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Anita Robinson

  on next : Gerry Anderson

Anita Robinson: humorous, serious, irreverent, but always worth listening to. Listen to Anita Robinson every Friday on the Sarah Brett Show.

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF HANDBAGS

Anita Robinson explains why, in a woman's life, one thing will remain a priority. She must always know where her handbag is.

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ADULT EDUCATION

It's that time of year when peoples thoughts turn to signing up for interesting courses they feel really committed to.

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CATALOGUE SHOPPING

Strange things are available in a catalogue falling through a letterbox near you.

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WASTE FOOD

Does anyone remember what the phrase, Waste not, want not means?

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FORGETFULNESS

If returning to the house once after leaving it is a sign of stress, what is it, again, when you have to go back a second time?

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DERRY FORTNIGHT

As the town shuts down, Anita gets busy learning the distinction between mizzle and drizzle.

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DINOSAUR

Anita recalls a time when she spent big money on a dinosaur.

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FACTORY GIRLS

Factory hooters no longer regulate the days of Anita Robinson.

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MATTER OF FAITH

There are some things we used to believe.

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ELECTION REFLECTION

Anita searches out a few reasons to be cheerful on the election trail.

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TRAVEL

Does the travel chaos we've experienced show we've become more uncharitable?

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FEAR

Is it part of the media's brief to frighten the public to death?

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EASTER

Anita on what we really think of Easter.

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ELECTION BLUES

Anita offers sympathy for channel surfers as sitting room saturation coverage of the election campaign begins.

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WHERE'S THE CULTURE?

Is it true that Derry people don't go to plays unless they're in them?

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LOVE OF ANIMALS

Anita aims to offend no-one, except animal lovers.

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FEMINISM

Was it all worth it?

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MAIL ORDER

The perils of buying by mail order.

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VALUES

How do lottery wins reflect the value we place on work?

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MODEL CITY

A semi-naked model pictured in Ferryquay Gate gets Anita thinking

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WELL HEELED

Victoria Beckham's footwear sets Anita back on her heels

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PYJAMAS

Northern Ireland gets ahead of the latest trend in sartorial elegance. Apparently.

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SWEET TAKEOVER

The implications of one major announcement for each and every one of us.

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PACKING A PUNCH

The pleasures and perils of the packed lunch.

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GET A GRIP

Anita finds supplies of true grit are running low.

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TWIGGY AND THE AIRBRUSH

Anita investigates the curious case of the sixties icon and the disappearing signs of age.

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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

What is the spirit of Christmas? asks Anita.

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CHRISTMAS TO DO

She's making a list, checking it twice...

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TOILET HUMOUR

The tardis toilet will never catch on, says Anita.

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LOW TECH

Avoiding the race to become technologically literate.

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SWEET THOUGHT

Anita leads a crusade to bring back the tinned sweet.

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QUEENS OF THE HOME

Anita Robinson on the tyranny of tidiness.

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GETTING EXERCISED

Does working out help you lose weight? Anita considers whether fit is a feminist issue.

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FEEL THE QUALITY

Anita tests the quality of our most celebrated cultural icons.

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UNHEALTHY SERVICE

Is this generation to be the last cared for by a National Health Service?

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SELLING GRANNY

Anita reveals what she'd like to do to the child who tried to sell her granny.

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PYJAMAS

Pyjamas are the in thing.

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BEAUTIFULLY STUPID

Women will never listen to trade unionists about beautifully stupid shoes.

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MARITAL HARMONY

Are separate beds the route to marital harmony?

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WHAT WOMEN WANT

Why do ageing feminists suddenly want to be with men cleverer than themselves?

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YOU SHALL DANCE

A new dance Tsar gets Anita thinking about exercise.

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WASTE NOT

Anita carries on using food after its sell-by date.

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CROSS

A few authority figures get Anita cross.

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SUNBEDS

Yearning for freckles to join up to form a tan, and the perils of sunbeds.

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TRADITION

Party bags, colour co-ordinated wedding parties, and other rapidly evolving traditions.

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HYSTERIA

A dictionary helps to dissect the hysteria of fans.

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BARBECUE

Anita Robinson finds she's eating much less red meat these days.

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CYCLE

Anita on the attractions of pedal power.

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SHEDS

Anita considers the lure of sheds.

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HEAT

What is it that brings out the worst in us? Anita investigates.

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BRIGADOON

Anita comes to the alarming conclusion that she is living in Brigadoon.

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MILK

Anita Robinson discusses MPs expenses and if we also "milk" the system.

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DON'T WATCH NEWS

Anita keeps calm and carries on.

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CUP RUNNETH OVER

Anita considers a subject very close to her heart.

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INFECTED NEWS

Have we encountered enough dirt, wonders Anita, as the possibilities of a swine flu pandemic infect the news.

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BUDGET

Anita considers how like a bathtub Northern Ireland is, and tries to get her head around the Chancellor's Budget.

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KID-ULTS

Academics rediscover a phenomenon that never really went away - grown up children who can't afford to live away from home.

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A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

Sleek, sinuous, and graceful. And that's just the plans for a new bridge for Derry.

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RECESSION BITES

Anita discovers that the eastern part of Northern Ireland is feeling the effects of the recession, and wonders why sandwich bars seem immune.

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A LADY WHO LUNCHES

A waitress considers whether to offer Anita the seat by the kitchen door or the one beside the loo.

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WHAT MOTHERS WANT

Why what most mothers want is what most children won't give them, and a mother's place is in the wrong.

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2AM BULLETIN

A 2am bulletin seemed to turn Northern Ireland's clock back 30 years.

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IN THE DUMPS

A warning to the City Council - beware the outrage of the middle classes.

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VALUES

Why do we rush to judgement? Jade Goody wins sympathy as the Press dubs the remarkable Gail Trimble the "answering machine".

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SINNING

Does anyone, these days, remember the seven deadly sins?

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KELVINGATE

Back after holidays, Anita asks what has Gregory Campbell got in common with Blondin - and her take on project Kelvin.

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MAKE DO

Anita considers whether the current generation have the talents of the last.

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CHEERFUL

Anita discovers some reasons to be cheerful.

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EDDIE STEPS IN

After Anita succumbed to the cold, Eddie Kerr took over her slot for a week. He urged Christmas bargain hunters to enjoy the season - while shops last.

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THE STRONGER SEX

In time of flu, why is it that the women are able to soldier on?

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WORD

Anita discovers the most beautiful word in the English language - on a visit to hospital for breast screening.

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THE WONDER OF WOOLIES

A shoplifter's dream? Anita looks back at the glory days of Woolies, and considers how children suck you dry.

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AT YOUR CONVENIENCE

Mascara, hair driers, and a little gentle character assassination. Anita explains what really happens in the Ladies.

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QUIGGY

Anita looks to Eoghan Quigg's unusual hairstyle to lighten the mood.

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HOMELESS

Anita wonders what other city than Derry would have people sleeping rough in the doorway of a boarded up hostel.

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TASTE AND DECENCY

Anita with her thoughts on the changing face of broadcasting.

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RIVER OF CHANGE

Anita's thoughts have been occupied by the changing face of the Foyle.

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HUMMING OPERA

Ridiculous or sublime? Anita's verdict on operatic music.

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STATE OF IGNORANCE

"The woman tempted me and I did eat" - Eve took the rap for Adam, but after 40 years of feminism, is it any different now?

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BLUE BAGS FAGS AND CARDS

"Street drinkers sit sunning themselves consuming their liquid breakfast" - Anita has her say on antisocial activity.

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"MEN'S CLUB"

Do the men of Derry need a "Big Boys club" where they can talk about their problems?

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WINDCHILL

Anita seeks comfort from a puppet government with pocket money as she faces into the icy darkness of a chilly winter.

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RAZZMATAZZ

What with all the razzmatazz associated with the American elections, Paul set a challenge for Anita - how do you "sex up" our own local politicians?

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NO SHAME

Anita Robinson says she won't be shamed into clean living after Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Health Secretary, said there was no excuse for being fat.

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SERIOUS

Anita attempts to lift the mood in serious times.

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SCIENTIFIC

Anita deals with a scientific matter.

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KNICKERS AND TART

As we face an economic recession, Anita talks about falling knickers, the price of a lemon tart, and how we are being strangled by the purse strings!

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VIGIL FOR EMMETT

Hours after the murder of 22 year old Emmett Shiels, hundreds of people attended a vigil, to be told that the community had come to a fork in the road: it had to choose between the violence of the past and the new politics of the future.

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DAMNED LIES, AND THE APPRENTICE

Lee McQueen talked himself into a £100,000 a year apprenticeship with Sir Alan Sugar, even though he lied on his CV. Anita Robinson ruminates on the realities of "The Apprentice".

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A SOW'S EAR

A listener accused Paul of being "all gloom and doom." So he invited Anita Robinson to show him how to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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BELT TIGHTENING

As the credit crunch bites Anita Robinson has been chatting to Paul about tightening her belt.

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ON THE STREETS

Is Derry the centre of its own universe - or at the outskirts of somebody else's?

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NEW BALLS!

New balls, please! Anita Robinson muses on the issues which matter this rain-sodden summer; why, for example, does one of the Williams sisters wear her bra outside her dress?

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LANGUAGE

Anita Robinson is here - or there - considering the complexities of language in this province, in these occupied six counties, in Ulster, in the north, in Northern Ireland (take your pick).

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FEDORA

First Minister Ian Paisley may be cutting a dash in his black fedora, but Anita Robinson's less impressed with the sartorial elegance of some of his ministerial colleagues.

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WEXFORD TRAGEDY

The lessons to be learned from the tragedy in Wexford, in which four members of the Dunne family lost their lives.

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