Back To Normal Today…

Back to normal today then – my first lesson is at 09:00.

But if you’re one of the people with a couple of extra days, then you might like to spend some time on the iPlayer catching up with some of the left over Christmas/New Year television shows, or listening to some of the radio highlights from the past 14 days.

One of my radio highlights was the Christmas Eve-Night edition of Mark Lamarr’s Radio 2 show… I actually listened during the week on the iPlayer, because it was broadcast from 2300 24/12 to 0200 25/12.

It was Lamarr’s last show for the station (that’s NOT why it was a highlight), and the first hour and a half was dedicated to Christmas songs. But not the type which get played on daytime Radio 2.

The three tracks I particularly enjoyed were the Fab Four’s version of Jingle Bells (in the style of the Beatles); Diplomats of Solid Sound’s version of Let It Snow; and Rev. James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir’s version of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. I have downloaded all three on iTunes.

Of the programmes which are still available on iPlayer – BBC One ran a special series of four episodes of Just William (the star of the show is the one who plays Ben in the sitcom Outnumbered); I’ve never read the books or watched the original TV shows, but I enjoyed the four new specials, and would sort of like the BBC to make more???

On Sunday there was a new series… Arctic with Bruce Parry. Filmed in Siberia during the Summer, Parry spent some time with the Eveny reindeer herders to find out how they live in the “new” Russia which emerged after the fall of the Soviet Union. Next week – Sunday at 9 – he’ll be in Greenland.

Finally, starting last night and continuing over the next two, Professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain present Stagazing Live; its all to do with knowing what to look for and where, when observing the night sky. Last night, the planet Jupiter was one of the brightest objects… assuming that, unlike us, you had clear skies. Jupiter is in the bit of the solar system where will be visible from Earth until approximately March, and then we won’t see it for a few years.

Now… I’ve got to leave for college shortly. Bye for now.

Fred Hart

Stock Controller and Radio Presenter/Producer

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