Hooting Yard: Accidental Deaths Of Twelve Cartographers: Part One

The parents of the great cartographer Ken Buttercase were employed by a small railway in a remote country. They lived in a wooden hut which served as a signal-box. A threadbare curtain of rep divided the hut into two halves. In one half, the Buttercases ate and slept and baked and washed; the other half contained the signalling controls and was also used to store an ever-changing collection of broken locomotive machinery. Once a day, at noon or thereabouts, a cart would trundle to the door of the hut; two railway workers would deliver some broken bits and pieces and take others away. Mr or Mrs Buttercase would sign one chit for the deliveries, another chit for the pieces removed, and help the two officials – one of whom was tubercular – to load and offload the invariably rusty pieces of metal.

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Their duties left them little time to devote to their only child. Let us examine these duties in some detail. The railway itself was not busy – the one train passed the hut four times a day; heading north at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m., and heading south at 10 a.m. and 10.15 p.m. Before its passing, the signals had to be set; the cranks, winches, levers, pulleys, knobs, fulcra, and transistor motors all had to be adjusted with frightening precision. In order for this to be done, the broken locomotive-parts had to be shoved out of the way, into the other half of the hut. They could not be kept outside, exposed to the elements, as the company regulations forbade such a practice. Nor could they be stored permanently on the other side of the rep curtain, as not only was this – as we have seen – the family’s living quarters, it also served as the work-room devoted to carrying out the many other tasks they had to perform, which we shall examine in due course. Once all the broken stuff had been moved out of the way, the signalling equipment could be set. Readjustment, back to the original coordinates, took place once the train had passed, after which the day’s conglomeration of broken bits and pieces could be shifted back to the other half of the hut.

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 26 (Journeys)

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Journeys. Richard plays some of the greatest operatic journeys or quests ever, from Gluck to Wagner to Birtwistle to Knussen, with guest Bill Bankes-Jones, the artistic director of The Tête à Tête  Opera Festival.

Originally broadcast on 31st July 2014

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 25

Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes. Today: Structured Mutterings. Richard talks to the critic and writer Fiona Maddocks about her new book Wild Tracks – A Conversation Diary with Harrison Birtwistle, which details 6 months of intense conversations between her and the famously allusive composer. Fiona will also be sharing her favourite Birtwistle pieces with us and indeed a few of her all time favourite operatic moments.

Originally broadcast on 24th July 2014

Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library

Continuing a month of episodes looking at the connections between comics and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Adrian Edwards, co-curator of the exhibition Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK which is on display at the British Library until August 19th, in a Q and A recorded at Cartoon County in Brighton.

Adrian discusses how he helped put together the exhibition – which looks at over one hundred years of British comics – with co-curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, the marketing of the show and some of the more controversial items on display in the library from Aleister Crowley’s Tarot Cards to examples of comic book erotica. Recorded at Cartoon County, June 2014. (Originally broadcast 14th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Art from Jamie Hewletts Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

Art from Jamie Hewlett’s Comics Unmasked poster / Holkham Bible Picture Book / photo of Adrian Edwards

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Info about the Comics Unmasked exhibition on the British Library website
Cartoon County website
British Library pages on comic book imagery in Medieval manuscripts / Holkham Bible Picture Book

Recommended events:

Birmingham International Comics Expo

ICE – the International Comic Expo kicks off this year in Birmingham at The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, just 5 minutes walk from New Street Station on Saturday. The guest list this year includes American Comics legend Steve Rude, Indie Sensation Jessica Martin, acclaimed artist Ben Oliver, Moon Knight artist Declan Shalvey, Winter Soldier artist Roland Boschi, and colouring sensation Jordie Bellaire, plus many many more. Continue reading ‘Panel Borders: Art and Anarchy in the British Library’

The Opera Hour – series 4/episode 24

Opera singer Opera singer Richard Scott explores opera through the prism of various themes.

Originally broadcast on 17th July 2014.

 

Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?

Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?

In a podcast recording from the May 2014 Graphic Brighton event, David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Nicola Streeten, Hannah Eaton and Ian Williams try to answer the question: ‘What makes a good graphic novel?’ in a panel discussion chaired by Alex Fitch

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 - photos by Paul Slater

Hannah Berry, Ian Williams, Hannah Eaton, Corinne Pearlman and David Lloyd at Graphic Brighton 2014 – photos by Paul Slater

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Listen to the companion podcast, focusing on the work of Corinne Pearlman, Hannah Berry, Nicola Streeten and Hannah Eaton
Visit the Graphic Brighton website
Hannah Berry’s website
Cartoons by Corinne Pearlman
Hannah Eaton’s profile at Myriad Editions
Nicola Streeten’s website
Ian Williams’ website
David Lloyd’s website Continue reading ‘Graphic Brighton podcast: What is a good graphic novel?’

Free Lab Radio – Overheated Motor

#FreeLabRadio – Over-Heated Motor by Fari

Free Lab Radio host Fari Bradley presents a mix for cars on long journeys in blazing summer heat.Broadcasts 11pm Saturday night BST (British Summer Time), repeats Wednesday 2am.

Featured are the Beastie Boys, Persian (from Essex), La Chiva Gantiva, DJ Schmolli, Mr Oizo, Noir Désir, Wildbirds and Peacedrums and Alek AK (Iran) and more.

Listen on air across London 104.4FM, online otherwise.
Follow more of our Free Lab Radio listening on www.freelabradio.blogspot.com

Hooting Yard: On Wings of Song

I am angry, I am ill, and I’m as ugly as sin. My irritability keeps me alive and kicking.

That was me, sitting bolt upright in bed upon waking at dawn, singing my little heart out, like a chaffinch or a linnet. I sang A Song From Under The Floorboards by Magazine. Now, regular listeners to my radio show on Resonance104.4FM, Hooting Yard On The Air, will be well aware that I cannot sing for toffee. Recite prose, yes. Sing, no. But while I would never dream of assailing the ears of an unsuspecting public by singing – or attempting to sing – on the airwaves, there is no reason why I should not do so in the privacy of my own home.

Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

Starting a month of shows looking at the connections between comic books and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Guardian cartoonsists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt about their processes of comic book creation. Fransman discusses how she broke into the industry before starting Observer Graphic Novel of the Month, The House that Groaned; Rowson looks at how political cartooning lead to his adaptations of literary classics such as Tristram Shandy, and Litt talks about how his career as a novelist helped him write DC Comics’ new serialised comic book Dead Boy Detectives. Recorded in front of an audience at Guardian Masterclass, January 2014. (Originally broadcast 7th July 2014)

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Article about January’s Guardian Masterclass on SelfMadeHero’s blog
Karrie Fransman’s website
Guardian profile of Martin Rowson
Toby Litt’s blog
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Martin Rowson and Karrie Fransman Continue reading ‘Panel Borders: Guardian Lit’

Ron’s Speakeasy – 21st June 2014

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Bo, Mike, Ron & Leanne

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Presented by Leanne Bower, Ron Chisholm and Colin Bodiam.
With live music by Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke.

Playlist for this show:
Diz and The Doormen – Bluecoat Man
HiFi Sneakers – Last Chance Saloon
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – Drinking From The Same Old Well (Live Session)
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – Sitting On Top Of The World (Live Session)
Grand Slambovians – Sunday In The Rain
Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – Make Me A Pallet On The Floor (Live Session)
Hallelujah Trails – Never See You Again (Live at The Duke)
Ceri James – She Stole My Reasonable Mind
Green Diesel – To Kill A King
Candle Burning – Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke
Bruise – Excuse Me