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22/01/2011

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1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 January 2011

Fi Glover with Dragon's Den business guru Deborah Meaden and poet Elvis McGonagall, a man who set up his own airline while he was homeless and later sold it for £30 million, and a convert to Islam. There's a piano-tuning Soundsculpture from the great-great-grandson of Chopin's piano tuner and Rick Astley shares his Inheritance Tracks.

  • Studio Guest :: Deborah Meaden

    Studio Guest :: Deborah Meaden

    Business guru and Dragon's Den star Deborah Meaden is Fi's studio guest this week.

    Deborah's official site
  • extraordinary story :: airline entrepreneur

    extraordinary story :: airline entrepreneur

    Jack Romero moved the UK from Beirut when he was just 17. He arrived with just £90 but built an airline business that he eventually sold for £30 million.

    Jack's official website
  • Topical Story :: Muslim Convert

    Topical Story :: Muslim Convert

    Martin Bilal Harrison was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in Leeds but he converted to Islam 11 years ago.

    Support for New Muslim Converts
  • Soundsculpture :: Piano tuning

    Soundsculpture :: Piano tuning

    Adam Bednarski has tuned pianos all his life.

  • Inheritance Tracks :: Rick Astley

    Inheritance Tracks :: Rick Astley

    Singer Rick Astley inherits That's Amore, sung by Dean Martin and he passes on Buck Rogers by Feeder.

    Rick's official website
  • Poet :: Elvis McGonagall

    Poet :: Elvis McGonagall

    Elvis McGonagall - tartan clad poet, twit and armchair revolutionary brings his poetry to us.

    Elvis' official website
  • Poem :: Try To Carry On Doctor

    The NHS is being rushed into surgery
    The bloody scalpel of reform is being waved by Dave
    We’ll have a competitively priced midwife rocking our cradles
    We’ll have a choice of spades to dig our own grave

  • POEM :: Here Be Dragons

    The winged serpent guards the golden apples of Hesperides
    With thrashing tail of hardened cedar and bejewelled claw
    Belching flames and snorting smoke, skin a scaly-armoured cloak
    Repelling swords of bronze as flimsy straw
    ‘Tis a five-headed Hydra in Hugo Boss watching over stacks of cash (9pm
    BBC2)
    Whom lambs to the slaughter often struggle to impress
    But like St George upon his horse shouting “Reggae Reggae Sauce!”
    I could liberate their loot as ‘twere a damsel in distress
    I could put on Simon Cowell’s trousers, drive Del-Boy Trotter’s van
    Grow Richard Branson’s beard, hire Donald Trump’s coiffeur
    I’d bound up the stairs to their lair wearing Arthur Daley’s hat
    I’d be a wheeler-dealer entrepreneur
    I could show you my gross profit margin and my cash flow forecast
    I could offer you a return on venture capital of two hundred per cent
    I could talk of psychographic segmentation and upstream vertical
    integration
    I could – if I only knew what any of that meant
    I could pitch you a multi-squillion publishing sensation, a licence to print
    money
    It’s a thriller, about a Swedish aristocrat backpacking in Kathmandu
    The hero is obsessed with Duncan Bannatyne
    It’s called “The Earl With The Dragon’s Den Tattoo”
    Or how about a six-foot James Caan surfboard?
    I’ve already sold one to Kathy Burke
    (Although James looks more like Masood from “EastEnders” on this
    prototype
    I think the idea might need a little work)
    But I won’t insult your intelligence, I think you’ve heard enough
    In the world of commerce I am clueless, there’s no doubt
    My business plan was not meticulous, this poem is ridiculous
    And for that reason, I’m out

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