I’m only dreaming

Dreaming. What do we mean by this? Planning an ideal future? Day dreaming on a sunny afternoon about happy memories? A longing to be somewhere else? That strange activity we undertake at night-time? Something else altogether? There are many songs about dreams. Most, if not all, of the ones I know are about night-time dreamingContinue reading “I’m only dreaming”

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48 Hours: postscript

In my previous post, “48 Hours: my father and I”, I wrote about the unexpected death of my father in hospital on Easter Sunday. I had travelled to Lincolnshire to care for him on his expected release from hospital but that was not how it worked out.This post adds some thoughts on what happened inContinue reading “48 Hours: postscript”

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The wonderful expanding universe of radio

We are 15 years into the 21st century and radio might seem old-fashioned in an age of smartphones, tablets and apps but fear not – radio is adapting and, in some ways, I believe, getting better. I love listening to the radio, and I’ve written blogs on the subject three times before. In 2011 IContinue reading “The wonderful expanding universe of radio”

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The Day I Met An Avenger – or – Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee

Parental advisory: contains strong language (but not until near the end). In a few weeks’ time it will be five years since my wife Kathie Touin and I┬ámoved to Orkney – it hardly seems possible, the time has flown by. Some of you will know that before Orkney I worked at the BBC – inContinue reading “The Day I Met An Avenger – or – Happy Birthday Patrick Macnee”

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London Calling, and the Isle of Wight too…

  Do you remember The Clash song London Calling? To be fair my headline is not quite how it was. “London calling to the faraway towns” is what they sang. But we all have to start somewhere, to mis-quote Spike Milligan, and that is how I am starting this blog. Regular readers will know thatContinue reading “London Calling, and the Isle of Wight too…”

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A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events

So, after weeks and months of campaigning – years and decades for some – we are coming towards the end of the Scottish independence referendum campaign. The vote on 18 September is three weeks away and the pace of debate and argument is more frantic. Many of us watched this week a heated, that isContinue reading “A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events”

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Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland

  The devil is in the detail. What a great expression. And like many old sayings it carries great truth. Here in Scotland we are moving towards our vote on whether to become an independent country. The referendum will be held on Thursday 18 September, 2014. I think the vote will be against independence butContinue reading “Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland”

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Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out

The BBC’s recent celebration of 90 years of radio broadcasting has got me thinking – I reckon I’ve been a listener for around half of those years, which is a bit scary. I’m not sure exactly when I started listening to the radio. I would love to say I can remember the so-called pirate stationsContinue reading “Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out”

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How an interview in a faded old hotel changed my life

Those of you who have seen my photograph may be surprised but I am, technically, retired. “But you look so young,” I hear you say. To be honest, my hearing is not as acute as it was and you probably said something else altogether more rude. However, I did retire from the BBC two yearsContinue reading “How an interview in a faded old hotel changed my life”

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