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Billy Bragg, Murray Lachlan Young, Kinder Scout leader's son, blind marathon runner, homeless cat man, Sue Townsend

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Saturday 21 April 2012

Richard Coles with musician and activist Billy Bragg, poet Murray Lachlan Young, Prof Harry Rothman, son of Benny Rothman, the leader of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout to mark the 80th anniversary of the climb that won our generations' right to roam, Simon Wheatcroft an blind ultra-marathon runner, a feature about a homeless man from London, James Bowen, who was adopted by a cat and now they're constant companions, and Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend's Inheritance Tracks.

Producer: Rachel Simpson.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: BILLY BRAGG

    STUDIO GUEST :: BILLY BRAGG

    Billy Bragg, musician, songwriter and activist, gave voice to the British left in the 1980s. 'Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions' features Woody Guthrie's lyrics set to Billy Bragg and Wilco's music. It's out on 21st April, which is also Record Store Day.

    Record Store Day
  • KINDER SCOUT CHILD :: PROF HARRY ROTHMAN

    KINDER SCOUT CHILD ::  PROF HARRY ROTHMAN

    The Mass Trespass 80 years ago on Kinder Scout - the highest gritstone peak in the Peak District - is widely credited with winning successive generations' right to roam. Professor Harry Rothman is the son of Benny Rothman, leader of that mass trespass. Benny's book The Battle for Kinder Scout is available from Willow Publishing and the Kinder 80 Festival launches on 24th April.

    Kinder 80
  • BLIND RUNNER :: SIMON WHEATCROFT

    BLIND RUNNER :: SIMON WHEATCROFT

    Simon’s an ultra-marathon runner, an achievement all the more spectacular because he's blind. Not only that, he runs unaided. On the eve of the 2012 London Marathon, Simon tells Richard what his kind of running involves.

  • LONG LOST FATHER :: JACQUELINE REDMAN

     LONG LOST FATHER :: JACQUELINE REDMAN

    Listener Jacqueline Redman emailed to share her story of meeting her father for the first and only time when she was 50. She told JP Devlin how that meeting affected her thinking about the nature/nurture debate.

  • MY STREET CAT BOB :: JAMES BOWEN

    MY STREET CAT BOB :: JAMES BOWEN

    Homeless musician James Bowen was in a bad way. But after being adopted by a persistent stray cat - who now rarely leaves his shoulder - James began to turn his life around. His book, 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is published by Hodder & Stoughton.

    James Bowen
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: SUE TOWNSEND

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: SUE TOWNSEND

    Adrian Mole's creator chooses Billie Holliday's version of 'All Of Me', and Ben E King's 'Stand By Me'.

    Sue Townsend
  • POET :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

    POET :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

    Murray Lachlan Young is one of the UK’s most dynamic and best-known exponents of spoken-word and stand up poetry.

    Murray Lachlan Young
  • Billy Bragg, Richard and Murray Lachlan Young

    Billy Bragg, Richard and Murray Lachlan Young

  • POEM :: The Rambler’s poem (Oi! Get off my land!)

    The ramblers are coming
    The ramblers are coming

    The ramblers are coming
    All ‘Ruckedy sack’
    Bringing the beard and the Bobbly hat
    Chatty, chirping, babbling bunch
    Packing the flask and a Tupperware lunch

    (Most likely vegetarians or smug egalitarians and
    And even Rosicrucian’s or Lady Unitarians)

    Stopping at pubs, parking their rear
    Taking up space, not drinking much beer
    Somebody please fetch the police
    The ramblers are here, disturbing the peace

    * * *

    But follow on little while
    Across the field and o’er the style
    And watch the Nordic poles mutate
    And see the ice age tribes migrate

    The nomad’s spear and hunters feast
    Then shift to sounds of plough and beast
    The Romans come the Romans go
    The ancient kings ascend the thrown

    Enclosure of the common grass
    The change from tribe to social class
    The city boom, the turbine sigh
    The mills and looms, the smog filled sky

    The ceaseless humming factory floor
    The trenches and the stench of war
    The sacrifices to be free
    To sit beneath the spreading tree

    In sunlit, softened wooded days
    Through canopied and ancient bye-ways
    On to our defining worth
    Through hill and glen and curving earth

    To find our selves:

    Home again and newly born
    (Eating tasty egg and cress sandwich, with a lovely cup of tea)
    There, upon on Madonna’s lawn
    So happy with our little lot
    And thankful that we’ve not been shot

    * * *

    So when you see a rambler,
    A rambling past your country home
    See there a child of ancient line
    Recalling what it is to roam

    Beyond his ken, the modern farm
    But Tis clear he means no hurt or harm

    And (through his wooly bobble hat)
    He will not understand

    (In the depths of bipedal, meditative state)

    The cry of:

    “Oi! GET OFF MY LAND!”

  • POEM :: In April

    In April.

    Solar Tornados and battleship skies
    Raw winds and cruel rain and-
    Thick hailstones fly
    Beating Blossoms
    (Wind buffeted)
    Washing down stream
    Wicked winter plays peek-a-boo!
    Goosing the dreams
    Of the spring that would spring
    If it weren’t for the sleet
    Yes in April it’s best
    To be quick on you feet

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