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SOUNDSCAPE: The Pond
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Peter France narrates the extraordinary story of the life and times of a village pond in Oxfordshire 
Monday to Friday 3.45-4.00pm 23 - 27 August 2004

The Pond is a dramatic and evocative acoustic journey following the history of the village pond and the lives of the frogs and other creatures which live in and around it.


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Programme 1. TX: Monday 23 August  3.45 - 4.00pm

Its a cold, damp Autumn morning when a group of villagers emerge from their huts in the kingdom of Mercia and stumble through the Autumn mist towards the north end of the village. Here, they have chosen a site for their new pond - required to meet the needs of the expanding village. After digging the pond, the villagers wait for the autumn rains to fill the large hole they have shaped out of the earth. They don't have to wait long.  Then comes the winter and the pond freezes over. A mallard which falls asleep on the ice finds itself an easy target for a hungry fox. The winter is long and hard, but spring brings a new arrival to the pond: a frog , and then another and another ....

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