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Pauline Black, Kate Fox, Natasha Owen Jones, Milton Keynes, Breadboard, Ben Miller's Inheritance Tracks

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 March 2012

Richard Coles with The Selecter's Pauline Black, poet Kate Fox, Natasha Owen Jones who traced her long-lost brother only to find he was a convicted killer and who has just returned from meeting him for the first time, one of the original inhabitants of Milton Keynes, the story of a beloved breadboard, and the Inheritance Tracks of comedian Ben Miller.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: PAULINE BLACK

    STUDIO GUEST :: PAULINE BLACK

    The singer, actress and author joins Richard to talk about becoming the Queen of Ska in 2-Tone band The Selecter. Her ‘Made in Britain’ tour continues in the UK this month and her book ‘Black By Design: A 2-Tone Memoir’ is published by Profile.

    The Selecter tour
  • NATASHA OWEN-JONES :: BROTHER BEHIND BARS

    NATASHA OWEN-JONES :: BROTHER BEHIND BARS

    Natasha Owen-Jones spent 20 years searching for the brother she'd never met, only to find he was in an American jail for murder for 99 years. She has just returned from Minnesota Correctional Facility where she met him for the first time.

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: BEN MILLER

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: BEN MILLER

    The comedian and actor chooses Peter Seeger’s ‘The Titanic’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Idiot Wind’. He is currently appearing in The Ladykillers at The Gielgud Theatre in London.

  • POET :: KATE FOX

    POET :: KATE FOX

    Kate Fox is a Newcastle-based writer, comedian and poet.

    Kate Fox
  • THE THING ABOUT ME :: BREAD BOARD

    THE THING ABOUT ME ::  BREAD BOARD

    Listener David Harmar on his most treasured possession, his mother’s wooden bread board which takes him back to his earliest memories.

  • NEW TOWN RESIDENT :: MILTON KEYNES

    NEW TOWN RESIDENT :: MILTON KEYNES

    Almost 50 years ago this week, the new towns of Milton Keynes, Basingstoke and Havant were proposed. Milton Keynes resident Lee Scriven remembers what it was like to be one of the first to move in. He is the author of a book about MK, 'Three Curly Wurlys and 106 Roundabouts’.

  • SCHOOL REPORT :: WHO HE?

    SCHOOL REPORT :: WHO HE?

    More than 1,000 schools across the UK took part in the biggest ever BBC School Report News Day this week. The children interviewed singer Rufus Wainwright, but didn't how how famous he is. Have you ever failed to recognise a famous person?

    BBC School Report
  • POEM :: The Special Relationship

    Chuffed to bits to have a natter,
    trying out his English patter,
    divided by a common language,
    from his new best mate,
    hopefully Dave didn't also try enter
    an Anglo-American linguistic state.
    "Isn't your woman spiffing? Come on let's share a dog.
    What bally splendid guys,
    Here's a photo of my new sprog"
    On the blooming lawns
    of the White House Garden
    no need to worry
    about "What?" or "Pardon?",
    But it's language's hoops
    they'll both have to watch
    if they want an alliance
    that's truly top notch.

  • POEM :: Double Tone

    Who am I? Where do I belong?
    I'm a cut and shut job, a mashed up song,
    the sum of more than contrasting parts,
    made up by myself as I go along.

    Like being non-RP on the BBC,
    a fairy story with Goths in,
    a sunny day with moths in,
    a zoo where lions keep humans in cages,
    a temple where toddlers are the sages.

    Like the only female on a stand up bill,
    A dining table with horse's legs,
    Christmas decorated with painted eggs,
    Bladerunner meeting the Teletubbies,
    Wags taking Oxford Dons for hubbies.
    Boris Johnson with a curly perm,
    a late night owl catching a worm.

    Like having a left brain in a right hemisphere.
    The Smiths entering Eurovision,
    Poetry on the television,
    Bankers sharing their lunch with tramps,
    Charles Saatchi collecting stamps.
    Martin Amis editing "Take a Break",
    The Eiffel Tower rebuilt with cake.

    Misdirected by left and right,
    sugared and spliced and dark and light.
    bleached out by definition,
    juxtaposed by contradiction.
    a tune to which I hold the key,
    the either or that I can be
    returned to sender, address unknown,
    housed temporarily in a poem.

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