Richard Curtis; Murray Lachlan Young; John McCarthy and Meredith Hooper; Ben Elton's Inheritance Tracks

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Sian Williams & Richard Coles live from the BBC Radio Theatre in London's Broadcasting House with screenwriter & director Richard Curtis, poet Murray Lachlan Young, Annie Hutchinson who arrived in the UK 10 years ago with just £62 to her name and is now turning neglected houses into comfortable homes for children and their families, and Edward Adoo whose love of London buses led him to a career as a DJ. John McCarthy talks to Antarctic explorer Meredith Hooper, Sylvia Hopwood describes the sound of Star Ferry bell in Hong Kong, comedian Ben Elton shares his Inheritance Tracks and JP Devlin mingles with the crowds.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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1 hour, 28 minutes

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Sat 2 Feb 2013 09:00

STUDIO GUEST :: RICHARD CURTIS

STUDIO GUEST :: RICHARD CURTIS
Screenwriter and director Richard Curtis joins Sian and Richard to talk about his latest projects and the 25th anniversary of Comic Relief.

POETRY :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

POETRY :: MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG

Murray performs poetry specially written for today’s programme from the Radio Theatre.

Murray Lachlan Young

SOUND SCULPTURE :: HONG KONG STAR FERRY BELL

SOUND SCULPTURE :: HONG KONG STAR FERRY BELL
Listener Sylvia Hopwood describes the sound of the Star Ferry bell in Hong Kong.

TRANSFORMING HOMES AND LIVES :: ANNIE HUTCHINSON

TRANSFORMING HOMES AND LIVES :: ANNIE HUTCHINSON
Annie arrived in the UK 10 years ago with just £62 to her name and is now turning neglected houses into comfortable homes for children and their families.
Kids Company

TRAVEL :: MEREDITH HOOPER

TRAVEL :: MEREDITH HOOPER
John McCarthy is joined by Meredith Hooper to talk about The Antarctic and her drama about Captain Scott and his wife, Kathleen.  ‘Kathleen and Con’, is Radio 4’s Afternoon Play on Tuesday 5th February.

INHERITANCE TRACKS :: BEN ELTON

INHERITANCE TRACKS :: BEN ELTON
Ben Elton chooses Sagt Mir Wo Die Blumen Sind? performed by Marlene Dietrich and We are the Champions by Queen.

DOUBLE DECKER :: EDWARD ADOO

DOUBLE DECKER :: EDWARD ADOO
Edward Adoo’s love of London buses led him to a career as a DJ.  He joins Sian and Richard to talk about his journey from buses to broadcasting.

POEM :: UNIVERSAL LAW FOR THE WEB

Universal Law for the Web by Murray Lachlan Young

 

I met a man who told me life was perfect

In a lift upon the 37th floor

By the time we were getting near the basement

He’d expounded on a universal law

 

Saying everything that happens has a reason

Every meeting every greeting every call

For the universe dispenses with perfection

All the things that should be coming to us all

 

He said everything is driven by vibration

The attraction to the action of ones choice

One receives the very thing that one is calling

When vibrating with a special inner voice

 

As I exited the lift I heard him choking

I consoled him saying: it was meant to be

And reminded him the universe was perfect

And I’d had a dodgy curry for my tea

POEM :: COMETH THE SPRING

Cometh the Spring by Murray Lachlan Young

Deep chill still ride the winter breeze
Long past the thought of Christmas box
Long past the battle of the trees
Twixed solstice night and equinox

Upon the heels of old St bride
In sight of winter aconite
We mark the turning of the tide
Come to the feast of candle light

The hornbeam shifts in contemplation
Reaching for the distant sound
The oak remains in meditation
Birch tree shifts in frozen ground

Now all the days of marked cold
make points that line the joyful way
As names struck from the winter role
That lead us to the month of May

Yet what do wise Grandmothers say?
That now is now and then was then
And life must not be wished away
For neither will be seen again

See snowdrops pierce the woodland floor
Now earth is turned in cosmic plan
And see the turning push the door
So prune your apples while you can

And hear the gentle whisper sing
As wildest bell begin to ring
Throw open potting shedsonce more
And greet the coming of the spring

STUDIO GUESTS :: ANNIE, ED, RICHARD, RICHARD, MURRAY, SIAN, MEREDITH AND JOHN

STUDIO GUESTS :: ANNIE, ED, RICHARD, RICHARD, MURRAY, SIAN, MEREDITH AND JOHN

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