Thursday "POSTARAMA"

Books of fact and miscellany No 1

The internet is a vast depository of facts, but we must not neglect the printed word.  Libraries are swopping books for PCs and coffee machines.  I intend to post some details from time to time of books that I feel you may like to check out.

The first series of books is by the New Scientist

There is a series of books based on questions framed in the New Scientist by readers.  I have the two books listed below, and obtained mine from charity shops, but you may prefer to order them from Amazon who has them listed in some cases for a mere 1p (plus postage of course!)

One of the books has information on how Aero chocolate gets the even bubble texture.  Indeed there is a miscellany of superb information in any of the books in the series

You will find information on the full range of books on the Amazon UK site.   If you have an enquiring mind and sense of humour you will love having these to read and keep them on your bookshelf – it is recommended by the Wireless Waffler.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Word-Questions-Answers-Everyday/dp/0192861999

So compelling is this section of the New Scientist Magazine that it has its own separate website 

The latest sets of questions asked are 
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why is uracil is replaced by thymine in RNA?

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They have a regular update on their website of new questions posed and answered on line. This is accessible at 

Has your Gas and Electric company written to you notifying you that your direct debit has to go up on your monthly instalments?  Fear not. This happened to me this morning and I got straight on to EON.  The call centre girl there said that at this time of the year the computers automatically review accounts.  The computer is programmed to want every customer to have an account balance of Zero.  My balance was at £59 which would easily have been paid off when April’s direct debit of £73 popped in to their bank.  The computer said I should pay £105, I instead agreed prices had gone up, and offered to pay £80 a month.  My advice to you is to challenge any big increase on direct debits on your gas and electric bills, they should really have a human check on these increases.  They do not however because it works to their advantage as customers build up a handsome credit if the amount they take is too much, and they profit with the money in their accounts rather than ours.

London 2012 paid for partially from contributions from Greater London council taxpayers.  Not a whiff of a free ticket for any of us, just a big greedy website set up on a scale as big as eBay. http://www.london2012.com/index.php.   We will at least be able to see it on Television, but guess what we cannot do that without owning and buying a television and a tv licence which costs £145.  In the words of Angela Rippon and Co – what a rip off! 

Zoomer Radio  

Am 740 in Canada plays some good oldies and is worth a listen.  I heard their breakfast show on Wednesday which is on in the UK around midday.  The jingles for the morning crew were very good. The Canadians are a little less brash than the US radio stations.   It is part of a magazine which is called Zoomer Our Magazine It is a good name for a radio station and we have QFM and used to have Mojo Radio all based on magazines in the UK.


Listen in and see if you agree with me http://zoomerradio.ca/on-demand/

Radio Newsbeat


From Radio Today website


Chris Moyles lights up BT Tower

Photos of Chris Moyles wearing a red nose lit up the scrolling illuminated billboard around the top of the BT Tower in London Wednesday evening.

The surprise stunt was to raise awareness of the longest Radio 1 show attempt by Moyles and Comedy Dave, which has also started trending worldwide on Twitter.

  

Classic FM insure breakfast

Classic FM have announced a new six-month-long sponsorship deal for their breakfast show – with Churchill Home Insurance.

The famous ‘Churchill dog’, voiced by comedian Bob Mortimer, features as part of the campaign on Global’s national station which started this week.

Bauer brings families together

Ten Bauer radio stations including Metro Radio and Wave 105 are taking part in a charity promotion to encourage families to spend more time together.

The group’s ‘family day’ will see stations offer discounted tickets to family attractions in their regions, as well as organise special events for listeners to attend.

Garrison broadcasts Army v RAF

Garrison Radio isn’t normally a station where you’d expect to hear live football commentary – but that all changes tonight.

The station is providing coverage of a match between the Army and the RAF at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium, which could be this year’s Inter Services title decider.

Ford goes DAB standard early

Ford will install DAB as standard in all new UK cars from 2012 – a year earlier than the industry-wide agreement.

The Focus will get digital radio straight away, with the rest of the range coming joining within the next 18 months.

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RADIO EVENTS

RADIODAYS EUROPE This European radio conference takes place in Copenhagen this week, and will feature many speakers from the UK. March 17th and 18th 2011.
RADIO PRODUCTION CONFERENCE It’s back for another year, and the date is set for March 22nd 2011 at the Lowry at Salford Quays. Find out more here.
HOSPITAL RADIO CONFERENCE AND AWARDS These take place in Hollingbourne near Maidstone this year on March 26th and 27th.
COMMUNITY RADIO SEMINAR PRS for Music are putting on The Big Radio Seminar – an educational session that addresses the issue of licensing music for community radio stations. It’s free to attend and takes place on March 29th. Find out more here.
SONY RADIO ACADEMY AWARDS Nominations for 2011 are announced on March 30th, with the award ceremony itself taking place on May 9th.
STUDENT RADIO CONFERENCE This year taking place at the University of Hertfordshire on April 18th to 20th.
ARQIVA AWARDS Nominations will be announced on May 4th. The awards dinner and ceremony this year is on July 6th. Find out more here.

From Radio Netherlands Media Blog Site

Welsh language campaigners disrupt BBC show

BBC Radio Cymru had to suspend programming yesterday afternoon after Welsh-language campaigners hijacked its live broadcast. Five activists occupied the BBC studios in Aberystwyth during Geraint Lloyd’s show as part of their campaign to stop planned changes to S4C, which they claim endanger the channel’s future. They are calling on the BBC to pull out of the deal it struck with the government over S4C.

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Welsh language campaigners disrupt BBC show

BBC Radio Cymru had to suspend programming yesterday afternoon after Welsh-language campaigners hijacked its live broadcast. Five activists occupied the BBC studios in Aberystwyth during Geraint Lloyd’s show as part of their campaign to stop planned changes to S4C, which they claim endanger the channel’s future. They are calling on the BBC to pull out of the deal it struck with the government over S4C.

Radio Australia reinforces broadcasts to Japan

ABC has reinforced Radio Australia’s capacity to assist the Australian Government in the carriage of urgent information to Australian citizens in Japan. Broadcasts normally directed to Papua New Guinea have been extended to cover Japan. In addition two broadcasts normally directed to south-east Asia have been re-directed to Japan
Radio Australia’s English service from Shepparton, Victoria will broadcast to Japan as follows until further notice (all times UTC):
  • 2300-0700 on 13690 kHz
  • 2330-00700 on 17750 kHz
  • 0000-0500 on 21725 kHz
  • 0700-1300 on 11945 kHz
  • 0700-0900 on 9710 kHz
  • 1100-1400 on 9560 kHz
  • 1400-1800 on 5995/6080 kHz
(Source: Nigel Holmes, Transmission Manager Radio Australia, via Mike Bird)


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