Posts Tagged ‘BBC Radio 4’

A few years ago there was a corner of the world wide web called Speechification. According to those behind Speechification it was “A blog of Radio 4. Not about Radio 4 but of it. We point to the bits we like, the bits you might have missed, the bits that someone might have sneakily recorded. And other […]


Four years ago almost to the day (and there’s a reason for this) I wrote about stumbling upon a piece of radio which was both beautifully ordinary and extraordinary in equal measure. Today the PM radio programme reprised Geoffrey’s earlier journey to Swansea, this time seeing him take a trip by train into Cardiff. And once again it was […]


Over the years I’ve spent a good deal of time sat in Newcastle Central Station. Time normally spent waiting for a train to return me back to the flatlands. Today I visited the station as a destination rather than a point on my route home. Not to take part in the noble art of trainspotting, […]


More books for you. The first is ‘Mapping The Roads’, a handsome book from Mike Parker on, perhaps unsurprisingly, the history of the mapping of Britain’s roads – which as a man moderately obsessed with the world of cartography was always going to be of interest to me. It’s a hugely thorough and beautifully illustrated […]


Distant Voices

21Jun13

A few months before my maternal grandmother died in 2011 I recorded her talking with the lovely Mrs Weir. I’m not wholly sure why I did, I think I was just idly tinkering with my phone and stumbled upon the Voice Memos application. The recording I made is only around seven minutes long but I don’t […]


If like me you’ve missed listening to the dulcet tones of Charlotte Green over on BBC Radio 4 there was a chance to hear her make a fleeting return in the first “audio intervention” last Monday as part of the short Open Air series – featuring a number of three minute pieces, or as they’d prefer “interventions”, from artists commissioned by […]


A few weeks ago I wrote about my love of radio. Then whilst slowly dragging through the rush hour traffic in Newcastle recently we switched on BBC Radio 4 to hear Mr Geoffrey Harris. Mr Harris had responded to the PM programme’s suggestion that the 29th February could be a day on which to do […]