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British Library Podcasts

Post by SGM » Fri March 9th, 2012, 7:17 pm

You might find something of interest to you amongst these Podcasts. They appear to play on most media players.

Some are very anglo-centric but some cover certain historical personalities or interviews with writers about writing.

I assume that they are not limited just to UK internet users but can't be sure.

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/podcasts/talks/index.html
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Post by fljustice » Sat March 10th, 2012, 6:38 pm

A local arts and affairs host has been running "The History of the World in 100 Objects" a joint BBC and British Museum podcast (100 episodes of about 15 minutes each.) It's fascinating. There's an accompanying book as well. I'm sure this sounds funny, but I'm enjoying listening one episode at a time and look forward to each day at 1:00. The entire collection can be found here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow
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Post by SGM » Sat March 10th, 2012, 7:05 pm

[quote=""fljustice""]A local arts and affairs host has been running "The History of the World in 100 Objects" a joint BBC and British Museum podcast (100 episodes of about 15 minutes each.) It's fascinating. There's an accompanying book as well. I'm sure this sounds funny, but I'm enjoying listening one episode at a time and look forward to each day at 1:00. The entire collection can be found here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow[/quote]

Yes, this was quite an adventurous project. I didn't follow all of these and I think (but might be wrong) that there were some TV programmes as well as Radio programmes as well. But it was good that museums throughout the UK were used and not just those in London.

Should you choose to listen to some of the British Library podcasts, I haven't listened to them all yet, but I can recommend particularly David Crystal's Evolving English and the one that is called something like "English: Question and Answer". It is really very amusing. I didn't catch who was chairing the evening but she is really very very funny.

I have been reading David Crystal for years but actually only ever heard him give small contributions to TV programmes. He is also very amusing.

I even enjoyed David Starkey's Henry VIII - and generally I really quite dislike him.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Sun March 11th, 2012, 11:29 pm

Thank you for sharing this link. They work just fine in Virginia. I dipped into one called Begat, about the influence of the King James Bible (I believe it just celebrated it's 500th year). I look foreward to downloading some to my ipod and listening while at the gym.
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Post by SGM » Mon March 12th, 2012, 7:14 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]Thank you for sharing this link. They work just fine in Virginia. I dipped into one called Begat, about the influence of the King James Bible (I believe it just celebrated it's 500th year). I look foreward to downloading some to my ipod and listening while at the gym.[/quote]

Happily someone bought that book for a birthday last year so I haven't listened to this one yet but shall get round to it soon.

Do listen to his other one when you get time. It is also delightful -- Shakespeare with its original accent.

Working it out on my fingers, I think it was the 400th anniversary rather than 500th.
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Post by TiciaRoma » Mon March 12th, 2012, 7:27 pm

[quote=""SGM""]Happily someone bought that book for a birthday last year so I haven't listened to this one yet but shall get round to it soon.

Do listen to his other one when you get time. It is also delightful -- Shakespeare with its original accent.

Working it out on my fingers, I think it was the 400th anniversary rather than 500th.[/quote]

20 minus 16--yes, I think you're right! 400th. I will very much enjoy these. As with most Americans, any British accent sounds great to me.
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Post by SGM » Mon March 12th, 2012, 7:42 pm

[quote=""TiciaRoma""]20 minus 16--yes, I think you're right! 400th. I will very much enjoy these. As with most Americans, any British accent sounds great to me.[/quote]

Ah-hah! According to Crystal you might recognise the accent as your own!
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