Song of the week: 1st March 2014

I’ve got two this week, not strictly songs, but they are on my ipod.

When you are travelling on your own for an extended period of time (you know all of 4 weeks so far) you get to talking to yourself and having arguments with yourself.  I’m not sure if this is normal, but it’s happened. So I’ve been listening to Jason and the Arguments by Les Barker.  Youtube has let me down, so have a different one ‘Have you got any news of the iceberg?’  It was one of Dad’s favourites.

If you’ve not come across Les Barker before he’s a genius in a cardigan, look up some of his poetry or better still, go and see him in concert.  You won’t be disappointed.

The other thing I’ve been doing recently is spending time on night buses and not being able to sleep very much.  So I’ve been listening to radio programmes, mainly Radio 4 – Friday Night Comedy programmes keep me in touch with roughly what’s going on at home, The Infinite Monkey Cage gives me an education in science issues, A History of the World in a Hundred Objects lets me think about Buddhist history whilst in Buddhist temples and In Our Time lets me learn about all sorts of stuff – philosophy, science, religion…

But my favourite to listen to at the moment I came across thanks to my friend Dan.  He made me a mix-CD of stuff I should listen to and included the whole series of The News at Bedtime.

If you’ve never heard of it, and I hadn’t, it’s a satirical news show set in Nursery Land, hosted by John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee, with contrary roving reporter Mary Mary ‘No I’m not Jim!’ and with a though for the day from Peter Rabbi. It’s brilliant. It’s written by written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, writers of the satirical Private Eye magazine. It’s got Jack Dee and Peter Capaldi in it too.

I’ve managed to get a clip for you.  Have a listen.

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