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The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Hellooooo......are you there?
« on: June 15, 2018, 10:58:18 PM »
Perfect example IE. And there you sit wigged and glorious passing judgement on one and all!
That is exactly the image I have of you: playing judge and jury. You have given  yourself away.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Hellooooo......are you there?
« on: June 15, 2018, 12:54:31 PM »
Hi there IE, certainly,
How about : every syllable from start to finish?

Otherwise good to hear from you, thanks for opening this thread. Off to my oasis again Sunday ... YIPEEEEEEEEEE!

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Hellooooo......are you there?
« on: June 15, 2018, 02:23:59 AM »
Factfulness would be THE broadcast to take as a text book example to demonstrate the paroxysm of drivel Auntie has reached. A kind of post modern reverse Kafka approach. If it were broadcast by anyone but the BBC, it might even be faintly comical.

There's an R4 afternoon play slot which is vaguely listenable under the Dangerous Visions title :
A hyper real take on politics and consequences thinly veiled in near future sci-fi garb. It's melodramatic and disturbing ...
By airing it, no doubt Auntie hopes to burst the "conspiracy theory" rumours beamed out about Her to ever growing audiences on alternative news sites around the globe. And in that way, unhindered, progress along the resolutelly neo-fascistic path She has, with such determination, elected to follow!

Here's the music journalism history feature :
I thought there had been a couple of others, but may have been fantasizing! Will continue to search!
There's The Women Who Wrote Rock (not yet listened to this one so can't speak for the quality)
More about the series is here (you may already have heard them back in 2016
The Business of music (haven't heard this one yet)
The 10 best music documentaries : (not heard this)

Right, so there may be some meat on the platter there Jan.

IE: The news is what I choose to listen to whilest otherwise occupied ... precisely because I do not want to hear much/most of it once, let alone repeated ... The luxury of Radio, it seems to me, is the freedom it offers to do more than one thing at a time. Concentration is a factor and great content should root one to the spot and draw in the listener fully. But you already know that.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Hellooooo......are you there?
« on: June 13, 2018, 01:53:35 AM »
Heya J-ru ... Have NO idea what name I'm registered under in Spotify. Scratch that! Just checked, it's the same ;-). Note to self: adjust settings to share playlists (which is an excellent idea) with friends.
Though the concept is enchanting, the app often infuriates! But the "wherever you are, LISTEN TO" algorithm blows my mind. Stuff trapped in my subconscious these past 50 years has been released in a tsunami of sound. It beats drugs! And an ex-professional dj writes!!!

How does the Cali cat community?
THE KING LIVES, awesome and handsome! He's just back from a check up at Ghent Uni at which the faculty Prof. for small animals declared him fit for purpose. Blood tests showed thyroid medication doses should be adjusted down. Kidneys, despite the onset of that most common of feline plagues, are doing tolerably.

But what of the family? Did the DIL grant you that grand-child? Is Trump fever cooling? Have the family factions made peace? Can we mention asthma?

Temps of 100°F ????? Eeeeek! And would that be humid Jan?
Though in July - August in the Atlas expect 110° ...  and in heat wave -116-ish!-
There the air, the air is C-O-C-A-I-N!
I've NEVER sensed its like and became addicted on the instant! Were it not for The King I'd be off there for good. First I must become a millionaire because ... ALL the donkeys and cats, each and every last one of 'em, need care. MILLIONS of 'em suffer hideous neglect ... despite the whiskered-one's high standing in the eyes of the Prophet... The recent charity set up to tend to the poor miserable horses is a start but nothing more... However in a land where school-leaving age for girls is 10-11, where villages lack running water, roads, energy, who cares about the beasts!

... Erm, did I digress? Then I'll continue ;-)
The air is a wild cocktail of Saharan, Atlantic and Mountain. Proud Toubkal, the loftiest of the range rises snow-capped a 100k from my oasis. In April & May, during the two 6-day trips, my lungs and general condition improved substantially. In a climate termed semi-arid, 24 hours delivers : agreeable mornings, generally dry, not too hot; noon to end afternoon = peak heat; evenings bring cool air and refreshing mild humidity; night temps can drop 10 - 15 degrees. Blue skies may be punctuated by cloud cover in varying degrees though, winter aside, little rain results. Real live beneficial, chiefly dry, delicate, restorative AIR is the essence secret, as well as (except in heat wave circs.) the relief offered by the variety in atmospheric conditions experienced in a single day.

Due to a pet animal's needs (care & attention), 6 day stays are the limit ... cloistered on the little farm. Journeys to and from the airport are conducted with eyes tight shut to avoid visions of deprived children, seniors and animals! On the constructive side small effective development projects to support to give back some to the place are in the pipe-line.

IE: have you worked out the location? In the foothills of the snow-capped (high) Atlas on the edge of the elevated plateau that harbours Marrakesh.

Radio : listening is down to a minimum. Caught the R4 Tale of 2 (Syrian) cities which, to my surprise was listenable. A couple of other things were palatable, though can't, for the moment, recall what. An outstanding Reunion episode about a poltergeist had me enthralled! Still available to listen:
But since then there's been a tedious surfeit of horror of not very high quality, aside from a Conan Doyle 15' short.
The absence of Parsons from JAM is worrying - hope it is temporary.
That Baldwin fellow continues to irritate demonstrating unique lack of skill in the celebrity interview formula ... take the Paul Simon effort as a text book example. You are guaranteed to writhe for the duration.
There is an excellent series on the history of music journalism, which Jan has surely picked up on ... I'll try to find-post the link.
Activities of Labour International (LILA) on FB have my attention. But like a stubborn gold digger, precious time is still spent sifting the BBC's websites. Your recommendations will be followed up IE. Would there were a Spotify for comedy/drama/sitcoms ... now THERE's an idea!

Marveling still at your multi-tasking (boast?) IE, and glorying at the vision of 'Citizen-Exemplary' I say Bravo!
A fitting note on which to conclude?

May the Muse of quality audio content smile down on us once more.

Yours ever ...

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: Hellooooo......are you there?
« on: June 06, 2018, 01:47:56 PM »
Echooooooooe echoooooooe echoooooooe
No this isn't!

hello Jan and Ironeyes,
I too have had steaming piles of the same as Jan's described. Only I think health-wise she may have beaten me in terms of quantity!

How are  you both, how are you listening ... if you are listening. Love to share the occasional nugget you come across.

In Brussels, global-warming has peaked. We're expecting 27° this afternoon! But in the city centre it's a pit and humid and polluted.

I have recently found refuge on a tiny organic farm in the heart of the Atlas and consequently am taking to going every month. It is, as so many have mentioned to me over the past 50 years, the IDEAL climate.

Other than that ... have been initiated to SPOTIFY which fills the BBC void satisfactorily.

Hope temperatures are not too brutal in Cali right now.
And what of Down-under IE, any trips there in the offing?

Dear Rick, sorry if I've been absent but life took over good 'n proper I'm afraid.
The little bunnies(kids), are they flourishing in the exquisite neck of the woods you inhabit?

Thanks for keeping us afloat.

Cheers to all,

R4 Extra (The Station Formerly Known As R7) Matter / Stoned!
« on: January 23, 2018, 12:04:38 AM »
I've said it once and I'll say it again, the series is one long drawn out scratch of nails down a blackboard (not that many people know what those are these days!)
Erm, how should we describe that ?
Sub-standard, whine, drawn out, trashy, cheap, grinding

"oh well we're lucky to have anything worth listening to" I hear you say!

The writer had a budget for 10 eps and very few ideas, so guess what, he pads it out like a MacDonalds, and draaaaags it out to get paid for 10 episodes for the value of 4! A cunning wheeze that!

Thanks Teepee! And for preparing me for a disappointment in the next episode ;-)

Say I'm not barking for liking the 1st ep of this series. Markedly "Silly" with a capital S, series!
Good fun, made me smile!
L.A. for 29 days

The Man Who Wasn't Dead
Angstrom, Series 1 Episode 1 of 4

Matthew Holness stars as Knut Ångström, a brooding, alcoholic, maverick Swedish detective from the tough streets of Oslo, in a Scandinavian detective yarn adapted from the bestselling Ångström trilogy by Martin English (writing as Bjorgen Swedenssonsson).

Following the death of his wife, Ångström is posted to the Njalsland peninsula where he becomes embroiled in a labyrinthine murder (or possibly not-murder) case which bears an eerie similarity to the Askeladden killings - a case from his distant past.

In episode 1, a body goes missing from a crime scene. But was it ever even there in the first place?

A new comedy series by writers of the Ladybird Books for Grown Ups, Charlie Brooker's ...Wipe, That Mitchell and Webb Look and A Touch of Cloth.

Written by Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley
Cast: Matthew Holness, Nadia Kamil, Simon Kane, Morgana Robinson, David Reed, Freya Parker.
Production Co-ordinator: Tamara Shilham
Produced by Lyndsay Fenner

A BBC Studios production.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 11, 2018, 06:39:55 PM »
Shardlake ep 9 .... and just as I thought I'd vaguely, very vaguely mind, managed to stay abreast ... then woooops back to starting point, find I've twigged to ABSOLUTELY NOWT!

The adaptation is utterly chaotic and quite beyond my grasp!


Lawks! No Numpty You! Perish the thought.
Hugs :-)

As mentioned in the OP J-ru. You may be viewing from a small screen or a tablet and didn't scroll down. Or read the post just before I edited it to include that info. :-)

So interesting  E - X - C - E - P - T  reference to a tragic silver fox farm ... of course that clinched it: won't be reading THAT BOOK, unless someone can cite the page numbers so I can skip the passage.
The man is ASTOUNDING.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 10, 2018, 01:16:22 AM »
Heya Kron, great to hear from you.
And yes, all credit to RICK that the good ship Beebotron is afloat and well.

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 09, 2018, 01:07:27 PM »
The thread should best be renamed It's New Year TeePee
Big Hello, huge 2018 greetings to you.
Thanks for your evaluations about Shardlake and Cadfael. Have been listening to Shardlake twice and getting on better w/it as a result.
Hope you and your "clan" are well and happy.
All kind regards.

Episode 1
Colin Thubron - In Siberia Episode 1 of 10

4 Extra Debut. The soul of Siberia described through its buildings, people and amazing quirks of nature. Read by John Rowe. From January 2000.

Been searching for this for years, since first airing. Quite wonderful. Beautifully written, adapted and read. Don't miss it. Nice and seasonal too as we enter the toughest season of the year. First broadcast as a book at bedtime. Wonderful to catch by a fireside, sipping a bedtime drink wrapped in warm dressing-gown by the fire.

Over on R4 Book Club Colin Thubron is the guest discussing this remarkable work. Astonishingly, aged 78 the man is off to chart the Amur river separating Russia from China. "It is the 9th longest and nobody’s ever heard of it. It arises in Mongolia and flows east toward the Pacific; it’s the long border between Siberia in the north and China, Manchuria, in the south, and it’s a very important border because it’s where China and Russia meet over many hundreds of miles."

The Pub - Open All Hours / Re: IT'S CHRISTMAS!!
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:11:11 PM »
It is something you have to get into. I always do tune in when I see it. May have missed two series thinking they were just repeats!

Far prefer Ellis Peters Brother Cadfael adventures, alas the Beeb only made a very few. The author is a GEM.

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