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19/11/2010

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57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 19 November 2010

How would you feel about booking a train ticket in the same way as you would a plane? Both East Coast and Virgin Trains have said they want to mirror the airline industry by charging higher prices for in-demand services, but sell tickets on the cheap for less crowded trains and those booked a long way in advance. But would this benefit the passengers by reducing congestion or simply boost profits for the train companies? We hear form both.

Plus in honour of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part one which goes on general release from today, we have a few suggestions on the best way to use an invisibility cloak.

And could you write a novel in a month? We talk to a man who is determined to finish his 50,000 word tome in 30 days.

Chapters

6 items
  • Young Theatre Audiences

    How a government ticket giveaway was snapped up by people who visit the theatre anyway.

  • Novel in a Month

    Could you write a novel in a month? We talk to a James Blatch who is determined to finish his 50,000 word tome in 30 days.

  • Technology and Care

    We investigate the new technologies which might reduce the cost of care and allow people to remain independent in their own homes for longer.

  • Train Pricing

    How would you feel about booking a train ticket in the same way as you would a plane?

  • Invisibility Cloak

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part one goes on general release from today. We have a few suggestions on uses for an invisibility cloak.

  • Consumer complaints about adverts

    Mcdonalds and John Lewis have recently changed television adverts following complaints from viewers. How much does this cost the industry, and when else has it happened?

  • Novel in a Month

    Here is a taster of James's novel so far:

    'Georgina Milford was an old hand, six years in the near east, two years in the far east and more English RAF stations than she could comfortably remember. Like Mary, she was happy with the society an RAF life provided. As Mary approached the front door it was flung open.

    “Darling!” Georgina beamed and flung her arms around her old friend, who to her surprise burst into tears.

    “Now come on Mar this is a strict no blubbing zone today. Get in here and tell auntie George all about it. I have gin!”. As they manoeuvred the pram into the married quarter two dull bangs resonated in the distance, they looked around but saw nothing, shrugged and carried on into the house. The noise of the front door slamming behind them covered the explosion that marked the end of Gauntlet-four-two and the life of John Milford.'

  • Dr George Leeson, of the Oxford Institute of Ageing with the Paro therapeutic seal robot

    Dr George Leeson, of the Oxford Institute of Ageing with the Paro therapeutic seal robot

  • The Cooker Minder developed by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME)

    The Cooker Minder developed by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME)

    BIME
  • Richard in his kitchen with the Cooker Minder developed by BIME

    Richard in his kitchen with the Cooker Minder developed by BIME

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