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Old 19th Feb 2016, 16:26
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Certainly thumbs up to Ed Reardon and occasionally David Sedaris.

The prog that seems totally out of place to me is Saturday Live. What's that doing on R4?
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Old 19th Feb 2016, 16:28
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Hey, Gertie, why stop there?

It's 100% of the 6:30-7pm cooking dinner slot on Mondays; it doesn't get more dastardly than that, Shirley, if you're looking for dastards? How very dare they take up all that time on a programme some people don't like. It's outrageous, I tell you, absobloodylutely outrageous!

Still, I like it, it's very entertaining so long as one can tune out Nicholas Parsons, which I can.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 15:57
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Originally Posted by DG101 View Post
Just a minute - aptly named, as that's about how long it plays here.
Introduced by The Minute Waltz or The Ten Second Waltz as it is known in our house, which is about how long it takes Mrs TTN or I to reach the "off" switch.

For goodness sake, I can remember a chap on my course at nav school telling me about the programme, which he had just discovered, and that's about a hundred years ago! As regards cutting nonogenarians some slack, I am willing to give David Attenborough as much slack as he needs (not that he needs any), but Nicholas Parsons has been outstaying his welcome since Kenneth Williams died, which is when they should have binned the programme.

Mark Steele's in Town is my favourite for this slot. He proves that leftie comedians dont have to all be whingeing repetetive bores, of the type that populate The News Quiz, Jeremy Hardy being a prime example of the type.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 16:24
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Mark Steele's in Town is my favourite for this slot. He proves that leftie comedians dont have to all be whingeing repetetive bores, of the type that populate The News Quiz, Jeremy Hardy being a prime example of the type.
Agreed! I went to a live recording of 'Mark Steele' for the 'in town' programme when he came to our village. Most enjoyable!
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 17:01
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Arthur Haynes had it right - Nicholarse.

And isn't NP dead yet? He must be at least 150.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 17:09
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Repetition and deviation on this thread... nobody seems to have pressed their buzzer yet!

Just a minute is also one of my pet hates on Radio 4 and I usually switch to Radio 3 as soon as I hear that Minute Waltz intro. Longevity aside, I too find Mr Parsons somewhat annoying.

I agree about Mark Steel, very amusing and original. His programme and observations broadcast recently when he visited Tobermory on the Isle of Mull was hilarious, especially if you're familiar with Tobermory.

I'll admit to being a fan of the 05:20 and close of service shipping forecasts as well.

Boring. Moi?
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 17:17
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Pity about the Radio 4 Theme, though, if we're talking about the early hours

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Old 20th Feb 2016, 17:35
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Do they still use that GtW? R4 normally finishes with Sailing By before the shipping forecast, followed by a solemn goodnight and then the national anthem. At 05:20 it transitions from the World Service straight to the UK shipping forecast.

I've just realised I'm guilty of thread drift.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 17:35
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Pity about the Radio 4 Theme
Can't have national pride on the BBC. It had to go.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 18:38
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even Count Arthur Strong.... All very acceptable.
NOoooooooooooooooooooo!
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 18:45
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Two things.
Does anyone remember the 'Uk theme'? Used to be on very early in the morning and I knew as I barrelled through Livingstone in my Quattro, I was going to be on time in EDI.
There was a 'Cornish sailor, men of Harlem, and who-you-lookin at element'.

Banned now I expect, but much loved by us early morning pilots.....
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 18:45
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Nicholas Parsons is 92.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 18:51
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Second thing.
In 1995 a girl used to read that BBC met thing on R4. You know:


"Rathlin. Five. 4 thousand metres. Fog. 1030. Reducing"

Can any Ppruners find her lovely voice?

It was sublime.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 18:56
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Second thing.
In 1995 a girl used to read that BBC met thing on R4. You know:


"Rathlin. Five. 4 thousand metres. Fog. 1030. Reducing"

Can any Ppruners find her lovely voice?

It was sublime.
Charlotte Green?

She reads the football results on Radio Five Live @ 5pm on Saturdays.





Charlotte's farewell.
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 19:19
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G-Captain.
Nope.
Much as I love that voice, it's not the one in question- though very lovely, and worth hearing.

Looking back to the days when one spent ones lunch hours, in the park near where I worked...trying to learn morse on the cars cassette recorder, perhaps she was only on for a while, I'm not sure.....but every syllable dripped with loveliness.

Must have been summer of 1994
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Old 20th Feb 2016, 20:50
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If you don't like anchovies, don't eat anchovies!
Love'em!
Esp. on my pizza!
WTF is this Nicholas Parsons, anyway?
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 00:58
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Originally Posted by AtomKraft View Post
Two things.
Does anyone remember the 'Uk theme'? Used to be on very early in the morning and I knew as I barrelled through Livingstone in my Quattro, I was going to be on time in EDI.
There was a 'Cornish sailor, men of Harlem, and who-you-lookin at element'.

Banned now I expect, but much loved by us early morning pilots.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF7kzj4lCnE
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 01:26
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I've never really minded Just a Minute tbh, I used to listen to it in the car as my mum picked me up after rugby training way back when I was in my late teens, before I'd saved up enough for my own car.

It was Radio 4 or Classic FM, those were the two choices I was given.
Actually there was a third choice, but that involved walking home.


Now I'm undeniably older, arguably a little wiser, and despite my best attempts to resist, I'm turning into my parents and becoming more partial to Radio 4 myself (listening to Test Match Special on LW doesn't count as proper Radio 4 though, TMS has been a favourite of mine for years).
Still don't mind Just a Minute, although I wouldn't go so far as to say it's something I look forward to each week.

Two things I do look forward to however are The Infinite Monkey Cage, (sadly that has ended for another 6 months, tis a shame we're only treated to 6 or so episodes a series) and Desert Island Discs. Tend to listen to them more via podcast rather than live, as I'm often not in the car when they're on.

I also find the shipping forecast particularly soothing to listen to when driving home at night, especially if it's been a long day.
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Old 21st Feb 2016, 02:21
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eats any/most/all "Reality" stuff.
and cooking programmes.
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