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January (16 posts)

  1. How to get into Oxford. Climb in through the window

    Monday 31 January 2011, 17:45

    Riazat Butt Riazat Butt

    Editor's note: Riazat Butt is The Guardian's religious affairs correspondent. Listen to her programme on Radio 4 at 2000 tonight - SB.

    Oxford University's admissions system is one of those subjects that really winds people up - and that's why I wanted to look at it. It enrages those who think the institution...

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  2. Rock Island Line

    Monday 31 January 2011, 13:04

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Rock Island Line label

    Editor's note: I'm republishing this post from last year now because the programme has just been repeated and that's a good enough excuse to revive this excellent new recording of Skiffle classic 'Rock Island Line' - SB

    The chorus goes like this:

    The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road The Rock Island...

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  3. A new schedule, The Archers and cuts

    Friday 28 January 2011, 13:55

    Roger Bolton Roger Bolton

    Editor's note - Feedback is back. And highlights of the first episode of the new series are a wide-ranging interview with Controller Gwyneth Williams and an encounter with Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn for two of her listeners - SB.

    Hardly had Feedback gone off the air before Christmas then James...

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  4. 'Curating' The Secret History of Social Networking

    Thursday 27 January 2011, 10:03

    Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick Head of Interactive, Radio 3

    Curation is going to be one of the big words of 2011. Everyone's at it. My Saturday newspaper offers to 'curate my weekend', chefs 'curate lunch'. Every time we share a link or a music track with friends we're 'curating the web'. Real curators, of course, will object to such imprecise use of the term...

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  5. Some changes to the Radio 4 schedule

    Monday 24 January 2011, 06:55

    Gwyneth Williams Gwyneth Williams

    I was promised freshly-brewed coffee and croissants at the end of their last run but when I went to Feedback to talk to R4 listeners - alas - I got a lovely welcome but just the usual BBC water... I did, however, get a chance to answer some listeners' questions and to put some of my early thoughts...

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  6. Adapting Balzac for the Friday Play

    Friday 21 January 2011, 10:07

    Adrian Penketh Adrian Penketh

    Editor's note: Adrian Penketh is an actor and playwright. He's adapted a novel by Honoré de Balzac for The Friday Play - SB.

    In the introductory note to my first copy of The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de Chagrin), the word 'allegorical' was used in the first paragraph. It's a welcome word for a writer...

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  7. Give us one of the old tunes

    Thursday 20 January 2011, 10:00

    Deborah Wain Deborah Wain

    Editor's note: Deborah Wain is the writer of today's Afternoon Play 'Notes To Self', a drama about Alzheimer's disease, based on real experiences and interwoven with recordings of music sessions carried out in care homes and day centres - SB.

    A heartfelt blast of a chorus or just a brief flickering of...

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  8. Beyond Belief - dealing with serious issues in a serious way

    Wednesday 19 January 2011, 13:34

    Ernie Rea Ernie Rea

    I gave up my day job as Head of Religious Broadcasting at the Beeb in January 2001 and began presenting Beyond Belief in January 2002. It was just three months after 9/11 and the events of that day gave it a context: All of a sudden everyone was interested in world religions. Britain woke up to the...

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  9. Cocktails, nuts and anachronisms

    Monday 17 January 2011, 10:19

    Ed Reardon Ed Reardon

    Editor's note: the final instalment of Ed Reardon's midwinter diary puts the final nail in the coffin of the season of goodwill - SB.

    People sometimes say to me "What must it be like being you?" - most recently at my local greengrocer's, when I tried to take back and exchange a dozen or so almonds...

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  10. King James Bible podcasts

    Tuesday 11 January 2011, 18:24

    Paul Sargeant Paul Sargeant

    How much of King James Bible Day did you catch on Sunday? It was hard to miss with 28 readings across a single day and a star-studded cast: Samuel West, Emilia Fox, Hugh Bonneville, Toby Stephens, Henry Goodman, Niamh Cusack, Rory Kinnear, Miriam Margolyes and others.

    There were some interesting perspectives...

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