival Hall on the 21 September and his first album is out 11 September.

    Wednesday 23 August

  • Saving the Vulcan

  • We reported from Bruntingthorpe on the campaign to save one of the last remaining Vulcan aircraft. Those involved in restoring the aircraft are trying to raise money to restore the plane.

  • Landmarks

  • You can find out more about the Landmark competition on BBC Online that we discussed on the programme this morning by clicking on the link.

    Tuesday 22 August

  • Greek Fires

  • Our main story this morning is the forest fires raging in Northern Greece, near the holiday resort of Casandra, in Halkidiki. Around 1,000 British people have been evacuated. The latest word is that there are no British casualties at all, but one German tourist is believed to have drowned during the evacuation.
  • If you're worried about close relatives who may be staying in the area, the Foreign Office have a special helpline number: 020 7008 1500.

    Monday 21 August

  • Baby comforter

  • The baby comforter in the shape of a hand which we're looking at is called a Zaky. It's manufactured in the US - but is on sale in the UK.

  • Business competition

  • The winners of the Young Entrepreneur competition we featured were Fresh - the team of school children who produced "goodie bags" from recycled newspaper and filled them with beauty products.

  • Author

  • We're talking to the author Stephanie Calman, whose just published a new book to follow up Confessions of a Bad Mother. It's called Confessions of a Failed Grown Up.

  • TV talent show

  • The comedian Brian Conley talked to us about his new talent show. It's called Let Me Entertain You' and you can see it on BBC Two on weekdays at 4.30pm. If you want to take part, you'll need to contact the show's producers, Lion TV: 0208 846 2118

    Friday 18 August

  • Countryfile Summer Diaries

  • We heard from Melissa Porter and Adam Henson, who present a new programme that is a spin-off from Countryfile. Countryfile Summer Diaries begins on BBC One, on Monday 21 August at 1000am.

  • Baby Boomers

  • Watch all five films in this series online and have a go at the quiz.

  • Jaye Jacobs

  • The actress Jaye Jacobs is no stranger to dramatic storylines. She plays naughty nurse Donna Jackson in the BBC drama Holby City, and came into the Breakfast studio on Friday. Holby City is on BBC One, Tuesday at 8pm

  • Snakes on a Plane

  • Starring Samuel L Jackson, was released in the United States this week. It's not being shown in the UK at the moment.

  • Frank Lampard

  • Our sports presenter Mike Bushell met Chelsea's Frank Lampard to talk about his biography, Totally Frank which is available to buy now.

    Thursday 17 August

  • A-level results

  • For information, help and advice:
    Telephone: 0808 100 8000
    (Lines are open from 0800 to 2000hrs)

    The Sheffield College offers online A-levels

  • Clothing rip-off

  • Susannah Streeter had an update on last week's story about bogus charity workers collecting clothes left out for good causes, then selling them on.

    Wednesday August 16

  • Air chaos: missing luggage

  • We have rounded up all the latest advice for air travellers, following last week's security clamp-down. You'll find advice on what to do if your luggage goes missing - and what you can and can't take as hand luggage.

    Tuesday 15 August

  • Domestic violence

  • If you're suffering violence or threats from anyone within your own home, you can turn for help and advice to many organisations, including Women's Aid It also runs a separate website for young people who are worried about domestic violence within their family. It's called The hideout. You can also turn to Childline for help and support: phone 0800 1111 The BBC also has a very good round-up of advice on Domestic Violence

  • Computers and second hand data

  • We followed up a story from BBC One's Real Story programme, about the theft of data from second hand computers. Our expert said there are some free programmes such as Eraser and D-ban which promise to wipe sensitive data. But he did add that the surest way to get rid of it is to take a hammer to your computer's hard drive.

    Monday 14 August

  • Tennis: how parents can help

  • We're talking to Judy Murray, who's the mother of Britain's rising tennis star Andy Murray. The website she's publicising is called British Tennis and it's part of the Lawn Tennis Association

    Friday 11 August

    Once again, most of today's programme was dominated by the increased security situation in the UK

  • Advice for air travellers
    Breakfast has two main pages with information, advice and links to websites where you can get more details if you're about to fly.

    Thursday 10 August

    Because of the breaking news during Thursday's programme about the foiled aircraft attacks, we were not able to bring you some of the items we had promised

  • Emergency information for air travellers

  • We've put together a comprehensive list of information, advice and websites for more information if you are planning on travelling in the coming days.

    Wednesday 9 August

  • Richard Wilson and the NYT
  • The actor is currently directing a play at the National Youth Theatre.

    Tuesday 8 August

  • Film

  • The latest film by M Night Shyamalan is called Lady in the Water. It's released this Friday (August 11).

    Monday 7 August

  • Changing your life: business book

  • Our business presenter Declan Curry spoke to the author of a new self help book on how to give up the rat race and still make a fortune. How to have Kick-Ass ideas is the title of the book - and it's by Chris Barez Brown.

    Friday 4 August

  • Debt

  • We spoke to Martin Lewis from the website about the growing number of people in debt. Find out more from his website and the others listed below.

  • Domesday Book online

  • The National Archives has put the 11th Century domesday book online, you can search for information about your town, village or name.

  • Disabled parking
  • We heard from Keith Bulter, his son suffers from CHARGE syndrome, if you want more information about this please e-mail:

  • Triathlon
    Breakfast's Kate Silverton is taking part in a traithlon this weekend

  • Blizzard: Race to the pole

  • We spoke to Arthur Jeffes and Chris Van Tulleken about a new documentary series. Two teams of English and Norwegian explorers recreate the 1911 race to the South Pole between Amundsen and Scott. Over 99 days and 1400 miles, under the same conditions, the teams attempt to settle the controversies that still rage around the original race. Watch Blizzard: Race to the pole, Sunday 6 August, 9.00pm BBC Two.

    Thursday 3 August

  • Twelve things to do in the garden
    Sarah Campbell was in Hampshire finding out about 12 things every child should have done, by the age of twelve in the garden. She spoke to Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.

  • Brits abroad
    Find out more about the BBC News website and IPPR's research about the growing trend of Britons who want to emigrate.

  • Dragons' Den
    We spoke to Evan Davis and two 'dragons' - the new series of Dragons' Den starts today, it's on BBC Two at 8pm.

  • Supermarket food

  • We spoke to the writer Martin Isark about his book Supermarket Own Brand Guide, (published by Mitchell Beazley). He looks at the difference between supermarket own brands compared with more expensive rivals.

    Wednesday 2 August

  • Star Trek auction
    The auction of Star Trek memorabilia will be held at Christie's in New York at the beginning of October.

    Tuesday 1 August

  • Checking your credit record
    Our business presenter Declan Curry is asking for your e-mails on checking your credit status, as a report says that many banks and other financial institutions hold inaccurate records. There are several websites which will offer to check your record. The latest to launch is called But there are also three other credit reference agencies: Equifax, Experian and Callcredit.

  • Burglary
    We talked to the reformed burglar who is now helping the BBC produce the latest series of Beat the Burglar.

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