Vasectomy; Giving up alcohol; Royal bedchambers; Gráinne Maguire
Reporter Geoff Bird has a vasectomy. Stand-up comedian Gráinne Maguire talks about her love of Election night. 'High Sobriety' - Jill Stark's account of giving up alcohol for a year. Dr Lucy Worsley on Royal bedchambers. Presenter: Jenni Murray.
Giving up alcohol
In 2011, at the age of 35, journalist Jill Stark woke up with such a bad post New Year’s Eve party hangover that she decided to give up alcohol for the rest of the year. Having had her first taste of booze when she was 13, Jill had been a binge drinker throughout her twenties and in to her thirties. Earlier this month, a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that deaths from alcohol-related illness in young women are on the rise, prompting discussion on contemporary attitudes to women, alcohol, and ‘how much is too much?’
Jill’s book, High Sobriety: My Year Without Booze, charts her year on the wagon and looks at why, as a society, we seem to be so obsessed with drinking and getting drunk. Jenni is joined by Jill and Dr Louise Newson, to discuss women’s alcohol consumption and if more of us should all be taking a break – or even giving it up for good.
For information on recommended drinking guidelines for women and men in the UK, and help and advice for changing your drinking habits, see the NHS Change4Life website.
Gráinne Maguire is a comedian who loves politics. Her Edinburgh show this year is a One Hour All Night Election Special with needlessly complicated graphics, exit polls, silly time filling, humiliated grown-ups trying not to cry in public and, of course, swing-o-meters. Last year, Gráinne warmed-up for Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference and in the past, she had a picture of Tony Blair on her school locker [although she now says that whenever he’s back on the news, it’s like a bad ex-boyfriend getting in touch]. In September, Gráinne returns to Radio 4 where – as the current holder of the Radio 4 Writer’s Bursary – she will be working on The News Quiz and The Now Show.
Gráinne Maguire is performing her One Hour All Night Election Special at The Wee Coo in Bristo Square in Edinburgh from the 3rd to the 25th August.
Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
The Royal family might feel that the press nowadays is far too intrusive but it is nothing compared to what some monarchs in previous centuries had to endure. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the royal bedchamber was a public space and a large crowd would watch the King as he dressed and undressed. The most senior members of court held positions on the staff of the royal bedchamber and the most important post was that of Groom of the Stole – a member of the aristocracy who would assist his Majesty on the toilet by passing him a rag with which to wipe his bottom. From Medieval times to the Victorian era, the royal bed and bedchamber have played an important role in shaping the destiny of the monarchy. Dr Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, has made a film about the subject and she joins Jenni to tell her some Tales from the Royal Bedchamber.
|Interviewed Guest||Geoff Bird|
|Interviewed Guest||Grainne Maguire|
|Interviewed Guest||Jill Stark|
|Interviewed Guest||Lucy Worsley|