Pictorial Musings

15 09 2014

First a grave stone for a marmoset – it is an old one which I think is dated 1937 or 57?   It is by the roadside of the Fairmile, Henley on Thames Oxfordshire

IMAG1145[1]Finally the Queen but in a souvenir shop window in Windsor, opposite Windsor Castle – they should be ashamed at selling this fun item?


A visit to the BBC Oxford Studios

12 09 2014

Today we went for a tour around BBC Oxford’s Studios.  It was organised as a result of the Oxford Open House Day.

We were welcomed by professional broadcasters who took time off their television and radio work to show us around.

The Television Journalists pride themselves in going out with portable cameras, and a tripod, to compile reports all over the Oxford editorial area. These are for the BBC South News output.  They ensure that they obtain two different opinions on items, and good linking script in order to uphold BBC’s impartiality standards.

I have made up a video of the trip, and also have put text on the pictures, so hopefully they will give you a flavour of what goes on in compiling the radio and television programmes.

There is a very small staff there, the television staff seem to have hi tech equipment, although we were told that domestic applications can produce tv standard videos, so they try to do their best keep the standards high!

The radio staff have the benefit of computerised music, jingles etc, but still use older mixing desks with sliding controls. The Television staff have had to get to grips with their system, so perhaps when the old studios disappear on radio, the Radio staff will have to come up to date mixing output digitally without old hardware.

I suggest that you hit the pause button on the slide show in order to see the picture and explanatory text.

Thank you to the hard working BBC Staff in Oxford.

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Radio Newsbeat

4 09 2014


The news article below regarding poor DAB reception, and the mention of Vodaphone being involved, reminds me how poor Vodaphone mobile is in my area of Oxfordshire.  Pity I have a two year contract with Talk Talk on the Vodaphone network!

Selected from the Radio Today Website

Long-serving BBC 5 live presenter Shelagh Fogarty has taken to Twitter to ‘thank a few people’ before she leaves.

Today is her last day after first joining the network 15 years ago. It was announced in July that Shelagh, plus Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire would be leaving the Salford-based station ahead of a new schedule in October.

Here’s the note in full, as posted to Twitter this morning.

Twitter is full of reports that DAB radio is failing this morning, with Digital Radio UK confirming there is a problem with DAB reception in some areas.

DRUK tweeted: “Broadcasters are looking to resolve this and we will keep you updated.”

It appears to be a particular issue for BBC national stations, with reports of BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4 sounding like they are ‘underwater’. There are no reports of problems with commercial stations.

Some listeners are even having to switch back to FM to continue listening to Chris Evans. (!)

The BBC Says the issue is under investigation by Vodafone.

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 9:21 am by .

Premier Christian Radio is heading to Scotland to broadcast its breakfast show from Edinburgh and Glasgow during the referendum on Scottish independence.

The station will broadcast its ‘Inspirational Breakfast’ show, hosted by John Pantry, on both mornings – the first from Edinburgh on referendum day and, the next day, from Glasgow. ‘The News Hour’ will also be presented live from Glasgow.

Premier will host two early evening receptions for its Scottish audience – the first on September 17th, the eve of the referendum, at the Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh, and the second on September 18th at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Both will begin at 6pm and will be attended by Premier presenters.

Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio said today that Premier’s three-day presence in Scotland during the referendum period demonstrated its commitment both to Scotland and the Scottish people.

“We will join with the Scottish people in prayer for guidance in making this momentous decision – one which will have a far-reaching effect on

the future of the country,” he said.

Former 2-TEN FM and Heart programmer Tim Parker is joining JACK fm and JACK 2 as Programme Director.

The appointment means Joe Thomas will move to a newly-created role as Creative Director.

“There’s a lot of creativity and talent at JACK and it’s a real privilege to get stuck in with them developing the brand further,” says Tim. “I look forward to exciting times ahead not only for Oxfordshire but as we look to expand JACK into other markets.”

Tim has been programming radio for 18 years, including as Programme Controller at 2-TEN FM and Heart in Reading for a decade.

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 1:24 pm by .

“Premier Christian Radio has a long-term, lasting commitment to Scotland and our Scottish listeners. Our relationship will remain constant regardless of the outcome of this important referendum.”

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 12:58 pm by .

Wessex FM celebrates 21 years on the air

Remixed logo 2014 Logo Wessex

Wessex FM celebrated its 21st Birthday today as the UKRD station gets ready to move to a new studio complex.

The station covers the Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport areas of Dorset and launched on September 4th 1993. It has kept the same name and format during its full 21 years of broadcasting.

To celebrate the station has been out in each of the towns it covers with birthday cakes for listeners to share. It has also created a ‘retro’ logo incorporating the original text for the month.

Presenter Dave Goulden: “The response from our listeners is amazing, we are literally mobbed when we unload the cake.”

The station is preparing to move into new premises within Dorchester, as Managing Director Steve Bulley reveals to RadioToday: “It’s an exciting time for the Wessex FM team, our brand new building and studios are almost completed which will be transformational for our business”.

Pictured: Dave Goulden & Abby Newbury in Weymouth, and the team in the studio.

BBC Radio 6 Music is working with BBC Four to present The Sound of Style – a season dedicated to the worlds of fashion and music.

The two stations will be exploring how sound and style share a passionate, colourful and inextricable relationship. It’s the first time the two broadcasters have worked together and will see television programmes narrated by radio presenters including Stuart Maconie, Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne.

6 Music will also be broadcasting a range of documentaries from the archive, including ‘The Look Of Music, The Sound Of Fashion’ presented by Malcolm McLaren, and ‘You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again’, a history of the British teenager introduced by John Peel which focuses on changing fashions and pop culture from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Presenter Gemma Cairney will host Never Mind The Cobblers, meeting shoemaker Terry de Havilland. Known in the trade as the rock ‘n’ roll cobbler, his designs for winkle pickers, platforms, wedges and stilettoes were worn by the scene setters of the day including David Bowie, Cher, and Debbie Harry, and the likes of Amy Winehouse, Alison Goldfrapp and top models more recently. People queued from dawn till dusk to get their hands on a pair of his shoes. Gemma speaks to Terry, plus his many fans including Noel Fielding, Ana Matronic and Viv Albertine about the impact he has had through his fantastical shoe designs.

Gemma Cairney said: “Terry de Havilland is more than a cobbler, more than a shoe designer, more than a name in fashion. He is part of a rock ‘n’ roll legacy. His very shoes have stomped and grooved on the soles of most musical legends, from Bowie to Bianca Jagger, Robert Plant to Kate Moss. They all love Terry. All this history and he’s still making shoes and coming up with new styles in 2014, over 50 years after he started. If there ever were someone to sum up why fashion and music go hand in hand it’s him. It warms my heart to share his story. There is no better place for this than BBC Radio 6 Music. And boy, are there some cracking tales and tunes in this documentary.”

Paul Rodgers, Head of Programmes for BBC Radio 6 Music, said: “The Sound Of Style is an exciting opportunity for 6 Music’s presenters to add their music expertise to BBC Four’s, sound-tracking the series by selecting some of the key musical moments that have helped shape and influence fashion. And 6 Music will be further exploring The Sound Of Style across the network, through tailoring our regular programming plus excellent documentaries featuring some key figures from the fashion and music industries.”

Bringing its own alternative spirit to the season, 6 Music will be featuring tailored programming with originations and through its regular shows featuring special guests exploring further the themes of fashion and music. And when each episode of the TV series airs, 6 Music will be styling its music and chat that day around the decade covered in that programme.

Stuart Maconie and Mark Radcliffe will be reminiscing and sharing their own tales of the 60s. Plus, they’ll be welcoming Rick Wakeman who was a key figure during the heady days of the 70s on their weekday afternoon show.

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 3:57 pm by .



Long-serving BBC 5 live presenter Shelagh Fogarty has taken to Twitter to ‘thank a few people’ before she leaves.

Today is her last day after first joining the network 15 years ago. It was announced in July that Shelagh, plus Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire would be leaving the Salford-based station ahead of a new schedule in October.

Here’s the note in full, as posted to Twitter this morning.







The Common Market is anything but common – it is a darn nuisance!

2 09 2014

The latest surge of daft proposals reducing the wattage of electrical appliances is plain bonkers in my opinion.  Why do they seek to reduce the effectiveness of labour saving aspects of our household equipment?

According to BBC Berkshire the EEC has been in touch with manufacturers for some years working on the vacuum cleaner idea. The idiots have agreed to it.  Perhap because of the surge it has now caused with people panic buying up all their old stock.

I did not vote for the Common Market, I did not vote for the Mayor of London.

I think the coalition goverment is weak letting people pour in over our borders and also going along with all the daft conservation ideas of the EEC in Brussels.

Our Parliament is in London, not Brussels!

By the way in conclusion, I have found a way of offsetting the effect of plastic bags being charged at 5p a time. I am collecting a few bags now each time I shop, so that I have a store when they cost money!


Is the government broke?

28 08 2014

I cannot believe that the conservative party are asking for £10 donations after I have completed a survey about immigration, put on Facebook.  Have I been spoofed?

Thank you for telling us your views

If you agree with our plans to control immigration, donate £10 to our campaign today.


Pictorial Musings

27 08 2014

Recently I have not seen that many interesting things to comment about.


In a collectable shop –  I spotted this old Coronation Street Mug – it goes back to the days of Ena Sharples and Ena Caldwell, and Uncle Albert!



If you have not seen the vintage Coronation Street Before – here is a superb clip from You Tube (I hope there is no advert first – they annoy me so much)


Next in the same store – an old 60s Space Fiction book which is being sold at an asking price of £15




If you can make do with a new edition it is available from Amazon Uk – it is not a Biggles Adventure

book cover of  Kings of Space  Kings of Space (1954)
(The first book in the Tiger Clinton series)
A novel by Captain W E Johns 


Finally a DVD with a very young Vernon Kay on the cover



Here from You Tube is Vernon in action on television, also a more up to date Vernon!

Old Radios in local Antique/Collectables shop

27 08 2014

I thought you may like to see some old radios that my local antique collector’s have.

The radios seem to be rather over-priced.

This shop in Henley on Thames was featured in an Antiques Road Show.  At the time there were two other shops selling antiques, but now it is the only one. They gave good discounts to the celebrities in that show, worth a try when you go into a shop to have a barter with them!

Also a rather patriotic telephone at the end of the short slide show below

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