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This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Wednesday, May 24th, 2023. https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/who-warns-unusual-surge-severe-myocarditis-babies WHO Warns Of 'Unusual' Surge in Severe Myocarditis in Babies On Tuesday, the WHO issued an alert that there had been a rise in “severe myocarditis” in newborns and infants between June 2022 and March 2023 in Wales and England. It said that this was associated with the enterovirus infection, which rarely affects the heart. A UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times that 10 babies have been diagnosed in Wales and five have been diagnosed in England. The WHO said that “although enterovirus infections are common in neonates and young infants, the reported increase in myocarditis with severe outcomes in neonates and infants associated with enterovirus infection is unusual.” It said that in the same hospital (covering the South Wales region) over the previous six years, “only one other similar case has been identified.” WHO assessed the public health risk as low, but added that in certain situations, it “may be advisable to close child-care facilities and schools to reduce the intensity of transmission.” However, the WHO took down the alert on Wednesday. The Epoch Times understands that this could be because some of the numbers were not correct. The WHO did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment. Dr. Shamez Ladhani, Consultant Paediatrician at UKHSA, told The Epoch Times by email that “given a higher than average number of cases in Wales in the autumn/winter months in very young babies, UKHSA is investigating the situation in England to see if any similar cases have been observed here and whether there are any factors driving the increase in cases.” The UKHSA did not respond to questions about ruling out any links to the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health Wales at the start of May announced that it was investigating a cluster of severe enterovirus infections with myocarditis occurring in very young babies from the South Wales region. The cases occurred from June 2022 with a peak in November 2022 involving babies under 28 days old. Ten babies have developed myocarditis within this cluster. One baby remains in hospital, eight are being managed as outpatients, and one baby has died. Consultant pathologist and HART member Dr. Clare Craig told The Epoch Times that there’s “a massive question about whether or not these babies or the mums are vaccinated.” HART is an organisation that was set up to share concerns about policy and guidance recommendations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/restoring-america/community-family/nebraska-governor-signs-ban-abortion-and-child-transitions Nebraska governor signs ban on abortion and child transitions Nebraska became the latest state to enact bans on abortion and child gender transitions as Gov. Jim Pillen (R-NE) signed a dual measure Monday afternoon. Nebraska 's legislature passed the measure Friday, which will prohibit abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy and ban genital and nongenital mutilation surgeries on children. The bill also gives the state's chief medical officer, Dr. Timothy Tesmer, the authority to determine restrictions on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. Pillen called child gender transitions "Lucifer at its finest" at the signing ceremony. "All children deserve a chance to grow and live happy, fruitful lives," Pillen said in a press release before the signing. "This includes pre-born boys and girls, and it includes children struggling with their gender identity. These kids deserve the opportunity to grow and explore who they are and want to be, and they can do so without making irreversible decisions that should be made when they are fully grown." While the abortion ban goes into effect immediately upon Pillen's signature, the ban on transgender procedures will go into effect on Oct. 1. The abortion ban includes exceptions for rape, incest, and instances in which the life of the mother is at risk. Eighty-six percent of abortions in Nebraska occur before 12 weeks, according to state statistics. Primary sponsor state Sen. Joni Albrecht, fighting through tears, said, "I look forward to the day when every child is protected from elective abortions in our state." Nebraska joins a growing list of states that have passed abortion restrictions since the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Twenty-seven states have attempted to pass such laws, but some states have been either held up by courts or hindered by a divided government. Last week, North Carolina and South Carolina took action to restrict abortion. From Nebraska to Texas we go… https://townhall.com/tipsheet/madelineleesman/2023/05/23/texas-bans-diversity-offices-at-colleges-n2623589 Texas Moves a Step Closer to Banning Diversity Programs in Higher Education On Monday, Texas lawmakers passed a bill to end Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs at state colleges and universities. If the bill were to become law, it would be the second state in the nation with such legislation, following Florida. According to The Hill, the measure requires the governors of each state university to ensure that there is no DEI office at the school and that preferential treatment is not given for “diversity hires.” Rep. John Kuempel, a Republican, said that “DEI is present in some form in almost every Texas campus” and that schools “must recruit the best people in every field regardless of race and gender,” according to the Dallas Morning News. The Texas House voted 83-60 in support of S.B. 17. The legislation heads back to the Senate, where it will decide to accept or deny changes made by members of the House. Last month, when the Senate passed its version of the bill, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described the legislation as the “strongest pushback on woke policies in higher education.” “For far too long, academia has been poisoned by woke policies and faculty seeking to indoctrinate our students. Professors did not believe we would push back on their advances, but they were wrong. Students should be taught how to think critically, not what to think," Patrick said in a statement. https://freebeacon.com/energy/majority-of-united-states-faces-elevated-risk-of-summer-power-blackouts-amid-green-energy-push/ Majority of United States Faces 'Elevated Risk' of Summer Power Blackouts Amid Green Energy Push America's increased reliance on green energy in favor of coal and gas has a majority of the United States facing an "elevated risk" of summer power blackouts, according to a leading grid reliability watchdog. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) last week published its 2023 summer reliability assessment, which found that two-thirds of North America could face power shortages this summer during periods of extreme heat. That vulnerability, the watchdog group said, stems from America's increase in green power generation and decrease in fossil fuel power plants. While coal and natural gas plants can be turned on and off at the flip of a switch, green alternatives such as wind and solar rely on favorable weather conditions to operate at full capacity. If those conditions aren't met, power demand can outpace supply. "The system is closer to the edge," NERC director of reliability assessment and performance analysis John Moura said last week. "More needs to be done." Moura is far from the only expert sounding the alarm on America's unreliable power grid. Both state and federal officials in recent weeks have warned that high summer temperatures, combined with low nightly winds, could bring power blackouts across the country. "I'm afraid to say it, but I think the United States is heading towards a catastrophic situation," Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Mark Christie said during a May Senate hearing. Despite those warnings, President Joe Biden has moved forward with plans to accelerate U.S. coal plant retirements. With nearly half of America's coal power already set to disappear by 2030, Biden's Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month unveiled new standards that force coal and gas power plants to slash their carbon emissions by a whopping 90 percent between 2035 and 2040. In order to meet the near-impossible standards, those plants will have to spend big on infrastructure upgrades—costs that may prompt the plants to shut down rather than comply. "Coal is more than five times as dependable as wind and more than twice as dependable as solar when electricity demand is greatest," America's Power CEO Michelle Bloodworth said in a statement, "yet bad public policy and EPA regulations are forcing the closure of coal plants." In addition to his far-reaching fossil fuel regulations, Biden has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on tax breaks and subsidies aimed at increasing electric car use. And in April, Biden's Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule that imposes strict tailpipe emission limits on vehicles sold—so strict that it effectively forces automakers to ensure that two-thirds of the cars they sell are electric by 2032. Those moves could also put strain on the nation's power grid. As more Americans plug in their cars instead of filling them up with gasoline, grids across the country will need to put out more power to keep up. The issue has already plagued some U.S. states—in September, for example, California urged electric car drivers to stop charging their vehicles due to power grid strain. Still, the ordeal did not stop state officials from moving full steam ahead with plans to outlaw gas-powered vehicles and eradicate fossil fuel power plants. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/mccarthy-warns-nowhere-near-deal-on-debt-ceiling McCarthy warns White House and GOP ‘nowhere near a deal’ on debt ceiling House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) warned Republican lawmakers that his team is “nowhere near a deal” with the White House on the debt ceiling, ramping up pressure on President Joe Biden just nine days before the default deadline. In a closed-door meeting with GOP lawmakers on Tuesday, McCarthy told members a compromise on the debt ceiling was still far off, reiterating his position that he would not increase spending or raise the debt ceiling without conditions. Republicans emerged from the meeting wary of negotiators’ progress, telling reporters the talks are not going well so far. As part of the negotiations, the White House proposed late last week to limit next year’s spending to 2023 levels — an idea that was rejected by Republicans, who wish to return to 2022 levels. McHenry and Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), the top negotiators for McCarthy, emphasized that stance on Tuesday by calling on the White House to agree to cut spending. Meanwhile, some Republicans remain skeptical of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s warnings that the country could default on its payments as soon as June 1, calling that date a manufactured deadline set by the Biden administration to accelerate a deal. Gaetz argued the United States is not at risk of missing its payments, noting the country has strong revenue that will continue coming in over the next few weeks. Instead, the Florida Republican said Yellen should appear before Congress to present “receipts and deposits” that prove the country is on track to default. McCarthy’s warning comes after the speaker met with Biden on Monday evening, marking the third meeting the two have held since restarting negotiations earlier this month. McCarthy called the meeting “productive” but noted the two are still far apart on finalizing a deal. Now for the rundown… https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-suspect-in-custody-after-allegedly-crashing-u-haul-truck-into-barriers-near-white-house?utm_campaign=64487 On Monday night, the driver of a U-Haul truck was taken into custody after allegedly slamming into security barriers near the White House. According to Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi, the truck crashed on the northern side of Lafayette Square at around 10 pm. Guglielmi said in a statement, "Shortly before 10:00 p.m. Monday, Secret Service Uniformed Division officers detained the driver of a box truck after the vehicle collided with security barriers on the north side of Lafayette Square at 16th Street." He added that there were no injuries to any Secret Service or White House personnel and that the crash is under investigation but that the preliminary investigation reveals the driver may have intentionally crashed into the barriers. https://thepostmillennial.com/uc-berkeley-holds-segregated-graduation-ceremony-for-black-students-only?utm_campaign=64487 The University of California Berkeley hosted a black-only graduation ceremony for its non-white students at Zellerbach Hall on Saturday. In March, UC Berkeley’s African American Studies Department announced they would be holding their annual “Black Graduation” ceremony for students in May. According to the announcement, “The Department of African American Studies plans on hosting our annual Black Graduation ceremony, which is open to all majors and degree programs across the campus." https://twitter.com/i/status/1660362211636969473 - Play Video https://redstate.com/mike_miller/2023/05/22/super-woke-target-partners-on-its-new-gay-pride-line-with-designer-who-insists-satan-loves-you-n749804 So let’s check them off. By “them,” I mean just the latest corporations to put their “woke” beliefs ahead of customer loyalty, profits, and shareholders: Disney, Nike, Bud Light, BlackRock, Ford, and Miller Lite. The complete list is long — and it just got longer with the addition of the super-woke Target Corporation. Target has partnered with UK-based Satanist designer Abprallen on its new “Pride” collection, which features a “Cure Transphobia” sweatshirt, which bears the message “Cure transphobia, not trans people,” and other related items. Did I mention that Abprallen insists “Satan loves you,” “Satan respects pronouns,” and other uplifting [sarc] trash for your shopping pleasure? As reported by Breitbart, Abprallen mixes its affinity for satanism with its pro-LGBT activism, boasting on its Instagram page: “Satan loves you and respects who you are; you’re important and valuable in this world and you deserve to treat yourself with love and respect.”
Who gets to be a Prince or Princess? What does it mean to be a Duke or Duchess? Which noble titles are ranked higher? Why are Kate and Meghan duchesses when they're married to Princes? Why are the Queen's eldest children called the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal? And why is the wife of an Earl a Countess? Let's take a look at the history and modern realities of Britain's royal and noble ranks and titles: King & Queen Prince & Princess Duke & Duchess Marquess & Marchioness Earl & Countess Viscount & Viscountess Baron & Baroness Knight & Dame Join me every Tuesday when I'm Spilling the Tea on History! Check out my Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/lindsayholiday Follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091781568503 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/historyteatimelindsayholiday/ Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@historyteatime Please consider supporting me at https://www.patreon.com/LindsayHoliday and help me make more fascinating episodes! Intro Music: Baroque Coffee House by Doug Maxwell Music: "Bellissimo" by Doug Maxwell #womenshistory #HistoryTeaTime #LindsayHoliday Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to advertise on this podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From the United Kingdom we welcome Andrea Parrish. Andrea is the Chair of of the Cycling Time Trials organization which is the governing body for Time Trials in England, Scotland and Wales. Andrea is here to talk about the history of the organization and some of it's current challenges. You can find out more at https://cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/ Contact me at email@example.com or @markflorence11 on Twitter.
The Scrum V team scramble to react to the shock news of Alun Wyn Jones and Justin Tipuric's sudden retirements from international rugby. Gareth Rhys Owen and Lauren Jenkins are joined by former Ospreys head coach Sean Holley and BBC Wales rugby reporter Gareth Griffiths. They look back at Jones and Tipuric's stellar careers for Wales but ask why have they gone? And, just months before a World Cup, why now?
Rachel Hurdley climbs up into the attic to discover the hidden meanings behind this shadowy and mysterious part of the home. The attic can be a strange part of the house – somewhere which is rarely visited and often forgotten. But it can also be a place to preserve precious memories, a refuge, or even somewhere a bit sinister. Rachel reveals the many uses to which attics have been put over the centuries and what this tells us about our history and changes in society. Attics are a relatively recent development and Rachel starts at the 16th-century King's House within the walls of the Tower of London. The building has some of the earliest attics in the country and she finds out about the social changes which led to this innovation in domestic architecture. But it wasn't long before people realised that, as well as being handy for storage, attics could be the perfect hiding place. At Harvington Hall, Rachel uncovers the role that the Hall's attics played in the religious turmoil of Elizabethan England. As well as being used for storage or living, attics have often provided working space. Rachel travels to Newtown in mid-Wales to see the attics of an unusual early factory and hears about the arduous working lives of the weavers who toiled there. The 19th century saw something of a heyday for the attic. The Victorians were all too aware of social class and this meant that servants (and sometimes children) could be banished to attic bedrooms and nurseries. But this was also the height of the Industrial Revolution, with factories mass producing all manner of goods. People suddenly had far more ‘stuff' – and of course they needed somewhere to put it all. At Scotney Castle in Kent, Rachel explores the attics of a grand country house whose owners spent more than a hundred years cramming them with thousands of objects. And what of the attic today? In an age of smaller houses, loft conversions and flats, how do we cope without an attic? Rachel enters the world of self-storage where you can store as much as you like for as long as you like. As she picks through the attic's contents, Rachel also considers how writers have used attics as a sometimes sinister setting for their characters, and the psychology of what we choose to keep in our attics. Interviewees: Sonia Solicari, Director of The Museum of the Home Jonathan Glancey, Architectural Writer and Historian James Wright of Triskele Heritage, spoke at the King's House, Tower of London Phil Downing, Hall and Programmes Manager, Harvington Hall Lola Jaye, Author of The Attic Child John Evans, Curator, Newtown Textile Museum Helen Davis, Collections and House Manager, Scotney Castle Sophie Bagnall, Marketing Director, Attic Self Storage Presenter: Rachel Hurdley Producer: Louise Adamson Executive Producer: Samir Shah A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4
Erika Lust makes adult films that focus on female pleasure, diversity and what she calls ethical production. She has big ideas about how to change the porn industry and joins Anita Rani in the studio to discuss them. Karen Millen, creator of the eponymous fashion brand has created a new collection over 40-years after she set up her first shop. She sold the business in 2004, but in later years she filed for bankruptcy. Now aged 61, Millen is returning to designing clothes. She joins Anita to talk about the highs and lows of her life so far, and starting over. Forced marriage has been illegal in England and Wales since 2014, but a study jointly by the Universities of Lincoln and Bristol, has revealed that the crime remains rife. Their research on the use of Forced Marriage Protection Orders, designed to prevent forced marriages, used data from nearly 600 case files from police forces nationwide. Anita is joined by the criminologist, Professor Aisha Gill, one of the leads on the research, who is proposing new measures to protect victims. Journalist Kiran Sidhu moved from London to the Welsh countryside after the death of her mother. She has written a memoir about what she learnt there of grief, community and unlikely friendships, ‘I Can Hear the Cuckoo'. Presenter: Anita Rani Producer: Rebecca Myatt Studio manager: Michael Millham
Guest Gari Jones on his recently released book, "The Denbigh Lights - A Truthful Argument For The Existence of UFOs'", Gari discusses his in-depth investigation into a UFO captured on video in Denbigh, Wales. His investigation not only details the multi-witness statements but also up-to-date analysis of the video in question. He also talks about other UFO cases, one with occupants.Show Notes
The Talent Angle with Scott Engler
While HR technology has made significant advances in the past few years, HR leaders still face challenges in delivering value to the organization through technology. Marcia Morales-Jaffe offers a path forward and shares insights from her experience as the former Chief People Officer of PayPal and World Fuel Services. Morales-Jaffe outlines how HR leaders can make the most of their technology investment and discusses the role that manager development, culture and change management play in the success of HR technology. Marcia Morales-Jaffe is a retired CHRO and Emeritus Member of the Gartner CHRO Global Leadership Board. She currently serves as Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company's People & Organizational Performance Practice. Until 2017, Marcia was SVP, Chief People Officer at PayPal where she played an integral role in shaping culture and advancing its transformational business vision and social mission. Peter Aykens is Chief of Research in Gartner's Human Resources practice. Mr. Aykens is responsible for defining research coverage within the practice and building and leading research teams addressing client's key initiatives. In prior roles at the firm, he spent over 25 years leading research teams focused on banking and financial services strategy producing numerous studies that addressed business strategy, channel, marketing, customer experience and product issues in financial services. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College; a MSc.(Econ) degree in International Politics from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth; and a MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University.
Famous drag queen Lady Bunny invites you to her show and talks to Bradley and Dawn about the current controversy surrounding drag; Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton performs a 10 second piano piece at Eurovision; Britney documentary on TMZ; Game show roulette! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Former England prop Henry Thomas tells the Scrum V podcast how proud he is to be called up by Wales. 31-year-old Thomas has not played for England since 2014 and qualifies for Wales through his father. He has been selected in Wales' extended World Cup training squad and Thomas says being capped by Wales would equal anything he's done in his career.
In their book What I Wish I'd Known When I Was Young, they interview the likes of Ruth Davidson and Mary Portas and explore the psychology behind their experiences. Hayley is joined by Alice Thomson and also by the science writer David Robson, who investigates the potential issues with the psychological concept of Post-Traumatic Growth. The latest political workplace scandal centres around Plaid Cymru in Wales where the party's leader Adam Price has resigned after a report described it as being a toxic workplace with evidence of misogyny, harassment and bullying. But such claims are or have been found in all the main political parties despite each putting codes of conducts and complaints procedures to address concerns in these areas. Are behaviours like bullying and abusive behaviour concentrated in certain work places, whether its politics, or institutions like the police or fire service? We hear from the former Welsh Assembly politician Bethan Sayed about the situation facing her former party Plaid Cymru and also to the journalist Kate Maltby, Dr Nicola Thomas from the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield and Baroness Dame Louise Casey who conducted a review into the Metropolitan Police. Cinematic feminist pioneer Nina Menkes speaks about her new docu-film about the objectification of women in film, and the male gaze, called Brainwashed: Sex-Power-Camera. And the issue of when to allow your children to get a mobile phone with Molly Kingsley from the campaign group UsForThem. Presenter: Hayley Hassall Producer: Lisa Jenkinson Studio Manager: Bob Nettles
Wales and the North of England take part in the cryptic contest, with Kirsty Lang.
After centuries of use in wound-healing, the maggot is back. The rise of the drug-resistant superbug means fresh eyes are focused on the superpowers of the larvae of the greenbottle fly species, Lucilia Sericata. James Gallagher reports on the healthcare professionals who are turning to maggot therapy to help clean up wounds and stop infection. He talks to Melanie who has Type 1 Diabetes and had a quarter of her foot amputated. When the skin around the wound started to die, threatening the whole limb, she was offered maggot therapy. Now a self-declared maggot superfan, Melanie watched as the larvae, inside a bag a bit like a teabag, digested the dead skin on her foot. And James visits a factory in Wales, BioMonde, preparing medical grade fly eggs for use across the UK health service. (Photo: Larvae of the greenbottle fly sitting on so-called horse blood agar seen through a magnifying glass at the pharmaceutical company BioMonde. Credit: David Hecker/DDP/AFP/Getty Images)
Alan finishes the Rogation Sunday service at Bridge Farm before leading the way to the edible forest garden for refreshments. Neil and Harrison both loved the service, which visited all parts of the farm. Helen's response is slightly off-kilter though, before the subject moves onto yesterday's Ambridge Eurovision Show, won by Freddie. When Neil moves off Helen asks Harrison for news about Rob Titchener. She's convinced it was him who phoned on Friday. He needs to be warned off making contact ever again. Later, Harrison reports that Rob has denied making the call. The police say Rob has a rock solid alibi too. But Helen insists it was him and nothing will convince her otherwise. She thinks Rob's outwitting everyone, including the police. But she is determined she will be ready for him. At the edible forest garden Alan points out a mystery parcel that's been delivered. It's full of toys, gifted by Schaeffer Baas, the chemicals company Seren and Nova modelled for. Tony is incandescent, guessing where it's come from, even though no-one told him or Pat. He insists Bridge Farm's business reputation will be trashed. Helen deflects the blame squarely on to Tom. Tony wants Helen to let him deal with Tom once he's back from Wales with Natasha. Neil fields a call from Hannah about the excessive workload at Berrow Farm. She's sent exhausted Jodie home. Neil suggests bringing forward the interviews for Jazzer's replacement to Tuesday, starting the job by Friday, ideally. Martyn will have to agree because they can't go on like this.
Nesta, or Nest ferch Rhys, was a Welsh princess in the late 11th and early 12th century. Her father was the last King of Wales, and Nesta was taken to England where she became mistress of the future Henry II. Her story is so fascinating and deserves to be better known, which is why it's so great bestselling historical fiction author Elizabeth Chadwick has written a new book about her! Elizabeth joins me to share the story of Nesta and talk about her latest book, THE KING'S JEWEL. Learn more about Elizabeth and her books Buy a copy of THE KING'S JEWEL from bookshop.org -- Support Vulgar History on Patreon -- Vulgar History is an affiliate of Bookshop.org, which means that a small percentage of any books you click through and purchase will come back to Vulgar History as a commission. Use this link to shop there and support Vulgar History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Biggar welcomes Scrum V to Toulon to talk about his life in France and why he thinks Wales might surprise people at the World Cup. The 33-year-old has a chance to win a European trophy with Toulon in the EPCR Challenge Cup final. He also looks back at a turbulent season for Welsh rugby and gives his insight into the week the national players almost went on strike.
In 1970, King Charles III warned about the negative effects of plastic on the environment and the dangers of climate change, but was mocked for his views. He built an eco-town and supported “organic” farming long before the word became fashionable.This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit betterhelp.com/DUBIOUS today to get 10% off your first month of therapy. The UK has a new monarch: King Charles III's coronation was watched by millions across the globe. Camilla became Queen Consort and William, the heir to the throne, became Duke of Windsor. Prince George is second in line to the throne. If you like our content, but want to listen to our episodes AD-FREE, please become a patron. Whether you're a monarchist or not, you have to admit that Elizabeth Regina II – Lilibet et as Prince Phillip used to call her - was a magnificent monarch and Uk's longest reigning monarch. 1, 2 When her father George VI died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth. During her reign, she had 15 Prime Ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss. King Charles III has a passion for gardening, plants and green spaces and was way ahead of his time with his care for the environment, a worry he expressed in his 1970 speech in which he warns about plastic, pollution and the dangers of climate change. He also loves sustainable architecture and built an eco-town called Pundbury on the outskirts of Dorchester, in Dorset. He enjoys organic farming and products, which he has been growing since before the word “organic” became fashionable. 3, 4, 5 1. Anneta Konstantindes. American tourists once met the Queen and had no idea who she was — so she played a joke on them. Business Insider India. June 2022. ⇤2. British Royal Films Youtube channel. Queen Elizabeth cracks a joke!. Youtube. March 2009. ⇤3. The Royal Family Youtube channel. The Prince of Wales reflects on 50 years since his first speech on the environment. Youtube. February 2020. ⇤4. Royal Institue of British Architects Facebook page. Next month marks 30 years since Prince Charles's (in)famous ‘Carbuncle' speech.... Facebook. April 2014. ⇤5. A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Gala Evening at Hampton Court Palace. Prince of Wales Official Website. May 1984. ⇤
Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees
Dare you take a ghost tour around the dark streets and haunted mansions where headless ladies and coughing poltergeists lurk around every corner? In this episode we head to Carmarthenshire and a road outside Carmarthen for a quarter of uncanny accounts in search of clues to unsolved paranormal mysteries. Explore the lore with Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast... if you dare! BUY MARK REES A COFFEE: If you'd like to support the GHOSTS AND FOLKLORE OF WALES podcast you can treat Mark to a coffee here: Mark Rees on Ko-Fi - thank you/ diolch! What is the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales with Mark Rees podcast? The "Ghosts and Folklore of Wales" podcast explores Welsh ghosts and ghost stories, lore, myths and legends. Launched by author and journalist Mark Rees in early 2020, this weird and wonderful podcast takes a fascinating look at the country's countless curious subjects by combining decades of research and insights from many books and articles with long-lost tales from dusty old tomes. Ranging from "real life" encounters with the uncanny to fantastical adventures from the Mabinogion, new episodes are uploaded every other (Folklore) Thursday and feature everything from pesky poltergeists to fire-breathing dragons and the odd wicked, and not-so-wicked, witch. Along with the regular stories you can also expect the odd special guest, an occasional "live" ghost hunt, and all sorts of crazy ideas. Seasonal specials include the dark folklore and Gothic Halloween (Nos Calan Gaeaf) traditions of old, to everyone's favourite skulled-skulled Christmas visitor, the Mari Lwyd herself. Dare you explore haunted Wales? From the sublime mountains and cascading waterfalls to the bustling cities and a remote farm, think of it as opening the Welsh The X-Files... and some tenuous Ghostbusters links! Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a spooky episode, and for more details and to get in touch with Mark Rees, please visit: Mark Rees homepage Mark Rees on social media Books by Mark Rees Ghosts of Wales podcast It's spooky time!
A Small Voice: Conversations With Photographers
After taking a degree in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, Ivor Prickett began working in Europe and the Middle East, striving to convey and denounce the effects of war on the civilian population – on the people whose lives it ravages and uproots, whatever side they may be on. Initially focused on the private, domestic sphere of war's long-term social and humanitarian consequences, Ivor's gaze has shifted over the years towards places of forced migration and lands where people seek refuge, and then to the front lines of combat zones.His early projects focused on stories of displaced people throughout the Balkans and Caucasus. Based in the Middle East since 2009, Ivor documented the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Libya, working simultaneously on editorial assignments and his own long term projects. In 2012 he was selected for the World Press Photo Joop swart Masterclass, named as a FOAM Talent and selected by PDN for their 30 under 30 list. Travelling to more than ten countries between 2012 and 2015 Ivor documented the Syrian refugee crisis in the region as well as Europe, working closely in collaboration with UNHCR to produce a comprehensive study of the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history. Most recently Ivor's work has focused on the fight to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Ultimately working exclusively for the The New York Times he spent months on the ground, particularly covering the Battle of Mosul, reporting in both words and pictures. His work in Iraq and Syria has earned him multiple World Press Photo Awards and in 2018 he was named as a Pulitzer finalist. The entire body of work titled End of the Caliphate was released as a book by renowned German publisher Steidl in June 2019. Ivor's work has been recognised through a number of prestigious awards including The World Press Photo, The Pulitzer Prizes, The Overseas Press Club Awards, Pictures of the Year International, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and The Ian Parry Scholarship. Most recently he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet 2019 cycle and his work is currently touring the globe as part of the group exhibition. His pictures have been exhibited widely at institutions such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, Sothebys, Foam Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery, London and he currently has a major solo show at Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy, In conjunction with the 2023 Fotografia Europea festival, for which the theme is Europe Matters: Visions of a Restless Identity. Ivor's show and the corresponding book is entitled No Home from War: Tales of Survival and Loss and features over fifty photographs taken in conflict zones from 2006 to 2022. It is the the largest show of Ivor's work to date, the first in italy, and it will be up until 30th July 2023.Ivor is represented by Panos Pictures in London and he is a European Canon Ambassador. In episode 203, Ivor discusses, among other things:His route to Newport and what he got from going there.How he got started and his strategy to get his work seen.Arab Spring 2011 and the lessons learned from that.Branching out and needing to get closer to the source.Mosul.The NYT and being asked to write.Going through times of wanting to quit.What keeps him doing it.Is an art gallery the right place for photojournalism?Can your work have an impact?Ukraine.Processing the witnessing of horror and adjusting to normal life.AI and its implications for photojournalism.Referenced:Christine RedmondJoe StirlingKen GrantClive LandonCheryl NewmanTim HetheringtonChris HondrosDavid Furst Website | Instagram“By the time it came to the ISIS work in Iraq and Syria, it was almost like I wanted to get closer to the source myself and see up close what it was I'd been investigating all these years and what people had been running from. Maybe it was a personal fascination that led me there to a certain extent, but also Mosul was essentially a humanitarian crisis as much as a war, and that's why I went in the first place. ”
In this Gardeners' Corner special to mark the coronation, presenter David Maxwell travels to the private garden of King Charles III in Gloucestershire. He's shown around by Derry man, Brian Corr who learnt his gardening trade in Northern Ireland before becoming Head of Gardens at the King's Highgrove Estate. David explores the different areas of this organic garden which the King has been hands on in developing since he bought the property as Prince of Wales in 1980. Now under the stewardship of the Prince's Foundation charity, David finds out how the estate is being opened up to the public and used as a showcase for traditional skills and crafts. And he chats to Royal florist Shane Connolly who shares the King's passion for sustainability and is providing the floral backdrop for the coronation.
Welcome to the middle of the second British Invasion! John Howard Jones was born in Southampton, in southern England to Welsh parents. He grew up in Wales, moved to Canada when he was a teenager, and returned to the UK in the mid 70's where he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. The was the oldest of four boys, all of which became musicians, and started piano at the age of 7. Dream Into Action is Howard Jones' second studio album, and was released in this month. It went to number 10 on the Billboard 200, and number 2 on the UK albums chart. Rupert Hine was the producer, who also produced albums for Rush. Howard's brother Martin Jones plays bass on this album, and he has the group Afrodiziak as backing vocals on a number of tracks. Jones had a successful debut release in 1984 called "Human Lib," and "Dream Into Action" would be an even bigger hit. Howard Jones has a piano and keyboards-driven sound, and his lyrics are quite positive. Jones believes that his positivity and depth tends to create a negative perception in the media, stating that "what's 'cool' is often very shallow and transient." Jones is still putting out albums today. He released an album called Transform in 2019, and one called Dialogue in 20222.Bruce brings this synth-heavy 80's album to the podcast. Like to Get to Know You WellThis track preceded the album by over six months. It came out as a single in August of 1984 as the Summer Olympics were kicking off in Los Angeles, and was dedicated to "the original spirit of the Olympic Games." It was included in a remix album called "the 12" Album" in November 1984 before being included in this studio album.Assault and BatteryThis is a deeper cut which was played on an episode of Miami Vice. The lyrics are about the horrors of eating meat - Jones was a vegetarian at the time, and is a vegan today. This songs reminds us of Styx and Elton John with the keyboard work. Life In One DayThe third single from the album (or fourth, depending upon how you count "Like to Get to Know You Well") went to number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lyrics are about not rushing through life, but taking time to enjoy the place where you are. The British vocal group Afrodiziak can be heard contributing backing vocals to this song. Things Can Only Get BetterThe first single from the album is the big hit. It went to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Afrodiziak contributes backing vocals to this track as well. It is a very deliberately positive song, encouraging the listener who is down on his luck to keep going, and to keep looking for better days ahead. ENTERTAINMENT TRACK:Theme to the from the television series "Moonlighting" by Al JarreauBruce Willis launched his career in this detective romance comedy that starred Willis and Cybill Shepherd. STAFF PICKS:Don't Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersRob features a song written by Tom Petty and Dave Stewart (from the Eurythmics). This was the main hit from the sixth studio album "Southern Accents." It is a break-up song partially inspired by a conversation Stewart overheard between Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. The Alice In Wonderland-themed video is a must-see.We Are the World by U.S.A. for AfricaLynch brings us the ultimate supergroup. This was a benefit single for victims of famine in Africa, and raised over $60 million. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and Quincey Jones produced it. Musicians appearing in the band were a veritable "who's who" in the music world, including performers as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Steve Perry, and Ray Charles.White Lies by Jason & the Scorchers Wayne's staff pick is off the group's first full length album, "Lost and Found." Jason & the Scorchers' high energy and country twang led them to be described as "cowpunk." The lyrics describe a couple in a bad relationship. "Take these chains and set me free, release me from this misery. Now, don't you waste my time with your alibis 'cause your heart can't hide what I see in your eyes."One Night in Bangkok by Murray HeadBruce goes to the theater for his staff pick. This song is from a concept album and musical called "Chess," written by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus (formerly of ABBA). The musical is about a Cold War-era chess tournament between two grandmasters, one American and one Soviet. Murray Head performs the spoken verse and Anders Glenmark sings the chorus. COMEDY TRACK:I'm Kissin' You Goodbye by Ray StevensWe finish up this week's podcast with a break-up song in a style only Ray Stevens can deliver.
As a new King is crowned, Vernon Harwood looks at the role Charles III has played in shaping and supporting farming in the UK. From his first major speech on the environment as a young Prince of Wales in 1970, to his unconventional and often criticised organic farming methods in the 1980s, he continues to be concerned about the future for upland farmers and the profitability of small family businesses. We hear insights from the King's former Farm Manager in Gloucestershire, the Cumberland Bed-and-Breakfast owners who formed a lasting friendship with the monarch and the fifth-generation Exmoor farmer who sees first-hand the impact the Prince's Countryside Fund has on isolated communities. For decades Charles was a passionate and sometimes forthright voice supporting everything from traditional country crafts to Britain's native farm breeds. But with new responsibilities as sovereign, what now for the man dubbed ‘Britain's most famous farmer'? Produced and Presented for BBC Audio in Bristol by Vernon Harwood Archive material used in this programme: Conservation Year Speech in Cardiff; BBC Radio 4 Wales, 19/02/1970 Rethinking Food & Farming – Farming Today; BBC Radio 4, 26/06/2020 Royal visit to Cumberland – Six O'Clock News; BBC Radio 4, 25/09/2001 Highgrove event – Country Matters; BBC Radio Gloucestershire, 26/07/2015
Self Care Club: Wellness, road tested
In the first of this special two part episode the Self Care Club ladies go away for the first time together when they were invited to stay at The Dreaming - an innovative and inspiring new wellness retreat nestled in the heart of Wales. Held within the deep cleave of the Nant Caethon Valley, The Dreaming is a place where you can deepen your connection to nature, return to child-like curiosity and play, explore your self, and the magical landscape, learn with your head, heart and hands, experience life within a vibrant community and honour your body's rhythm. With a sliding price scale, pay-what-you-can places on every retreat, a pay-it-forward scheme, and accessible rooms, everyone is welcome at this mythic and immersive retreat. Come with Lauren and Nicole as they take their most immersive deep dive into wellness so far and expect the surreal, the hilarious and honesty in the only way the ladies know how. With our upmost thanks and gratitude to Charlotte Church and her wonderful team at The Dreaming for looking after (and putting up with) us https://www.thedreaming.co.uk Special shout outs to Valentina - @therapeuticf.chef for the gorgeous vegan food made with passion and love and to Aimee Cornwell @peggyfarmandforage for being a foraging goddess ! If you like what we do here and want to be part of the club, come follow us and be part of our growing facebook group Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1115099072702743/?ref=share_group_link Instagram https://www.instagram.com/selfcareclubpod/ YouTube https://youtube.com/c/SelfCareClub TikTok https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLnXyS1S/ Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.theselfcareclub.co.uk Studio production by @launchpodstudios Music by purpleplanet.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Road to Redline : The Porsche and Car Podcast
Iris Haker, head curator at the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, joins 9WERKS Radio to discuss the inner workings of the Museum and its key role in presenting the history of Porsche to a global audience, at both the site in Porscheplatz as well as major events and festivals around the world. Elsewhere in this bumper episode, there's highlights of the 9WERKS roadtrip to Wales, plus Lee talks through his purchase of a special edition 911.#spreadthelove9wrLee would like to spread the love to the @porsche.museum, get over to it if you haven't been yet.Max has a great recommendation for food while you have your car worked on at @wrightune book a lunch at @fivelittlepigs_wallingfordAndy has a Youtube recommendation for a superb video showing off @luftgekuhlt 9 by @point.shift.drive‘9WERKS Radio' @9werks.radio is your dedicated Porsche and car podcast, taking you closer than ever to the world's finest sports cars and the culture and history behind them.The show is brought to you by 9werks.co.uk, the innovative online platform for Porsche enthusiasts. Hosted by Porsche Journalist Lee Sibley @9werks_lee, 993 owner and engineer Andy Brookes @993andy and obsessive Porsche enthusiast & magazine junkie Max Newman @maxripcor, with special input from friends and experts around the industry, including you, our valued listeners.If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support us by joining the 9WERKS Driven (Not Hidden) Collective you can do so by hitting the link below, your support would be greatly appreciated.Support the show
David provides a quick introduction to this solo audio performance of “Day of the Martians” Part 1 to launch Season 15 of the Sonic Society! When an unopened Martian cylinder is discovered in the mountains of Wales in 1913, the people of Britain brace themselves for another invasion from Mars. Soon they learn the shocking news that the vengeance-seeking Martians and their invincible tripods are already on their way back. This time they are armed with a doomsday weapon, able to destroy all bacteria and completely extinguish life on our planet. With time and hope running out fast the original characters become caught up in events, but what on Earth can they do to survive and escape this new Martian apocalypse? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Legally Speaking Podcast - Powered by Kissoon Carr
We celebrate the achievements and stories of exceptional women who have made a significant impact on their communities and the world. Throughout her career, Lubna Shuja has been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, working to break down barriers and create opportunities for underrepresented groups. In 2021, Lubna made history when she was elected as the first Asian, first Muslim, and seventh female president of the Law Society of England and Wales. In this role, she leads the organization's efforts to support and represent solicitors in England and Wales, as well as promote the rule of law and access to justice.Through her story, we will gain a deeper understanding of Lubna's leadership style, her commitment to excellence, and her dedication to making the legal profession more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.Join us as we celebrate the groundbreaking career of Lubna Shuja, and learn from her inspiring example of leadership, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Discipline in the New Model Army breaks down, and new political ideas become possible. Fairfax and Cromwell attempt to keep their troops in line, and radicals attempt to rebuild England's political system from the ground up. Join the Mailing List and stay up to date HERE Listen to 1666 And All That HERE Check out the podcast website Check out Pax Britannica Merch! Facebook | Twitter | Patreon | Donate For this episode, I found the following publications particularly useful: Kenyon, J. and Ohlmeyer, J., The Civil Wars: A Military History of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1638-1660. Harris, T. Rebellion Healey, J. The Blazing World. Michael J. Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution Michael J. Braddick, 'War and Politics in England and Wales, 1642-1646', in Michael Braddick. The Oxford Handbook of the English Revolution Michael J. Braddick, God's Fury, England's Fire Peter Gaunt, The English Civil War: A Military History Blair Worden, The English Civil Wars: 1640-1660 Ian Gentles, The English Revolution and the Wars in the Three Kingdoms, 1638-1652 Antonia Fraser, Cromwell: Our Chief of Men Kishlansky, M, Monarchy Transformed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We speak to the chief vet for Wales. Avian influenza protection zones are placed in and around a major game breeding farm in Powys. From farm to fork, via a vending machine, selling local produce directly to customers. We meet Jinx, the UK's first conservation detection dog and his handler in Pembrokeshire and track down the Welsh bagpipes, surely fit for a king!
This week sees the Coronation of King Charles III. Whilst the Coronation service itself is rooted in ancient Christian traditions and symbols, it breaks new ground, with a ‘faith procession' of eight non-Christian clerics leading the way into Westminster Abbey, the presentation of ceremonial regalia involving Sikh, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish peers; Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, a practising Hindu, reading from the Bible; the blessing shared by leaders of different Christian denominations; and the King being greeted by non-Christian faith leaders. As Prince of Wales, King Charles once said he would prefer to become ‘Defender of Faith' rather than ‘Defender of the Faith'. However, the King's oaths, central to the service, remain unchanged, including the promise to maintain ‘the Protestant Reformed Religion' as Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The oaths are, however, contextualised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, to illustrate the King's commitment to the multi-faith and diverse landscape in Britain. But what exactly does this centuries old title of ‘Fidei Defensor', ‘Defender of the faith', mean in practical terms at the dawn of King Charles' reign? What of the bigger picture - does it apply to us in Wales? Do we need one? And what of the place of other faiths? To discuss these issues, Rosa Hunt is joined by: The Very Rev Dr Sarah Rowland Jones, Dean of St Davids; Alun Lenny, councillor, former mayor of Carmarthen and a non conformist lay preacher with the Annibynwyr Catherine Pepinster, a journalist specialising in religious affairs, and author of 'Defenders of the Faith, the British Monarchy, Religion and the Coronation'; And Akhandadhi Das, A Vaishnava Hindu teacher and theologian
A friend from across the pond! I've had the privilege of coaching and working with Matt since October of last year to get him ready for his first 200, The Wild Horse 200 in Wales put on by RD and past podcast guest (Episode 24 and 45) Rhys Jenkins. Matt is an example of what you can accomplish when you put in hard work and trust the process. And he's got a cool accent! You'll love our chat about his life and the process to get him to a 4th place finish for his first 200-mile race! Show notes: http://www.theriot.run/mattf
King Charles III and Queen Camilla have waved at crowds and watched a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their Coronation at Westminster Abbey. They were joined by other members of the Royal Family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children. We hear reflections from people in Commonwealth countries and from a friend of the new King. Also in the programme: representatives from Sudan's warring armies have arrived in Saudi Arabia for their first face-to-face negotiation. (Photo: King Charles III and Queen Camilla on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their Coronation ceremony. Credit: Jeff Overs/BBC)
In the last episode, I told you the first part of the story of 15-year-old Jack Edwards and his 13-year-old sister, Jennifer. I told you about the multiple romantic partners and children their father, John Edwards, abused and manipulated over the years, the various complaints against John of domestic violence and stalking, and how, despite all that, he was able to obtain permits and licenses to both shoot and own multiple firearms in New South Wales, Australia.In this episode, I'll tell you about how John Edwards' diabolical preparations led up to his most horrific act; how he carried out the brutal murder of Jack and Jenny on July 5, 2018; the devastation John left in his wake; and how the incredibly thorough coroner's inquest into this terrible crime exposed the failures of the systems and individuals who could have prevented it.This is part two of the infuriating story of Jack and Jennifer Edwards. Gun Violence Archive (America): https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ Domestic violence resources in Australia:1800 Respect national helpline: 1800 737 732Women's Crisis Line: 1800 811 811Men's Referral Service: 1300 766 491Lifeline (24 hour crisis line): 131 114Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 656 463Qld DV Connect Womensline: 1800 811 811Vic Safe Steps crisis response line: 1800 015 188ACT 24/7 Crisis Line: (02) 6280 0900Tas Family Violence Counseling and Support Service: 1800 608 122SA Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1800 800 098WA Women's Domestic Violence 24h Helpline: 1800 007 339NT Domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732Photos related to today's episode can be viewed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sufferthelittlechildrenpodYou can also follow the podcast on:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sufferthelittlechildrenpod Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/sufferthelittlechildrenpodcast Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/STLCpodTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@STLCpod My Linktree is available here: https://linktr.ee/stlcpod Visit the podcast's web page at https://www.sufferthelittlechildrenpod.com. Please help make the show my full-time gig to keep the weekly episodes coming! By supporting me on Patreon, you'll also access rewards, including a shout-out by name on the podcast and exclusive gifts. Pledges of $5 or more per month access ad-free versions of my regular Wednesday episodes. Pledges of $10 or more per month access a small but growing collection of Patreon-exclusive bonus minisodes! Visit www.patreon.com/STLCpod. You can also support the podcast at www.ko-fi.com/STLCpod. This podcast is researched, written, hosted, edited, and produced by Laine.For more stories like this one, visit https://sufferthelittlechildrenblog.com.Music for this episode is licensed from https://audiojungle.net. Subscribe to Suffer the Little Children:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/suffer-the-little-children/id1499010711Google Podcasts: https://playmusic.app.goo.gl/?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&apn=com.google.android.music&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/I5mx3lacxpdkhssmk2n22csf32u?t%3DSuffer_the_Little_Children%26pcampaignid%3DMKT-na-all-co-pr-mu-pod-16Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/suffer-the-little-childrenSpreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/suffer-the-little-children Pandora: https://www.pandora.com/podcast/suffer-the-little-children/PC:61848?part=PC:61848&corr=podcast_organic_external_site&TID=Brand:POC:PC61848:podcast_organic_external_siteSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0w98Tpd3710BZ0u036T1KEiHeartRadio: https://iheart.com/podcast/77891101/ ...or on your favorite podcast listening platform.
What should we make of claims that China is building super weapons to hack and hijack US satellites? Also, the new app to help midwives detect health conditions in newborns, and we hear from the couple who have discovered one of the world's most important fossil deposits, almost on our own doorstep! Like this podcast? Please help us by supporting the Naked Scientists
A love story with songs, about two young women separated by war. 2023. Valya and Masha are teenage musicians, but they have to keep their relationship a secret, because of prejudice and fear of violence. And now Valya is a refugee, living with her mother in Wales, while Masha remains in Kyiv. Sarah Woods' drama tells their story, but also the story of the bandura, the Ukrainian national instrument, suppressed at various points in history, not least under Stalin, who had bandurists persecuted and murdered. The drama draws upon interviews with Ukrainian refugees and features new music by Boff Whalley and a cast of Ukrainian performers. Valya....Diana Simchuk Nataliia....Elena Sophya Gryshchenko Masha....Aliese Chydzhan Susi.....Eiry Thomas The bandura is played by Sonia Savchuk Music by Boff Whalley, with Sonia Savchuk Drama by Sarah Woods, with Diana Simchuk, Aliese Chydzhan, Elena Sophya Gryshchenko Sound design by Catherine Robinson and Nigel Lewis Directed by Emma Harding, BBC Audio Drama Wales
Single Malt History with Gareth Russell
I sit down with expert Bob Sheard to chat about what advice he'd give to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the royals in the 21st century. And I discuss what's gone wrong at previous coronations - from Anne Boleyn's re-think on the dress, Queen Adelaide's invocation of Marie-Antoinette, a burst appendix, chatty dukes, tripping barons, and how trophy hunters n