Radio: MANY Church
Times readers will want to get their "I told you so"
T-shirts out of the wardrobe after hearing The
Report last week. The subject was the Big Society: the
big idea deployed in 2010 to give some semblance of vision to the
makeshift reality of coalition
Radio: Fry's English
Delight (Radio 4, Monday of last week) offered a perfect
match of content and presentation
Radio: WHETHER it is to explain why we
like to get together of a weekday evening and sing in choirs, or
why we like to drink ourselves silly of a weekend, it seems that,
nowadays, people are looking to evolutionary biology as the source
of all wisdom.
Edward Wickham listens to a documentary about
death row, and a review of agony aunt dilemmas across the
Edward Wickham listens to Ian Hislop celebrate
the 300-year anniversary of Pope's The Rape of the
Radio: It is marching season in Northern
Ireland, and the Orange bands are bringing people on to the streets
in demonstrations that are half-pageant, half-protest, turning the
heads of otherwise level-headed people with a ceremonial that casts
a spell beyond the understanding of the rest of us.
Radio: Spare a thought for our cousins across
the Atlantic, who, at the start of every major sporting event, have
to endure "The Star-Spangled Banner", gilded to the point of
collapse by wannabe-Whitney Houstons.
Radio: We have been awaiting this
anniversary a good deal longer than the antagonists, who, we are
told, did not foresee war more than a month before it happened. And
the schedules are full of material preparing us for the worst.
Radio: I WONDER what Jeremy Paxman would
have done. You've done the introduction, you're in the middle of
your first question, and your guest stops and corrects you: "I am
not a man; I'm an angel."
Radio: IN 2006, the name topped the list
of most popular girls' names; but, in the 1960s, the only people
you knew called Grace were probably aged spinster aunts - with one
Radio: The broadcasting, as part of last
Friday's D-Day anniversary, of historic news bulletins, at the time
and in the form they originally went out 70 years ago, proved such
an effective strategy for remembrance.