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26/04/2011

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45 minutes
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Tuesday 26 April 2011

Presented by Jenni Murray. Andrew Morton's new book on the Royal couple Kate and William ahead of Friday's big day. We examine the Polish Government's new commitment to gender equality and discuss the Night Bra! Paula Yates and Marilyn Monroe apparently wore one and we ask if it can really keep the wrinkles at bay and help defy gravity. And we hear about a prison programme called "Family Man" aimed at helping long term offender rehabilitation. Following our recent Mother and Son programme to mark Mother's Day, our reporter Felicity Finch has been to talk to Pat and her son Scott about the impact of the programme on their lives and family.

Chapters

4 items
  • William and Kate by Andrew Morton

    Andrew Morton discusses the couple’s families and backgrounds, the story of their relationship and engagement and the preparations for the wedding of the year.

  • Feminism in Poland

    Dr Agnieszka Graff from the University of Warsaw, and Dr Elwira Grossman from the University of Glasgow, discuss the impact of Poland's Gender Quota Bill for parliamentary elections.

  • Family Man courses

    Can training in prison help male offenders be better fathers when they finish their sentence?Pat and her son Scott, who has just been released from prison, discuss the impact of the Family Man course.

  • Night-time bras

    Night-bra designer Rachel de Boer and Adam Searle, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, discuss the pros and cons of wearing a bra in bed.

  • William and Kate by Andrew Morton

    To mark the Royal Wedding this week, the biographer Andrew Morton will be publishing a book: ‘William and Catherine, Their Lives, Their Wedding’. He joins Jenni to discuss the couple’s families and backgrounds, the story of their relationship and engagement and the preparations for the wedding of the year.

    'William and Catherine Their Lives, Their Wedding,’ by Andrew Morton is published by Michael O’Mara.

  • Feminism in Poland

    Earlier this year the Polish parliament passed its Gender Quota Bill, meaning that in future 35% of all candidates on the lists of parties running for seats in the country’s parliament must be women. But Polish women still have very limited reproductive rights, limited access to childcare, and women’s participation in the workforce is one of the lowest in Europe. Jenni will be speaking to Dr Agnieszka Graff from the University of Warsaw, and Dr Elwira Grossman, Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Glasgow.

  • Night-time bras

    Is one way to avoid a sagging and wrinkle-free bust to wear a bra in bed? Paula Yates and Marilyn Monroe apparently both wore one. A former Dutch flight attendant Rachel de Boer has produced a night bra which aims to keep the wrinkles at bay. To discuss wearing a bra in bed Jenni is joined by La Decollette designer Rachel de Boer and Adam Searle, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and the past President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

  • Family Man courses

    Following our recent Mother and Son programme to mark Mother’s Day, our reporter Felicity Finch has been to talk to Pat and her son Scott, who has just been released from prison. While there Scott participated in a nine week project called Family Man, set up by the charity Safe Ground. Evidence suggests that this course impacts on the risks of reoffending, by encouraging prisoners to maintain their family relationships both while in prison and on their release. Scott and Pat talk about the impact on their lives and family.

    Mirror

    I look into the mirror and what do I see?
    The man who caused my problems, looking back at me.
    Do I get all angry with this man who did me wrong,
    Or do I make my peace with him? We need to get along.

    Shall I hate this man I see, or give him some respect,
    Or do I smash the piece of glass that makes his image reflect?
    It makes me look more closely, and begin to inspect his face;
    Look deep into his wide blue eyes that tire from this race.

    I step back from the mirror and close my eyes tight shut,
    And think of what he did to me, how he put me in this rut.
    Then I get to thinking, can it really be all his fault?
    I think about it deep and hard, the chances of that are nought.

    When I get to thinking, all the things that he has done,
    Are we now different people, or are we still as one?
    I cannot just disown him, he has been with me all my days,
    I think I'll try to show him, the error of his ways.

    I step back to the mirror and take a deep hard look;
    I know this man inside out; I can read him like a book.
    I can control him, I have learnt the skills I need;
    No longer will we both feel the pain, our heart will no longer bleed.

    We look into each others eyes, and suddenly we click,
    Its then that we both realise what makes the other tick.
    It is a life changing moment, and both of us agree,
    The only ones who can make things work, my friend are you and me!

    copyright: Scott Whitnall HMP Belmarsh 2009

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