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Lucie Green, Salena Godden, Martyn Ware, Chrissie Wellington, Diane Blood, height theorist, John Bercow Inheritance Tracks

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 25 February 2012

Richard Coles with astronomer Dr Lucie Green, poet Salena Godden, Diane Blood who made legal history 15 years ago by fighting for the right to bear her dead husband's children, and super athlete Chrissy Wellington who's 4 times winner of the female Iron Man triathlon, a Daytrip to Sheffield with The Human League/Heaven 17's Martyn Ware, a man who has a theory about height and school uniform and the Inheritance Tracks of Speaker of The House of Commons John Bercow.

  • RICHARD'S GUEST :: DR LUCIE GREEN

    RICHARD'S GUEST :: DR LUCIE GREEN

    Dr Lucie Green is a space scientist who studies activity in the solar atmosphere. She was a guest expert for the BBC’s Stargazing extravaganza in January.

    DR LUCIE GREEN
  • DAY OUT :: MARTYN WARE

    DAY OUT :: MARTYN WARE

    A founder member of both The Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn is one of the leading figures in electronic music. The record producer and artist took JP Devlin on a day trip around his old Sheffield haunts.

  • IRON MAN :: CHRISSIE WELLINGTON

    IRON MAN :: CHRISSIE WELLINGTON

    The four-time world champion in the Ironman triathlon talks to Richard about being the “most remarkable woman in sport”. Chrissie's book "A Life Without Limits: A World Champions’ Journey" is published by Constable on 23 February.

    CHRISSIE WELLINGTON
  • NICK CARTER :: CLOTHES = HEIGHT

    NICK CARTER :: CLOTHES = HEIGHT

    Nick used to work for the Department of Education. He tells JP Devlin about his research findings that pupils seem taller to teachers when NOT in uniform.

  • DIANE BLOOD :: THE RIGHT TO CONCEIVE

    DIANE BLOOD :: THE RIGHT TO CONCEIVE

    Diane Blood fought for the right to use her dead husband's sperm for fertility treatment, conceive his children after his death, and name him as their father on their birth certificates.

    DIANE BLOOD
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JOHN BERCOW

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JOHN BERCOW

    Speaker of the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Buckingham, John chooses David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and Don't Give Up, by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush.

    JOHN BERCOW
  • POET :: SALENA GODDEN

    POET :: SALENA GODDEN

    Salena Godden is a poet, performer and writer. She also has a residency in London's Soho hosting and curating The Book Club Boutique.

    THE BOOK CLUB BOUTIQUE
  • POEM :: Poem for Dr Lucie

    take my hand and fly with me

    we’ll soar through a richness

    of ancient constellations

    the Charioteer rides high

    in northern winter night skies.

    spanning eight Full Moons

    this celestial bounty

    the Flaming Star Nebula

    the red, convoluted clouds

    of glowing hydrogen

    tadpole-shapes of dust and gas

    young star clusters

    embedded in natal blankets

    lets glide this crowded field

    the plane of our Milky Way galaxy

    this galactic anticenter

    and all that is before us

    as above, as below

    surrounds us

    around us

    and is beyond.

  • POEM :: A Letter from London to Winter

    Dear Winter

    There is no easy way to say this but to come right out with it - We are finished. I will be honest there is another, I confess I have been flirting with Spring and this new dalliance has been in my thoughts for some time now.Now, this cannot come as a surprise Winter. You must have noticed a change in me, you have seen me blush at hints of buds, the nose of crocus poking through my frosted mud banks. Winter, its not that we didn’t have some great times. And when you snowed! Winter, you made me feel so Dickensian – And I mean that in the nicest way – Everyone says that, Oh London, look at you, you are so Dickensian. But I have never wanted anything or anyone more than Spring. The longing for this embrace distracts me day and night. How happy I will be in the arms of Spring.

    Oh Winter you understand don’t you, we couldn’t carry on like this? We couldn’t keep up the pretence, I know you want more, you take over me, you keep my ponds frozen and ice up my pipes. We made sense once, but not now.

    With Spring I feel I will be able to be myself again, my architecture will shine with a new golden light, my lakes and rivers will shimmer and mirror the swans, all the birds will come home to roost. I will be whole and green again. I need to feel young and new again, you do understand don’t you, Winter? I need to move on. I wouldn’t be surprised if you go running back to that Moscow. I’m sorry but she is so brassy with her Red Square littered with furry muff and sable coats. Please don’t try to deny it Winter, I know you better than you know yourself. I know how you feel about Helsinki too. Looking back I cannot believe I left Autumn for you, I want my ground to be soft and yielding again, I want greenery and finery not this starkness. Winter - You are so minimalist!

    The fact is that lately I have been thinking about the lambs and the bunnies, Winter, yes I know we talked about this, and I said, I didn’t want lambs and bunnies, but I do now, oh I sorely do, I feel its my time. So please leave my key and go quietly. After you have read this I will decorate my Heath with daffodils, my parks with snowdrops and my canals with ducklings and trees in blossom of pink.

    Kindest Regards,

    London, England.

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