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.
Radio: A PERSONIFICATION of Geometry,
unable to conceptualise the metaphysical; or an angel who is too
fat to fly? Who is the figure who dominates Albrecht Dürer's
cryptic print Melencolia I? In a splendid half-hour
of radio, the art historian Dr Janina Ramirez investigated this
most enigmatic of Renaissance images
Radio: YOU know that it is meagre pickings
in the radio schedules when your reviewer has to look to Radio
4's Afternoon Play strand for inspiration.
YOU have heard of social-networking addicts: people who crave
validation through "likes" and "retweets", whose success is counted
in online friends and followers. But Mike Merrill has taken this a
stage further: he is a "publicly traded person". If you visit