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About the Author

Simon Elmes is Creative Director of the BBC's Radio Documentaries Unit.

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Obras de Simon Elmes


Conhecimento Comum

radio historian



An enjoyable and informative book, that takes the speech of British people, area by area, summing up its vocabulary, accent and general tone. Research for the book was conducted via the BBC nationwide 'Voices' survey in 2004, and already, many of its observations are out of date. Language is changing more quickly than ever, as industries wither, and people increasingly move round the country, needing to communicate outside their own familiar geographically restricted zone. This does not mean that it is becoming impoverished, but the changes formerly noticed from village to village, even from street to street in certain towns, are very much less evident. So while this book remains in many ways topical, it's also a record of a particular moment in history, and none the less interesting for that.… (mais)
Margaret09 | 1 outra resenha | Apr 15, 2024 |
A Celebration of the World's Best Radio Station

I was bound to enjoy this book, as I'm a big fan of Radio 4 - when I'm at home there are various radios around the house tuned in (even if this does mean a strange affect from the delay of DAB radios). I started listening in about 2002, I'd just finished university my partner at the time was a Radio 4 devotee, and along with reading The Guardian newspaper (which I also do, but did before too) it was the thing that archaeologists do.

Over the years since I've learnt so much from the station - I get my news, my current affairs, my knowledge and my entertainment from this station. I don't have a television, so Radio 4 really is my window on the world. So, this book gave me a history of the station that accompanies my every day.

Little stories from different presenters (particularly funny are the stories from Charlotte Green, who I've heard get the giggles on a number of memorable occasions), the programmes that have been on but didn't make it, the different controllers and the changes they've made to the running order and the programmes themselves - all add some depth and history to the programmes I listen to.

I've learnt how the schedule has changed substantially since the station began in 1967, how when it began there was a lot of music (now there is very little - as I write this I'm listening to Mozart on one of the few programmes which has been there since the beginning and still contains music - Desert Island Discs), how the wars in the Falklands and Iraq changed the face of the station (more news), and settling down of the schedule to what I know today.

I particularly enjoyed reading about The Archers (a guilty pleasure but not one I'm a slave to!), and my absolute favourite bit of the station (which I don't hear often) - The Shipping Forecast.
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2 vote
Ms.Moll | Sep 10, 2010 |
I started reading this on holiday and never finished it. I put a page from the Witney Gazette in the book as a marker at page 126. It (the Witney Gazette) was dated September 20th 2006. Also inserted in the book is a cutting from the Canary Islands Island Connection newspaper, 30th September 2006, with an article on `Gomera's whistled language honoured'. So, Sherlock, yes, I got up to page 126 and I was on holiday in Tenerife in September 2006.
jon1lambert | 1 outra resenha | Jan 17, 2009 |

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