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FEBRUARY 2008

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THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY

17.25 Say Cheese
We spoke to Cheese fan Paul McSweeney Editor of Cheese Problems Solved, who's been nominated for Oddest Book Title of the year.

18.05 Lambs Hearts
Nigel wowed us again with his stuffed lambs hearts


WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY

17.25 Sauna
In an increasingly stressed out society we’re all on the look out for ever more extreme relaxation techniques. So we went live to Helsinki to sweat it out with member of the Finish Sauna Society, Seppo Pookilah.

18.05 Pantomime
We spoke to Alan Scott, Big Chief of the Puriton Players Pantomime who explained why not-so-sleepy village of Puriton in Somerset holds its annual Panto in February.


TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY

17.25 Quantum Theory
We speak to Jack Klaff, broadcaster and author of A Bluffers Guide to the Quantum Universe, who came on to help decipher Stephen Hawking's Brief History of Time.

18.10 Yoga
Yoga teacher Carole Baker joined Chris in the studio to teach our very own sport Jonny a sequence of moves.


MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY

17.25 To Cross or not to Cross

We talk to Tim Hutchful, a Chiropractor from Leicester , who explains the pro's and cons of crossing your legs.

18.10 Tortoises
As global warming turns up the dial on temperature settings around the world it can have some unexpected consequences. We all know about melting ice caps and rising sea levels but who would have believed it could even affect the humble tortoise? Warmer winters have forced them out of their shells early and are playing havoc with their sleeping patterns. Shirley Neely from the Jersey Tortoise Sanctuary told us what she's doing about it, and why she now keeps her's in the fridge.


THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY

17.25 Endangered Musical Instruments Part Four
For the finale of our Endangered Instrument feature we spoke to Clare Hines and partner Pete Coleman, who joined Chris live in the studio to play their Hurdy Gurdy and English Bagpipes together. Clare and Pete's Band are called Metheglin

18.10 High Life Part Four
In the final instalment of our High Life Week, we went to the Big Apple to get a guided tour of one of the most iconic skylines in the world. Atop the Empire State Building, New York City, where we join one of their observatory guides Robert Gross.

18.15 Nige's Food Slot
Nigel brings in a Cockles and Clam extravaganza.


WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

17.25 Endangered Musical Instruments Part Three

David Liggins from The Ocarina Workshop joined us to talk to us about the Ocarina. Ocarina was the name given to it by a 17 year old Italian brick maker Giuseppe Donati – Oca means goose in Italian and Ina means little one so it literally translates into little goose.

18.10 High Life Part Three
In this the third edition of our High Life Week, we spoke to Greg Sang, who spends his time conquering the skies with bricks and mortar. Greg is currently working on the 159th floor of the Burj in Dubai, which is approximately 600metres above the ground.


TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY

17.25 Endangered Musical Instruments Part Two
We turned to the only truly Space controlled instrument – the Theremin! It’s the only instrument you play without actually touching it and Bruce Woolley who fronts the Radio Science Orchestra told us how.

18.10 High Life Part Two
We headed for the hills to speak to a man who spends his days with his head in the clouds. We went live to the Atlas mountains in Morocco, to join one of their top guides Mohamed Aztat.


MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY

17.25 Endangered Musical Instruments Part One

We start our week of endangered instruments. Today Steve Rowley Chairman of the Tabourers Society joined us with his Pipe and Tabor.

18.10 High Life Part One Each day this week we’ll take to the skies and talk to a different person who spends their working life up in the air. In the first instalment we spoke to Kim Hull, the only Hot Air Balloonist to take passengers over our capital city and he’s one of the best balloonists in the country.


TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

17:25 Restaurant of the future
Managing Director Rene Koster talked to us about his Big Brother restaurant. Rene and his colleagues decided to set up a restaurant that also acted as a unique research facility in which diners could be observed and their behaviour monitored, to find out why people act as they do in restaurants, and how this affects their eating choices and habits.

Learn more about Rene's restaurant of the future here.


MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY

17:25 Monastry of Sound -
Tom Lewis, Classical and Jazz A+R man for Universal Music told us why he has turned to amongst others The Tablet and the Catholic Times in the hope of finding some guidance for his next big thing. Gregorian chanting!

Find out more about Tom's Monastry of Sound here


FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Find out more about the Hover Chair here! 


THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY

17:25 IT COULD BE EU!
It was a special anniversary edition of the Euromillions lottery, in which £95million was up for grabs, and someone had to win it.
Dot Renshaw, Head of Player Services for Camelot came to tell us what happens to all of the unclaimed cash? And how many people are out there sitting on tickets that could make them millionaires?


WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY

17:25 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square... or was it a robin?
Graham Madge ornithologist from the RSPB flew by to tell us all about birdsong.
Robins sing more at night and are often confused with nightingales. It’s now widely believed that the nightingale who sang in Berkley Square was actually a robin

18:10 Lost in translation
Interpreter Ling Song Chase, who worked for ex PM Tony Blair told us all about the world of translation.
There are three different types of interpreting –
Simultaneous interpreting – mainly at conferences – where you have to you sit in a booth with a buddy translating as the delegate is speaking. It is the most stressful that’s why you need a buddy so you can have a break every 20 minutes. No one can do it for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Consecutive Interpreting – where the speaker will pause to give you time to translate
Ad Hoc – where a special subject is being covered eg a delegation from China visiting the British museum

TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

17:25 Ocular Prosthetics
Carolyn Dearden Ocular Technician joined us from the National Artificial Eye Service in Blackpool to tell us all about glass eyes.
Are glass eyes really made of glass? No they are made of acrylic plastic these days. They stopped making glass eyes at the end of World War 2, however glass eyes are still occasionally made for people who have an allergy to acrylic but they are very few and far between

18:10 Our monthly look at obscure magazines - Cranes Today
The Editor of Cranes Today, Will Dalrymple swung by to tell us all about the heady heights of the world of Cranes.

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MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY

17:25 The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth
Chas Lister
, a General Dental Practioner and member of the board of craniomandibular studies came by to chew the cud with us about all things molar. He revealed how the layout of your teeth can affect your posture and even give you headaches.

18:00 Belive It Or Not
President of Ripley’s Odditorium Jim Patterson Jr let us in on the secret of Ripley’s Believe It or Not success. Their business is believable unbelievability.
Click here to find out more about Ripley's odditorium

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