Archives for November 2009

Nominate someone for an iPM New Year Honours

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Jennifer Tracey | 17:03 UK time, Monday, 23 November 2009


The Queen

So, there's the official New Year Honours and then there's the iPM New Year Honours.

Is there someone you know, a colleague at work, a member of your family, someone you read about in the paper who YOU think deserves a New Year Honour? Let us know.

Maybe they've achieved something extraordinary, or maybe you just think they deserve some attention. We don't want to be prescriptive about it, but remember to tell us why you think they should receive an iPM honour.

There's no prize, just us making a bit of a fuss.

How do I nominate someone
Email ipm [at], please put HONOUR in the subject line.

Or write to
iPM New Year's Honours
Room G601,
BBC TV Centre,
London W12 7RJ

Closing date for entries
Midnight Saturday 12 December

Who decides the winner
The iPM production team will choose a winner from the entries we receive and its decision will be final.

Read the terms and conditions


Jennifer Tracey | 05:25 UK time, Saturday, 21 November 2009


secret whisper

We asked if listeners had secrets they kept from their partners. Turns out they do. We promised not to reveal identities. Money, affairs, cross dressing, lemonade and tarantulas appeared in our inbox.

You can tell us yours if you like, email us. Or run a mile. We understand either way.

Nuclear reaction

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Jennifer Tracey | 06:02 UK time, Saturday, 14 November 2009


Listener mock-up of nuclear power site in Kirksanton

Earlier this week, alongside wave, wind and what's called clean coal power stations, the government gave the go ahead for 10 new nuclear facilities and a new planning system.

There was a mixed reaction from listeners who emailed, but there were two that caught our eye and we invited their authors onto the programme to discuss it.

Patrick McCarron is a retired lawyer who's been a strong supporter of nuclear power since the 1950s. He's frustrated it's taken the Government so long to give nuclear the go-ahead.

Sally Millar lives near Kirksanton, one of the proposed sites. She's been talking about climate change as an environmental educator for the last 20 years. (She mocked up the photo above to show what her neighbourhood might look like.)

Here's what happened when we brought them together...

Your News with Sir John Tusa

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Jennifer Tracey | 05:15 UK time, Friday, 13 November 2009


John Tusa

BBC legend Sir John Tusa reads Your News sentences this week. Drop us a line about your week if you fancy, or tweet.

I won £10 on the Lotto for the first time in years. It will make such a difference to my life, especially as I have been unemployed for eight months.

On the first really cold and foggy morning my car had a flat battery due to the passenger door light being on for 16 hours.

My son was attacked and robbed in his home by a gang of lowlife scum wielding gun, knife and baseball bat, he was smashed over the head with one of these and all I want to do is thank them for not killing him.

Fed my bees today, they seem to be doing fine.

I met my internet date but after a pleasant couple hours dining in the pub she gave me "the brush-off".

I set fire to the house last night; it was an accident but I wish I hadn't waited until the decorating was finished.

My brother and sister and I learnt on national TV that we are not loved by our parents.

I met Andrew Neil last night and decided he had an orange face.

The council is refusing to empty our cat poo bin.

I want to tell my partner that I'm a secret nudist and long to be naked at home, but I'm afraid he won't understand and ask me to leave.

Just cut a wedge from my first homemade cheddar cheese to find an unexpected vein of blue mould inside and I wonder if it's edible.

I twisted my ankle wearing my new stiletto heels, but my wife just laughed.

iPM New Year Honour terms and conditions

Jennifer Tracey | 10:08 UK time, Thursday, 12 November 2009


The small print...for your attention please...

1. In order to nominate someone, you must be a UK resident (including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and not be a BBC employee, employee of any of its affiliates, close relative of any such employees or connected to the award directly or through a close relative.

2. Any UK resident (incl. Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) aged 10 is eligible to be nominated, except BBC employees, employees of any of its affiliates, close relatives of any such employees or connected to the award directly or through a close relative. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

3. Nominations can be made online by: (i) e-mailing the programme ipm [@]; (ii) leaving a comment on the iPM blog or; (iii) sending a postal entry to iPM Honours, iPM, Room G601, BBC TV Centre, London W12 7RJ. The closing time for receipt of entries is 00:01 on 13th December 2009. No entries received after that time will be considered. Nominations cannot be acknowledged or returned. Full details of opening and closing times will be given on air.

4. You will be required to provide evidence of the nominee's permission to take part in any post-award publicity. Winner will be expected to allow the use of their names for publicity purposes as may be required. For entrants/winners under 18 years of age, parent or guardian's consent may be required.

5. As this is mostly an award for fun, ie there is no prize, there is a wide criteria to qualify for nomination. The nominee should deserve recognition for some aspect of their life which is extraordinary or deserves to be given attention.

6. The BBC may contact both the nominator and nominee to verify facts and/or events and whether the relevant consents have been obtained. This should not be interpreted as anything other than an information gathering exercise.

7. The BBC team will select a winner based on the above criteria.

8. The winner will be notified within seven days of the close of the nominations by post or telephone or email. The winner will also be announced on the 2nd January 2010 on iPM.

9. The BBC's decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the award will be entered.

10. The winners will receive the iPM New Year's Honour Award, which consists purely of such mention. There are no prizes, no cash alternative and the award cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances.

11. The BBC reserves the right to: (i) vary the opening times of the awards; (ii) disqualify any nominee who breaches the rules or has acted fraudulently in any way; and (iii) cancel the awards, at any stage, if in its opinion it is deemed necessary or if circumstances arise outside its control.

12. The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in any nomination not properly registered.

13. The BBC will only use personal details for the purposes of administering this award and will not publish or provide them to anyone without permission. You can read more about the BBC Privacy Policy on:

14. The promoter of the awards is the British Broadcasting Corporation and these terms and conditions are subject to the laws of England and Wales.

Yours truly...

Jennifer Tracey | 05:45 UK time, Saturday, 7 November 2009


Prisoner of war postcard

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, listeners share their letters and messages from loved ones and relatives sent away to war. The letters span World War I to Afghanistan and are written from the heart.

You can listen to the letters here:

Thanks to everyone who contributed, we've included more letters below. If you have a letter you'd like to send us drop us an email.

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War letters

Jennifer Tracey | 15:40 UK time, Monday, 2 November 2009


Letters home

Do you have any wartime correspondence you'd like to share with us? To mark Remembrance Sunday we'd like to read letters, postcards and emails from the frontline.

It may be that you have letters from family members from World War I and II, or perhaps more recent emails, e-blueys and text messages to/from a loved one serving in the forces abroad.

From big emotional events to the minutiae of daily life, drop us a line on ipm [at]

Listen to the story of one very moving letter read on Radio 4's BH programme.The letter was written by 19-year-old Cyrus Thatcher from Reading who died recently in Afghanistan.

Kevin Connolly presents (duration 8.33 mins).

Please identify yourself...

Jennifer Tracey | 08:42 UK time, Monday, 2 November 2009


...for all I know you could be a robot. Cue robot pic.


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One note of caution though: if you've got multiple BBC accounts, you'll only be able to upgrade one of them to BBC iD using your preferred username and email address.

If you have any questions or need a hand, you can get help over at the BBC Internet Blog

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