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07/07/2012

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1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 July 2012

Sian Williams & Richard Coles with commentator and classicist Mary Beard; Namira Salim who's set to be one of the world's first space tourists; Phillippa Yaa De Villiers who was born mixed-race but brought up as white in apartheid South Africa; listener Owen Ephraim who worked with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park; John McCarthy goes biking with travel writer Ted Simon; JP Devlin meets cave collector Jim Gardner; listener Sally Townsend explains why a red fox fur coat is the thing about her; and actress and singer Olivia Newton John shares her Inheritance Tracks.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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  • STUDIO GUEST :: MARY BEARD

    STUDIO GUEST :: MARY BEARD

    Classicist and commentator Mary Beard talks to Sian and Richard about blogging, the value of books and her collection of Christmas tree decorations.

    All In A Don’s Day by Mary Beard, published by Profile Books
  • THE THING ABOUT ME :: RED COAT

    THE THING ABOUT ME :: RED COAT

    Listener Sally Townsend tells the story of how a red fox fur coat changed the course of her life.

  • OWEN EPHRAIM :: WORKING WITH ALAN TURING

    OWEN EPHRAIM :: WORKING WITH ALAN TURING

    Listener Owen Ephraim talks about working on developing Britain’s first computer alongside Alan Turing in the last months of his life.

  • NAMIRA SALIM :: SPACE TOURIST

    NAMIRA SALIM :: SPACE TOURIST

    Adventurer Namira Salim on her plans to become one of the world’s the first space tourists.

    Namira Salim on Facebook
  • TRAVEL :: BIKING

    TRAVEL :: BIKING

    John McCarthy on the allure of travelling by motorbike with travel writer Ted Simon.

  • PHILLIPPA YAA DE VILLIERS :: MIXED RACE BUT BROUGHT UP AS WHITE

    PHILLIPPA YAA DE VILLIERS ::  MIXED RACE BUT BROUGHT UP AS WHITE

    Poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers tells Richard about her childhood in South Africa and her battle to discover her true identity.

  • JIM GARDNER :: CHISELHURST CAVES

    JIM GARDNER :: CHISELHURST CAVES

    JP Devlin goes underground with Jim Gardner, the owner of Chislehurst Caves.

    Chiselhurst Caves
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

    INHERITANCE TRACKS  ::  OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

    Olivia Newton-John chooses Anyone Who Had A Heart by Dionne Warwick as the song she has inherited and her own song Gaia to pass on to future generations.

    The official Olivia Newton-John website
  • Come Back Afrika by Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

    My ancestors were fishermen and fishwives,
    on my father’s side
    loud-mouthed, big-bottomed Ghanaians.

    When I asked my father about our culture,
    I wanted to know
    the beats that would lead my feet
    in the ways of our people and he said:
    culture? Well, your grandfather played the violin
    and the harpsichord.

    When I asked my father about the habitual rituals
    that take us closer to the gods
    of our people,
    he said
    rituals? Well, there were always festivals,
    harvest festivals…
    but we never went there

    When I asked my father
    why why why did they let go of
    all that rich history that Afrika gave us?

    He said:
    my dear
    we are Africans.
    Anyone looking at us can see how black we are,
    why do we have to be going on and on about it?
    Like Kwame Nkhrumah
    I am freedom’s child
    and my pride
    is in every molecule of my being.
    I am not oppressed.
    Why sing that song when I have broken those chains
    and stand before you as a free man?

    He’s deep, my father.
    Maybe deep
    in denial.
    But maybe
    Afrika is dreaming
    like the world is dreaming,
    and Afrika is bluesing
    like the world is bluesing,
    and it’s beautiful
    live as a runaway chicken,
    as a newborn goat trying out its new knees,
    Afrika is the whole world’s starving child
    and the universe’s wise grandmother,
    Afrikans are dressing up in fantasies
    and walking out of the villages and into
    the cities and out of the cities
    and back to the villages, via the
    cave and the beach and the mountain
    and the moon.

    There is no limit.
    There is no boundary.

  • 7 July 2012

    7 July 2012

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