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The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer receives the Nobel Prize in Literature 2011. I just saw the announcement via the web cam on the Nobel Prize website.

20th Century / Lucien Durosoir (1878-1955)
« on: April 11, 2011, 02:39:41 pm »
Heard a charming piece of music on German radio this morning. It's called Jouvence and it was written by a composer that I didn't know: Lucien Durosoir. Do some of the members know more about his music? Any recommendations?

News and Current Affairs / Sidney Lumet (1924-2011)
« on: April 09, 2011, 05:09:51 pm »
Sad to read that Sidney Lumet, one of my favourite film directors, has died:

Good memories of 12 Angry Men, Long Days Journey into Night, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and many other great films.

RIP Sidney Lumet

News and Current Affairs / Patricia Neal (1926-2010)
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:07:55 am »
The American actress Patricia Neal has died.

Patricia Neal starred in well known movies such as The Fountainhead, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Hud (a particular favourite of mine) for which she won an Oscar.

RIP Patricia Neal

Radio / Tonight on Radio 4: The Mary Whitehouse Effect
« on: June 05, 2010, 11:03:41 am »
Archive on 4

BBC Radio 4
20:00 - 21:00

The Mary Whitehouse Effect

Joan Bakewell - who herself frequently crossed swords with Mary Whitehouse - reflects on the impact of the woman who challenged the 'tide of permissiveness and filth' she saw as sweeping the nation.

In the 60s, under Director General Hugh Carlton Green, the BBC broadcast gritty plays featuring abortion and sex before marriage, satire that mocked politics and religion, and swearing and sexual freedom in comedy series such as Till Death Us Do Part. Mary Whitehouse launched her Clean Up TV campaign and then the National Viewers and Listeners Association as a reaction to what she saw as a liberal and morally corrupting view of the world entering our homes through TV and radio.

In the 70s Mrs Whitehouse took her campaign beyond broadcasting, and launched a private prosecution against the editor of Gay News for publishing a sexual poem about Jesus. She invoked the old blasphemy law and won her case, but for many this was a step too far.

Joan explores how Mrs Whitehouse was both archaic and misguided in her battles, but also how she was a strong woman - forward thinking in using the law as she did - and how her battle against sexual exploitation and pornography chimed with the feminist cause.

Joan considers whether the Mary Whitehouse effect lives on in today's compliance and politically correct culture and whether she had any real impact on society, or whether hers was a voice of a bygone age fighting against inevitable change.

The programme features, among others, Warren Mitchell, Peter Tatchell, Mary Kenny and Geoffrey Robertson QC.


Radio / Terence Davies: Intensive Care (Radio 3)
« on: April 16, 2010, 04:58:23 pm »
BBC Radio 3

Saturday 17 April 2010  (21:30 - 22.30)

Intensive Care

Film director Terence Davies has often been hailed as one of Britain's greatest living film-makers. His acclaimed works include Distant Voices, Still Lives,  The Long Day Closes and the recent BAFTA nominated Of Time and the City, a stunning visual poem, narrated by Davies himself who wrote a masterful script and displayed an untapped ability to present. Inspired by Of Time and the City, the production company Unique approached Davies after hearing of his passion for radio and especially for Radio 3, and encouraged him to develop his first radio feature. The result is Intensive Care, an intensely personal memoir of his mother combined with a self-portrait of an artist as a young man. Davies writes and narrates this autobiographical piece which covers his early years at drama and film school & the making of his first film Children. Threaded through this narrative, Davies also describes his relationship with his mother, her decline into old age and her eventual death that was to have such a devastating impact on him. Terence's mother is evoked in the programme by the songs he heard her sing during his childhood. They have been especially performed by the actress Lorraine Ashbourne who played the part of Maisie in Distant Voices, Still Lives and works with Davies for the first time since 1988. As Davies meditates on the passing of time, memory and mortality, he also reads some of the poetry that has touched and inspired him: Auden, Betjeman, Sassoon. The programme's soundtrack is a personal selection of classical music: Shostakovich, Webern, Debussy. Intensive Care thus becomes a unique insight into emotional and artistic life of one of Britain's great auteurs.


News and Current Affairs / Wolfgang Wagner (1919-2010)
« on: March 22, 2010, 05:36:32 am »
The grandson of Richard Wagner has died:

RIP Wolfgang Wagner

News and Current Affairs / Jean Ferrat (1930-2010)
« on: March 13, 2010, 10:18:50 pm »
The French singer and songwriter Jean Ferrat has died:

RIP Jean Ferrat


The Coffee Bar / Pups & Order
« on: February 23, 2010, 04:33:23 pm »

Coming Saturday on Radio 3:

Between the Ears

The Chekhov Challenge - The Sound of a Breaking String

One of the most enigmatic stage directions in all drama appears in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard:

'A distant sound is heard. It appears to come from the sky and is the sound of a breaking string. It dies away sadly.'

Between the Ears
focuses on the many attempts to produce this sound, ranging from musical saws to gun-shots. Guests include Paul Arditti, who mixed industrial, musical and bird sounds for the production by Sam Mendes, and musician Leafcutter John, who accepts Radio 3's own Chekhov Challenge, recording his experiments to find a resonant breaking string sound for the 21st century.


News and Current Affairs / Jean Simmons (1929-2010)
« on: January 23, 2010, 09:07:29 am »
The actress Jean Simmons has died:

It was always a delight seeing her on screen. She played her first roles in classic British films such as The Way to the Stars, Great Expectations and Black Narcissus. Later she starred in big Hollywood productions such as The Robe, Guys and Dolls, The Big Country and Spartacus. A personal favourite is a witty comedy called The Grass is Greener (1960) written by Hugh and Margaret Williams, co-starring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. Another favourite is a film from 1995 called Daisies in December (co-starring Joss Ackland). I saw it once on television but sadly I didn't record it then. The film doesn't seem to be available on DVD.

RIP Jean Simmons

News and Current Affairs / Otmar Suitner (1922-2010)
« on: January 12, 2010, 04:07:10 pm »
The conductor Otmar Suitner has died:

I remember some fine Dvorak and Tchaikovsky recordings by him. Those old LPs make me quite nostalgic.

RIP Otmar Suitner

News and Current Affairs / Miep Gies (1909-2010)
« on: January 12, 2010, 11:22:16 am »
Sad to read that Miep Gies, the last surviving member of the group who helped protect Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis, has died:

She often appeared on Dutch television and I always found her stories of the Frank family very impressive.

RIP Miep Gies

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