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Things Fall Apart, BBC Radio 4, BBC Sound, written and presented by Jon Ronson, produced by Sarah Shebbeare and Sam Peach

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/series/m0011cpr Jon Ronson has the kind of job I’d like. He meets interesting people and writes books that are worth reading. Here over eight episodes and around four hours he investigates the culture wars in American where he lives. They’re happening here in Britain too, with the little Trumpet Boris Johnson lying about Brexit to get elected and pretty much lying about everything else. But this is America, where the...

Future of Work, PBS America, writer, director and producer Laurens Grant.

https://www.pbsamerica.co.uk/series/future-of-work/#6571 In this three-part series, The New Industrial Age, Future Proof, Changing Work, Changing Workers , Laurens Grant looks at the Future of Work . If you fell asleep while reading this far you are quite safe, because I’m not artificially intelligent. I’m not even intelligent. My feeble powers of fiction and non-fiction have already been far outstripped. Economics is a better bet. Quite a...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

Happy New Year! 2022 has got off to a great start on the site with wonderful writing. Nevertheless our Poem of the Week is marandina's Ynys Wydryn which you can read here: https://www.abctales.com/story/marandina/ynys-wydryn-glastonbury-tor And Story of the Week is Jane Hyphen’s Five Other People Are Looking At This Item which you can read here: https://www.abctales.com/story/jane-hyphen/five-other-people-are-looking-item Our new Inspiration...

Dan Carlin (2019) The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments From the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses.

Dan Carlin’s book is based on his HardCore History Podcasts. I’ve never listened to them. Books are better. A good apocalypse always gets my attention. Carlin asks the question were men (and women) tougher in ye olde days. The answer, not surprisingly, was probably. Let’s look at the Spartans. No fat kids. No food unless children foraged for it. Stole it from each other. Childhood obesity is no joke, but you know we should try that at Eton, and...

Happiness is a warm keyboard=I live to and love to write

Happy New Year! with a big emphasis on the ‘HAPPY…. For me, the first minutes of the New Year bring optimism and the endings of the previous year bring reflections. What was, what could have been, what should have been…if only… Those seconds before the final strike of midnight are burdened with a mixture of human emotions…sweeping out the clutter of dreams and wishes from our mental closets can be burdensome, or it can be treasure seeking.....

Anne, ITV, ITV Hub, written by Kevin Sampson.

https://www.itv.com/hub/anne/2a5505a0001 Not many programmes can get away with a one-word titular introduction—Anne. I’d have had no idea of who it was referring unless I’d read the pre-publicity for the four-night drama starring Maxine Peake. Anne Williams, an unremarkable woman from Liverpool who worked in a shop, and who died in 2013. That might have been that. But if we throw in another word, Hillsborough, the unremarkable becomes remarkable...

Ufos: The Proof is Out There, Channel 5, Film Editors Chris Scurfield and Gary Crystal, Director of post production Ed Begona, produced and directed by Mark Raddice

https://www.channel5.com/show/ufos-the-proof-is-out-there/ A screenshot from USS Princeton released by US defence department, April 2020. Stare at the tic-tack long enough and the object will move. “Senior officials briefed on the intelligence conceded that the very ambiguity of the findings meant the government could not definitively rule out theories that the phenomena observed by military pilots might be alien spacecraft”, the New York Times...

Story and Poem of the Month

Our Final Story and Poem of the Month for 2021, very kindly chosen by Di_Hard: There have been so many fabulous pieces of writing this December, it was very difficult even narrowing the list down to 6 prose and 6 poems, and I have continually changed my mind about the final choices as they are all equally wonderful in different ways. Stories Christmas Boris is the latest instalment of Marandina's extremely funny satire on Boris Johnson, in the...

Hector, BBC Scotland, BBC iPlayer, writer and director Jake Gavin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qt06/hector Peter Mullan always seems to snag the parts of the homeless alkie. Hector McAdam doesn’t even have to be an alkie, just grizzled looking as Peter Mullan in a beanie hat, and as if he’s just stepped out a cardboard box, washed up in a motorway café’s toilet and rustled up a quick snack. He’s left two pals and a dog still sleeping at the side of the building. He nips of the post office to pick...

Story and Poem of the Week and Inspiration Point

I have been totally spoilt for choice for my very last 2021 picks - thank you so much for all the wonderful pieces you've posted this week - it's been a great pleasure to read them! My final choice for Story of the Week goes to rosaliekempthorne's wonderfully quirky 'In the Dark' and our Poem of the Week goes to onemorething for 'Mistletoe' which is a really special piece, even for her (and that's saying something). Big congratulations to both!...

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