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...in both message and medium.

20 minutes from comedian Armando Iannucci: On opera: including teeth, phlegm, mint...and eventually music. And ears. And a poem: "Papal Blues".

A must hear, from BBC Radio 7
Available until 2pm, Pacific time
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A bit more Spike Milligan for you...but from when he was a Goon.
The Goon Show--the show that Pythons used to watch before they montyed up.

The Goon Show was a BBC radio show from the 50's. Among the myriad characters on the show were
Eccles, the classic innocent idiot, voiced by Spike Milligan. His frequent partner in silliness was Bluebottle, a squeaky voice, self absorbed and cowardly boy scout--voice by Peter Sellers. If you don't know who Peter Sellers is...we can fix that with more videos.

About this video: It's a collage put together by a Goon fan, as a way to get this 2 minute and 30 second audio sketch on the internet. But the collage is so Goonish, it works. AND it has subtitles.

Eccles and Bluebottle NEED subtitles!


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2 days left to listen to this program. Requires Real Player or Real Alternative
15 minutes from 2002 of the work of the Poets Laureate of Britain. Sounds drab, I know--but try. The joy of people you think of as drab dead Englishman, read aloud.

Dryden--yum. The emotion rumbling in "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow". Very modern piece, considering the gap of 300 years.

Could have used less violin on one of the Wordsworth pieces. (I think I'm the only person who like and forgives Wordsworth for being a PL. I'm not swoony over W--but I appreciate his observations and and envy his language.)

And John Maysefield. "Sea Fever". Oh DAMN, that rolls you. This goes on the list. Quiz: where is this referenced in Star Trek?

Themes are love, pastorals, London--both W's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" and "London 1802" ("Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour")

Was introduced to the slightly sardonic humor of John Betjeman, "poet and hack". Another on the list to explore.

They had a section on "Public or State Verse"--and noted this was often the theme where most PL's did some poor work.
But damn--they did Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade". Damn diddy damn, yeah.
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2 days left to listen to this program. Requires Real Player or Real Alternative
15 minutes from 2002 of the work of the Poets Laureate of Britain. Sounds drab, I know--but try. The joy of people you think of as drab dead Englishman, read aloud.

Dryden--yum. The emotion rumbling in "Why Should a Foolish Marriage Vow". Very modern piece, considering the gap of 300 years.

Could have used less violin on one of the Wordsworth pieces. (I think I'm the only person who like and forgives Wordsworth for being a PL. I'm not swoony over W--but I appreciate his observations and and envy his language.)

And John Maysefield. "Sea Fever". Oh DAMN, that rolls you. This goes on the list. Quiz: where is this referenced in Star Trek?

Themes are love, pastorals, London--both W's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge" and "London 1802" ("Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour")

Was introduced to the slightly sardonic humor of John Betjeman, "poet and hack". Another on the list to explore.

They had a section on "Public or State Verse"--and noted this was often the theme where most PL's did some poor work.
But damn--they did Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade". Damn diddy damn, yeah.

Back to work.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lwxlc

90 minute dramatization of Putney debates, execution of Charles I. Derek Jacobi among the players. On BBC radio 7 for two more days. Requires Real Player or Real Alternative.

Dramatization, modern analysis and transcripts of the trials.
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If I may recommend the BBC page Arts/Poetry/Out Loud, their poetry audio file.

2nd click down: the lovely Mr. Auden, reading his piece "After Reading A Child's Guide to Modern Physics". From 1965 Edin borough Festival.

Fast food

Jul. 9th, 2009 10:41 pm
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Quick posts of small light helpings


Those Baneful Articles--BBC radio article on the history--and corrupting evil--of two classic potables in Scotland.

Whiskey...and tea.

As with BBC radio 7, there is a limited time. 2 days left as I type this at 10pm Thursday night. Seriously, it involves tea and Scots. This is made for at least half the people of my acquaintance.

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And I noticed an article about picnic food at NPR today, but did not have time to read it (Kitchen Window is not usually an audio article). The Almond Plum Upside Down Cake offers possibilities.

And I learned that there are a load of good recipes at NPR if one searches for the word 'picnic'.

Oh, and that book I posted about, last month: The Urban Picnic. Didn't realize NPR had done a write up on it. Not strictly vegetarian, but does include veg alternatives to their picnic menus. Except the Shakespeare menu--Elizabethans were carnivores, no doubt about it.

Still available at Sweet Briar for $7.00. I'm thinking of a spare copy.

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Ideas for posts from last week, that I had no time to post.
Kayaks and kitchens--great food articles from Paddling.net. Because nothing demands a tighter, lighter camping kitchen than a skinny little boat.

Planning a Multi Day Meal, Part 1
and two

Oh yeah--and how a href="http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?430">you pack all that stuff. And no, I've only done this once, and the folks at OA packed a small overnight kitchen and firewood, and distributed it on to all our kayaks.

Then again, there are minimalists.

Emergency glasses?
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Last week I posted a link to a BBC radio series called Chain Reaction. Normally it was one standup comic interviewing another--but last week, one of the comics decided to interview a comix writer--Alan Moore, of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc.

This week, it's Mr. Moore's turn to interview. He went further afield, to interview Brian Eno--who does not sound at all like what I imagined when I was young.

You have six days left to listen at this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lgkzc
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...who have Real Player, sorry to say.

BBC Radio 4 presents an episode from "Old Harry's Game", with Andy Hamilton as Satan.

Premise: The Professor, a congenial academic, died and landed in Hell, for having been an atheist in life. Because God has no sense of humor about that sort of thing.

Also in Hell with him, is Thomas--the self-centered yuppie bastard who killed both the Professor and himself when he impatiently 'nudged' the Prof's car with his own. Prof's eternal optimism about mankind, and his fascination with historical 'greats' is tested every week.

This week: Satan decides to introduce the Professor to his heroes of poetry.
Because, frankly, every writer goes to hell. With good reason, and great punishments.

Availble until about 2.30pm Wed, PDST.

And no, Hazel, Janie is only briefly encountered in this week's episode. Janie gets a walk on about every other week as the most foul mouthed party girl in the netherworld. Vocabulary of a soccer yob.
"It's all that repression, y'know. Just has to come out somewhere."

BBC series

Apr. 16th, 2009 02:24 pm
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Singled Out

A short (4 episodes, 15 minutes apiece) about the Spinster Generation that followed WWII. All have been interesting, but chapter 3 has been especially amusing. How the working girl lived, after the boys came back, where she lived, "The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Everything" (and what a girl should have in her pantry), the stigma of teachers and Miss Jean Brodie--and "Universal Aunts".

Narrated by Miriam Morgoyles, who has a rather Miss Jean Brodie accent herself. The commentary in the series is lovely, often taken from diaries and letters.
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Wish I'd known this would be on---I was trying to describe this to S&B, and I think B.

1999 BBC version. You know the story:

Harry Potter is born to the young bride Georgiana Darcy. His Aunt, Minerva McGonagal, comes to visit, but refuses to be godmother because he is a boy. His father dies, and his mother remarries to a cruel man, with a cruel sister Madame Hooch....

...and as I type this, we are at the wonderful scene when Wicked Stepfather and Evil Step Aunt have come to Dover at Prof. McGonagal's home, and Hooch and McGonagal are getting into each others' faces....

..but before all this occurs, he is enrolled at school and beaten by headmaster Gandalf, and when he is sent to pack tins of blacking in London, he encounters the perpetually poor Eddie Valiant (who will be promoted to Mr. Fezziwig this year) and his devoted wife, Dolores Umbridge, who are the ones who urge him to go to Dover to his aunt.

Oh yes, and for sometime he lives near the sea with his mother's old servant, and part of the household is Queenie's Olde Nursie. And they might be living at Newcastle, for that's the song that's played when he arrives. No, no dancing, just the music. They are too busy being honest, hard working, poor and miserable. That takes a lot of time out of your schedule.

The first half is the best, although in part II, when he is an adult and no longer Harry Potter, he will rent a room from the Fat Lady in the Painting II aka Mrs. Forcible.

All this is narrated by Carmine Falcone of Gotham.

I love BBC and Brit movies...it's such a small neighborhood.
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21 hours left as I type

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k2kb

A series originally from 2000: Todays episode was about the work devoted to an exhibit of the Devonshire Tapestry at the V&A museum---with a grass 'tapestry'.

It's noted there is no green in the D tapestries, of course. I thought it would be about bringing a garden into the V&A.

No, through manipulation of how much light his this lawn patch, images were placed onto this giant lawn roll. A grass tapestry.

No, I'm sorry, no pictures. Believe me, this is frustrating (as noted, the exhibit was in 2000). I'm still googling however--even the V&A exhibition archive goes back to just after this installation.

But you must listen to the technology, design and imagination that created this concept. And the sounds and voices of the installation process.

This is a post for both [livejournal.com profile] lyahdan and Dressmaker.
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Old "game" show called "Sorry I haven't a Clue"---an excuse for witty old and young man to get together and respond to silly challenges.....

and just heard the response to the challenge: Sing the words of "Blame It On the Boogie" to the tune of "Scotland the Brave".

Oh. Dear. God. It fits.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007jsmx
Starts shortly after 11 minutes into "Comedy Controller".
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From BBC 7: The Mark Steele Revolution

Since it's on BBC 7, you only have 2 days left to listen to this show. 1998 show by an East Ender comic---with a social satire monologue/performance on the Industrial Revolution and its effect. Yes, sharp satire, and good funny, and an amazing amount of detailed history.

Mark has a bone to pick about the real history of the Luddites!
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I can listen to BBC7 today, for episode 2 of "Casino Royale".

(Was out sick yesterday; wish I had thought about lisening to episode 1. Ah well, can catch up on both Wed night. Or Friday. or Sunday morning.)

Frustration point: Since I can't have Real Player at work, I can only listen to live BBC7 streaming. At home, I can catch up on all my shows as archives, up to a week. And must remember--GMT has returned to Standard time. So must adjust my mystery hours for Paul Temple and Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is not that important. We're into the weaker, later stories. But the voice actors are still too good to be missed.)

fyi, if you want, you can listen here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio7/programmes/schedules
"Listen live" is on the top right, if you don't have access to Real Player. I think Casino Royale will start at 1.30pm, but check at 12.30 just to make sure.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/kids/bigtoe/

Click on Grizzly Tales for Ghastly Children. LOVE The Nanny and The Barber of Civil.
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You've got a few more days to listen to this show on BBC 7:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagain/monday/

Click on "A Matter of Time". About 45 minutes.
If you don't have that much time, take at least a 5 minutes to listen to the opening. And see if you can stop.

Funny....into serious. Told with humor, some silly. A lot damned sharp.

Yes, [livejournal.com profile] fools_and_irish, this does take place in Wales, but I think you'll like the story, and the storytelling.

Hell, this is a lovely for any Dickens folk---takes place in mid 1800's, and the arrival of the railway in Wales. And watches.
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Go to BBC Radio 7, click on listen to last 7 days.
Click on Sunday.

Chapters 1-5 of Vanity Fair**

And The Secret History of Bagpipes.
Bless 'em.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/listenagain/sunday/

Edit, 12.30am Saturday: seriously, the piping show is lovely, interesting, and a good audio essay for any musician who's had to explain their love for their sometimes odd instrusment.
And the political ties, with all the pride and grief that go with it. Really interesting interviews.
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BBC Radio 7 is a collection of past shows on the various BBC radio channels, all served up on the internet (go to BBC Radio to see all the channels).

Now, there is this link for BBC Radio 7 Program listings, down in the "F's".
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbc7/programmes/#f **

If you are a DCF performer, or know a Crummle, click on the link for "Footlight Fairies".
Yes, there WAS a Infant Phenomenon.

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Suggest you explore more of BBC radio, channel 7 and others. I explored a lot of their comedies and talk shows during December vacation. Got to listen to 1955 Goon Show, discovered Blake's 7 on radio theatre, and found a 4 part adaptation of Prachett's Mort. I'd suggest listening to these programs in the next few days---I don't know how long they are available.


**(yes, I know how to do a problem a href link with label, but I have this quirk about reading the actual link when I first encounter a site. Ah, my little moments of A.R.)

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