Aggie MacKenzie; Ralph McTell; The Archers; Russell Grant's Inheritance Tracks

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John McCarthy and Suzy Klein with journalist and broadcaster Aggie MacKenzie, Martin Green who was Head of Ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics and Andrew Parker who was 'the human bridge' during the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. Felicity Finch reveals the Secret Life of the Archers, poet Luke Wright offers a festive rhyme, travel writer Adrian Mourby describes Kosice, one of the 2013 European Capitals of Culture, singer Ralph McTell takes us by the hand and leads us through the streets of London, and celebrity astrologer Russell Grant shares his Inheritance Tracks

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

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Sat 29 Dec 2012 09:00

STUDIO GUEST :: AGGIE MACKENZIE

STUDIO GUEST :: AGGIE MACKENZIE
Journalist and TV presenter Aggie joins John McCarthy and Suzy Klein to talk about her life and work. 
Her TV series Storage Hoarders, is on ITV1 every weekday at 2pm.

SECRET LIFE :: THE ARCHERS

SECRET LIFE :: THE ARCHERS

Felicity Finch aka Ruth in The Archers doubles as a radio reporter.  Here she investigates the secret lives of her Archers co-stars: psychologist Charlotte Martin who plays Susan Carter; and music technologist Barry Farrimond who is Ed Grundy.

Youth Space

Muse Project

I WAS THERE :: OLYMPIC HEAD OF CEREMONIES

I WAS THERE :: OLYMPIC HEAD OF CEREMONIES
Listener Martin Green landed his dream job for the London 2012 Olympics and reports back on his amazing 5 years in the role.

I WAS THE ZEEBRUGGE HUMAN BRIDGE :: ANDREW PARKER

I WAS THE ZEEBRUGGE HUMAN BRIDGE :: ANDREW PARKER
Andrew Parker was a passenger on the Herald of Free Enterprise which capsized at Zeebrugge in 1987.  He used his body as a human bridge to help other passengers to safety and was awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

POETRY :: LUKE WRIGHT

POETRY :: LUKE WRIGHT
Live original poetry from Luke.

TRAVEL :: KOSICE - ADRIAN MOURBY

TRAVEL :: KOSICE - ADRIAN MOURBY
Travel journalist Adrian tells us about Kosice in Slovakia, one of the two 2013 Cities of Culture.  The other is Marseille.

DAYTRIP :: RALPH MCTELL

DAYTRIP :: RALPH MCTELL

Ralph takes JP by the hand and shows him the streets that inspired his famous song ‘Streets of London’.

Ralph’s new album, Sofa Noodling, is out now.

INHERITANCE TRACKS :: RUSSELL GRANT

INHERITANCE TRACKS :: RUSSELL GRANT
Russell chooses This is my Beloved from Kismit and Never Can Say Goodbye by Gloria Gaynor.

STUDIO PHOTO

STUDIO PHOTO
Aggie MacKenzie, Martin Green, Suzy Klein and John McCarthy

Luke's poem

The Slow Days

The slow days down to New Year’s eve arrive,

the sherry fug of Christmas afternoon

is swapped for sodden walks and turkey pie

as flames lick green their wrapping paper feast.

 

In Bolton, Beccles, Basingstoke and Barrhead

cabin fever seizes naughty boys.

In Colchester, Kirkcaldy, Cowes and Croydon

fathers take the batteries out of toys.

 

And life plods on like boiled brussel sprouts,

the papers ration out what news they can,

it’s floods or sales or national archive scraps

obituaries march sombre to the front.

 

In Droitwich, Douglas, Dewsbury and Dawlish

the grown-up single children leave for town.

In Falmouth, Fishguard, Fakenham and Frodsham

the tinsel round the bannisters falls down.

 

And so we turn to retail parks and malls

roam listlessly in close and drowsy wafts

half-dazzled in the vast resplendent halls

then join the traffic slowly shunting home.

 

In Greenock, Glynneath, Glossop, Goole and Gosport

the chocolate tins are cellophane and air.

In Halstead, Harrow, Holyhead and Hexham

a grandad guffs with gusto in his chair.

 

But spare a thought for cops and chefs on shifts,

for bellboys on a night bus in the rain,

for grizzly guvnors hauling out the bins,

for Jacks and Widow Twankies on the stage.

 

In Leighton-Linslade, Letchworth, Looe and Loughor

they roll the metal shop-fronts up at six.

In Mossley, Morpeth, Melksham, Mere and Monmouth

there’s breakfast DJs churning out the hits.

 

And minutes fall like needles from the tree

as neighbours call round: is it bins tonight?

and relatives on platforms are set free

‘til finally the last hurrah pulls up.

 

In Narbeth, Nayland, Normanton and Nantwich

they’re counting down all pints and lily-flesh.

In Potton, Prescot, Portishead and Paignton

they snap the dead year off and start afresh.

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Boys cuddling in a field

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