A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house

So, here we are, my first blog for nearly six months. Any excuse? Not really. Not only that but my headline is stolen – it’s all in a good cause, though. On 1 November Kathie Touin (that is Mrs Brown) released a new album of her wonderful songs, Facing The Falling Sky. And it isContinue reading “A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house”

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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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A remarkable 24 hours

My 24 hours from Thursday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime were memorable for events that were planned and unexpected, joyous and life-affirming, positive, satisfying, wondrous and downright lucky. It all began on Thursday afternoon when, in my guise as a volunteer for the Kitchener & HMS Hampshire Memorial project, I had set up interviews with DonaldContinue reading “A remarkable 24 hours”

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Flashes of memory – and the latest from Orkney

Back in August 2012 I wrote a blog about memories, called “Sorry, I seem to have forgotten”, and I would like to return to the subject with some more recollections. I wrote about how memories can, sometimes, be just a snippet – it is as if we have a few seconds of film, sometimes grainy,Continue reading “Flashes of memory – and the latest from Orkney”

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Radio diamonds in a digital age

  Back in November 2012 I wrote a blog about my love of radio – “Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out”. The blog was loosely connected to the 90th anniversary of BBC Radio and my scary realisation that I had been listening for about half of those years. I made a reference toContinue reading “Radio diamonds in a digital age”

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Look and Learn: magazines I remember

This week will be the end of an era in the Brown household. I’m about to stop being a regular reader of the Radio Times. As a child I would look forward keenly each week to the arrival of the Radio Times and the TV Times, which were delivered with the family newspaper. In particular,Continue reading “Look and Learn: magazines I remember”

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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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Sorry, I seem to have forgotten

“Memories, may be beautiful and yet What’s too painful to remember We simply choose to forget So it’s the laughter We will remember…” You probably recognise this as part of the lyric from The Way We Were, as sung by Barbra Streisand in the movie of the same name. Or you might remember the GladysContinue reading “Sorry, I seem to have forgotten”

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California breezes

I’ve recently returned from Southern California – my wife Kathie Touin and I were visiting her family – and I’d like to share some reflections on our trip. Do not worry! This is not going to be a blow-by-blow account of our trip, like those slide shows your neighbours would show you long ago ofContinue reading “California breezes”

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The Swinging Sixties – really?

It’s a familiar theme on British TV documentaries, so often portrayed and referred to that we assume it must be correct in all details: the Swinging Sixties. This was the time when all the music pouring out of Radio Caroline and other pirate radio stations was hip, revolutionary and exciting, there was free love, theContinue reading “The Swinging Sixties – really?”

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