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21/08/2010

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Saturday 21 August 2010

Repeat edition due to industrial action by National Union of Journalists. The Reverend Richard Coles' guests are Benjamin Zephaniah and poet Elvis McGonagall. There's an interview with a woman who gave away the fortune she inherited, and the man who's translated Stieg Larsson's celebrated Millennium Trilogy from the original Swedish into English, a Sound Sculpture about a traditional barber's shop and the Inheritance Tracks of Julian Clary.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

    STUDIO GUEST :: BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

    Poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah is this week's studio guest.

    Benjamin Zephaniah
  • INHERITED WEALTH :: SARA ROBIN

    INHERITED WEALTH :: SARA ROBIN

    Sara Robin inherited a fortune as a child and when she grew up she gave it away.

    Network for Social Change
  • TRANSLATION :: STEVEN T MURRAY

    TRANSLATION :: STEVEN T MURRAY

    Steven T Murray translated Stieg Larsson’s celebrated Millennium trilogy from Swedish into English.

    Steven T Murray
  • SOUND SCULPTURE :: BARBER SHOP

    SOUND SCULPTURE :: BARBER SHOP

    Sue Catchpole recalls the sounds in her father's barber shop.

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JULIAN CLARY

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JULIAN CLARY

    Comedian and novelist Julian Clary chose Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and 'If Love Were All' by Ian Shaw.

    Julian Clary
  • POET :: ELVIS MCGONAGALL

    POET :: ELVIS MCGONAGALL

    Elvis McGonagall the tartan clad twit and armchair revolutionary provides us with poetry.

    Elvis McGonagall
  • POEMS

    Con-dem-nation
    --

    Young Nick sold his soul to Old Harry
    Now he sits in Whitehall’s ivory tower
    Counting thirty pieces of silver
    The price of the pants of power

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    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
    --

    Don’t fall to your knees in the Temple of Mammon, don’t worship Aaron’s
    calf
    Don’t pray to the diamond-studded gods of holy bling
    Don’t go to gilded El Dorado, don’t be loadsamoney’s aficionado
    Don’t hope to hear the jackpot sing kerching!
    ‘Cos Midas was a misery guts, a right touchy sod
    Croesus rarely laughed on his way to the bank
    A whopping wad of wonga won’t make you dance a happy conga
    You’ll catch affluenza when your every cheque is blank
    Do you need your horses’ hooves shod in solid silver?
    Must you simply have that Mustique villa tan?
    Must the golf course on your yacht be made of silk and ocelot?
    Must your eggs be fried in a golden frying pan?
    No! So be fabulously frugal, not filthy, stinking rich
    Let a certain spartan splendour be your goal
    Dress like Worzel Gummidge, have a rummage in the jumble sale of life
    Live on a poet’s income, save your soul
    Get philanthropic, renounce all worldly goods
    Dispense largesse and keep what’s just sufficient
    Share what’s spare for other’s welfare like Tony “Rockefeller” Blair
    Ease your conscience and be tax efficient
    But don’t burn your megabucks in a bonfire on a Hebridean isle
    Don’t stuff a zillion in the first collecting tin that’s rattling on your street
    Pay it all into the NatWest account numbered one-zero-eight-four-eight-nine
    two-seven (sort code sixty-forty-eleven)
    And when it clears I’ll give you a receipt
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