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08/09/2012

Duration:
1 hour, 28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 08 September 2012

Sian Williams and John McCarthy with studio guest Edwina Currie reflecting on her public and personal life, two very different attitudes to burial from Mark Elliott and Wendii Miller, Spanish author Javier Marias who is the literary and literal king of the micronation Redonda, the pros and cons of procrastination from Steve Swift, Talitha MacKenzie on why her song caught on in Serbia, the musings of Mancunians and the Inheritance Tracks of Big Issue founder John Bird.
Producer: Harry Parker.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: EDWINA CURRIE

    STUDIO GUEST :: EDWINA CURRIE

    The author and broadcaster joins Sian Williams and John McCarthy to talk about her public and personal life. The second volume of her diaries 1992 – 1997 is published on the 18 September by Biteback.

  • PROCRASTINATION :: STEVE SWIFT

    PROCRASTINATION :: STEVE SWIFT

    Swift by name but not nature, Steve has spent his life procrastinating. It has affected his career, his home and his love life. He talks to John about some of the jobs he’s put off for over 25 years.

  • CROWDSCAPE :: PICCADILLY GARDENS

    CROWDSCAPE :: PICCADILLY GARDENS

    JP Devlin talks to people in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

  • EMBALMER :: MARK ELLIOTT

    EMBALMER :: MARK ELLIOTT

    Mark talks to Sian about his experience of embalming, and his nomination for Embalmer of the Year at the Joy of Death festival in Bournemouth this weekend.

    Joy of Death Festival
  • DIY BURIAL :: WENDII MILLER

    DIY BURIAL ::  WENDII MILLER

    Wendii Miller tells us how she carried out her mother’s wishes for her burial, including taking her body in a motorhome to visit all the significant places in her life.

    Natural Death Centre
  • BIG IN SERBIA :: TALITHA MACKENZIE

    BIG IN SERBIA :: TALITHA MACKENZIE

    Talitha has received fan mail from Serbia after she rewrote the lyrics to a traditional Serbian song, despite not speaking the language herself.

    Talitha MacKenzie
  • KING OF REDONDA :: JAVIER MARIAS

    KING OF REDONDA :: JAVIER MARIAS

    Author Javier talks about his unusual role as King of Redonda and about his career as a successful writer.

    Javier Marias
  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JOHN BIRD

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: JOHN BIRD

    The Big Issue founder chooses High Noon performed by Tex Ritter and Lola by The Kinks as his inheritance tracks.

    The Big Issue
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    8 September 2012

    John McCarthy, Javier Marias, Sian, Edwina Currie, Steve Swift.

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