Stoppard play marks 40 years since Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon | Music | The Guardian

Stoppard play marks 40 years since Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon | Music | The Guardian.

Looking forward to hearing this play already! Both as a fan of Tom Stoppard and of Pink Floyd.

I was lucky enough to see Tom  Stoppard’s previous play Rock ‘n’ Roll in London, 5 or 6 years ago. My memory is that Michael Gambon played the lead but there’s no indication anywhere that he did so… and do you think I can find a programme?

Also, Dark Side of the Moon is 40 years old this year. I probably won’t buy the anniversary remixed remastered repackaged version, my ears aren’t that fussy!

Celebrating David Bowie

Lots of David Bowie around at the moment. A new album, ‘The Next Day’, and exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, ‘David Bowie Is’ and to cap it all, a big celebration over the Easter weekend on BBC 6 Music and Radio 2.

Already during the last week, I’ve heard two Bowie tracks that I don’t think I’ve heard played on radio before, despite one being 40 years old: Lady Grinning Soul and Repitition.

I don’t know if this list is complete so please let me know if I’ve missed anything big, important, major, unmissable.

Celebrating Bowie.

David Bowie on 6 Music.

From the Media Centre: 6 Music.

From the Media Centre: BBC 2 (in May).

A day in the life of Radio Jackie – the Guardian

I sometimes hear Radio Jackie in the mornings at work. For some reason, my colleagues in the Royal Mail Delivery Office where we prepare tonnes of mail for delivery to the ever grateful great Britsh public don’t like the BBC. The radio is on but we have to put up with Magic, Heart, Kiss, Capital and occasionally Radio Jackie. Once in a blue moon,  we might get Absolute or Xfm, but that’s a very special occasion, someone’s birthday or maybe they’re celebrating 40 years in the job.

Radio Jackie is based in Tolworth, just up the road, so at least the traffic reports are potentially useful. I have sometimes called my wife at home to tell her she should drive to work a different way today, as Leatherhead Road is blocked.

The music played at breakfast time is OK, nothing too challenging but equally, nothing to get excited about either. The music mix is better and wider than Magic claims for itself. The boy (not as funny as he thinks he is) and girl (can’t possibly be as stupid as she acts) combination of presenters is fairly typical of these breakfast shows.

So what a surprise to read about it in yesterday’s Guardian:
A day in the life of Radio Jackie, with Peter Robinson.