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The Cartridge years: 1978, 1982 and 1993.

This week Richard turns back the clock with the hits and local headlines from April 1978, 1982 and 1993.

And he plays three tracks from The Pet Shop Boys’ 1986 album Please.

Richard highlights some of the lighter stories of the week that you may have missed, reviews some of the recent surveys and looks ahead to the news for Monday. It's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

There is a choice of listening this Sunday afternoon. Richard is on FM, digital radio and online. And there is ball by ball cricket commentary as Hampshire face Derbyshire in the county championship on AM and online.

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3 hours

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Sun 20 Apr 2014 14:00
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April 1978

  • Aircraft Carrier Ark Royal was at sea on her last voyage.
  • Maintenance workers at Southampton docks were on strike.
  • SRN4 Hovercraft 'Princess Anne' was undergoing sea trials in The Solent.
  • A government white paper gave priority to the building of the M3 extension.
  • Spillers, one of Britain's biggest bakers, is to stop making bread because of record losses.
  • Roddy Llewellyn's marriage to Princess Margaret was on the rocks.
  • Parcel bombs were sent to addresses in Covent Garden & Stockwell in London.
  • The proceedings in the house of commons were broadcast regularly for the first time on radio.
  • There was a twenty four hour unofficial strike by BA cabin crew.
  • Elaine Paige was chosen to star in the stage show Evita.
  • The RAF were celebrating their 60th anniversary.
  • Red Rum didn't race in the National due to an injury on his leg.
  • In California 50 skydivers failed to break the world record for skydiving by linking up in mid-air in human star.
  • Martin Luther King's widow led 2000 mourners on a march of remembrance to mark 10th anniversary of her husband's assassination.

April 1982

  • Canberra was on her way to the Falklands.
  • Requisitioned ferry 'Europic' was being refitted in Southampton whilst the 'Norland' was in Portsmouth being turned into a troop ship.
  • Snooker star Steve Davis appeared in a tournament in Southampton. 
  • HMS London was sold to Pakistan.
  • Duchess of Kent was in Fareham.
  • A number of young trees were destroyed by fire in Lyndhurst.
  • Two pupils from Mountbatten School, Romsey reached the National final of a super-skills competition.
  • There was an armed siege in the Harefield area of Southampton.
  • The National Trust announced it was to take over the running of Kingston Lacy House.
  • Delorean Cars was given enough work to last for a month. 
  • A bomb exploded in central Paris.
  • The Duke of Edinburgh was in Seattle and took the pilots seat of a new Boeing 757 aircraft.    
  • The Queen was in Canada for the proclamation of the new Canadian constitution.
  • Carriages from The Orient Express were back in the UK after being renovated in the States.
  • Badminton Horse trails.
  • Health workers were demanding a 12% pay rise.

April 1993

  • A dolphin was spotted of the Isle of Wight coast line.
  • Insurance premiums were reported to be going up, by as much as 37%. The announcement was made at the British Insurers conference in Bournemouth.
  • A tipper truck packed with explosives detonated beneath the Nat West Tower in the City of London.
  • The government's plans to sell off council-owned airports in the South - including Hurn, were criticised by the local authorities involved. 
  • There were two 24 hour rail strikes.
  • The Commons National Heritage Select Committee began an investigation into the price of CDs, which cost up to fifty per cent more in the UK than in the United States.
  • The G7 meeting took place in Tokyo.
  • Scientists in Australia are trying to find out how much effect, if any global warming is having on the worlds weather.
  • Doctors examining the bodies of the victims of the Waco fire have confirmed that at least two of the cult followers died from bullet wounds.  
  • The French driver Alain Prost won the San Marino Grant Prix at Imola.
  • Voting has began in the far East of the Russian Federation in the referendum over who rules Russia.