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23/07/2010

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45 minutes
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Friday 23 July 2010

Presented by Sheila McClennon.
When coal was king, they were the queens. The Coal Queens of the 1960s, 70s and 80s were wives and daughters of pitmen, crowned in beauty contests, who brought a bit of sparkle to the collieries. A report from Human Rights Watch looks at what life is like for women in Afghanistan living in areas already controlled by the insurgents. Can you tell your Bellis Perennis from your Digitalis Purpureas? - should we encourage the bringing back of Latin names into the ordinary gardener's lexicon? And a new anaesthetic technique used in caesareans.

Chapters

4 items
  • Afghanistan Taliban Report

    Talking to the Taliban – where will women’s rights be in any negotiations on the future of Afghanistan?

  • Latin in the garden

    Why the new President of the RHS wants a return to proper plant names.

  • Anaesthesia during caesarians

    A new technique for emergency caesareans that uses rapid spinal anaesthesia.

  • Coal Queens

    A new exhibition remembers the Coal Queens of the 1960s, 70s and 80s - the wives and daughters of pitmen who brought a bit of sparkle to the collieries.

  • Coal Queens

    Coal Queens

    When coal was king, they were the queens. The Coal Queens of the 1960s, 70s and 80s were the wives and daughters of pitmen who brought a bit of sparkle to the collieries. They were crowned in beauty contests each year to represent their local area, and then put forward to compete for the national title and become the face of the British Coal. A new exhibition at The National Coal Mining Museum looks at their lives. Sheila is joined in the studio by curator of the exhibition Anne Bradley, and Margaret Lister who was National Coal Queen in 1972.






    Photograph shows Rose McLachlan being crowned as the first National Coal Queen in 1969 in Skegness. Copyright © Queen’s Printer and Controller of HMSO (2010)




    Memories of the Coal Queens exhibition will be at the National Coal Mining Museum from 17th May – 26th September 2010.

    The National Coal Mining Museum
  • Afghanistan Taliban Report

    This week has been full of talk about when, and how we might pull out of Afghanistan. In order to secure peace, the idea of talking to the Taliban is becoming more and more of a reality. But what do women in Afghanistan think of that? A report from Human Rights Watch interviewed 90 working women, living in areas already controlled by the insurgents. They told stories of death threats, acid attacks, arson and even murder as they were pressurised to give up work and stop sending their girls to school. They support a negotiated peace – but they don’t want their lives and their daughters’ futures sold out as part of any deal. Rachel Reid author of ‘The Ten Dollar Talib’ joins Sheila to discuss the issues.

    Human Rights Watch
  • Anaesthesia During Caesarians

    'Rapid Spinal Anaesthesia'is new anaesthetic technique used in caesareans. Some doctors are concerned that women are not aware of the potential problems with the proceedure and should be involved in the debate about its introduction. Dr Fiona Knox, a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and Dr Mike Kinsella a Consultant Anaesthetist at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol, who has performed the new technique join Sheila to discuss the issues.

    Anaesthesia
  • Gardening

    Gardening

    Can you tell your Bellis Perennis from your Digitalis Purpureas*? The new President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Elizabeth Banks, says she wants to encourage the bringing back of Latin names into the ordinary gardener’s lexicon. Will this argument encourage a broader knowledge of horticulture, and make us more adept in the garden? Gardeners Jamie Dickinson and Jenny Hendy join Sheila to talk about the dumbing-down of the green-fingered art.
    (*Daisy and Foxgloves)
    Jenny Hendy’s book ‘The Ultimate Step-By-Step Kid's First Gardening Book’ is published by Lorenz Press, ISDN 0754819655

    Hulme Community Garden Centre

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