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Present Panic and Wrapping Woes

Present Panic and Wrapping Woes

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There are not words for how much I hate e-bay right now. I had to get bbd in to figure it out and so he saw his surprise extra present type thing (it's bought re-ferb so it may or may not come up to scratch - not a phrase to use when talking about cds). It's the first time I've come up with an available one for less than £30. Honestly, some of the new copies are priced at something like £80! All because bbd wants [and has for years] the bbc "dramatic adaptation" [from radio 4*] over the unabridged reading done by the original publisher's mate down the pub. I guess it's a more than cosy arrangement (and dearer than the bbc versions when they were still buyable) but it's an absolute pain if you like listening when driving [like radio 4] and not having to concentrate on every. little. word. while driving [can that be any worse than using a mobile or something?].

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On a downer, I finally got my "christmas with the puppini sisters" cd and I don't think it's something I'd listen to again. Huge Disappointment - not really enough swing and oomph and the "last christmas" (yes, the wham song) re-arrangement was just too long and too pained. If you want to hear a good puppuni sisters' strange-but-right rearrangement/adaptation (it's not exactly a cover as I understand it) try "wuthering heights" and "heart of glass". I love "heart of glass" swing/harmony style.

That album, by the way, is betcha bottom dollar.

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For the americadians, Radio 4 is the bbc's "cultural" station. It's hard to describe in the extreme.

I love women's hour (yes, the title is scaryily patriarchal) which is actually as feminist and fierce [you're more likely to hear about fgm than cake-making and making politicians very uncomfortable]. The station does a lot of politicians very uncomfortable feeding them to John Humphrys which is like being smeared with pilchards and dropped into a shark tank.

It's also responsible for the archers - I hate the archers. It's a soap opera [possibly the longest running radio soap everywhere] set in a farming community [they have an agricultural consultant in the credits] where things are very dramatic and are of national interest. I am not kidding. There were weeks of discussion about domestic abuse and whether it is okay to stab said abusive partner and how does child custody fit into it. There was also a plot about gay free-range geese farmers (the farmers are gay and have no goose-farming skills) which was at least more interesting.

Radio 4 also do a lot of radio drama, book of the week and a host of topical comedy programmes which are more interesting and funny than any on television
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