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9 June 2007
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Sam Sky Wild tells us about his unusual upbringing. Robert describes how he got to Britain and what he needs to do to remain here. Major Mike Whatley loves his collection of tanks. And Shilpa Shetty reveals her Inheritance Tracks.

Lynnne Truss is our studio guest while Elvis McGonagall supplies the poetry.
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extraordinary stories imageSam Sky Wild had a decidedly communal upbringing. In fact his name shouldn’t be Wild at all – but his parents decided to cut the ties that bind through a surname and also allow him to be brought up by everyone in their commune.

Robert lives in London and is studying for a film degree. He is a Kosovan Albanian whose family lived in Macedonia – a place to which he says he can never return. He wants to become a British citizen and is currently waiting to hear if his permission to stay in this country has been extended. But can he demonstrate – as ministers want those coming to this country to do from now on – that he has a willingness to integrate and can he demonstrate good behaviour? And if he can does that make him British?
Shilpa ShettyBollywood actress Shilpa Shetty chose 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' by Elvis Presley and the Indian National Anthem, 'Jana Gana Mana' (The Minds of All People).
TankMajor Mike Whatley tells us about his love of tanks.

Mike joined the army at 15 and was always interested in tanks. He now how has his own personal collection. He has too many to keep in his own front garden so they are stored in a massive army hangar. Mike argues that they shouldn't be seen as ungainly beasts but as things of beauty.

You can see Major Mike and his tanks at the Household cavalry Pageant in London on Tues 12th June which also promises a camel...
Elvis McGonagallElvis McGonagall - tartan clad poet, twit and armchair revolutionary.
Lynne TrussLynne Truss began her writing life as a literary journalist, editing the books section of The Listener magazine. She has kept a high profile as a journalist, writing for The Times , Woman's Journal  and more recently as a critic for the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times, where she is a regular book reviewer.

She has published six books, including three novels. Her book on punctuation, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, was the publishing phenomenon of 2003. She has also written many scripts for Radio 4, including dramas, sitcoms and talks. 
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