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14/03/2011

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Monday 14 March 2011

Jane Garvey presents. It's 70 years since two British chemists patented "polyethylene terephthalate", the basis of the synthetic fibre known as polyester. We look at how it's been used in the past and how it's one of the most versatile fabrics for the future. Will the introduction of fines for hospitals failing to provide single sex wards bring about change or turn out to be a costly burden? Sue Flood - a photographer with a unique viewpoint from the coldest places on the planet talks about her work and film maker Ken Wardrop on his new documentary "His & Hers" which takes the voices of seventy Irish women to share the story of their relationships with men from childhood to dating and marriage and old age.

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  • Mixed sex wards

    The Townswomen's Guilds believe fines are not enough to stop use of mixed sex wards. Anne Milton, Public Health Minister and Alison Parkinson, from the Townswomen’s Guild discuss.

  • Polyester -70 anniversary

    Lorraine Bowen shows her collection of polyester dresses and housecoats to Judi Herman. Dr Richard Blackburn, Leeds University and Dilys Williams London College of Fashion discuss polyester.

  • Sue Flood - polar photographer

    The photographer joins Jane to talk about what life is like in the coldest places on the planet, waking up adrift an ice floe, and what it is like to travel with a Shackleton.

  • Ken Wardrop

    Ken Wardrop's film “His & Hers” takes the voices of seventy Irish women to share the story of their relationships with men from childhood to old age. Jane talks to Ken about the film.

  • 70 Years of Polyester

    It's 70 years since two British chemists patented “polyethylene terephthalate”, the basis of the synthetic fibre known as polyester. Man made fibres like polyester often provoke mixed feelings but not for performer Lorraine Bowen whose new show, Polyester Fiesta, celebrates the synthetic fibre. Lorraine shows off her much loved collection of polyester dresses and housecoats to Judi Herman. Dr Richard Blackburn from the University of Leeds and Dilys Williams from the London College of Fashion joins Jane in the studio to discuss the history of polyester, its uses now and its viability, eco and fashion-wise, for the future.

    Lorraine Bowen
  • Mixed-Sex Hospital Wards

    The coalition government has vowed to abolish NHS mixed-sex hospital wards. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said he was determined to end the practice and will introduce sanctions – a £250 fine for every breach of the rules - for those not complying. However the issue has been the subject of manifesto pledges and political promises for over a decade. The Townswomen's Guilds, whose 34,000 members have been campaigning against mixed-sex wards since 1978, believe fines are not a powerful enough deterrent. Jane is joined by Anne Milton, Public Health Minister and Alison Parkinson, Spokesperson for the Townswomen’s Guild. Why is getting rid of mixed-sex wards such a problem? If there are reasonable standards of privacy at the bedside, can mixed-sex accommodation be so bad? What can be done to improve the situation?

    NHS Choices
  • Sue Flood - Polar Photographer

    Coming nose to nose with a polar bear, or flipper to finger with an Emperor Penguin might be your idea of a dream come true, however the relentless hours in the cold, and weeks without hot showers might make you think twice. Sue Flood fortunately has had no such qualms. With over fifteen years experience filming wildlife with the BBC Natural History Unit, she moved to still photography and looked to the farthest horizons. A book, ‘Cold Places’, and subsequent exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery, show the results of this happy – and award winning – change of direction. Sue joins Jane to talk about what life is like in the coldest places on the planet, waking up adrift an ice floe, and what it is like to travel with a Shackleton.

    Cold Places" Exhibition at Getty Images Gallery from 16th March

    Sue Flood
  • Ken Wardrop - His & Hers

    “A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” - that's an Old Irish Proverb which has been brought to life by the film maker Ken Wardrop. His creative documentary “His & Hers” takes the voices of seventy Irish women to share the story of their relationships with men from childhood to dating and marriage and old age. This low budget film has been a big success in Ireland, and was described by one critic as “a perfectly crafted cinematic quilt”. Jane talks to Ken about his motivation for making the film, and the women he found to feature in it.

    The film is out now in selected cinemas.

    His and Hers screenings

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