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09/01/2010

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1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 January 2010

Real life stories in which listeners talk about the issues that matter to them. Katie Derham is joined by Chris Addison. With poetry from Luke Wright.

  • STUDIO GUEST: CHRIS ADDISON

    STUDIO GUEST: CHRIS ADDISON

    Comedian, writer and actor Chris Addison provides the comment.

    Chris Addison
  • SOUND SCULPTURE: SNOW UNDERFOOT

    SOUND SCULPTURE: SNOW UNDERFOOT

    The creaking sound of snow underfoot takes Alison Lumb back to the winter of 1962/63.

  • STREET PASTORS

    STREET PASTORS

    Les Isaac is a street pastor who patrols the night time streets of Britain offering help.

    Street Pastors
  • GOLD PANNING

    GOLD PANNING

    Daisy Thurkettle Roper has been gold panning in the rivers of the UK since she was a toddler.

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS: JOSS ACKLAND

    INHERITANCE TRACKS: JOSS ACKLAND

    Actor Joss Ackland chose 'Ol Man River' by Paul Robeson and 'Someone in a Tree' from the musical 'Pacific Overtures'.

    'My Better Half and Me' by Joss and Rosemary Ackland is published by Ebury Press.

  • POET: LUKE WRIGHT

    POET: LUKE WRIGHT

    Luke Wright takes the noble art of poetry by the scruff of the neck and turns it into something to delight.

    Luke Wright
  • POEMS

    SALT!

    Some Salt! Give us salt! Our poor kingdom for salt!

    Our once mighty nation has ground to a halt!

    A ton for our roads and a pinch for the press,

    a truckload for Whitehall at Gordon’s behest

    Yes! The PM is planning a whole afternoon

    of rubbing it into the wounds of Geoff Hoon.



    GOLD

    Some people say this country holds no gold:

    they sit at desks and curse their pewter lives

    they pierce the Clingfilm, moan about the cold

    they stay at home and sharpen up their knives.


    And true the British ingot’s hard to find

    well buried in the grit on riverbeds

    loitering at the back of modern minds

    or hiding in the words a stranger said.


    But those content to stand on banks and sift

    or fight the dragon, have so much to gain

    the drudgery of life is swirled and swished

    while crouching by a river in the rain.


    For what costs sniffles, what cost frozen hands

    for those who see the glitter in their pans?

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