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When it's good it can be very good.

Today with Nigel Owens was excellent. Look it up on the BBC player. Told his story well and with real bravery I thought.
His music was cack though.

Sorry but I wasn't given any option as to where to place this thread other than General Charlton.
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  • Agree iainment, very good programme.
    Listen here…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08cr6w9
  • Also makes a good podcast. I scrolled though and downloaded any names I liked, got about 30 to listen to.
  • I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

  • Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    Sometimes the people I've never heard of or know little about are the most interesting.

    Davina McCall was a surprise to me recently, Springsteen was very open too and good music. The guy who does the choir who's name escapes me was good.

    Radio 4 is worth the licence fee on its own.
    think the same. though for me some of their dramas/comedy dramas are poor they make up for it with their insightful documentary type pieces. most on subjects I wouldn't of thought could be so interesting. the panel show programmes and of the in depth news pieces are usually really good as well.
  • Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    Sometimes the people I've never heard of or know little about are the most interesting.

    Davina McCall was a surprise to me recently, Springsteen was very open too and good music. The guy who does the choir who's name escapes me was good.

    Radio 4 is worth the licence fee on its own.
    think the same. though for me some of their dramas/comedy dramas are poor they make up for it with their insightful documentary type pieces. most on subjects I wouldn't of thought could be so interesting. the panel show programmes and of the in depth news pieces are usually really good as well.
    Agree although sometimes I stumble on a drama and really enjoy it.

    The news is excellent and I live the obscure subjects they cover in documentaries, from our own correspondent, etc.
  • Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    Sometimes the people I've never heard of or know little about are the most interesting.

    Davina McCall was a surprise to me recently, Springsteen was very open too and good music. The guy who does the choir who's name escapes me was good.

    Radio 4 is worth the licence fee on its own.
    Gareth Malone?
  • The news quiz is worth a mention.
    Can't take John humphries in the morning though, up himself
  • LenGlover said:

    Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    Sometimes the people I've never heard of or know little about are the most interesting.

    Davina McCall was a surprise to me recently, Springsteen was very open too and good music. The guy who does the choir who's name escapes me was good.

    Radio 4 is worth the licence fee on its own.
    Gareth Malone?
    Him
  • Thanks Henry I'll put them on my list.
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  • iainment said:

    When it's good it can be very good.

    Today with Nigel Owens was excellent. Look it up on the BBC player. Told his story well and with real bravery I thought.
    His music was cack though.

    Sorry but I wasn't given any option as to where to place this thread other than General Charlton.

    Listen to the podcasts, they only play a very short bit of each song.
  • iainment said:

    When it's good it can be very good.

    Today with Nigel Owens was excellent. Look it up on the BBC player. Told his story well and with real bravery I thought.
    His music was cack though.

    Sorry but I wasn't given any option as to where to place this thread other than General Charlton.

    I always marvel at this sort of narrow minded comment! His music was 'cack' purely because you didn't like it? Music taste is in the eye of the beholder and one man's 'cack' is another man's heaven. I'm sure he'd really enjoy your Miley Cyrus and Slipknot collection.
  • iainment said:

    When it's good it can be very good.

    Today with Nigel Owens was excellent. Look it up on the BBC player. Told his story well and with real bravery I thought.
    His music was cack though.

    Sorry but I wasn't given any option as to where to place this thread other than General Charlton.

    I always marvel at this sort of narrow minded comment! His music was 'cack' purely because you didn't like it? Music taste is in the eye of the beholder and one man's 'cack' is another man's heaven. I'm sure he'd really enjoy your Miley Cyrus and Slipknot collection.
    In my opinion his music was cack. As you say it's in the ear of the hearer, however more importantly I have great admiration for him and the way he told his story. Which was actually the point of my post, which seems to have passed you by.

    Neither Miley Cyrus or Slipknot are to be found in my music collection.
  • Kathy Burke one is very good
  • Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    The (three hour) 75th anniversary program is interesting with snippets from each decade. Towards the end there is a reminder of Simon Cowell's luxury item ... a mirror ... obviously.

    I have subsequently listened to Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown - charismatic ace pilot, who at 95 had led a life and a half.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nvgq1
  • I thought the Kenneth Williams Desert Island Discs Archive podcast was very funny. The archive covers 2005 to 2011 and includes an eclectic mix of guests, such as Dennis Healey, Johnny Vegas, Fay Weldon, Morrisey, Jerry Springer, Alan Sillitoe, Stephen King, Alan Johnson etc.

    In terms of the other Radio 4 podcasts, I like 'A Good Read' and 'World Book Club', as well as some of the shorter 8-9 minute podcasts like 'Inheritance Tracks' and 'Witness'. The latter covers aspects of relatively recent historical events and, as the name suggests, features testimony from those involved at the time (some of it from the archives). All manner of historical events are featured - e.g. Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, The Big Bang, Exposing Child Abuse in the Catholic Church, Race Riots in Liverpool, The First CIA Coup in Latin America, the Wayne Bobbitt Story and his wife's subsequent trial (hard to forget that one), Smoking and Lung Cancer (the early research), the Battle for Mixed Race Marriage in the US (now featured in the film 'Loving'), The 1968 Thalidomide Trial in Germany, Kim Philby: The Third Man, Angela Merkel (her early career as a young East German scientist, under the watchful eye of the Stasi), the inadvertent discovery of Viagra, The Plot against Harold Wilson and The Sale of London Bridge.
  • Curb_It said:

    I know I'm now very middle aged as started listening recently.

    Can anyone recommend any?

    Just listened to Brad Wiggins and Tony Adams today on a long journey. I really enjoyed Noel G's and Tom Hanks. Those been my favourite so far.

    You'll be on the Archers Next!
  • Got Diane Abbott and Lily allens' both downloading.
    Can't wait......


    Seriously though,

    Sir Bobby Robson and sir Brad were both excellent to listen to.
  • edited February 2017
    Old fighter pilot Winkle Brown was an absolute classic. A simply amazing life.
  • On the down side. Danny Baker. Don't usually mind him, despite his scumdom, but he was a right pretentious prick on DID.
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  • General Sir David Richards, interesting to hear from him what happened with the intervention in Sierra Leone.
  • Davo55 said:

    On the down side. Danny Baker. Don't usually mind him, despite his scumdom, but he was a right pretentious prick on DID.

    He's always a pretentious prick. He was on BBC breakfast the other day and kept saying "go on. Say someone famous and I bet I met them. Go on say someone! Yep met them." Charlie on there was looking at him with disgust.
  • The Johnny Vegas DID
  • The infinite monkey cage is worth a listen. Are just a minute and sorry I haven't a clue still on? Used to love those
  • Nigel Owens, ref of some sort of minority sport, on now. Interesting life story though.
  • Nigel Owens, ref of some sort of minority sport, on now. Interesting life story though.

    You really need to read the thread from the start.
  • iainment said:

    Nigel Owens, ref of some sort of minority sport, on now. Interesting life story though.

    You really need to read the thread from the start.
    Good point : - )

    I'd never heard of him until just now so that's my poor excuse.
  • First Desert Island discs I remember listening to was Chris Bonnington, when he broke down talking about his friends dying on the mountains alongside him.

    I think the R4 Dramas are 50-50. There is a good one on at the moment Red & Blue about War Games. The episode this week was about Flu epidemic. pretty insightfull view of the state of street markets in Hong Kong and China.
  • iainment said:

    Nigel Owens, ref of some sort of minority sport, on now. Interesting life story though.

    You really need to read the thread from the start.
    Good point : - )

    I'd never heard of him until just now so that's my poor excuse.
    I thought you liked Welsh rugby.
  • The surgeon operating in Syria was amazing on DID. The sort of person who should be given a knighthood.
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