Blog posts by year and month December 2011

    Posts (30)

    1. It was a simple enough brief - I was to lock myself away for one week to talk to people on the internet, to tap into this babble of voices and experiences and explore the global phenomenon of social networking. It was a venture which would eventually have me talking to a single parent snowb...

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    2. Editor's note: Starting on Boxing Day the Afternoon Play is running a five part adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. You will also be able to download the series to keep as a podcast from the podcast page. On the blog some of the people who've brought you this marvellous producti...

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    3. The Damnation of Faust at the English National Opera Tempted to test your memories of the year's music, films, books and more? Then try these two: 1. What links John Cleese's Alimony Tour, The Damnation of Faust at the English National Opera and a new short opera The Doctor's Tale at t...

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    4. St Peter's Church in Broughton While Radio 4's documentary series Lives in a Landscape is off air, we're steadily making the archive available for download - and this week we're putting up a seasonal classic - The Devils of Broughton on the Lives in a Landscape podcast page. Alan Dein...

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    5. Editor's note: In yesterday's programme Melvyn Bragg and his guests discussed Robinson Crusoe. As always the programme is available to listen to online or to download and keep - PM. Hello I'm sitting in my house at dawn on December 21st, the day before the last live programme of...

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    6. One of this year's shortlist asks "Does Fergie Time exist?" The shortlist for this year's So You Want to Be a Scientist is out. Sifting the ten best entries from well over a thousand applications was a herculean task, but one that we in the BBC Radio Science Unit relished. Over the pas...

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    7. Ed's note: Thinking Allowed is on at 4pm Wednesday 21 December and is available shortly afterwards on the website and as a podcast - PM. Child and mother meeting Father Christmas My father hated Christmas and all its trimmings. He detested the infantilism it imposed upon otherwise s...

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    8. The morning after I had visited The Connection at St Martins, I woke up at 5 am and wasn't able to fall back asleep. It was dark and cold - the timer on the central heating not yet having kicked in - and outside icy raindrops were pinging off the bedroom window. I pulled the duvet up to my chin ...

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    9. In today's Telegraph the radio critic Gillian Reynolds wrote about The Life of Vaclav Havel which was broadcast on Sunday evening following the news of the death of the Czech playwright and politician earlier that day: "Born into a professional Czech family, persecuted because of it, the expe...

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    10. Christopher Hitchens at the Hitchens v Hitchens debate, Fountain St. Church, Grand Rapids. Pic by 1546 used under licence The preamble As usual I've picked out five of the many podcasts available for your weekend's listening. You can listen online or download to keep, or put onto yo...

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