episode #85 memory of Christmas

Maloja, Sils Lake, Switzerland In 1920s Christmas was described as “The elevating aroma of Christmas trees lingers in the air, whilst wreaths glisten and lights twinkle as a warm glow emanates from houses filled with stockings, candles, toys, good food and the hope of Father Christmas.” Christmas traditions are a mixture of centuries and countries… Continue reading episode #85 memory of Christmas

episode #80 November in history

At 3pm on 2 November 1936 the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC began the world's first regular hi-definition television service, from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace in North London.  Armistice Day - Remembrance Day - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns finally fell silent, the war halted and… Continue reading episode #80 November in history

episode #79 month of November

The meaning of November comes from Novem, the Latin word for nine. Because November was called mensis november, the ninth month. The old Roman calendar started in March, making November the ninth month.  The Anglo-Saxons called November “wind monath”, because it was the time when cold winds started to blow. They also called it “blod… Continue reading episode #79 month of November

episode #78 spring forward, fall back

The country moves from the British Summer Time (BST) to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) this weekend, 31st October 2021. The GMT-BST separation only came into force during the first world war.  In Ireland, the DST (BST in GB) time zone is called Irish Standard Time (IST), sometimes also referred to as “Irish Summer Time”.… Continue reading episode #78 spring forward, fall back

episode #77 Halloween

Halloween (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"),also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve,or All Saints' Eve is a holiday observed on 31st October the day before the Western Christian feast of All Saints, or All Hallows, and initiates the season of Allhallowtide. In much of Europe and North America, celebration of Halloween is largely nonreligious.… Continue reading episode #77 Halloween

episode #76 weather predictions

Spoken word Allen Ginsberg: Elephant in Meditation Hall Music Nu Yorican Soul (4Hero Mix): I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun  Vanessa Paradis: Sunday Mondays The Limp Twins: Sunday Driver Nostalgia 77: Rainclouds Coleman Hawkins: The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise Dizzy Gillespie with Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt: On the Sunny Side… Continue reading episode #76 weather predictions

episode #75 Black History Month

The former London Mayor Ken Livingstone explained this beautiful way; "In order to enrich the cultural diversity of the Greater London area, it is imperative that Londoners know more about African influences on medieval and renaissance European music so that accepted ideas about European music is changed. Despite the significant role that Africa and its… Continue reading episode #75 Black History Month

episode #74 month of October

October glows on every cheek,October shines in every eye,While up the hill and down the daleHer crimson banners fly.Elaine Goodale Eastman  This month’s name comes from Latin octo and Greek ôctō (as in octagon and octopus) meaning “eight,” because this was the eighth month of the early Roman calendar. October’s full Moon, known as the Hunter’s Moon,… Continue reading episode #74 month of October

episode #70 month of September

Spoken word Maura Dooley: Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tides (read by James Franco) Music Yann Tiersen: Les Deux Pianos Nightmares On Wax: Les Nuits Buena Vista Social Club: Candela The Propellerheads: Velvet Pants Roÿksopp: Sparks Daft Punk: Veridis quo Zero 7: Salt Water Sound David Borsu: Late Nite Swing Nina Simone: One… Continue reading episode #70 month of September