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Allegra McEvedy, Murray Lachlan Young, Omid Djalili, freegan, firework funeral, Randy Newman

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 05 November 2011

Richard Coles with chef Allegra McEvedy, poet Murray Lachlan Young, one woman who wants to be a firework when she dies and another who lives on stuff that's been thrown away; comedian Omid Djalili plays bongos and singer-songwriter and all round musical legend Randy Newman shares his Inheritance Tracks.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: ALLEGRA MCEVEDY

    Chef Allegra McEvedy is Richard's studio guest. Her new book "Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef", published by Conran Octopus, is out now.

    Allegra's Website
  • SECRET LIFE :: OMID DJALILI

    JP Devlin reveals the multi-award winning stand-up Omid Djalili's Secret Life - as a bongo player. You can hear Omid playing the bongos on his current UK tour.

    Omid's Website
  • FREE FOOD :: KATHARINE HIBBERT

    Katharine Hibbert spent a year living on the things the rest of us throw away. She still eats food she finds in supermarket bins. Katharine's book 'Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society' is published by Ebury Press

    Katharine's Social Enterprise Website
  • FIREWORK FUNERAL

    When Marion Kennett and her husband eventually die, their ashes will be attached to a rocket and sent aloft into the night sky over Luton for one last spectacular farewell.

    Heaven's Above Website
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: RANDY NEWMAN

    Singer/Songwriter and one of America’s finest film composers, Randy inherits the film score of 'How Green Was My Valley' composed by his Uncle Alfred, and passes on the Ray Charles classic 'Come Rain or Come Shine'. Randy's CD/DVD Live in London is out on November 14th.

    Randy's Website
  • POET :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

    Murray Lachlan Young is a stand up poet, playwright and satirist. You can catch him at the Society Club, in the Basement of Sun & Thirteen Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street W1F 9N on Tuesday 8th November at 7.30pm

  • POEM :: FIRE

    To the night the dark returns
    The dusted berries on the on the ewe
    The murmur drifts the fire burns
    The slow is fast beneath the dew

    Rockets streak the smoking sky
    The white moth hunts candle flame
    The winter turns its haunting gaze
    The summer sun is fully slain

    In the darkness I can see
    The ancient thing inside of me
    I can smell the coldening ground
    Spirits that the night surround

    And in the fire I can see
    My place upon the ancient line
    And in the flame the chain hands
    Extending to the dawn of time

  • POEM :: BONGO LIVING

    When one looks at life’s great tapestry
    And balks at its immensity
    Insanity and vanity
    And shocking inhumanity
    Knavery and slavery
    And corporate mendacity
    And find ones self along the path to full exasperacity

    But No!

    One must stop! And draw back from the brink
    One must neither feel helpless or hapless or glum
    For when markets go crashing and governments slashing
    There’s nothing
    No nothing
    No honestly nothing
    Nothing that can beat a little bongo drum
    Nothing that can beat a little bongo drum

    Tippy tappy tip tap tip tap tap
    Tippy tappy tip tap tip tap tap
    Tippy tappy tip tap tip tap tap
    Everybody’s beating on a bongo drum

    Down in the caravan late at night
    The moon and the stars such a wonderful sight
    Far from the din and electric hum
    Only thing is missing is a bongo drum

    Fella in a yurt with a bongo drum

    He’s got a friend and the friend’s got a chum
    And they’re all get together with a bongo drum

    Tippy tappy tippy tappy tip tap tap

    Look there’s a freegan sitting in a skip
    Getting out the goodies a‘for it goes to the tip
    Edemami beans then a pie then a plum
    Next thing you know it’s a bongo drum

    There’s a freegan freaking out with a bongo drum?
    Freegan freaking out with a bongo drum

    Vicar in the pulpit talking to the flock
    Handing out the vino looking at the clock
    Soon in the vicarage having lots of fun
    Banging with the bishop on a bongo drum!

    Banging with the bishop on a bongo drum?
    Banging with the bishop on a bongo drum!

    Tippy tappy tippy tappy tip tap tap
    Tippy tappy tip tap a tap tap tap
    Tippy tappy tippy tappy tip tap tap
    (Repeat at will)
    Everybody’s beating on a bongo drum!

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