Radio: LEAKS, financial improprieties, and the
machinations of a "gay lobby". Not since the sudden death of Pope
John Paul I has there been such extravagant gossip surrounding the
inner workings of the Vatican.
Radio: "PIECE out our imperfections with your
thoughts." Thus Shakespeare apologised for the lack of
battlefields, armies, and palaces on the modest stage of the
Radio: "LIFE is a creeping tragedy; so we must
be cheerful." It is an unexpected epigram for the late Sir John
Tavener to remember - not least because his own music communicated
an unforced composure and optimism based on spiritual
Radio: THE popularity in recent years of going
to the cinema to experience live opera relays means that, on a
Saturday night, you may well find your local picture house crowded
not with popcorn-eating teenagers but with a well-dressed,
middle-aged cohort, cocktails in hand.
Radio: IT HAS been a while since I last tuned
in to the annual Young Choristers of the Year competition. The
singing of the four boys and four girls in this year's competition
was preternaturally good; and, in the case of one or two, I would
almost say, too good - accomplished, polished, mature in a way that
children's voices ought not to be.
Edward Wickham listens to a programme about
living alone well
Radio: THIS year's Reith Lectures (Radio
4, Tuesdays), delivered by the Turner Prize-winning potter Grayson
Perry, are producing a number of firsts.
Radio: IT SOUNDS like the punchline to a
joke about nerds going on holiday: maths tourists travel thousands
of miles in search of - nothing. But that is the draw of Gwalior,
in India, where you are invited to admire the first known
transcription of the mathematical term zero, or 0.
Radio: In Victoria
Derbyshire, the answer provided to the 'why people drink'
question by a 17-year-old alcoholic, Rob, came as close as anybody
is going to get: we drink because it is fun. It relieves boredom
and stress. In some instances, it also tastes quite nice.
Radio: IN WHICH reference book is
"fire-fighting" listed next to "funeral", and you can, with a
flick, get from "monotony" to "orgy"? It is, of course, the
compendiousMotion Picture Moods for Pianists and
Organists, an anthology of music compiled for cinema organists
who were looking for material to accompany silent films.
Radio: Why don't the big-brand clothes
retailers whose suppliers were involved in the Rana Plaza factory
disaster in Dhaka earlier this year start making proper amends to
the victims? In File On 4: What price cheap
clothes? we learned that Primark was the only company
that had currently paid out anything substantial. There are plenty
of big brands that appear uninterested in the process.