Archives for November 2011

Become a computer programmer!

Eddie Mair | 16:10 UK time, Monday, 28 November 2011

On the programme tonight Bill Thompson suggests we can all do this. Give it a try. Here's what he sent us:

This is the code:

Copy the text from BEGIN to END (but not the BEGIN and END) into a text editor like Notepad

Save it to a file named prog.htm (NOT .txt)

Load it into your web browser

Click the button

You're a programmer...


A Computer Program


iPM New Year Honour award

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Jennifer Tracey | 16:30 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011

Is there someone in your life who deserves an honour?

The great and the good will be recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list. At iPM, we'd like to recognise some of Britain's unsung individuals, people who aren't usually in the limelight. And we'd like you to nominate them.

Maybe you know someone who has done something quite extraordinary or you may just think they deserve some recognition. It may be someone who lives next door, a friend, a member of your family or someone you work with. The thing you admire them for could be quirky or unusual, we don't mind, but please tell us why you think they should receive an honour.

Is there a prize?
No, don't be daft, but we will make a fuss of nominees. The winner will be featured in our first programme of 2012 and we'll feature other nominees on the programme throughout December.

How do I nominate someone?
You can email us - and please put HONOUR in the subject line. Or write to us at

iPM New Year Honour
Room G601
BBC Television Centre
London W12 7RJ

Last entries
You have until midnight on Sunday 11 December to send us your nomination.

Read our terms and conditions. Any queries, comments or if you want run something past us, just drop us a line

iPM New Year Honour terms and conditions

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Jennifer Tracey | 16:15 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011

Our New Years Honour award for 2011. If you'd like to nominate someone, you can find out more in this blog post. Any queries, drop us a line

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 and above is eligible to be nominated, except BBC employees, employees of any of its affiliates, close relatives of any such employees or those connected to the award directly or through a close relative. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. You will be required to provide evidence of the nominee's permission. For nominees under 16, evidence of their parent/guardian consent will be required. The nominee will be told that you were the person nominating him/her.

3. Nominations can be made by: (i) emailing the programme or; (ii) 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 12th December 2011. 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. The 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. The award should not be referred to in any way that could suggest endorsement by the BBC (including Radio 4) or as a way of promoting any commercial venture or any other cause that could bring the BBC into disrepute.

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 31st December 2011 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 Years 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.

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